The 19th Annual Friends of Duboce Tag Sale is this Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the weatherman is predicting sunny skies with a temperature of 70 degrees. We will continue to accept donations tonight and tomorrow night from 5:30-7 p.m. at the yellow rental truck that is parked in front of the Photo Center. You may also bring your donations on Saturday morning, 7:30-9 a.m. All proceeds from this year’s sale will be used to repaint the playground equipment. 

Note the new location of the truck in the park. The easiest way to drop off donation items with a vehicle is to go to the end of Carmelita Street. Just let the volunteers at the truck know you are there and they will help you unload. 

The Tag Sale has become an annual community event that neighbors look forward to both shop and socialize. People of all ages always seem to walk away with bargains they just can’t resist.  
Many of the volunteers helping at the Tag Sale to Saturday first came to Tag Sale with their parents as small children and they have now become an important now part of our volunteer tag sale team. The merchandise at the tag sale reflects the change in demographics of the Duboce Triangle. There was no children’s department or toy department at our first tag sale in 1997 but now those two categories are now two of the largest. The clothing section is still the largest section.

Here's a list of items that can be donated: cameras; jewelry; books; videos; CDs; DVDs; clothing in great condition; shoes; small appliances (irons, lamps, etc.); sporting goods; toys; bikes; linens; bedding; small, clean rugs; suitcases; purses; belts; baskets; pictures; decorative items; holiday items; pet supplies; musical instruments; tools; and, kitchen wares.

There unfortunately are items that we cannot accept since the Salvation Army (where we take the leftover donations) will not accept them: items that are stained, torn, or broken; large appliances (washers, dishwashers, refrigerators); small non-working appliances (microwaves, toasters); non-working electronics; non-digital TVs; non-flat screen TVs; large upholstered furniture; armoires; large rugs; medical equipment; baby cribs; bed pillows, mattresses and water beds; snow skis; oil-based cleaning supplies, paints and thinners; computers, peripherals, and manuals; auto parts and tires; sinks and showers; piping; water heaters; bath tubs; stained carpets; and, infant and baby car seats.

Volunteers are always needed on the day of the Tag Sale: to help set up at 7 a.m.; salespeople for either the 9-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. shifts; and, a recycle and breakdown crew from 1-2:30 p.m. This event is always fun for the whole family and there are always irresistible bargains.  If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or need help getting your donations to the Tag Sale, please e-mail Rosie at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or at Doug at doug@friendsofdubocepark.org. 

Outdoor Movie Night returns to Duboce Park on Saturday, October 8 with the family-friendly animated film Inside Out (2015, rated PG). Inside Out was named one of the best films of 2015 by over 100 critics and publications and was ranked second on Rotten Tomatoes and fourth on Metacritic's best scored films of 2015. According to CriticsTop10, the film appeared in 340 critics' lists, with 27 of them giving the film the number one spot.  It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards held in 2016. 

Here’s a brief summary. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life at the age of 11 when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy 
Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.

Director Pete Docter first began developing Inside Out in 2009 after noticing changes in his daughter's personality as she grew older. The smash success of Docter's 2009 film Up encouraged Pixar to allow Docter to create another film with a more sophisticated story.

Movies with a San Francisco theme are always shown at all of our Movie Nights: “Pursuit of Happyness” in 2010, “The Rock” in 2011, “The Incredibles” in 2011, and “Mrs. Doubtfire” in 2012, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in 2013, “So I Married an Axe Murderer” in 2014, and “Milk” last year.

The movie begins around 7:30 p.m.  The event is free and is sponsored by Friends of Duboce Park and San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

Join the Friends of Duboce Park at our next volunteer day on Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.-noon.  The September Volunteer Day has been cancelled since it is the same day and time as our Tag Sale.
We didn’t have a volunteer day in August since our gardener wasn’t available but that hasn’t stopped volunteers from taking care of the park on their own. The huge grease spot in front of the Scott Street Labyrinth was removed, the mosaic wayfinder on Scott Street was cleaner, and neighbors on the first block of Pierce Street have maintained the beautiful planting circle near the stairs. 

We are supervised by a Rec & Park gardener who provides all supplies and materials, plants, tools, and gloves. Contact rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-255-8370 for more information or with any questions or comments. Our volunteer day is always the second Saturday of every month. 30 minutes or an hour of your time makes a big difference in the appearance of our park. San Franciscan residents contributed more than 184,000 hours in 2015 in volunteer service in San Francisco parks.  

