Wednesday: Show and Tell About the History of Cortland Avenue

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If you’ve already picked out the outfit you’re planning to wear for tomorrow’s Summer Stroll (PRO TIPS: boas, seersucker, vintage Mork & Mindy rainbow suspenders), then here’s a perfect way to get in the strolling spirit …

Tonight, June 17 at 7 pm in the Bernal Heights Library, your time-traveling neighbors from the Bernal Heights History Project are holding a special show-and-tell about the history of Cortland Avenue:

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This month’s Bernal History Project meeting is a joint presentation with the good folks at our Bernal branch library. It’s a special evening dedicated to sharing the history of Cortland Avenue. We’ll be showing a selection of photos, ads, and news articles about Bernal’s main shopping thoroughfare. (Sorry, Precita and North Bernal neighbors — we promise we’ll do a slideshow about you very soon!)

We invite you to attend and bring your own memories of shopping and living on Cortland. If you’d like to say a few words on the night, please drop us a line beforehand — maybe we can get a real live show-and-tell going. Audience participation is positively encouraged!We’ll have volunteers from SFPL on hand to record your Cortland-related stories and memories. If you’d like to bring photos and news clippings to share, we can get those scanned for our archives, too.

Oh, in case you’re having a hard time getting oriented to that photo up top, it’s a pitcture of Cortland avenue on October 11, 1909, looking east from Bocana. Here’s an annotated guide:

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And because it’s de rigeur, let’s zoom and enhance:

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PHOTO: Cortland Avenue, 1909. From the SFMTA Photo Archive

Thursday: Come Out for Two Glamorous Summer Strolls Along Two Bernal Streets

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As you know, for tens of thousands of years, the ancient druids who once populated our lands gathered each year on Bernal Hill during the longest day of the year to celebrate the arrival of summer and the harvest of the seasonal foodstuffs that brought them joy and sustenance.

This year, for the first time in the history of the galaxy, this ancient Bernal ritual will begin a new chapter, as our two merchant tribes from Cortlandia and La Lengua will each hold a Solstice Celebration on the same night, and in the same spirit, at the same time — on two different streets.

Specifically, on Thursday night, June 18, the shamans from the Bernal Business Alliance will hold the  2015 Summer Solstice Stroll on glamorous Cortland Avenue. Simultaneously, the high priestesses from the Mission Bernal Merchants Association will hold their first-ever Summer Stroll along the bustling flatland sidewalks of Mission Street between Randall and Cesar Chavez.

The MBMA’s Mission Street Summer Stroll happens on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm:

Don’t miss this Thursday’s Mission Bernal Merchants Association SUMMER STROLL! Look for food specials, art events and other fun activities up and down the street. Participating businesses include Ichi Sushi, BEL, Secession Art and Design, The Blue Plate SF, Iron & Gold, Virgil’s Sea Room, The Front Porch, Cafe St. Jorge, The Rock Bar, Cole Hardware, The Knockout and more!

Food Specials:
ICHI Kakiya – $1 Oysters; Happy Hour Food & Drink Specials
ICHI Sushi – Izakaya Happy Hour
Bel  Happy Hour Belgian Food & Drink Specials
The Blue Plate — 3 –course prix fixe meatloaf /Fried Chicken /Rose Flight
Iron & Gold — Amelia Ray will be performing 5-7 pm.
– $6 Celery Chavez: Tequila, muddled mint, fresh lemon, simple syrup & celery bitters.
– $6 Manhattan: Bourbon, sweet vermouth & bitters.
– $3 beers on tap. $5 well drinks.
Virgil’s Sea Room — $1 off draft beers and our $5 Mules, Margaritas and Micheladas until 8 PM

Art:
Secession Art and Design — Live Painting/Drawing, TBD; discounting the 94110 shirts
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– Jaewon Lee, a 10 year old graffiti artist,
– Painting a canvas outside space from 5 PM to 7 PM
– Little Green Cyclo truck in front of our space with a stroll special
– Josh and the Klipptones play from 5 PM to 7 PM
– Henna Tattoos

Fun Events:
The Front Porch — hop scotch and free popcorn on the porch from 4 till 6:30. Fried chicken samples will go on till the end. .
The Rock Bar— Drink Specials
Cafe St. Jorge — Trivia Game
The Knockout — Drunk Bingo Night

Community Info:
Hospital Project by HerreroBoldt
MUNI Forward
Mission-Valencia Plaza Information

On Cortland, the Summer Stroll is on Thursday from 6 to 9 pm. Neighbor Ken from Succulence and Neighbor Darcy from Heartfelt share some of the 2015 highlights:

The Bernal Business Alliance’s annual Summer Stroll is happening Thursday evening, June 18th from 6-9pm. Many businesses up and down Cortland Ave will be taking part in this intimate neighborhood party. This year we are having a “Focus on Food” with yummy bites and drinks offered at many of your favorite shops along with some live music.

