Portola Community Meeting
Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

Portola Community Meeting

  • Palega Rec Center

Join us at the Portola Community Meeting!

We look forward to updating everyone about ongoing efforts such as the Portola Urban Greening Committee's work installing sign Welcome to the Garden District sign and adjacent landscaping, as well as their upcoming project expanding Burrows Pocket Park - creating additional public green space for the neighborhood.

The Greenhouse Project is also excited to report back about the feedback we heard this past Earth Day about the future of greening and urban agriculture in the Garden District. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 


Alemany & Silliman Mulch Volunteer Day!
May
13
8:00 am08:00

Alemany & Silliman Mulch Volunteer Day!

Join us as we add a fresh layer of mulch to the recently weeded Alemany Island Snakepit, and finish the mulching at the Silliman & SBA beneath the Portola's newly installed Welcome to the Garden District sign. 

Bring your favorite gardening gloves and a bottle of water, and help beautify the Portola!

This event is hosted by the Portola Neighborhood Association's Arts and Beautification Committee. 

 

Greening the Portola: Earth Day Celebration!
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

Greening the Portola: Earth Day Celebration!

  • Burrows Pocket Park

Please join us for Portola's Earth Day Celebration!


WHEN
This Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm.

WHERE
Burrows Pocket Park located at 2 Burrows Street, SF, 94134.  

WHAT
An Earth Day block party celebrating the incredible Portola community and its dedicated greening efforts! We are still glowing from the Garden District Unveiling and can't wait to gather again. This time, on Earth Day, we look forward to hearing and documenting your aspirations while enjoying ice cream, tacos, live music, and fun activities for the whole family.

WHY
Share your vision for the Garden District. Join your neighbors to learn more about upcoming opportunities, share feedback about the activities and experiences you want from future greening projects (including the potential revitalization of an urban farm), and grab some plants for your backyard before it is too late in the Spring!

WHO
Catch up with your neighbors and the Portola's green organizations. This Earth Day learn about the groups actively greening the Portola, what they've been up to, and the ultimate vision they are working towards. You will hear from Friends of the Urban Forest, the PNA's Arts and Beautification Committee, the Portola Urban Greening Committee, and The Greenhouse Project -- and have the opportunity to provide input to inform their future work!

SEE YOU SATURDAY!


Final Volunteer Work Day: Silliman Caltrans Project
Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

Final Volunteer Work Day: Silliman Caltrans Project

  • Caltrans Easement

WHAT:

Join SF’s green advocates in COMPLETING the beautification a long-neglected piece of land beside the 101-freeway with hundreds of drought-tolerant, California native, and pollinator-friendly plants. We need your help to finish planting, setting up irrigation, and mulching the site—designed to honor the longstanding tradition of horticultural activity in the Portola, which was recently recognized as the City’s Garden District. All are welcome, but experienced gardeners especially needed. All tools provided.

WHERE:

Meet at the Caltrans easement directly north of 2469 San Bruno Ave. Public transport recommended.

WHEN: 

Caltrans Easement north of 2469 San Bruno Avenue, Ruth's Children's Shoppe. 

To RSVP or find out more, contact lucia@sfgreenhouses.org.

 

Volunteer Gardening at Silliman Caltrans Sit
Apr
2
1:00 pm13:00

Volunteer Gardening at Silliman Caltrans Sit

  • Caltrans Easement

WHAT:

Join SF’s green advocates in beautifying a long-neglected piece of land beside the 101-freeway with hundreds of drought-tolerant, California native, and pollinator-friendly plants. We need your help to plant, irrigate, and mulch the site—designed to honor the longstanding tradition of horticultural activity in the Portola, which was recently recognized as the City’s Garden District. All are welcome, but experienced gardeners especially needed. All tools provided.

WHERE:

Meet at the Caltrans easement directly north of 2469 San Bruno Ave. Public transport recommended.

WHEN

Caltrans Easement north of 2469 San Bruno Avenue, Ruth's Children's Shoppe. 

To RSVP or find out more, contact lucia@sfgreenhouses.org

SFPUC's Final Yosemite Creek Daylighting Plan Open House
Mar
23
5:00 pm17:00

SFPUC's Final Yosemite Creek Daylighting Plan Open House

  • Christ for All Nations Church

If you missed the initial planning meetings, you can learn more about the project in past articles from the Portola Planet here or check out the project website here.  

Yosemite Creek originates from a natural spring in McLaren Park, the majority of which is currently buried underground and flows through covered pipes underneath the Portola neighborhood out to the bay. The PUC aims to daylight a portion of the creek within McLaren Park to provide practical benefits such as rain waiter collection but also creating a beautiful and pedestrian-accessible riparian corridor.  

