Outdoor Movie Night returns to Duboce Park this Saturday evening, October 8, with the family-friendly animated film Inside Out (2015, rated PG). The event is free and is sponsored by Friends of Duboce Park and San Francisco Recreation & Parks.
Inside Out was named one of the best films of 2015 by over 100 critics and publications, was ranked second on Rotten Tomatoes  and  won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature  at the 88th Academy Awards. 

Here’s the premise.  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.

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. Movie Bingo cards will be available at the Membership Table and first five people who completely fill out their cards (“blackout bingo”) with correct answers to questions about the movie will win gift certificates to Peet’s. The refreshment stand opens at 7 and will remain open during the movie. 

Our 19th Annual Friends of Duboce Tag Sale held on September 10 was another big success. There were mountains of books and CDs on tables along the fence of the playground, a huge housewares department next to the bulletin board, a hillside full of colorful toys and games, a rack of great kids’ costumes, an electronics department near Pierce Street, a cute boutique next to the membership table, racks of clothes along the pedestrian path, and tarps stacked with gently used clothing on the upper lawn.

Donations were collected at a truck parked in front of the Photo Center on the four nights before the sale and overflow was stored in neighbors’ garages. Volunteers started at 7 a.m. and managed to get it all of out of the truck and to the appropriate “department” by 9 a.m.. The proceeds from this year’s sale will be used to repaint the playground equipment.
Many of this year’s 75 volunteers first came to Tag Sale with their parents as small children and are now an important part of our volunteer team. A special thanks to all of the volunteers, donors, and shoppers. Very special thanks to: Rose Gillen, our board member who organized the event; Hal Fischer, who organizing the truck every night; FDP President Doug Woo and David Kinkela, who ran the BBQ; Elise Sommerville, for all of her various contributions; and Janet Scheuer, the organizer of the first tag sale who ran the boutique this year; and Jim Wittenbrook, who was out there at 6:30 a.m. setting up the racks and providing tables. 

The new generation of young tag sale shoppers were featured in a Chronicle article about the tag sale that appeared in Sunday’s Bay Area section. Be sure and check out this video in the online version of the story. More pictures are also available on the Duboce Park Facebook page.

Join the Friends of Duboce Park at our next volunteer day this Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.-noon. We will be working in the planting circle next to the Pierce Street entrance the park.

The circle was originally planted by Pierce Street neighbors almost exactly a year ago. Our September volunteer day was cancelled since it was the same time as the Tag Sale. 

We will be supervised by a Rec & Park gardener and Rec and Park will provide all of the supplies, 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. City residents contributed more than 185,000 volunteer hours in 2015 in San Francisco parks, which Rec & Park values at $5 million in in-kind “sweat” donations. 

Rec & Park is responsible for more than 177,000 trees and 220 parks, open spaces, and playgrounds. There are 164 park friends’ groups across the city who support the department with monetary donations and volunteer time in their respective parks. 

Friends of Duboce Park is using the proceeds from the September 10 Tag Sale to repaint the fading playground equipment. The fresh coat of paint will return the equipment to the original bright colors of the playground when it opened in 2000. We’ll let you know when the painting is scheduled. 

The bulletin board was vandalized again leaving a small hole in the clear plastic front. Previous vandalism warped the aluminum frame which created a loose fit for the insert and that combined with the hold allow moisture to get inside and warp whatever is posted. Friends of Duboce Park is paying for a new replacement insert that should be installed soon.
The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area are down to bare dirt, particularly near the benches at Potomac Street, near the benches on the upper lawn, and in the middle of the dog play area.  According to our gardener, Rich Hernandez, some of those areas are so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back. Hernandez says he plans on rototilling the brown spots and then adding seed and fertilizer.  He pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill near the Potomac bences make it very difficult for grass to take hold, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

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 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. 

Everyone is invited to K-Heroes, a free event in Duboce Park honoring our K-9 heroes and their human friends during San Francisco Fleet Week 2016. Watch and learn about working K-9’s from the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, SFPD, SF Sheriff’s Department, SF Fire Department, U.S. Customs Border Protection Agency, Canine Companions for Independence, CARDA – California Rescue Dog Association and many others.

This K-9 program will be emceed by the fabulous Donna Sachet. This is a family friendly and free event open to the public of all ages. Come out and be a part of Bark at the Park, brought to you by the San Francisco Fleet Week Association and the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

The opening reception for the annual Harvey Milk Photo Center Members, Staff & Volunteer Exhibit is Thursday, October 20, 6-9 p.m. The annual show has been curated by staff members and volunteers and continues through November 30.

 “The Art of Fire - Fighting the Beast: Photographs of San Francisco Firefighters at Work” opened on September 17 and 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 exhibit received almost one full page of coverage in the September 17 Chronicle.
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 Opening Reception for the Annual Members, Staff & Volunteer Photography Exhibit is Thursday October 20, 6–9 p.m. This exhibit has been curated by staff members and our generous volunteers and encompasses a wide and exciting subject matter, including Wet Plate Photography, Film, and Digital imagery. The show continues through November 30. All of these special events are free and open to the public. More information is available here.

Here’s a chance to learn how to make your own “zine,” most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via a photocopier.  Zine Making! starts October 13 and is a whirlwind class on the history, culture and practice of zine making (hand-made magazines).

Students will walk away with an understanding of what zines can offer them as photographers, writers, and artists. They will also be guided through the process of making their own zine, which will be shared and displayed at the Harvey Milk Photo Center.

