Newsletter | January 2014
Did You Know?
New – Girls Basketball and Racquet Class
Rec center hours :
Tue – Fri
Happy New Year!
Improvements have been visible lately. Park personnel have been sprucing up the place inside and out. As the new year begins, we want to extend our appreciation to Rec & Park employees for all that they do.
On the agenda for the coming year are more community events and concerts. In process is an Open House in May showcasing local history, including an interactive timeline in which neighbors will share their neighborhood experiences.
We also hope to make new friends as we work together to tackle issues together in 2014. Cooperation and volunteerism will be the key. To that point, Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center will be redoubling the effort to invite parental participation in the discussions that affect the park and that drive decisions about programming and events. The Community Recreation Council is integral to the Friends network. Meetings are once a month. (Check the calendar for dates.) Everyone is welcome.
The Winter program begins January 7. Space is still available for many classes. Girls Basketball and Racquet class (ages 8 to 9 Thursdays, ages 10 to 12 Saturdays), Drop-in Volleyball, and Women’s Futsal are all still open. See the full list of Winter classes at Upper Noe here.
Saturday, January 18 from 10 to noon – The Knickerbockers blues band will entertain on the playground. Always a hit with children, they will delight parents as well. Rain moves the show into the auditorium.
Joan Lionberger and company exercised their green thumbs on Saturday, December 14, pruning the trumpet vines on the tennis court fence, weeding flowerbeds, and generally making the place look nice. The weather was lovely and a good time was had by all. Volunteers are always appreciated.
Join in the fun.
Facilities Coordinator Cheryl Woltjen recently had a decorative touch added to the courtyard. Workers just installed the lovely, hand-painted tiles that children produced during the September Cinco de Noe celebration. These are the product of a fund-raising project created by Friend’s Kim Nguyen-Ehrenreich. Parents made a donation for each 5 x 5 ceramic tile and the children used water-based materials to hand-paint their own designs upon them. Then Kim had them professionally fired. Cheryl says the installation was easy and there is plenty of room for tiles to be added, too.
Seeking new benches. While the exterior furniture in the rest of the park is getting shined up, benches in the dog run are looking sad. Neighbors are keeping them patched together but that is only a short-term solution. Replacements are on the wish list for 2014.
• Help advise the city on what classes should be offered at the Upper Noe Rec Center. Serve a term on the Upper Noe Recreation Center’s Community Recreation Council and help shape programming at the Center. A teen member is still needed! Please contact Cheryl Woltjen at 970-8061. The form is available on our website and at the center. Please either drop it off or mail it to: Cheryl Woltjen, UNRC, 295 Day Street, SF, 94131.
• Distribute our new Friends of NVRC postcard. This newsletter is distributed to nearly 1,000 “friends.” Make sure interested neighbors know about our group by helping distribute our informational postcard around the neighborhood. Please email molly (at) noevalleyreccenter.com if you know of a good shop or cafe to distribute the postcards. Or you could help put them somewhere frequented by park users.
• Lead a new event. Are you interested in organizing a new event at the Center? Maybe a game night or movie night? Please contact us at info (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.
• Garden at the Park. Help keep the park beautiful by volunteering with the Ladybug Gardeners on the second Saturday of each quarter. The next date in 2014 will be March 8. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, community service hours credited. Even an hour would be a big help! Please email ladybugs (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.
Outside the Center
Thanks for your interest and support of your park! Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. Let us know about any community events you are planning at the park so we can promote them. Please forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors who use the Noe Valley Recreation Center. We want this newsletter to help build the park community — please help us connect with members of the community.
Enjoy your Park!
Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center
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