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Saturday in the Park Makes Examiner’s Front Page!

http://www.sfexaminer.com/guardians-of-the-park/

In the late 1990s, Linda D’Aviro and Linda Litehiser — neighborhood activists who are collectively known as “The Lindas” — wondered why the amphitheater in San Francisco’s McLaren Park was never used.

“I couldn’t believe how empty it was. It was so sad,” said Litehiser, a resident of the Mission Terrace neighborhood, recalling how in the 1980s-90s, the theater was largely abandoned and had rotting benches.

Today, the venue is brimming with music, celebrating its fourth annual “Saturday in the Park” concert series on weekends through Oct. 22.

Having put in thousands of volunteer hours over more than a decade to help revitalize the venue, D’Aviro and Litehiser are pleased with their grassroots success in bringing people and music to the theater, which hosts Cocker Power, a Joe Cocker tribute band, headlining Saturday’s show.

But they still have more to do.

“We are ladies in our golden years. We need to take this to the next level,” said D’Aviro, who has lived in Crocker Amazon since 1989, and, along with Litehiser, are Friends of the Amphitheater’s most active members.

The women — who have written “their fair share of grants” and still do everything from cutting checks to storing tents in their garages — obtained $30,000 to fund the concerts. Support comes from corporate sponsor Airbnb, as well as the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Their goal is to set up a foundation, similar to the one supporting Stern Grove’s free concerts, to keep their program sustainable.

After looking at models from all over the country, they’ve conquered many initial hurdles, including safety.

“The challenge of the amphitheater is that it’s in a bucolic setting. You can’t see it from any road,” said Litehiser.

Working with police at the Ingleside Station and parks advocates, they fashioned a security program that volunteers can execute, which addresses the potentially dangerous five-to-10-minute walk from the parking lot to the 750-seat theater.

They’ve also helped other organizations, including the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, navigate the “daunting” permitting process required to use the theater.

Among their early triumphs was their role in naming the facility the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in 2005 (the late Grateful Dead leader was born and raised in the Excelsior) at a bash with then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, Jefferson Starship and Wavy Gravy. It was two years after Friends of McLaren Park hosted the first “Jerry Day,” an event designed to bring neighbors to the 318-acre park and theater.

More recent renovations include four handicapped parking spots, improvements to the seating and stage, and the park’s first restrooms.

With more stable funding, plans include increasing lighting and landscaping to accommodate booths, food trucks and “other amenities you take for granted when you go to a concert,” D’Aviro said.

Perhaps the advocates are most proud to present local musicians playing many genres. “We’ve done everything from big band and the Great American Songbook to Bollywood and Celtic Dead music,” D’Aviro added.

They also point to the upcoming “great, fourth annual” blues show (in the mid-1970s, the theater was home to blues festivals) and extensive programs for young kids, including a popular September show with a stroller corral rather than bicycle parking.

Most importantly, they want to continue to get the word out to those still unaware of the extraordinary natural area in their neighborhood.

“We don’t need to make sure that somebody from the Marina knows about it, but do for someone who lives five blocks away,” Litehiser said, admitting that public transit to the theater is difficult even for people living nearby.

“People who have never gone to a concert before often go on a hike afterward,” said Litehiser, referring to the trails, views, picnic grounds, lake and reservoir in the park, which is “like the wild, west end of Golden Gate Park.”

Enjoying the customer service aspect of her many volunteer duties, D’Aviro said, “We welcome people. It’s really about joy and happiness.”

Both of “The Lindas,” as they have come to be known, added: “What it’s all about is to come and spend the day with us; it’s really a wonderful place.”

IF YOU GO

Saturday in the Park Concert Series

Where: Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 45 John F. Shelley Drive,
McLaren Park, S.F.

