Portola Flag Design Workshop
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Portola Flag Design Workshop

Work with local designers to create the Portola Garden District Flag!

Workshop Info:
When? This Thursday November 2nd from 5:30-8:30pm
Where? Ferment Drink Repeat’s upstairs community space (because who’s not more artistic after a few brews) at 2636 San Bruno Ave
Who? You + professional designers who love making flags
What? Learn about how to make the best flag (it is a competition…), meet your neighbors, and enjoy some snacks and beer. 


The Portola’s Getting a Neighborhood Flag! The Portola neighborhood is hosting an open competition for all residents to create a Portola Garden District flag. The flag will hang proudly in Burrows Pocket Park, along San Bruno Ave, and in local businesses and residences. 

We Stand Together. As a diverse neighborhood recently united after years of being split into different supervisor districts, we’re excited to build upon the city’s recent recognition of the Portola’s identity as San Francisco’s Garden District. 

But I’m Not an Artist . . . Don’t worry! This Thursday, 11/2 from 5:30-8:30, there’ll be professional designers to help advise and workshop your flag ideas. This competition is about highlighting the Portola’s values through a shared visual symbol - if you bring the inspiration, they’ll bring the artistry. 

Let’s Do It! You can find more details about the design competition here and download a PDF with specific instructions and a template to either draw, collage, or digitally paste your design. Completed designs can be turned in to the Portola Branch Library or submitted online. 

KEY DATES
Submission Period Opens: 10/26
Workshop: 11/2
Submission Deadline: 12pm on 11/15
Voting Period: 11/16-11/30

MORE INFO HERE

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Community Workshop: Expanding Burrows Pocket Park
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Community Workshop: Expanding Burrows Pocket Park

Please join us between 10am and 1pm on July 29th for a Portola community block party!

From 10am-12pm there will be a series of posters and opportunities to provide feedback about The Greenhouse Project and Portola Urban Greening's forthcoming projects, as well as a chance to enjoy delicious Churn ice cream, get your portrait drawn by a local SF artist, go wild on an outdoor ping-pong table, listen to some stellar live jazz musicians, or take a coffee break at the Four Barrel while your kiddos participate in an arts and crafts workshop. Our primary goal in gathering the neighborhood (besides having fun and building community!) is discussing the future of the Caltrans lot that lies directly south of the existing Burrows Pocket Park, and to begin envisioning the future of this community space!

At 12pm we'll all gather to enjoy an informal and free community lunch, where we'll have the opportunity to meet our neighbor's, the parents of our kid's classmates, and the owners and employees of some of San Bruno Avenue's cornerstone businesses, and foster the neighborliness so often heralded by the Portola's old timers. 

At 12:30pm the music will wind down and we will provide residents who want to get more involved the opportunity to participate in an in-depth planning workshop for the Burrows Pocket Park Expansion. At the workshop we'll share more about what's possible in the space and hear from you exactly what you want in this new community park!

SEE YOU THERE!

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Greening the Portola Social
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Greening the Portola Social

Want more green community spaces? Like the new gardens and artwork popping up along San Bruno Avenue? Been wanting to give back to your neighborhood and find ways to get involved and meet your neighbors?

Join the Garden District community on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Ferment Drink Repeat!

The Portola's Green Groups - including the Arts & Beautification Committee of the PNA, the Goettingen Neighbors Group, the Portola Urban Greening Committee, Help McLaren Park, and The Greenhouse Project will be giving updates on the various green initiatives underway in the neighborhood, and share opportunities for new residents, or long-time Portolans with a recent desire, to get more involved. We hope you can make it, and help us to continue bringing beauty, sustainability, and community to the hood.

Here's to greening the Portola!

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Portola Community Meeting
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Portola Community Meeting

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!

 

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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. 

 

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Greening the Portola: Earth Day Celebration!
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Greening the Portola: Earth Day Celebration!

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!


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Final Volunteer Work Day: Silliman Caltrans Project
Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Final Volunteer Work Day: Silliman Caltrans Project

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.

 

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Volunteer Gardening at Silliman Caltrans Sit
Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Volunteer Gardening at Silliman Caltrans Sit

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

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SFPUC's Final Yosemite Creek Daylighting Plan Open House
Mar
23
5:00 PM17:00

SFPUC's Final Yosemite Creek Daylighting Plan Open House

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!

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The Portola's Garden District Unveiling!
Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

The Portola's Garden District Unveiling!

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.


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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 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

 

 

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Gardening Volunteer Day
Mar
4
1:00 PM13:00

Gardening Volunteer Day

  • Caltrans Easement Beside Ruth's Children's Shoppe (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

 

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Portola Holiday Party
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Portola Holiday Party

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!

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Burrows Street Bike Corral Hearing at SFMTA
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Burrows Street Bike Corral Hearing at SFMTA

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!

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Crocker Farm Groundbreaking Ceremony
Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

Crocker Farm Groundbreaking Ceremony

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

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PNA Community Meeting
Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

PNA Community Meeting

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! 

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10th Annual Portola Garden Tour
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

10th Annual Portola Garden Tour

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.

 

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Portola Garden District Resolution Hearing!
Sep
20
4:30 PM16:30

Portola Garden District Resolution Hearing!

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). 

 

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Party for the Parks
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Party for the Parks

  • Panhandle Playground in Golden Gate Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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'Greening The Portola' Social!
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

'Greening The Portola' Social!

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

 

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Drag Queen Bingo
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Drag Queen Bingo

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!" 

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Shared Schoolyard @ MLK
Jul
16
11:00 AM11:00

Shared Schoolyard @ MLK

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

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.

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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 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

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