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Let's kick off the new year Sunset-style!
January 22, 2020

Happy Lunar New Year!

We would like to invite you to welcome in the year of the rat at our Lunar New Year celebration! Join your Sunset neighbors, community groups and local merchants for a family-friendly morning of performances, food from local restaurants, prizes and more. We hope to see you there!

Interested in volunteering at the event? Email us at
Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary and Ulloa Elementary recognized as 2020 California Distinguished Schools

Congratulations to Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary and Ulloa Elementary for winning the 2020 California Distinguished School Awards! This Award Program recognizes schools with outstanding education programs and practices that close the achievement gap and achieve exceptional student performance. We are incredibly proud to have two Sunset schools recognized for their extraordinary work and performance. This is well-deserved recognition for Stevenson and Ulloa’s hardworking students, teachers, staff and parents.  

POPS wins NEN Award for best Merchant Association

Our office is proud to share the happy news that People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) has been recognized as the best Merchant Association/Community Benefit District by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Awards! The NEN Awards celebrate the amazing work of community leaders and organizations in San Francisco's neighborhoods and we are so thrilled that POPS is being honored for all of the amazing work that they do for our neighborhood’s culture, heritage and vitality.

Come celebrate POPS with us at the awards ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, January 29.
RSVP for free
Playland at 43rd Avenue Open Studio: Artist Thomas Beutel, Sunset in Motion

Come meet Thomas Beutel, a longtime resident of the Sunset District, and see how he makes his whimsical, one-of-a-kind dioramas. Thomas tinkers with urban art -- kinetic miniatures and automata that incorporate movement and sound. He takes his inspiration from his neighborhood, local history and the natural fauna of the area. Come by to say hello and be inspired and delighted by his creations! Thomas will be there to give us a window into his artistic process and answer any questions.

When: Saturday January 25, 11am-3pm
Where: 1360 43rd Avenue
Visit Playland's Facebook page for more events

Sunset Music and Arts

Sunset Music and Arts is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable music and arts programs to people of all ages, in the Sunset. Check out these upcoming concerts taking place at the Incarnation Episcopal Church at 1750 29th Avenue.

Jack Cimo, guitarist
The program will feature Spanish, Brazilian, and South American music.
When: Saturday January 25, 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students 

Angela Kraft Cross, organist
The program will feature works by Bach, Louis Vierne, Alexander Guilmant, the Petite Messe d’Orgue and original works by Angela Kraft Cross.

When: Saturday February 8, 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students 

Patrick Galvin (violin) & Jung-eun Kim (piano) in concert: The Beethoven 2020 Project
The program will feature works by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.
When: Saturday February 15, 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students 

Visit Sunset Music and Art's Website

City Job Fair

Explore a career with the City at this upcoming City Job Fair. Discover opportunities to work for MUNI, the Library, Recreation & Park, SF Unified School District, other city departments and local community organizations.

For more information, email or call (415) 831-2726.

When: Saturday January 25, 10am - 1pm
Where: Golden Gate Park County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue

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 to share your voice – plus, qualify to win great local prizes!
Click to RSVP to a January Planning Summit to help plan the Sunset/Great Highway Sunday Streets that’s taking place on Saturday, January 25th, 10am-12pm.
Learn more about Sunday Streets SF

Spring Garden Camp at San Francisco Botanical Garden

This spring, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is offering their first ever Spring Garden Camp from March 30th to April 3rd for children ages 6-8. Spots are limited. Garden Camp is an outdoors day camp designed to connect children to plants through a combination of structured, themed activities and open-ended time to develop curiosity, initiative, imagination and creativity. Themes include gardening, art, wellness, and ecology.

Registration for Members is already open.
Learn more about Garden Camp

Learning, listening and literature at the United Irish Cultural Center

Learn Irish set dancing, listen to live folk music or discuss the relationship between music and social hierarchy in Irish literature with a Galway University scholar at one of many exciting upcoming events at the United Irish Cultural Center.

Visit UICC's website for more details

Summer Resource Fair

Discover over 125 free or affordable summer programs at the San Francisco Summer Resource Fair. This showcase of summer activities for youth, children and families features opportunities in art, music, science, tech, sports, outdoors and more. Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish interpreters are available at this fair.  

When: Saturday February 8, 11am - 2pm
Where: Golden Gate Park County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue
Click here for more info and events

Property Tax Savings Workshop

At the Assessor's Office, we understand that planning for a secure financial future is a top priority for San Francisco families. For many in San Francisco, your home is your biggest asset in life, but laws around property taxes and savings can be complicated. Property Tax 101 for Families and Seniors is a free educational workshop for families and senior homeowners on property tax savings opportunities. At the workshop, the Office of Assessor Carmen Chu will teach you how your property taxes are calculated and share tax savings that you may be eligible for as a homeowner in California, particularly if you are planning to pass your property on to your loved ones.