Join the community in providing feedback for the PUC's plans on Thursday 3/23!

The Portola's Garden District Unveiling!
Mar
11
1:30 pm13:30

The Portola's Garden District Unveiling!

  • Caltrans Easement

Let's celebrate the Portola!

We'll be unveiling a big, beautiful sign to celebrate the Portola's recognition as the Garden District! Join your neighbors and come represent "The Best Little Neighborhood You've Never Heard Of". Our state and local elected officials will be joining, and this is our opportunity to show just how strong and proud this community is. 

Live music, historic photos, activities and fun for the whole family!

Please RSVP today by marking your attendance on NextDoor or emailing contact@sfgreenhouses.org.

FOR CHINESE TRANSLATION CLICK HERE

See you there!


WHO:

Everyone is welcome!  The Greenhouse Project and the Portola Urban Greening Committee invite Portola residents, neighbors, green advocates and stakeholders to the Garden District Sign’s unveiling.

 

WHAT:

The Portola's Garden District Unveiling! We'll be celebrating the new beautiful 40'x20’ hand-painted sign, which commemorates the Board of Supervisor's recent recognition of the Portola as the official Garden District of San Francisco. Join your neighbors to celebrate this addition while enjoying fun kid-friendly activities, learning about the Portola’s past and envisioning its future, and meeting our district's representatives, Assemblymember David Chiu and Supervisor Hillary Ronen. We look forward to seeing you there, and please spread the word to your family, neighbors, and friends. Let's pack the space with Portola pride!

 

WHERE:

The intersection of San Bruno Ave and Silliman (next to the 101-South onramp). The address is 2469 San Bruno Avenue. 

 

WHEN:

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Please join your neighbors in celebration promptly at 1:30 for the official unveiling of the Garden District sign! The event will officially go till 2:30 pm.


Volunteer Gardening Caltrans Land on San Bruno Ave!
Mar
11
9:00 am09:00

Volunteer Gardening Caltrans Land on San Bruno Ave!

  • Caltrans Easement beside Ruth's Children's Shoppe

The Portola Urban Greening Committee, The Greenhouse Project, and the Portola Neighborhood Association are excited to transform the land into a site of neighborhood pride emblematic of the Portola's Garden District Identity.

We invite you to join your neighbors for a day of outdoor community service, where we will finish clearing the long neglected Caltrans land adjacent to Ruth's Children's Shoppe and prepare it for the beautiful new plants to be installed in April.

We hope you can join us! Tools, music, and good conversation will be provided. Please contact lucia@sfgreenhouses.org if you have any questions!

 

 

Gardening Volunteer Day
Mar
4
1:00 pm13:00

Gardening Volunteer Day

  • Caltrans Easement Beside Ruth's Children's Shoppe

The Portola Urban Greening Committee, The Greenhouse Project, and the Portola Neighborhood Association are excited to begin work on the long neglected Caltrans site adjacent to Ruth's Children's Shoppe, and transform it into a site of neighborhood pride emblematic of the Portola's Garden District Identity. We welcome you to join us for our first volunteer day, where we will clear the site and begin preparing the soil for the beautiful new plants to be installed in April! 

Tools, music, and good conversation will be provided. Please contact lucia@sfgreenhouses.org if you have any questions!

 

Community Fundraiser at FDR
Dec
10
12:00 pm12:00

Community Fundraiser at FDR

  • Ferment Drink Repeat Brewery (FDR)

We are inviting the community to come in and pick their favorite beer of the Iron Brewer Competition. $10 gets you a flight of the finalists' beer. All proceeds go to the Portola Neighborhood Association.

Portola Holiday Party
Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

Portola Holiday Party

  • Italian American Social Club

Join your Portola neighbors for a festive evening of food, drink, music, and good cheer--including a visit from Santa! 6-7 is a Social Hour w/ cash bar and kids activity, and 7-9 is a buffet dinner. 

The menu includes salad & antipasta, chicken marsala, sirloin tips in wine sauce, pesto pasta, coffee & tea and dessert. 

Cost for adults and kids over 10 = $28. Kids 5-10 is $16. 

Reserve your spot by Sunday 12/4 by calling Joan (415) 816-1335.  Drop off cash or check (payable to Italian-American Social Club) at 1718 Burrows Street. Can also venmo/square cash to Farnaz at 650.704.4870. 

After party at FDR Brewery!

