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.
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!
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!
Join neighborhood greening, art, and public realm improvement advocates in a discussion about the PNA's current active projects, and upcoming opportunities.
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: email@example.com (415) 637-5862 xt
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!
Come join and show your support for the last step in recognizing the Portola as SF's Garden District!
Room 250 @ City Hall.
Join us as we hear from our District Supervisor Candidates on how they plan on contributing to the Portola!
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.
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.
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.
Why: We 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).
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.
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
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!"
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Restrooms: There is no restroom onsite. The nearest facilities are at the Excelsior Public Library two blocks away (Mission & Cotter) — open 10am-6pm.
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.
Join the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project and Supervisor Mark Farrell at E.R. Taylor Elementary School on Saturday, May 7, from 11 am to 1 pm for an exciting kick-off event celebrating opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. This event will include activities for the whole neighborhood, free lunch, and a ribbon cutting ceremony! RSVP here: http://www.sfsharedschoolyard.org/kickoff_ertaylor.
Come celebrate Earth Day in the Portola at Burrows Pocket Park. We will be celebrating with a block party presented by Assemblymember David Chiu, featuring giveaways, a food truck, music, a food and veggie exchange, Four Barrel Coffee, and more!
And if you didn't catch that, there will be a veggie exchange, so bring your surplus lemons and other harvests to Burrows to lighten your load and leave with something else of value.
A Bioblitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location, bringing scientists and volunteer citizen-scientists together. Together, we’ll look for snails, birds, mammals, frogs, butterflies, other insects, spiders, trees, worms, flowers, and everything else we can find!
People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your smartphone to be able to enter observations in iNaturalist and join together at the end to find out how many observations we made and how many species we found.
The Bioblitz starts at the June Jordan School for Equity. 325 La Grande Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112 is the address, but the entrance to June Jordan is actually on Brazil St. around the corner from the school's main entrance. The blitz will go 1 pm and then the group will meet back up at the school to go over the findings! There will be coffee in the morning and post blitz grub at the wrap.
Support your local GNG group and their work beautifying the Portola through this plant sale, a fundraiser to transform the hill at Goettingen and Dwight street into a San Francisco landmark. Want to know more? You can watch their video at https://youtu.be/V_hcD0iCJ2s.
With quality plants, a convenient location, and the proceeds going good cause, there's no reason not to be at the plant sale. We hope to see you there!
Join your neighbors at the Burrows Pocket Park to give this beloved community space some TLC. We will be working together cleaning out the weeds after the rain. Please bring your own gloves and small trowel, the PNA will be providing bags for all the greenery we remove.
Hope to see you there!
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is working with local residents to find ways to increase access/safety on the streets around the Alemany Interchange. (YES that means a safer pedestrian pathway from San Bruno Ave to the Alemany Farmer's and Flea Markets on the weekends!)
Please come to one of their following outreach events and give them your thoughts.
Join San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department for a walk through McLaren Park, San Francisco's second largest park. The walk starts with light stretching followed by a guided walk through groves of redwoods and cypress trees. This walk is moderately strenuous yet all will be rewarded with an amazing view of San Francisco. Meet by McLaren Park sign next to the 29 Muni bus stop at University & Mansell at 10 a.m.
For more information please click here.
Come to the snake mural located near the intersection of Alemany and San Bruno Ave this Saturday to do some planting and beautifying of one of our neighborhood's main entrances. Meet a neighbor, invite your neighbors, and show your Portola pride! Even better, it is happening Saturday morning, so you can stop at one of the best farmer's markets in the city located just a block away on Alemany Boulevard before or after you help out. The Portola Neighborhood Association is sponsoring the event, and will be providing materials and guidance for planting.
Looking forward to seeing some of you then!