An estimated 700 people attended outdoor movie night in Duboce Park on Thursday, August 23 to see Best in Show, a 2000 mockumentary film that offered a look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog shows through the eyes of a group of ruthless dog owners. The movie won 11 awards, including AFI Movie of the Year and received 14 other nominations in a variety of categories.

Fortunately, the weather was mild and there was no wind. The festivities started at 6 p.m. with a dog costume contest, free balloon animals, food trucks, a beer and wine booth, and Duboce Park Café had a snack booth. The movie was part of Sundown Cinema, a series of free movies being shown in four San Francisco parks on Thursdays.
Sundown Cinema in Duboce Park was organized by San Francisco Parks Alliance and was hosted by Friends of Duboce Park. Other movies shown in other parks so far are Little Shop of Horrors at Conservatory of Flowers on June 28 and Mrs. Doubtfire in Alamo Square on June 26. The final movie is Grease and will be shown at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park on September 28. (Photos above and below by Zachary de Guzman / @zacharydeguzman)

Friends of Duboce Park's 21st Annual Tag Sale has been rescheduled for May 11, 2019. Many of the key members of the tag sale committee are unavailable this September, so the Tag Sale has been rescheduled from September 8 to May 11. 

Although we tried to make a date in September work, that month was problematic for many volunteers and we decided to postpone the tag sale rather than trying to put on the event with so many important committee members unavailable. Friends is considering making the May date permanent. 

We apologize for any convenience this postponement may cause those of who have been saving items to donate. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please e-mail Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or at Doug at doug@friendsofdubocepark.org.


Our next volunteer day is this Saturday, September 8. A special thanks to the August volunteers who weeded and planted in the pollinator bed (triangle) between the basketball court and the playground and also weeded in the Pierce Street circle. 

Contact Rose at 415-225-8370 or rose@friendsofdubocepark.org 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. Volunteers gave more than 203,000 hours of their time and energy to improving our 225 parks and recreation facilities in 2017. Those hours are equal to $6 million in park services. 


The Opening Gala for Verasphere is Friday, September 21, 6-9 p.m. at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in Duboce Park and the show continues through October 14.

David Faulk (“Mrs. Vera”) and Michael Johnstone started creating art together in 1994 by photographing Mrs. Vera in Snapshots and Mrs. Vera’s Daybook Series of photographs, an on-going photo series examining everyday life, alienation, magic and survival. 

This provided them with relief from the anguish of the AIDS epidemic. Both men had been members of creative, vibrant groups of artists, drag queens, club performers, and theater people that were decimated by the epidemic.  Mrs. Vera enabled David and Michael “not to dwell on all the loss” going on around them.  

For their audiences, Mrs. Vera magically gave everyone permission to be silly and outrageous, with Michael there to make the photographs, to bear witness and make art of it.  They continue to make art to this day and often engage friends to participate in group performances. As a group, they are called Verasphere. 

Mrs. Vera’s and Michael’s greatest contribution to the world may be simply the exuberant joy they foment wherever they go – LGBTQ events, street fairs, festivals, and the annual San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Parade, before which the two conduct Michael and Mrs. Vera consider themselves to be direct descendants of the outrageous 1970s theatrical troupe the Cockettes, “turning up impromptu in many places, both appropriate and inappropriate… without the acid."

New sidewalk pavers and plaques installed at the southeast corners of Haight and Fillmore streets include references to Duboce Park. They are part of the Public Works-led Haight Street sewer replacement project that were paid for by a $33,000 January 2015 designated for “public art, physical improvements and landscaping at the intersection of Haight and Fillmore streets.”

The design and content of the plaques was overseen by Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association (LoHaMNA). They collected stories from local residents about the people, nature, icons, and events that were significant to the neighborhood. 
One plaque offers a brief history of Duboce Park: “After the 1906 earthquake, Duboce Park as home to a tent camp for displaced residents. In 2008, an off-leash dog area as permitted, legalizing a locale long favored by dogs and their guardians.” Another plaque has a short bio of Victor Duboce.


About 100 people and 40 dogs attended the 8th Annual Three Legged Dog Picnic in Duboce Park on Sunday, July 8. The event,  hosted by Tri Pawed Dogs, was a s picnic for "Dogs with cones, casts, one eye, wheelchairs, blind, deaf, toothless, vintage, etc. all welcome.” Guests were encouraged to dress up their pups, there were blessings by Sister Chola de Dah from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and live ukulele music  from Belinda and her Uke. 


