Supervisor Gordon Mar - December 12 Newsletter

December 12, 2019

Holiday Happenings

Wishing you and your loved ones all the warmth and wonder that the holiday season may bring! I hope you are able to take this time to gather with family, friends and community to celebrate together. I look back on the past year with tremendous gratitude and pride and look forward to the new year with optimism and enthusiasm. 

-Gordon Mar


Sunset Holiday Mercantile

Come Eat, Drink, Shop, Play, Connect, and Be Local in beautiful Golden Gate Park at an indoor/outdoor 2-DAY Sunset Holiday Mercantile featuring 85+ local makers, merchants, artists, food artisans, live entertainment, beer and wine tasting, oodles of children's activities, and local causes. Always a good time to be had by all at this festive, family-friendly market, with a different experience each day. Free admission--as always.
Sunset Mercantile's Website
Festivities at the United Irish Cultural Center

Help modernize and preserve UICC’s historic library collection by participating in an olive oil party an raffle. Journey through Christmas in Ireland, featuring superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music in a celebration of the international spirit of the holiday season at the Irish Christmas Show!

UICC's Events
Help End Gun Violence: Gun Buy-back

"One gun that is not taken off the streets will kill somebody and could destroy everybody. So let's save as many lives as we can." -Rudy Corpuz, founder of United Playaz (San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization)

This semi-annual gun buy-back event provides an opportunity for people to turn in their guns, no questions asked, to help make our city and communities safer.

When: Saturday, December 14, 8am-12pm
Where: United Playaz, 1038 Howard Street
United Playaz Website

Sunset Music and Arts

Corazon Tango and Friends

Corazon Tango presents traditional and contemporary Argentine tango pieces arranged by world-renowned maestros from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The program will include a variety of solo, duo, trio, and quartet arrangements.

When: Saturday December 14, 7:30pm
Where: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue
Tickets$25 General, $20 Seniors, $15 Students

Christmas Lessons and Carols with San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Come join us in celebrating the joy and the mystery of Advent with the San Francisco Renaissance Voices and organist, Don Scott Carpenter, in a candlelight service of Advent and Christmas carols. You will have lots of opportunity to sing and enjoy both familiar and not so familiar carols. This is a fun event for the entire family. A free reception follows the service.

When: Saturday December 21, 4pm
Where: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue
TicketsRSVP for free admission

2020 Season

Sunset Music and Arts just announced its 2020 Season, consisting of over 40 concerts featuring chamber music, solo piano recitals, organ concerts, solo and duo guitar concerts, jazz, vocal music and choral concerts.  The new season will begin on January 11, 2020 with pianist and composer, Eric Tran. Mr. Tran will perform works by Franz List, Eric Tran, and Beethoven. To celebrate the 250th birth anniversary of Beethoven, the Beethoven 2020 project will feature major compositions by the composer for solo instruments, violin-piano, and chamber music.
Sunset Music and Arts Website

Holiday Maker's Market at Sunset Cooperative Nursery School

Come support local vendors while getting your Christmas shopping done, and enjoy food and kid crafts while you shop!

Sunset Cooperative Nursery School is located at 4245 Lawton Street.
Visit the Market's Facebook Page

Story Time and Family Garden Walk at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Keep the chills away this month by enjoying lively stories about "fantastic fruits!" From guavas to lemons, starfruit to figs, December's stories are bursting with yummy fruit. Afterwards, explore the Garden on a guided family walk led by a knowledgeable children's walk guide. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy in the Garden! Story Time is suitable for children ages 4-8.

Entrance to the Library and Story Time is always free for all visitors. Please RSVP to reserve a spot.

When: Sunday, December 15, 10:30am
Where: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at San Francisco Botanical Garden (located by the Garden's main entrance gate), 1199 9th Avenue
RSVP Here to Story Time

Preschool Bilingual Song and Storytime

Join us for a preschool song and storytime event in English and Japanese. This event is for children ages 0-5. All children must attend with a parent or guardian.  Be sure to book your spot here if you plan to attend, as space is limited. Fee is sliding scale - please pay what you can. 

