Thursday, September 18, 2014

Peter Gray at the SF Public Library on October 2 6-7:30pm

In this talk Boston College Professor Peter Gray will define play as activity that contains the following five characteristics:  It is (1) self-chosen and self-directed; (2) motivated by means more than ends; (3) guided by mental rules; (4) imaginative; and (5) conducted in an alert, active, but non-stressed frame of mind.  He will explain how each of these characteristics of play contributes to play’s amazing educative power.  Play is nature’s way of ensuring that children will acquire not just the physical skills, but also the intellectual, social, and emotional skills essential for a successful, healthy, happy life.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

San Francisco Park and Rec events September 17, 2014

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Join Rec and Park for Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20   
Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State's largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California's beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California's fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!

Please join SF Rec Park's efforts to join in and divert even more waste from entering our precious bodies of waters this year. We are serving as Site Captains at three different Locations in San Francisco. See links below and register at your preferred location.

East Side Location:
West Side Location:
To learn more about the history of Coastal Clean-up, please click HERE.
Camp Mather 90th Anniversary Party and Rim Fire Benefit on September 20       
The Friends of Camp Mather, in partnership with San Francisco Recreation & Parks, cordially invites you to Camp Mather's 90th Anniversary Party & Rim Fire Benefit on Saturday, September 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the newly renovated boathouse at Lake Merced.

Silent and Live Auction & Live Music
Wine, beer, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres & cake

We will also be honoring the SF Firefighters who helped save the Camp from the Rim Fire. Proceeds from the Benefit will go toward making the Camp safer from future fires.

Tickets are $50 each and only 200 can be sold for this event on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Donations are also gratefully accepted!)

For more information on how to purchase tickets or make donations, visit the Friends of Camp Mather website.
SF Chronicle: Community Gardens Show Off Work to Visitors
(The San Francisco Chronicle and reporter Carolyn Jones featured Rec and Park's community gardens and urban agriculture program on September 13. Photo by Jessica Christian-The Chronicle)  

By Carolyn Jones 

San Francisco's chard never looked crisper or tastier.

Same with its artichokes, lettuce, sweet peas and leeks. Even the butterflies seemed more vibrant Saturday for the city's first community garden open house.

The Recreation and Park Department threw open the gates at 21 of its 38 community gardens to show off the handiwork of its volunteer gardeners and encourage newcomers to enroll.

Visitors could tour the gardens throughout the city, take classes on pollination and other topics, and even bring home a bag of free mulch."

"We want to make sure the public knows about these wonderful gardeners and sees the hard work of these folks," said Hannah Shulman, the city's urban agriculture program coordinator. "We also want people to know that at some gardens they can sign up right away."

San Francisco has no shortage of gardening enthusiasts. More than 1,600 residents maintain plots in community gardens, from Bayview to Pacific Heights to the Outer Sunset and all points in between.
 
Neighborhood Kids Get Their Kicks at the New Minnie & Lovie Ward Athletic Field
ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Lee at the new athletic field at Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center
The Minnie & Lovie Recreation Center Athletic Field reopened on September 14 after an extensive $7 million renovation project that transformed the old tired facilty into a field of dreams. Mayor Ed Lee stopped by along with Supervisor John Avalos, John Fisher and family members of the late Minnie and Lovie Ward, community leaders after whom the park is named,  This multi-purpose athletic field can host a variety of sports, including soccer, football, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball and general sports play.  This field renovation was part of the Playfields Initiative, a project of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the City Fields Foundation to provide safe, accessible athletic fields for every local child who wants to play sports.
Renovation Highlights:
*    Synthetic turf athletic field
*    State-of-the-art, automatic field lights
*    Baseball/softball dugouts and backstops
*    New fencing
*    New landscaping and walking paths

Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center and Park is located at Capitol Avenue and Lobos Street. View our event photos here.
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McINerny Kiln Dedication at the Sharon Art Studio on September 20 
Please join the Friends of Sharon Art Studio, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, and the members of the McInerney family on SaturdaySeptember 20th, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Sharon Art Studio, for an evening of remembrance and renewal, celebrating the installation of two new high fire ceramics kilns. We will be dedicating the new kilns in honor of Kitty and Jim McInerney, whose humanitarian spirit and legacy gift established the Kitty Kiln Fund to ensure a thriving ceramics program at Sharon Art Studio for many years to come.

