March 2014 Newsletter

 Newsletter | March 2014

Did You Know?

New to Upper Noe: Girls Basketball - ages 5-13 on Wednesdays from 4 - 6 p.m.

Rec center hours :

Tue - Fri
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


1 - 3:30

1 - 2:30

no free play

1 - 3

11 - 4:30
(varies, depending


12 - 3,
6 - 8:45

12 - 6

12 - 8:45

12 - 6

1:30 - 4:30

Levi Johnson
Spring Classes and Summer Day Camps
CRC is History
Ladybug Gardeners this Saturday
Tot Concert - Nina Jo Smith
Traffic Calming on Day St.
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities

Levi Johnson – SF Rec & Park Employee of the Winter Quarter

Levi JohnsonProgram Coordinator Levi Johnson is a quiet force at Upper Noe and beyond. Upper Noe is his office location and he shares oversight duties with facilities coordinator Cheryl Woltjen but his job takes him to every corner of the city.

Starting in Adult Recreation five years ago when he joined Rec & Park, Levi moved into Adult Fitness and then into Health and Wellness. He is now acting supervisor for Upper Noe and Eureka Valley rec centers.

Recently, he distinguished himself further by creating a fitness program for Rec & Park employees. This was far more complicated than anyone outside the department would ever imagine because of competition with the public for time and space at facilities. His perseverance paid off. The recognition is well deserved.

Originally, from the sunshine state, Levi has been sharing his sunny personality with us at Upper Noe since joining Rec & Park. He holds a bachelor in Physical Ed from Florida State University and a Masters in Sport Management from University of San Francisco. He originally intended on a career in pro sports. A year with the Houston Texans changed his mind. "It’s not as glamorous as people think it is. I’d rather be a fan."

The Health and Wellness program is a new experience for Levi. For the first time, he is working with children. And that is what he finds unique about Upper Noe. “Lots of little ones here, that’s for sure. Up to about kindergarten or first grade. Then we don’t see those kids anymore because they’ve moved.” Though Upper Noe does not yet have any Health and Wellness programming, Levi just started an obesity program at Martin Luther King Jr. Pool.

Upper Noe is A great community, according to Levi. Neighbors are more involved with this rec center than at other communities, and classes fill up. “If the community wasn’t so involved we wouldn’t know what classes to offer.”

Spring Class Registration
Get Out and PlayRegistration began on March 1st but classes still have plenty of openings. View Spring courses and Register for classes at Upper Noe.

New to the schedule at Upper Noe is Girls Basketball for ages 5-13 on Wednesdays from 4 - 6 p.m.

Summer Day Camps
Registration opens at 10am on Saturday, March 15th. View the Summer Day Camp Catalog.

Day Camp Fair
Balboa High School on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Upper Noe’s Cheryl Woltjen and other Rec & Park personnel will be there to provide information and to facilitate registration.

CRC is History
It’s about time. The Upper Noe Community Recreation Council (CRC) is moving ahead with plans for History Day on May 17. This event features artifacts, photos and other memorabilia from our neighborhood’s past. Add your own experiences to the interactive timeline. Enjoy treats, music, arts and crafts, and much more; the Imagination Playground will keep kids busy for hours. Sounds like fun. Rec & Park is sending CRC consultants this month to help us plan. The council welcomes everyone. Join in. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the rec center auditorium.

Ladybugs Set Sights on Gardens this Saturday, March 8
Gardening at Upper Noe rec CenterRecent rains have put plants and plantings into motion. Irises will bloom soon and early spring favorites will be pushing up. Join Ladybug Gardeners Joan, Kate and Rec & Park gardeners this Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to noon as they lead Friends and neighbors to get the flowerbeds ready. Some minor weeding, mulching and pruning are in order. Bring a hat, gloves and a sunny disposition. While Kate recently worked in the rain to add to the native plant garden, if we have heavy or persistant showers on Saturday, that will delay the event.

Tot Concert 3/22 - Nina Jo Smith & the Hoboes
Nina Jo SmithUpper Noe Rec Center welcomes Nina Jo Smith & the Hoboes on Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the playground. Nina (rhymes with China) is a folksinger with an array of original and traditional tunes. See

Traffic Calming on Day Street
Parents, neighbors and Rec & Park staff are concerned about speeding on Day Street in front of the rec center. With parents dropping off children and drivers looking for parking, the conditions are often hazardous. Some ideas are to install speed bumps or signage to point out that this is a playground zone. Friends is seeking your input. Email

Canine Corner
Sad dogDon’t look so sad. It seems like a muddy mess, and another bath is imminent, but it is not. In fact, the decomposed granite (DG) surface drains quickly and contains no organic material to produce mud. The heavy rains have benefited the dog run by conditioning the DG and settling the lighter particles. That means less of it sticks. The rest just brushes off.

Volunteers Needed

• 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) 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)

• 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)

Community Events

March 8
Ladybug Gardeners
9:00 a.m. - noon
Recreation Center
Join in and help beautify the grounds

March 19
Community Recreation Council
7:00 p.m.
Recreation Center kitchen
Help shape programming and priorities at Upper Noe.

March 22
Tot Concert - Nina Jo Smith & the Hoboes
10:00 a.m. to noon
Rain moves the concert inside

Outside the Center

March 6, 13, 20, 27
NERT - Neighborhood Emergency Response Team
FREE Disaster Preparedness Training
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church – 455 Fair Oaks St
Thursday evenings
To register visit
call 415-970-2024


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

Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center

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