Tonight: First Ever Trivia Night at Cafe St. Jorge

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Miss Andrea from the fabulous Cafe St. Jorge on Mission (near Cortland) invites you to a  historic, first-ever Trivia Night tonight, with bonus beer specials. Andrea says:

We will be hosting a Trivia Night tonight at Cafe St. Jorge with our very own, Ashley, as host.  The event is from 6-8PM and we will be offering $2 off all bottled beer and wine.  We also have beer on tap – $3 pints, $12 pitchers.

A Sneak Preview of Sunday’s New 2014 Fiesta on the Hill on Cortland

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Mark your calendars, planning people. Fiesta on the Hill happens this Sunday, October 26.

Fiesta on the Hill is a Bernal tradition — a bustling Cortland street party that also benefits the intensely important Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. This year, the organizing committee decided to *cough cough* spice up the marriage a bit by rethinking the standard Fiesta on the Hill format.

Neighbor Genevieve is on the Fiesta organizing team, and she shared this preview of some sexy new attractions for Fiesta 2014:

Fiesta is now in it’s 26th year. 10 am to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10/26/14

The big news is that this year we’re really focusing local makers and movers!

  • On Main Stage we’ll have big time children’s music musician (and SF resident!) Frances England playing from 12:30-1:30
  • Lots of local musical acts: 30th Street Chorus, Manila Slim, Duo Pizzicato (plays regularly at what used to be Liberty Cottage)
  • Salsa band Los Boleros to close out the festival
  • City grazing goats (in lieu of the sometimes un-PC petting zoo)
  • Food trucks from Off the Grid
  • Bernal muralist and celebrity artist Amos Goldbaum will be selling his sexy shirts
  • Bernal Dads Racing will have their race cars on display, including America’s Most Badass Volvo Station Wagon
  • Savor tasty gourmet funnel cakes with bacon in agave syrup, from the folks at Endless Summer Sweets (a graduate of the La Cocina program).
  • Cruise Cortand on a mechanized horse from Mission Ponies

UPDATE, 23 October: Neighbor Genevieve seeks some additional volunteers at Fiesta:

The job: guarding barricades and soliciting for donations for the BH Neighborhood Center
Hours: Flexible. But we are asking for 4 hour shifts, 10 am-2,pm and 2-6 pm
What They Get: Tee shirt, and redeemable tokens for lunch for Pizza Hacker and Frozen Khusterd, and free coffee from Philz!
Must Be: Friendly, able to stand for that amount of time
 

This Weekend: You’re Invited to Dr. Rick’s 2014 Halloween Nightmare

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Dr. Rick from the world-famous Farmhouse Mansion on the north side of Folsom Street is having a freaky Halloween costume fundraiser party this Saturday, Oct. 25. He asked us to let you know… because you’re so invited:

Hello friends, family, co-workers, neighbors,  and assorted party-goers,

This year’s Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser at the Farmhouse Mansion has definitely surpassed all of our wildest expectations. With 6+ amazing bands, fire dancers, albino contortionists, tarot card readers, delectable food, full host bar, scary cinema, especially spooky gardens, an outstanding DJ driving the Rave Room, as well as an extra dash of zaniness for good measure, this year’s Nightmare-themed Halloween party will be a somnambulant smörgåsbord of delirious delights– whew.

Of note for parents: Yes, you can bring kids– but BEWARE.

YOU ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY.

Parts of this party are scary and it can get pretty wild and fun and crowded especially later, so families with kids may want to come early (6-8pm) before things get out of control.

Happy Nightmares,
Dr. Rick

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Saturday: Share Your Memories of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

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Where were you when the last big earthquake struck?

On Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm at the Bernal Heights Library, the Bernal Heights History Project and the SF Public Library are hosting a jello-fueled earthquake event called “Shaken Not Stirred: Your Story 25 Years Later”

It’s a neighborly remembrance of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Share your earthquake stories. Learn how to prepare for the Next Big One. Talk about your deep fondness for chert in a supportive, like-minded environment.

The Bernal History Project brings this announcement:

In tandem with our friends at the Bernal Heights Branch Library, we’re proud to present “Shaken But Not Stirred: Remembering the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake”on Saturday, October 18. We want to hear what you remember about the earthquake that hit the Bay Area on October 17, 1989!

Come to the library at 2 p.m. for an extended slideshow of historical images of San Francisco earthquakes and earthquake refugee cottages (a large number of which survive in Bernal) in the downstairs meeting room.

We’ll give you a replica Red Cross meal ticket you can exchange for a Jell-O treat (our favorite shaky quakey snack!), and then you can visit a “ghost” refugee cottage and take a shelter selfie. We’ll be inviting kids of all ages to build shake-proof houses out of Legos. Meanwhile, SFPL volunteers will be standing by to record your memories of the Loma Prieta earthquake for our archives. We’ll have representatives from San Francisco Fire Department Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) on hand to talk about earthquake preparedness and what you need to do to be ready for the next big quake — because you know it’s going to come someday.

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PHOTO: Top, Candlestick Park on October 17, 1989, shortly after the earthquake. 

Tonight: There’s a New Variety Show at the Moonlight Cafe

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A “happy pirate team” of Cortland merchants have conspired to create a new, monthly variety show at the Moonlight Cafe, and there’s one happening tonight.

Ms. Monique from Heartfelt shared the news:

Monique from Heartfelt and Aziz from Moonlight have teamed up with local funny gal morgansfunny to host a monthly Variety Show in Bernal at the Moonlight Cafe (634 Cortland).

It happens every 3rd Wednesday of the month (there’s a show tonight, October 15!!!) and the show consists of comedy, spoken word, and music.

There are four acts, and the show begins at 7:30 and runs about 90 minutes with an intermission. Cost is $10, and there is food and drink (modified from Moonlight’s regular menu) available for purchase. 21+ as we hope to make this a regular grown up night in Bernal.

We just started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds in an attempt to make this show and other entertainment more available more often. Please check it out and spread the word!

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Wednesday: “Cupcake Happy Hour” at Little Bee Baking’s Anniversary Party

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There’s another one-year anniversary happening on Cortland this week. Bernal Neighbor Stacie Pierce from Little Bee Bakery extends the invite, with an extra pinch of yum:

Our 1 year anniversary is on Wednesday, 10/15!

We have had such a great year and have really felt a lot of love and support from Bernal and beyond. We just want to say thanks to everyone and are excited to be baking in Bernal for many years to come!

There will be cupcake “happy hour” from 4-6pm, with free mini cupcakes (one per customer – until they run out).

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PHOTO: Neighbor Stacie via Little Bee

Saturday: Get Cocktailian at Holy Water’s First Anniversary

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Has it been a year already? My, how time flies…

Holy Water, our tasty refuge for cocktailians in Cortlandia, opened one year ago. Owner John Ottman invites you to come in for the birthday party:

This Saturday is the one year Anniversary party of Holy Water. Everyone is invited!! We want to thank the neighborhood for the continual support throughout this past year and hopefully the years to come. See yall soon!

There will be merriment. There will be a taco truck. PRO TIP: John makes a mean Jungle Bird:

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PHOTO: Jungle Bird at Holy Water, photographed and consumed by Telstar Logistics