These two new kilns were funded largely in part by the Kitty Kiln Fund which is now nearly depleted. All donations and proceeds from a silent auction of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces crafted by Sharon Art Studio instructors and staff (past and present) will replenish the Kitty Kiln Fund.  

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and the entire event is FREE! Tickets can be reserved here. For more information, click here.
Mobile Rec at St. Mary's Rec Center on September 20 
Come out to St. Mary's Rec Center (Murray and Justin Dr.) for a Mobile Rec event on Saturday, September 20, from11a.m. - 2 p.m. This free recreation event features non-traditional sports like a climbing wall, slack lining, disc golf, skateboarding and BMX bikes . We provide the gear and safety equipment on site. Get out and play.
National Public Lands Day at Youngblood Coleman on September 27 
In partnership with the Friends of Youngblood Coleman PlaygroundB-MagicParks 94124 and the YMCA, Rec and Park will host a special volunteer event in honor of National Public Lands Day at Youngblood Coleman onSeptember 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will help with weed removal, litter pickup, baseball field improvements and a tile project on the park's chess tables.

Last year, volunteers spent 183,000 hours of their time improving our parks and programs. If you want to volunteer onSeptember 27, email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
Tricycle Music Fest with the Library Kicks Off on September 27
The San Francisco Kids' Public Library announces the 6th annual Tricycle Music Fest, bringing more concerts, more bands, and more opportunities to rock, play, and learn at the library! San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library are teaming up again to present the biggest little music fest on the West Coast. The 2014 Grammy Award-winning lineup will be coming to your library on weekends in September and October. Tricycle Music Fest features 20 free events from the coolest and most acclaimed kindie rock performers. For more info, click here.
Intro to Fishing Classes at Lake Merced Begin September 27 
Come and fish at San Francisco's beautiful Lake Merced this fall beginning Saturday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  These classes are perfect for fledgling anglers,ages 8 and up, and will cover basic fishing techniques taught by our experienced staff.  Lake Merced is home to common species such as rainbow trout, catfish, black bass, carp and sunfish.  We provide the equipment; all you need is a fishing license if you're 16 or older.  Meet at the Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Drive.  Fishing licenses can be purchased via the California Fish & Wildlife website at dfg.ca.gov/licensing or at your local fishing shop. $25 per student. Register online at sfreconline.org.For more information, email rex.biteng@sfgov.orgSee the class flyer here
Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert Series Heats Back Up on September 27        
The 2014 Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series continues beginning Saturday, September 27.  Organized and hosted by the Friends of the Amphitheater, the free concerts at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park is the perfect way to spend a fall weekend afternoon.  For more information, click here. 
Friday Night Market at UN Plaza in September, October        
  • What:        Friday Night Market at UN Plaza
  • Date:         Every Friday from Sept. 5 through Oct. 24
  • Time:        4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location:  United Nations Plaza, Eighth and Market streets
  • What:        Food Trucks, Drinks, Vendors, Entertainment and Activities
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California Coastal Cleanup Day 2014   

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SF Park and Rec update for September 10, 2014


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Celebrate the New Athletic Field at Minnie & Lovie Ward on September 14 
The Minnie & Lovie Recreation Center Athletic Field is reopening on Sunday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! This multi-purpose athletic field will host a variety of sports including: soccer, football, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball and general sports play.  This field renovation is part of the Playfields Initiative, a project of San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the City Fields Foundation to provide safe, accessible athletic fields for every local child who wants to play sports.
Renovation Highlights:
*    Synthetic turf athletic field
*    State-of-the-art, automatic field lights
*    Baseball/softball dugouts and backstops
*    New fencing
*    New landscaping and walking paths

Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center and Park is located at Capitol Avenue and Lobos Street.
Join Rec and Park for Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20   
Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State's largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California's beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California's fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!

