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; 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. 


Join the Friends of Duboce Park at our next volunteer day this Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-noon.  We will be supervised by a Rec & Park gardener with all supplies, plants, tools, and gloves provided. A special thanks to the volunteers who did some planting and spread mulch behind the Scott Street Labyrinth at our May volunteer day. Our June volunteer day was cancelled since our gardener Rich was on vacation.

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.

12 of the original bollards (and chains) that were placed along pathways along two of the four sides of the Dog Play Area near the Potomac benches when the Dog Play Area was first installed have been removed. The usual cause was the failure of the bollards to hold up under heavy use and/or vandalism. The bollard and cable system has held up along other parts of the pedestrian paths although It doesn’t seem to make much difference to the dogs.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. Graffiti has been removed from playground equipment, signage, the bulletin board, poles, fences, stairs, benches, outside Rec Center walls, the Scott St. Labyrinth bench and wall, and pathways.
The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street entrance and towards the middle of the DPA remain so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas, according to our gardener, Richard Hernandez. He said he plans on adding top soil and fertilizer to the center section and 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 make it very difficult for grass to take hold there, resulting in the bare, hard surface.
Other lawn areas of the park are turning brown as the drought continues into the dry summer months. Most of those areas turned to green during the winter wet season and are expected to so again this fall and winter, assuming normal rainfall. 
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.

Those beautiful little white daisies (see picture at top) that seem to be all over the park lawns are Bellis perennis, commonly called the English Daisy. It is a perennial plant and flowers for much of the year. Though invasive, the species is still considered a valuable ground cover in certain garden settings, e.g., as part of English or cottage inspired gardens, as well as spring meadows where low growth and some color is desired in parallel with minimal care and maintenance while helping to crowd out noxious weeds. It is usually considered a weed of lawns but in an informal setting it can create a pretty addition to short grass areas.

This daisy may be used as a potherb. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked, noting that the leaves become increasingly astringent with age. Flower buds and petals can be eaten raw in sandwiches, soups and salads. It is also used as a tea and as a vitamin supplement. 

Bellis perennis has astringent properties and has been used in herbal medicine. In ancient Rome, the surgeons who accompanied Roman legions into battle would order their slaves to pick sacks full of daisies in order to extract their juice, hence the origin of this plant's scientific name in Latin. Bandages were soaked in this juice and would then be used to bind sword and spear cuts. Bellis perennis is still used in homeopathy for wounds and after certain surgical procedures. Daisies have traditionally been used for making daisy chains in children's games.

The Photo Center’s regular Photo Lecture Series, showcasing three local photographer’s work in a show and tell format, continues on Thursday, July 14 and features the work of Ally Legato, Andria Lo & Valeria Luu of Chinatown Pretty, and RE Casper. Each photographer shares their body of work in a show and tell format, as well as their approach in creating the work. The lectures are usually on the third Thursday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. 

The photographers talked about their work in short biographies in the Photo Center newsletter. Ally Legato said, “My work is an illustration of modern emotional weight…The images are highly calculated and synthesized to generate a surreal, visionary aesthetic. I rely on color manipulation, narrative elements, and expressions to embed each image with subcutaneous energy and emotional burden.”
Chinatown Pretty was created by photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu and is “an ongoing portrait series and blog that celebrates the street style of seniors living and grocery shopping in Chinatown. Casper said, “With the street as my own personal stage and people as my ever-changing cast of characters, I use high contrast B&W and vibrant color imagery to draw intrigue from the mundane.” 

LGBTQ Chronicled: 1933-2016, a photography exhibit and gala event celebrating Pride 2016, opened with a reception on June 18 and continues through July 16. Famous drag performer Peaches Christ hosted the party, which included music and drag performances. The exhibit focuses on a historic body of exciting and iconic photographs from both Bay Area LGBT Youth and LGBT Seniors. 

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

SFPD will again sponsor the annual National Night Out Against Crime events in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 2, from 5-8 p.m. with all ten district police stations participating. 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.  The community event is free and everyone is welcome.

Park Station is hosting the event in the Duboce Triangle and the Park District at the Harvey Milk Photo Center Exhibition Room and the upper lawn area and patio just outside the room. There will be face painting, arts and crafts for children, dance performances and dance lessons, hula hoop lessons and demonstrations, a magic performance, basketball, and more. Park Station will be bringing their robot, a talking police car, a police horse, and a police dog. SAFE and other safety organizations will also be there to provide information and tips on health and safety.

It’s a great chance to meet and interact with Capt. Sanford and other officers from Park Station who patrol the Duboce Triangle and Duboce Park. They have been very responsive to our concerns and we now have a dedicated foot patrol that goes through the park on a regular basis. Light snacks will be served

Want to make your iPhone photos look more professional? The Photo Center is offering four iPhone classes in July to help you achieve that goal. iPhone Experimental Workshop will be held in North Beach and Chinatown on July 9, 6:30-9 p.m. You will learn iPhone tips & tricks and shooting techniques while meandering through town, taking photos of strangers and interesting places. Breaks will be taken at café and bars for peer critiques and to cover apps and editing techniques. 

IPhone Macro Photography will be offered on Tuesdays, July 12 and 19, 6-8:30 p.m. The class will cover the basic elements of composition and exposure, subject and story. You will learn how to effectively take photos with your native iPhone camera while capturing close-ups of the built and natural world. 

There are also two iPhone – Photo Walks: Japanese Tea Garden and Stow Lake on July 16 and Financial District/Architectural Walk on July 30, both 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. During these easy walks the instructor will cover iPhone tips and shooting techniques while appreciating the built and natural environment.

