I got this message from Walk SF, which is promoting a “Walk to Work Day.”
On Friday, April 12, San Francisco launches the nation’s first ever Walk to Work Day. All it takes to participate is walking fifteen minutes of your commute. Wherever you are in the city, you can share your experience by following us on twitter.com/walksf or instagram.com/walksf and posting with the #walk2work hash tag. You can also like us at facebook.com/walksf and share the attached image on your timeline or make it your profile picture.
Or, you and your friends can stop by one of our official Hubs between 7:30 and 10 a.m. where we’ll also be handing out “I Walked to Work” stickers and FREE Clipper cards pre-loaded with a ride home.
Not only will you get some energy and exercise, you’ll also help reduce the city’s carbon emissions and get FREE perks at certain coffee shops and other local businesses (here’s a map with all the sites and details).
After work, you can head over to Show Dogs for happy hour and a chance to win one of the Walk to Work Day contests:
- “Best Shoe Bling” – take a picture and post to Twitter/Instagram with #walk2work hash tag, then follow us to see if you’ve won
- “Longest Walk Commute” – post to Twitter with #walk2work hash tag, or on the Walk SF Facebook fan page
- “Most Interesting Sight” – take a picture and post to Twitter/Instagram with #walk2work hash tag, then follow us to see if you’ve won
- “Most Employees Participating” – post to Twitter with #walk2work hash tag, or on the Walk SF Facebook fan page (there’s even a free employer toolkit you can download with resources to encourage participation)
If you’re interested, there’s more information on Walk to Work Day, check out walk2workday.org and they’re happy to respond to questions.
I was in West Portal yesterday, and saw this poster for the annual street fair. It’s always worth a visit, if you like arts and crafts, or are looking for a unique gift for someone. I try to go each year. Here are links to my posts from previous years.
Right now, there’s not much up there. If you have comments, stories, blog-posts or pictures to contribute, so much the better. It’s at https://www.facebook.com/groups/590570520956031/
There’s a new platform for groups in town: Nextdoor. It’s like our Forest Knolls Neighborhood Yahoo Group, but unlike that, no one can be anonymous. Nextdoor is a closed group, and you can only join if you live within a specified neighborhood. They verify addresses and everyone uses their real names. Our Forest Knolls Nextdoor group will only launch if we can get at least 4 more members in the next week. We have a sort of pilot going on now. I’ve heard some reports from people in other neighborhoods who like NextDoor.
(Me, I’ve joined both. The Forest_Knolls_Neighborhood Yahoo Group and NextDoor.)
Here’s an FAQ – and if you have more questions, post them to comments and either I’ll answer them or someone from NextDoor will.
1. How is this different from the Forest Knolls Yahoo Group that anyone can join?
Two main differences: First, it’s not anonymous; everyone who joins gives their name and address.
Second, it has more functions – it can have subgroups, like for instance a dog-owners group, or a parents group. Here’s a list:
- A neighborhood directory, which is built on top of real profile pages, making it possible to really get to know your neighbors (as well as having a dynamically updated directory of contact info).
- A neighborhood map.
- The ability to create public or private groups (sub-groups) within the neighborhood or to communicate with people who live near you but outside the neighborhood through the Nearby Neighborhoods feature.
- The ability for users to control their email settings based on the types of messages they want to receive.
- An Urgent Alerts feature, which makes it possible to blast out urgent information (emergency, crime, etc.) by text message as well as email.
- A Recommendations section which archives recommendations by category making it much easier to browse and find information over time.
- Event functionality with RSVPs.
- Classifieds and Free Items categories which makes this kind of exchange easier and more efficient than a purely message based solution.
- A dedicated Crime and Safety section.
2. How do I join?
You need an invitation, and then once you agree to join, your address needs to be verified. (This can be done by credit card – not with a charge, just for address verification – or by postcard.) If you click on this link, I’ll invite you to sign up: https://forestknolls.nextdoor.com/invitation_email/?is=navbar
You can learn more at http://www.nextdoor.com
3. Why should I join?
It’s an easy way to stay in touch with neighbors, and start discussions about things that are important to the neighborhood. For instance, if we want to start a discussion about the new route-plan for the 36-Teresita, we could do so.
4. Can we post photographs and documents?
Yes, you can add one attachment to an original post. (More functionality may be added later on.)
5. How private is it, anyway?
Well, it’s a private forum. Anyone who lives within the community and joins Nextdoor Forest Knolls can read it. If you choose to publish a post to nearby neighborhoods instead of just Forest Knolls, people in nearby neighborhoods can read it as well. There’s nothing to stop anyone from cutting and pasting and sending a message to other people. So you can post things there that you don’t necessarily want to tell the whole world – but I wouldn’t recommend putting anything on that’s *really* private.
6. Does it cost anything?
No, Nextdoor is free. Later on they may add advertisements from local business to support the service. (The company intends to focus on local businesses as much as possible.)
Yesterday, we visited the Legion of Honor. They have an exhibition of Royal Treasures from the Louvre, a collection of opulent artifacts and woven wall hangings. There’s an inlaid stone table-top that is quite incredible; if you go, be sure to notice the pomegranate seeds…
The other highlights were a collection of cups and jugs carved out of semi-precious stones like amethyst and agate and lapis lazuli; and a collection of elegant and ornate snuff-boxes that reminded me of pictures of Faberge easter eggs. The whole exhibition, with its emphasis on rich, fine work reminded me of displays I’ve seen of Moghul art, where a similar dynamic was on display – artisans patronized by a wealthy court, trying to out-do each other in the brilliance and detail of their work.
Somehow, though, in a museum, it just seemed out of context. I’ve visited Versailles once, and there it would have all made sense.
THREE BIRDS IN A FOUNTAIN
On the way in, we walked past the big fountain at the Legion of Honor. It’s pretty devoid of life – the water is too deep for birds, and there’s nothing there. So I was surprised when I thought I saw a blackbird dive in. Of course I was mistaken. There was no bird, dead or alive, in the water.
On the way back, from the other side of the fountain, I saw what happened. The birds were flying under the rim into the overflow gutter, which had just enough water to make a useful bird-bath. I watched for a few minutes, and saw several birds do the same thing.
A message from Barbara Oleksiw, who stages wonderful free volunteer-driven events in her house on the corner of Irving and 6th… she’s collecting books for her annual Book Blast. If you have old books that need a new home… drop them off!
We’re now collecting for the Inner Sunset Third Usually-Annual Book Blast.
This year, the event will be a full weekend, Saturday/Sunday, April 27 & 28
at the NW corner of Irving & Sixth; Noon until exhaustion.
Feel free to drop books NOW at 1297 Sixth Ave. in our sheltered doorway, in bags/boxes, not too heavy to make my eyes pop out. If necessary, we can pick up your donations, just call. We’d love kids’ books, fiction, dictionaries, books, psychology, science, cookbooks, travel, maps, books, videos, biographies, books, CDs, DVDs, books, paperbacks, history, and books!
**please note: we canNOT accept text books, encyclopedias or magazines, unfortunately.**
This is not a charity event, or a swap and no money will be exchanged…
It is our neighborhood’s effort to recycle books.
Leftover books will be donated to the SF Public Library for their annual fundraiser.
Volunteers *very* welcome (err…needed!) Pls call Barbara: 188.8.131.52