Posts Tagged ‘Yasumasa Nagamine’

Just $375 Will Get You Into the Japanese Tea Garden Come September 15th: Party for the Parks

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

And I thought $7 was too much… Anyway, the coming Party for the Parks will be:

“A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs.”

Sweet. And who might those friends be? How about them honorary co-chairs:

“Gavin Newsom, Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Frank Jordan, Dianne Feinstein (yes, DiFi!), Gina Moscone, and the Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.”

You are so totally there, for as little as $375. Or heck, just cough up some coin and become a Sponsor yourself.

See you there!

September 15, 2010
6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs. Honorary Co-Chairs are:San Francisco Parks Trust and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department,  the event includes a cocktail stroll in the Japanese Tea Garden from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The evening continues with an Asian inspired sumptuous buffet, catered by Dan McCall in a tented redwood grove across Tea Garden Drive. Dancing featuring DJ Spider will conclude the evening.

The Honorable Gavin C. Newsom, The Honorable Art Agnos, The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Honorable Frank M. Jordan, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Gina Moscone, and Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.

Event Co-Chairs are:

Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Ben Friend, Christine Gardner, Rebecca Green Birdsall, Lucy Hume Koukopoulos, and Cynthia B. Silverstein.

Hosted by

Patron Benefit Levels

First Families For Parks  $10,000

• Individual family recognition on-site at prime location in Golden Gate Park    
• Reserved first family seating at party                      
• 10 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
Family reception with Phil Ginsburg, General Manager RPD
Personalized bench in Golden Gate Park                    
• Membership in Park Leadership Society    

Funds raised will focus on Golden Gate Park. With over $1 billion in capital needs and an ever-declining maintenance budget, Golden Gate Park needs to plan for long-range financial sustainability and to weather near-term Park emergency needs.

Civic Leader  $5,000
• 6 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
• Opportunity to host a three hour private party in the Angler’s Lodge, Hamilton  
   Recreation  Center and Pool, Sunnyside Conservatory or Stern Grove Clubhouse

   (Trocadero)        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society      
                
Funds raised will directly impact park maintenance throughout city parks and add ‘boots on the ground’. We will focus funds on volunteer activities and the new Gardener Apprenticeship Program.

Park Hero $2,500
• 4 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert  
• Private lesson in Lawn Bowling, Horseshoes, Archery, or Model Boat Yachting by
   enthusiasts in Golden Gate Park                        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society                     
 
Funds raised will build multi-use trails throughout Golden Gate Park and throughout the City’s 4,317 acres of parkland in order to promote the health of the city and its citizens.

Park Activist  $1,250
• 2 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Outside Lands Concert                    
• 10 passes to the Carrousel in Golden Gate Park                
• Membership in Park Leadership Society   
                   
Funds raised will support our Recreation Centers, their equipment needs, and the desire of community members to keep the newly renovated, and, hopefully all Rec Centers, open during peak hours. Funds will flow to the San Francisco Parks Trust’s Gear Up Fund for these purposes.

Individual Tickets  $375

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?

Maybe they’re still working on it. Click to expand

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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.

San Francisco’s 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, 2009

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

As expected, there was a great turnout for the 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown today. Sunny skies and the Grand Parade made today the busiest of the four-day festival. Let’s take a look at the staging area this morning.

Its Grand Marshall George Takei! Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (born in San Francisco) is seen here hanging out with Heidi Cheung, Miss San Francisco’s Outstanding Teen 2009 and Crystal Lee, Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2008.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California President and Mrs. Masaaki Tanaka, Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisajki, George Takei, and Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Yasumasa Nagamine:

The mise-en-scene in front of City Hall:. Click to expand:

My Melody, Hello Kitty, and Badtz Maru were pleased to be on the scene:

From Hawaii with aloha:

Photographer David Yu was welcomed by all, including this contingent from Los Angeles:

Miss National Asia Dow-An Kou is on the right:

Bevan Dufty chilling with local pageant winners. 

Elizabeth Kress, Miss San Francisco:

And Little Miss San Francisco 2009, Alyssa-Marie Muna:

And now on with the parade:

Senator Leland Yee:

Frosty Senator Mark Leno:

Assemblymember Fiona Ma with Bob Twomey:

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano:

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

And his ride for today:

Supervisor Bevan Dufty and company:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi with the Japanese Ambassador and Consul General:

Supervisor Eric Mar:

 Richard Hashimoto, President of the Japantown Merchants Association:

Thought this was an electric Tesla Roadster at first. Actually, it’s the similar (but lighter) gas-powered Lotus Elise. (Horrible Tesla Motors is long on promises, certainly, but just because a toy car is expensive and is powered by electricity, that doesn’t mean it’s a desirable product, that doesn’t mean it represents “the high end.” Just ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ended up giving his Tesla Roadster back. Go ahead and buy one if you want, though. While you’re at it, why not buy an impractical electric Ultra Motor A2B bike and an impractical electric Segway Scooter as well.)

Speaking of cars, here’s part of the NUMMI contingent all the way from Fremont. It’s the only car factory in the West that’s still operating. Union labor, FYI 

Nihonmachi Little Friends:

And your reward for making it all the way to J-Town? Yummy chicken and rice balls from O-Izakaya Lounge at 1625 Post Street.

See you next year!