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Our mission is to unite area merchants to promote the Castro's interests, increase opportunities and facilitate communication between businesses and local government.
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NEWS AND EVENTS
Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit
Enjoy the iconic San Francisco photographs of Fred Lyon. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 1–4p.m. Exhibtion Dates: November 8 – January 10 Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. Viewing hours: Tues-Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Sat & Sunday noon–4:30 p.m. Exhibit Curators: David J Christensen, Director, Harvey Milk Photo Center and Logan Taylor, Director/ Editor Find out more: http://harveymilkphotocenter.org/exhibits/fred-lyon/ Photographer Fred Lyon was born in San Francisco in 1924, and he calls himself a “third or fourth generation native.” He grew up around the Peninsula, and got into photography in high school – “because cameras were cool and I thought it would be a good way to get girls,” he told me. “Guess how that turned out.”
BART Invites You! Montgomery & Embarcadero In-Station Events
Greetings Community Stakeholder! We'd like to invite you to take part in two in-station open house events at our Embarcadero & Montgomery BART stations on Tuesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 30, during communte hours of 7-10am and 4-7pm. BART is seeking public input on making BART better and hearing from the community is essential to our success. We also invite you to share this information with your employees, customers, guests, patrons and members. We hope you can hang this information in your lunch room or post it on your community information board. A pdf flyer is attached for your use. https://docsend.com/view/xj59kx2 Thank you! Molly Burke BART Government & Community Relations Representative
Still Seats Available: 10/30 Screening of Racing Toward Zero
The goal is ZERO. ZERO garbage going to landfills. Racing to Zero is a new documentary film that depicts garbage as a critical resource. It encourages us to change our relationship to garbage to reduce the amount of waste we generate, keep materials out of landfills, and find new uses for our discards. The film examines cultural practices that emphasize consumption. Racing to Zero includes commentary from Robert Haley of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and specifically highlights efforts undertaken in San Francisco to increase recycling and composting, which helps us get closer to zero waste. Watch the film trailer here: http://vimeo.com/77167378 Event Information: Thursday, October 30 Recology - 900 Seventh Street 5:30 PM Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 6:30 PM Film Space is limited. RSVP today to reserve your ticket. Attend Event
SF Beautiful: Neighbor to Neighbor Beauty Exchange
Adobe and local street artist APEX teamed up this month to bring FREE ART to the city of San Francisco as part of Adobe’s Random Acts of Creativity initiative. In an effort to spur spontaneous moments of creativity and inspire others to do their own Random Act, Adobe and APEX unveiled a pop up mural in Hayes Valley. Share photos and follow the process with #CreateNow. The mural will be donated to a neighborhood after its time at PROXY. Contact us if you have a perfect home in mind! Check it out at 432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA (Corner of Octavia & Hayes St) The Ney Street Neighborhood Watch is looking for locations for some new street trees in the Excelsior. The deadline for submitting the paperwork for a new tree is October 29th and the planting day will be December 5th. The trees are only $50 each with five years of maintenance included from Friends of the Urban Forest. Further discounts negotiable for multiple trees on one property! If your property is within the outlined area and you are interested in a tree, contact Patricia at email@example.com.
