Tuesday: Celebrate 17 Years of Heartfelt with Neighbor Darcy


Some things change, some things stay the same, and some things stay the same because they change a lot. The fabulous Heartfelt store on Cortland has been able to stick around for a long time because its proprietor, Neighbor Darcy Lee, is obsessively focused on making sure her “contemporary five-and-dime” store always feels fresh and new.

This week, Neighbor Darcy is celebrating 17 years of Hearffelt, with an in-store party on Tuesday, July 26:

I recently looked up to see when I bought the store, and discovered it was 1999. I was a retail newbie at that time, and I jumped in with both feet.

We would like to thank the neighborhood that made 17 years possible on Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8 pm. We hope to party like its 1999, and thus are asking folks to wear purple in honor of my favorite rock star of all time. First 50 folks that wear purple get a door prize.

We’l have cookies champagne, and Mariachi Jalisco will be playing!

Congratulations, Darcy!


PHOTO: Darcy Lee during a rainstorm, 2015, by Telstar Logistics. Poster, artwork by Reuben Rude

Tonight: The History of One Building in Bernal Heights


Vicky Walker invites you to a meeting of the Bernal Heights History Project happening TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm at the lovely Bernal Library. Tonight’s episode will  look at the history of one building here in Bernal:

Patrick Silk lived in Bernal Heights for 15 years, more than a hundred years ago. His great-grandson will talk about how a family history project turned into a research project about the history of the building Patrick built, and how it has fared and changed over the next century.

This is also a show-and-tell get-together. Bring your photos, stories, and artifacts and we’ll talk! We have handouts on how to research your Bernal home, so come to the meeting if you’d like one of those. (And we’d love to hear your stories.)

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. sharp in the downstairs meeting room; turn left at the bottom of the stairs. As always, it is free and open to all.

PHOTO: View West From Bernal Heights 1930s. Overlooking Noe Valley, with elevated railway. In lower right corner, 29th and Mission St. car barn, Lyceum Theatre. Fairmount School at center-left.  Image courtesy OpenSFHistory

Save the Date: The 2016 Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Happens August 13


An important announcement for people with overstuffed garages or storage spaces AND the craphounds treasure-seekers who love them: The Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale happens on Saturday August 13 this year, and registration is open now.

Neighbor Michael is co-wrangling the Hillwide Garage Sale this year, and he shares these details:

Hillwide.com is now live and ready to accept registrations for the great garage sale of 2016 that will take place on Saturday, 13-August from 9a-2p.

Hillwide has become a San Francisco tradition, and the best way for our Hillbabies to unload their crap, clear their clutter, and otherwise rightsize their lives both for cash and existential bliss.

The Hillwide is arguably the largest and most famous single day garage sale in San Francisco. Last year, we had over 150 garages participating and we raised over $3,000 for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, strictly from map registrations. This year, our goal is to beat that like a vintage rug from grandma’s earthquake cottage.

New this year, we have a contest for the most impressive garage sale presentation judged by Bernal’s very own Emperor Norton! Perhaps you have a band accompanying your sale, or disco themed sale complete with laser show and disco ball. Maybe you and your staff are all dressed up in costumes or selling your goods on the moon. Whatever it is, it should be festive and oh so Bernal. More info at Hillwide.com.

If you’ve been hankering for a cleansing, drink a kale juice smoothie and clean out the deepest corners of your garage, basement, bonus room or creepy storage place.

Register your treasure trove to get on the Hillwide map and make your donation to the BHNC at Hillwide.com.

Then just open your garage door on Saturday, 13-August, put on some funky grooves and pour yourself a mimosa (or two) – cos Hillwide is on!

The Hillwide elves will promote the event across the city and bring the masses to your doorstep. But you have to register for the masses to find you.

Please contact michael@michaelminson.com if you have any questions!

Michael Minson
Head Elf

Tuesday: Rockstar Artist Michael Gillette Talks About Making Art for Rockstars


Last autumn, Bernalwood told you about Drawn in Stereo, the new book by Bernal neighbor Michael Gillette which showcases his remarkable work as an artist and animator.  This Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm, you can meet Neighbor Michael in person as he talks about his book at the Bernal Heights library.

Neighbor Michael says:

Hello Bernal and beyond!

I am giving a talk on my book, Drawn in Stereo at the Bernal Heights Library on Tuesday 12th of July @ 7pm.

The book is a retrospective focusing on my music-related illustrations, graphics, animations, and paintings from the last 25 years.

I will be discussing projects for the likes of: The Beastie Boys, Beck, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, James Bond, and Paul McCartney, in the context of life as an independent artist, based initially in Britain, but in Bernal for the last twelve years.

All are welcome, and the curious can check out the book here.

IMAGE: Courtesy of Michael Gilette

Fabulous Crowd Raises Many Thousands of $$$ During Fire Victim Fundraiser at El Rio


Last night’s benefit fundraiser for displaced victims of the June 18 Mission Street Fire was a wonderful thing. About 400 Bernal and Mission neighbors turned out to represent, and while the receipts are still being counted, together the event helped raise more than $10,000 — which will now be matched 1:1 by a generous corporate donor.  Plus, additional donations are still rolling in.

