Sunday: Repair the World with JCCSF at Alemany Farm


Tikkun Haolam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repair of the world.”

In modern Judaism, it often refers to the ideals  of philanthropy, social service, and community outreach. The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco has a very active Tikkun program, and this Sunday, Oct. 5 they’re organizing a volunteer work effort at the fabulous Alemany Farm in South Bernal.

Sarah Stickel from JCCSF shares the deets:

Hi Bernalwood Neighbors,

Want to do some good for your ‘hood this weekend?

Your fans and friends at JCCSF are coming to YOU this Sunday, 10/5 at Alemany Farm! We welcome everyone to join us on the farm from Noon – 5:00 pm while we lend a hand and help out a local treasure and urban farm that provides tons of free, local, organic produce to local low-income families and beyond. Come get your hands dirty, invite your friends, and take home your own free produce!

For information and to RSVP, visit our website and join us on the farm this Sunday!

Many thanks and best wishes to all you Bernalwood beauties.

PHOTO: Alemany Farm via Alemany Farm on Flickr

Wednesday Evening: Local Runners Invited to Join San Francisco Road Runners Club for Bernal Heights Invasion


Inspired by that sexy issue of Runner’s World magazine that featured Bernal Heights on the cover, the San Francisco Road Runners Club has decided to invade Bernalwood tomorrow evening, and you’re invited to join them.  If you run, and you enjoy company, meet for the group run tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 23 beginning at  6:30 pm at Precita Park Cafe.

Neighbor Aleks is a member of SFRRC, and she tells us:

The San Francisco Road Runners Club (SFRRC) will be doing a Bernal Heights Neighborhood Run on Wednesday, September 24th!

We would love to have fellow Bernal runners meet up with SFRRC to do a 6ish mile loop and learn about the running club (we are always looking for new members). The run will be a running tour of Bernal/Noe/Mission that begins at Precita Park Cafe, then goes up to and around Bernal Hill, down to Cortland, then to Holly Park, down Mission to La Leguna, down Church St through Noe to Mission Doloroes Park, then looping back to BH down Valencia to 24th to Harrison and back to Precita Park.

Confused? Don’t be – we will have detailed turn by turn running directions and a map available. It will be a hilly run (at least the first part), but we will keep the pace conversational and walking for parts of the uphill is ok. The run will begin at 6:30PM, followed by food and drinks (paid individually) at Precita Park Cafe after the run (around 7:30/7:45).

SFRRC is a not for profit organization that is part of the Road Runners Club of America. It is completely a volunteer run organization that welcomes runners of various abilities and provides awesome support, weekday runs, weekly long runs, training plans and coaching. It’s basically a group of super cool and laid back, but crazy folks who like to torture themselves by training for races of all distances (half/full marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, ultra marathons etc).

Here’s the link to the club’s website: (the Bernal Heights run and PPC are mentioned under Upcoming Events). Also see below for recent club email announcement (remember the lovely photo from BH on the cover of Runner’s World a couple of months ago, which you tweeted about – see below – this is what set this Bernal Heights Neighborhood Run in motion).

Sunday: Bernal Author Chris Colin Talks About “What to Talk About” at Heartfelt (Plus: Fancy-Schmancy Ice Cream!)


Celebrity author Chris Colin and his writing partner Rob Baedecker have written a ridiculously awesome book about the fine art of conversation that’s called “What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss’s Boss.”  It’s sort of a self-help book, and sort of a comedy book, and just enough of each to make it both entertaining and useful and useful and entertaining. I’ve read it, I learned from it, it cracked me up,  and I highly recommend it.

At the same time, Neighbor Chris and his writing partner Rob have honed the book-talk version of their spiel to such such a fine extent that their book talks are also wonderful as a stand-alone performance piece. It’s hilarious, and useful, and useful, and also hilarious, and you can see Neighbor Chris and his writing partner Rob do their live performance thing tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 21 at 4 pm at the fabulous Heartfelt on Cortland.

Here’s the trailer, rich with celebrity cameos:

You really really really should attend this. On Sunday. At 4 pm. At Heartfelt. 436 Cortland. PLUS, Miss Darcy will be personally slinging scoops of fancy-schmancy ice cream from Humphry Slocumb, because that’s how she rolls:


Saturday: Rock the Block at the Spectacular Elsie Street Block Party!!!


Elsie - Group picture

Elsie Bhangra Amy-Edward

Citizens of Bernalwood, you are invited to the most spectacular… the most glamtastic… the most charming block party in all of Bernal Heights (and perhaps the entire galaxy).

It’s happening on Elsie Street between Cortland and Eugenia tomorrow, Saturday, September 20 from noon until 3:30 pm.

