January 2015 Newsletter

 Newsletter | January 2015
Did You Know?

The Rec Center is closed from March 23 to April 4 to refinish the floors.

Happy New Year
Winter 2015 Programs
Free Yoga and Zumba Classes
New Open Gym and Free Play Hours for Winter
2015 Camp Mather Lottery
Ladybugs Spruce Up Sanchez
Beacon Street Trail Update
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Events

Happy New Year
2014 was a fine year for Upper Noe Rec Center. We celebrated History Day, produced a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt, held our first full drama production ever on our stage, hosted dance troupes and a huge Zumba party, provided space for community meetings and birthday parties, and kept up a full program of activities and sports for people of all ages. All this while maintaining a clean and functional facility with beautiful gardens. Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center (FNVRC) and the Upper Noe Community Recreation Council (CRC) thank everyone for their participation. We extend a special thanks to Upper Noe staff for their courtesy, hospitality, and dedication to our community center.

We look forward to 2015 and all that the year has to offer. The next FNVRC / CRC meeting is Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Everyone is welcome. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm.

Winter 2015 Programs
Registration is still open for Winter programs. Go to www.sfreconline.org to see what classes are available. Remember that most classes at Upper Noe are open to drop-in guests for a small per-session fee. Check with Rec Center staff. See the daily schedule of Upper Noe programs and registration info

Free Yoga and Zumba Classes
Free Zumba at Upper NoeDrop by and join in. No registration is necessary. These classes provide all necessary equipment, such as yoga mats, free for your use. What could be easier?
Yoga is 9:15-10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Zumba is 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Saturday and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

New Open Gym and Free Play Hours for Winter
Auditorium Free Play: Tue 1 – 3:30pm; Wed 1 – 2:30pm; Thu none; Fri 1 – 3pm; Sat 12 – 4:30pm*.
*Saturday hours can vary, depending upon other activities. 
Open Gym: Tue 12 – 3pm, 6:30 - 8:30pm; Wed 12 – 2:30pm; Thu 12 – 5pm, 6:15 – 8:30pm; Fri 12 – 6pm.

2015 Camp Mather Lottery
Registration season is now open through February 6.  Log onto sfreconline.org and use course bar code 39462.  Lottery results will be mailed out in mid-March. 
Choose from the following weeks:
May 30-June 6 (Inclusion Week*)
June 6-June 13     June 13-June 20    June 20-June 27     June 27-July 4    July 4-July 11      July 11-July 18
July 18-July 25     July 25-August 1     August 1-August 8     August 8-August 15

Ladybugs Spruce Up Sanchez
Anita wields a hammerThe sidewalk gardens along Sanchez Street had been looking rather shoddy. So much so that passers-by and their pets frequently transgressed the small barrier fence set up to separate the garden from the sidewalk, trampling it and the plants within. Neighbors, volunteers and gardening staff pitched in to rectify and beautify the situation. Kate Haug initiated the transformation by donating and installing a number of new plants, a few native sages, lupine, ceanothus, and some poppy seeds. Rec and Park gardeners then did some extraordinary work cleaning up the beds and adding new mulch. Ladybug Gardeners followed up by installing an attractive rope barrier. Neighbors stopped by to plant some bulbs there. Gardeners then returned and put in more plants along the rest of the fence line. What a team effort!

Beacon Street Trail Update
BillyGoat Hill / Walter Haas Playground trailRec & Park (RPD) hosted a community meeting on December 10 at Upper Noe to discuss the fate of the piece of City property between Billy Goat Hill and Walter Haas Jr. Park.

The land, which currently has a rough social trail, falls under the RPD’s Natural Areas program; Manager Lisa Wayne hosted the meeting. Over 30 neighbors attended with heavy representation from folks living nearby who would be closely impacted. Park communities were represented by Robin Lee from Friends of Walter Haas Jr. Park and Chris Faust from Friends of Upper Noe Rec Center.

RPD presented four options: 1) No Connection, 2) Trail Connection, 3) Steps Connection, 4) Full Park Development on the site. Option 1 - No Connection - is not consistent to the mission of RPD to connect our open spaces and make them more accessible. Option 4 -  full park development on this site is not respectful of the history of this land or the neighborhood relationship to the land. Community members discussed the pros and cons of options 1, 2 and 3. A consensus vote supported some kind of trail connection, which would provide a more natural path between the parks that is safer and easier for hikers, bikers and dogs to use.

Some neighbors voiced concerns, including minimizing the impact of a trail on the natural beauty, establishing effective buffers that protect adjacent neighbors from illegal or rowdy behavior, establishing a safe crosswalk across Beacon Street, and maintenance improvement for gardeners and the trash cleanup. Neighbors interested in these concerns may wish to testify when Rec & Park Commission’s Capital Subcommittee reviews this plan.

Canine Corner
Colorful umbrellas in Joby's Run
Umbrellas and mushrooms are popping up everywhere in Joby’s Run and in the gardens of the park. Nancy has been leading the installation of these colorful sun and weather shades. Thanks Nancy. The rain has provided the mushrooms. Park staff and volunteers have been removing the possibly poisonous fungi to prevent children and dogs from sampling them. Be on the lookout if your pet is browsing.

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 September 13. 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

January 14
7:00 p.m.
Community Recreation Council / Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center
Recreation Center Kitchen
Discussion of 2015 events at Upper Noe

January 21
Upper Noe Neighbors
7:30 p.m.
Supervisor Wiener: legislation easing restrictions on in-law units.
Reading Partners: national literacy non-profit 
March 14
9:00 a.m. - noon
Ladybug Gardeners
Help keep Upper Noe beautiful.
Bring a hat and gloves.

Outside the Center

January 17
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Glen Park Neighborhood History Project
Glen Park Library Meeting Room
Author Diane Donovan: House-moving in San Francisco neighborhoods including Glen Park.

January 31 
10 a.m. - noon
Friends of Billy Goat Hill
Billy Goat Hill Planting Day
Our winter planting event

Contact info@noevalleyreccenter.com 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  www.NoeValleyRecCenter.com