All of the iPhone courses will be taught be Peggy Fok, who is a travel photographer, a Waldorf Teacher, and has worked in marketing, advertising, and editorial for 15 years across all media platforms, from print to film, working with companies such as DreamWorks SKG. Her career in photography began as a travel photographer and she has traveled extensively to over 50 countries in search of new experiences and has lived in five countries including Costa Rica, South Africa, Malawi, Brazil and Italy.

Summer Registration for all of the classes at the Harvey Milk Photo Center continues. There are lots of great courses that cover Darkroom and Hand Made Printing, Digital Shooting & Printing, Lighting & Technique, and Artistic Development. For more information on courses, times, and costs, pickup the catalogue of classes available at the Photo Center or visit harveymilkphotocenter.org.

Four textile classes begin in July at the Rec Center, including the new Creative Embroidery class on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting July 13. Taking the traditional sampler as a point of departure, students will learn several classic and artistic hand embroidery stitches. You will be inspired to draw and write with thread, embellish garments, and create original works of art. You will learn to add new technical skills to samplers each week, explore text and shading, and build your embroidery skills. 

The other textiles classes are: The Art of Crochet, starting July 12; Intermediate Sewing, July 12; and Introduction to Sewing, July 14. Email Melissa.kessor@sfgov.org or call (415) 361-3174 with any questions about these classes. 

Not as many classes are offered during the summer months but Rec & Park still offers some great activities and classes. The complete catalogue of classes is available at the Rec Center or online.
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.

Neighbors are frustrated that the new Mission Bay Children’s Park at Long Bridge and China Basic streets hasn’t opened yet, even though the 2.4-acre park was finished in March. The city still has to finish infrastructure around the park, including streetlights, and the developer needs to finish surfacing the surrounding streets in the brand new neighborhood. Then the playground needs to be approved by the Board of Supervisors and go through a final review. 
Plans have been made to convert the 3.29-acre Francisco Reservoir into a park include a dog run, bathrooms, an ADA-accessible pathway, native plan landscaping and, if there’s enough money, a children’s playground. Advocates from the Francisco Park Conservatory have raised about $25 million for the project. The conservancy would fund the park’s construction and maintenance. The Russian Hill reservoir at Bay and Hyde streets is adjacent to the 0.97 acre Russian Hill Open Space. The future park site provides incredible views of the Bay, Alcatraz, Marin County, Angel Island, and portions of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
The crowds gathering in Dolores Park for the 24th annual Dyke March on Saturday, June 25 left so much trash and garbage that it took a crew of over 25 people to clean up Saturday night, some staying until 2:30 a.m., and over 15 returned Sunday morning to continue picking up garbage. Trash has been a continuing problem at Dolores Park for years. Fortunately, trash has not been a problem in Duboce Park and almost all groups have been great about cleaning up after holding an event in the park. 
The Noe-Beaver Mini Park Community Garden at Noe and Beaver streets just got an upgrade with some new flower beds. Garden plots are in high demand at this green with only 13 plots available. The current wait list is 37. Each plot is operated by a committed volunteer and the park is almost always locked. 

Rec and Park supports and manages a program of 38 community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.
Entering its 50th season, the San Francisco Pro-Am Basketball League returned to Kezar Pavilion last month. Featuring top-notch basketball players from the Bay Area and the world, the SF Pro-Am has been delighting fans with exciting competition, highlight reel plays and a few sightings of NBA players. The best part? Admission is free. Click here for this summer's schedule and a list of teams. Lots of well known NBA stars have participated, including Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Brian Shaw, Jason Richardson, Aaron Gordon, Steve Nash, Gilbert Arenas, Kevin Johnson, Jeremy Linn, Jim Barnett, Matt Barnes, and Antonio Davis. Even Stephen Curry made an appearance in 2014
Check out the finals of Mayor Ed Lee's 3-on-3 Youth Hoops Tournament, July 16 at Kezar Pavilion, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free! Exhibition games, giveaways and resource tables. For more information, click here or email mons.info@sfgov.org.

Stern Grove Festival’s 79th Season continues this month on Sunday afternoons in Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. All performances are free and start at 2 p.m.

July’s lineup: July 10 - San Francisco Symphony; July 17 - Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, John Brothers Piano Company; July 24 – Julieta Venegas, La Misa Negra; and, July 31 -  San Francisco Ballet. 

There is no public parking area at Stern Grove on concert Sundays and parking in the area is extremely limited. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation: the M Ocean View, K Ingleside, 23 Monterey, and 29 – 19th Avenue lines all stop nearby.

Bicycles can be stored with the Festival's free bike valet at the main entrance to the park at 19th and Sloat. The valet service will open at 10:00 a.m. and close one hour after the concert ends. Bikes are not allowed in the Concert Meadow or Esplanade area of Stern Grove.

Limited reserved seating are available by joining Friends of Stern Grove Festival. More information and the complete 2016 summer lineup of performers are available at www.sterngrove.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, July 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Day. Contact Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-55-8370. 

Thursday, July 14, 6-8 p.m. July Photo Lecture Series. Harvey Milk Photo Center. Visit harveymilkphotocenter.org. 

Tuesday, August 2, 5-8 p.m. National Night Out. Photo Center Exhibition Room and Upper Lawn Area. 

Monday, August 8, 7-9 p.m. Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association General Meeting. Gazebo at CPMC Davies. Visit dtna.org.

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

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

SAVE THE DATE – Outdoor Movie Night, Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m., featuring “Inside Out” (PG-13, 2015). 
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