LGBTQ – Intro to Darkroom is a photography course is open to anyone interested in learning about printing in the darkroom, using black & white film, with the focus on supporting Queer Identities, as well as offering students the platform to pursue their own direction and self- expression. 

Students will work to create and develop their own projects and will learn to photograph using black & white film, develop film, as well as print in the darkroom. They will learn the essential key darkroom skills in order to enhance their photographs. Included will be lectures and engaging discussions showcasing other Queer artists/photographers and their works. 

Students will learn how to compose an Artist Statement, and the class will have group discussions/critiques. Prerequisite: Students will need to supply their own 35mm, or 120mm camera & film, and photo paper. There will be a final group exhibition/reception of work made in class. 

The 2018 Fall Activities catalogue has the complete class schedule and description of all courses offered at the Photo Center. Check out the Summer class offerings online at sfreconline.org or pick up the catalogue of courses at the Center. Don’t hesitate to call the Photo Center at (415) 554-9522 with any questions. 


Textiles – Intermediate Sewing is a class for anyone who has taken the "Introduction to Sewing" course and is ready to move on and learn more intermediate skills. This is a project-based class, in which everyone works on projects of their choice with guidance from the instructor. Enjoy sewing in a supportive community environment while working at your own pace with personalized instruction. Sewing machines and basic sewing kit supplies are provided. The class is on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting September 11.

Eight other textile classes are being offered this fall at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, including: Introduction to Sewing, two classes starting September 12 and 13; Kids Knit and Crochet, two classes starting on September 13 at 4 p.m. and p.m.; Sewing Together, two classes starting on September 22 at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.’ and, Tween Fashion Star, September 12. 

There are almost 1,500 activities to choose from this fall, including 42 classes at the Harvey Milk Recreation Center for the Arts and 52 photography courses in the Photo Center. The complete catalogue of classes is available online or pick `up the 120-page catalogue in the lobby of the Rec Center or Photo 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.


Duboce Park’s heavily-used basketball court will be resurfaced sometime this fall, according to Dennis Kern, Director of Operations for Rec and Park. The court is now at the top of the queue of court repairs and will be the next city park basketball court to be resurfaced. 

Besides being used by the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP), Summer Camp, and skateboarding classes, the court receives plenty of regular use from local hoopsters. Two of the six baskets are only eight feet high, which is two feet lower than a standard hoop, and is very popular with our younger, smaller users.

The most heavily used sections of the Dog Play Area (DPA) are turning brown and are bare, specifically, the edges of the lawn near the Potomac Street benches and a few worn sections in the middle of the DPA. The area around the benches in the upper lawn are also bare and Rec and Park gardeners have been setting up extra irrigation as interim fix, according to Michelle Pallavicini, Park Services Manager. 

Rec & Park has tried a number of times recently to fix the problem by fencing off those areas and putting in new sod and/or adding new dirt and seed but heavy use adversely affects those areas, especially during the dry months of the year. 


The 2018 Commons Block Party

on 3rd Thursdays is a block party that takes place at Civic Center on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. There are free performances by local bands– the September 20th Block Party features performances by Claire George and Tino Drima! You can enjoy a full bar serving wine, beer and craft cocktails, and a selection of delicious street food offerings curated by Off the Grid. The party also features games for “kids” of all ages to play: show off spike skills with “beach” volleyball provided by SF Social, compete against  family and friends in a game of corn hole or giant chess, and check out the new Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds.
2018 Outside Lands Music and Arts festival took place in Golden Gate Park on August 10-12 with three days of music, food, and art. This was the 11th year in a row the event was held in Golden Gate Park. The partnership between Outside Lands and Rec and Park has contributed over $20 million to our parks over the past decade and puts $75 million into the local economy annually.

The 18th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018 starts on October 5 in Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow, and Marx Meadow in Golden Gate Park. The three-day musical extravaganza is free and attracts about 750,000 people.
There is also free music every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. at Central Plaza on the rooftop level at Salesforce Park at 425 Mission Street. There are also lots of fitness classes being offered at no cost, including yoga, meditation, tai chi, HIIT bootcamp, cardio dance, and urban play. For a complete listing of performers and events and information on the new park, visit  salesforcetransitcenter.com.

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, 79 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, September 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Day. Contact Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-255-8370. 

Friday, September 21, 6-9 p.m. Verasphere Photo Exhibit Opening Gala. Visit www.harveymilkphotocenter.org. 

Monday, October 10, 7-9 p.m. Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association General Meeting. Gazebo, CPMC Davies Campus. Visit dtna.org.

Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Day. Contact Rose at rose@friendsofdubocepark.org or 415-255-8370. 
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