Tuesday, August 6, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Free
Imagine how much fun it could be going down the “cha-cha slide” with your neighborhood police captain or playing hopscotch with McGruff the Crime Dog. That’s the mood this week for National Night Out – an event focused on building and nurturing friendly relationships between residents, small businesses and law enforcement.
“National Night Out is about our relationship with the community,” said the San Francisco police sergeant. Adam Lobsinger. “We understand that we have a job to do. We must prevent crime, make arrests and conduct investigations. But our work doesn’t stop there, and we believe there’s a whole other side of policing that is engaging officers in the community.”
During National Night Out, traditionally held on the first Tuesday of August, neighborhoods host block parties, parades, cookouts, and various events.
San Francisco goes all out in true party fashion with some celebrations. For example, the first 350 people to visit Herz Playground in Ingleside will receive a free barbecue and a chance to win tickets to the Golden State Warriors. Citywide, the Bayview Opera House will host a talent show, a kids’ zone, a resource fair and offer free food. There will also be a barbecue, backpack giveaway and motorcycle show at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Fillmore District.
According to Lobsinger, all SF police district departments will participate. So if you fancy getting out and connecting with your neighborhood, check out the full list of National Night Out venues.
“As we connect with the community when it’s not in need, we quickly find that although we sometimes have disagreements, we all work together to build a better San Francisco,” Lobsinger added.
– Meaghan Mitchell
Randall Museum, Museumsweg 199
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m | Free
We’ve all heard the mantra: “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” Today, nearly 30 local artists are taking it to the next level in the Randall Museum exhibit. ReImagine: The Art of Sustainable Thinking. The museum has partnered with SCRAP, a local reuse center and non-profit arts education organization, to exhibit over 60 pieces made from recycled materials. The exhibition runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through August 31 and is suitable for all ages. It’s a great way to show your kids that recycling can be cool. (CE)
750 Howard St., Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Free
Finding green space can be difficult in downtown San Francisco. So why not take a tour of the outdoor art collection housed on the expansive lawns of Yerba Buena Gardens? Nestled at the foot of soaring skyscrapers just one block south of Market Street, the gardens are an important artistic and cultural presence in the city. These public artworks are closely associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., indigenous peoples and San Francisco’s maritime past. The tour promises to be both educational and impactful. (BF)
Atlas Cafe, 3049 20th St.
Thursday, August 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m | Free
As crypto continues to grow in popularity — particularly in the Bay Area — being able to properly talk about it is more important than ever. Chainlink, a San Francisco-based tech company, wants to help you become fluent. The free workshop is aimed at beginners and explains – in simple terms – buzzwords such as smart contracts and blockchain. After adding new skills to your professional repertoire, there’s an opportunity to join the Chainlink network and the other like-minded learners – plus food, drink and exclusive loot. (CE)
Lighthouse for the Blind, 1115 Market St.
Friday, August 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free
The American Red Cross and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired have partnered to conduct a blood drive this Friday. Centrally located on Market Street, a few blocks north of the Civic Center, this ride is an opportunity to do something good in the world. Maintaining a robust blood supply is a matter of life and death for medical patients in need. So take some time on your Friday to donate. If you have questions about your eligibility, you can contact the American Red Cross Blood. (BF)
Friday, August 5, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Free
The San Francisco Public Library invites you to join the conversation Suzanne Cope about her new book, “Power-hungry: Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer women and their struggle to feed a movement.” Also join is Cleo Silver the main theme of Cope’s book, which details the Black Panther Party’s efforts to feed their community in times of need. The program is said to have fed more children than the state of California at the time. Absent from the event but present in the book is the story of Aylene Quin, who used her restaurant in McComb, Mississippi to feed the hungry and host meetings for civil rights leaders and activists, and became a leader herself. Thousands of miles and a handful of years separate Silvers and Quin with a story: how food—when consumed by women—can be a powerful and essential tool for lasting social and political change. (XL)
Taube Family Auditorium, 110 The Embarcadero
Friday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | $10-$20
The specter of climate change looms, especially when record-breaking temperatures aren’t even that special anymore. COOL: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming was written by Paola Gianturco and her 12 year old granddaughter Avery Sangster as the first book to document the work that women climate leaders have been doing around the world, from Sweden to Hong Kong. And on August 5, they will have a conversation together with the Commonwealth Club of California Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit climate activist from the Arctic. This intergenerational event will use the stories and experiences of these climate leaders of all ages as inspiration. (XL)
Muriel Leff Mini Park, 420 7th Ave.
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m | Free
It seems like construction projects in San Francisco never end. A neighborhood-wide lead could be the answer. Bring friends, neighbors and pets to Muriel Leff Mini Park and help the San Francisco Parks Alliance start their next landscaping project. They provide snacks, drinks, and shovels; They provide hands. All they ask of you is to bring a pair of gardening gloves and get dirty – you can go home knowing that you did something good that weekend. (CE)
San Francisco Public Library, 3223 Ortega St.
Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Free
You don’t need a green thumb to participate in the bi-monthly plant swap, held at the Ortega Library branch in the Outer Sunset. Bring a houseplant or an outdoor plant to the library’s outdoor deck with ocean views and bring another one home! And if you just have a budding interest in plants, just bring yours and learn more about what you can grow based on your lifestyle, neighborhood, and own aesthetic. (GL)
Maker Studio Kids, 1334 Haight St.
Saturday, August 6th, 1 – 3 p.m. | $45
Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world, which is why upcycling old clothes and accessories is now more important than ever. This creative, hands-on sewing workshop will introduce you to the basic skills you need to make a small handbag out of recycled material. Resources are provided by SilkRoll, an upscale designer clothing exchange program, and the tools you acquire will help you transform old and found clothing items into something stylish and eco-friendly. (BF)
Saturday, August 6, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m | Free
This year marks the 77th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Join writers, activists and professionals from the fields of technology and international relations for an evening talk about technology used in the military, the ethics behind it and how big tech works Businesses can make a difference in the world. The event is hosted by Ethics InTech, an activist group aiming to raise awareness of the ethical use of technology, sustainable environmental practices and labor rights in the tech industry. (JT)
Japantown Peace Plaza, 1581 Webster St.
6 & 7 August, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Free
In neighborhoods like Japantown, the pandemic dampened the lively energy of storefronts, street vendors and restaurants. But for the 48th consecutive year, the Nihonmachi Street Fair will light up the city as brightly as ever, making a comeback with its Summer of Love theme. There’s an area for everyone to enjoy: Doggie World, Asian Artisans and even a special Sounds of Thunder Car Show, all accompanied by hours of live music with new DJs every hour. (CE)
Featuring: Blue Fay, Charlotte Ehrlich, Garrett Leahy, Jiyun Tsai, Meaghan Mitchell, Ximena Loeza.