Start collecting your donations, our 19th Annual Tag Sale is Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the fun, socialize with your neighbors, and find a bargain that you just can’t resist. The proceeds of this year’s tag sale will pay for a fresh coat of paint for the equipment in the playground. Here’s a short list of items that can be donated: books, videos, clothes, linens, furniture, kitchen items, baskets, decorative, seasonal, sporting goods, toys, collectibles, and more.  
Unfortunately, there are items that we cannot accept because Goodwill will not accept them (we take our leftover items there) and no one else wants them: items that are stained, torn, or broken; large appliances (washers, dishwashers, refrigerators); small non-working appliances (microwaves, toasters); non-working electronics; old computers; non-digital TVs, non-flat screen TVs; 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.  So save the date and plan on participating in the festivities.

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. It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been doing this for 19 years.

Join the Friends of Duboce Park at our next volunteer day on Saturday, October 10 a.m.-noon.  The August 13 Volunteer Day has been cancelled since our gardener Rich has an event at another park and the September Volunteer Day will not be held since it is the same day and time as our Tag Sale. 

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.
A huge part of the Dog Play Area is fenced off to allow grass to grow. The last area that was fenced off, located southwest of the new fence, wore down pretty quickly after the fence was removed and new soil and seed was added to make that area more level.
The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street remain so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas, according to our gardener, Rich Hernandez. He said he plans on rototilling the area near the benches and then adding seed and fertilizer. Hernandez pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill at that location make it very difficult for grass to take hold there, resulting in the bare, hard surface.
The summer dry months have taken its toll on the turf as the amount of brown lawn expands. Many of lawn areas that returned to green during the rainy season are now turning to brown again.  Most of those same areas turned to green during the winter wet season and are expected to so again this fall and winter, assuming 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.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or in an email report to Rec and Park. You can always also just dial 311 rather than using the app or email. 

Outdoor Movie Night returns to Duboce Park on Saturday, October 8 with the family-friendly and animated “Inside Out” (2015, rated PG). Movies with a San Francisco theme have been shown at all of our previous 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.

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 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.

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.

“In the spirit of the itinerant photographers who once roamed the country and offered their services in public parks, beaches and carnivals, I will be setting up my plate camera in Duboce Park on August 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., to make traditional tintypes (handmade photographs on metal plates) for the public,” said photographer Allan Barnes. 
For a modest fee, people at the Web Plate Collodion Portrait Session will be able to take home an heirloom that will last hundreds of years. All proceeds will benefit the Harvey Milk Photo Center’s gallery lighting!  Prices for portraits will be $50 for the small size and $70 for the larger size.
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. 

Brief biographies of the photographers were in the Photo Center’s August 9 newsletter. 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.

Aaron Green is from Pittsburg, CA, and started off taking photos of landscapes, major land marks and footwear. “I’m looking transition into high fashion, catalog and urban wear photography. What motivates me is being able to capture people or a moment of time when it is at its’ best. 

Lenny Pevzner is a volunteer at Harvey Milk Photo Center. He was born and educated in the USSR and is retired now after living and working in San Francisco for many years. He said, “I’ve picked up a point-and-shoot digital camera and started to learn the world anew.”

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

Hundreds of neighbors, kids and parents attended National Night Out held for the Duboce Triangle and the Park Station Police District at the Harvey Milk Photo Center Exhibition Room and the upper lawn area on Tuesday, August 2, 5-8 p.m. 

Park Station and their Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) hosted the event that included four tables of arts and crafts for children, Chinese dance performances and dance lessons by the Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, hula hoop lessons and demonstrations by the Bay Area Hoopers, free drawing lessons, and up-close magic a roving magician.  

Park Station brought a motorcycle and SUV that the kids climbed on and got to turn on turn on the flashing red and blue lights. The U.S. Park Police brought their police horse, Park Rangers displayed their ATV, and SFPD brought a police dog. SAFE and other local safety organizations hosted tables to provide tips and information on health and safety. Everything was free, including a free raffle with a grand prize of a Kuna security system, including the camera and one one-year of service.

Officers from Park Station ran the grill and served hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixings and CPAB members brought a whole table of desserts. It was a great chance for everyone to meet and interact with Capt. Sanford and the other officers from Park Station who patrol the Duboce Triangle and Duboce Park. They received lots of compliments for being very responsive to our concerns and implementing a dedicated foot patrol that goes through the park on a regular basis.
This was the first time in 20 years that National Night Out was held in the Park District was held in Duboce Park after many years at the Boys and Girls Club on Page Street. Capt. Sanford said, “This was the most successful National Night Out that Park Station has ever held.”

National Night Out is the country’s united effort to promote neighborhood involvement to help stem crime and create safer neighborhoods.  This is accomplished through strengthening police-community relations and encouraging neighborhood camaraderie by hosting neighborhood events. Nine of the ten San Francisco district police stations participated in the free event. 

