TONIGHT: Come to the Bernal Library’s Holiday Celebration

Tonight, Wednesday Dec. 13 starting at 6 pm, the fabulous Bernal Heights Library at 500 Cortland will host its seasonally festive Holiday Winter Celebration… and Bernalese of all ages are invited to attend.

Bernal branch library manager Valerie Reichert tells Bernalwood:

It’s that time again! Please join us for our annual Winter Holiday Celebration, Wednesday, December 13, 6-9pm.

The Bernal Jazz Quintet will put us in the mood with a seasonal selection. There will be crafts for all ages, a family movie and refreshments.

TONIGHT: Eat, Drink, Be Merry During the Mission-Bernal Merchants Holiday Walk

As you know, included among our many blessings here in the Dominion of Bernalwood are two terrific commercial districts; each of which now plays host to its own holiday celebration.

TONIGHT, Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-9 pm, the fabulous merchants, chefs, and barkeeps along the La Lengua stretch of Mission Street will hold the glamorous 2017 Mission Bernal Holiday Walk.

Neighbor Eden from Secession Art & Design tells us:

The Mission Bernal Merchants Association is excited to invite San Francisco to explore the vibrant Mission Bernal small business community on Friday December 8th, from 6pm to 9pm.

The numerous locally owned restaurants, bars, galleries, coffee shops, and other businesses that line Mission Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Randall Street—along with businesses on adjacent side streets such as 29th Street—will open their doors and put out their welcome mats to the city at large, in a neighborhood celebration aimed at encouraging neighbors and visitors alike to peruse their wares, get to know local business owners, and sample the neighborhood’s diverse flavors.

Emerging and legacy businesses alike would like to welcome you to our festive home.Our neighborhood is buzzing with love, light, and festivities. Some highlights from Cesar Chavez to Randell include:

  • Selfie on a motorcycle and art show Eagle Rider 3146 Mission
  • Toy drive and mulled wine at El Rio 3158 Mission
  • $2 off Local brews & live music: Panique gypsy jazz at Old Bus Tavern 3193 Mission. Rachel’s Fig And Honey Saison may become your new favorite
  • Hot apple brandy & live music. Wayne De La Cruz and Ray Scott at
    Royal Cuckoo 3202 Mission
  • Deviled Eggs and sparkly wine at Blue Plate 3218 Mission
  • Art fundraiser & holiday party at Secession Art & Design 3235 Mission
  • The owner is spinnin’ records playing 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Perfect bar for a beer and a shot at Knockout 3223 Mission
  • Arroz Con Leche at Sabor De San Miguel 3263 Mission
  • 2 for 1 ice-cream cones at Mitchell’s Ice Cream 688 San Jose Ave Try the eggnog, peppermint candy, cinnamon snap, or ginger spice to get you holiday happy.
  • Hot apple cider and cookies in front of our store. All non medicated, of course! 😉 Harvest 33 29th St
  • Mini hot chocolates and cookies at Cafe Seventy8 78 29th St
  • Special menu this Friday night during the Mission Bernal Holiday walk featuring Caldo Verde soup w/sweet bread rolls and Portuguese ports, beers and wines and more! Cafe St. Jorge 3438 Mission
  • Spiced Toddy at Old Devil Moon 3472 Mission

PHOTO: Top, by Telstar Logistics

Old Devil Moon Launches Weekend Brunch Service

Old Devil Moon is already known for the tasty Cajun food and cocktails they serve nightly at 3472 Mission Street, near the intersection with Cortland. Now co-owner Chris Cohen tells Bernalwood that ODM will also open early on weekends for brunch, starting this Saturday:

We’re excited to announce we’re launching Saturday and Sunday brunch at Old Devil Moon beginning this coming weekend, Dec 9th and 10th!

We’re calling it Black Magic Brunch, and so far the reactions to the dishes and drinks during our word-of-mouth soft opening test run have been overwhelmingly positive.

