February 2013 Newsletter


 Newsletter | February 2013

Did You Know?

Rec and Park has a teen jobs program?

Rec center hours:

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tot Room:





(varies, depending



12-3:30p, 6-8:45p

Th & Fr

9-10:30a, 2:30-4:45p

February Fun at Upper Noe

Free Play in the Tot Room
Spring Classes Coming Soon
Tennis Lessons at Your School
Summer Camp Registration
Summer Camp Fair
Home Runs at Upper Noe
It's a Jungle Out There
Puddle Problem Repaired
Canine Corner
Grant Denied
Volunteer Opportunities


Free Play in the Tot Room
Is the tot room closed but you need an indoor place to play? Good news! You can drop in on most tot classes that occupy the auditorium during its non free-play hours. (Drop-in tot classes cost $4.) Please ask at the window.

Express itSpring Classes Coming Soon
Registration for spring classes starts March 2, and you’ll find course offerings online February 11 and in print by February 19.

Upper Noe’s schedule will be very similar to winter, with an added class of indoor soccer for 3- to 5-year-olds on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

“That’s a really popular one,” said Facility Coordinator Cheryl Woltjen.

Tots will have a range of options, from music to karate. Tweens will be offered acting, martial arts and tennis classes divided by age. And parents, did you think you were going to slide this spring? Nope—boot camp is being offered again too.

Two classes that were introduced in the winter and became big hits will be back: Bow Wow Baking and Food in Jars, the very popular canning class, are both taught by chef John Rutheford.

Spring term runs March 17 to June 1. We will list the classes at Upper Noe on our website as soon as they are announced, but to get a flavor of what’s to come, visit our classes page now.

Tennis Lessons at Your School
The Recreation and Parks Department is offering after-school, onsite enrichment tennis programs for children up to 10 years old.

Recreation Coordinator Lou Maunupau, who teaches the tennis classes at Upper Noe, uses a specific curriculum designed for younger children. Its "Quick-Start" equipment can be set up on any blacktop.

For more information, contact Maunupau by emailing lou.maunupau@sfgov.org or calling 415-695-5011.

summer camp 2013 3Summer Camp Registration

Summer camp registration starts March 16, and a schedule of camps will be available starting February 19.

Unlike last summer, Upper Noe will have no summer camp, which will mean more hours for tot free play in the auditorium.

Facility Coordinator Cheryl Woltjen said the site might be able to offer tennis classes for younger children ages 4 to 6. If you are interested in tot tennis, please let her know by emailing cheryl.woltjen@sfgov.org or calling 415-970-8061.

Last year more than 5,000 children attended Recreation and Parks Department summer camps, and this year there will be more than 70 different camps all over the city. Registration will start at 10 a.m. and can be done online (www.sfreconline.org) or at any recreation center for any class in the city.

Don't forget:  February 8 is the last day to enter the Camp Mather lottery.

SRF LogoSummer Camp Fair
The city's Department of 
Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) is hosting a free San Francisco Summer Resource Fair Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street. 

San Francisco families with children of all ages are invited to this showcase of summer activities. Exhibitors will have information about camps, classes, sports, teen programs and jobs and more.

2013_baseballHome Runs at Upper Noe
The San Francisco Youth Baseball League starts the week of March 4, and Upper Noe will field two teams.

Children ages 4 to 6 (by January 1, 2013) will practice Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and the team for children ages 5 to 7 (by April 30, 2013) will practice immediately after, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Both teams are full and available by waitlist only.

The games—all on Saturdays—start March 16. The season runs to the last week in May. Fees are $80 per player, which includes coaching, uniforms, practice and games.

For more information, call League Coordinator Tim Roff at 415-242-1070 or visit www.sfreconline.org and search for a league team. (For instructions on how to find a class, visit our registration page.)

The league is hosted in conjunction with the San Francisco Fire Department’s FLAME program, which hosts athletic leagues, a boxing program and sponsors free fishing trips for Bay Area youth.

It's a Jungle Out There
Getting ready to cut through the vines with the Ladybug Gardeners Saturday, Feb 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

A couple of hours thinning the thicket of ivy and weeding in the fresh air is a great way for students to earn volunteer credit, don’t forget.

Lead Ladybug Joan Lionberger was pleased to report a healthy turnout for the January 10 gardening.

“We had over ten neighbors and our local merchant from the pet washing shop weeding the dog run and the Ladybug Garden on 30th street,” Lionberger said. “It was nice getting out of the house – the air was so clean.”

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and water, plus what they can of the following tools: small shovels, clippers and brooms. The center grounds would also be greatly helped by a donation of spring bulbs and bird seed, she said.

Puddle Problem Repaired
A mere two weeks after Facility Coordinator Cheryl Woltjen reported the giant puddle near the playground sandbox, maintenance visited Upper Noe to bore holes in the retaining wall.

“So hopefully that will drain out if it ever rains again,” she said.

Canine Corner
by Friends' Chris Faust
Canine cleanup


How does Joby’s Run dog play area stay so nice? Well, it’s not magic and it’s not Rec & Park. Users grab a broom or a rake now and then and pitch in to do the daily maintenance necessary to keep the place an attractive location for neighbors to spend some time.

Every once in a while the dog owner group (FUNDOG) calls for a clean up day to tackle problems and to give the whole place a good scrubbing.

Recently, a dedicated group of volunteers spent Saturday morning grading gravel, hacking back ivy and weeds, trimming bushes and trees, and addressing hazards. Whew! The dogs pitched in where they could.

Grant Denied
Unfortunately Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center did not win its grant to convert the Sanchez Street side of the property into an outdoor classroom.

Department staff received 25 applications totaling $3.6 million in requests for this $1.25 million round, said Jake Gilchrist, a project manager with the department.

“Across the board, the applications were quite good,” he said.

One factor considered was the state of the park—dilapidated, for example—and how much the proposed project would increase the use of the space. Upper Noe Recreation Center just finished a two-year $11.6 million renovation, which may have made our application less competitive.

Volunteers Needed

• 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 (at) 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 contact us at info (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.

• Garden at the Park. Help keep the park beautiful by volunteering with the Ladybug Gardeners on the second Saturday of every month. All ages welcome, no experience necessary. Even an hour would be a big help! Please contact us at info (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.

Community Events

February 13
Community Recreation Council

6:30 p.m.
Recreation Center kitchen

Help shape programming and priorities at Upper Noe.


Outside the Center

March 9
Summer Resource Fair

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Everett Middle School
450 Church Street

Learn about summer camps, summer jobs, summer classes and more.

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