Posts Tagged ‘30th’

Giant AIDS Ribbon on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks Commemorates the 30th Year of HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

It will be around until June 19th, 2011. Details below.

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Giant AIDS Ribbon on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks Commemorates the 30th Year of HIV/AIDS

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2011  –For the first time ever, a massive red ribbon appears on the side of Twin Peaks to mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States. Organized by San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the ribbon was installed by more than 100 community volunteers to honor San Francisco’s legacy in fighting HIV/AIDS and to raise awareness of the importance of knowing your HIV status and getting proper care.

“This ribbon is a bold reminder to the entire world that HIV/AIDS is still an issue that urgently needs our attention,” said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano. “We have made tremendous progress in the fight against the disease over the past 30 years, but our work is not done. We believe even one new infection is one too many, and we will continue to give people the information and services they need to remain healthy and take care of the people they love.”

Every day in San Francisco, two more people are newly infected with HIV. More than 56,000 people are infected every year nationwide. Alarmingly, rates of new HIV infections are rising among gay and bisexual men nationwide, the only risk group for which this is the case. San Francisco AIDS Foundation conceived the red ribbon to reinforce its commitment to improving the health of the community through increased HIV testing and prevention efforts, and vital services that ensure HIV-positive people can access treatment and receive high-quality care.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of the virus that would be known as AIDS on June 5, 1981. San Francisco was the first city in the country to experience epidemic levels of the disease. Today there are close to 16,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.

“San Francisco has always been a pioneer when it comes to HIV/AIDS,” said San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. “From the early days of the disease, the city responded with courage to save lives and change the course of the epidemic. Today the ribbon on Twin Peaks is an extension of that legacy and sends an important message that San Francisco will always be a leader in the fight against HIV.”

“I am so proud to be part of this historic effort to raise awareness,” said volunteer Mike Shaw, who helped to install the ribbon. “This ribbon is a reminder that in San Francisco we take care of everyone in our community. We have always been a compassionate city, and that will never change.”

The ribbon is made out of 25 tarps. It is 225 feet long and 165 feet wide, and is visible from points across San Francisco and the Bay Area. It is scheduled to remain on Twin Peaks until June 19th.

About San Francisco AIDS Foundation

San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to end the HIV epidemic in the city where it began, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco because we refuse to accept HIV as inevitable. Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease.

San Francisco’s 6th Annual WALK AGAINST RAPE is Coming Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

See?

(You’d think they’d call this a march, but oh well.)

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Anyway, all the deets.

“Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Sexual violence touches all of our lives, Walk Against Rape is the chance to say NO! to sexual violence in our communities. March with us as we speak out against sexual violence and rape. Let’s make our voices and stories known. Silence is not golden!

Walk Against Rape is an opportunity for the communities of San Francisco to come together and raise awareness around sexual assault. Statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 11 men will be raped in their lifetimes, and it is estimated that less than 20% or rapes are reported to the police. The silence and taboo around rape in our society cause survivors to feel isolated and unsupported. The goal of Walk Against Rape is to empower survivors, their friends, families and supporters, to break that silence by walking together on the streets against rape, and declare that San Francisco will not tolerate sexual violence.

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Walk Against Rape will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. Walk Against Rape is a 3.5 mile walk starting at The Women’s Building at 10:00AM and culminating in a festival at 1:00PM at Potrero del Sol Park (“La Raza Park). Walkers will arrive in the park to find speakers, performances, vendors, the Clothesline Project on display, prizes for the highest fundraisers, several community organizations who will be offering information and resources, and food and drink. Walkers interested in participating can download a registration form and begin to collect donations from their friends and family. All proceeds will benefit San Francisco Women Against Rape.

SFWAR, San Francisco’s only community based rape crisis center, provides resources, support, advocacy and education to strengthen the work of all individuals, and communities in San Francisco that are responding to, healing from, and struggling to end sexual violence. At SFWAR, we believe that no single individual, organization, foundation, or business alone can stop the epidemic of sexual assault, but by responding as a whole community, we each bring our piece of the solution. We believe that education and community grassroots organizing are key tools to end sexual violence in our society.

Walk Against Rape aims to:
Raise awareness in San Francisco around issues of sexual violence.
Provide a space for survivors of sexual violence to heal and celebrate their survival.
Educate communities about the resources available in the aftermath of an assault.
Raise money for San Francisco’s only community based rape crisis center.
Create community around shared experiences of sexual violence so as to not isolate further the experience.
To make visible what has historically been silenced and invisible.

