2011 San Francisco Inclusive Schools Week

2011 San Francisco Inclusive Schools Week

When: December 5 – 9, 2011
Where: San Francisco Schools
Help your school participate in San Francisco Inclusive Schools Week (ISW), alongside schools across the city and country!  ISW is an annual, national K-12 celebration focusing on year-round efforts to promote and build inclusive, welcoming school communities that embrace and support people of all natural and diverse abilities, and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. School celebrations include themed assemblies, art and writing projects, library readings and PE activities.

Work with your school leadership to create an ISW that will engage your whole community.  Information and planning resources can be found on the SFUSD website or on the national Inclusive Schools Week website.

The World Tree of Hope Celebration

When: Monday, December 5, 5:30 PM

Where: City Hall Rotunda

Join Mayor Edwin M. Lee and First Lady Anita Lee for the 6th annual unveiling of our holiday Tree of Hope. Every year since its inception the Rainbow World Fund (RWF), an international humanitarian organization based in the LGBT community, has supported the event by collecting paper origami cranes with special wishes of hope written inside them to decorate the tree.

This year’s event will include performances from Rita Moreno, Peter Coyote, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Donna Sachet, Josh Klipp, Veronica Klaus, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Daryoush, and many more. Mayor Edwin M. Lee will be in attendance to give brief remarks and to take photographs with attendees at the Tree of Hope. This year’s World Tree of Hope is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Northern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Consul General of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata, will talk about the current situation in the country’s devastated areas.


Help decorate The World Tree of Hope by sending us your wish.

Please RSVP here!

African-American Shakespeare Company Presents Cinderella

San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company opens its season with an enchanting new production of Cinderella. Directed by Sherri Young, this timeless tale is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but with a soulful twist.
When: December 1-18, 2011

Where: African American Art & Culture Complex‘s Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street

Cost: $15-30; call 1-800-838-3006 to purchase tickets

Do You Want to Create Public Art for San Francisco?

SFAC’s Public Art Program will hold a workshop to learn what it takes to be a public artist and get some helpful tips on how to create a strong application.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the Public Art Program
  • Overview of upcoming opportunities
  • How to apply to calls online via SlideRoom
  • Selection criteria
  • How to create an effective application
  • Helpful presentation tips
  • When: Thursday, December 1, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street

    Cost: FREE

    Hayes Valley Block Party this Friday

    The Hayes Valley Holiday Show on Patricia’s Green partnered with the Hayes Valley Merchants’ Holiday Block Party

    20th annual Hayes Valley Block Party on Friday, DECEMBER 2ND, 6 – 9 p.m.; an evening of fun and building community in Hayes Valley! Music, food, beverages and fun for all!
    Sustain local merchants by shopping in the neighborhood.

    “Giving Voice to the Holiday Season” Entertainment on Patricia’s Green is all from the neighborhood. Come enjoy performances by:

    SF Boys Chorus
    SF Girls Chorus
    SF Conservatory of Music
    Rajah Rahim
    Neighborhood Baptist Church Choral Group
    Horus Tolson & SGI-USA Golden Gate Chorus

    Silent Auction to fund holiday food bags for families in need. Auction items listed below:

    Night at the Parsonage
    McRoskey 2 standard pillows ($300 value)
    American Bach Soloist 2 tickets ($200 value)
    Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at Herbst Theater 2 tickets ($200)
    Fatted Calf gift certificate (at least $50)

    Meet & Greet
    Come meet your neighbors:
    Free: Hot Chocolate & Apple Cider Cookies and brownies

    This holiday season, you can get almost anything for friends and family in your own community! Hayes Valley is filled with unique shops stuffed with gifts that can be found nowhere else: from the practical to the sublime to the scrumptious. From high fashion goods and art to very affordable, fun and one-of-a-kind items, your Hayes Valley merchant neighbors can fulfill your holiday gift needs with a Hayes Valley flair! Come visit your friends and neighbor merchants on Hayes, Octavia, Laguna, Linden, Fell, Market and Gough Streets this Holiday Season.

    Hayes Valley in the Media

    From Larry Cronander, HVNA Business Relations Committee Chair

    December issue of Sunset Magazine is filled with references to Hayes Valley businesses. Check it out.

    From William Bulkley, Art, Culture and Environment Chair

    Transit Oriented Development grant that may impact Hayes Valley:
    Read about Mayor Lee and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the grant SFGATE article

    and SF Appeal article

    Learn about the Van Ness BRT Project

    Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit

    The Van Ness BRT Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is now available for public review. Download chapters online or read a hard copy of this informative document. For a full list of ways to learn about and provide public input on the project, visit www.vannessbrt.org. Send comments on the report’s findings and project alternatives electronically to vannessbrt@sfcta.org or in writing to the project team at Van Ness BRT EIS-EIR, Attn: Michael Schwartz, 100 Van Ness Avenue, Floor 26, San Francisco, CA 94102. Comments received by December 19 will receive a formal response in the Final EIS/EIR.