Please join SF Rec Park's efforts to join in and divert even more waste from entering our precious bodies of waters this year. We are serving as Site Captains at three different Locations in San Francisco. See links below and register at your preferred location.

East Side Location:

West Side Location:
To learn more about the history of Coastal Clean-up, please click HERE.
Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert Series Heats Back Up in September       
The 2014 Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series continues beginning Saturday, September 27.  Organized and hosted by the Friends of the Amphitheater, the free concerts at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park is the perfect way to spend a fall weekend afternoon.  For more information, click here. 
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Open Gardens Day on September 13  
On September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 21 community gardens around the city will be open to the public for enjoyment and education. Click here for a list and schedule of open hours and special events.

Our 38 gardens are volunteer-run (over 1,600 participants and counting!) under the umbrella of Rec and Park's Community Gardens Program, which is a component of the new citywide Urban Agriculture Program.

The Urban Ag Resource Center at the GGP CommUNITY Garden will be open for free compost, soil and mulch pick-up from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The GGP CommUNITY Garden is the largest garden in our system (with over 160 gardeners) and features a native plant nursery, demonstration gardens, and the City's first urban agriculture resource center.

To get on a wait list for one of our community gardens and/or to find out about communally managed gardens that welcome volunteers to start gardening right away, click here.
Free Fall Classes at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden      
Just announced: Free fall classes at the city's largest community garden, the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, including Pollinators in San Francisco, Integrated Pest Management for Your Garden and Composting & Vermicomposting.  All classes are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  RSVP to rpd.urbanag@sfgov.org. 
Mission Rec Rebels Fall Tryouts, September 10-14 
Fourth- to eighth-grade girls are invited to the Mission Recreation Center Rebels fall tryouts, September 10-14. MRC is one of the most recognized, most comprehensive instruction-based Girls AAU Basketball programs in the west. Repetition is the key to success, and all of our teams train consistently on a structured and designed curriculum which dramatically impacts player development through the season.

Fall/Winter teams will train each week in:
  • Multiple team practices 2x per week
  • Skills and Performance training
  • Strength, Speed and Agility Training
  • Structured Curriculum
  • Qualified Coaches committed to child's growth and development
  • 7 to 10 Tournaments
TRYOUT DATES:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th  
5pm-7pm       4th, 5th and 6th graders
7pm-9pm       7th and 8th graders
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
5pm-7pm       4th, 5th and 6th grader
7pm-9pm       7th and 8th graders
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th
9am-11am 4th 5th and 6th grader
11am-1pm 7th and 8th graders

MISSION RECREATION CENTER is located at 2450 Harrison St.

For more information, please contact jacqueline.randolph@sfgov.org. 
Open Auditions for YPTMTC's "Fiddler" Production Begin September 17 
Based on Sholem Aleichem stories with special permission from playwright Arnold Perl, Rec and Park's Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company's fall/winter production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will hold auditions onSeptember 17 and 19 at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts (50 Scott Street). For more information, emaildirector@yptmtc.org or call (415) 554-9523.  
Camp Mather 90th Anniversary Party and Rim Fire Benefit on September 20       
The Friends of Camp Mather, in partnership with San Francisco Recreation & Parks, cordially invites you to Camp Mather's 90th Anniversary Party & Rim Fire Benefit on Saturday, September 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the newly renovated boathouse at Lake Merced.

Silent and Live Auction & Live Music
Wine, beer, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres & cake

We will also be honoring the SF Firefighters who helped save the Camp from the Rim Fire. Proceeds from the Benefit will go toward making the Camp safer from future fires.

Tickets are $50 each and only 200 can be sold for this event on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Donations are also gratefully accepted!)

For more information on how to purchase tickets or make donations, visit the Friends of Camp Mather website.
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Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert Series  
The Back Porch Band sings Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" at this year's Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series, which kicks back up starting September 27. (Video by Linda Davirro)