The Mission branch of the San Francisco Public Libraray will be delayed - again. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Bad news on the Mission Branch: the renovation will take even longer

We will find out more, but the San Francisco Public Library wrote on Friday a “regret to inform you” notice that there will be another delay in the Mission Branch, this time because of issues with PG&E that have affected dozens of the city’s capital projects. 

The library writes that “PG&E is demanding that the City install additional equipment capable of providing a higher level of power (12kV), than the Library project requires (208v 3). The proposed upgrade would require a minimum of 500 square feet of property to house the large equipment, and would add an additional $500,000 to the budget.”

This means that the renovation, estimated to take 22 months to complete, has not yet started, and will not start until this is resolved. Moreover, the library reports, they have made no progress on a temporary branch for the Mission. 

For now, patrons must rely on the Bookmobile service at the Mission Branch location.  

The library did report that its notes on the community meetings in December and January have been consolidated and posted on the library’s website in English and Spanish.  

Lunar New Year parade & free Muni

The SF Chinese New Year Parade, celebrating the Year of the Tiger, will be on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at 5:15 p.m., stepping off at Second and Market Streets. For more info, go here.

Also, Muni will be offering free rides for this weekend. Complimentary service runs from Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 a.m. to Monday, Feb. 21, at 5 a.m. This includes free rides on the historic cable cars.

Some reminders from the SFMTA:

  • Please do not tag your Clipper card. If you tag it, you will be charged. For those who happen to tag a Clipper reader during this weekend of free fares, the SFMTA does not have the ability to issue a refund.
  • Please do not activate a Muni Mobile ticket. Metro fare gates will be open. 

For more info about the free Muni weekend, go here.

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts annual open house

Also on Saturday, the Mission Cultural Center will host its annual open hHouse both online and in person. There will be free workshops and events.  Families can enjoy music, arts and crafts, dancing and much more.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 19. Click here for the program and more information.

Live music & artist talks at Drawing Room

On Feb. 25, Drawing Room SF will host a Tuesday Artist Talk, featuring a tour of the galleries and a conversation with some of the participating artists about their work process, and drive to create.

The event will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more info, go here.

Outdoor cinema

An outdoor film screening will be held Tuesday at The David Ireland House at 500 Capp St., curated by film curator Aiko Masubuchi. The program, entitled “Breathing in the House, An Outdoor Cinema Experience,” will feature six works over the hour-long event.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 at 500 Capp St. For more info, go here.

The Art of Disability Culture (Opening Celebration)

The “Art of Disability Culture” at Ruth’s Table is an invitation to engage with the work of disabled artists and expand your understanding of the disability community. 

The opening reception of “The Art of Disability Culture” runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 3160 21st Street. For more info, go here.

Closing reception for The Mission Street Stories

The Mission Street Stories, the exhibition, is still running, and its closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 3067 24th St.

For more info, go here.

Giordano Bros. closing

After a 10-year run at 3108 16th St., Giordano Bros., the sports bar and restaurant, has its last day on Feb. 27. You can read about it in our piece here.

A campaign to restore Mission mural

Muralist Juana Alicia Araiza has launched a campaign to raise the $70,000 she needs to restore the faded Para Las Rosas mural on Treat Avenue. You can read about it in our piece here.

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REPORTER. Yujie Zhou is our newest reporter and came on as an intern after graduating from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a full-time staff reporter as part of the Report for America program that helps put young journalists in newsrooms. Before falling in love with the Mission, Yujie covered New York City, studied politics through the “street clashes” in Hong Kong, and earned a wine-tasting certificate in two days. She’s proud to be a bilingual journalist. Follow her on Twitter @Yujie_ZZ.

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