Young women support each other

Truancy Assessment & Resource Center Presents Summer Girl’s Group 2011 (Middle & High School Ages Welcome)

44 Gough Street, Ste. # 106
San Francisco, CA 94103

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays’ beginning
July 6-August 10, 2011
*Doors open @ 2:45pm*


The Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our 1st Summer Girl’s Group in support of all the Young Women seeking enlightenment to free their hearts and minds from the damaging exposures of our society. With the assistance from experts in the field of youth & community advocacy, a six-week workshop will address core issues of sexual exploitation, unhealthy relationships, and drug & alcohol addiction. Through these series of workshops, young women will learn ways to self-reflect upon their life choices in order to refresh and redirect their educational and career dreams. Final workshop will be a career panel of desired careers suggested by participants during the first workshop.

For more details, please contact Deidre Hill: 415-437-1706 or email at:

This program is sponsored by the YMCA and Truancy Assessment & Resource Center

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance

July 1st and July 2nd

African American Arts and Culture Complex: 762 Fulton Street at Webster
7pm door, 7:30pm show
Tickets: $15 – $25
Brown Paper Tickets:

“Slip back into a forbidden era. Re-imagine the Jazz age. Bawdy. Raunchy. Intellectually Stimulating!

Harlem’s queer dandies meet dapper bulldaggers, sultry sirens mingle with soulful crooners; and cinematic truthtellers greet revolutionary poets in riotous splendor. Welcome to our queerest of queer Speakeasy.

From Langston’s dreams deferred to the love affair of the Empress of the Blues; from La Bentley’s tux and tails, to the liberating prose of Richard Bruce Nugent – this is Harlem’s poetic rebellion.

Tonight, Queer Black luminaries commemorate our forgotten legacies. Tonight, we reclaim history and the urgency of our art and activism.

Celebrate Queer Harlem and join us for a glorious cabaret followed by sweet treats and libations.”

Fillmore Art Walk this Friday

Kick your 3-Day weekend off to a GREAT start by taking part in the Fillmore Art Walk! Six hours of music, visual arts and poetry.

6PM – Midnight

Over 60 local Artists and 3 Performance Stages

B-Boy and B-Girl Cyphers and Breaks
by SF Zulu Nation All Tribes

Full Exhibition
Featuring Art from over 30 Children, Youth, and Emerging Artists

Face Painting, Live Painting, Vendors, and Free Art Tables. Happy hour specials all night and much more.

Also – Writers’ Block – Marcus Bookstore, 1712 Fillmore St. @Post St. – Featuring Poet and Prose Writers
Special Reading by Bay Area writer, Darla Brown – author of new book “52 Weeks” at 8pm.

Community Partners United Meeting Tuesday

Fostering a Safe and Caring Community 2011
Meeting Agenda Tuesday June 28th, 2011 at 9 am
Hayes Valley South Learning Center
310 Haight Street (at Buchanan)

We will be discussing:
Mo’Magic’s Summer of Learning
Hayes Valley Playground
10th Annual Western Addition National Night Out
Western Addition Beacon Center Update
CommunityGrows Update
Rec Connect Update
LoHaMNA Update
Openings for African American Art & Culture Complex Summer Youth Program
Western Addition Family Resource Center

Visit the new Hayes Valley Playground

Thank you to all of you who came out to celebrate the reopening of the Hayes Valley Playground. Many of our neighbors and supporters worked for years to pull this project together. We had fun celebrating the grand opening. Please enjoy using this great playground.

All photographs courtesy of Jamie Lopez!

Ribbon cutting including Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association President Karen Mauney-Brodek, District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, members of The Trust for Public Lands, and others.

Mayor Lee to discuss ballot measures

by Jarie Bolander

Mayor Lee will be attended the NOPNA (North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association) General Meeting on July 21st to talk about two important November Measures.

All District 5 Neighborhood Groups are invited to join NOPNA in a forum about these two measures that will be place on the November Ballot: a Pension Reform Measure and a $248 million Road Repaving – Street Safety Bond Measure.

Both of these measures will have far reaching implications for the future of our city and our neighborhoods. Representatives from City Departments, including the Capital Planning Committee, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Human Resources will be in attendance, along with Mayor Lee, to answer questions and get your feedback.

Since we except a large turnout, we will be holding the meeting at The San Francisco Day School, Located at 350 Masonic Avenue (@ Golden Gate). The details are below:

Event: District 5 Community Forum Hosted by NOPNA
Date: July 21st, 2011
Time: 7:00pm (Meet and Greet), 7:30-9:00pm Meeting
Place: San Francisco Day School (350 Masonic @ Golden Gate)

Lower Haight ArtWalk in August

by Thea Selby

On Saturday August 6th, The Lower Haight Merchant + Neighbor Association (LoHaMNA) is trying a different tack for their successful Lower Haight ArtWalks. For the first time ever, LoHaMNA’s ArtWalk team, led by Lower Hater gallery owner Janice Myint, will be shooting for a day-time event for their Lower Haight ArtWalk. “We wanted to try a Saturday day, block off a small side street, and make it more inviting for kids and families.” said ArtWalk Chair Myint. In addition to the usual discounts from local merchants, rounds of art making on the street, and foodcarts from local restaurants and small vendors, the Lower Haight Summer ArtWalk will feature local artists on hand to work with kids on their own stretched canvasses as well as space for music on Steiner Street between Fillmore and Waller. “This is a great addition to our super successful ArtWalks,” said LoHaMNA President Thea Selby. “It should pull in a daytime crowd that will get to know the little known facts about the Lower Haight, like the fact that we have as many independent clothing stores as we do pubs. Little gems like Aline’s on Pierce and Waller, and Merch on the 600 block of Haight, and Revolver on Fillmore at Laussat, for example.”

Mark your calendars for Saturday August 6th from 12-4pm and pick up a postcard to get your discounts from the stores in the Lower Haight. For more information, please contact Janice Myint at

Celebrate Juneteenth

We will celebrate Juneteenth this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.

There are a number of events commemorating the this momentous event, here are a few. Hope you will go out and enjoy yourself!

Thomas R. Simpson
Artistic Director, AfroSolo Theatre Company