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Embarcadero hosts Sunday Streets opener March 8; no vehicles allowed

  Sunday Streets are events that encourage recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco, and Sunday Streets on the Embarcadero is the annual season opener from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8. It is one of the longest Sunday Streets routes, opening over three miles of streets along the waterfront for residents and visitors to enjoy. Please note that the northbound lanes of Embarcadero from Powell Street to King Street, and King Street to 3rd Street will be closed during this time and parked vehicles towed. Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Coinciding with Sunday Streets, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 will host a variety of family-friendly activities. There are tons of activities all along this … Read Full Article

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Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation for @Large. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz closing April 26

In the five months since it opened, artist Ai Weiwei’s acclaimed exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz has attracted more than half a million visitors from across the world. Organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the exhibition features seven sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works installed across four … Read Full Article

The Queen Elizabeth and Star Princess were both in port on Feb. 7, 2015. Photo by Geri Koeppel./

Port of San Francisco featured on world cruise itineraries

  Three prominent cruise ships visited San Francisco in recent weeks as a featured port on round-the-world cruises, giving adventurous travelers the opportunity to explore the globe in the comfort of a luxury liner. All three ships are owned by Carnival Corporation; one is operated by P&O Cruises – Arcadia – and two are operated by Cunard Line – Queen Elizabeth and Queen … Read Full Article

(Left to right) District 17 California State Assemblyman David Chiu, GGTA President Bill Hannan, District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen, BCNA President Bob Harrer and FOGG chairman Lee Radner spoke at the group's annual membership meeting Feb. 21.Photo by Geri Koeppel.

GGTA news: Housing, transportation, security, development key issues at annual membership meeting

Affordable housing, transportation, building security and area development were a few key issues at the annual membership meeting of the Golden Gateway Tenants Association, which ran from about 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the banquet room of L'Olivier Restaurant. Speakers included GGTA President Bill Hannan, who moderated the meeting; David Chiu, former District 3 supervisor and San … Read Full Article

Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach will be featured on a walking tour of North Beach on Oct. 4. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

SFPD’s Operation Sober Square helping to improve Washington Square Park

  Washington Square Park is a jewel of North Beach, nestled in the shadow of the regal Saints Peter and Paul Church and attracting everyone from exercise groups to sunbathers to people playing Frisbee with their dogs. But the lovely, shaded park also has been increasingly appealing to those who are chronically inebriated. And that causes problems for everyone else. SFPD Central … Read Full Article

Ferry Building illuminated for the Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915. Courtesy of the California Historical Society, Herman S. Hoyt Collection, CHS2013.1269

Year-long 1915 Expo centennial celebration kicks off Feb. 20

The centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) officially kicks off Friday, Feb. 20 with three days filled with spectacular events, activities, exhibitions, historic light displays and entertainment for history buffs, innovators and families that will bring to life the spirit and innovation of the 1915 World’s Fair. And in a civic ceremony starting at 5:30 … Read Full Article

North Beach will be party central Sept. 21 with the Telegraph Hill Dwellers block party and NEXT Village SF's Jazz in the Village. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

Proposed refreshment kiosk at Coit Tower stirs controversy

  A new concession building is planned for outside Coit Tower, and as with nearly anything planned for Telegraph Hill, controversy has ensued. San Francisco Recreation and Park and Coit Tower LLC, the concessionaire for the tower, would like to build a removable refreshment kiosk outside for selling water, soft drinks and snacks. Right now, the company sells merchandise at a gift shop … Read Full Article

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SFPD newsletter: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

SFPD Central Station Capt. David Lazar wishes everyone "Gung Hay Fat Choy" in anticipation of the Lunar New Year. He also reminds everyone that the monthly captain's meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Carlton Hotel, 1075 Sutter St. The meetings are always held from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month; the venue varies. Also, read about "Operation Sober Square," an … Read Full Article