Events like the Summer Stroll and December’s Holiday Stroll are part of what makes Bernal Heights such a throwback community, with a strong emphasis on community. These nights are a great opportunity to support your local businesses while being feted by them in a show of gratitude and celebration.

Come stroll along Cortland on the 18th. Taste some treats, sip some beverages, do some summer shopping and say hello to all your favorite neighbors and store peeps as we toss our worries aside for the evening and focus on the bounty of luck that brought us to Bernal Heights in the first place.

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12 Small Things is having a sidewalk summer sale of handmade artisan products at 436 Cortland Ave

Bernal Homeopathy
Bernal Homeopathy and East-West Integrative Clinic will be under one roof starting July 1st at 406 Cortland Avenue, in East-West Bernal! For the stroll Bernal Homeopathy will be at 406 Cortland maybe with one or two other folks who will work at EWB, on the front porch. They will also have appetizers from Little Nepal.

Bernal Star, Vega, and Vinorosso
Bernal Star & Vega will offer “Bernal Stroll Specials”
Vinorosso will have Summer Stroll happy hour until 9pm ($4 prosecco and Lambrusco!)

Epicurean Trader
Main Event: EPICurean Sandwich Tasting
(taste and vote for our new prepared sandwich range from local Bernal Employee/Chef)
Other Events:
– Llano Seco heirloom beans and sustainably farmed meats tasting event
– Miyoko’s Kitchen Vegan Cheese tasting event
Promo: Win A $50 Gift Voucher raffle!

Heartfelt
Local one-man band cajun musician Brian Belknap will play. Mark will be making a refreshment. The Grommet is hosting a party at the store the same night. And Laura is doing free Tarot readings

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Climb will have the famous Airstream parked in front of New Wheel with the bluegrass band Windy Bluegrass.

Pinhole Coffee
We have the delicious Burr Eatery on board to serve that night (burritos made in the style of Sonora, Mexico) and treats from Eatwell Farm’s Icebox. Our coffee bar will be open for purchases, too!

Red Hill Station
Red Hill is having an oyster extravaganza!

Sandy Owens Massage and Healing
Sandy Owens Massage and Healing will be at her new location at the Cutting Edge from 6:30-7:30! Eileen Claytor of the Cutting Edge will be there too serving light snacks from 6-9pm, 1000 Cortland Ave.

See you out there!

Tonight: Have Some Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center for Dinner, with Cheese and Pepperoni

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Tonight, Wednesday June 3, the folks from Patxi’s Pizza in Noe are sponsoring a special promotion to benefit the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. All night tonight, Patxi’s will donate 10% of revenues to BHNC.

Doesn’t matter if you eat-in at Paxti’s on 24th Street or get some of their deep-dish yum delivered to your Bernal Heights glampad — 10% of tonight’s receipts will benefit BHNC.

Rachel Ebora, BHNC’s executive director, explains what they do with the money:

BHNC has been serving the community for over 37 years, providing programs and services to over 2200 youth, seniors, and families in Bernal and surrounding neighborhoods every year through our youth and senior programs, community engagement, employment development and affordable housing work. We celebrate our neighborhood by working closely with local businesses, city agencies, and neighbors to build a strong sense of community that cares for and nurtures everyone. Plus, we throw a pretty good Fiesta on the Hill every October. As a non-profit organization, we rely on multiple sources of revenue to run programs, provide family sustaining jobs, and manage and maintain hundreds of units of affordable housing throughout the city. Every dollar counts!

PHOTOS: via BHNC and Paxti’s Pizza

Thursday: Bernal Brothers Exhibit Awesome, Big-Format Wilderness Photography

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Neighbor Tim Mullen and his brother Mike are in the large-format photographic printing business, and tomorrow evening, May 14, he and his brother are hosting an exhibit of some California wilderness photos. Naturally, you are so invited:

Tim Mullen of the 200 block of Elsie Street here, writing to let you know of an event taking place on Thursday, May 14 that may be of interest to Bernalites.

