Wells Fargo sponsored Neighborhood LIFT program! Up to $30,000 in down payment assistance!

Look into your possibility at the free NeighborhoodLIFT® homebuyer event. Wells Fargo is partnering with Community Housing Development Corporation of North Richmond, a local nonprofit, to get you the information you need to put you on the path to becoming a homeowner for the first or next time. Come see if you qualify for a $30,000 down payment assistance grant to help you buy a home in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Solano, available for a limited time.

Thursday and Friday, November 16 – 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Oakland Marriott City Center West Hall
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

The support you need all under one roof:

  • See if you’re eligible to reserve a grant for 60 days while you find a home.  After the event, you must have a home purchase agreement to qualify for a grant.
  • Attend homeownership and credit seminars
  • See uf tiy qualify for a mortgage preapproval
  • Free admission, parking and kids activities


SFHDC, 4439 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94124


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Highlights From this Week

Be sure to check out our new seasonal section!


Featuring holiday events and other seasonal key dates, such as these:


WHO: Friends of Little Hollywood park
WHAT: Movie Night-Lego Batman
WHERE: Little Hollywood Park, Lathrop @ Tocoloma
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 27th from 6pm -9pm Movie starts at Sunset 6:45pm
NOTES: Bring your folding chair or a blanket. Free pizza, popcorn and healthy snacks.


WHO: Southeast Community Facility Commission
WHAT: 10th Annual Health and Harvest Fair
WHERE: Alex Pitcher Community Room at 1800 Oakdale Avenue, SF
WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
CONTACT: Please feel free to contact Eleanore Fernandez directly at (415) 821-2040 or via e-mail at efernandez@sfwater.org. To join us: https://sfgov.org/sefacility/secfc-health-fair
NOTES: Our health matters. Celebrate the fall season and support healthy eating and active living in a fun, family affair. This is our Tenth Annual Health Fair. Last year we had hundreds of attendees who came to the event and connected with organizations that showcased their services. We hope you can be part of it all again this year as we continue to promote health and wellness in the community. We look forward to collaborating with your organization, once again this year to serve the Southeast Sector Community. Free health screenings. Free fresh produce. Free lunch. Raffle giveaway. Kids’ zone and pumpkin patch. Senior zone. Live entertainment.

3WHO: Bayview Opera House
WHAT: Haunted House & Trick or Treat Trail
WHERE: Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 3rd Street
WHEN: Tuesday, October 31st 5-8pm
CONTACT: For more information, click here.
NOTES: As part of the annual trick-or-treat trail along 3rd Street, Bayview Opera House will be featuring a haunted house as one of the trick or treating stops! Stop by our Haunted House (created by BMAGIC, YMCA, and CYC) to grab a map of all of the participating merchants on the Trick or Treat Trail along 3rd Street, stretching from Evans to Williams. Additional Halloween activities: Costume Contest with Mario B, Performances, Mask Making, Pumpkin Carving and Decorating, Candied Apples and more! This is a community event – there is no admission or participation fee, and it is open to all families in the Bayview neighborhood and beyond. We are so excited to see you all here and celebrate Halloween with you – boo!

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Invest In Neighborhoods

October 2017 Newsletter

In Memoriam

Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis, Neighborhood Grocer and Community Leader


Photo courtesy of Gus’s Market

The Invest In Neighborhoods team and City of San Francisco join the community in mourning and remembering Gus Vardakastanis. Gus was a dedicated small business owner, immigrant entrepreneur and community leader. He provided healthy and affordable produce to the neighborhoods he served and employed many residents at his three local markets. His welcoming and entrepreneurial spirit will be missed by the many people he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gus’ family and friends during this time of sorrow. Gus will be missed, but his memory will live on through his lasting contributions to the City he loved. Gus, thank you and we will miss you.

