Dear Members, Merchants, and Neighbors:
October is perhaps the most exciting month in San Francisco with the Fleet Week festivities, Giants baseball playoffs (fingers crossed) and lots of Halloween fun. Russian Hill Neighbors is keeping up with a full list of activities this month, too. Please check our Events page and mark your calendars. We welcome everyone and look forward to meeting new neighbors!
Parents, please join us at the North Beach Branch Library on Saturday, October 22 for a free presentation from Parents for Public Schools on navigating the challenging public school enrollment process in San Francisco. Space is limited so register here. Thank you to Sarah Abbott, the Chair of our Families with Children Committee, for putting this together.
Also, many of you may have just received a letter in the mail from Friends of the Urban Forest about a major tree planting initiative kicking off in Russian Hill. Greg Polchow, our Neighborhood Improvement Chair, is partnering with the Russian Hill Community Association on this significant effort to green our neighborhood. If you have space in your front sidewalk, please apply for a tree by November 15 here. FUF will contact you to discuss the tree options and explain how they take care of everything and highly subsidize the tree planting. We want to help make it as easy as possible to plant a beautiful tree in your front yard.
This month is also the start of our Russian Hill Neighbors Annual Membership Drive. The all-volunteer board of our non-profit organization works year-round to help make Russian Hill a better place to live. Funds we generate from the Annual Membership Drive directly support our events and initiatives, like the ones described in this email. Please renew your tax-deducible membership or consider joining today if you have not already via our Membership page. Thank you.
Finally, we hope to see many of you out on Saturday afternoon, October 29 for the Russian Hill Neighbors / Polk District Merchants Association Pumpkin Festival. Kids and pets in spooky costumes should join us at 3pm at FLIPP (1400 Green Street at Polk). From there we will walk along Polk and visit numerous merchants who will have lots of treats outside for the little ones. The parade will end at Glammic (1488 Vallejo Street) for free pumpkin decorating and more fun. Please register here and thank you to all of the wonderful merchants we have participating along the parade route!
The strong RHN Board continues to monitor city initiatives, like the Polk Streetscape Construction Project and Lombard “Crooked Street” Transportation Survey, which impact our neighborhood. We advocate on behalf of our members with leaders at City Hall and other city agencies as needed. Please contact me if you have a question or concern about these, or other, neighborhood projects.
I look forward to seeing you around Russian Hill!