Sunday, June 12, 2011

See you on Third...TODAY!

The northbound lane of Third Street will be closed from Evans to Mendell Sunday June 12th from 11am to 4pm as part of the city's Sunday Streets program. Community serving organizations have organized activities from free health services to a battle of the Bayview cooks.

All sorts of family-friendly fun opportunities will line Third Street with concentrated activity at the Bayview Opera House and Bayview Plaza. The weather wizards promise some of Bayview's famous sunshine, just for the occasion.

Something for everyone at music festival
"You've never seen anything like it," James Moore says of the Shrimp N' Grits Cook-Off.

James manages the Third Street Corridor Program, and is an organizer for the 2nd Annual Bayview Music Street Festival to be held tomorrow from noon to 5pm. While the lineup of musical acts is impressive (it includes Juan Escovedo and the Latin All-Stars, Ashling Cole of Graham Central Station, Rhonda Benin and the Soulful Strut, and Clifford Brown III and the Brewing Company), the down home, back-slapping fun may be what most folks remember.

James has sat in every other meeting room in the neighborhood these past months making sure Bayview Hunters Point residents know about the festival on Galvez Avenue at Third Street (Next to Bayview Plaza).

His eyes light up when he mentions the “People’s Choice Shrimp N’ Grits Cook-Off” which will pit local food luminaries against one another between 2pm and 4pm. Tasting tickets for the contest will be sold for $5, with proceeds benefiting Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

The festival will also include local arts and crafts vendors, roller skate rentals, and a church dessert contest.

Health and fun meet-up at Opera House
The Bayview Opera House will host a collaborative health fair, tomorrow from 11am to 4pm, that will feature free health screenings alongside active-living opportunities for children and adults alike.

The collaborative health fair is the second that organizers have brought to the Opera House, and promises to be the best yet. UCSF clinicians will provide free dental screenings and fluoride treatments for community youth. Health workers from the SF Department of Public Health will provide prenatal care to expectant mothers. Massage therapists from California Pacific Medical Center will be on hand to relax moms, and help ensure their kids are healthy and strong.

A big hit last year, emergency responders from EMS Division, Station 49 will be back with their 40 foot MCU vehicle to promote an upcoming CPR class. Other reasons to stop by the event include free arts activities for kids, yoga, bikes, a 40 foot graffiti wall, Zumba class (Mendell Plaza at 11:30am), music and other live performance.

Gospel Singer Bridgette Bailey will perform inside the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 3rd St., at 3pm. A $10 donation is requested.

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