Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

Holiday Ice Skating at Justin Herman Plaza is Quite Popular – Here’s What Friday Night Date Night Looks Like

Monday, December 12th, 2011

People just can’t get enough of holiday ice skating at Justin Herman Plaza.

This is what Friday Night Date Night looks like:

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See the queue? People can’t seem to get enough…

Holiday Ice Skating a Huge Success at Justin Herman Plaza in 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, which is located right next to OccupySF this year.

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Be sure to click on over to see if they will be closed for private parties.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

“Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines, the largest outdoor rink, will open to the public for nine magical fun-filled weeks beginning November 9 through January 8, 2012. 

Plan a special holiday experience with your friends and family and skate under the stars in the shadow of the waterfront throughout the holiday season at Embarcadero Center, where you can shop, skate, dine and park for free. There’s no better place during the holiday season than Embarcadero Center!

The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines continues to entertain families from around the Bay Area thanks to the support of its generous sponsors…

Phone Number: 415.837.1931
Email Address:

Location: Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building

Hours of Operation:

Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday – Thursday
Open 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday

90 minute sessions that start on every even hour

Private party booking* is available

The Rink may be closed due to inclement weather or private party bookings. Call the ice rink manager at 415.837.1931.

* Sessions not open to public if sold to a private party.


Adults $9.00; Seniors/Children ages 10 and under $5.50
Monday – Friday until 6:00 p.m.

Adults $9.50/Children ages 10 and under $6.00
Friday 6:00 p.m. session until closing on Sunday

Skate Rentals: $3.50″

Here’s what it looked like at the lighting ceremony a couple years back:



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(My submission to produce Soul on Ice on Ice at this rink was rejected once again this year. Oh well.)

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The mise-en-scene, with the swells in the background and the norms in the foreground:

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And this is how it should be looking these days from Treasure Island:


Have a Merry Holiday Shopping Season!

Family Fun at the Presidio! Tree Lighting, Bike-Friendly Saturday, Night Hiking, Dragonfly Creek Stewardship, Art Stuff

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Uh oh, looks as if the “Bike-Friendly Saturday” YMCA Y-Bike event on December 3, 2011 has been cancelled. :(]

Appears as if our Presidio Trust has got you covered in December 2011.

But let’s check with the Great Yoda of Chestnut Street:

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Yep, he’s all, “Covered you are.”

Check it:

Holiday Lights Tree Lighting – Friday, December 2

Join the Presidio community for the Holiday Lights Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Presidio tradition. The gathering will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue in the Main Post (across the street from the Presidio YMCA). Bring your singing voice . . . music will be provided by the Golden Gate Carolers. Refreshments will follow. After the festivities, stick around for an Evening Forest Walk, beginning at 6:15 pm. This family-friendly, 20-minute lantern walk will allow you to experience the enchanting park in the dark. Bring a flashlight! For more information, visit the website.

Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek – Saturday, December 3

Join us for Presidio Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek on Saturday, December 3, from 8 am to 1 pm. At this special commemorative stewardship event, Presidio staff will host diverse volunteer activities highlighting restoration and sustainability. Projects include planting, weeding, and spreading mulch at Dragonfly Creek, as well as various stewardship activities at the Presidio nursery, salvage yard, and nearby gardens. Come out and lend a hand! Family-friendly. All ages welcome. If you are a bird enthusiast, arrive at 8 am for a Fort Scott bird walk. Volunteer check-in begins at 8:30am. Registration is required. Call (415) 561-5333 or email

Bike-Friendly Saturday at the Presidio YMCA – December 3

Join the Presidio Community YMCA for a bike-friendly Saturday! Its YBike Instructors will lead biking activities for all ages. There will be two group rides: one for children 12 and older, and another for families with children of all ages. The Y will also offer Learn to Ride and Basic Skills lessons. This event will take place from 9 am to Noon on Saturday, December 3 at the Presidio YMCA Main Post Gym, located at 63 Funston Avenue. Please visit YBike for more information.

Family Night Hike – Saturday, December 3

Come join us for a night time adventure for all ages in the Presidio! The Family Night Hike will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm. This naturalist-led event will start and end at the newly renovated Rob Hill Campground, just off Washington Boulevard overlooking Baker Beach. On this relaxed walk, we will learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the Presidio illuminated by a half moon and starry night sky. The walk will end with a campfire and story at Rob Hill Campground. There will be a 25 person limit on this walk, so make reservations as spaces go fast! RSVP required to Alisha Cahlan at Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and bring a water bottle.

Create With Nature at Rob Hill – Saturday, December 10

Family Create With Nature:
Sculpture in the Park
Saturday, December 10
10 am to Noon (drop in anytime)
Meet at Rob Hill Campground
Families! Flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of spontaneous collaborative artistic expression. Get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. RSVP to or (415) 561-4449.

Christmas with Walt Disney Screens in December

This holiday season the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio is featuring the film Christmas with Walt Disney. Look back at the ways Walt celebrated the holidays — at home, at work, at play, on TV and at the Studios. From animated cartoons to rare home movies, this holiday movie was produced by Don Hahn—Academy Award®-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and is narrated by Walt’s daughter Diane. The film screens daily at 1 and 4 pm (except Tuesdays and on December 10). Tickets are available online. For details, visit The museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street, on the Main Post, in the Presidio.

From Obama to Nobama: Official San Francisco Says No to Obama-Themed Christmas Train This Year

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Observe, that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for Mclaren Lodge Lawn was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness.

And then, the Pikachu train came on the scene.

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And it was Good.

But not good enough, for then, He arrived. See?

As seen a few years back:

This made national news. (Hey whatever happened to Zoe Stagg, anyway?)

Then it was all like this:

(Artist’s conception, but the window was painted over for a while.)

