Neighborhood Notes
Neighborhood Notes. Graphic by Carolyn Stein.

826 Valencia block party

Have you ever been to 826 Valencia, AKA the writing center that doubles as a pirate supply store? If you haven’t, you should definitely go. And their upcoming block party is the perfect opportunity to get to know the nonprofit!  

This Saturday, Aug. 27, from 12 to 4 p.m., 826 Valencia will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Valencia Street between 19th and 20th streets. The day will be filled with carnival games, live music, giant board games and readings by student authors. Register for free here

Cumbia Takeover

Don’t walk, dance on over to Kimbara at 3380 19th St., between Mission and Capp streets, this Thursday and every Thursday for a cumbia takeover! The cumbia class begins at 9:15 p.m., AND get your first drink for free when you attend! You can get tickets ahead of time and pay $5, or get your tickets at the door and pay $10. 

Free South

San Francisco Parks Alliance, in collaboration with Noisepop, will host Due South, a free outdoor concert series. The concerts will take place at the historic Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. The first artists, Marbledeye and Deafheaven, will perform August 27. Thao and Ruby Ibarra will perform Sept. 17. The final concert will take place Oct. 8 and will feature Ozomatli and La Misa Negra. All the concerts begin at 3 p.m. There will also be catering from local businesses and a bike valet. 

More information about Due South can be found here

Pop-up artist table and Artwalk

The Drawing Room, a local gallery with locations at 780 Valencia St. and 210 Clement St., will be participating in ARTWALK SF, in the Inner Richmond, on Sept. 3 from noon to 5 p.m. 

As part of the event, The Drawing room is looking for a few maker-artists to set up a pop-up table in “The Drawing Zone.” If you are an artist and you want to participate in “The Drawing Zone,” email Renée DeCarlo at for more information. 

Sofar Sounds at Manny’s 

Discover new local artists through a Sofar Sounds program at Manny’s this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy live music. More details can be found here

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema lineup

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema returns next month with a lineup full of short films, animation, music videos and documentaries. The first film screening will be on Sept. 9 at the Bernal Recreation Center. The next screening will be on Sept. 10 at Precita Park. The third and final screening will be held at Bernal Heights Park on Sept. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. for all three screenings, and the film starts rolling at 7 p.m. All the screenings are free. More information can be found here.

Live music and fundraiser at Slate

Come enjoy cocktails and live music from the local band Magic School Busk all while supporting two important causes. Trisha Thadani, reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, will co-host a fundraiser with the band Magic School Busk on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m at Slate, at 16th and Mission streets. 

Thadani will be fundraising for the Liberation Institute, a local organization that provides free and discounted therapy to those who otherwise would not have been able to afford it. Magic School Busk will be fundraising for EduSkate, a youth-outreach and after-school program at the SF Skate Club Hub that provides middle school and high school students with homework support, arts enrichment, mentoring and a safe space.

Tickets to the event are available here

Precita Eyes Muralists youth arts courses

Precita Eyes Muralists will host a youth drawing and painting class Tuesdays from Sept. 13 to Oct. 18. This class, designed for kids age 6 to 13, will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. One class costs $15, but the whole course is $90. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Register here.

Precita Eyes Muralists will also host an urban youth graffiti and muralism course from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20. Learn wildstyle lettering, street art, and the craft of painting outdoors every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. One class costs $15, but the whole course is $90. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Register here.

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Intern reporter. Carolyn grew up in Los Angeles. She previously served as a desk editor for her college newspaper The Stanford Daily. When she's not reporting, you can find her going on an unnecessarily long walk.

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