June 2012 Newsletter

Summer at the Center

Movie Night and Sandbox Ribbon Cutting
Brian Bergeron Brings It On
Summer at UNRC: Hours and Tot-Room Alternatives
Got Talent? RecPark Idol Coming This Summer
Fitness Classes Have Openings
Add Your Ideas to our Grant Application
Ladybug Gardeners on Haitus Until Fall
Volunteer Opportunities

NVRC Sita Poster 2Movie Night and Sandbox Ribbon Cutting

Roll out the sleeping bags and fluff the pillows for our free Movie Night Saturday, June 16.The afternoon starts outside at 4 p.m., when we cut the ribbon on our new sandbox cover. You can enjoy a glass of lemonade and join us to thank Karen Spira, who has thwarted the cats that used the sandbox at night for their own purposes.

Spira, a member of the site’s Community Recreation Council, found a company that sews specialized sandbox canvas covers, then measured off our box and ordered one. The sandbox cover was paid for by community donations collected by the Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center.

We’ll head inside at 4:30 p.m., grab popcorn and start the cameras rolling on cartoons.

At 5:30 p.m., we will start the evening’s PG-rated feature, Sita Sings the Blues. Filmmaker Nina Paley has cleverly blended cartoon animation, collage and shadow puppets to tell an ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana, alongside a parallel story from her own life.

While children will be swept up in the graphics, adults can relate to the movie’s theme: the complications of love. Paley says she focused on the relationship between Sita and Rama, two gods incarnated as human beings who cannot make their marriage work. The film is punctuated by the soulful tunes of jazz-age great Annette Hanshaw.

You can preview it online for free at www.sitasingstheblues.com.

The event, the popcorn and the clean sandbox are free, courtesy of Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center. Children are encouraged to bring comfy clothes and padding, and there will be folded chairs as well. Come join us for some summer fun!
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Brian Bergeron Brings It On

Brian Bergeron brings his mix of folk and rock music to the June 9 afternoon tot concert at Upper Noe Recreation Center.

“I don’t have a repertoire of children’s songs,” said Bergeron, who plays guitar and sings. “But I’m open to suggestions.”

Bergeron will hit the stage at the new time for the tot rock concerts, at 2 p.m. (See story below.)

The Massachusetts native played at the Center in December for the Farmer’s Market CD Release Party, and he often appears in shows at colleges, weddings, farmer’s markets and wineries, he said.

Recently he has begun collaborating with a band (as yet unnamed) to play at nightclubs.

Tot Rock is sponsored by the Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center through community donations. All families with children under the age of 5 welcome.

Summer at UNRC: Hours and Tot-Room Alternatives

Summer means changed hours for Upper Noe Recreation Center, which will open its doors on Mondays but close the auditorium for tot play during for the week.

Like other recreation centers across the city, the Center will be open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the season.

The auditorium will be heavily used. On the weekends, our monthly Saturday tot rock concerts have been moved to the afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. to make way for a Saturday morning Zumba class in the auditorium.

During the week, the Pacific Art Camp will be using the auditorium all day, meaning no tot drop-in times. Two nearby recreation centers will pick up the slack:

The Bernal Heights Recreation Center, 500 Moultrie Street (415-695-5007), has a tot room that is open except during class times on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood Street (415-831-6810), has a tot room that will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Summer programming was still being settled at this newsletter’s deadline, so call to confirm.

There will be programming for tots at Upper Noe. You can see a schedule of classes on our website, or by visiting www.sfreconline.com, or by stopping by the recreation center. All summer programming begins June 4.


Fitness Classes Have Openings

Want to act? Get in shape? Find your inner balance?

Adult classes at Upper Noe need more registrants. There are several options for getting in shape that have openings:

Zumba, the dance exercise class set to a Latin beat, on Wednesday and Sunday mornings; yoga followed by indoor boot camp on Tuesday evenings; and Muy Thai kickboxing, a martial art that increases cardio endurance while strengthening core muscle groups, on Wednesday evenings.

One of the most fun classes with slots remaining is the adult improv class on Friday afternoons, said Cheryl Woltjen, the site’s facility coordinator.

“They do these warm-ups where they scream,” said Woltjen, who says she hears a lot of laughter coming from the stage during class.

Participants hone their quick wittedness by ad libbing various scenarios. Though it lacks the cardio of kickboxing, the class is active with students moving around quite a bit, Woltjen said.

See the summer schedule of classes on our website, or by visiting www.sfreconline.com, or by stopping by the recreation center. All summer programming begins June 4.

Got Talent? RecPark Idol Coming This Summer

The Recreation and Parks Department is hosting its own spinoff of American Idol this summer, with competitions for singers, dancers, comedians and band members ages 13 to 24.

Auditions for Rec Idol will run June 21 to July 27 at recreation centers across the city. (The audition at Upper Noe will happen June 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.; However, participants can audition wherever they want.)

All who try out will be eligible for coaching workshops that run July 6 to 20. The semifinals will be July 20, and the final competition will happen August 3. Prizes include cash and recording studio time at the Harvey Milk Center.