The fence that was installed around the large section of the Dog Play Area to allow grass to grow has been removed and the area is green again. The prior fenced off area, located southwest of this area, fenced off wore down pretty quickly after that fence was removed. New soil and seed has been added to make that area more level. 

The summer dry months took its toll on the turf as the amount of brown lawn expanded. Many of lawn areas that returned to green during the rainy season are brown, and in 
some cases, bare and rutted again.  Most of those areas will turned to grass during if the upcoming wet season has normal rainfall. SFPUC reported that water-use restrictions caused retail water usage to drop by more than 20 percent last year in San Francisco even though the state required San Francisco to reduce use by only eight percent.
The bulletin board was vandalized again leaving the plastic case with a small hole and the insert may have to be replaced. Graffiti is always problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. 

All of the problems mentioned above were reported on the SF311 app or in an email report to Rec and Park. You can also just dial 311 instead of using the app or email. 

The opening reception for “The Art of Fire - Fighting the Beast: Photographs of San Francisco Firefighters at Work” is Saturday, September 17, 2015, 6:30–9 pm. The show continues through October 25 at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. 

 “The Art of Fire” comprises photographs of San Francisco Fire Department’s firefighters engaged in fighting the beast that is fire. This collaborative exhibition features work from photographers who’ve captured striking images that put the viewer on the firehose alongside firefighters in the fight to save lives and property.

The show is supported and sponsored by San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, and San Francisco Chronicle. The “Art of Fire” images will be featured in the inaugural gala for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation in March 2017.
The Photo Center’s regular Photo Lecture Series, showcasing three local photographer’s work in a show and tell format, continues on Thursday, September 8, 6:30-8 p.m. and features the work of Wesaam-Al-Badry, Aaron Green, and Lenny Pevzner. Each photographer will share their body of work as well as their approach in creating the work.
Wesaam Al-Badry was born in Nasiriyah, Iraq, and lived at a refugee camp where he traded some marbles for a camera and has been shooting ever since.  Al-Badry has been a contract photographer for CNN and Al-Jazeera America and is currently pursuing his BFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. His recent work covers the rise of Islamophobic merchandising in America. Brief biographies of the photographers are in the Photo Center’s August 30 newsletter.

All of these special events are free and open to the public. More information is available here

Intimidated by Adobe Photoshop? Photoshop – Intro Level starts at the Photo Center on September 12 and is a great opportunity to learn that software. There are a lot of great photo editing apps for your iPhone or smart phone, but none may be as good as Adobe Photoshop, the de facto industry standard in raster graphics editing that was created in 1988. 
This introductory course covers the basics of Photoshop, from importing images from digital cameras to printing images with color profiles. Topics will include Adobe Bridge, resolution, file types, and using Camera RAW files. The class will explore basic nondestructive tonal and color correction with adjustment layers, including levels and curves. They will also cover sharpening and basic retouching techniques using separate layers. 
Another great class is Exploring Composition starting on September 22. In this course you will to explore the ingredients that make up great photographs through the topics of Still Life, Portrait and Landscape. The class will look at and discuss the photographs of some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st century, to give inspiration in facilitating your own ideas and vision.

There are lots of other great courses this fall at the Photo Center that cover Darkroom and Hand Made Printing, Digital Shooting & Printing, Lighting & Technique, and Artistic Development. Fall 2016 registration started on August 13. For more information on all of the courses, times, and costs, pick up the catalogue of classes available at the Photo Center or visit harveymilkphotocenter.org.  

Yoga is an ancient practice used for developing strength and balance between mind and body. The Healing Yoga classes being offered at the Recreation Center will build your knowledge and skill in addition to teaching fundamental poses which will increase your flexibility, enhance muscle tone, and improve coordination. This is a great class to take if you are having a physical problem that limits your physical mobility or causes discomfort. The Rec Center provided a certain number of mats but encouraged you to bring your own. The class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m.
A Digital Sound Arts class starting on September 14 is designed to show kids 8-12 years of age how to use computers to make music and sound. The basics of sound design, composition, digital audio recording, mixing and effecting are taught. Groups of three kids work together and use a laptop, midi controller, and microphone to create original songs. 

There are 36 other courses being offered at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts in various recreational arts. Fall 2016 classes in dance include: Chinese Folk Dance, International Folk Dance, CAT Kinetics, Dance Conditioning, Junior Dance Company, Hip Hop Dance Crew, and Junior Dance Company. Sewing and Crocheting classes offer Art Embroidery, Knitting and Crocheting, and Sewing for all ages and abilities. There are also courses in Capoeira, Sound Arts, and Music. A full list of courses, description, and costs is available online at sfreconline.org or in the 120-page catalogue available at the Center.

