Neighborhood Notes: Winter Lights, Mission Street Stories, Tree Walks, and more


This weekend could be quiet as many businesses close shop for safety and a much-needed break. But fear not, we still have some ideas on how to keep the joy going.

Last minute shopping for the holidays

Check out the favorites of Mission Local staff.

Winter lights at Golden Gate Park

From sunset at 10 p.m. nightly through February 1, Golden Gate Park will have a series of illuminated exhibits for you to explore.

The Alterverse, which is only open this month at the Music Concourse, features San Francisco poet laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and other poets, as well as live music every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Then there’s Uncle John’s Tree, which has been lighting up every year since 1929, an interactive enchanted forest at Peacock Meadow, a psychedelic installation in the Conservatory of Flowers, and more.

For more details on each installation, click here.

Mass at the Basilica Mission Dolores

The Mission Dolores Basilica will hold a family Christmas Mass on Friday, December 24 at 5 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. there will be Christmas carols and a solemn bilingual mass will begin at 10 p.m.

On Christmas Day, Mass in English will be held at 10 a.m. and Mass in Spanish will begin at noon.

Stories from Mission Street

Evolved SF wants you in their art exhibit: they’re looking for nostalgic art that showcases Mission Street legends, for an upcoming group show with artist Susana Gomez.

All media are accepted, and your submissions may include old school photos, quinceaneras, tributes to local history, or memorabilia from personal experiences. The exhibition will take place in January. To submit an application, send an email to [email protected]

Christmas day botany

If you don’t know what to do on Christmas Day and want to stay outside, the San Francisco Botanical Garden at 1199 9th Ave. will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is still free for San Francisco residents, but non-residents also enter free at Christmas.

Walk in the trees on Ghirardelli square

It’s the last weekend to take a festive stroll through the series of unique trees in Piazza Ghirardelli, decorated by students of the Academy of Fine Arts. The winning tree, “Gilded Garbage” from the School of Fashion has already been selected – check it out! For more details visit here.

Elders in the Arts

Ruth’s Tableware program which celebrates aging and intergenerational community building, and their latest exhibit is open until December 30. They are “committed to uplifting and connecting our senior communities, often the most vulnerable, through a dynamic combination of creative programming and community initiatives.” ”

The current exhibition, Keep an eye on the bowl, by Joan Schulze highlights the artist’s “revolutionary use of new forms of quilting” – visit in person or explore online here.

If you need a last minute gift of original art, click here. Ruth’s Table is also hoping that you will donate this holiday to meet their needs for supplies, onsite and remote accessible programs, and training for staff.

Their gallery at 3160 21st St. showcases the work of their older artists and adults with disabilities. It is open Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make a donation, click here.

Shopping for books

Friends of SFPL fundraise for the city’s library system, hoping to reach a $ 100,000 challenge in December. Donate any amount before December 31st for a chance to win a personal shopping spree at the Friends Book Donation Center, with a $ 50 shopping credit.

For other ways to help, visit, or for more details contact Barbara Alvarez, Director of Philanthropy at [email protected] or 415-477-5231.

Bookmobile in the park

On Tuesday, December 28, the YouthMobile will cross its last park of the year at McLaren Park. Bookmobile will drop into the Redwood Grove Playground at 200 John F. Shelley Dr. at 9:30 am, and story time will begin at 10:30 am.


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