Monday, October 13, 2014

Rec and Park activities Week of October 8, 2014

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Save the Date: Scaregrove Halloween Event at Stern Grove on October 24  
Celebrate Halloween with Rec and Park on October 24! Our annual Scaregrove event at Stern Grove is fast becoming one of the city's premier Halloween destinations for families.  Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy carnival rides, a haunted house, live entertainment, music, food for sale, hay rides and much, much more!  Cost is $8 per person; children under 2 years old are free.  Click here to download our event postcard, or visit sfrecpark.orgfor more information, including how you can purchase advance tickets.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT? Email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org

14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Heats Up Golden Gate Park Crowd      
An estimated 700,000 music lovers braved the 90-degree heat October 3-5 for the 14th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. The free event, courtesy of the late-Warren Hellman, featured a lineup of the music industry's greats, including Dwight Yoakam, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Isaak, and Emmylou Harris.  Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle's wrap-up of the festival, or click here to see some awesome Instagram shots from throughout the weekend. 
Community Opportunity Fund Encourages Park Lovers to Improve Their Local Parks     
Are you a group or individual with an idea for how to improve your neighborhood park? Apply for a Community Opportunity Fund (COF) project and help make a difference in your community.

As part of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Department's COF program is a $6 million capital program that encourages residents, neighborhood groups and park advocates to propose capital projects that will improve their local parks, e.g., the installation or replacement of playgrounds, paths, benches, drinking fountains or sports courts.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Attend any of these upcoming mandatory applicant workshops to find out how to get started:

Wednesday, October 29
6-8 p.m.
City Hall, Hearing Room 408 (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place)

Thursday, November 6, 2014  
6-8 p.m.
Minnie Lovie Recreation Center Auditorium (Capitol Ave. & Montana)

Saturday, November 15
10 a.m. -12 p.m. PM
County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (9th Ave. & Lincoln Way)

Thursday, December 11
6-8 p.m.
Joe Lee Recreation Center - Multipurpose Room (1395 Mendell Street)

You can find more information on the COF program and workshop materials here, or email our project manager atKaren.Mauney-Brodek@sfgov.org.  Please note: Round Four applicants may not need to attend one of these upcoming workshops.  Please follow up with Karen Mauney-Brodek to confirm. 

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Mobile Rec at Hamilton Rec Center on October 11   

Come out to Hamilton Rec Center (1900 Geary Blvd.) for a Mobile Rec event on Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This free recreation event features non-traditional sports like climbing, slack lining, disc golf, skateboarding, BMX biking and more. We provide the gear and safety equipment on site. Get out and play.
Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert on October 11  
This weekend, come out to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park for the latest installment of the Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series.  This week's artists include Wake the Dead, Delmarva and the Beauty Operators.  See you at the AMP!  For more info, click here.
Fencing World Cup Comes to Kezar Pavilion October 17-19  
The Men's Foil World Cup TournamentOctober 17-19 at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park, is the first held in the USA. See Olympians, world champions, and top fencers from 32 counties compete. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, click here.
Explore and Play in Celebration of SF's Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights on October 18
Come out to Mountain Lake Park on October 18, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of fun and exploration in celebration of the San Francisco  Children's Bill of Rights.  Featuring lawn games, wildlife viewing, bike rodeo, and much, much more!  For more information, visit sfcan.org. 
NFC Fitness Court Challenge Fundraiser for the Parks on October 25    
National Fitness Campaign is proud to announce the NFC Fitness Court® Challenge Event at Marina Green! The event, held in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks, will take place on Saturday, October 25 on the Marina Green at Webster. The event includes a boot camp, battle of the best trainer competition, live DJ, giveaways and much more. This event is FREE to attend! The first 500 registrants will receive a free t-shirt or prize! Event proudly sponsored by ABC 7, FIT Radio, Jawbone, KIND Bar, Sports Basement, Tribesports and VO2 Max Sports.

Sign up today. Don't miss this day of fitness and fun benefitting NFC and a healthier San Francisco.
Third Annual Soapbox Derby on October 26     

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Go Giants!   
In honor of our beloved Candlestick Park and the San Francisco Giants' current playoff run, we bring you a special video from the team's Opening Day at the 'Stick in 1960.  Video from HistorySanJose via YouTube.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Saturday October 4: Free Family Bike to School Workshop

Fun and free...

