Newsletter | September 2014
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Friends is seeking a knowledgeable native plant enthusiast to help direct care and development of our Native Plant Garden.
Ladybug Gardeners Rally Behind New Crew
Native Plants Prosper at Upper Noe
The Field Gets a Fix
Recent Happenings at Upper Noe
With the first session of Fall classes underway there is still room for you to get out and play with SF Rec and Park — especially, in the second session. See the daily schedule of Upper Noe programs and registration info.
Food Class Cancellations – Baker John regrets that he will not be able to teach this fall. The Art of Holiday Cooking, The Art of Baking Bread, Home Cooking 101, Food in Jars, and Petite Bakers are cancelled. Look for most of these to resume in Winter session. Future Chefs remains on schedule.
Come work with the Ladybugs this Saturday, Sept 13 from 9 a.m. to noon as they do some end-of-summer gardening and scope out ideas for some exciting changes.
With an exceptionally dry summer, one would think that any plants lacking irrigation would wither and die. However, natives of California, adapted specifically to our fickle rainfall, are thriving in the northwest corner of the park.
The Upper Noe Community Recreation Council is interested in developing an educational program around this garden. It would provide children with knowledge of California horticulture and the benefit that native species play in our ecosystem. For instance, this garden remains green in summer without irrigation while providing food and shelter to birds, butterflies and bees.
View garden details at http://uppernoerecreationcenter.com/wp/facilities/gardens/ .
After six seasons of hard use, the athletic field is getting some intensive love and care. Gardening staff recently aerated, seeded and fertilized the entire field. Regular sprinkling will continue. Park Service Area Manager Steve Cismowski says even though Rec & Park has a mandate to reduce watering during the drought, the deteriorated condition of the turf makes this work necessary. Gardeners are minimizing water use between sprinklings by hand watering and working closely on the bare patches.
So far, there are no plans to close or to reduce use of the field but a wet winter will have that effect and help the grass rebound. We will keep our fingers crossed.
Uni & Her Ukulele
Uni & Her Ukulele squeezed out pure magic last month in the playground. Children and parents were delighted by her sweet melodies.
Joby's Beach – It is always social in Joby’s Run and large parties have gathered on these warm, sunny afternoons. Folks linger longer to discuss the issues of the day, neighborhood news, pet care and politics.
• 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 September 13. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, community service hours credited. Even an hour would be a big help! Please email ladybugs (at) noevalleyreccenter.com.
At the Rec Center
Outside the Center
October 18 – 19
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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.
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Enjoy your Park!
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