This is an opportunity to take your darkroom photographs and present them in your own way in your own D.I.Y. book. Learn computer and analog forms of editing and designing a zine, as well as an array of binding techniques. The class will also take some field trips to the epicenters of zine culture here in the Bay Area!

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. 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.  

There are new fall hours: closed Monday and Friday, open 1-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Most of the Fall 2016 classes at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts have already started and are mostly filled but there are a few courses opening in October with spots still open.

There are two Sewing Together classes for ages 4-7 on Saturdays, starting October 15. Adult participation is required and classes can be taken independently or sequentially. All materials are provided. This is great opportunity to explore color, texture, pattern, and basic sewing skills. Using basic sewing stitches and kid-safe sewing tools, children will be introduced to the fun and creative world of textiles.

Violin for Beginners ages 6-9 begins on October 17 and is another introductory 
course designed for young people. 

Registration for Winter 2017 classes will begin in November for classes starting in December. Dozens of other courses will be offered in various recreational arts. Winter 2017 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 will also be courses in Capoeira, Sound Arts, and Music. A full list of courses, description, and costs is always available online at sfreconline.org or in the catalogue available at the Center. 
The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts had their ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their dance studio on September 22nd. The old linoleum floor had no “bounce,” but the new wooden floor will be much kinder to dancer’s legs and bodies. The project was made possible with support from the Musical Theater Works and the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP).
Scaregrove, Rec & Parks’ annual family-friendly Halloween event at Sigmund Stern Grove, happens on Friday, October 28, from 3-9 p.m., featuring costume contests, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale and live entertainment. $8 per person; children under 2 years old are free. Click here for more information. 
Construction on the Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Project began on October 3. It is scheduled for two months, but depending on the weather, may be extended to December 2016. The project scope includes installing benches, trash can and surface mounted bike racks on the north side of the Panhandle. New trash cans will be installed on the south side of the Panhandle and new way-finding signage and striping for pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be installed. Construction will not interfere with the morning (7 - 9 a.m.) or the evening commutes (3 – 5 p.m.) and no construction will be done on weekends.
The Nate Thurmond Panhandle Basketball Courts reopened on September 10 after court resurfacing was generously funded by the Golden State Warriors and Good Tidings. The courts were originally renovated in 2000, also in partnership with the Warriors and Good Tidings, and dedicated in honor of legendary Warriors player Nate Thurmond, who passed away this summer. Over the years, the courts have seen incredible popularity and were in need of repairs. A ceremonial tip-off with Mayor Lee marked the opening.
The completion of the Tank Hill Trail Improvement Project was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 15. The purpose of the project was to replace a deteriorated log stair trail from Belgrave Avenue to the top of Tank Hill with new box steps. The elevation of 650 feet at the top offers a great panoramic view. Tank Hill also contains 60 species of native plants. The name comes from the Clarendon Heights Water Tank built in 1894.
The 16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (photo below) returned to Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park  last weekend for a free, three-day celebration of bluegrass and more. Performers included Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Boz Scaggs, Chris Isaak, Cyndi Lauper and Wynonna & The Big Noise. Over 100 acts played on seven stages over three days  and drew over 750,000 people. 

There were lots of free music concerts in San Francisco parks this spring and summer.  Stern Grove Festival’s 79th Season offered 10 Sundays of concerts; the Golden Gate Park Band celebrated their 134th anniversary of performing at the Spreckels Temple of Music in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park by offering 26 different afternoons of music; Opera in the Park at Sharon Meadows was once again held in Golden Gate Park in September; and, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, in their 16th year,

The music season concludes in October with three shows at McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.  “Let the Good Times Rock’n Roll Show!” on Saturday October 8 from 12:30-4:30 offers three hours of dance and sing-along music with Cocker Power – A Joe Cocker Tribute Band, Rock Candy with Lindsey Boullt, Lost Comet with Sharon Pucci and Big Rain, A Rockin’ Country and Blues group.
The Bluegrass Bluegrass Festival on Saturday October 15 from 12-4 p.m. will showcase several local troubadours at a non-stop afternoon of new and traditional tunes sung and played by The Back Porch Band, The Beauty Operators String Band, Canyon Johnson and The Windy Hill Bluegrass Band.
The Blues Show on Saturday October 2 from 1-4 p.m. is their final concert.  There will be a great lineup of local bay area blues performers. This show also celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater with the annual Saturday in the Park Amphitheater Birthday Party.

Check out their Facebook page for more information. The Amphitheater is one of San Francisco’s hidden treasures and if you’ve never been there, it’s a real treat with free parking, free admission, and lots of seating in a beautiful, natural setting. Enjoy the free music during the day and then head to Duboce Park to watch Inside Out as part of our free Outdoor Movie Night starting at 7:30 p.m.


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. If you join now, your membership is good through 2017.

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, 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.

Saturday, October 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bark in the Park. Visit fleetweeksf.org/k9-heroes/

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.

Sunday, October 16, 1-5 p.m. Victorian Alliance Duboce Park House Tour. Visit victorianalliance.org. 

Thursday, October 20, 6-9 p.m. Opening Reception: Annual Members, Staff, & Volunteer Photography Exhibit. Harvey Milk Photo Center. Visit harveymilkphotocenter.org. 

Friday, October 28, 3 – 9 p.m. Scaregrove. Sigmund Stern Grove. Visit sfrecpark.org/events. 

Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Photo Lecture Series. Harvey Milk Photo Center. Visit harveymilkphotocenter.org.

Saturday, November 12, Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Day. Contact Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-255-8370.
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