A Crowd of 50 Shows for the First SF Parks Town Hall Meeting – Rec Centers, Income Generation and Community Engagement

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

The Neighborhood Parks Council held a Town Hall this morning at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s what one person thinks about it, anyway:

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The current rapid pace direction of the Rec & Park Dept. towards “self sustainability” is leading towards all properties – parks, clubhouses etc. to becoming possible if not increased revenue producers. The looming gloom scenario of next years budget “crisis” will serve as a leverage platform to initiate, promote and policy shape further commercialization, privatization, and development of community resources regardless of the ongoing needs, wishes, history or integrity of our neighborhoods. This short sighted property development approach is becoming increasingly more damaging to both the immediate and longterm quality and nature of San Francisco living and is shameful in it’s political strategic fashion to continue to pit ourselves against each other.”

And here are some more shots, from Nancy McNally – looks like District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi made the scene as well.

A record of this meeting should be up sometime, somewhere, in November and there should be coverage at Mission Local sooner than that…

Les mise-en-scene:

Meredith Thomas hosted:

To be continued

Come for the Free Arizmendi Bakery, Stay for the First SF Parks Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, Oct 30 in Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I’ve seen a lot of rules laid out for meetings at the Hall of Flowers lately, and you know, sometimes they stick and sometimes they don’t. Keep that in mind when you’re noshing on some Arizmendi at the first Neighborhood Parks Council Park Town Hall Meeting tomorrow, Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 AM to Noon near 9th and Lincoln at the Hall of Flowers.

Check it:

MEETING GROUND RULES
We treat each other with respect, even when we disagree.
We stay on topic.
We intend to develop personal relationships to enhance trust and open communication.
We value constructive feedback. We will avoid being defensive and give feedback in a constructive manner.
We emphasize open and honest communication – there are no hidden agendas.
We de-personalize discussion of issues – no attacks on people.
One person talks at a time; there are no side discussions.
We turn off cell phones.
We arrive on time.
We end on time.

That’s what’s in store for you.

Or, you can rebel, as this fellow and a couple hundred others did not too long ago at a meeting to charge auslanders admission to Strybing Arboretum. (Good times.)

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Remember, the Neighborhood Parks Counsel isn’t the Department of Rec and Park, they’re just a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rec and Park or they just act like they’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rec and Park. We’ll find out tomorrow, I s’pose.

When they go, “I’m just a facilitator,” that’s when you’ll know.

Anyway, here’s your sked for tomorrow AM:

10:00 am Welcoming Remarks from Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director
How will this meeting work and how can you make sure your thoughts are captured?
10:05 am Recreation Centers
Clubhouses, Hours of Operation, The New Staff Model, etc.
What concerns, ideas or feedback to you have about recreation centers / clubhouses?
10:30 am Income and Revenue Generation
Subleases, Vendors, Permits, Events
Do you have good ideas about events or revenue generation? Concerns or feedback?
10:55 am Outreach and Community Engagement
Notification, Interaction, Tapping Into Park Group Networks
What are the best ways for RPD to communicate with you? How can you help with
outreach for your park? What kind of outreach is needed for major park issues, such as
a renovation, or for smaller issues like a minor repair?
11:20 am Open Discussion: All Recreation & Parks Topics Open for Discussion
What else is on your mind? Do you have a suggestion for a topic to spend more time
on at the next town hall meeting?
11:50 am Closing Remarks from Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director
Noon Adjourn

See you there!

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Transbay Terminal-apalooza! Thousands Say Good-Bye Today in San Francisco

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I’m not sure what Ashley Harrell is talking about here, but this afternoon’s Transbay Terminalapalooza is a huge success with hundreds thousands of busfans lining up to get One Last Look at the old girl before the beginning of the destruction next month. See? The people running the name tag table are expecting over a thousand to go on these tours dealt with a couple thousand folks, per phamous Philip Ferrato.

[UPDATE: And guess who else showed up? Mayor Gavin Newsom, of all people.]

There were so many transit-heads with yuppie camera lenses* on hand, I think I’ll count on them uploading their good stuff soon. I’ll make another post with more photos later on.

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You can still get in on the fun, if you want. They’ve added more tours - maybe they’ll have room pour vous this afternoon. It’s just a short tour, telling you where they shot Pursuit of Happyness and where they chopped down support beams for the conversion from rail to bus, ‘n stuff like that.

And speaking of the homeless, this office downstairs didn’t seem all the busy today. Things have changed since they filmed that Will Smith joint:

Anyway, Will here was my tour guide:

Find the missing support beams, chopped down in the 1950′s to make way for buses: 

It’s the end of the line:

Bon Courage, people of the old, temporary, and new Transbay Terminals.

*You know, Canon’s 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2 II, 24-105mm 4.0 ‘n stuff, the ones those yuppies like…

Transbay Terminal Photo Tour! Transbay Terminal Photo Tour on Friday, July 30th Only!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

From the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association comes news of five Transbay Terminal Historical Tours coming up on July 30, 2010.

‘Cause when the TT gets shut down on August 6th, it’ll be gone for good, baby.

All the deets:

See you there!

Bigger Photos of Suspects in Last Week’s Home Invasion on Moraga in the Sunset

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Personally, I’m thinking the SFPD could have done a better job with the photos they released of the two suspects in last week’s tragedy in the Sunset District. Anyway, find an effort at enhancing the photos below.

