Posts Tagged ‘bethlehem’

Star of Bethlehem Fails to Appear Atop Civic Center’s Giant Christmas Tree 2009

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Our 2007 Civic Center Christmas / Holiday tree had a big Star of Bethlehem on top all the way through the season.

Our 2008 tree had a star that came and went.

And now, our 2009 tree has no star at all. Oh well. Looks a little plain now, huh?

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Speaking of plain, take note of the Great Gravel Plain of Civic Center – it’s what we get this year instead of grass or a Victory Garden the way we had last year.

Oh well.

If you like holiday trees, head to City Hall, where Rita Moreno (ask about her Grammy, Oscar, Emmy,and Tony) will star at the Rainbow World Fund Tree of Hope 2009 lighting celebration.

“Come to the tree lighting celebrationat City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom. Join us as we gather wishes and hopes for the future of our global community and give them wings. The event takes place on the rotunda inside San Francisco City Hall and features a concert by the San Francisco Boys Chous, Veronica Klaus and more. Free beverages and light refreshments.


  • 5:30 pm – Concert by the San Francisco Boys Chorus
  • 6:00 pm – Tree lighting celebration – Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, will deliver a message of hope Presentations by actresses Rita Moreno, Sharon Gless and Yasumasa Nagamine, the Consul General of Japan.
  • 6:30 pm – Veronica Klaus will perform at a party to follow till 8:00 pm.

Send a wish to the Rainbow World Fund and they’ll turn it into an origami crane which they’ll add to the tree.

See you there.

Jupiter and Venus Above San Francisco – the Star of Bethlehem?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

What you’ve got here is the three brightest objects in the night sky all posing for a family portrait above Golden Gate Park. Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction (conjunction junction, what’s your function?)and the cresent moon is thrown in as a bonus. Here’s another view.

What’s it all mean? Well, if you were born during such a rare conjunction back in the day, then “brutality and vulgarity are intolerable to you” per AstrologyWeek. A similar display might have been the Star of Bethlehem about 2000 years ago, if you want to believe that.

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