Taqueria Cancun owner Gerardo Rico. Photo by Julian Mark

On Thursday afternoon at Taqueria Cancun at 19th and Mission, all of the tables were turned upside down and the bright yellow paint on the walls still smelled fresh. But owner Gerardo Rico swore his famed taqueria’s doors will be open Friday after six months of dormancy.

“It feels like the first time we opened over here,” Rico said, standing in the still-chaotic space.

The second of three locations, Cancun on Mission Street opened in 1993, two years after the first location was founded at 6th and Market. Since its foray into the Mission, Cancun has become a favorite of the neighborhood, particularly for socially-lubricated night owls jonesing for a snack.

To all the die-hards, Rico would like to say: “We have the same menu, the same recipes — the same everything.”

The taqueria closed in February to complete a seismic retrofit. “So we’re very excited so we can get working over here again,” Rico said.

A career in Pilates?

EHS Pilates (1452 Valencia Street) is hosting a happy hour on Friday, September 7 to educate folks about becoming pilates teachers. Wine and cheese will be served from 7 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP here.

SF is dirty. Now the city is asking you to help clean it up.

SF Public Works is spearheading a city-wide cleanup initiative, launching Saturday“We will be engaging residents across the City to get out and sweep their sidewalks and pick up trash: there will be 40 gathering places throughout the City where Public Works will be handing out brooms and trash bags.”

Please register at sfgiantsweep.org, the press release says.

District 9 locations include:

  • Bernal Heights Playground, behind the Library — Supervisor Hillary Ronen will be welcoming neighbors at 9 am.
  • Flynn Elementary School at Cesar Chavez and Harrison Street.
  • In Chan Kaajal Park at 17th and Folsom Streets.
  • Martin Luther King Middle School at Girard and Bacon Streets.

Other nearby locations are:

  • St. John’s Church on Chenery Street.
  • St. Aidan’s Church on Diamond Heights Boulevard.

Talks at the meditation center

Kadampa Meditation Center (3324 17th Street) will host a talk by one of the center’s resident teachers, Teach Gen Kelsang Coma, on Tara Prayers and Pawa (Prayers for the Recently Deceased). “Finding Spiritual Protection in Times of Natural Disasters,” and “Special Prayers for Victims of Fires, Floods and Other Disasters” will also be talked about. The event is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 8, at the center.

“Proof of Life” opens at the Laundry

Eileen Noonan, a Bay Area-based abstract artist, will show her newest collection, “Proof of Life,” at the Laundry (3359 26th Street) starting Friday, Sep. 7, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The show will run through Oct. 21.

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Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

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