News & Highlights

Japantown Celebrates its New Designation as a Community Benefit District


District 5 Supervisor London Breed, Mayor Ed Lee, and Invest In Neighborhoods in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development celebrated San Francisco’s newest Community Benefit District (CBD) in September. Supervisor Breed and Mayor Lee welcomed the Japantown CBD before a large crowd of community members and local business owners who gathered in the local Peace Plaza. “The Japantown Community Benefit District is an important milestone for the preservation and celebration of the Japanese American community in this city,” said Mayor Lee. Wednesday’s ceremony marks the 15th CBD established in San Francisco since 2005. Read more…

Do Not Miss the Season’s Wrap-up of The Commons on 3rd Thursday


This season’s wrap-up event of a successful series of The Commons on 3rd Thursday is on October 19th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is a free “block party” featuring live music on three stages, roller skating by the Church of 8 Wheels, food trucks, over-21 beverages, games, interactive installations and other activities for all ages in Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library.  With Jimmy Buffet performing at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a mini ‘Paradise Cove’ experience will be curated featuring Jimmy Buffett themed activities, art, beverages, and more in UN Plaza. Check out the video and join the festivities, www.civiccentercommons.org. #commonsthursdays

Rebuild My Block to Provide Home Repairs and Renovations to the Bayview


Photo courtesy of Rebuilding Together SF

On Saturday, October 21st, Rebuilding Together San Francisco is partnering with YCAT-C, Bayview Residents Improving Their Environment, the City’s Fix-It Team, Invest In Neighborhoods in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Friends of the Urban Forest, and the broader Bayview community for Rebuild My Block. This event will revitalize homes within a four block area between La Salle, McKinnon, and Newhall Lane and will include a Fix-It Fair with a number of vendors providing activities focused on how to maintain a safe and healthy home. Volunteers are welcome to sign up to assist in a variety of areas. Click here to volunteer and e-mail Brenna to participate in the resource fair.

Chinatown Crowds Revel in Festivities for Autumn Moon Festival


On September 30th, Chinatown burst with color and celebration for the opening day of the weekend’s Autumn Moon Festival. Thousands of festival goers crowded into the streets to take in the various booths, dancers, beauty queens and vendors on Grant Avenue. San Francisco’s Chinatown boasts one of the largest Chinese American populations in the country and hosts the annual Autumn Moon Festival which is a long-standing tradition in China to honor the celestial sphere that plays a vital role in Asian folklore. Read more and plan on attending the 2018 celebration.

Resilient Bayview Hosts its First Ever Neighborfest


The first Resilient Bayview Neighborfest held on October 7th was a huge success! The Bayview Community came out to have a good time, but they got a whole lot more. The Bayview Community benefitted from the collective efforts of vendors, community partners and sponsors, contributing to the Resource Fair, free lunch, activities and entertainment. Together Resilient Bayview fed over 300 people, promoted 28 health and resilience Resource Fair vendors, trained 45 people in CPR, raffled 30 disaster kits and recorded more than 90 Bayview resident contacts for the Resilient Bayview initiative. Neighbors built friendships, learned ways to access education and healthcare, learned how to prepare for stressful events and much, much more. Read more…

Community Events

Invest In Neighborhoods in the OEWD is pleased to promote the following events. Many activities are free and all events are open to the public. 

Civic Center Commons Third Thursdays and Paradise Cove – Last Event of the Season!



October 19, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Civic Center Commons (UN Plaza, Civic Center Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the Main Library)

This is the last event of the season–there is a great line-up and a Paradise Cove!

Civic Center Plaza Stage


Stompy Jones – 6:30-7:20pm, 7:40-8:30pm

Live DJ – 5:00-6:30pm, 7:20-7:40pm, 8:30-9:00pm


  • Swing Dancing All Night!
  • Cocktail Bar by Off the Grid Markets
  • Bi-Rite Creamery Stand
  • Play Bocce Ball with SF Social
  • Cornhole and Giant Jenga FREE!

