Neighborhood Notes: Fundraising, Festivities and Free Stuff

March is here and spring is finally on its way. As the days get longer and – fingers crossed – warmer, find out what’s happening in your neighborhood.

Tip: Read till the end to find out how to get free fries, hot chocolate, movie tickets and more this weekend…

Vigil of LGBTQIA+ immigrants

National detention monitoring coordinates a national day of action today against the detention and deportation of immigrants in the United States.

As part of the day, San Francisco The beginnings of the rainbow organized a vigil in memory of LGBTQIA+ immigrants who died in detention or after being deported to dangerous parts of the world. The vigil will take place on Harvey’s Milk Square at 5:30 p.m.

Scott Wiener and other local politicians are expected to speak at the vigil. More information on the day of action can be found on the National Detention Watch website.

Get your watercolor at Bernal Public Library

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If you want to be creative and meet new people, the San Francisco Watercolor Community meets at the Bernal Public Library this Friday from 1-5 p.m.

All ages are welcome for “an afternoon of watercolor creation, criticism, applause, suggestions and motivation”. The event is free and registration is not required, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own supplies.

Concert with conversation: Ulysses Owens Jr.

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This Friday from 6-7 p.m., Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. will perform at 544 Capp Street Community Music Center – and tickets are free.

Owens has seven albums to his credit and is the author of several books on drumming and musical success. For this concert, Owens will be accompanied by pianist Adam Shulman and bassist Michael Zisman. There will be a time for questions after the performance.

Tickets can be reserved here. If you fail to catch one in time, you can watch the event from the comfort of your home as it is streamed live for free on Youtube.

Donations CoffeeShop Ukraine

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CoffeeShop, run by Olga Boiko and her husband since 2012, is organizing a fundraiser for Ukraine.

Starting this Saturday and for a week they will be selling tote bags and special coffee bags, with all fund to share between a Ukrainian defense fund and a Ukrainian shelter for children and mothers.

You can visit their stores at 3139 Mission Street Where 2761 21st Streetor see their website.

Free Outdoor Comedy at Golden Gate Park

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If you’re ready to hit Golden Gate Park this weekend, the “Blankets and Wine Comedy” set is well worth a visit.

Audiences are encouraged to bring covers and wine to enjoy a new lineup of up-and-coming local comics each week. Free festivities start at 3 p.m. on Saturday at polo field bleachers.

Take a look at the event page to find more details.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Selects New Director

Dr. Martina Ayala. Image courtesy of Francisco Gómez.

After 26 years of leadership, Jennie Rodriguez has stepped down as CEO of the Mission Cultural Center of Latin Arts. Dr. Martina Ayala was chosen to replace her as the next nonprofit art leader.

Ayala has 35 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit social services. She is an award-winning filmmaker and has also curated art exhibits in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her scholarly work is broad and includes a focus on Chicano cinema, arts literacy, social justice, immigrants, and trauma-informed care.

“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me,” Ayala wrote in a press release. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a large organization. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is resilient, and I know we can move forward and continue to provide great arts and cultural programs to our community and beyond.

The San Francisco Arts Commission is looking for artists

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The San Francisco Art Commission has called for local artists to submit ideas for two huge new works of art at 2000 Marin Street.

The artwork will adorn two 43-foot-tall facades on the Public Utilities Commission’s new campus. The new campus will house the city’s distribution division, which handles water distribution in San Francisco, so the artwork is expected to be water-themed.

According to the Commission, the artwork must “reflect SFPUC’s mission to provide its customers with high quality, efficient and reliable electrical, water and sewer services in a manner that takes into account the environmental and community interests. The budget is $1,860.

The application deadline is March 28. You can find out more and read the eligibility conditions on the San Francisco Art Commission website.

Manny’s Trash Pickup

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If you’re looking to do some good for the community, meet new people, or just get out of the house for the first time in two years, look no further.

In partnership with the yoga studio Haum, At Manny’s is organizing a neighborhood garbage collection this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. All materials will be provided and volunteers will depart from Manny’s at 3092 16th street.

The best part? Anyone who attends will receive plenty of discounts and benefits from local businesses for the rest of the day. This includes half price shots at the Bond Bar, free hot chocolate at Dandelion Chocolate, free fries at the Beehive Bar, a free movie ticket at the Roxie Theater and much more.

You can register for the event and find a full list of discounts and benefits at Eventbrite.

James C. Tibbs