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April 9, 2012

Hey! Dogfest Returns to Duboce Park This Saturday, April 14th!

mckinley-site-graphic.jpgThis Saturday, parents, kids and friends of McKinley Elementary will be hosting "DogFest!" which is becoming an anticipated annual event in San Francisco's Duboce Park. After all, you've got everything for a fun time: dogs, activites for kids and adults, local businesses helping the schools, and oh yeah, DOGS! I mean, what's not to like?

I've been attending these off and on for a few years now, and I have to say that every year the event gets bigger and better. That's great, because all proceeds go to benefit arts and science programs at the school, and while it's unfortunate our schools can't pay the bills for things kids need, it's good to know so many people are willing to step up and help out and close the gap.

This year's DogFest looks to be a particularly spectacular event, with a full day's worth of events, a silent auction, a dog show with celebrity judges, and all sorts of other fun activities.

I'm going to try and stop by and take some pictures. If you attend and do so as well, post a link in the comments to your photos.

PS: For Inner Sunset residents, don't forget about the Inner Sunset Community Meeting scheduled for Friday the 13th, as well!

April 8, 2011

And Now, Some Fun News: Dogfest 2011 is Next Weekend! Also: Help Japan on Foursquare Day.

dogfest2011.pngTime for some fun news along the Mighty N: the fourth annual "Dogfest" at Duboce Park will be held next Saturday, April 16th, from 11am-4pm. This fun event combines all sorts of cool things that we all like: helping support public school programs, hanging out in Duboce Park, dogs, fun events, and it's got its own Muni Metro stop. What more could you want?

I've attended this event on and off over the last few years, and every year it just seems to be getting better and better, and it started out as awesome, so that's a bonus.

This year they'll be featuring a wide range of events for both dogs and people, and will also host a raffle and silent auction. All of this goes to support science, the arts, and literacy at McKinley public school, located in the Castro. Let's face it, public schools have been taking it on the chin for decades now, and it's only with these kinds of events that our schools can survive and give kids the knowledge and experiences they need. How could anyone say no, right?

If you're feeling especially adventurous, why not help TWO worthy causes (and still have fun)? April 16th is also "Foursquare Day," and Pacific Catch, located at 9th and Irving, is once again hosting a special event for the day and offering you a chance to earn a special badge on Foursqaure. This year, they are dedicating the day to raising money for relief efforts in Japan, in parternship with Sapporo Beer. You can't watch the continuing crisis in Japan and not want to do something, so here's one (of many) opportunities to do so. As residents in an earthquake zone, we have a special duty to help others, since we know how chaotic any quake can be - the one on Japan was really severe. So if you're in the area, or just taking a lunch break from Dogfest, hop on the N and take it to 9th and Irving and check it out.

As part of a revival of sorts, I've resurrected the N Judah Chronicles Photo Group, so if you're at either of these events and see something photo-worthy, feel free to submit a photo to the group! Or if you just see something photo worthy on Muni or around town you feel others might enjoy, submit that too! I'll start featuring these on a regular basis going forward!

April 16, 2010

Happiness (Foursquare Day) and Sadness (N Judah Delays ) on A Friday...

NJudah-postage copy.jpgThis morning was one of those mornings I woke up early, turned on the computer and suddenly got a zillion messages about today's Sunset Tunnel disaster. My first impulse was to turn off the computer, and literally run out of town when these things happen, just because it's so depressing. If ever you wonder why it is that folks literally celebrated that tunnel as a "God-send," taking the shuttle downtown would remind you why.

There are several reports that the reason the wires were collapsed was because someone decided to steal copper wiring, and thought that stealing it from you was a good idea. I'm still trying to verify this, but I've now heard it twice from 2 sources, and from the accounts of the damage, that would be about right. But I'll still try and find out for sure.

However, some happiness to brighten what looks to be a nice Friday, weather-wise. As you may or may not know, today is Foursquare Day, the first sort-of-holiday for a mobile app. What this means is many places are doing specials on drinks, food, etc. You can find a list of San Francisco events here, most notable are the ones at Pacific Catch in the Marina and in the Inner Sunset, who are attempting to get the "Swarm" badge for all who participate. There's also one at the Ferry Buliding too.

Also, don't forget that tomorrow is Dogfest 2010! Whether you have a dog or just think dogs are awesome, this event, which is a benefit for McKinley Elementary School, is always a fun springtime event and proceeds go to a nice cause. Check it out!

As always, why not celebrate the N's fails with a FailWhale N Judah Shirt, or any one of our offerings. Be the best dressed person on the shuttle bus!

March 23, 2010

Two Things To Do Now: Book Blast April 10th and an MTA Hearing for the 1st Inner Sunset Street Fair!

IMG_0088.JPGWhile I finish up my work (I really do enjoy working late at night as it's so distraction free) I also wanted to get the word out about two events that you might be curious about.

The first is that Barbara and Paul at the House Formerly Known as Yes We Can are hosing a "Book Blast" on April 10th from noon to 5pm. They are in need of donations for this free event, so if you have some books you're no longer reading and would like to share, contact them at 246-4748 and you can either drop them off at their place at 6th and Irving, or arrange for a pickup. This, like the other events they've hosted, look like it should be fun and a great way to meet your neighbors if you live out here, or if you don't, make some new friends with folks around here.

Also, the SFMTA will be having a hearing on Thursday, March 25th, at 9am regarding permits for the first annual Inner Sunset Street fair. If approved, the street fair would happen May 15th, and would close off Irving Street between 9th and 10th, and 10th Avenue between Irving and Lincoln.

This event has support from many in the neighborhood from what I've gathered, and other neighborhoods out here have hosted street festivals and everything works out fine. There's so much potential for things like this. Heck maybe I'll get a booth and sell some T Shirts or something!

March 3, 2007

Hot Dog We Have a Weiner: Meet Pica, Our First Duboce Park Dog of the Week!

Sorry, I couldn't resist recycling that line from the Simpsons

I'm happy to announce the first entry in the N-Judah Chronicles' new feature, Duboce Park Dog of the Week, where we'll be featuring our fellow citizens' dogs! And who doesnt like a good dog picture to break up a boring workday, right?

Pica (short for Picante) is a feisty little 2-year old pug that likes to go to the park and to the beach. Her "mom", Ellen Sherrod, takes Pica out when she's not busy running Ellen Sherrod Design, an award winning print and web design company based in San Francisco.

Want your dog featured in the N-Judah Chronicles? Email me your info and a picture of your dog. Who knows? Maybe yours will be the next Duboce Park Dog of the Week!



January 11, 2007

New Feature: Duboce Park Dog Of The Week!

One of my favorite stops on the N-Judah line is at Duboce Park, because it's a favorite spot for people and their dogs to hang out. As a former dog owner who can't own a dog now (due to landlord restrictions at my place), I like to look out the window and see what's going on.

Now, I'd like to feature the dogs of Duboce Park here, and am inviting those of you who read the blog to send in pictures of your dog at Duboce Park, and I'll pick one out each week to feature on the site. Simply email me a JPEG of your dog (preferably at the park) each week by Thursday, and I'll pick a dog photo out for consideration.

To keep things simple, send your entry in once (don't bomb my email with multiple 2mb JPEGs) and if your photo is selected, you'll get an email notification with the link so you can tell all your friends your dog was Duboce Park Dog of the Week.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing some submissions soon!

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