Sunset Piano is back!

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Our third annual Sunset Piano Block Party atop Starr King Open Space (at 23rd St. and Carolina) is right around the corner! Enjoy tasty food and craft beers from one of San Francisco’s most scenic viewpoints, while listening to live piano performances by amazing local musicians.

In addition to Sunset Piano, we’ll have local craft beer from our friends at Harmonic Brewing, Anchor Brewing, and Magnolia Brewing Company. And you can pair your beer with tasty pupusas from D’Maize.

We will also have games and activities for kids of all ages.

Bring your own kites and seating!

Families, kids, neighbors, and friends of the Open Space are all welcome! See you there: Sunday, September 24 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Please let us know you’re coming and RSVP on Facebook.

Performance schedule as follows:
3:00-3:20pm – Dean Mermell, Mauro Ffortissimo (Sunset Piano)
3:25-4:05pm – Sarah Dineen, Julien Robert
4:10-4:30pm – The Blue Swamis
4:35-4:55pm – Ciara McAllister (McAllister Music Studio)
5:00-5:20pm – Ray Vaughn
5:25-5:45pm – Tammy Hall
5:50-6:10pm – Suzanne Beignet Ramsey (Kitten On the Keys)
6:15-6:35pm – Mark Fedronic (More Fatter)
6:40-7:00pm – Joel Slater (7SF)

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Join our board and help your community

Do you go to Starr King Open Space to watch the sunset? Do you walk your dog atop our hilltop open space? Do you enjoy this little urban oasis and want to see it protected from development? Do you want to get more involved in your community?

As a Potrero Hill resident, you are an owner and steward of this land. It isn’t managed by the SF Rec. & Park Department, it is up to us to take care of the land and protect it for future generations.

If you are a Potrero Hill resident and would like to help preserve our neighborhood grassland, please consider running for our board. We have one (1) open seat on the board this year. You can apply online. All residents (renters and homeowners) 18 and older are eligible to run for our all-volunteer Board, as well as vote for candidates at the Annual Meeting and Election on May 15th @ 6:30 at Starr King Elementary. Proof of residency must be provided to be a candidate. If you have any questions about what this commitment means, feel free to email us at starrkingboard@gmail.com.

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“Mimosa” Wildflower Walks Are Back!

Do you like free mimosas? Do you like wildflowers? Do you enjoy great views of San Francisco in a natural setting?!

Then join us for our 1st Spring “Mimosa” Wildflower Walk of 2017!

Photo by Manu Schnetzler

Wildflower walks happen annually to showcase the great CA native plant diversity that we have on the Open Space. Over the course of the spring, more than 20 wildflowers can be found blooming in the Open Space if you know where to look!

Meet at the swing across from Starr King Elementary. Walks are free, relatively informal, good for families, fun for photographers, and last about an hour. This year we will provide free mimosas to enjoy while we walk.

The is the first of two (2) walks planned for Spring 2017:
– Sunday March 12th, 11am
– Sunday April 9th, 11am

RSVP on our Facebook event, we hope to see you there!

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Coral Road Restoration Volunteer Day, Part Two

Over 30 volunteers came out to help plant 1,000 natives as part of our Coral Road restoration efforts in November. But the work isn’t finished, we have over 700 more plants Coral Road Restoration Dayremaining and need volunteers to help ensure we’re successful.

Join us Saturday January 14th from 9am-1pm. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Meet at Coral Road and Carolina Street, across the street from Starr King Elementary School.

No prior gardening experience necessary. Our non-profit partner Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) will provide instruction and assistance.

Please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount for lunch and drinks!

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Your donations help protect our neighborhood

Dear Neighbors,

We had an amazing year at Starr King Open Space, here are some of the highlights:

  • Removed half of Coral Road, beginning restoration of the concrete loop to its natural state
  • Partnered with Literacy for Environmental Justice to plant 1,000 native plants as part of our Coral Road restoration efforts
  • Partnered with Biobag to launch a first-of-its-kind system in San Francisco for composting dog waste, demonstrating the potential to keep waste from entering the SF landfill each year and move the city closer to its goal of zero waste
  • Held our 2nd annual Sunset Piano Block Party in September
Volunteers planting natives where Coral Road was removed.

Volunteers planting natives where Coral Road was removed.

In 2017 we will complete the removal of Coral Road and fill that area with native plantings. Most of that has been funded by grants from the city. That project is continuing and we are applying for another grant to finish the work. But if that money isn’t awarded to us, we will need to come up with close to twenty thousand dollars. As such, your contribution this year is crucial.

Starr King Open Space and the 501(c)3 organization that manages it survive solely on donations and grants. With these funds, the Board is able to keep the Open Space safe, clean, and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you walk your dog on Starr King Open Space, enjoy the sunsets, or just appreciate the value of wild open space, you understand we can’t afford to lose this neighborhood treasure.

Please do your part to help protect your Open Space and consider making a tax-deductible donation today. You can donate using PayPal or credit card or you can send a check to our PO box. Our SKOS Tax ID # is 942967564.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Starr King Open Space Board of Directors

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