Forest Knolls Holiday Party – December 9, 2018

Just in case you didn’t get the Forest Knolls annual holiday party flyer in your mailbox, here is the information.

The Forest Knolls Holiday Party is set for Sunday, 12/9, from 4-8pm with a dinner buffet at 5pm. The event will be held at the Armenian Church at 275 Olympia Way, next to our fire station.
If you plan to attend, PLEASE RSVP to There’s a form to be filled in and mailed to Forest Knolls Neighborhood Organization, PO Box 31387, SF 94131 (or you can email  Adults are $25/person, kids are free. Photos of the front and back of the flyer are given below.

Questions? Just email


Forest Knolls Holiday Party – Dec 18, 2016

christmas-treeWalter Caplan of the Forest Knolls Neighborhood Organization asked me to post this “save the date” for the Forest Knolls Holiday Party. It’ll be at the Armenian Church at 275 Olympia Way, on Dec 18 at 4 p.m. – with snacks, dinner, Santa, and gifts for children.

Unlike previous years, there’ll be a $10 per adult charge to cover costs. Children are free! If you wish to attend, please fill in the form below (or still better, in the linked PDF file) and mail it in with your check.

(Download the PDF here: forest-knolls-christmas-2016-save-the-date2a )



Forest Knolls Winter Holiday Party – Dec 7th, 2014

Neighbors Siobhan, Laura and Walter are organizing a Holiday party for Forest Knollsians (Knollites? Knollers?) on Sunday Dec 7th at 3.30 p.m.  It’s at the City Forest Lodge at 254 Laguna Honda Boulevard.

There’ll be Santa Claus and gifts for the little ones.

FK xmas party flyer 2014Here’s the PDF in case you want to download and print the flyer:Forest Knolls Christmas 2014 leaflet

Awesome Holiday Decorations at Greenview (Midtown Terrace)

Every year, the neighbors at Greenview in Midtown Terrace put up holiday decorations. The sheer exuberance of the decorations is so wonderfully festive and cheerful, each year around this time I start thinking about it and wondering when it’ll go up. On my shopping runs, I start to detour via Dellbrook to check it out. And then, magically, one evening it’s there! It stays up through Christmas, certainly, and maybe through New Year. (I’m not sure.)

They’re up now.

left side of GreenviewIt begins with a string of colored lights across the street, creating an entrance. And then nearly every house has bright lighting, on both sides of the street.

right side of GreenviewAnd at the bottom of the cul-de-sac, there’s a wonderful display of lights draped over berry bushes, and a tableau that includes a menorah, duly lit by number of days, a dreidl, and a Nativity scene.

happy holidays with menorah and santa

There there are a couple of elves, the north pole, and Santa and his reindeer. And a snowman.  And a sign saying, “Happy Holidays

Here’s what it looked like in earlier years: 2009 and 2010,  20112012  And of course, it’s much brighter and more awesome in real life… these little picture just can’t capture the scene and the ambiance.

Once again, thanks, Greenview neighbors!

It’s the Season!

The decorations are up everywhere… wreaths and lights and Santas and menorahs.

Down in West Portal, my favorite’s the Manor Coffee shop, which does wonderfully homely over-the-top seasonal decor every year. It’s got everything this year – star-shaped lights and Snoopy and a Nutcracker, and even a Santa breaking through the ceiling.

Of course Union Square is all brightly lit, and as usual there are puppies and kittens up for adoption in the Macy’s windows, causing a traffic jam as people stop to squeal over the cuteness . Tiffany has a carousel theme, and Neiman Marcus the huge tree in the front atrium.

But the one I liked best was simple and ethereal in the upper windows of Bulgari – floating candles.

Over in the Westfield shopping center, it’s looking a lot like Christmas, too. It’s busy and bright, and pleasant to wander through. They have an interesting light show around 6 p.m. every evening this season: colored lights and pictures are projected into the dome.  The images of toys and candy are for kids, but what fascinated me was the precision and the alignment.

Before the actual show starts, they project colors into the dome, making it look like stained glass. But the compartments are actually the inner sculpting, and the lights sort of color them in. It would be so easy to get this wrong – but they don’t.

Our neighbors in Midtown Terrace have Santa’s Court lit up again like last year and the year before.

And in our own neighborhood, someone’s put wreathes and bows on our entrance signs. Thanks, whoever did it.

Happy Holidays to all!