Photo by Courtney Quirin.

Elsie Street knows how to throw anything but boring block parties. Today’s 7th annual block party not only had a potluck, bake-off, bouncy house, and piñata; it was also adorned with Bhangra dancers from the San Francisco-based Duniya Dance and Drum Company, who performed three dances as well as taught the crowd how to get down.

For those not in the know, Bhangra dancing originates from the Punjab region of northern India.

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Courtney Quirin is a trained wildlife ecologist turned environmental journalist with a knack for photography and visual storytelling. Though her interests span many topics and disciplines, she's particularly keen on capturing multimedia stories pertaining to the global wildlife trade, human-wildlife relationships, food security, international development and the effects of global markets on local environments and cultural fabric. Courtney completed a MSc in Wildlife Management at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she not only learned how to catch and tag fur seals (among many things) but also traveled to the highlands of Ethiopia to identify the nature and extent of farmer-primate conflict and its linkages to changes in political regime, land tenure, food security, and perceptions of risk. From New Zealand Courtney landed at The Ohio State University to investigate urban coyotes for her PhD, but just shy of 2 years deep into the degree, she realized that her true passions lie within investigative journalism. Since moving into the world of journalism, Courtney has been a contributor to Bay Nature Magazine, a ghostwriter for WildAid, and the science writer for While at Berkeley's J-School Courtney will focus on international environmental reporting through the lens of documentary filmmaking and TV.

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  1. Can anyone out there please help me find Alina the hat lady who owned our “only” hat store in the mission.

    She had a store on 14th and Valencia right next to the Triumph dealer. Today there is a sunglass store there with refurnished wooden floors (of course).

    I wish to contact her since I want to buy more hats if possible. At the very least please get me an email so I can thank her for eight maybe nine years of selling hats to us!

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