Fulton Street Stage


DJ Funklor – 5:00-6:16pm

No Vacation – 6:15-7:15pm

Bells Atlas – 7:45-8:45pm


  • Church of 8 Wheels – FREE Rollerskating
  • Cocktail Bar & Food Trucks by Off the Grid Markets

UN Plaza Stage

Music by NOISE POP

DJ Chad Salty and Sarah Bethe Nelson – 5:00-8:00pm

Vinyl Williams – 8:00-9:00pm


  • “Paradise Cove” – Jimmy Buffet themed area complete with beachy drinks, food, a Blue Hawaii movie screening and more in honor of Jimmy’s performance at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 8PM!

Check out the Art Installation:

“Knitting the Commons” – Yarn Tree Wrapping


On display every day

Visit Knitting the Commons for more details.

Whildewhere? in McLaren Park


Detailed Event Schedule

Last event of the season!

  • Metal Music Festival – October 21, 12:00 p.m.

Undiscovered SF: Filipino Night Market Festival | SoMa


Every third Friday

Next Event: October 20, 6 p.m. to Midnight

Get tickets

Check out the video about the creative thinking behind this event series:


ALSO, watch the recap video of August’s event

Movies in McCoppin

A Movie Every Friday in October

At Taraval Street and 23rd Avenue


Get tickets

FREE Popcorn / FREE Movies / Family Fun

6:00PM: Kids Activities

7:30PM: Showtime!

Here is the movie season’s schedule:

  • October 20, Zootopia
  • October 27, Star Wars: Rogue One


Bayview Pumpkin Patch, a benefit for Project Wreckless


Through October 31, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4101 Third Street (enter on Hudson Ave.), San Francisco, CA 94124

Visit this family friendly Pumpkin Patch in the Bayview during the month of October.

100% of the proceeds from pumpkin sales will benefit Project Wreckless, helping at risk youth in the Bayview learn tools for life.

BayviewLIVE Festival

FREE: Get Tickets

October 21, Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Egbert Avenue

Imprint City presents the BayviewLIVE Festival seeking to address the digital divide by leveraging tech resources while also attracting an array of notable performers, muralists and tech tastemakers to the Bayview (Sprayview) neighborhood. Visit bayviewlive.com to get updates, performance line up and to secure your FREE ticket


Rebuild My Block: Neighbors Helping Neighbors in the Bayview


October 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central Bayview Neighborhood (Mendell & McKinnon)

Join the Rebuild My Block event to revitalize homes in a four block area between La Salle, McKinnon, and Newhall Lane. Rebuilding Together SF and YCAT-C will work with seniors, homeowners, and para-transit services to support the development of the Bayview community. They are looking for volunteers with and without construction experience. Click here to volunteer.

Your organization or business can participate in the resource fair, focusing on safe and healthy homes. To participate click here to email Brenna at RTSF.

Everyone deserves a safe & healthy home and neighborhood. Contact Brenna Hull for questions brenna@rebuildingtogethersf.org, (415) 905-1611 x204.

West Portal Merchants Association


October 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

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Bayview Butchertown Jazz Festival


October 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lane Street between Underwood Avenue & Van Dyke Avenue


Passport 2017 at Middle Polk

October 22, Noon to 4:00 p.m.

2001 Polk Street


San Francisco’s favorite DIY art collecting event is back! Support your local artists and small businesses by making your own stamped passports. Custom designed stamps made by a plethora of artists will be available Sunday, October 22. Find a complete list of the participating artists, cost and more here.This event is presented in partnership by Office of Economic and Workforce Development with media sponsorship by SF Weekly.

Chinatown Halloween Neighborhood Festival


October 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waverly Place, Chinatown YMCA, Willie Woo Woo Clubhouse, Playground


West Portal Annual Halloween Stroll


October 31, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

West Portal Avenue



Events in The Mission

Oda A La Muerte – A Printmaking Exhibition


October 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th Street

Event details

“Oda A La Muerte” is a group printmaking exhibition paying tribute to Dia de Los Muertos. Featuring work from more than 20 artists, the exhibition seeks to foster a creative dialogue between Mexico and the U.S., with each artist exploring the significance of death from their own cultural and personal perspective, through use of intaglio and relief printing techniques, from etching to linoleum and woodcuts.