Family Bike to School Workshop and On-Road Practice

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014  /  10:00am - 12:00pm
Sports Basement's Bryant Street Store
Yes, you can bike to school! Parents and children: get your bike checked out, learn the rules of the road, and practice riding together. Safety session is followed by on-road practice as a bike train. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have basic biking ability. Family bikes also welcome. Presented by Sports Basement and SF Bicycle Coalition. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Park and Rec events week of September 24th 2014

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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.
Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert on September 27 
The Friends of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater present a special Saturday in the Park McLaren event with Charity and the JAMband, which brings award-winning concerts to children and their families, Saturday, September 27, at 1 p.m. at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. This free event is perfect for kids of all ages.  Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon.  Click here for more information. 
Save the Date: Scaregrove Halloween Event at Stern Grove on October 24  
Celebrate Halloween with Rec and Park on October 24! Our annual Scaregrove event at Stern Grove is fast becoming one of the city's premier Halloween destinations for families.  Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy carnival rides, a haunted house, live entertainment, music, food for sale, hay rides and much, much more!  Cost is $8 per person; children under 2 years old are free.  Click here to download our event postcard, or visit sfrecpark.orgfor more information, including how you can purchase advance tickets.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT? Email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org
Volunteers Tidy Up City Parks in Observance of California Coastal Cleanup Day   
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, parks and waterways.

On September 27, Rec and Park joined the effort to divert even more waste from entering our precious bodies of water by serving as site captains at three different locations in San Francisco-- Heron's Head Park, and the Murphy Windmill and North Lake in Golden Gate Park.  In all, 126 volunteers came out to our sites to pick up trash and clean our parks.  A hearty thank you to everyone who pitched in.  We couldn't have done it without you. 
Rec and Park Kids Making Big Strides in Tennis and Baseball 
Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg and the Recreation and Park Commission were proud to welcome some talented young athletes to City Hall on September 18.  The youths took time out of their regular school schedules for a special recognition of some pretty spectacular sports accomplishments.   

First, Rec and Park's Golden Gate Park 14 & Under Coed Tennis Team qualified for the USTA Junior Team Tennis Sectional Playoffs in Fresno this past August, where they overcame an early deficit to capture the NorCal 14U Coed Sectional Championship title.  Throughout its run, the team was able to beat some well-established tennis programs from all over the Bay Area and will now travel to South Carolina in October to compete in the USTA Nationals!

Also, Rec and Park's PONY League Mustang Division 10 & Under All-Star Baseball team had a similar run this past summer, winning the PONY West Zone Regional Championship and the PONY NorCal Super Regional Championship in July.  The team then went on to compete in the PONY West Zone tournament in Los Alamitos, the only team from Northern California to do so.

Congratulations to all of our young athletes, who are proving that public recreation is alive and thriving.
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Mobile Rec at Visitacion Valley Middle School Family Play Day on September 27  
Come out to Vis Valley Middle School (450 Raymond Ave.) for a Mobile Rec event on Saturday, September 27, 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.
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
Explore and Play in Celebration of SF's Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights on October 18
Come out to Mountain Lake Park on October 18, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of fun and exploration in celebration of the San Francisco  Children's Bill of Rights.  Featuring lawn games, wildlife viewing, bike rodeo, and much, much more!  For more information, visit sfcan.org. 
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This Month in Parks   
Bob Palacio, Rec and Park's Superintendent of Recreation and Community Services, talks about fall programming and some of our event highlights from the past month.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Outdoor Education Facilitator for the Grade School - apply now

Grade School Outdoor Education Facilitator

San Francisco Waldorf School seeks an Outdoor Education Facilitator to research and report on outdoor education opportunities that correlate with Waldorf grade school curriculum. The purpose of the research is to support class and subject teachers in their efforts to extend outdoor-rich, environmental education up to grade eight. 
Tasks would include, but are not limited to:
  • Interviewing faculty to establish existing outdoor education practice, from the smallest to the largest outdoor classroom activities; 
  • Conducting a curriculum study by grade and by subject to recommend ways curriculum could be enhanced by further outdoor opportunity/experience;
  • Researching best practices in outdoor education at schools, both locally and nationally; 
  • Presenting research to faculty; publishing findings in both paper and electronic form.
  • Organizing outdoor activities and field trips; cultivating relationships with local natural resources and institutes; 
  • New hire will be mentored by Amy Belkora and Karmin Guzder. The candidate will report to the Grade School Steering Committee.

The ideal candidate will have completed Waldorf Teacher Training, have experience teaching in a Waldorf Grade School and have a deep knowledge of the developmental phase and pedagogical impulses of each grade. It is essential that the candidate have a passion for and experience in outdoor education. This is a temporary, hourly position with no benefits, for 6 hours per week, with the possibility for occasional additional hours. The position will end in June of 2015.
If you are interested, please email jobs@sfwaldorf.org.