When: Wednesday February 12, 7-8pm
Where: Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval Street
RSVP for the workshop here

Senior Power Meeting: Love Yourself

Are you a senior? Living with or caring for a senior? Having some issues related to your hearing? Is it cognitive or is it hearing loss? Don’t give up and assume it’s part of the aging process. Please join us for a free community meeting to listen to guest speaker Steven Lopez, Program Manager with the Hearing and Speech Center, lead you through Hearing Loss 101: what it is, how to minimize the loss and the variety of devices that can help. Special Valentine treat: Christine and her magic massage chair! Followed by Qigong exercises, neighborhood announcements and light refreshments.

Cantonese interpretation will be provided for the lecture. For more info, contact M. Graf at or (415) 652-4751.

When: Thursday February 13, 10am
Where: Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Avenue
Senior Power's Facebook page

SFUSD Needs Your Input! Attend a Community Workshop on Proposed Changes to Student Assignment

SFUSD is developing a new student assignment system for elementary schools and we want to hear from you! Attend a Community Workshop and provide input that will help SFUSD develop a new policy that better meets the needs of San Francisco children and their families. Food, childcare, and interpretation will be provided. The Sunset community workshop will be hosted at Stevenson Elementary School .  

Wednesday February 19, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, 2051 34th Ave
View full list of workshops and RSVP here

Volunteer with Project Homeless Connect in the Sunset

In partnership with Project Homeless connect, District 4 recently launched the Sunset CareVan, a new mobile homeless outreach program connecting people experiencing homelessness to crucial services and support. Please help share this list of resources and services throughout the neighborhood. For volunteer opportunities, please email
Project Homeless Connect's website
2020 Census Employment Opportunity

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Census results are used to determine your representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census.
Learn more and apply here
San Francisco Public Library presents: More than a Month

Black History Month is a fundamental part of our nation’s tradition, in which we recognize important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend and all throughout February, the Library champions Black history, culture and heritage with special music, dance, crafts and storytelling events at every branch in the City. This celebration is titled More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities during Black History Month, as well as all year round. -San Francisco Public Library

Sunset Branch Library
1305 18th Ave

Paper Freedom Quilt
Wednesday January 29, 3-4pm
Learn about freedom quilts and the meanings of different patterns used in the Underground Railroad while we piece together a community quilt out of construction paper. For kids 5-17.

The Impact of Confederate Nostalgia with Bill Doggett
Tuesday February 11, 6-7:30pm
A multimedia presentation with Bill Doggett discussing the impact of Confederacy nostalgia on commercialized messaging through the technology of early recorded sound.

African Snacks
Wednesday February 12, 3-4pm
Try African snacks and African American soul food. For kids 5-17.

Saturday February 22, 2–3pm
Groove to joyful and infectious Caribbean rhythms and calypso tunes from Asheba’s homeland of Trinidad. For kids and their families.

Paper Kente Cloth Patterns 
Wednesday February 26, 3–4pm 
Learn about Kente cloth and weave similar geometric patterns out of paper. For kids 7 and older


Ortega Branch Library 
3223 Ortega Street


Art Talk with the de Young Museum: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 
Wednesday January 29, 7-8pm
An entertaining and educational celebration of art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse. 

Discover Coretta Scott King
Saturday February 1, 2–3 pm
Experience the excitement of Coretta Scott King’s life, childhood, education, marriage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott through dynamic storytelling from Linda Wright. For kids and their families.


Parkside Branch Library
1200 Taraval Street

Social Justice Sewing
Saturday January 25, 2-4:30pm
Learn about equity, inclusion and bias by creating a quilt block. For ages 13-18. Space is limited. Reservations required: (415) 355-5770

Book Club: Beloved by Toni Morrison
Sunday February 2, 2–3pm
Arguably Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved exemplifies her groundbreaking narrative style, striking characters, ability to capture racial tension and transform history into a compelling story. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the American Book Award, and Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature several years later. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved examines the legacy of slavery as it follows the life of Sethe, a former slave from the plantation Sweet Home, held prisoner by her traumatic “rememory.” Sethe’s past reveals itself in flashbacks as she and her daughter Denver live in a house haunted by an angry ghost. When Paul D, also a former slave from Sweet Home, comes to live with them, the normalcy he brings is suddenly belied by the mysterious appearance of a young woman with the name of Beloved.

Paper Quilt Design with Charles Dabo
Tuesday February 11, 7–8 pm
Artist Dabo will lead a workshop based on the African American quilts of Gee’s Bend.

Visit the Library's website for more events
Below Market Rate Homeownership Opportunity: 2800 Sloat

A Below Market Rate Homeownership Opportunity through the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is available at 2800 Sloat Boulevard, aka The Westerly. For more information on first-time homebuyer’s orientation, visit

Click here for more information on 2800 Sloat
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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