Mission Bernal Whistle-Stop Tour


October 27 – October 29

Event details

Join the Mission Bernal Merchants Association for the Mission Bernal’s Whistle-Stop Tour weekend! This program is a series of events taking place during a 3-day stretch with family fun and engaging activities. Meet local musicians, artists, chefs, and brewers. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Mission Bernal eco rain gardens and enjoy live entertainment in the Mission/Valencia plaza.

Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead SF


November 2

Procession begins 7 p.m. at 22nd and Bryant

Public Altars in Garfield Park at 26th and Harrison, 4 to 11 p.m.

Event details

Mondays to Sundays at Balancoire

Diverse programming every day of the week: Art and Cocktail Monday, Tango Tuesday, Swing Wednesday, Salsa Thursday and don’t miss out on Drag Sunday Brunch. This and Much More!

Presented by Balancoire Restaurant and Club

Tuesdays, Live Cuban Band at Cha Cha Cha

Son Chévere plays Classic Cuban Music Tuesdays, July 11 & July 25, 8pm to 10pm- Plus Rueda Con Ritmo offers a son/cha cha cha dance class 7pm-7:50pm ($10 fee). Son Chévere features Jordan (Tres), Alexey (Percussion), Maria (Bass Keytar), and Ryan (Percussion)

Admission: Free, Dance Classes $10

Presented by Cha Cha Cha

Wednesdays, Cine Con Cultura

7:00pm: MCCLA Movie Club Cine Con Cultura- web * fb Showcasing Latin American films with English subtitles. Admission: $7

Presented by Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Thursdays, Mission Community Market

4:oopm-8:00pm: Mission Community Market– web * fb Visit the Mission Community Market is an open-air marketplace every Thursday rain or shine (March-Nov). The market  is made up of farmers, small local businesses, music and culture programming and after-school activities. The non-profit promotes family health and are creating a fun, beautiful public space for the Mission District.

Presented by Mission Community Market– 22nd Street and Bartlett 

Saturdays and Sundays, Mural Tours

Presented by Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street

Ongoing on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: $3 – $20

Sundays, Live Salsa

El Rio

2nd and 4th Sundays

3:15 p.m. – FREE Dance Class

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Live Band.

Admission: $8 before 4 p.m., $10 After

For Additional Events Visit…

Brava Theater –2781 24th Street

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Galería De La Raza – 2857 24th Street

San Francisco Mission Street

The NEN Awards Return for the 10th and Biggest Year Ever!


Save the Date: January 26, 2018


The NEN Awards are San Francisco’s way of honoring and celebrating the work of residents and organizations who make our city an amazing place to live.


Please take the time to nominate your local heroes for this year’s award categories (see list below) and remember you can nominate your own group/organization. The nomination window closes at 5pm on Friday, December 1stMake your nominations today.


Also please save the date of the evening of January 26th, 2018. We’ll be opening the event reservation site in November so watch for updates.

Grants, Technical Assistance and Other Opportunities & Resources

Looking for a new job? OEWD Business Services has Resources for You

Sign up to receive e-mail information on job postings and upcoming hiring events by visiting http://oewd.org/email and select the “Workforce: Business Services” option. For more information, contact OEWD Business Services at (415) 701-4848 or business.services@sfgov.org.




Small Business Development Center: FREE Trainings & Workshops

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts a wide variety of FREE business seminars for small businesses in San Francisco:

Financial Analysis for Small Businesses

Thursday, October 19, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105

This workshop will cover different financial analysis methods, how to analyze your profit and loss report, as well as, how budgeting, statement of cash flows, and cash flow forecasting can be used to track and project future monthly cash needs. Individuals will learn how to use these reports to identify areas where they can increase their profits and business performance, and improve their cash flow management skills.