Burrows Street Bike Corral Hearing at SFMTA
Dec
2
10:00 am10:00

Burrows Street Bike Corral Hearing at SFMTA

  • SF City Hall, Room 416

The PNA has applied for the Portola's first bike corral to be located outside the Four Barrel Coffee and the Burrows Pocket Park. The SFMTA is scheduled to hear and potentially approve our approval. We are so excited to create a safe legal space for bicyclists to lock their bikes and to further incentivizing sustainable transit methods in our city. Please come and voice your opinion at City Hall in room 416 if you can!

Crocker Farm Groundbreaking Ceremony
Oct
30
12:00 pm12:00

Crocker Farm Groundbreaking Ceremony

  • Crocker Farm

Celebrate the opening of an urban farm in San Francisco, located on the PUC's land at the western edge of McLaren Park. After 4 years of surveys, interviews, focus groups, community events and lots of input, PODER, SFPUC and D11 Supervisor Avalos are happy to invite residents and supporters to begin building the farm!

For more info: tere@podersf.org (415) 637-5862 xt

PNA Community Meeting
Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

PNA Community Meeting

  • Palega Recreation Center

Hi Neighbors! The PNA is doing their October Community Meeting a bit differently this time around. 

They are having an Open House with as many Portola organizations as we can fit in one room, and since it's so close to Halloween, they decided to make it a trick-or-treat event for the whole family! 

So put on your favorite costume and join us next Thursday from 6:30 - 8pm at Palega Rec Center! 

10th Annual Portola Garden Tour
Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

10th Annual Portola Garden Tour

  • Portola District

The Portola Garden Tour is a benefit for The Portola Garden District Scholarship at City College of San Francisco for deserving students of the Environmental Horticulture and Floristy Department. The 2016 tour will be its 10th year as a benefit. The tour has awarded 12 scholarships and three work projects and hope to add more with this year’s proceeds.

The Portola enjoys uncharacteristically sunny weather for San Francisco and is home to many avid amateur and award winning gardeners. The neighborhood also boasts one of the highest rates of homeownership in the city. The Portola is located in the Southeast sector of the city, from Silver Avenue at the north to Mansell to the south with highway 101 as the eastern border and McLaren Park to the west.

 

Portola Garden District Resolution Hearing!
Sep
20
4:30 pm16:30

Portola Garden District Resolution Hearing!

  • Room 250, City Hall

We Need Your Support at City Hall!

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 4:30 PM!!
We are pleased to announce that on this upcoming Tuesday, September 20th, D9 Supervisor David Campos will introduce a resolution to the Board of Supervisors proposing to officially recognize the Portola as San Francisco's Garden District. Let's take advantage of this significant opportunity to formalize our community identity and invite further civic attention to our neighborhood. In order to make this opportunity an overwhelming success, we need you (and any friends/neighbors/family members you can bring along) to join us to stand in solidarity with this resolution and show the Board of Supervisors that we are deserving of an affirmative vote. 


When: 4:30pm

Where: Room 250, San Francisco City Hall

What to Expect: We will be passing out green ribbon bows to all supporters, and there will be an opportunity to make a brief public comment to advocate for the resolution's passing. If you'd like to speak, please contact lucia@sfgreenhouses for more information. 

WhyWe need to mobilize our community of supporters to ensure that this piece of legislation is well received with the Board of Supervisors. This resolution presents a significant opportunity to invite further civic attention to the neighborhood and its Garden District identity, in addition to celebrating the hard work of the Portola’s green advocates who breathe life into the rich history of the neighborhood. If passed, this resolution will publicly substantiate City Hall’s support for projects and activity that strengthen the Portola's Garden District identity and advance the key themes expressed by residents in the Portola Green Plan (creating a safe, welcoming pedestrian environment, commitment to beauty, green education, and connections beyond the neighborhood). 

 

Party for the Parks
Sep
17
6:00 pm18:00

Party for the Parks

  • Panhandle Playground in Golden Gate Park

Every child in San Francisco deserves access to a safe, clean, imaginative, place to play. Proceeds from Party for the Parks 2016 supports the work of the Parks Alliance and the Recreation and Park Department to renovate over a dozen city playgrounds, benefiting over 20,000 children in San Francisco. Join us to transform playgrounds across the city.

'Greening The Portola' Social!
Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

'Greening The Portola' Social!

  • Ferment Drink Repeat

The Greenhouse Project, The Portola Neighborhood Association, the Goettingen Neighbors Group, Help McLaren Park, and the SF Bee Cause are excited to join forces and bring you our first gathering at local microbrewery Ferment Drink Repeat. 