When: Saturday, December 21, 10:30–11am

Where: Recess Collective, 2226 Taraval Street
RSVP Here to Bilingual Song and Storytime

Far Out Gallery Presents Aerialize: Photographs from Above by Jamy Donaldson

Far Out Gallery (a.k.a. FOG) is exhibiting photography featuring local works by drone photographer Jamy Donaldson. More about the artist:

I often see Jamy Donaldson kitesurfing at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, zipping past me as I walk along the surf. Water is his element. Air is too. Jamy is a professional drone photographer and filmmaker whose work is seen in commercials, TV news programs and other enterprises wanting big perspectives. It takes an artistic eye along with technological expertise to make one feel like a bird soaring in the sky. Jamy’s photographs allow us to see patterns and colors that only appear from above. Come and be wowed by these views.   –Anne Herbst

When: December 7 - 29, 2019  //  Thursdays through Sundays 12–6pm
Where: 3004 Taraval Street
FOG's Exhibitions

December at Playland

Community Yoga
Sundays @ 10am
Join the community for some outdoor yoga at Playland at 43rd Avenue. All classes are free and drop in. Donations for the teacher are encouraged & appreciated.



Full Body Strength BOOTCAMP! 
Thursday, December 19 @ 4:30pm
Join Emily Huff for these hour long Full Body Strength (FBS) bootcamps with a focus on body weight exercises and cardiovascular conditioning. FBS Bootcamp is set up to help you master movements, gain strength, and increase your cardiovascular fitness. Participants can expect to move their body in dynamic ways that will get both their hearts and muscles pumping! Please bring a yoga mat, water, and wear shoes/clothes you feel comfortable running and jumping in! Although exercise modifications/scaling will be offered, this class is not appropriate for anyone with acute pain or injuries. For more about Emily, visit Drop-In, Donations for the teacher are encouraged & appreciated.

Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays @ 1-2pm  *no yoga on 12/24
Join our weekly Gentle Yoga class every Tuesday at 1 pm. The class begins seated in chairs and progresses towards standing poses using the chairs for support as needed. Great for seniors, folks with limited mobility or physical challenges. Works as a gentle stretch and movement session too. All classes are Free & Drop In. 

Family Sing Along
Sunday, December 15, 11am
Join David and Frances for some family sing-along-songs in English and Spanish. Songs will be especially chosen with preschoolers and elementary-aged kids in mind.



Learn To Pedal with Two Wheel Mom
Saturday, December 21 & 28, 9-11am
Get those kids bikes out and rolling with the Two Wheel Mom, it’s fun! From 9-10am the Two Wheel Mom will work with kids who are learning to ride their two-wheeled bikes. From 10-11am she’ll offer an introductory session for intermediate riders. We’ll practice greater stability and confidence on the bicycle, helpful for both street and trail riding. Get your bike and come on out!


Holiday Garden Crafts 
Sunday, December 22, 11am
Come get creative and make some holiday garden crafts with Flowervine Farm & Design’s Tracy Thatcher. Tracy will bring some festive ideas, supplies, and winter plantings too. Who knows, apple cider might make an appearance. 

Playland at 43rd Avenue, located at the Francis Scott Key Annex at 1360 43rd Avenue, is an inclusive space for families, youth, and seniors, with opportunities for gardening, exercising, gathering with neighbors every day or at special events, and it includes a wide variety of play opportunities.

Visit Playland's Facebook Page

Help Plan Sunday Streets

You are invited to help plan for the 2020 season by providing feedback on the End of Season Survey (available in four languages) and RSVPing to a summit to plan the Sunday Streets Sunset/Great Highway route.

Take the End of Season Survey (available in four languages) to share your voice – plus, qualify to win great local prizes!
RSVP to a planning summit to help plan the Sunset/Great Highway Sunday Streets. The summit will take place on Saturday, January 25th, 10am-12pm.
Learn more about Sunday Streets SF
Sunset Library Events
1305 18th Avenue

Disaster Safety: The First 72 Hours
Saturday, December 14, 2-3pm
The Seismic Safety Outreach team will provide San Francisco’s diverse populations with the hands-on training and education on how residents, both young and old, can prepare for the first 72 hours following an earthquake or other disaster. Made possible by Self-Help for the Elderly (SHE), this program will be conducted in English, with Cantonese translation provided upon request.