The very wide and usually quiet Moraga Street:

Here’s Polly’s versions of the SFPD-released captures:

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That’s it, there aren’t any official updates for this case.

*Moraga Avenue isn’t in the Avenues, it’s in the Presidio, for some reason.

San Francisco’s MUNI Bus System Totally Pwned by Halloween Critical Mass 2009

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

San Francisco’s monthly semi-unauthorized bicycle parade was well-attended and exceptionally ugly last night. Did your bike suffer any property damage (“let’s fucking beat up his car!”)? For whatever reason, Halloween Critical Mass 2009 had lots of gaps so that led to confrontations at every intersection – confused car drivers were tempted to just push through to end their lengthy waits. And the SFPD seemed less pro-bike than I’m used to seeing. Oh well.

Now, grab your parasol, pack your marshmallows, count the choppers, put on your PJs, and raise your fixie. Let’s take a gander.

Just look at the stalled MUNI buses and trolleys (trollies?) stretching from Mid-Market all the way back to the Ferry Building last night: 

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The riders could only just sit and stare:

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Stare at this, a car-free Market Street:

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Now let’s take it to the streets. Ichiro was there. He started going on about how there’s “sexiness in the infield.” OK fine:

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About an hour or so after the six-ish P.M. starting time, the stalled buses started to pile up: 

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A happy corker vs. an unhappy corkee at the intersection of 8th and Market Streets.

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After a while, car drivers start getting into this rolling Rorschach test. Some sit on their cars…

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…while others, like this SUV driver, get out to fruitlessly confront the madding crowd:

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IMO, parolees display the least tolerance for CM. Oh well. They just can’t handle it.

A stalled driver gets freaked out by Pumpkinhead:

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Thank Gaia the cops were there:

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Oops, here there are, pushing along the stragglers on Market:

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And then an error – the main body of riders hung a right and headed up Van Ness. That’s not the way to cork MUNI, which got back to normal on Market Street round about 7:30 PM. Oh well. Van Ness from Hayes looking north up to California – the whole thing was entirely filled with bikes:

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So there’s your Halloween Critical Mass 2009. See you next year.

A Sneak Peek of “Very Postmortem: Mummies & Medicine” – Opens Tomorrow at the Legion of Honor

Friday, October 30th, 2009

You know what you want to see? How about photos from the press preview for Very Postmortem: Mummies & Medicine, opening Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Legion of Honor.

(And don’t forget about tonight’s ArtPoint Ghoulish Gala starting at 8:00 PM)

All photos, captions: Andrew Fox, ©FAMSF

Overview of the gallery, click to expand:

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The coffin and mummy of Irethorrou. He’s the star of the show, if you will.

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Forensic reconstruction of the head of Irethorrou’s father Ankhwenefer, whose mummy is currently housed in the collection of the Washington State Historical Society

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Tasty mummy cookies were served to the press.

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Organist Robert Gurney plays seasonal tunes on the Legion’s 1924 Skinner organ. Selections included the themes from Dr. Who and the Addams Family, as well as Bach’s famous Prelude (minus the fugue) in D-minor.

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Halloween decor at the Legion of Honor, courtesy of the creative minds of the flower committee

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All right, see you there!

At the Legion of Honor – Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine Opens October 31st, 2009

Monday, October 26th, 2009

A spooky show, Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine is coming to the FAMSF Legion of Honor Museum this Saturday, October 31st, 2009. I’ll tell you all about it after I see it.

But hey, what are you doing Friday night? You can win tickets to the ArtPoint Ghoulish Gala on October 30th from The Richmond District Blog – but only if you enter the contest by midnight tonight!

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So, the show opens Saturday, with a costumed sneak peek party the night before.

Here’s the show:

Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine explores the modern scientific examination of mummies providing new insights into the conditions under which the Egyptians lived, bringing us closer to understanding who they were. The exhibition is a homecoming celebration marking the return of Irethorrou, the Fine Arts Museums’ mummy who has been on loan since 1944. CT-scans done by scientists at Stanford Medical School shed light on Irethorrou’s physical attributes and cause of death. The scans provide depth and scientific background to the exhibition and contribute to a three-dimensional “fly through” of the mummy and a forensic reconstruction of his head. The exhibition also includes a variety of ancient artifacts that date from approximately 664–525 B.C., the Late Period from the 26th Saite Dynasty.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with the cooperation of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium and the radiology department of the Stanford Medical School. Additional project assistance has been provided by the Stanford Division of Anatomy, eHuman Inc., and Fovia Inc.

Generous support is provided by the William E. Winn, Jr., Living Trust and the Dorothy Tyler Living Trust.

Thank you to Intel Corporation for their generous in-kind donation.

All right, that’s the show. Learn the deets of the Ghoulish Gala after the jump.

See you there!

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