If you are a Portola resident, new or old, with an interest in greening, beautification, sustainability, gardening, outdoor recreation, or the neighborhood's history as San Francisco's Garden District, we hope you can join us at the upcoming 'Greening the Portola' Social. We are excited to bring our group's supporters and potential new members together to share updates and new opportunities to engage with the exciting work happening in the neighborhood. We are planning on getting together Friday September 16th at 6:00pm at FDR to end the week with a great beer, solid company, and exciting cause!

See you there, 

-The Greenhouse Project

 

Drag Queen Bingo
Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

Drag Queen Bingo

  • El Toro

The Portola Neighborhood Association is hosting Drag Queen Bingo, complete with prizes, dancing and fun on Thursday August 11th from 7-11pm at El Toro, 2470 San Bruno Avenue. 

"Grab your fake eyelashes and that feather boa and get ready to play some BINGO. And when you win, make sure to show off that O FACE (That's your sexy expression that shows you're having a good time!). Hosted by the delightful D'Lady Ito and the amazing Alysse, these ladies know how to get those balls going! You'll have a fantastic time while making new friends. Festive wear and gender bending outfits get you a free Bingo sheet. Come out and play!" 

Shared Schoolyard @ MLK
Jul
16
11:00 am11:00

Shared Schoolyard @ MLK

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School

 

Join families, neighbors, and the Shared Schoolyard Project on Saturday, July 16 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School for a free, family-friendly community event. The event is from 11 am to 1 pm and will feature free lunch, games and activities from the Bayview Beacon Center and local Portola organizations, and a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends! Read more and RSVP here: http://www.sfsharedschoolyard.org/kickoff_mlk.

Arts & Beautification Committee Meeting
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

Arts & Beautification Committee Meeting

  • Portola Branch Public Library

Join the Portola community for the Portola Neighborhood Association's Arts and Beautification meeting to advance a number of local initiatives that aim to improve the neighborhood's public realm. All are welcome!

Friends of the Urban Forest Planting Day
Jun
25
9:00 am09:00

Friends of the Urban Forest Planting Day

  • 420 Somerset Street San Francisco, CA, 94134 United States

Join Friends of the Urban Forest in installing sidewalk gardens in the Portola neighborhood! On Saturday June 25, starting at 9am we’ll meet at a 420 Somerset Street to plant each garden and celebrate with a potluck provided by property owners around noon. No experience necessary! FUF will provide gloves, tools, materials and expertise. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty – and bring water and snacks. We will be working rain or shine!

Portola Community Meeting
Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

Portola Community Meeting

  • Palega Rec Center

Join the Portola Neighborhood Association for their June Community Meeting, where they will share some of the work they've been up to, including: Thornton Pocket Park, The Avenue Theater, and New Murals. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Bart, and the San Francisco County Transit Authority will also be sharing updates about their programs in the Portola.

Butterfly Count and Bioblitz
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Butterfly Count and Bioblitz

  • McLaren Park

Join the McLaren Park contingent of the 21st Annual San Francisco Butterfly Count and be a part of the first-ever McLaren Park mini-bioblitz -- all at the same time! 

The Butterfly Count is a fun but intense one-day inventory of all the butterfly species and individuals we can find within San Francisco. Other teams will canvas the rest of the City, but McLaren is big enough to merit it's own crew. Typically the focus of the Count is identification first and then, well, counting. But this year, as we go along we'll also add butterfly and other interesting nature observations to iNaturalist. We're calling it a "mini-blitz". This will add some seasonal variation to McLaren's growing species tally. For more information visit: http://www.meetup.com/Nerds-For-Nature/events/230799162/

• More eyes are better, and all experience levels are welcome! To help beginners, each group will have a copy of Nature in the City's Butterflies of San Francisco Field Guide.  
• Bring smartphones, cameras with zoom or close-up lenses, and binoculars.
• A $3 participation fee is collected from all that attend to support butterfly conservation. 
• Last Year's City-Wide Stats: 23 species, 585 individuals, 16 participants.
• The SF Butterfly Count is sponsored by The North American Butterfly Association and Nature in the City.  
• We'll be covering a lot of ground so BRING LUNCH, WATER, SNACKS, and appropriate shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.).
• We all meet up at Pasquale's Pizzeria ( 700 Irving St. in the Inner Sunset / corner of 8th & Irving ) for the compilation @5:15. It'll be a cool coming-together to hear what others saw! 
• Any questions? Contact Liam O'Brien @ SF Butterfly . 

