December 2015 Newsletter

 Newsletter | December 2015
Did You Know?

The Rec Center is closed for repairs Dec 21 – Jan 4

Winter Registration
Closure for Floor Refinishing
Toys Needed
Mike, the Birdhouse Builder
Canine Corner

Community Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Happy Holidays
Upper Noe Recreation Center staff wishes everyone a merry and safe holiday season.

Winter Registration
Winter CatalogOnline registration for classes begins December 12 at 10 a.m. To avoid any glitches, just remember to wait until 10 a.m. to sign on.

Upper Noe Rec Center opens at 9 a.m. Staff is happy to assist with registration. They will give out numbers starting at 9 a.m. to any early birds who line up and wait patiently. Thank you.

See to find out how to register and to see the list of classes offered at Upper Noe this winter.

Not all activities require registration. Just drop by and drop in on any of a large number of activities. Qi Gong, Yoga, Zumba, Volleyball, Tango and the list goes on. Some require a small per session fee but many are absolutely free. In addition, Open Gym hours provide hours of court time for pick-up basketball games or practice.

Rec Center Closure for Floor Refinishing
cardinal birdhouseFrom December 21 through January 4, workers will be hard at work refinishing all of the interior wooden floors, mainly the gym and auditorium. Health concerns require that the building remain empty until all of the fumes dissipate. Sorry, for the inconvenience but this work is long overdue and vital to keeping the surfaces safe, playable and attractive. Additionally, a brand new scoreboard was just installed and will be used for the upcoming Futsal and Basketball leagues in January. Get out and play with Winter programs and check it out.

St. Mary's and Moscone are also having their floors re-done. The closest alternative indoor gyms are Potrero Hill, Eureka Valley and Mission Rec Center. The outdoor basketball court here at Upper Noe will remain available.

Toys Needed
Tots who enjoy zooming across the floors during Auditorium Free Play are looking for a new ride. Their ride-around push cars are wearing out. Rec Center staff is seeking donations, especially of any Little Tikes cars. They hope to introduce the new toys when the Rec Center reopens in January. Infant and toddler books are also appreciated. Bring your donations to the Rec Center. If it is closed, contact Chris at for pickup or drop off.

Mike, the Birdhouse Builder
lil-beaver-birdhouseOur Ladybug Gardeners leader, Joan Lionberger, sadly reported that her husband Mike passed away in September following a long battle with health issues. Many of you know Mike through his works around the Rec Center, all of those cute and quaint birdhouses that brighten up the grounds.

bright-green-birdhouseHe built them out of love for his wife, his neighbors and his neighborhood and displayed them here and there. Many of them are whimsical; all of them are beautiful and beautifully crafted, bringing joy and surprise to our park. Says facilities coordinator Cheryl Woltjen, “The children are always asking if birds live in them. The birdhouses give the Rec Center a very homey feeling. They make Upper Noe unique in San Francisco Recreation and Parks.”

Mike’s birdhouses have come down for the winter for repairs. A children’s birdhouse building workshop in his honor is in the plans at Upper Noe for sometime before the spring. Mike was an inspiration. His kindness and charitable gifts of time and craftsmanship to our community will be sorely missed.

Canine Corner
Ollie likes treesA forest has sprung up in Joby’s Run. Long running efforts to bring beauty and shade to the eastern end of the park have come to fruition with the addition of five small trees. The placement was chosen to enhance the feeling of destination and to provide a softer buffer to neighboring property. Thanks go out to our new gardener George and his staff for all of their hard work and loving care to the Upper Noe grounds.


Community Events
At the Rec Center

January 13 , 7 pm
Upper Noe Community Recreation Council / Friends of the Noe Valley Rec Center
Upper Noe Rec Center Auditorium
contact: Cheryl Woltjen (415) 970-8061

January 20 , 7 – 9 pm
Upper Noe Neighbors
Captain McFadden brings his monthly Ingleside Station Community Meeting to Upper Noe
contact: president@

Outside the Center

Dec 12 , 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project
Glen Park Branch-SF Public Library
2825 Diamond Street, Second Floor
Guest Speaker: Sunnyside Resident Historian Amy O'Hair

Contact if you have an event that you would like to list.

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.

• 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 2015 will be August 8. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, community service hours credited. Even an hour would be a big help! Please email ladybugs (at)

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