It’s the ELSIE STREET BLOCK PARTY! And here are just a few of the fabulous highlights:

There will be a kickoff Parade for decorated bikes, wagons, and kazoos at noon!!

There will be an intensely competitive Bakeoff (with trophies)!!

There will be the inevitable Bouncy House!!

There will be Bhangra dancers!!

And BBQ!!

And a Puppeteer!!

And fantastic Bernalese brimming with Neighborly Cheer!!

Find out more on the Elsie Street Block Party page on the Facebook, but most of all just be there… Be There… BE THERE!

There’s a Rummage Sale Happening at St. Anthony’s on Saturday


Neighbor Nancy deploys some devastatingly effective flattery to bring you news about a benefit rummage sale happening at St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School this weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 20:

Ever since I moved to Bernal Heights one year ago, I’ve relied on the Bernalwood blog for important and entertaining information about this fabulous neighborhood.

St. Anthony’s Immaculate Conception School at Precita and Folsom is an impressive elementary school and deserves our support. They’re hosting a community rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 20, and invite area residents and businesses to participate, with 10% of the sales going to the school.

The info:

Community-wide Rummage Sale
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schoolyard of St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School
299 Precita Ave.
Enter through the gate on Shotwell St.

Vintage and new merchandise, including furniture, clothing, jewelry, household items. Food booths. Neighborhood residents/businesses invited to participate.
Rent a table for $20; call 415-648-2008.
10% of sales go to school.

RummageSalePHOTO: Telstar Logistics


Tonight! The Language of Food: A Bernal Heights Linguist Reads the Menu


Oh hey, did you catch that article in the dining section of yesterday’s New York Times about Bernal Neighbor Dan Jurafsky, and his new book on the linguistics of food?

I read the article over my morning coffee, but I didn’t know Dan lived in Bernal… until he reached out to me later in the day. Turns out, Dan Jurafsky is a celebrity neighbor! Love that.

Neighbor Dan’s new book is called The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, and he’s doing a reading TONIGHT at 6:30 at the fabulous Omnivore Books at Cesar Chavez and Church in (scandalous gasp!) Noe Valley.

Neighbor Dan says:

I’m a Stanford professor and Bernal resident coming up on 10 years on Winfield street near the Esmeralda slides. Just letting you know that my trade book from Norton, “The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu” just came out this week and I’ll be talking about it at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley on Thursday night 9/18 at 6:30.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

Why do we eat toast for breakfast, and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving have to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Can you figure out how much your dinner will cost by counting the words on the menu? In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know.

Bernal and SF figure heavily in the book, from the SF history of Green Goddess dressing Pisco Punch, and Peruvian food to the tamales at La Oaxaquena, to showing how the meaning of the word “entree” has changed over time by analyzing some of the wording on menus of Bernal restaurants, to the linguistic significance of the rich Cantonese vocabulary for smells.

Sounds very tasty. Congrats, Neighbor Dan!

PHOTO: Dan Jurafsky by by Bernal photographer Kingmond Young

See the Bernal Hill Players on Sunday — For Free!


Ready to get your chamber music on? The price is right to see the Bernal Hill Players this weekend, on Sunday, September 14 at 4:00 the Community Music Center on Capp Street.

BHP shares the big news:

The Bernal Hill Players will play a concert entitled Musical Chairs: Chamber Music from the 1800s to Now, for Flute, Clarinet, Cello and Piano as part of the Community Music Center’s Shenson Faculty Series.
This concert features four prominent Bay Area chamber musicians in various instrumental combinations, including an elegant German Classical Sinfonia by Franz Danzi, a virtuosic French Romantic flute trio by Louise Farrenc, a Fellini-esque Italian clarinet trio by Nino Rota, an Indian and jazz-influenced woodwind duo by Russell Peterson, and dynamically rhythmic Latin American compositions by Eduardo Gamboa and Miguel del Aguila.
Performers are Martha Rodríguez-Salazar on flute, Sarah Bonomo on clarinet, and Jennifer Peringer on piano. Guest cellist: Laura Gaynon.
WHERE: Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street (at 21st), San Francisco, CA 94110
WHEN: Sunday, September 14 at 4 PM
Thanks to the Shenson Foundation for their support of this free community concert.
The Bernal Hill Players have been playing concerts since 2008 throughout the Bay Area and Mexico City, have commissioned several pieces by Bay Area and Mexican composers, and have produced a CD entitled “San Francisco: In an About the City” about neighborhoods of San Francisco.  Their mission is to play a wide and rich repertoire, to commission new works, to create interesting arrangements of existing works, and to use chamber music as a way of both celebrating local community and creating cross-cultural musical connections.