Sep/2/2011 Take 5: Art Break Day 2011

Posted by Richard • September 2nd, 2011

Take an ART BREAK with your community!

Friday, September 2, 2011
9 am until 5 pm

San Francisco, San Rafael, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland

Admission: FREE! The first 200 participants for each location will receive a free gift!

All of the artwork collected at this event will be compile into a traveling exhibition and will visit all 5 cities from October 2011 to February 2012.

You can help make Art Break Day happen! To volunteer, please contact Art is Moving at


Jul/14/2011 Community Health Fair and Backpack Giveaway Planning Meeting

Posted by Richard • July 14th, 2011

The next planning meeting for the AfroSolo Community Health Fair will take place on

Thursday, July 14th at 1:30 pm
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
1050 McAllister Street

Meeting at the Center will provide everyone an opportunity to see the space and get a general idea of howthe Health Fair will be laid out.

We will continue our planning for the Back to School Celebration, in collaboration with Mo’ MAGIC’s Backpack Giveaway taking place on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This will be our 3rd annual Celebration where we expect over 1,500 people to attend.

If you have any questions, and/or if you plan to attend, please contact Thomas Simpson at

Below is a list of organizations registered to participate. If you would like to participate, email Thomas and he will send you a registration form.

  • American Red Cross
  • Bay Area Black Nurses
  • Bay Area Region Network for a Healthy CA
  • Black Brothers Esteem/SF AIDS Foundation
  • CA Pacific Medical Center
  • Cultivating Unity, Pride and Empowerment of the Deaf
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Maxine Hall Community Clinic
  • On Lok
  • SF African American Community Health Equity Council
  • SF Office of Citizen Complaints
  • SFDPH – HIV Testing
  • SF Rec and Park
  • SF Vegetarian Society
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Walgreens
  • Westside Community Services

Jul/9/2011 Koshland Park & Garden Workday

Posted by Richard • July 9th, 2011

Join us for a great summer day in Koshland Park and Garden on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

We will be working with the BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) in our CommunityGrows Program. It will be a terrific day to get some exercise, fresh air, and meet new friends. Hope to see you there!

Jun/18/2011 District 5 Cleanup Seeks Volunteers

Posted by Richard • June 18th, 2011

Volunteer with District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi!

Event Details:
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
1050 McAllister Street
June 18, 2011
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let’s kick off the summer with Community Clean Team!

Join District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Community Clean Team for Summer Clean Up! Volunteers will work on tree planting, landscaping and gardening projects, remove weeds and overgrown vegetation, paint over grafitti, and help clean up litter around the neighborhood.

To volunteer, visit:, email, or call 415-641-2600.

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Don’t leave it on the sidewalk!
Take advantage of the Community Clean Team’s Gigantic 3 program, a service provided to residents to get rid of large and small unwanted household items – we will try to reuse or recycle them! You are encouraged to call your garbage company at (415) 330-1300 to make an appointment for this free drop off.

Next Gigantic 3 event:
June 18, 2011 at 8 am to 12 noon
at Baker Street (between Oak and Fell Streets)
District 5 residents only

Jun/10/2011 Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect in the Bayview

Posted by Richard • June 10th, 2011

The success of Project Homeless ConnectTM (PHC) is due to the ongoing dedication of volunteers. At each event more than 1,000 individuals from every sector of the Bay Area work together to provide efficient and compassionate service to those in need. Volunteers lead and manage most service areas. The common goal is to provide relevant and easily accessible onsite services for clients while creating a valuable experience for all volunteers.

To Volunteer:
Please review and choose one of the service areas below and then click on the red Volunteer Today button at If you haven’t already created a user profile you will need to do so. If you have a user profile, enter your login and password, click on the date of the event and then select the service area and shift. Shifts choices are: ALL DAY (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.); AM (8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and PM (12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.). The day before each event, an orientation and site walk through are held (this is not mandatory but recommended). Event details will be emailed one week prior to the event. A few service areas have mandatory pre-event training ( such as Housing and Shelter Information), please read each service area description carefully. The day of the event, report to Volunteer Registration where you will receive an event map, volunteer T Shirt and further instruction.

Registration for Bayview Connect for Friday June 10, 2011, begins Thursday May 5th, 2011 .

May/14/2011 Koshland Park and Garden Workday

Posted by Richard • May 14th, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Koshland Park (corner of Page & Buchanan Streets), SF

What we’re doing: Weeding, planting, sweeping, pruning, picking up trash, and making the park and garden shine.

What to wear: Layered, comfortable workclothes and closed-toed shoes.

What to bring: Bring your own water. Juice and snacks will be provided.