Taste the Winter Holidays
Monday, December 16, 3-4pm
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food! Drop by to learn about different winter holidays and sample popular snacks that go with them. Please call us at (415) 355-2818 to let us know about allergies, ingredients will be listed by each snack. For all ages.

Workshop: Advocating for Immigrant Families
Wednesday, December 18, 10:30-11:30am
Learn how to become an ally and advocate for everyone in your community in this workshop led by PODER in partnership with the YMCA. PODER's mission is to organize with immigrant families and youth to put into practice people-powered solutions that are locally base, community led, and environmentally just.

Mandarin Storytime
Wednesday, December 18, 10:30-11:30am
Chinese classics for children including sing-a-longs and read-a-longs of Tang Dynasty poems.

Make an LED Holiday Card!
Wednesday, December 18, 3-4pm
Add a bit of sparkle to your holidays. Learn how to make bright, cheerful cards that will literally "light up" your recipient's day. In the process, you will get familiar with simple circuits and LED lights. Recommended for ages 9 and older.

Origami Hour

Friday, December 27, 3-4pm
Come learn the basics of the Japanese art of paper folding or share more complex projects. Supplies will be provided at this drop-in activity. Recommended for children 5 and older.
Sunset Library Calendar

Ortega Library Events 

3223 Ortega Street


Weekly Storytimes
Toddler Tales: Mondays @ 10:30am
For children ages 16 months through age 2
Family Storytime: Tuesdays @ 10:30am
For children up to age 5
Baby Rhyme Time: Wednesdays @ 1pm
For infants up to 15 months

Craft: Sock Snowmen
Saturday, December 21, 2-3pm
Turn a plain white sock into an adorable no-sew snowman. For children ages 6 and up. Space is limited. Registration required: (415) 355-5700.

LEGO Free Play
Friday, December 27, 1-3pm
Get creative building with LEGOs. We provide all the pieces you'll need to create vehicles, robots, castles, and more. For children and their families.


Movie: Elf
Tuesday, December 24, 2-3:30pm
A man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell. (PG, 95 mins, 2003)

Great Teen Book Swap
Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm
Get a free book! Browse titles for one you'd like to keep. In exchange, swap us a review of the book by the end of the month. For ages 12-18.


Craft Night: Quilled Snowflakes
Wednesday, December 18, 6:30pm
Create a fancy holiday card with this paper rolling technique. For adults. Space limited. Reservations required: (415) 355-5700

Book Club: The Library Book
Saturday, December 21, 11am-noon
Join us this month to discuss 
The Library Book by Susan Orlean. The  book club meets the third Saturday of the month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction. Newcomers are always welcome.

Ortega Library Calendar
Parkside Library Events
1200 Taraval Street

Weekly Events

Preschoolers Storytime: Tuesdays @ 10am
For children ages 3 to 5

Family Storytime: Thursdays @ 10am
For children of all ages

Great Teen Book Swap: Thursdays @ 2:30-5:30pm
For teens ages 12 to 18

Computer Help for Adults/Seniors: Fridays @ 4:00-5:30pm
Trouble with Technology? A Teen Computer Corps Volunteer can help you with Kindles, email, laptops, tablets, cell phones and other electronic gadgets.

Family Storytime: Saturdays @ 10:15am
For children of all ages

LEGO Free Play
Saturday, December 14, 3:30-5:00pm
Get creative building with LEGOs. We provide all the pieces you'll need to create vehicles, robots, castles, and more. For children and their families.

2019 Winter Teen Book Trailers
Wednesday, December 18, 4-5pm
Find out what’s new, what’s coming out, and something to read.  Watch the latest teen book trailers, author interviews, and more.  We’ll have snacks. For ages 12-18.

Parkside Library Calendar
Neighborhood Office Hours

When: Fridays 1-5pm by appointment

If you'd like to meet with Gordon to discuss your ideas for our neighborhood, email to book your time slot. 

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