Fall 2016 registration starts this Saturday, August 13th at 10 a.m. There are lots of great courses at the Photo Center that cover Darkroom and Hand Made Printing, Digital Shooting & Printing, Lighting & Technique, and Artistic Development. 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.  

Film & Darkroom Basics starts on Thursday, September 1 and teaches all of the key steps in processing black and white film, choosing the best negative to print, and learning all of the special tips and techniques with filters and various print papers. This course is for 35mm or 120mm film cameras. And is a great course for beginners who want to learn to use a darkroom to develop their own film.

Exploring Composition starts on Thursday, September 22 and explores the ingredients that make up great photographs through the topics of Still Life, Portrait, and Landscape. SLR and DSLR cameras are used and unfortunately, point and shoot cameras will not be acceptable for this course. There are other courses for iPhone photography, including December Intro to iPhone Photography & Beyond starting  October 5 and Intro to iPhone Photography starting in December.

Ever wanted to do a podcast? DIY Podcasting, on Thursdays 6:30-9:30 p.m. starting September 13, will teach you the technical skills needed to create your own podcasts from start to finish. This is a general class and will apply to any type of podcast: talk, music, comedy, anything! This is just one of many introductory courses at the Center involving the electronic arts.

Fall 2016 registration starts this Saturday, August 13th at 10 a.m. and there are 42 great courses being offered at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts in various recreational arts. Dance classes 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, Yoga, 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. 

Recreation and Parks offers Recreation Scholarships to eligible individuals and families. More than $1 million in scholarships in Rec and Parks programs has been provided. Ongoing eligibility is dependent on attendance record. Please call Lillian Bautista, Scholarship Coordinator, at (415) 831-2717 for information on how to qualify.

Rec and Park, Supervisor Mark Farrell and District 2 neighbors officially opened a new dog play area at Lafayette Park on July 26. The $305,000 project provides synthetic "doggie turf" for the off-leash dog play area, allowing for increased hours of off-leash dog use and a more durable surface for the popular canine play area. Friends of Lafayette Park supported the installation of the new artificial turf. This is the first Dog Play Area in San Francicso with all synthetic turf.
Rec and Park has partnered with Red Umbrellas, an organization of local independent artists, to bring an open-air art exhibit to the east end of Golden Gate Park, at Alvord Lake at Stanyan and Haight streets. Marked by their distinctive red umbrellas, the exhibit will be on site on August 17. Stop by and check out the art and speak with the artists.

Outside Lands returned to the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park last weekend with three days of music, featuring Radiohead, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, and many other great name musicians. The event was sold out, even with tickets at $145 for a one- day pass and $355 for a three-day pass. Rec and Park receives about $3 million from the annual event.
The San Francisco 49ers returned to their original home in San Francisco-- Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park-- for a practice in front of 9,000 fans on August 10. All of the team's stars were out on the field for the fast-paced session, including Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith, Eric Reid and NaVorro Bowman. Kezar, home to the Niners from 1946 to 1970, was built in 1925 and renovated in 1989. 
In addition to the practice and youth football exhibition, a number of 49ers alumni hosted autograph sessions at 
various locations throughout Kezar Stadium. Fans enjoyed the entertainment of the Gold Rush, Sourdough Sam, and Niner Noise, as well as photo opportunities, a DJ, and a variety of team partner activation areas.
The Shared Schoolyard Project now opens school playgrounds on weekends, providing places within walking distance for children and families to play and gather. Schoolyards are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. across the city. Currently, the closest schoolyard to Duboce Park is Sanchez Elementary School at 325 Sanchez. McKinley Elementary School at Castro and 14th will eventually be open on weekends.

Saturday in the Park McLaren kicks off their 2016 season on August 20, 1-4 p.m. at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park with Latin Jazz featuring Louoie Romero y Mazacote and Alfonso. Acoustic Soul Fest featuring Martin Luther McCoy, Kev Choice, and others perform on Saturday, August 27, 12-4 p.m. All shows are free and continue through October 22. Check out their Facebook page for more information. If you’ve never attended, it’s a real treat with free parking, free admission, lots of seating in a beautiful amphitheater, and great music.
Stern Grove Festival’s 79th Season concludes this month on two Sunday afternoons in Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. All performances are free and start at 2 p.m. The lineup: August 14, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor and Afrolicious. August 21: The New Pornographers and Astronauts.
Limited reserved seating is available by joining Friends of Stern Grove Festival. More information at sterngrove.org.
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 started in April and continue until early October and start at 1 p.m. The August 14 concert honors SFFP, NERT, and CERT volunteers; August 21, Hungarian music and dancing; and August 28, Ukranian music and dancing. For more information, go the band’s website GoldenGateBand.org


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."


Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Day CANCELLED. Contact Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-55-8370. 

Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. Fall Registration begins. Visit sfreconline.org.

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 10, 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. Gazebo, CPMC Davies Campus. Visit DTNA.org.
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