    Mark your calendar: Public Hearing on November 30

    The Transportation Authority, together with staff from SFMTA, will host a public hearing on the Van Ness BRT Draft EIS/EIR on November 30. This is your opportunity to meet the project team, ask questions, and submit comments verbally or in writing. Translation and sign language services available upon request 72 hours prior to the event. (Please call 415.593.1655)

    When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:30pm–8:00pm
    Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

    We’ll also be hosting a lunchtime webinar at noon on Monday, December 5. Please register or visit www.vannessbrt.org for more information.

    If you’d like to schedule a presentation for your own community group or place of business, please send an email to vannessbrt@sfcta.org or call 415.593.1655. Please note that the public hearing will be the only opportunity to submit formal verbal comments on the Draft EIS/EIR. Verbal comments at other public and community meetings will not be addressed in the Response to Comments Matrix in the Final EIS/EIR.

    Please also note that the next Van Ness BRT Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2012. 

    The Van Ness BRT project team is available to answer your questions. Visit www.vannessbrt.org for more information on the project or contact Michael Schwartz, Transportation Planner, at vannessbrt@sfcta.org or 415.593.1655

    Give input about Fell and Oak bikeways

    The SFMTA will be hosting an Open House to discuss separated bikeways on Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker Street. You can drop in any time between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, December 3rd, and help weigh the benefits and trade-offs for their various proposals.

    Where: San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic Ave (at Golden Gate)

    At the first community workshop in September, many of you joined your neighbors and came up with project goals and gave some input on the different options proposed for these three blocks. The SFMTA will be coming with much greater detail on these options, presenting all the benefits, constraints, and trade-offs associated with each.

    Your support and thoughtful comments are essential at this stage. The community is ready to move in a clear and well-thought out direction – you can help shape that.

    Rescue the stressed

    Neighborhood author Dinah Sanders is the founder of Discardia, a quarterly holiday for letting go of what doesn’t make our lives awesome, and the author of Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff. Here’s a little taste of her new book:

    Even the luckiest of us feel a bit of extra pressure around the end of the year. In a 2006 survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) over half of respondents reported that they often or sometimes experience stress, irritability, and/or fatigue during the holidays, with the leading stressors being lack of time, lack of money, and commercialism or hype (in contrast to work and money, which lead at other times of year).

    It’s not just Christmas. The whole season is enough to make anyone rebel against all that pressure. I’m not the only one to invent holidays out of that stress: Buy Nothing Day and Festivus owe their origins to some of the same forces that launched Discardia. From the moment we lock the front door on Halloween night and poke through the leftover trick-or-treat candy, we jump into a wild, obligation-ridden bobsled run, whisking us through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, until we’re dumped headfirst into the cold, slushy snow of the first bleak week of January.

    We feel the whirlwind begin as ads suggest “the perfect gift for the such and such on your list.” This list is assumed; of course, everyone has a list. Everyone must be buying. Post-turkey Friday comes and the retail frenzy begins. The crowds and the sensory overload of enforced commercial festivity. “Bring on the cheer, dammit!” seems to be the underlying message of the barrage of Christmas music, holiday movie promotions, and red and green advertising plastered on every surface. Sometimes it seems like you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a Santa—and, as December barrels on, the temptation to do so grows.

    Prioritize your energy. Emotional turmoil can almost always move to the bottom of your list. Find a little breathing space and give some to others when you can see that they need it. Ease the tension and let something other than drama take your time.

    Even the very best group of family or friends can sometimes be annoying, so I encourage you to do two things when stress starts to kick in at big gatherings. When you need a little room, find a way to take it. Good techniques include walking the dog, washing some dishes, amusing the littlest kids, showing the newest family member around the neighborhood, running a last-minute errand, or having a shower. Along with taking care of yourself, make space for others. Build some alone time into your events. Don’t make a fuss over people retreating from time to time. Whether between family, friends, or lovers, making room for each other’s “me-time” builds stronger relationships

    Rescue the stressed. Useful phrases include, “I need a little walk before the pie. Care to come along?,” “Mom, I’ll do that for you, but sit down for just a moment and tell me again about the trip where you got this vase. That was right after you two got married, right?,” “Okay, that’s got about an hour more to cook and everything else is all ready, so you all can relax or read or whatever and I’ll let you know when we get close to dinner time,” and “Who else is ready for a nap break?”

    Create opportunities to free yourself and your loved ones for joyful engagement.

    You can learn more about the book here: Discardia
    Note that it’s available at our neighborhood general bookstores, Bibliohead and the Green Arcade, as well as at our near neighbor Books Inc Opera Plaza.