Noe Valley Voice September 2012

Short Takes

Outside Lands, Noe Style

Bands, barbecue, and a bouncy house will delight children and adults alike at the ninth annual Music in the Park Saturday, Sept. 8, just in time for the San Francisco summer.

Catch the free fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Noe Courts Park at 24th and Douglass streets. Upper Noe Recreation Center staff will organize a dodgeball game, the Noe Valley Democratic Club will organize a voting registry, and veteran master of ceremonies Michael Capozzola will organize the rest.

Headlining bands include local indie rockers District 8 and the Cadigan Dynamic, a jazz band comprised of local high school graduates. Dancing on the lawn is definitely permitted.

Like last year, Chef Pierre and Chef Doug will be flipping burgers and making sure the hot dogs are hot. To create a balanced meal, there will also be potato chips, sweets, and soda (and water and juice).

This year, Noe new kid DAVIDsTEA joined the Valley Tavern to sponsor the show. Any net proceeds will go to Friends of Noe Valley, which hosts this event and other neighborhood parties throughout the year. Check for more bands and kids’ activities at their website,

—By Heather World


A Free School Primer for Parents

The Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center will reprise its popular elementary school fair on Sunday, Sept. 23, with a full day of activities to help families size up the best schools for their children.

“It’s a great place to gather information about the educational options,” said Friends volunteer Kate Haug.

The free fair will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Upper Noe Recreation Center, 295 Day St. (between Church and Sanchez streets).

The event will feature public, private, charter, and parochial schools from San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods and southern commute corridors. That means schools in Noe Valley, Glen Park, Eureka Valley, Bernal Heights, and Potrero Hill, and along Market Street and Interstate 280.

Last year, representatives from more than 40 schools set up tables laden with information and fielded questions from more than 350 families.

 To help explain complicated public school options, Parents for Public Schools will host three free workshops.

Offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. will be “Enrollment Basics and Marketing Your School,” a workshop aimed at current public school parents. At 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., PPS will hold one-hour workshops on the enrollment process and lottery system, with a focus on elementary and transitional kindergarten requirements. Families can sign up for the workshops at

In addition to Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center, sponsors of the fair include Children’s Day School, Stratford School, Whole Foods Market Noe Valley, and

 For more information about the fair, contact Kate Haug at or 415-647-8567.

—By Corrie M. Anders


Chance to Shine for Talented Tweens

Tween singers, dancers, musicians, and actors are invited to enter the Noe’s Got Talent Show, a family-friendly toe-tapping competition scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., at Upper Noe Recreation Center.

Hosted by Noe Valley Smiles and Braces, the show’s $2 suggested entry fee will benefit the recreation center, said spokeswoman Nicole Smith.

“We take care of their teeth, but we also want to make sure they are safe and healthy and have somewhere to go after school,” she said.

Children ages 8 to 13 are invited to sign up by calling the Smiles office at 415-678-5445. Routines will be due Monday, Sept. 17, at noon, and must be pre-approved by a talent show committee. For more information, visit or call or drop by Smiles and Braces at 3932 24th St.

Details were still being hashed out at press time, but the three to five winners will get gift packages stuffed with prizes like iTunes cards and lessons by local artists, Smith said. And free orthodontics, of course.

—By Heather World