When: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 22

Admission: Free

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/mclarenparksf/

LINEUP

Saturday: Cocker Power; Rock Candy with Lindsey Boullt, Jason Muscat, Tony Patel-Dunn and Bryan Turner; Lost Comet with Sharon Pucci (rock ’n’ roll)

Oct. 15: Back Porch Band; Beauty Operators String Band; Canyon Johnson, Windy Hill Bluegrass Band (bluegrass)

Oct. 22: Diva Ladee Chico with the Saturday in the Park House Band; The Groove Riders; Bobbie “Spider” Webb Band (blues concert, amphitheater opening 45th anniversary party)

 

 

Saturday in the Park Fundraiser – Friday September 16th 6-8PM – Gleneagles Golf Course “Old Peculiars” Clubhouse

GleneaglesIMG_3850Come enjoy pizza and your favorite beverage at Saturday in the Park McLaren’s fundraiser 6PM on Friday September 16th in the “Old Peculiars” Clubhouse at the Gleneagles Golf Course.

The Fundraiser will feature live music, raffle prizes and a chance to see and honor the work of the pre-apprentice program working to improve the grounds at Gleneagles.2016-08-27

Come and enjoy time with your friends and support both Saturday in the Park and Gleneagles at this fun Friday evening at Gleneagles Golf Course located at 2100 Sunnydale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134.

Laughing Monk Fundraiser Saturday in the Park – Thursday September 22nd 4-8PM

laughingmonk_breweryJoin us at Laughing Monk Brewery to support Saturday in the Park McLaren, a great free concert series.

Featuring:
– Live DJ
– Free Giveaways from Airbnb
– Free snacks

Laughing Monk Brewery will be donating $1 from each glass of beer we sell from 4-8pm.

see event invite at https://www.facebook.com/events/1847459262143979/

Laughing Monk Brewery is located at 1439 Egbert Ave, Unit A, 94124

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2016 Saturday in the Park McLaren Concerts Begin Saturday, August 20th

Sat in Park Poster Coming back for their 4th year of successful free afternoon concerts, Friends of the AMP (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park) announces 6 FREE outdoor concerts dates for the 2016 Saturday in the Park – McLaren music festival.

The Festival’s 6 shows run from  August 20th to October 22nd and, as in past years, offer music appealing to all ages and musical tastes, from salsa to blue bluegrass, rock, soul and more. The outdoor concerts also welcome back locals and fans of the bands, and introduce new concertgoers to San Francisco’s 2nd largest and natural park, the 318-acre John McLaren Park.

Friends of the AMP have been working closely with San Francisco Recreation and Parks to add new signage, repave the (free!) parking lot, and for dancing, a new smooth surface in front of the sta

August 20 – Percussionist Louie Romero y Mazacote kicks the Festival in gear at the first show with dancer-friendly blends of Salsa, Cha-Cha, Timba, Cuban Guajira and Puerto Rican Bomba. Added to the lineup is Alfonso Lopez performing songs encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe.

August 27 – a great R&B review called:  Acoustic Soul Fest- Vol. 2 celebrates the brilliant Soul Culture of the Bay Area, featuring San Francisco native and McLaren Park neighborhood resident, Martin Luther McCoy.

September 10 – The 4th Annual Kid’s’ Festival – Featuring The Not-Its, JAM with Charity Kahn, Tree Frog Treks, The Exploratorium, plus magic shows and nature programs, There will be 4 Hours (11am- 3pm)  of art, music, magic, science, hikes and dance and much more. Fun for the whole family to enjoy.

 October 8 – Let the Good Times Rock’n Roll Show! Four virtuoso bands of great musicians will take you on a three and a half hour ride of dance and sing-along music when we welcome Cocker Power –A Joe Cocker Tribute Band, guitarist Lindsey Boullt, Pucci and the Pups band and Big Rain– a Rockin’ Country and Blues group.

 October 15 – In mid-October we welcome back, by popular demand, a non-stop three hours of new and traditional tunes sung and played by several of our local troubadours at The Bluegrass Festival. The Bluegrass Festival is a non-stop afternoon of new and traditional tunes sung and played by The Back Porch Band, The Beauty Operators String Band, Canyon Johnson and The Windy Hill Bluegrass Band.

