Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Something for everyone in Bayview last Saturday

One BIG sunny and hot day, loads of things to do. Several hundred residents turned out Saturday to participate.

Let's go for a walk...

Earth Day at Super Save Market was a first ever event. In one corner: Quesada Gardens Initiative and collaborating USF students have constructed a prototype backyard garden next door to Department of the Environment's information table staffed by Program Officer extraordinaire, Anne Eng. Walk a bit further: healthy food vendors...community gardening experts...cooking demonstrations...bicycle advice and maintenance...dancers...DJ's...jump rope teams...healthcare and environmental advocates...you name it!

On stage, community youth are in charge and representing, making it clear our future is in good hands.

Literacy for Environmental Justice was gliding in on the wings of an amazing week that included the groundbreaking of the Heron's Head EcoCenter, coverage in the New York Times, and installation of a garden strip by the Super Save lot. Congratulations to all involved!

A block away, the Bayview Opera House crowd is hosting dignitaries at the unveiling of the completed facade restoration. Top-notch craft work and a handsome color palette remind us all what this historic building was like at birth. (Look for restoration inside next!) Music, food, and celebration are on the menu around the building. Inside, set-up for the Illumination Ball fundraiser for Mary Booker's drama program is coming together with exquisitely set tables for fine dining. Earlier in the day, Heidi Hardin's Family Arts Program was in full gear.

Organizers are all smiles, and thrilled to see residents turn out to celebrate with them!

Turn the corner, and follow Nancy Pelosi to Providence Church for an important discussion about the real estate market and the wave of forclosures that especially threatens our neighborhood and its precious diversity.

Or cross Third, and find the new Arts94124 group painting the gallery space behind Javalencia Cafe in preparation for a street fair. At Webspot, customers breeze in and out to check email and escape the heat.

Catch the "T" and head down to Public Glass where an art auction and gathering is in full swing. Maybe stop by the Quesada Garden and chat with residents preparing for their big volunteer event the following day.

More and more, the strengths that course through our community are breaking the surface in visible ways. You can almost hear the applause for all the community-builders (thousands of us in all corners of the neighborhood) who are working hard making it happen.

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