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Upper Haight Farmers’ Market Returns THIS WEDNESDAY

The much loved Upper Haight Farmers’ Market returns for its sophomore year this Wednesday, April 6th, at Waller & Stanyan.  Head on down from 4-8 PM to check out all your favorite vendors, and hear Big Dog perform live.

The market continues every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 26th.

And if you just can’t get enough of those farm-fresh veggies, the year-round UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market (505 Parnassus Ave) is open every Wednesday from 10 AM – 3 PM.

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FREE Comedy Tickets for Cole Valley Alley Readers

Five-time Emmy nominee Will Durst

The infamous ’80s Cole Valley comedy club, The Other Cafe, is launching a new comedy showcase series, with its first SF show next Saturday Night, March 26th. This one night only event will feature Boston’s top comedian Don Gavin with SF favorites Will Durst and Johnny Steele. Three true headliners in ONE show! And based on KQED’s rave review of The Other Cafe reunion show last fall, this upcoming event is sure to be a pee-inducing good time.

The comedy club’s founder, Bob Ayres, is inviting folks from the old neighborhood to the show as special guests of Cole Valley Alley. Tickets are $35 for the general public, but if you grab the comps before Thursday March 24th (and while they last), you can be part of a FREE block of seats set aside especially for CVA supporters. Tickets will given on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay, as supplies are limited.

Come laugh with us and get to know your neighbors (old & new). Be sure to sign up by Thursday, March 24th, or before the block of tickets are all claimed (whichever happens first).  And don’t forget to tell your neighbors about this amazing deal and show.

DON GAVIN, WILL DURST, AND JOHNNY STEELE.  Sat March 26th, 8 PM at the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, 3200 California Street, San Francisco.

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Roller Derby This Saturday!

Be sure to check out the American Roller Skating Derby World Championship Game this Saturday (March 19th) at Kezar Pavilion, where the San Francisco Bay Bombers will be taking on the Brooklyn Red Devils. Tickets are $10 online or $20 at the door. The action starts at 8 PM.


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News About Town

Photo Credit: Reuters/Kyodo via Burrito Justice & The Atlantic

Some frightening photos of the post-earthquake tsunami in Japan (Burrito Justice)

Tsunami waves wreak havoc on Santa Cruz, Crescent City Harbors (SFist)

Rachel Levin considers the true cost of shopping at Whole Foods Haight (The Bold Italic)

Matt Baume also examines the Haight Street “Supermarket Wars” (NBC Bay Area)

Rec & Park moving forward with Haight-Ashbury Recycling Center eviction despite Board of Supes vote (Bay Citizen)

Major transit/bike/ped improvements on the way for Church & Duboce (Streetsblog SF)

Hop on board the magic school… TRAIN?! (Telstar Logistics)

Mayor Bloomberg, meet Mayor Lee (SFGate)

Get your Irish on! St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival TOMORROW (Bay Area On The Cheap)


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Expanded Haight Street Market OPEN!

The expansion of Haight Street Market is mostly complete and officially opened for business yesterday. Check out all the details at Eater SF, then head over to SF Weekly for their great follow up piece.


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Park Branch Library Celebrates Grand Reopening

After a year of renovations, the Park Branch Library at 1833 Page Street celebrated its Grand Reopening today. Many dignitaries were on hand to mark the event, including City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi & Scott Wiener, State Senators Mark Leno & Leland Yee, State Assemblywoman & Speaker pro Tem Fiona Ma, Department of Puplic Works Director Edward D. Reiskin, SF Public Library Commision President Jewelle Gomez, and Friends of the SF Public Library Executive Director Donna Bero.

The Jugtown Pirates, the Monkey Butts, and performers from nearby Circus Center & Acrosports were on hand to provide entertainment.

The Jugtown Pirates greet the attendees.

The $2.9 million renovation was completed using funds from a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000, as well as $500,000 in private funds raised by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. It’s the 16th completed renovation out of 24 total projects.

The branch, originally opened in 1909 at a cost of $34,000, has been upgraded to meet silver LEED certification standards, including energy-efficient lighting, improved electrical and ventilation systems, sustainable linoleum flooring, and an energy-efficient heating system. It’s also been made fully ADA accessible with the addition of two restrooms downstairs and a power assist lower level entrance.

Park Branch Library in 1916

I ran into Peter Warfield of the Library Users Association, who said his group was instrumental in making sure the library preserved many of the historical aspects of the building. Although he’s happy to see the branch open again, he wishes they had done even more to preserve the original character of the library, such as restore the original wood floors and skylights, and keep the original wood surfaces of the 100-year old tables intact (the wood was replaced with linoleum).

The interior of the Park Branch Library as it appeared in 1916.

If you’d like to check out the newly re-minted branch, the hours are:

Monday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday: 10 AM – 9 PM, Wednesday: 1 PM – 9 PM, Thursday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Friday: 1 PM – 6 PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday: Closed

Mayor Ed Lee arrives.

City Librarian Luis Herrera welcomes the crowd.

City Librarian Luis Herrera, flanked by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi & Mayor Ed Lee.

Mayor Lee talks about the importance of our libraries.

Mayor Lee announces Park Branch Library Day and presents proclamation to City Librarian Luis Herrera & Branch Manager Cathy Delneo.

State Senator Mark Leno presents proclamation to Branch Manager Cathy Delneo.

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma & State Senator Leland Yee present proclamation to Branch Manager Cathy Delneo & City Librarian Luis Herrera.

A hoarse Ross Mirkarimi addresses the crowd.

Supervisor Scott Wiener

San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez

Official ribbon cutting. From left to right: Branch Manager Cathy Delneo, Department of Public Works Director Edward D. Reiskin, San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Executive Director Donna Bero, City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Senator Mark Leno, Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

Musicians from the Jing Mo Athletic Association play the crowd into the Library.

Lion Dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association lead the procession into the library.

Lion Dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association lead the procession into the library.

The crown funnels in to get a look at the renovated library.

The skylights, plastered over in a 1990s renovation, have been re-painted with a sky mural & birds.

New teen area.

Patrons wait in line to use the new self-checkout machines.

Internet workstations.

The new table lamps feature power outlets for your laptop.

A patron checks out the offerings in the DVD section.

Staircase to lower staff/meeting areas.

The Jugtown Pirates perform in the downstairs meeting space.

Circus Center Performers

Circus Center Performers


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Mirkarimi Breaks Bread With Whole Foods

New Haight Street Whole Foods

After a surprise soft launch on Monday, the new Haight & Stanyan Whole Foods had their official grand opening this morning with the breaking of the bread (an eight-foot sourdough loaf), speeches from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Haight Ashbury Improvement Association President Ted Lowenberg and others, and the presentation of a $50,000 loan check to Marin’s Rustic Bakery.

Supervisor Mirkarimi talked about how the new store will be an anchor for the community, but made clear that it shouldn’t be here to put the other local natural food grocers out of business. I asked if he plans to make an appearance at Haight Street Market to celebrate the completion of their expansion once construction is complete. “Absolutely!” he said, adding that he had meant to mention them in his speech.

I also asked about his rumored mayoral ambitions and he said that as of right now, rumors are all they are, as he has yet to make any formal announcement. He’s still weighing his options, including a possible run for Sheriff in which he could put his law enforcement background to use.

Some photos from the opening below.

The breaking of the bread, a Whole Foods tradition for new locations.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi enjoys some sourdough.

Presentation of loan check to Rustic Bakery.

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