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Rev. Billy and Church of Stop Shopping: Our Colony Collapse?

March 29th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping were in San Francisco recently; they spoke of a yawning deadly silence surrounding climate change, why it is so very important to engage with one another and loudly address this life threatening issue in public now

OlyKraut Wins Another Good Food Award in 2014

February 13th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

OlyKraut has just won another Good Food Award, which honors the very best of all the delicious local food products that are produced across our nation. The small company's delicious sea vegetable and curry ferments took the prize this year

San Francisco’s Castro District Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

June 27th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Yesterday the streets of San Francisco were overflowing with crowds of ecstatic citizens overjoyed with the US Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling. Enormous rivers of diverse individuals, couples and families flowed onto Market Street and into the Castro District, swirling together into a dense sea of joyous celebratory electricity. It was a truly beautiful sight to behold

Bayview’s Local Latona Community Garden Continues to Flourish

April 18th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco's Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive

San Francisco’s Adobe Books Must Not Die

March 13th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

There are only two days left to help save one of the Mission District's most beloved and inspiring institutions, Adobe Books. Only a few more thousand dollars are needed to help keep this vital space from shuttering its doors forever. This shop is a cornerstone of artistic and cultural life in the neighborhood, as well as throughout the entire Bay Area — please don't let it die.

What Exactly is This Kwanzaa Thing That You Keep Talking About?

December 25th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits", and lasts from December 26th through January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith)

Victorious SF Giants Pitcher Sergio Romo: I Just Look Illegal

November 1st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

For the second time in three years, the streets of San Francisco erupted in a seemingly endless orange and black sea of enthusiastic baseball fans celebrating their team's impressive World Series win. One of the most resonant part of the day's festivities happened just after Giants player Sergio Romo gave a brief victory speech at City Hall, and then unzipped his hoodie to reveal a shirt which read: I Just Look Illegal

Thousands of Bicyclists Celebrate 20 Years of Critical Mass in San Francisco

October 1st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last week was the twentieth anniversary of Critical Mass, a spontaneous group bike ride that happens on the last Friday of each month. The popular Critical Mass rides began right here in San Francisco, and have already spread to hundreds of different cities across the globe. Now millions of people participate in these fun free events worldwide, temporarily turning our urban streets and thoroughfares into an endless sea of bikes

The Gift of Margaret Kigallen’s Banjo

July 16th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

One winter morning my friend Margaret gave me this banjo that she had drawn onto a piece of fabric. She handed the drawing to me just after she got into my old blue VW bug, which was parked in front of her apartment on Pierce Street in San Francisco. The year was 1991, and I was giving her a ride to the letterpress studio in Berkeley where we worked once a week

Bicycling Increases 71% in San Francisco

June 12th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Part of what makes San Francisco such an attractive (and unfortunately very expensive) place to reside is that it is a beautiful livable city — biking and pedestrian infrastructure improvements over the last decades have helped to positively transform our town into a much more pleasant urban environment. The SF Bicycle Coalition announced recently that, according to the official citywide bicycle count, over the last five years bike ridership has increased a whopping 71%

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