October 2010 Newsletter

Greetings Friend of Noe Valley Rec Center,

Lots of great October Events + A new lineup of Fall Programs at the Rec Center run from October 10-December 31st.

Lots of Upcoming Events:

New Fall Program/Session 2 Starts October 10th

Sign Ups for Fall Programs at Rec Center started October 2nd. Fall Programs run October 10-December 31, 2010. Sign up online using your account at www.SfRecOnline.org.  View the catalog of courses online 2010 Fall Session 1 Activities Guide.  Hint: there are more classes available at Upper Noe than appeared in the printed form of the Fall Activities guide.

Here is a Partial list of center programs:

  • Busy Bees Creative Movement, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 11-12 pm, 3-5 year olds
  • Zumba, Wednesdays, 10-11 AM, Adults
  • Boot Camp, Saturdays, 9 AM
  • Outside Mountain Bike Skills, Saturdays, 11 AM
  • Youth Capoeira, Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, 3-5 year olds
  • Basketball Fundamentals, Tuesdays, 4-6:30 PM
  • Kids Rock, Pop & Soul, Thursdays, afternoons, various ages – different times
  • Kick Boxing, Coming Winter 2011
  • Adult Dodgeball, check with park for times
  • Youth Tennis, various times
  • Adult Badminton

To find all the programs at Upper Noe Rec Center — and to sign up, go to www.sfRecOnline,org, click on Programs, on upper right side choose “Search by Facility” and type in Upper Noe Recreation Center.  Wish you saw something else?  Email Joe Scott, our new facility director, or stop by and talk to him in person.

Upcoming Events

Live Music In the Auditorium/Tot Room – October 9th at 9:30 AM

Christian Riley Duo
Saturday, October 9th
Live morning music in the Auditorium/Tiny Tot room. Tot room open!

Volunteers needed for Ladybug Gardeners, Saturday, October 9th at 9:00 AM


Kate Haug from Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center will be tabling on Saturday October 9th. Come out and meet her and/or help with the plantings project being sponsored by the Ladybug Gardeners. A number of volunteers came out in September from the Fairmount School PTA.  Come and meet your neighbors!
Bring gloves, tools, water, your family and invite your neighbors some fun in your neighborhood park.

Halloween Carnival on October 31st, 11 AM – 3 PM

Halloween Carnival
Sunday, October 31, at Upper Noe Rec Center
A children’s carnival with a pet parade, fair games, and traveling musicians. Please email Alexandra Torre to volunteer.

Feminine Wiles: A Litquake Production at Upper Noe Rec Center on Thursday, October 7th

The Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center has invited Litquake to stage an event at the Rec Center on October 7th. Save the Date!

Witty women take the stage and read from their most recent books: novelists, cultural critics, poets, and more. Elif Batuman, Marisa Crawford, Katie Crouch, Thaisa Frank, Joyce Maynard, Kaya Oakes, and Shawna Yang Ryan.
Friends of Upper Noe Recreation Center, a community sponsor

Thursday, October 7
7-9 pm
Admission: Free

Books will be available for sale by Phoenix bookstore

Scaregrove on October 22nd 4-9 PM

A Halloween Event for the Entire Family. Haunted House. Hay Rides. Arts and Crafts. Giant Inflatables. Carnival Rides. $8 per person for an all-access pass. Co-Sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Park Department.

Bring an Event to the Upper Noe Rec Center

We would love to see you bring more (and interesting) events to the Rec Center.  Please let us know if you are interested in offering or hosting an event, we might be able to co-sponsor it with you. If you want to sponsor an event with the Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center, please email Kate Haug.

The Friends group often frequently gets questions about how groups can rent the Upper Noe Rec Center.  Both the gymnasium and auditorium are available for rental.  Some groups rent the facility on a regular basis, and some groups just for one-off events.  To rent the space, the SF Park and Rec Department Permits and Reservations Office has created an Indoor Facility rental page in addition to the Athletics Field Request form.Apply online for renting the Indoor Facilities here.

The cost of renting the Upper Noe Rec Center facilities is as follows:

  • Gymnaisum: $77/hour (if staff needed), and $50/hour (without staff)
  • Auditorium (Auditorium/Stage/Tot Room area): $72/hour (if staff needed), and $45/hour (without staff)


District 8 (D8) Candidate Forum on City Parks, October 12th at 6 PM at Glen Park Elementary School

Please join the supervisorial candidates for a forum sponsored by the Neighborhood Parks Council.  This debate will specifically address our neighborhood parks and recreation centers.

Each election year, Neighborhood Parks Council hosts supervisorial candidate forums that focus specifically on park, recreation, and open space issues. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about each candidate’s knowledge of and positions on these subjects.

“Ensuring that there is a strong voice for parks and open space at City Hall is paramount to the success of our neighborhood parks,” Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director explains. “It is through the work of dedicated community volunteers that our parks flourish as an oasis to our daily lives, but it is with the support of their supervisors that our parks can continue to thrive.”

If you have questions which you’d like the candidates to discuss, please attend the meeting.  Join us at your district’s forum!

D8: Tuesday, October 12th, 6-8pm, Glen Park Elementary School Auditorium

Click here for more information about District 8 Candidate Forum.


Call for Volunteers

The Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center is looking for a few volunteers to serve on our park. Please email me if you are interested in bringing events to the Center, identify issues for the newsletter, identify needs for purchasing at the park, etc.


Thanks for your interest and support of Your Park! Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. Let us know about any community events you are planning at the park so we can promote them.  Please forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors who use the Noe Valley Rec Center. We want this newsletter to help build the park community — please help us connect with members of the community.

Enjoy your Park!

Molly Sterkel (molly@noevalleyreccenter.com)

Friends of the Noe Valley Rec Center