Click here to register

Target Marketing Strategies

Thursday, October 26, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105

Learn the basic fundamentals of target marketing and how to identify your customer. Are you familiar with the terms; demographics, psychographics and do you know what your NAICS code is? If not, you could be missing out on creating customers daily. Learn how to use research information and materials to sustain your company year round. This workshop is for current and aspiring business owners.

Click here to register

Quickbooks Program

Wednesday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

San Francisco Public Library, Main Library 100 Larkin Street , San Francisco CA 94102


The QuickBooks Program is a no-cost workshop being offered to San Francisco based businesses looking to incorporate QuickBooks as their primary accounting tool. This program will cover basic QuickBooks instruction, including: setting up QuickBooks, entering sales, entering expenses, reporting, and other basic functions.

Click here to register

Mastering the Art of Presentation

Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

San Francisco Public Library, Main Library 100 Larkin Street , San Francisco CA 94102

This workshop will cover the most important skill in business, which is the ability to communicate effectively. This session is designed for any businessperson who wants to differentiate themselves and achieve more consistent results in their formal and informal presentations. We will explore communication styles and how they enhance or take away from one’s effectiveness.

Click here to register


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Correction & Deadline Extended: Cultural Equity Initiatives Due November 1

Some Cultural Equity Inititaives (CEI) applicants may have seen a version of the guidelines that stated that there was a cap for the budget size of fiscal sponsors. This error has been corrected; there is no budget cap for fiscal sponsors; the applicant organization’s budget cap is a three-year average of $1.5 million.

The CEI grant program offers grants up to $100,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations for capacity-building initiatives that ensure the artistic and cultural vitality and the sustainability of San Francisco’s arts organizations that are deeply rooted in historically marginalized communities.

New deadline is Wednesday, November 1 at 12 noon.

Learn more!

Deadline: Creative Space and Arts for Neighborhood Vitality Due October 25

The Creative Space (CRSP) grant program supports the enhancement of San Francisco cultural facilities through Planning and Facility Improvement Grants. Arts for Neighborhood Vitality (ANV) grants support small, neighborhood- centered, publicly accessible art walks and festivals where art and culture are main components.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 25, at 12 noon.

Get Started!

Deadline Extended: Treasure Island Phase 1 Public Art Opportunities Due October 20

Now accepting applications for the Treasure Island Arts Master Plan implementation of Phase 1, which includes projects for large-scale, site-specific art installations at Building 1 Plaza ($1 million), Waterfront Plaza ($2 million) and Yerba Buena Hilltop Park ($2 million).

This is a high profile and unparalleled opportunity for artists to create bold and imaginative large-scale sculpture for prominent locations on Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island concurrent with the island-wide redevelopment.

New deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:59 p.m. PDT/ 11:59 p.m. CT

Get more info! 

2018 Grant Applications Due 

Over $3 million is available in grant funds for small to mid-sized nonprofits and individual artists based in San Francisco. Applications are due on a rolling basis this month, so check out the grant categories for more information about applying! Applications are available through our online grant management system.


APPLY SOON! Artist in Residence with SF Planning

Application Deadline is October 19, 11:59 p.m. by email

Bay Area artists are invited to submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for our new Artist in Residence (AIR) initiative. The SFAC Galleries will place one artist in residence with our City partner, the SF Planning Department, for ten weeks (five hours a week) in early 2018. This pilot residency marks our commitment to leveraging our unique resources to provide artists with opportunities to participate in and activate around the advancement of civic dialogue.



Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center









October 31, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Co-hosted by HSN and the S.F. Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE)

HSN and OSLE will host our second overview of San Francisco wage and benefit laws, particularly for nonprofits with city contracts. The target audience for this workshop is nonprofit executives and H.R. professionals. More info, including how to register, will be available soon.

