Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dogfest 2009 - Happiest Place on Earth!

Attended 2009 Dogfest at Duboce on Saturday  - a fundraiser for McKinley Elementary School.

Tons of kids, dogs, food.  A perfect event on a perfect day. 

April 19, 2009 - Sunday

Norman Solomon: Obama, The First 100 Days
When: April 19, 2009 - Sunday
9:30 a.m.
Where: Unitarian-Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
What: Unitarian-Universalist Forum and the SF Gray Panthers present  noted media critic and anti-war activist Norman Solomon, giving his take on Obama's first 100 days.
$3. for light breakfast.

Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club - Supervisor Carmen Chu
When: April 19, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m.
Where: San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street@Presidio, Second Floor Lounge, San Francisco
What: Join us for coffee and bagels with Supervisor Carmen Chu who will join us in the first hour to listen to your thoughts and answer your questions about current goings on and future plans for San Francisco. In second hour there will be a discussion about items on the May 19th election. Everyone is cordially invited.

Julia Morgan - Visitacion Valley Library Fund
When: April 19, 2009 - Sunday
1 p.m.
Where: St. James Presbyterian Church, 240 Leland Avenue, San Francisco
What: Mark Wilson, author of two books about Julia Morgan, will give a presentation about her life and works at this little-known Morgan Church built in 1923.  The church is also celebrating the 103rd anniversary of its organizing.  $20. at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Visitacion Valley library fund and St. James.  Sponsored by the SF Friends of the Library and the Visitacion Valley History Project.
Source: Inglesidestation newsletter

April 20, 2009 - Monday

Early voting starts for May 19th election at City Hall, San Francisco - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, downstairs outside Room 48

* Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Monthly Meeting 
When: April 20, 2009 - Monday
7 to 8 p.m.
Where: It's A Grind Coffee Shop, 1800 Polk Street, San Francisco
What: CEO of City Car Share, Melissa Griffin will give her overview of the upcoming Special Election on May 19th . 2009 Housing Element will  give 30 minute agenda item.
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San Francisco For Democracy - PAC General Membership meeting
When: April 20, 2009, Monday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Northern District Police Station, 1125 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Endorsement meeting regarding May 19th Election. Update on Ethics Commission Reform by former Commissioner Joe Lynn. Possible endorsement vote concerning DC voting rights and gun control in DC.

April 21, 2009 - Tuesday

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Local Economic Stimulus Package
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
Noon to One
Where: 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Hear Jennifer Matz from the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development discuss the City's plan for local economic stimulus and elaborate on its five specific goals: accelerate capital spending, invest in local businesses, support the workforce and attract foreign investment.

Gray Panthers of San Francisco - Budgets and Ballot Propositions that Kill
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
12:30 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
What: Come  hear  Colleen Rivecca, of the Coalition to Save Public Health and Hene Kelly of the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) talk about how we can explain these threats to others and organize.

Richmond Community Police Forum
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
1 to 2 p.m.
Where: Congregation Beth Shalom, 301 14th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Guest speaker is San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Program Director Andy Thornleywho will discuss the relationship between bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.
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SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: An opportunity for public comment regarding "fiscal emergency".

San Francisco Democratic Party - Unity Lunch
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Sir Francis Drake, 450 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser (this event is sold out) to strengthen and build the local Democratic Party. Featuring David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Democratic Part with remarks by Lt. Governor John Garamendi.

A Night with the Stars 2009
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for Community Housing Partnership with annual talent event  teaming Community Housing Partnership tenants team with Tony Taccone, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Alonzo King, KINGS Ballet; Michael Gene Sullivan, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Norm Langill, Teatro ZinZanni; Stanley Williams, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre; Meg McKay & Billy Philadelphia, cabaret singer and accompanist; Clairdee, jazz vocalist; Raelle Myrick-Hodges, BRAVA! Women for Women in the Arts.
Partnership Awards: Chinatown Community Development Center, Fine Line Construction, The John Stewart Company, Union Bank of California, Tony Ucciferri.
Sponsors: Cahill Contractors, Inc., Enterprise, Farallone Pacific Insurance Services, Fine Line Construction, James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp., Lennar Urban, Mock/Wallace Architects, National Equity Fund, Inc., Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, Paragon Real Estate Group, Pillsbury, REDF, Robert Half International, Inc., SKS Investments, Swinerton Builders, Treasure Island Community Development and Wells Fargo.
Honorary Committee: Melissa Burnell, Kim Chalmers, Julia Indovina, Elisabeth Millican, Sam Singer, Ben Wilkinson, Lynne Winslow, Steve Wolmark
Tickets: $80 individual
Source: Mailed invitation

New Leaf Spring Gala
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Teatro Zinzanni, Pier 29, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser. Annual Spring Gala.
Ross Palombo - Master of Ceremonies
Entertainment and Celebrity Guest featuring: Sabrina Matthews (Comedy Central & NBC's Last Comic Standing).
Great food  prepared by Taste Catering, silent auction.
Michael Switzer Leadership Award: Peter Goss & Sean Pattansuvdranun - Zephyr Real Estate and Tangerine Restaurant
Ricki Boden Service Award: JoAnne Keatley, MSW - Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF
Honorary Chair: Theresa Sparks, President, San Francisco Police Commission
Co-Chairs: Gary  Murakami  and Christopher York
Committee Members: Chris Holleran, Stacy Lewis, Stephen Seewer, Douglas Reed Sisson, Pam Truswell.

