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Friday, January 8, 2016

Bayview Teachers Are Hosting A BBQ Fundraiser to Save Their Barnyard House

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Jen Devine and her roommates have seven days to scrounge up $18,000 or risk losing their home. So they’re doing what anyone would do: Having a barbecue. Oh, and you’re invited.

Devine and her four housemates, who include a part-time machinist for the Exploratorium and a UCSF lab teacher, have lived in the “Bayview Barnyard,” a 108-year-old, five bedroom house on La Salle Avenue, since 2008.

“We needed a place with five beds, a two-car garage, and a garden,” says Devine, a freelance sex ed teacher (she teaches a four-day course at a different Bay Area school every week, to kids ranging from 10-18). “We typed that into Craigslist and this was the first place that came up.”

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Plan Your Free Black Friday Hike in a Redwood Forest

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM

  • Mike Shoys Courtesy Save the Redwoods League
Thanks to a gift from the Save the Redwoods League, there's never been a better reason to skip the nightmare of Black Friday sales and get outside on the day after Thanksgiving. 

The non-profit has announced that it is offering free admission to 49 state parks on Friday, November 27. Don't forget to print out a pass before you go, and enjoy working off your Thanksgiving feast in the company of thousand-year-old trees.

Here are some of the best nearby parks to choose from: 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

All Six Mayoral Candidates (including Ed Lee) Will Debate Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 12:06 PM

  • Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Although this year’s mayoral election feels anticlimactic — face it, Ed Lee is piloting his $1.4 million (at last count) money machine toward certain victory — the democratic process must go on. And tomorrow evening, something like democracy will roll into Genentech Hall in Mission Bay, where all six mayoral candidates, including Ed Lee, will square off in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Go Do This: St. Anthony's Needs Your Help

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 2:32 PM

  • Matthew Roth/Flickr

St. Anthony’s is a cornerstone of the Tenderloin. Its dining room on Golden Gate Avenue has been a beacon in the neighborhood for more than six decades, serving 3,000 hot meals daily. The Foundation also offers fresh clothes to those in need, as well as a medical clinic, a social work center, and, more recently, a tech lab.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Get Dressed Up and Break a World Record in Richmond This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

  • JD Hancock/Flickr

Rosie the Riveter is the feminist icon. Representing the women who filled jobs left by men who went off to fight in World War II, Rosie is renowned all over the world. And on August 15, Richmond will hold a "Rosie Rally" in which the city is calling for 1,000 (or more) women and girls of any age to come together and embrace the Rosie the Riveter in all of us — and break a Guinness World Record in the process.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Gun Buy Back: Saving Lives in the Western Addition

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Rudy Corpuz wants you to give up your guns. The former gang member, drug dealer and addict now runs United Playaz, a SOMA outreach and advocacy group which seeks to help young men, particularly in the African American community, avoid getting caught up in a lifestyle that nearly ruined his own life.

This Saturday, United Playaz will join other organizations for a gun buy back in the Western Addition, where you can anonymously turn over your gun for cash — and for good reason.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oakland’s Kin Folkz is Staging The Vagina Monologues for the Benefit of Transwomen of Color

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 12:05 PM


Since The Vagina Monologues’ 1996 debut, Eve Ensler’s episodic Off-Broadway play has been performed across America about as many times as the Nativity scene. Along with V-Day, the larger movement where participants stage the The Vagina Monologues for the benefit of women’s shelters and other nonprofits, it continues to attract controversy from all quarters.

Most recently, Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts canceled its annual performance because the play was no longer representative of the student body or its conception of gender.

While the first all-trans performance was over a decade ago, Kin Folkz, the founder and CEO of Oakland’s Spectrum Queer Media, is staging a production that likely expands the definition of what it means to be a woman beyond what anyone has with all profits donated to Bay Area Women Against Rape and V-Day. Implicitly addressing the Mt. Holyoke theater group's decision, Folkz believes this production is the first of its kind.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

You Still Have Time to Be a Good Person and Donate to Needy Children

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

All kids deserve this kind of Christmas joy. Make it happen.
  • All kids deserve this kind of Christmas joy. Make it happen.
It's a safe bet that you haven't done jack of your Christmas shopping yet. That's a bummer for you who still has to navigate the crowds at Union Square. It is, however, wonderful news for the needy kids in San Francisco — there's still time to load up on gifts for them. 

Starting tomorrow morning at 5 a.m., early risers will be collecting toys from motorists passing by to give away to the kiddos who need them most. The Christmas Eve toy drive will continue through 11 p.m., right about the time Santa is expected to arrive here. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Cops Will Pay You For Your Gun

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Mattie Scott
  • Mattie Scott
Just as news broke of a school shooting in Portland today, a coalition of various anti-gun organizations gathered at City Hall in San Francisco to talk about how to rid the streets of guns. Their next plan: a gun buyback event tomorrow morning.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., gun owners can hand in their firearms, no questions asked. Head over to United Playaz, 1038 Howard St., and collect $100 for every gun turned over; $200 will be given for assault rifles. No one will be arrested. No IDs need to be shown. 

The goal is simple and obvious: eliminate gun violence. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree: A $1,000 PG&E Bill That Spreads Joys Across SF

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

One of the best holiday traditions in temperate, snow-less San Francisco is the “Tom and Jerry House” on 21st Street between Church and Sanchez, almost at the top of Liberty Hill. For over a quarter-century, Tom Taylor and Jerry Goldstein have decked out their house in an elaborate display of lights and oversized ornaments, with candy canes, carolers, and Santa stationed nightly through Christmas Eve. An antidote to the season’s hyper-commercialization, it’s completely free.

I followed Tom around the property as eight elves (i.e., a crew of no-nonsense workmen) were busily assembling Christmas all around us with only one day remaining before opening night. My first question was how they plan to deal with the impending Storm of the Decade and its 40-mph winds. Although Jerry later told me by phone that they’ve “found ornaments down the block and in Dolores Park” after heavy storms, Tom was fairly sanguine about it, smoothly interrupting himself to correct minor details as we crossed and re-crossed the site.

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