December 2018 News Briefs

The Ave Bar in Ingleside held its annual drive on Nov. 17 to collect ethnic dolls and other toys for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. The haul of toys and cash was one of the best. Courtesy photograph.

Note: Some of these items may be dated.

Artist Kat Thomas Showing Series of Paintings at Fog Lifter Cafe

Artist Kat Thomas will show “The Persistence of Nature” at the Fog Lifter Cafe (1901 Ocean Ave.) from mid-December through January.

“The show is a series of paintings based in the Ingleside neighborhood that depict miniature landscapes and illustrate the hope and resilience of these street plants that are often thought of as undesirable,” Thomas said.

It may be the start of a series of shows at the Fog Lifter Cafe, which intends to become a space for local emerging artists to display their works.

For more information, email cafe owner Ahmad Murad at

Frida Kahlo Way to be Unveiled

District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, City College of San Francisco faculty and students and community members will unveil the new Frida Kahlo Way street signs on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. in City College of San Francisco’s Diego Rivera Theater.

“Given the growing movement in San Francisco and across our nation to rename buildings and public spaces, and remove statues that have racist origins, Supervisor Yee’s office worked with the community to lead the renaming of Phelan Avenue to Frida Kahlo Way,” a news release stated about the event stated. 

For more information, email Jarlene Choy at

City Hall Holding Meeting About Airplane Noise

The Airport Commission and the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee will hold a joint hearing addressing aircraft noise on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. in City Hall’s Room 250.

Director Ivar Satero and members of the SFO Airport Noise Roundtable will attend the meeting and give presentations. 

“In September, a temporary noise monitor was positioned at 1 Dublin St., where during a three-week period over 270 flights originating in Oakland International and SFO were recorded,  and 185 surpassed 55 decibels, which the state considers the threshold for outside ambient sound limits,” District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safaí Legislative Aide Cathy Mulkey Meyer stated. “The neighborhoods most impacted are all considered working class, low income and middle class: District 10 Bayview, Vis Valley, Excelsior, Outer Mission, Crocker Amazon, OMI, Portola and Sunset.  Glen Park and Bernal heights are also negatively impacted.”

For more information, contact Mulkey Meyer at (415) 554-7910 or

City Hall Announces Workforce Neighborhood Access Point Will Open Next Year

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai and the Office of Mayor London Breed announced that they are working to open District 11’s first Neighborhood Access Point, according to Safai’s office newsletter.

A NAP is a space for jobseekers of all skill levels or in need of training to get assistance obtaining gainful, full-time employment.

The newsletter states that the NAP will allow existing neighborhoods organizations to “expand existing social- and emotional-support services they provide to our residents.”

The NAP, which will open sometime in 2019, will be jointly operated by the I.T. Bookman Center, Inner City Youth and the organization’s fiscal sponsor Young Community Developers.

Balboa Reservoir Developers Holding Holiday Party

The Balboa Reservoir’s Architecture and Sustainability Team is hosting a holiday party at Ingleside Presbyterian Church (1345 Ocean Ave.) with food, drink and initial plans for “sustainable development practices for the Balboa Reservoir’s site infrastructure and buildings,” according to an announcement. The event will be held on Dec. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m.

For more information, visit or email

Longfellow Elementary School Hosting Community Art Day

Longfellow Elementary School is hosting a Community Art Day on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

“A mosaic mural will be installed at Longfellow,” according to the organizer. “Participants will help make the images or install on the wall. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Our  last one was very fun.”

To RSVP, email

Studio Space Available for Local Artists

ArtSpan, which will open its Artspan Onondaga Art Center next year, has new programming opportunities for artists who live and/or work in the 94112 and 94134 zip codes.

There is studio space available at [x]space (5137 Mission St.) where Youth Art Exchange operates. The cost is $325 per month and the tenant has the opportunity to show their work in two to three exhibitions per year.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Claire Frost at (415) 861-9838 or visit

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