We can’t wait to have the public come check it out. We’re also stoked to be opening at 11AM on Saturday and Sunday from now on (rather than 5PM), so we can serve hungry and thirsty patrons all day long.

Naturally, ODM’s brunch menu leans heavily on hearty favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken and biscuits, huevos rancheros, and loco moco. There’s also a tasty selection of breackfast cocktails as well. Check out the complete bunch menu right here.

PHOTO: Inside Old Devil Moon, courtesy of Old Devil Moon

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Stricken on Moultrie Street

One neighbor died and five others were stricken in the early morning hours today following a carbon monoxide poisoning incident at a Bernal Heights home on the 300 block of Moultrie, near the intersection of Eugenia.

ABC7 reports:

Firefighters were called to the scene at 4:26 a.m. A carbon monoxide alarm was going off in the residence. Four residents on the upper level of the home were able to get out and were treated at the scene. Two residents on the lower level of the home were impacted by the carbon monoxide. An elderly woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition. An elderly male died at the scene after firefighters tried for 45 minutes to save his life using CPR and other life-saving methods.

The last known incident of carbon monoxide poisoning in Bernal Heights happened at a home on Cortland Avenue in 2012.

Thursday: Come All Ye Bernal for the 2017 Holiday Stroll

Holiday Stroll

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Tens of thousands of years ago, in the time of our Bernal ancestors, a joyous community of elves lived on Bernal Hill. Each year, during the early days of the winter season, these proto-Bernalese would gather on the land we now call Cortlandia to celebrate the arrival of the season of lights.

Today, the Bernal Business Alliance carries on this ancient ritual, in the form of the glamorous Cortland Holiday Stroll. The 2017 Holiday Stroll happens this Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 pm, and Bernalese of all ages are invited to partake of the festivities.

Neighbor Laurie from BBA tells Bernalwood:

Come one, come all, to the 8th annual Bernal Heights Holiday Stroll, this Thursday, December 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 along Cortland Avenue!

Stores will be open to help you with your local holiday shopping, and they’ll be offering treats and libations along the way. There will also be live music and caroling to add to the festivities.

The Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center at 513 Cortland, will be taking photos with Santa and strollers of all ages, for a recommended donation of $5.00. They are also collecting new, unwrapped toys for their annual toy drive until December 15th, so buy a little extra to give back this season.

Happy holidays, and see you there!

Check out the BBA website for more detail on participating merchants and their extra-special Stroll festivities.

XXL Supermoon Looked Supercool From Bernal Heights

Did you notice the moon last night? It looked rather XXL in last night’s clear skies — so much so that you might have been tempted to say, “That’s no moon… it’s a space station!” But no, it was really just the moon,  at the apogee of its orbit around the Earth, creating a visual effect known as a supermoon.

The XXL effect was still in place as the sun rose this morning, when Neighbor Steve snapped this wonderful photo of the moon alongside Sutro Tower. Lovely!

Crowdfunding Underway to Help Bernal Family Left Homeless After Gas Explosion

The Godoy family lost their home after Monday’s gas explosion. (Photo: via  GoFundMe)

This story was written by Fiona Lee from Hoodline.

A Bernal Heights family is now homeless after a Monday morning gas explosion tore through their home.

The Godoy family—Carlos, 70, Carmen, 72, and their 43-year-old son Carlos, who is deaf—lost all of their belongings.

The explosion also wrecked their only car, which was used for doctor appointments and transportation to work.

The younger Carlos was home when the explosion occurred, but escaped uninjured after it blew out the windows.

“I think what happened in my house, the roof was very bad. Everything is coming down,” Carmen told ABC7 when she returned to the wreckage of her home.

Through the American Red Cross, the family is housed in a motel until Monday. The charity also provided the family with money for incidentals.

The family is also raising funds through GoFundMe. As of press time, they have raised $3,300 out of their $6,000 goal.

PG&E is still investigating the cause of the gas leak and the subsequent explosion.