I’m half of the Mullen Brothers Imaging team that made the historic photos that were on display at Pinhole Coffee. The other half of this team, Brother Mike, is working on the massive task of photo-documenting all of the lakes of Desolation Wilderness (just West of Lake Tahoe). There are hundreds of lakes there, both named and un-named. The project focusses on the natural beauty of this pristine wilderness, but also touches on the ideas of solitude in a state of 34 million people and the very timely issue of water scarcity.

On May 14, from 6 to 9 PM, our company Mullen Brothers Imaging will host a gallery exhibition of many of the images collected to date. Out gallery is at 2040 Oakdale Ave. in 94110.

PHOTO: Mullen Brothers Imaging

Thursday: Benefit at Little Nepal on Cortland to Assist Earthquake Victims

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There aren’t many Nepalese restaurants on this side of the pond, but we’ve got one on Cortland, and Little Nepal is hosting a special dinner on Thursday, April 30 to help victims of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal last weekend:

Our hearts are heavy with the news of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25, killing more than 2,500 people in the country and dozens more in surrounding nations. The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 17 people. With poor infrastructure in a densely populated area, Nepal needs our help more than ever.

Please join us in dining to help rebuild and provide aid on Thursday, April 30.

Little Nepal (925 Cortland Avenue) has graciously agreed to create a donation-only select menu for this evening only. We spoke with the Owner and Executive Chef, Prem Tamang, and he is from the district of Kavrepalanchok, Nepal. All of the cash-only donation proceeds will go directly to his hometown. The restaurant is open from 5 – 10 p.m. Come anytime! Upon your arrival, please let the host / server know that you are here for the donation-only meal. Please note that this will exclude beverages and other items off the special menu.

Please spread the word and extend this invite to your network. Together, we can eat delicious Nepalese Cuisine while making a difference.

Prem, Chasa and Sebastien

PHOTO: Courtesy of Little Nepal. Hat tip: Eater SF

Tuesday: Special Spring Wine Dinner at Blue Plate

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: We, the Citizens of Bernalwood, are fortunate to have Blue Plate at our metaphorical doorstep. Blue Plate was delicious and cozy and local before delicious and cozy and local were cool, and apart from being one of the most consistently fabulous restaurants in the city, co-owner Jeff Trenam tells us Blue Plate is hosting a special event tomorrow night… and you’re invited:

We are hosting a Scribe Viticultural Society Spring Allocation pick-up dinner on Tuesday, April 28th.  It’s open to the public and we will be pairing their new wines with some new menu items. Everything will be available á la carte. Adam and Andrew from Scribe should be here too.

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Scribe Spring Wine Dinner

WHO: Blue Plate and Scribe Winery
WHEN: Tuesday April 28, 2014
WHERE: Blue Plate, 3218 Mission Street (at Valencia)
 San Francisco, CA 94110

WHAT: Adam and Andrew Mariani from Scribe Winery will be at Blue Plate to chat with guests. Scribe Viticultural Society members will get to pick up their spring allocations and Chef de Cuisine, Sean Thomas will serve an á la carte menu with suggested SCRIBE pairings.

RESERVATIONS:  www.blueplatesf.com or call 415-282-6777

PHOTO: Blue Plate’s iconic neon sign by Erik Wilson

Bernal Floral Designer Created the Huge Piece Now Showing at the deYoung Museum

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Natasha Lisitsa is the celebrity founder of Waterlily Pond, a floral studio at 1501 Cortland here in Bernal. She’s got a HUGE piece on display this weekend at the extremely glamorous deYoung Museum (!!!!). Wow.

Waterlily Pond also has some cool events happening closer to home in the weeks ahead. Natasha tells Bernalwood:

Waterlily Pond has been commissioned to design a large scale floral art installation – a centerpiece for Bouquets to Art exhibition at the de Young Museum, open April 14 through April 19, 2015. Last year over 70,000 people visited this exhibit. Last year for this event, we created 15′ tall tornado-shaped floral work named Flornado (shown above).

This year’s installation is Concentrik, another aerial sculpture just as big, at 15′ diameter and 900 lb in weight. Here’s how it looked when we were working on it in our Cortland studio:

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The other news is that I am teaching a Modern Romantic floral design workshop at the studio 1501 Cortland on April 28, 2015. A couple of Bernal neighbors I met at the Valentines Day popup shop at Pinhole Coffee already signed up for this workshop. Morning, afternoon or full-day sessions are available.

Oh, and by the way, we are doing another pop-up shop again for Mothers Day at Pinhole.

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PHOTO: Top, Flornado by Waterlily Pong on display at the deYoung in 2014.