Hello from the northwest corner of SF! Fall is officially here, but don’t tell that to San Franciscans, as this weekend continues the steady schedule of outdoor festivals and events.

Golden Gate Park has something for everyone this weekend. The “new” Academy of Sciences will celebrate their one-year anniversary with lots of festivities, while outside their doors on Saturday, the tenth annual Independent Arts Expo will take place. Down the road, Tour de Fat (as in Fat Tire beer) will take over Speedway Meadow. Come Sunday, that same meadow will host Alice 97.3’s free Now and Zen music festival where you can catch Train, Colbie Caillat, Howie Day and Dashboard Confessional.

For all you MUNI fans/haters out there, our local art workshop, Frankenart Mart, recently completed their 38 Geary sculpture for Supervisor Eric Mar. Made from Richmond materials including Ocean Beach sand and Golden Gate Park parts.

Like your movies short and to the point? Then check out tonight’s Manhattan Short film festival at the Balboa Theater. Ten short films and the audience votes for a winner. Gotta love democracy!

Our neighborhood art store, Park Life, is having a sidewalk sale this Saturday. 70-80% off selected art and design books, zines, photography books and other general interest titles.

In other shopping news, I came across a delightful gallery/boutique called “Modern Relics”. If you’re into handmade jewelry and decorative arts, be sure to stop in for a visit. Jack, the owner’s dog, will greet you vociferously at the door.

Some of our neighborhood stars were honored at the Geary Merchants Annual Awards luncheon last week where lots of city bigwigs were in attendance (not to mention A.G. Jerry Brown). Congrats to the Cliff House (who just got a new chef) and Star of the Sea School who received Centennial Awards (yup, that’s 100 years in operation!), as well as the other business and individuals who received recognition. Go, Richmond, go!

In other neighborhood news, one of our local history keepers, Woody LaBounty, has a new book out about an often forgotten piece of SF history: Car-ville. In the mid-1890’s, surplus horse and cable cars were sold to residents. What emerged was a streetcar suburb with bars and restaurants, shoe repair shops, playhouses, laundries, artists studios, and even houseboats. Where else but in San Francisco?

On a walk last weekend, I popped in the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park for a visit. What a nice oasis it is. Check out the movie I put together below from my visit.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah B.
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