The workshop will take place in Koret Auditorium from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. OLSE and other relevant City staff also will be available to provide individual technical assistance from 9:00 to 12:00 noon in the Main Library’s Latino Room.

Get more information and REGISTER at http://www.sfnonprofithr.brownpapertickets.com

Addition inquiries can be directed to debbilerman@sfhsn.org



Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion

The 2017 application period for the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion is now open. To apply, please download the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion Application 2017 (found below in the Downloads section on this page) and follow the instructions provided.

The Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion (the “Exclusion”) permits persons maintaining a fixed place of business within the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area (the “Area”) and that meet the requirements of section 906.3 of the Business and Tax Regulations Code (the “Code”) to exclude a portion of their payroll expense from the payroll expense tax base for up to six years from the later of May 20, 2011, and the date the person commenced business in the Area. However, the Exclusion expires on May 20, 2019, and may not be taken after that date.



SF Minimum Wage Increases to $14.00 Effective July 1, 2017

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance started on January 1, 2017; Employers with 35 or More Employees are

Required to Comply Beginning July 1, 2017.

Learn more: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/E-file_and_E-pay_Mandate_for_Employers.htm

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Office of Economic and Workforce Development | City Hall, Room 448, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

Supervisor Malia Cohen October 2017 Newsletter


Supervisor Malia Cohen

Keeping San Francisco’s District 10 affordable, working, healthy, and safe!

City Cannabis Forum with Supervisor Cohen


Saturday, October 21, 10:00am- 2:00pm

Bayview Opera House (4705 3rd St)


This forum will feature expert panels and information booths to bring more information to the public about the seed-to-sale landscape in San Francisco under Proposition 64, including:

  • Job opportunities
  • Permitting and regulation
  • Equity and access in the cannabis industry
  • Record expungement consulting for those incarcerated for activities now legal under Prop 64

Please bring any and all questions about cannabis policy in San Francisco!

Obtain your free ticket via Eventbrite at www.bit.ly/D10CannabisForum.

North Bay Fires – Tips for San Franciscans

The multiple fires currently burning in the North Bay may be creating the potential of a health hazard in San Francisco. Smoke from wildfires and structure fires can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. You should immediately minimize outdoor activities, especially those with health concerns (e.g. heart or lung disease, asthma), are elderly, pregnant, or have a child. Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Repeated coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea or unusual fatigue
  • Lightheadedness

The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is performing wellness checks and providing transport upon request for unsheltered people. If you are or know someone who is homeless and needs care, please contact the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Services by calling 3-1-1.

Those interested in volunteering to support the North Bay wildfire relief efforts can sign up with the American Red Cross at http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017. Please do not call 9-1-1 to report smoke unless you see fire.

Sign up for emergency alerts from city officials by texting ‘AlertSF’ to 888-777 on your mobile device or register online at alertsf.org. 

SFPUC Warning Customers of Telephone Scam

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is warning customers to be aware of a recent telephone scam involving water bills. Over the past few weeks, the SFPUC has heard from several dozen customers who say they have received a call from someone impersonating a representative of “SF Utilities.” According to the reports, the alleged representative is threatening to shut off water service unless immediate cash payment is made. Customers have been directed to make payment at Walgreen’s, CVS and Rite Aid stores in San Francisco.

These calls are not coming from the SFPUC and at no time does the agency direct customers to pay their water bills in-person anywhere outside of authorized payment locations.

Click here to view a list of SFPUC authorized payment options and locations

The SFPUC is conducting an internal investigation and, at this time, there is no evidence that there has been a breach of private customer information. Additionally, the SFPUC has reported the incidents to the San Francisco Police Department, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission.

Customers who receive these calls and wish to report them directly to law enforcement should contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357. Customers who have questions about their water bill should call the SFPUC customer service line at 415-551-3000.