Register from June 1 to 30 and find more audition locations by calling 415-831-6800 or texting 415-205-5971. Click here to link to the registration page.

November8 3Add Your Ideas to our Grant Application

Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center are applying for a city grant to turn the Sanchez Street side of the building into a more useful space that can accommodate classes and comfortable seating away from the playground.

We intend to have drawings available for viewing at our second-Saturday Tot Concert, at Movie Night and at the Upper Noe Neighbors meeting June 13. Please come take a look and add your two cents. (See preliminary drawings below. Living roof proposal is suspended for now.)

We envision the wheelchair ramp to roll out onto a comfortable and cheerful patio where children can take in the sun while eating lunch or playing away from the playground. The plans call for a level ground, bench seating and added greenery on the patio outside the main Sanchez Street doors.

The patio outside the kitchen would expand toward Day Street to the north and Sanchez Street to the west to create an outdoor classroom complete with built-in seating. The adjacent garden sloping down from Sanchez toward the building would be sown with Californa native plants to minimize maintenance.

Our hope is to open the door for cooking classes to incorporate urban farming using kitchen gardens and rain barrels. The space could also serve as an outdoor classroom for art, drama and summer camp.

We want to hear from you! If you have ideas or comments, please email info@noevalleyreccenter.com and let us know. Applications to the Community Opportunity Fund grant are due June 29.

LadyBug Hiatus

The Ladybug Gardeners will be on hiatus until fall. Come September, these volunteers will resume their weeding, planting and beautifying on a weekday rather than on Saturdays. Why? During the week a city gardener is already on-site. By coordinating the volunteer day with the gardener’s schedule, we save the city money; there will be no need to pay a gardener to come for additional hours to supervise the volunteers.

Volunteers Needed


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Serve as a greeter for the free concerts.

The Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center need a “friend” to help us greet families during our monthly free concert. Let them know about our mailing list and introduce them to our small group. Our greeters hand out flyers and accept donations for the concert series. The next opportunity will be June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Even volunteering for one hour would make a big difference!

• Help advise the city on what classes should be offered at the Upper Noe Rec Center.

Serve a term on the Upper Noe Recreation Center’s Community Recreation Council and help shape programming at the Center. A teen member is still needed! Please contact Cheryl Woltjen at 970-8061. The form is available on our website and at the center. Please either drop it off or mail it to: Cheryl Woltjen, UNRC, 295 Day Street, SF, 94131.


• Distribute our new Friends of NVRC postcard.

This newsletter is distributed to nearly 1,000 friends. Make sure interested neighbors know about our group by helping distribute our informational postcard around the neighborhood. Please email molly@noevalleyreccenter.com if you know of a good shop or cafe to distribute the postcards. Or you could help put them somewhere frequented by park users.

• Lead a new event.

Are you interested in organizing a new event at the Center? Maybe a game night or movie night? Please let us know.

Community Events

June 6
Neighborhood Meeting: Burglaries
7 p.m.
Recreation Center auditorium

Captain Daniel Mahoney of Ingleside Precinct will talk about the rash of burglaries in our neighborhood. Recently, these incidents have escalated from bicycle theft in garages to hot prowls and even arson attempts, with thieves gaining access through the back of houses. Mahoney will describe the trends and tell us what we can expect for the summer. SFSAFE’s Rob MacKenzie will discuss home security and best practices for keeping neighborhoods safe.

June 9
Tot Concert
2 to 4 p.m.
Recreation Center auditorium

Bring your under-fives and dance to the sounds of Brian Bergeron. We will also have drawings of our proposal to create outdoor seating and classroom space on the Sanchez Street side of the building. Please give us your opinions and suggestions. (See story above.)

June 13
Upper Noe Neighbors
7:30 p.m.
Recreation Center auditorium

The MTA’s Transit Effectiveness Program will present options for improving service on the J Church. MUNI representatives will be on hand to discuss other issues, like the continued shuttling of non-J streetcars and excessive use of air horns. Police reports concerning garage break-ins will be discussed. Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center will have drawings of their proposal to create outdoor seating and classroom space on the Sanchez Street side of the building. Please give your opinions and suggestions.(See story above.)

June 16
Movie Night
4 to 7 p.m.
Recreation Center auditorium

Bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and a love of animation for our second movie night, featuring cartoons followed by Sita Sings the Blues. Movies are preceded by a ribbon cutting for our new sandbox cover designed to keep out the kitties and keep in the kiddos. We will also have drawings of our proposal to create outdoor seating and classroom space on the Sanchez Street side of the building. Please give us your opinions and suggestions. (See story above.)

June 20
Community Recreation Council
7 p.m.
Recreation Center auditorium

Help shape programming and Upper Noe Recreation Center.


Outside the Center

June 16
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
24th Street

Fun for the kids along 24th Street, including a petting zoo.

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 Recreation 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 Recreation Center


Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center  www.NoeValleyRecCenter.com