Contact info: Community Grows, 415-424-5770, or

Sponsored by: Yale University Alumni Group

May/13/2011 Summer Learning Research! Math and Literacy during Out-of-School Time

Posted by Richard • May 13th, 2011

We are inviting summer learning programs to participate in a study about learning activities and technology.

To help PBS KIDS create the best materials for children, parents, and educators, we are investigating:

  • IF and HOW CHILDREN ENGAGE in Math and Literacy activities in your program,
  • YOUR THOUGHTS about the role of technology in out-of-school settings,
  • YOUR EXPERIENCES with using technology as a tool to help children learn and/or practice Math and Literacy skills, and
  • YOUR CHALLENGES with using technology in your program.

To participate in this study, programs

  • MUST have at least one program serving 6- 8 year-olds
  • MUST serve at least 50% children from low income families
  • DO NOT need to be currently using technology, but they must be open to the possibility of using technology to support children’s learning during out-of-school time

As a part of this study,

  • Program Directors will complete a 5-7 minute phone survey at their convenience and may be asked to nominate up to 3 staff members (preferably educators) who might be interested in participating in a 30-45 minute phone interview.
  • Program staff will participate in a 30-45 minute phone interview at their convenience and may be asked to complete a brief follow-up survey by mail or online.
  • We are especially interested in programs serving students in the New York Metro Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Atlanta, and rural regions across Kentucky.

What will participating programs receive?

  • PROGRAM DIRECTORS will receive an opportunity to inform and shape the development of technology tools – video, games, and applications –to support the learning of children in out-of-school settings.
  • PROGRAM STAFF that complete the phone interview will receive a $50 AMERICAN EXPRESS GIFT CARD.

Who is supporting this program?

This study is part of a large initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education. Several well-loved educational television shows for children, such as Super Why! and The Electric Company and their related websites are made possible by past initiatives. (To learn more, please visit The Educational Development Corporation, Inc. (EDC) and SRI International, two nonprofit organizations with long histories in public education, are conducting this survey. The National Summer Learning Association is a partner in this work.

To register to participate, please contact:
Eve Townsend, 212-807-4279,

Apr/30/2011 6th Annual Walk Against Rape

Posted by Richard • April 30th, 2011

Walk Against Rape is a 3.5 mile march on April 30, 2011. It is an empowering opportunity to raise awareness on the epidemic issue of Sexual Violence in our community!

You may register as an individual walker, or create a team of walkers. There is no fee to register, but we encourage everyone to raise funds.  Last year, the average fundraising walker raised $246! We had Individuals who raised up to $1745 and Teams were able to raise up to $3880! Any amount you raise is greatly needed and appreciated. Fundraising on line is easy, fun and green! Create your on page by registering here!

San Francisco Women Against Rape provides resources, support, advocacy and education to strengthen the work of all individuals and communities that are responding to, healing from, and struggling to end sexual violence.  At SFWAR, we believe that no single individual, organization, foundation, or business alone can stop the epidemic of sexual assault, but by responding as a whole community, we each bring our piece of the solution.

Thank you for your interest in Walk Against Rape.  We urge you to take this important step in the fight against Rape by registering for the Walk Against Rape.  The funds you raise will go toward providing direct services to survivors of sexual assault in San Francisco and beyond.

For more information or to register, please visit

Apr/30/2011 Rebuilding Together: Create a Garden at Rosa Parks

Posted by Richard • April 30th, 2011

Come help transform Rose Parks Elementary School by building a new garden. We will be removing asphalt, adding in top soil and constructing raised garden beds.

Breakfast, lunch, tools and T-shirts will be provided.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
8:30-9:00 am – Sign-in
12:00 pm – Lunch
3:00-4:00 pm – Cleanup

at Rosa Parks Elementary School
1501 O’Farrell St. (at Holis St.) SF, CA

* Parking and childcare will be provided.

Contact info: Nora Brereton, 415-424-5770,

in Partnership with Rebuilding Together SF, 2011

Apr/30/2011 Lily Street Block Sale

Posted by Richard • April 30th, 2011

13th Annual Lily Street Block Sale

Spring cleaning…with all your neighbors!

What: Lily Street Block Sale
When: Saturday April 30th, 2011
Time: 9:00 am till 3:00 pm
Location: Lily Street from Franklin to Buchanan. Cross streets of Buchanan, Laguna, Octavia, and Gough.

Donations of items to sell benefitting John Muir PTA are needed.

Plan on selling? RSVP by April 15 to: or

Not selling? Mark your calendar and spread the word to others to join us for a day of sustainable shopping, food and fun

A $15 Seller’s donation gets you:

  • Advertisement in multiple print and online media
  • BBQ lunch
  • Help raise funds for John Muir Teacher Appreciation Day (seeking reusable donations for resale)
  • A day to celebrate with your family, friends and neighbors, the beauty and diversity of our community.