Small Business Saturday Sign-Up: Deadline Extended to Oct 29
Shop Small is a movement encouraging people to shop at small businesses. This movement, now in its fifth year, celebrates shopping small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In San Francisco the Office of Small Business, San Francisco Invest in Neighborhoods, the San Francisco Council of District Merchants, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and SF Travel have joined together to make Saturday, November 29th, 2014 a banner day for small businesses in our city. For San Francisco Merchant Associations two separate registrations are needed to collect all needed information: We encourage you to register for both if you are not already signed up---today. There is no cost to participate. 1) Small Business Saturday Coalition Sign Up – provides the Small Business Saturday toolkit: digital banners, copy point, logos, social posts, press release. These materials are designed to help spread the word to businesses who are part of a business association. 2) Neighborhood Champion Rally Kit Sign Up – provides a kit of ShopSmall promotional materials (welcome mats, reusable shopping bags, pins, pens, etc.) to be distributed among the neighborhood merchants. Neighborhood Champions commit to organizing events or activities to rally their neighborhoods for Small Business Saturday. October 29th is the last day to apply. For San Francisco local merchants two actions are needed: 1) Check with your local neighborhood merchant association to determine if it is signed up for the Neighborhood Champion Rally Kit. If so, the association should have welcome mats, reusable shopping bags, pins, pens, etc. for distribution to neighborhood merchants. If not, encourage your merchant association to sign up for the Neighborhood Champion program by 10/29/14 by visiting: Neighborhood Champions 2) Sign up your own store at ShopSmall: Receive individual store Small Business Saturday marketing materials including: printable signage and free online ads for Small Business Saturday from American Express, Yelp and Microsoft Bing. Email templates, sample social media posts, and more are also available. For qualifying American Express Card accepting small merchants, their stores may be participate in the American Express Card member offer for Small Business Saturday and appear on the Shop Small Map. Role for San Francisco retail consumers: By shopping and dining at small businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year, they show support for all the small businesses throughout our neighborhoods and reinvest in the community they call home! American Express Cardholders should watch out for information on how to register their cards to get $10 back three times when shopping at three different small businesses on November 29th (a total of $30 in statement credits)!
MAITRI Holiday Open House
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season with a visit to the MAITRI duting our Holiday Open House Join us for delicious confections generously donated by Hot Cookie along with a steaming cup of coffee, hot chocolate or cider while enjoying live festive holiday music. Sit back by our fireplace for a chat with other exhausted shoppers, our volunteers and residents as you take in the beauty of our lighted tree and the special holiday magic of Maitri. Suggested charitable donation is $10 and gifts of toiletries for our residents are always welcome. Maitri provides compassionate care to men and women with debilitating late-stage HIV/AIDS in need of hospice or 24-hour residential care. RSVP by Monday, December 8, 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org Maitri Compassionate Care www.maitrisf.org
Announcing IIPP for Small Business Training
Greetings San Francisco Organizations, We are pleased to be bringing our free, half-day Injury and Illness Prevention Program training to San Francisco on November 4, 2014 from 1pm - 5pm at the Builders Exchange on Van Ness. We would appreciate it if you would share this information with your members and constituents. The training will help small businesses make sure their IIPP is complete and in place. Please visit our website for more information and to download the registration form. And of course, if you have any questions, please contact me. The training is for businesses of less than 50 FTE only, please. Pre-registration is required. www.lohp.org/iipp
Adios, Sunday Streets 2014!
Sunday Streets may be entering our offseason, but we will not be hibernating. We are gathering all the data and input from this season, and beginning to build our 2015 season and beyond. Take the survey to tell us about your experiences and how you would like future Sunday Streets to look. And remember: our next Sunday Streets may not be until March 2015 in the Embarcadero, but you can enjoy car-free Sundays in Golden Gate Park on JFK Drive from Stanyan to 20th Avenue and ciclovías worldwide. We're looking forward to facilitating your Sunday Streets experiences again in 2015 and far into the future! Thank you for your support and presence in 2014. We've had a blast.
Publish Your October Castro Coupons to a Wider Audience!
Great news: the Castro Merchants have a special mention as a destination neighborhood in the Oracle Open World Blog, launching this week! If you have a current coupon or discount to run for your business, now would be an excellent time get it out there. Remember, Castro Coupons are free marketing tool available to all Castro Merchants members at any time. Please reply to email@example.com by Tuesday, September 30 if you would like to post an offer and we will be happy to include your coupons!