Save the Farm Rally
May
21
11:00 am11:00

Save the Farm Rally

  • Little City Gardens

Invitation from the Mission Terrace Land Preservation Committee

Help Save Little City Gardens, S.F.'s Last Commercial Farm
Be a part of this preservation effort. Help save Little City Gardens, the only remaining commercial farm in San Francisco and open space in Mission Terrace. This is being held to raise public awareness around Little City Gardens’ pending eviction and block developers from turning the farm into a multi-building private school that’s expected to draw close to 200 children and faculty.

• Meet Neighbors & Community Leaders
• Food & Drink (BRING A DESSERT TO SHARE!)
• Kid-friendly Fun
• Learn about Little City Gardens
• Raffle & Prizes

214 Cotter Street in the Excelsior is Little City Gardens, a six-year-old plot of land that claims to be the last commercial farm in the city and county of San Francisco — and it's facing eviction. Next Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., a coalition of organizations will rally to thwart its demolition (at the hands of a private school that wants to erect buildings on the parcel). The Mission Terrace Land Preservation Committee, New Mission Terrace Improvement Association, and San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance will all be there to help keep this plucky, three-quarters-of-an-acre organic farm, which is run by Caitlyn Galloway and a small volunteer staff. It's no mere hobby, either: Little City sells produce to restaurants like Bar Tartine, Californios, and Outerlands, with a subscription service providing stuff for 20 to 30 families, too."

NOTE: Cotter St. between San Jose and Cayuga will be closed to through traffic for the party. Please contact MissionTerraceLPC@gmail.com with any questions
 

Help McLaren Park Pancake Breakfast
May
21
9:00 am09:00

Help McLaren Park Pancake Breakfast

  • Louis Sutter Playground

Support McLaren Park by coming to their 4th annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast April 28th at the Louis Sutter Roundhouse. Includes a FULL breakfast (scrambled eggs, breakfast sausages, pancakes, fruit, coffee, tea and OJ) for a measly donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Doors open at 8:30 and we will serve you until noon. All donations are strictly to be used in McLaren Park towards capital improvement projects, amenities in the park (bbq's, benches, garbage cans, etc) or to pay for refreshments/snacks at our McLaren Park workdays, holiday events or Rec and Park meetings held at the roundhouse.

See more here.

Little City Gardens Plant Sale & Spring Faire
May
14
11:00 am11:00

Little City Gardens Plant Sale & Spring Faire

  • Little City Gardens

Please join Little City Gardens at their farm for their first ever Plant Sale on Saturday 5/14! They've been seeding and potting up a storm these past couple of months, and invited some fellow gardeners from around the city to come with plants, demonstrations, info and inspiration. Come celebrate urban farming and bring home a few plants and ideas for your own backyard or sunny porch! Details below. 

Scheduled activities:

FARM TOUR – 12pm & 3pm Have you still never seen one of SF’s most beautiful acres? Join Caitlyn for a brief 20 minute farm tour, with Q & A focusing on tips and techniques for your own garden!

LIVE FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS – All Day Juna Alinea, one of our 2015 summer flower apprentices and a very talented florist, will be back with her van / mobile floral studio, offering stunning spring arrangements

LIVE WATERCOLOR PORTRAITS – All Day Back by popular demand! Get your portrait painted by Joe Ferriso!

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Also with SPECIAL GUESTS:

The Garden for the Environment: learn all about worm composting, and get info about workshop and gardening opportunities out at this incredible garden in the Sunset. The GFE is an indispensable gardening resource here in the city

Fog City Gardener: another local grower joining us with varieties of tomatoes conducive to SF’s unique summer climate

1849 Medicine Garden: learn more about herbal medicine made from plants grown right here in SF

Churn Creamery: small-batch ice cream, featuring a some ingredients from the farm

Beekeepers: Join one of our resident beekeepers, Diana, for beekeeping info and some honey-related goods

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See you there!

**Parking: please note parking is limited in this residential area, so arrival by bicycle, MUNI (J-train to Santa Rosa Ave), BUS (14 to Silver Ave) or BART (Glen Park) is strongly encouraged when possible. Please respect our neighbors by not blocking driveways.

**Accessibility: the farm path from the front gate to the main faire area is unpaved, with patchy grass and dirt. If you need wheelchair assistance, or have any questions about accessibility, please email littlecitygardens@gmail.com.

**Restrooms: There is no restroom onsite. The nearest facilities are at the Excelsior Public Library two blocks away (Mission & Cotter) — open 10am-6pm.

McLaren Park Day!
May
13
6:00 pm18:00

McLaren Park Day!

  • Group Picnic Area

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is investing 10 Million into McLaren park over the next 10 years, and to kick off the planning process they will be having a treasure hunt and activities for all ages on July 23rd from 10am to 1pm at the group picnic area on Shelley Drive.