May 2014 Newsletter

 Newsletter | May 2014
Did You Know?
Summer Basketball Camp
starts June 19 at Upper Noe and still has lots of openings available. See the Summer Schedule.

Rec center hours :
Tue - Fri
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Auditorium Free Play:
1 - 3:30
1 - 2:30
no free play
1 - 3
11 - 4:30
(varies, depending on rentals)

Open Gym:
12 - 3,
6 - 8:45
12 - 6
12 - 8:45
12 - 6
1:30 - 4:30
History Day - May 17
Upper Noe Auditorium – a Community Asset
Phantom Tollbooth
Lily Holbrook Plays Upper Noe – May 24
Athletic Field - Play Safe, Have Fun!
Ladybug Gardeners - June - 14
Friends Colorful Event a Hit
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Events
Summer registration begins May 17 at 10 a.m. Please see for a list of classes offered for summer.

Women’s indoor soccer on Friday nights from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. is a great workout. All levels welcome. Drop-in fee only $5.

Clear the Hall - Beginning June 2, there will be no congregating in the lobby Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Nannies will not be able to have children nap in the lobby during camp hours. Sorry for any inconvenience.

History Day – May 17
History Day 2014Lend your experience on Saturday, May 17 from 1-4 p.m. Bring your Noe Valley memorabilia and photos along with yourself, your friends and family to History Day, a discussion activity for neighbors. Think of it as a meet and greet with moderator led activities that will help us all gather our thoughts and express our stories. Together, we will define the history of Noe Valley as it relates to our experiences. Whether you live in the valley or in the surrounding hills of Diamond Heights, Glen Park or Bernal, your local insight and perspective will add valuable pages. This activity is free. Local merchants DavidsTea and Whole Foods are providing refreshments. Rec & Park is providing free daycare and all types of activity to keep kids busy in the gym while the adults relax in pleasant conversation in the auditorium.

Upper Noe Auditorium – a Community Asset
Upper Noe AuditoriumOn April 9 at Upper Noe, Vicki Rosen led Upper Noe neighbors in a spirited discussion about two civic projects with local impact. The first was the Northbound San Jose Avenue I-280 Off-Ramp Road Diet Pilot Project that will close a lane of traffic coming into Noe Valley. Upper Noe residents weighed predictions about traffic backups against the concerns of immediate neighbors about speeding, noise, and safety. The second discussion addressed a long-running program designed to underground utilities throughout San Francisco. That program has stalled. San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities led a discussion about why that happened and how it can be reinvigorated.

The auditorium rarely sees so many adults at once. The RecCenter makes the auditorium available on Wednesday evenings for public meetings. Currently, the Upper Noe Community Recreation Council meets the third Wednesday of each month and Upper Noe Neighbors meets quarterly on the second Wednesday. See Cheryl Woltjen in the office to schedule a date.

Phantom Tollbooth - May 9, 7:30 p.m.
PhantomTollBoothThe Upper Noe auditorium stage will see its first full production drama ever on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. when Rec & Park’s Junior Acting Troupe, ages 7-12, will perform The Phantom Tollbooth. Admission is free and there will be refreshments and raffle prizes. The performance runs about an hour. Come on down and support these young actors.

Lily Holbrook Plays Upper Noe – May 24
Lily HolbrookFor years fans of Boston born singer/songwriter Lily Holbrook all had one thing in common…a subway token! Lily was a regular fixture inside the Park Street Subway Station, performing to ever increasing enthusiastic crowds of commuters. With the 2008 release of her new album, “Wicked Ways,” an opening performance for Brian Wilson, Lily is no longer an underground sensation. Her music has caused pedestrian traffic jams from Boston’s Harvard Square to San Francisco’s Castro Street. Hear her in the playground from 10 a.m. to noon. Rain moves the event inside.

Athletic Field - Play Safe, Have Fun!
Flooded FieldTechnically, the fenced in ball field is available by reservation only. Friends sought agreement from Rec & Park early on to make it available as public play space as much as possible. However, reservations and Rec & Park programs always take priority. Recent rains have underscored the need to stay off the diamond completely when it is wet because the gravel is easily disturbed then and activity can damage the surface. Please be respectful of this space so that it can remain available and in good condition for our little sluggers. And remember too this is not a regulation size field. As such, it is off limits to teen and adult batting because of the danger that foul and fly balls present to people, dogs and property beyond the fences.

Ladybug Gardeners- June 14
GiantsCleanSweepJoin the efforts to make a Giant Sweep of it on June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Ladybugs’ will combine their quarterly clean up day with a Dept of Public Works program that provides blocks of Giants tickets for groups that log the most volunteer hours. So, lend a hand and take me out to the ball park!

Friends Colorful Event a Hit
Easter Egg Hunt 2014FNVRC hosted an amazingly successful Easter Egg Hunt at Douglass Playground on Saturday, April 19. Hundreds of children showed up to meet the Easter Bunny, have their faces painted, color eggs, and of course, scramble in the field for eggs filled with treats. Our thanks go out to Carin O’Hara and the K9 Scrub Club crew for all of their hard work organizing and running this event. Special thanks to all of the kind sponsors who pitched in to make this a memorable day for all of the kids. Join Friends and help make community events happen.

Canine Corner
Sky and her dogsMaya gains a view over the weeds as Sky and her pack find some shade during the recent heat wave. Dangerous foxtail grass and other weedy plants are encroaching into the dog run since Rec & Park has decided that regular maintenance, such as cutting the grass, is no longer a priority.

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

At the Rec Center

May 9
The Phantom Tollbooth
7:30 p.m.
Free event

May 17
History Day
1:00 - 4:00 P.m.
Free event
Free childcare in the gym.

May 21
Community Recreation Council
7:00 p.m.
Recreation Center kitchen
Help shape programming and events at Upper Noe.

May 24
Tot Concert - Lily Holbrook
10:00 a.m. to noon
Rain moves the concert inside.

June 7
Mobile Rec at Upper Noe
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Rock Wall, Ramps, Slackline.
Get Out and Play!

June 14
Ladybug Gardeners
9:00 a.m. - noon
Help keep Upper Noe beautiful.
Bring a hat and gloves.

Outside the Center

There are no events listed this month. Contact if you have an event that you would like to list.
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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