Academy of Science District 10 Free Weekend 

Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 22nd

California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr)

California Academy of Sciences is inviting San Francisco residents to explore the Academy for free. Residents in District 10 only (94110, 94124, and 94134) are invited on the third weekend of  October! Join us and come see the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum!

Mark your calendars for District 10’s Spring 2018 free weekend from March 16th to the 18th!

For more information, visit  calacademy.org/free

NOTE: Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:

  • A driver license or state ID card
  • Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
  • Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)

Upcoming Events

District 10

San Francisco Street Food Festival

Sunday, October 15th, 11:00am-8:00pm

420 23rd St. (old PG&E Power Station)

Featuring 30+ Bay Area chefs, restaurants and Instagram stars, this year’s San Francisco Street Food Festival is an intimate celebration of the delicious and complex story of American food with offerings including Vietnamese noodles, Palestinian köfte kebab, Pali-Cali man’oushe, Guanajatan pozole, Southern fried chicken, Nepalese dumplings, Salvadoran plantains and so much more. Through the stories and food s of these chefs, attendees will explore the ways immigrants have always and will continue to shape the ways we eat and the communities we live in.

Details can be found at www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/

MED-Project Medication Take-Back Event

Saturday, October 28th, 10:00am- 2:00pm

Visitacion Valley Branch Library (201 Leland Ave)

Local take-back events offer residents a free and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted medicines. If you have expired or unwanted medications, proper disposal is important and easy. Safely dispose of your medicines at the FREE MED-Project Take-Back Event. All San Francisco residents are welcome to participate; we unfortunately cannot accept medicines from businesses.

For a list of accepted and not accepted medications see: www.med-project.org/sf.

Pumpkin Patch on 3rd Street

Sunday, October 7th – Tuesday, October 31st

4101 3rd Street

This Saturday, a pumpkin patch is opening at 4101 3rd Street. The following week, All Good Pizza will be hosting another Fire Pit Project where Public Glass will be blowing glass pumpkins to be sold all week to benefit their capital fundraising efforts.


San Francisco Department of Public Health Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic

San Francisco County health officials urge everyone six months and older to get vaccinated early in the season.Protection against the flu is especially important for pregnant women, children younger than 5 years, adults 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes. In addition to getting the flu shot, here are some other ways to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitize.
  • Stay home when you are sick.


For more information on SFDPH flu vaccinations, call 3-1-1 or visit www.sfcdcp.org/flu.

Civic Center Commons Free Block Party 

Thursday, October 19th, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Civic Center Commons – UN Plaza, Civic Center Plaza, and Fulton St.

The Commons on 3rd Thursdays is a series of FREE family-friendly events held on the third Thursday evening of each month through October 2017. The event features live music on three stages, food trucks, over-21 beverages, and activities for all ages from 5pm to 9pm.

The event series grew out of the Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in these public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons”. Neighbors, community organizations and cultural institutions are working with City agencies and people who frequent these spaces to bring interactive art installations and play structures; more frequent activities and events; additional food and drink options; new stewardship approaches; and innovative workforce development partnerships.

To learn more about the event, visit www.commonsthursdays.com.

Wilde Where?

Saturday, October 15th (12:30pm) & Saturday, October 21st (12:00pm)

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park (Mansell St & John F. Shelly Dr)

A hidden gem in the middle of San Francisco’s second largest park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater hosts an eclectic group of performers each summer season. These performances surprise and delight neighbors in the know as well as anyone lucky enough to stumble upon the amphitheater while exploring McLaren Park.

In years past these events have each existed in their own universe, but this year those universes will intersect at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, the place where community and culture collide.

The last two events for the season are San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival on October 15 and McLaren Park Metal Music Festival on October 21.

Howard Zinn Book Fair – A Celebration of People’s History: Past, Present and Future

Sunday, November 19th, 10:00am-6:00pm

City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus

The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we reco gnize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small.

Go to www.howardzinnbookfair.com for details.