As always, El Rio was fabulous and magical, with an eclectic crowd mingling on the back  patio:


Inside, great bands were playing:


With a DJ spinning in the stylish main bar:

The raffle was a big hit:


This lucky lady won a gen-U-ine painting salvaged from the walls of the fire-damaged 3300 Club, generously donated by the bar’s owners. Quite a souvenir:


Of course, photos don’t give you a full sense of the scene, so here’s a video tour of El Rio filmed live last night from the Bernalwood Mobile Uplink iPhone:

Remember, even if you missed the fun last night, you can still make a tax-deductible contribution to the MEDA Fire Victim’s fund, right here.

It took a lot of work from a lot of people to make this fundraiser happen, so special thanks go out to:

  • Glamorous Bernal Neighbor Sana Saleem who spearheaded the event
  • Zack Mellette & William Fitzgerald, Google employees who helped organize the event and coordinate the raffle
  • The Mission Economic Development Corporation for managing the tax-deductable fund and assisting with raffle sales
  • Edwin Lindo, for organizing a relief fund, helping with raffle ticket sales, and being a lot of fun
  • El Rio’s Staff for being El Rio, and hosting the event, and donating bar proceeds to the cause
  • Virgil’s Sea Room right next door for hosting the overflow and donating proceeds to fire victims
  • All the stone-cold sexxxy musicians and entertainers who performed
  • All the fantastic local merchants  and donors who contributed items for the raffle
  • Ros and her team from the Red Cross, who have been with the survivors at the shelter since the fire
  • Carrie Grimes, site lead for the Google’s San Francisco office, who sponsored a fundraiser at the company which over 230 googlers supported.

And lastly, a very, very, very special thanks to…

Everyone who showed up last night! It was a beautiful thing to see so many people from all over the political map coming together for a common cause, at a time when our neighbors needed us most. Our community is our strength.

Thursday! Big, Special Bonus Fundraiser for Fire Victims at El Rio


There’s a big benefit for the Mission Street fire victims happening tomorrow, Thursday June 30, at the fabulous El Rio, and Bernalwood is a co-sponsor.

This is a great event to shower with copious amounts of your cash, because a generous corporate sponsor has agreed to match all the proceeds collected at the door. That means for every dollar you give, the fire victims will get twice as much of your generosity.  Here are the details:

Fundraiser for Survivors of Mission Fire on Mission St & 29th
Thursday, June 30 at 8 PM – 11:30 PM
El Rio – 3158 Mission (@Precita)

Join us for a fundraiser for survivors of the fire that burned down the homes of 58 people on Mission and 29th.

Door fee will be $10 (but no one turned away). We’ll also do a raffle. El Rio is kindly donating all bar proceeds from 8-12 to the fund.

All proceeds will go directly to the familes and will be matched 1-1 by a corporate sponsor. The Mission Economic Development Agency will process all donations and won’t be charging a fee.

You can also donate online here (with MEDA) and here (with Edwin Lindo).

Virgil’s Sea Room (the bar just next door to El Rio) will also be taking donations at the door. If there’s a long line or you want to wait, sit down and grab a cocktail while still helping our neighbors.

Event line up:

PHOTO: El Rio bowling table, by Telstar Logistics

Today! Shop and Dine on Mission Street to Benefit Fire Victims


The Mission Bernal Merchant’s Association has been working hard for the last week or so as the organization has rallied to provide assistance to residents and businesses displaced by the big five-alarm fire.

Today, Tuesday June 28, MBMA member businesses are offering special deals to help raise funds for the fire victims, so it’s a great day to shop and dine on our stretch of Mission Street:

Help our neighborhood rebuild!
Mission Bernal merchant fire relief June 28

Since the fire on June 18, our neighborhood has really come together as a community. Among other efforts, many of the businesses in Mission Bernal are doing their part to help out the residents and merchants that were victims of the fire.

On Tuesday, June 28, we encourage everyone to visit your favorite Mission Bernal business to show your support. Go to dinner at your favorite restaurant. Grab a drink at a local bar or get your hair cut.

Get some ice cream at Mitchell’s – they are donating 25% of their sales tomorrow. Buy art at Secession and we will donate 20% of the purchase price directly to the displaced merchants. Cafe 78 is donating 15% of sales, and Blue Plate is donating the proceeds of meatloaf and mac and cheese sales.

Multiple fundraisers are happening through the neighborhood in support of both the merchants and businesses Take a moment to appreciate the community and send positive thoughts for the rebuild efforts!

Participating businesses will have information on how they are contributing, and how to donate to the neighborhood businesses displaced by the fire. You can also donate through our web site, www.mbmasf.org.

PHOTO: Top, 3300 block of Mission Street after the fire. Photo by Jonathan Koshi