Recology Presents: Racing to Zero
The goal is ZERO. ZERO garbage going to landfills. Racing to Zero is a new documentary film that depicts garbage as a critical “resource.” Racing to Zero encourages us to “change our relationship to garbage” to reduce the amount of waste we generate, keep materials out of landfills, and find new uses for our discards. The film examines cultural practices that emphasize consumption. Racing to Zero includes commentary from Robert Haley of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment and specifically highlights efforts undertaken in San Francisco to increase recycling and composting, which helps us get closer to zero waste. Here is link to the film trailer: http://vimeo.com/77167378 Please RSVP, space is limited! Attend Event
You are invited to the 2014 BOLD Awards
You are invited to the 2014 BOLD Awards - a Ceremony and Reception Honoring Those Creating a Stronger and healthier Community. November 13 at 6:00 PM at The LGBT Center, San Francisco. Tickets at: www.sflgbtcenter.eventbrite.com
The 5th Annual Harvest Feast - FREAK SHOW
Tickets on sale now at harvestfeast2014.brownpapertickets.com! The 5th Annual Harvest Feast - FREAK SHOW The 5th Annual Harvest Feast to benefit the Castro Country Club stars Alaska Thunderfuck of RuPaul's Drag Race with Mistress of Ceremonies Heklina at San Francisco's classic Verdi Club on Thursday evening, October 30. It's the night before Halloween and this year's event is a formal dinner and "Freak Show" - a fun and light-hearted celebration of the CCC's past, present and future. At 6pm, side-show freaks will invite you in for hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic drinks and freaky fellowship. Dinner seating, entertainment and silent auction begin under the Big Top at 7pm, with a scrumptious four-course meal by JJardine Catering & Events. This event will sell out so be sure to get your tickets early. We want you to be there! For tickets or more information, please visit harvestfeast2014.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will also be on sale this week at Castro Country Club at 4058 18th/Hartford. See you at the Harvest Feast Freak Show!
Free Knife Sharpening
Easy as 1,2,3! Limit 1 per customer.
GLBT Historical Society's Annual Gala "Unmasked"
VIP Admission: 6-7pm Enjoy early entry with sparkling wine, passed hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar, music and preview & bidding on an array of queer history memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. General Admission: 7-9pm Includes a hosted bar, appetizers, entertainment and silent auction of queer history items and luxury merchandise. For full information on this fabulous event, please visit our website at: http://www.unmaskedgala.org/
Free nail trim with any bath
Restrictions: - Valid only with a bath service - Castro location only - May not be combined with other promotions/special offers
FREE Reusable Mollie Stone's Bag
Limit 1 coupon per customer. One time use only. Not valid with other offers. No cash value. Valid through 1/31/2015 at Mollie Stone's Castro only. Cashiers use PLU 7199
Harvey Milk Photo Center: September '14 Photo Lecture Series
Next Lecture: September 11, 2014, 6:30–8 p.m. Photographers: Jason Andrescavage, Spencer Brown and Robert Tullis Upcoming Lectures: 10/9, 11/13, & 12/11. Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Exhibit Room, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), San Francisco (415) 554-9522 Free and open to the public. See Spencer Brown’s bio and classes at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. See more work by Jason Andrescavage. Mark your calendars for our monthly photo series showcasing three local photographer’s work in a show and tell format. Each photographer will share their body of work, as well as their approach in creating the work. * Light fare will be provided, but feel free to bring appetizers, beer or wine to share as this is a community focused event.
Free Complete Medication Review
In the privacy of our new Patient Health Room, your neighborhood pharmacist will review with you your medication and vitamin regimen to prevent harmful interactions.
"25th" Anniversary Special - $5 Off Historical Castro Tour
Its our "25th" Anniversary! Come celebrate a quarter century of walking with pride with a $5 off coupon for a "Historical Castro Walking Tour". Rated a top San Francisco city tour and awarded the "Certificate of Excellence", 2011-2014 by TripAdvisor! Discover the evolution of Castro & LGBT community in San Francisco, on this fascinating and empowering 2 hour tour. Learn about the past, present and future of same-sex civil and human rights, in this diverse and vibrant neighborhood. For tour information and reservations, visit our website at www.cruisinthecastro.com. Use the code DISCOUNT for $5 off your next tour!
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Free Knife Sharpening
Free nail trim with any bath
FREE Reusable Mollie Stone's Bag
Free Complete Medication Review
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