Just One Tree

WHERE ARE THE LEMONS? Just One Tree is a self-sufficiency project that aims to have 12,000 lemon trees growing in San Francisco-the number needed for each resident to have three pounds of lemons per year, our average consumption. The goal is to promote urban agriculture and show that a city can be sustainable in an edible crop. So far, Bayview has 89 and Potrero Hill has 77 registered lemon trees but we know there are more out there. Know of a lemon tree? Visit us at JustOneTree.org to register a tree, earn lemon perks and learn about planting events.

Free LED Light Bulb Giveaway for Qualifying City Residents

The San Francisco Department of the Environment is conducting a large-scale LED giveaway to benefit low-income, senior, and disabled residents. LED bulbs last years longer than older lighting, lower electricity bills and maintenance costs, and improve safety. They can be costly to purchase, but are available free with this initiative.

Please use this form to request your free LED bulbs!

Contact Becca Raybin with questions regarding the giveaway at becca.raybin@sfgov.org.

Malia Cohen, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 279, San Francisco, CA 94102


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Highlights From this Week

* * * Please join us for BMAGIC’s next Convener Meeting * * *
October 17 from 1pm-3pm @
1800 Oakdale Avenue, SF 94124 in the Alex Pitcher Room
Presentations will be given related to health & wellness


WHO: Project Wreckless
WHAT: Bayview Pumpkin Patch
WHERE: 4101 Third Street (enter on Hudson Ave.), San Francisco
WHEN: 10/7 – 10/31/17 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm
CONTACT: projectwreckless.org
NOTES: Bayview Pumpkin Patch, a benefit for Project Wreckless. Join us for a family friendly Pumpkin Patch in the Bayview for the month of October.  100% of the proceeds will benefit Project Wreckless, helping at risk youth in the Bayview learn tools for life. This event is generously sponsored by: Project Wreckless: projectwreckless.org Non Plus Ultra: nonplusultrainc.com EDOT: edotbayview.org Andrea Baker Consulting: andreabakerconsulting.com 4101 Third Street Development – Jack Tseng Invest in Neighborhoods SF: investsf.org LoveBoat Halloween:  loveboathalloween.com Learn more, watch the  Project Wreckless video:  projectwreckless.org/#video Project Wreckless helps at-risk youth in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and other SF neighborhoods. Project Wreckless provides tools for life through an immersive curriculum centered around the restoration of cars. We don’t just provide tools and support. We expect more of our youth so they can gain the confidence to expect more of themselves.

WHO: NOW Hunters Point
WHAT: Movie Night: I Am Not Your Negro
WHERE: 155 Jennings St at Cargo Way
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 7-10pm
CONTACT: To stay up to date on events and happening at NOW Hunters Point find us at  Facebook.com/NOWHuntersPoint  or visit NOWHuntersPoint.org
NOTES: Join us for a free screening of  I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary about the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America.

WHO: San Francisco Unified School District
WHAT: PK-12 Enrollment Fair 2018-19
WHERE: John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom Street (b/w 19th & 20th)
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2017 9am – 2pm
CONTACT: www.sfusd.edu/enroll
NOTES: Childcare available: ages 3-7 register at yuc2@sfusd.edu. Application deadline: Jan 12, 2018.



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Resilient Bayview Newsletter: Oct 2017 Edition

Resilient Bayview Newsletter 

October 2017

Coming this Saturday 11am-3pm!


You’re invited to the First Annual Resilient Bayview Neighborfest on 

Saturday, October 7th from 11 am-3 pm at the Bayview Opera House.

Join the community fair, featuring:

Come and hang out with friends while enjoying live music, food, and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you on October 7th at the Bayview Opera House! Click here for more information about Neighborfest.

Click to learn more about Resilient Bayview.


Neighborhood Empowerment Network | | Daniel.Homsey@sfgov.org | http://www.empowersf.org
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl
Room 362
San Francisco, CA 94102