January 2014 Newsletter

 Newsletter | January 2014

Did You Know?

New - Girls Basketball and Racquet Class

Rec center hours :

Tue - Fri
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

beginning Jan 7

1 - 3:30

1 - 2:30

no free play

1 - 3

11 - 4:30
(varies, depending

beginning Jan 7

12 - 3:30,
6 - 8:45

12 - 3:30

12 - 3:30,
5:30 - 8:45

12 - 6

no open gym

Happy New Year!


Looking Forward 
Winter Class Registration
The Knickerbockers Serenade the Playground
Ladybug Gardeners in Action
Cinco Tile Installation
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities

RPD painter
mulching-72 2
The backstop and bleachers get a bright new coat of paint while gardeners freshen up the flower beds.
Looking Forward

Improvements have been visible lately. Park personnel have been sprucing up the place inside and out. As the new year begins, we want to extend our appreciation to Rec & Park employees for all that they do.

On the agenda for the coming year are more community events and concerts. In process is an Open House in May showcasing local history, including an interactive timeline in which neighbors will share their neighborhood experiences.

We also hope to make new friends as we work together to tackle issues together in 2014.  Cooperation and volunteerism will be the key. To that point, Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center will be redoubling the effort to invite parental participation in the discussions that affect the park and that drive decisions about programming and events. The Community Recreation Council is integral to the Friends network. Meetings are once a month. (Check the calendar for dates.) Everyone is welcome.

Winter Class Registration

The Winter program begins January 7. Space is still available for many classes. Girls Basketball and Racquet class (ages 8 to 9 Thursdays, ages 10 to 12 Saturdays), Drop-in Volleyball, and Women’s Futsal are all still open. See the full list of Winter classes at Upper Noe here.
Register online here.

The Knickerbockers Serenade the Playground

Knickerbockers blues bandSaturday, January 18 from 10 to noon – The Knickerbockers blues band will entertain on the playground. Always a hit with children, they will delight parents as well. Rain moves the show into the auditorium.

Ladybug Gardeners in Action
Ladybug gardeners Walter and Joan
Walter and Joan tackle the trumpet vines.

Joan Lionberger and company exercised their green thumbs on Saturday, December 14, pruning the trumpet vines on the tennis court fence, weeding flowerbeds, and generally making the place look nice. The weather was lovely and a good time was had by all. Volunteers are always appreciated.

Join in the fun.
Email ladybugs (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.


Cinco Tile Installation

Facilities Coordinator Cheryl Woltjen recently had a decorative touch added to the courtyard. Workers just installed the lovely, hand-painted tiles that children produced during the September Cinco de Noe celebration. These are the product of a fund-raising project created by Friend’s Kim Nguyen-Ehrenreich. Parents made a donation for each 5 x 5 ceramic tile and the children used water-based materials to hand-paint their own designs upon them. Then Kim had them professionally fired. Cheryl says the installation was easy and there is plenty of room for tiles to be added, too.

Canine Corner
Seeking new benches. While the exterior furniture in the rest of the park is getting shined up, benches in the dog run are looking sad. Neighbors are keeping them patched together but that is only a short-term solution. Replacements are on the wish list for 2014.


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 each quarter. The next date in 2014 will be March 8. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, community service hours credited. Even an hour would be a big help! Please email ladybugs (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.

Community Events

January 8
Upper Noe Neighbors

7:30 p.m. 
Warriors arena on the Waterfront?  Former Mayor Art Agnos will discuss.
San Francisco Village--This city-wide network helps older adults stay in their homes and neighborhoods and live active, full lives.

January 15
Community Recreation Council

7:00 p.m.
Recreation Center kitchen
Help shape programming and priorities at Upper Noe.

Outside the Center

February 8
Tech Search Party, Part 5

An annual smart phone scavenger hunt in Noe Valley.
All money raised goes toward improving the tech infrastructure at Alvarado Elementary, James Lick Middle School, and Marshall Elementary.
Info at www.techsearchparty.com


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!

Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center

Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center  www.NoeValleyRecCenter.com