October 22 – The Blues Show – our season finale concert once again offers a great lineup of local bay area blues performers, including the dynamic Tia Carroll and Bobbie “Spider” Webb. This final show also celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Amphitheater with the annual Saturday in the Park Amphitheater Birthday Party.

Community Meeting Wed. Oct. 2 – Yosemite Creek Daylighting

Help us Plan the Upper Yosemite Creek Daylighting Project

From SFPUC

Photo of the Yosemite Watershed from 1938We need your help to identify the community’s priorities for daylighting Yosemite creek, such as community space and nature habitat opportunities. Join us for the community meeting to learn about creek daylighting and tell us what you want to see! Stop by the community open house anytime to learn more and provide input, and meet at the Yellow House for a site walking tour at 5:30pm to walk the project site and get more details about the project.

More info at the SFPUC Project Page

 

Picture of the Yellow House from 8.31.09

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Community Open House: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Site Walking Tour: 5:30pm

SFPUC Building – Yellow House, 401 University Street (at Bacon), San Francisco, CA 94134

4th Annual Kid’s Festival September 10th Featuring the Not-its and JAM with Charity Kahn!

The “Not-its!” and JAM with Charity Kahn @ Saturday in the Park – McLaren

Saturday, September 10, 11am-3pm

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

map ~ MUNI 29, 54 ~ getting there

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The 4th Annual Kid’s’ Festival – Featuring The Not-Its, JAM with Charity Kahn, Tree Frog Treks, nature programs, The Exploratorium, magic show with Magician Mike Della Penna and “On the Move” Children’s’ Storybook Theater, There will be 4 Hours (11am- 3pm)  of art, music, magic, science, hikes and dance and much more. Fun for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Come early and bring a picnic! Fun kid activities including face painting, art table, and more begins at 11am. Snacks and beverages will be for sale.

Come join the family fun in the afternoon McLaren sun!

 

More music and information about the band at their website,

JamJamJam.com

Latest event news at the Saturday In The Park Facebook Page

Return of the Blues @ Saturday in the Park – McLaren

Return of the Blues @ Saturday in the Park – McLaren

with The Stan Erhart Band / Alvon Johnson & the Allstars

Saturday, August 24, 2-4pm

map ~ MUNI 29, 54 ~ getting there

Don’t miss an afternoon of pure delicious blues on the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater stage in San Francisco’s John McLaren Park. Come and hear these knockout bands for free on the very stage that helped launch the SF Blues Festival!

The Stan Erhart Band starts the show at 2pm. This eclectic group of musicians will dish up some of their sizzling signature grooves, covering blues/r&b, rock, soul, and jazz. Stan and his crew (Damon Hope on drums, Keith Crossan on sax, Pat T on bass) will be there from 1 pm on, so come out and hang with them!

“Soulful vocals … scalding guitar.”

Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro / Blues Editor @ Mary4Music.com

Then at 3pm, Alvon Johnson and his Allstars will keep the groove flowing with another power hour of soulful blues. Alvon has performed with many well-known artists, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Bobby Day, and Otis Day and the Knights.

Your ears and feet won’t believe this double-dose explosion of blues talent…

so don’t miss it!

At this week’s show starting at 1pm… there will free face painting and a kids art table. Children’s drawings will be made part of the stage display. We will give out free bubble bottles to the first 20 children!

PACK A PICNIC BASKET…

GRAB A BLANKET…

PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES…

BRING THE KIDS…

and HAVE A GOOD TIME partying to the BLUES!

Produced by The Bayview’s “SF Art Everywhere“, Friends of the AMP, and supported by the SF Recreation and Parks DepartmentSF Parks Alliance, and the offices of Supervisors Cohen, Campos, and Avalos.