Noe Valley Voice March 2013

Short Takes

Peter Hart at the Democratic Club

Nationally known policy wonk Peter Hart will speak to the Noe Valley Democratic Club Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 725 Diamond St.

Hart will discuss the modern information age and how government and public policy can adopt or obstruct it.

Since 1989, Hart Research Associates has provided NBC News and the Wall Street Journal with public opinion polling information. The company also provides strategic consulting to nonprofits, political campaigns, and commercial businesses.

Hart is a frequent guest on the Today Show, Meet the Press, and the PBS News Hour. Most recently, he has lectured on public policy at Duke University and U.C. Berkeley.

All are welcome, though seats may fill quickly. There is street parking and a lot on the 24th Street side of the church.

For more information, email info@­

—Heather World


San Francisco Hill by William Campbell will be among the paintings at an art sale and benefit on March 14.

Art Sale to Aid Poor Seniors

A rarely seen collection of paintings by the late Noe Valley artists Frank Brown and William Campbell will be offered for sale this month at a fundraiser to benefit Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Anne’s Home on Lake Street.

The March 14 exhibit and sale also will feature original photography and artwork by other Bay Area artists, including a watercolor by Dianne Feinstein, better known for her endeavors as the senior U.S. senator from California.

Diane Wilsey, president of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will preside over the charity’s first annual Fine Arts Sale and Cocktail Reception.

The philanthropist and art patron said she does not own any Brown or Campbell canvases. “Maybe after the event,” Wilsey said with a laugh.

The focal point of the fundraiser will be approximately three dozen Brown and Campbell compositions. The longtime partners painted nearly 800 canvases between 1930 and 2000, but most were kept in their 21st Street home and out of the public eye. Their works are seascapes, landscapes, and figurative portraits in a variety of styles ranging from traditional to impressionist to abstract/modern.

Campbell, who studied at the California School of Fine Arts and taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland where Brown was one of his students, died in 1985 at 71 years of age. Brown continued painting until his death in 2000 at age 78.

Little Sisters of the Poor provides residential and skilled nursing care to 86 seniors.

Tickets are $125 for the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes cocktails and a dinner buffet. The affair will be held at St. Anne’s Home, 300 Lake St.

For more information on the sale or the artists, email Marisa Mizono at or visit

—Corrie M. Anders


Beyond the Rainbow Flag

Help a tourist and share your love of the Castro by becoming a Castro Ambassador this summer.

The program is in its third year, and organizer Andrea Aiello hopes to attract 50 volunteers—twice as many as last year—to help bewildered map-toting visitors get their bearings. She knows there is no shortage of candidates.

“There are people who have lived here for 40 years who are so proud of the Castro and want to share that love,” said Aiello, executive director of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District.

Ambassadors have signature blue T-shirts and a booth with handouts, so tourists wanting a little neighborhood history beyond the giant rainbow flag can easily find them.

Many volunteers will already know the answers without needing to consult flyers. They’ve taken the quiz: “I have two hours, what should I do?” “Can you recommend a place to sit outside and have lunch?” “Where is Harvey’s camera shop?”

For the rest, there is the “Best of the Castro” handout, translated into Italian, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese. It lists places of interest like the GLBT History Museum, places to hike, and Pink Triangle Park and Memorial.

“The tourists are delighted that we have something to hand to them in their own language,” Aiello said.

Ambassadors work in pairs for one- to two-hour shifts, usually on the weekends between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., mid-May to late October. Aiello can accommodate those who need to work weekday shifts instead, but those are less likely to be staffed by pairs, she said.

Training, Castro-specific brochures, and a uniform are provided. Please contact Aiello at 415-500-1181 or

—Heather World


Summer Resource Fair

Learn about summer programs for everyone from tots to teens at this year’s Summer Resource Fair Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Everett Middle School, 450 Church St.

From week-away camps to one-day art classes, the full range of San Francisco’s summer options will be represented. There will also be staff from family service agencies and educational support services on hand.

Free workshops will be offered throughout the day, including Choosing a Quality Summer Program at noon, led by Afterschool for All. A summary of Recreation and Park Department summer programs begins at 1 p.m. At 11 a.m., the city-funded Kindergarten to College program will host a workshop focusing on saving for college.

The fair serves teens as well. There will be information about summer jobs and a workshop to help them find one: Job Applications: How to Stand Out in a Stack starts at 11:30 a.m.

Last year, the fair drew more than 1,000 people, and organizers expect to see up to 2,000 this year, thanks to more extensive outreach.

Limited paid parking is available, and Everett is also easily accessed from the J-Church, F-Market, and 24-Divisadero Muni lines.

The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families,, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the city’s Recreation and Park Department. For more information, visit

—Heather World