Hello from the Richmond! Yesterday I left my house all bundled up for the Giants game. But then I crossed Masonic, and lo and behold, it was sunny! Thankfully, my mother taught me all about “layering” as a kid so I was prepared for my microclimate crisis. But I digress…

Whether you’re into rock or opera, or both, we’ve got something for you this weekend. The “Power to the Peaceful 2009” music festival on Saturday features Michael Franti, an acoustic Alanis Morissette, and many other acts. If divas are more your thing, don’t miss Opera in the Park on Sunday. Both events are free and in Golden Gate Park.

Last week we celebrated 42 years of Green Apple Books. This week we’re congratulating Bill’s Place for 50 years of hand-ground burgers, fresh french fries and real milkshakes. Some think it’s the best burger in the city. Let the debating begin…

While some people sort of lump the Richmond in with the Sunset and in general refer to us as being “way out there”, our corner of the SF pie has a lot of history and character. So much so that some 44th Avenue residents are fighting to block a development that they feel would break the character of their block which is made up of homes built from 1920-1929. Richmond District pride, oorah.

On Sunday we hosted the final Sunday Streets in Golden Gate Park and on the Great Highway. Thousands came out to take back the streets while the fog and every manner of bicycle stole the show. I was most impressed by Cyclecide’s amusement ride that was powered by…parents. Watch the video below to see it in action.

If you’re into photography and nature, stop by the lobby of the Balboa Theater to check out photos from Quang-Tuan Luong. He visited each of the 58 National Parks in the U.S. and took jaw-dropping photographs of the landscape and wildlife. Some of his photos are being used in Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary The National Parks: Americas Best Idea.

And finally, I’ll leave you with a tease from last week’s Richmond Police blotter. “Officers responded to the area of the Botanical Gardens on a report of a man running naked through the streets. Officers observed the suspect completely nude, except for a pair of black socks standing in the middle of the street.” Find out what happened.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah B.
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