April 2014 Newsletter

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 Newsletter | April 2014

Did You Know?

Summer Basketball Camp starts June 19 at Upper Noe. See the Summer Schedule.


Rec center hours :

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

Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Auditorium:

Tu
1 - 3:30

Wed
1 - 2:30

Th
no free play

Fr
1 - 3

Sat
11 - 4:30
(varies, depending
on
rentals)

Gym:

Tu
12 - 3,
6 - 8:45

Wed
12 - 6

Th
12 - 8:45

Fr
12 - 6

Sat
1:30 - 4:30


 

Ladybugs Reap Recognition Award
You Are the History of Upper Noe
Easter Egg Hunt at Douglass Playground
Ladybugs restore Bluebird Garden
Tot Concert - Big Lou the Accordion Princess
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities

Community Events


Ladybugs Reap Recognition Award

LadybugAward-72As part of Women's History Month, the City has honored the women who voluntarily give their time and effort to keeping our gardens green and groomed. At the Recreation and Park Commission meeting on March 20, Joan Lionberger and Kate Haug received a Certificate of Appreciation from General Manager Phil Ginsburg and Commission President Mark Buell for their leadership of the Ladybug Gardeners.

(left: Mark Buell, Joan Lionberger, Phil Ginsburg)

Friends could not be prouder of Joan and Kate. Their tireless advocacy, stewardship and physical labor ensure that the gardens get the attention they need. Under their care, the gardens have seen ample improvements over the years, such as the native plant garden on the west side and the plantings along the sidewalk on Sanchez Street.

Ladybug Gardener work parties include a wide cross-section of the community, men, women, kids, parents, seniors, local residents and gardening enthusiasts from across the city. Work parties are organized every few months but avid Ladybugs keep a sharp eye on the gardens always and get to work on any given Saturday. Join the Ladybugs. Email Ladybugs@noevalleyreccenter.com.


You Are the History of Upper Noe
Upper Noe Rec Center - looking southwest

On May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m., current and past residents of Upper Noe will be writing the history of our neighborhood. When did it become “Upper” Noe? What were the significant local events of the last half-century, or just the past year? Whether you are a native or recent arrival, young or old, this is your story.

History Day will feature artifacts, photos and other memorabilia from our neighborhood’s past but, more than that, it will celebrate the people who make up our community. Where are you from? How did you come to be a neighbor? Read the writings on the wall, add your experiences to the interactive timelines and share group activities. Sip exotic teas and enjoy treats donated by local merchants. Music, arts and crafts, and the Imagination Playground will captivate kids for hours.

Participation from a wide gathering of residents, community organizations, local historians, church and school representatives, merchants and such will make our collected history authentic. Come and be our historian.

This event is hosted by the Upper Noe Community Recreation Council (CRC). The council welcomes everyone. The next meeting is Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the rec center auditorium. Volunteers are appreciated. Contact Cheryl at the Upper Noe office, (415) 970-8061, cheryl.woltjen@sfgov.org or Chris Faust at info@noevalleyreccenter.com


Easter Egg Hunt at Douglass Playground - April 19, 10:00 to Noon

Easter BunnyKids will have a great time at this free event, hunting for eggs and treats, playing games, making art and crafts, dying eggs and listening to music. Local merchants have generously donated prizes and candy as well as healthy snacks, too. Our master of ceremonies for the day is, of course, the Easter Bunny. Come and meet him. Mom and Dad, be sure to get your raffle tickets for some fabulous family fun and adventure.

Volunteers are needed. If you can help out, contact Carin at carin@k9scrubclub.com or info@noevalleyreccenter.com. This traditional event is hosted by Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center.


Ladybugs restore Bluebird Garden

Bluebird GardenTucked away against the southwest corner of the rec center building is the lovely little Bluebird garden. It attracts little attention and even less maintenance. So, Ladybug Gardeners put to work on Saturday, March 8 to restore it by clearing it of grass and weeds. The results are amazing. To look upon it changes the way one feels about the park as a whole.


Thanks go out to all of the neighbors, particularly the young folk, who worked wonders that day. Many hands make light work. Get instant rewards. Volunteer with the Ladybugs. Contact Joan and Kate at Ladybugs@noevalleyreccenter.com





Tot Concert - Big Lou the Accordion Princess

Big LouBig Lou (aka Linda Seekins) is a Bay Area legend. She has played in Polkacide, founded Those Darn Accordions, and now leads Big Lou’s Polka Casserole. She also plays in a French cabaret trio, Salut Matelot, hosts an online polka radio show, and curates the San Francisco Style Polka Hall of Fame. www.accordionprincess.com

Come hear her in the playground on April 19 from 10 a.m. - noon (rain moves the event inside).











Canine Corner
Charlie inspects the new installation
Charlie senses that something is new in Joby’s Run. Check it out. Rec & Park carpenters recently installed this wooden border along the Day Street entrance of the park. The tidy addition will keep gravel from spilling over into the park entrance when frisky dogs make hard stops at this end of the long run. As well as preserving gravel, the barrier will help keep the entryway cleaner and more attractive.






 

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


At the Rec Center

April 9
Upper Noe Neighbors
7:30 p.m.
Community issues discussed
This month: MTA presents changes to San Jose Avenue; Undergrounding utilities
Recreation Center auditorium

April 16
Community Recreation Council
7:00 p.m.
Recreation Center kitchen
Help shape programming and events at Upper Noe

April 19
Tot Concert - Big Lou the Accordion Princess
10:00 a.m. to noon
Playground
Rain moves the concert inside
Free

May 17
History Day at Upper Noe
1 - 4 p.m.
Recreation Center auditorium
Free

Outside the Center

April 19
Easter Egg Hunt at Douglass Playground
10:30 a.m. – noon
26th & Douglass St
Free
 


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
info@noevalleyreccenter.com
www.NoeValleyRecCenter.com

Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center  www.NoeValleyRecCenter.com