And then it was all like this*

And now, just before the Great Lighting Ceremony of 2011, there’s no train at all:

Poor Obama!

(I’ll check and see if the Obama train pops up before Christmas. It’s a mystery to me. Of course, this is in Golden Gate Park on public land, as is the Prayer Book Cross and other things. Sometimes, We, those of us way out West, lose track of that nettlesome Bill of Rights.)

*Fear the beard and all. You know, I don’t think certain people, people like MC Hammer, understand that they threw their weight behind the Republican choice** for Mayor, understand that they (blindly?) supported the first choice of just 7% of San Francisco. We’ll see if they do this again. 

**Ed Lee was the only viable candidate on the San Francisco Republican’s Endorsements webpage. 

Christmas on Sixth Street! At Long Last, Our City Family Puts Up Lighted Snowflakes from Lower Market to Mid-Market

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is unprecedented.

This is the City Family extending the Market Street lighted Christmas snowflake zone all the way to Mid-Market.


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They used to stop at 5th Street, but now they don’t – they go farther this year.


Won’t this please our corporate overlords at Twitter? (Probably not, but, you know, can’t hurt to try.)

All right, come to the annual lighting ceremony with the Mayor this Thursday evening, if you want:

“Snowflakes on Market – Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17, 2011 through mid-January 2012

More than 140 five-foot-wide energy-saving LED illuminated snowflakes will decorate Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles this winter from Second to Sixth streets. A lighting ceremony, featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. near the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit

It will go a little something like this, probably.

Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

Those are Nutcracker-starring “Snowflakes” from the San Francisco Ballet. (The run starts up again December 9th this year.) Jessica Carter is the snowflake in the middle, so I’m told.

Happy Holidays!

Legislation by David Chiu, Scott Wiener, and Dennis Herrera Takes on Security Issues at Parking Lots

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I’d put this one in the “Worthy Initiative” category, but some parking lot owners might not.

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I could see this saving a few lives over the years…

All the deets:

Legislation by Chiu, Wiener, and Herrera takes on security issues at parking garages and lots

Proposed amendment to SF Police Code seeks to improve the safety of patrons of San Francisco’s vibrant entertainment industry and the surrounding neighborhoods

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 29, 2011) — Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Scott Wiener, and City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced a major legislative step to curb late night public nuisance and criminal activities in parking garages and lots, in particular at those garages and lots near entertainment establishments. The proposed ordinance seeks to amend sections of the San Francisco Police Code regarding commercial parking permits and empower the City Attorney’s Office to pursue civil action against those who violate those sections.

“Making parking lots near nightclubs more secure will make it safer for people to patronize our vital entertainment industry,” said Supervisor David Chiu. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Supervisor Wiener, City Attorney Herrera and the industry to put forward this much-needed legislation.”

More deets after the jump


Coit Tower Goes Red, White, and Blue for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11: Looks Like a Giant Firecracker Popsicle

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Another Great Capture from Whole Wheat Toast.

It goes cherry, white lemon, blue raspberry:

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Just like a Popsicle Firecracker, non?

Did you know that the first popsicle was made in San Francisco by 11-year-old on a freezing night in 1905?

Frank W. Epperson invented the Popsicle on an extraordinarily cold night in San Francisco 

No sir, did not know that. Thanks Wiki!

Meh: Meet Your Boeing 737 “Next Generation” Workhorse with New “Sky Interior”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

I don’t know, there’s not much you can do with an older aircraft design like the Boeing 737. Anyway, this is it, your new “Sky Interior.”

See the scalloping by the windows? And the bins, they’re new. And they use LED lights to mimic the blue of the sky. It can also do the warm glow of sunrise.

O.K., Boeing.

Fly AirBerlin:

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The saving grace for this airplane is that it’s signif. lighter than the Airbus 320. That will have to do until Big B redoes the 737.

All the deets:

New interior options for the 737NG in 2010 included the 787-style Boeing Sky Interior. Designed using Boeing’s new cabin concepts, the Sky Interior features sculpted sidewalls and redesigned window housings, along with increased headroom and LED mood lighting. Larger pivot-bins similar to those on the 777 and 787 have more luggage space than prior designs. The Sky Interior is also designed to improve cabin noise levels by 2-4 dB. The first 737 equipped with the Boeing Sky Interior was delivered to Flydubai in the fourth quarter of 2010. TUIFly and Continental Airlines have also taken delivery of Sky Interiors.”

How Wude! Barack Obama Painted Over in Golden Gate Park – The “Yes We Can Express” Replaced by Giants Fever

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Barack Obama fever has given way to Giants fever, it would seem.

Check it out tonight at 5:00 PM when the Christmas Tree lighting gets going.

From this, a couple years back:

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To this, last week*

To this, currently:

Poor Obama!

*Artist’s conception, but the window was all painted over last weekend

Gavin Newsom, Spencer Christian and the San Francisco Ballet Snowflakes to Light Up Market Street at 6:30 PM Tonight

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Our Market Street Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 PM tonight.

Just like last year.

Mayor Gavin Newsom with the Snowflake Girls in 2009 near the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround at the dramatic “Moment of Lighting.” Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

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Market Street Snowflake Lighting

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Powell & Market Street

3rd Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting Ceremony
November 18th at 6:30pm
Powell & Market Streets at the Cable Car turnaround

The Market Street Association organized event of the 3rd annual Market Street Holiday Snowflake lighting will kick off the downtown Holiday season. 142 snowflake decorations will adorn the historic Path of Gold lampposts from 2nd through 6th Streets. Spencer Christian of ABC 7 news will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “Snowflakes” from the SF Ballet will be on hand to help with the count down to the official lighting.

Sign-holding Frank Chu and Jesus Loves You Guy expected.

See you there!