Glen Park Community Plan Open House
When: April 21, 2009 - Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Park Elementary School Auditorium, 151 Lippard Avenue, San Francisco
What: Now that the environmental review process is about to begin, the Planning Department and SFMTA are holding an Open House to reintroduce the Glen Park Community Plan.  Come learn about the Plan element and hear staff from Planning, SFMTA and BART.

April 22, 2009 - Wednesday

*San Francisco Labor Council - Public  Employee Breakfast
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco
What: Come have breakfast with  Supervisor Eric Mar.  $25.
RSVP Emily Nelson 415-342-5145

*UCSF Mission Bay Farmers Market Grand Opening - Earth Day Celebration
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: UCSF Mission Bay Farmers Market, Gene Friend Way between 3rd and 4th Street, San Francisco
What:  Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association is opening new farmers' market.  Celebrate Earth Day with bluegrass/rockabilly music.  Bring a bag and get a buck to shop the market.

*Police Commission Meeting
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Weekly meeting. Chief's Report - update on significant policing efforts by Department members.

*Democracy Action Annual Membership Meeting
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: American (Quaker) Friends Service Committee Meeting House, 65 9th Street between Market and Mission, San Francisco
What: Moving from Opposition Activism to Activist Governance.  Agenda: 
  • Netroots Nation's Executive Director Raven Brooks
  • Mayor Gavin Newsom Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Dodd
  • Kenya Wheeler, Organzing for America (formerly Obama for America)
  • Election of Officers
Light refreshments and social.  

*Final public hearing - Presidio Main Post
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday 
6:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco
What: Meeting will focus on transportation and traffic issues.  

*Labor Passover Seder
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: ILWU Local 34, 801 Second Street, San Francisco
What: Jewish Labor Committee California Region, Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties and the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club are sponsoring a Labor Passover Seder dinner and ceremony.  $35.  Checks are to be made out to Jewish Labor Committee. 
 Information and RSVP: Michael Nye 342-5145

*City Lights Bookstore - Mark Rudd
When: April 22, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
What: Hear Mark Rudd talk about his book "My Life with SDS and the Weathermen".
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April 23, 2009 - Thursday

*Commonwealth Club - Jay McInerney
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Jay McInerney will discuss his book "Wine, Literature and Coming of Age". $15 non-members
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*Zero Graffiti for a Beautiful City - Anti-Graffiti Super Huddle
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hilton San Francisco Financial District Ballroom, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco
What: Graffiti Advisory Board of the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Department of Public Works are sponsoring "Zero Graffiti for a Beautiful City".  
  • Receive the latest information on the City's campaign to defeat graffiti vandalism.
  • Learn how you can get involved.
  • Guest speakers and neighborhood resource tables.
  • Social hour starting at 5 p.m. where you will meet others, who share your concern about graffiti and want to take action.
No charge.  Registration is required: 415-641-2600
Source: NOPNA

*1st Steve Conley Champion Award Ceremony
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: 201 Turk Street Family Apartments, 201 Turk Street, San Francisco
What: Central City Democrats is hosting its 3rd Annual Meeting.  As part of its Awards ceremony the 1st Steve Conley Champion Award will be awarded to Chris Jackson.
Information:  415-339-8683

*Sacramento Town Hall Meeting with Gavin Newsom
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Congregation B'Nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Ca.
What: Share your thoughts, ideas and hopes for California's future with Gavin Newsom

*A Special Evening with Lora Jo Foo
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: I-Hotel Community Room (3rd Floor), 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco
What: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and Chinatown CDC invite you to hear Lora Jo Foo, founding sister of NAPAWF, author, photographer, attorney and community organizer talk about her book: "Earth Passage - Journeys Through Childhood".  

*Senator Leno on California Universal Health Care Act
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Please join co-sponsors, District 3 Democratic Club, Bernal Heights Democratic Club, City Democratic Club, Democracy In Action, and Potrero Hill Democratic Club for an informative meeting featuring Senator Mark Leno on SB810, the California Universal Health Care Act.  
Source: facebook, Potrero Hill Democratic Club, City Democratic Club 

* Randall Museum - San Francisco and the New Deal 
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
What: Join Gray Brechin for a discussion about San Francisco during the Great Depression and how the programs of the New Deal helped the City reclaim some dignity.  Brechin will share his insights and make some comparisons to what the City is experiencing today. Free.

*2009 Housing Element Upper Noe Neighbors Monthly Meeting
When: April 23, 2009 - Thursday
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center, intersection of Day and Church Street, San Francisco
What: 2009 Housing Element will  give a  30 minute agenda item at the Upper Noe Neighbors monthly meeting.

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