Greetings from the fog belt! I’m Sarah B. and I run a neighborhood blog, SF Appeal has asked me to write a weekly column about what’s happening in the Richmond District, so here goes…

Do you hear barking? That’s from our slickest Richmond residents, the sea lions out on Seal Rock. After nearly 20 years, they’ve returned to their original SF homeland.

This weekend we’ve got a couple of fun events going on. Lindy in the Park, a free swing dance party that takes place every Sunday in Golden Gate Park, is turning 13. Stop in this Sunday for the celebration. You can pick up some new moves, meet new people or just people watch. Check out the video below from my visit last Sunday.

Also on Sunday, we welcome Sunday Streets to the Richmond District and the Sunset. From 10am to 2pm on Sunday, much of Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway (all the way to the zoo!) will be closed to cars. Walk, bike, run, dance down the streets with abandon. We’ll do it again on September 6.

With the King Tut show going strong, the de Young Museum continues their impressive run. They announced this week that they’ll welcome two shows from Paris’ Musee d’Orsay in 2010. While the Orsay is undergoing renovations, the de Young will house impressionist paintings from great masters like van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne.

If you’re into local history, the unique museum “Playland-Not-At-The-Beach” is hosting historian James Smith this Saturday and Sunday. He’ll give a lecture and show never-before-seen photos of Playland. Playland was an amusement park that ran along the ocean on the Great Highway from the 1920s to early 1970s.

And in the event the weather doesn’t shape up this weekend, head out to our Richmond movie theaters for a recession-friendly double feature. Both the 4-Star Theater on Clement (@ 23rd Ave) and the Balboa Theater (@ 38th Ave) run doubles throughout the summer. Just $9.00 and if it’s your birthday, the Balboa lets you in for free. 😉

Have a great weekend everyone!

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