August 2014 Newsletter

 Newsletter | August 2014
Did You Know?
Fall Registration begins August 2.

See the complete schedule.
Fall Registration - August 2
Community Recreation Council
Mystery Planter Gets Planted
Recent Happenings at Upper Noe
Uni & Her Ukulele Plays Upper Noe – August 23
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Events

Summer Hours end on August 18. The Rec Center building once again closes on Sundays and Mondays

There will be no Open Gym hours on Mondays during August.

Women’s Indoor Soccer on Friday nights from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. is a great workout.
All levels welcome. Drop-in fee only $5.

Fall Registration (August-December) - August 2

Get out and play! This fall, get out and play with SF Rec and Park! Registration begins Saturday August 2 at 10 a.m.

Sign up for classes in person at Upper Noe Rec Center.

To register online, log onto Browse the catalog of nearly 1,400 classes and programs including yoga and fitness classes for adults, dance classes for seniors, and art and sports programs for kids at

See for a list of classes offered for summer at Upper Noe.

Exciting New classes at Upper Noe:

Girl's basketball - Wednesdays beginning 9/17 5-9 yrs old 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Girl's basketball - Wednesdays beginning 9/17 10-14 yrs old 4:30-6 p.m.
Home Cooking 101 - Thursdays beginning 8/21 Adult 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Art of Baking Bread - Saturdays beginning 8/23 Adult 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Art of Holiday Cooking - Thursdays beginning 10/23 Adult 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Flag Football Coed - Wednesdays beginning 9/3 8-9 yrs old 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Flag Football Coed - Wednesdays beginning 9/3 10-11 yrs old 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Flag Football Coed - Wednesdays beginning 9/3 12-13 yrs old 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Theater & Performing Arts Mini-Players - Thursdays beginning 9/18 5-6 yrs old 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand at Upper Noe:

Food in Jars Adult - Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bootcamps Adult - Tuesday 7:45 and Saturday 9:30 a.m.
So You Think You Can Act - Fridays 7-11 yrs old 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Movin' and Groovin' 2-4 yrs old - Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m.
Shred and Butter 6-13 yrs old - Fridays 4:30-6 p.m.

Membership has privileges at the Randall Museum
Everyone knows that programs there fill up fast. What many do not know is that a Randall Museum Friends Membership provides discounts on classes and priority registration. This is crucial. Get to the front of the line. See for details.

Community Recreation Council

CRC-logo-smPeople often ask, "How can I be more involved with the park?" That is easy to answer. Pick up litter, report maintenance problems (through 311 or to park staff) and volunteer with the Ladybug Gardeners to help keep the grounds in great shape. But to take part in the discussions and decisions that affect events, programming and improvements, be part of the Upper Noe Community Recreation Council (CRC).

The CRC is a Rec & Park initiative, run by Facilities Coordinator Cheryl Woltjen, which works very closely with the Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center (FNVRC). Together, they meet as one body once a month to share a common agenda. The advantage of this arrangement is that the CRC can tap into the vast resources of Rec & Park directly to bring equipment and staffing to events, while FNVRC functions as a non-profit, community-run organization able to raise monies through donations and grants to support activities and fund improvements.

Everyone involved in caring for Upper Noe is considered a Friend, regardless of any monetary contribution. What is most valuable are participation and ideas. In particular, the CRC is seeking more input from parents to help decide which programs and events they would like to see here for their children. What kind of improvements would be of benefit to tots? To teens? Is there something you would like to see happen here? Bring it to the CRC. Reservations are not required. The CRC is open to everyone.

Currently, the CRC is considering a series of outdoor movie nights for next summer. Sound like fun? The next meeting is Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.

Mystery Planter Gets Planted

mysteryplanter-72The results are in. Readers of this newsletter responded 100% in favor of keeping the planter that mysteriously appeared two months ago. Ladybug Gardner Joan Lionberger has recently added flora and it is lovely. Thanks go out to our mystery donor, to Joan, and to our readers who weighed in on whether to keep it or not.

Recent Happenings at Upper Noe

Supervisors Square Off
SFsupervisors-72On July 9, Upper Noe Neighbors hosted a lovely get-together with S.F. Supervisors David Campos and David Chiu. The two face each other at the ballot in November. Their quest is Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's termed-out spot in Assembly District 17 of the California Legislature.

In an informal setting, the supervisors amiably discussed their platforms and fielded questions from the audience of about forty neighbors. There were no surprises. Neither deviated much from campaign literature. While each strived to distinguish himself from the other, the tone was always civil and each remained a gentleman. It was refreshing.

Thanks go out to Vicki Rosen for putting together such a pleasant, informative evening. And the snacks were delicious. Upper Noe Neighbors meets quarterly at the Rec Center.

Uni & Her Ukulele Plays Upper Noe – August 23

uniThis month Friends Concert in the Park welcomes Uni & Her Ukulele. Uni has released three full albums, numerous E.P’s, collaborations and a covers album ranging from lo -fi indie pop to melodic strings to rock. Uni’s sound has been described as eclectic, infectious pop and not your usual Ukulele fare. Recipient of the SF Weekly Music Award, Uni has toured all over the USA and Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and has been the subject of celebrated festival Documentary ”The Mighty Uke”.


Canine Corner

UDDPAUpper Douglass Dog Park reopened Tuesday, July 29, with fanfare. A host of public officials were on hand to bestow their blessings upon this truly magnificent green space. After a major renovation to address drainage and landscaping issues, the park looks great and drains well. Having this play area back should relieve some of the congestion in Upper Noe’s Joby’s Run.


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) 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)

• 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 June 14. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, community service hours credited. Even an hour would be a big help! Please email ladybugs (at)

Community Events

At the Rec Center

August 20
Community Recreation Council / Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center
7:00 p.m.
Recreation Center kitchen
Get involved and help shape programming and events at Upper Noe

August 23
Friends Concert in the Park
Uni & Her Ukulele
10:00 a.m. to noon
Rain moves the concert inside.

Sept 13
Ladybug Gardeners
9:00 a.m. - noon
Help keep Upper Noe beautiful.
Bring a hat and gloves.

Outside the Center

August 5
National Night Out
SF Police Academy
350 Amber Drive, San Francisco, CA 94131 (Diamond Heights)
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
A free community BBQ / celebration bringing neighbors together in a safe and friendly atmosphere where they can also get to know the law enforcement officers that serve them. Jumpy houses, face painting, balloons, balloon art, popcorn and other giveaways for the kids.

Contact if you have an event that you would like to list.

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 the Noe Valley Recreation Center