A 36-year old woman was hit by a 100-pound tree branch in Washington Square Park on August 12 and suffered a fractured skull and broken spine when the branch from a city-maintained Canary Island pine tree fell 50 feet. Unfortunately, doctors said she probably will never walk again. Arborists for the city examined the tree and said it is healthy. The tree was last pruned 2013. When city workers inspected the tree in 2010, they found it in “good condition” and gave it four out of five stars on an assessment scale.

About $750,000 is allotted for forestry in the city’s general budget for fiscal year 2016, with another $1 million in fiscal year 2017. Rec and Park also allocated $4.8 million to its budget for urban forestry – or 2 percent of the department’s overall budget. A common practice is to prune every tree in the system within a 15-year cycle. But right now, there are enough arborists to service each of the department’s 177,000 trees once every 105 years, according to a Parks Alliance report.
A new management plan for the 61-acre Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve calls for thinning the forest, including removal of dead and stunted trees, planting new, healthier trees, and better maintaining the five miles of public trail that course the mountain. A forestry study commissioned last year by UCSF found that 25 percent of the trees are dead. The dominant blue gum eucalyptus is also crowding out other trees and shrubs, preventing the forest’s healthy regeneration. 

The fourth Sumo Champions Exhibition features four champions facing off with live matches at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. this Sunday September 11 at Japantown Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan streets. One of the wrestlers is Yama, who is 6’4”, weighs 600 pounds and is the two-time World Sumo Champion. A meet and greet will take place at 5 p.m.

The road to the top of Twin Peaks has been reconfigured to separate the bikers and hikers from the motorists on July 13. The figure-eight roadway at the top that snakes around the summit’s two humps allows pedestrians and bicyclists only on the eastern half while the western half has two-way traffic. 
New improvements to Mansell 
Street in 317-acre McLaren Park will be completed later this year. This high-speed street bisecting the park will create calmer traffic by reclaiming one side of the roadway for people. Vehicle traffic will remain on one side of the median while the other side will feature new, protected paths for people walking and biking fully separated from cars. McLaren Park will also be receiving San Francisco’s first bicycle skills park.

Opera in the Park, San Francisco Opera’s annual gift to San Francisco, returns to Sharon Meadows in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 p.m. Join them for arias al fresco for their 2016-17 season and other operatic favorites. Featuring Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducing the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the fall season. Free.
Saturday in the Park McLaren continues their 2016 season on September 27 with the free 4th Annual Kids Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park with four hours of art, music, magic, science, hikes, and dance and much more.  JAMwith Charity Kahn is one of the featured musical groups. JAMsattvas is 90-minute after school program for young people ages 6-8 years that includes music, movement, and mindfulness classes for school-aged children. 

Check out their Facebook page for more information. If you’ve never attended, it’s a real treat with free parking, free admission, great weather dpsnand lots of seating in a beautiful amphitheater.
This year marks the 134th anniversary of the Golden Gate Park Band, which presents free Sunday concerts at the Spreckels Temple of Music in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. They are one of the last big-city outdoor bands to present a full season of entertainment in the outdoors. The free concerts began in April and continue until early October, all starting at 1 p.m. Irish music and singing will be featured on Robert Emmett Day on September 18 and Spanish dancing with El Grupo Sabores de Espana  is featured on September 25.  For more information, please visit the band’s website.

Annual Membership dues for a Supporting Member are $25 per person and entitle you to voting privileges and participation in the governance of the organization. Your dues help cover the few costs we have, such as our website, newsletter, movie nights, and insurance. 

Your tax deductible membership is gratefully accepted and should be sent to Friends of Duboce Park, 71 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. Friends of Duboce Park are a 501(c) (3) organization. General Membership is still available at no cost but does not carry any voting privileges. Another way to show your support is by getting involved. If you are interested, please contact President Doug Woo at doug@friendsofdubocepark.org.

Our Mission Statement includes the following: "to organize and represent the collective interests regarding Duboce Park; to beautify and promote safety within Duboce Park; and, to initiate and/or support beneficial neighborhood projects on behalf of Duboce Park."


Thursday, September 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Photo Lecture Series. Harvey Milk Photo Center. Visit harveymilkphotocenter.org.

Saturday, September 10, 19th Annual Friends of Duboce Park Tag Sale, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Duboce Park.

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Day. Contact Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-55-8370. 

Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night featuring Inside Out. Duboce Park Upper Lawn.

Monday, October 10, 7-9 p.m. Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA) General Meeting. In the Gazebo on the CPMC Davies Campus. Visit DTNA.org.
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