Thursday: Celebrate Summer at the Cortland Solstice Stroll


The legend is handed down among Bernalese from generation to generation: Tens of thousands of years ago, in the time of the sages and ancients, a race of wizened elves gathered in the area we now call Cortland Avenue for a gala celebration of the summer season. There was celebration. There was food. There was plenty of drink and glad cheer. And it was good.

Today, the Bernal Business Alliance has revived this hallowed ritual for the modern age, and the 2016 Summer Stroll happens this Thursday, June 23, from 6 – 9 pm on historic Cortland Avenue.

Here are the deets:

The Bernal Business Alliance and merchants will celebrate the solstice at the sixth annual Summer Stroll all along Cortland Avenue in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Businesses will stay open later than usual, from 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, June 23, 2016.Each participant will feature one­night specials, including giveaways, musical guests, treats and food & drink for the evening. Admission is free.

Here are some of the brick­and­mortar and home­based businesses who will be participating:

  • Heartfelt will have Cajun music, cookies and a specially crafted drink! Heartfelt & will be open with a special “sale”!
  • Little Bee Baking are hosting Good Eggs the “online farmers market” out front withinformation about their great service and local artist RaissaTrend will be showing newartwork inside the store.
  • Pinhole Coffee have a far eastern theme for the evening, with Japanese Curry by Chef Michael Black, former Chef and owner of Sebo, and ceramics for sale by Mitsuko Siegrist of the Tsuchikara Pottery.
  • Succulence are hosting an art opening for Cat Johnston whose amazing art will be hanging in the window for the month. They will also have music and wine and cookies.
  • Healthy Spirits will host a small band playing Middle Eastern inspired music as well as
    making some rare beers and whiskeys available from their cellar.
  • Members from the Bernal Business Alliance will be in front of Heartfelt with membership information and helping our neighbors at the Mission Bernal Merchants Association collect donations for the victims of the recent Mission Street fire.
  • Bernal Beast will have doggy treats and chocolate cake for any human companions!
  • Red Hill Station will have Oysters, Oysters and yes, more Oysters!!!
  • Lauren Becker of Recycled Glassworks will be showcasing her new work in slumped, recycled glass.
  • Epicurean Trader will have Bernal local winemaker Bryan Harrington for a free Wine Tasting event.
  • Inclusions Gallery will host an art opening with San Francisco painter Jeffery Roth. There will also be 15% off all handmade jewelry as well as music & refreshments.

Both the Bernal Branch Library and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center will also be joining us for the evening.

The Library Staff will be out front of the Library giving away books and small prizes and signing people up for the summer reading program. And across the street, the Neighborhood Center will have plenty of information about their current projects and you’ll be able to sign­up as a member on the spot.

And when you are done with the strolling you can stop by The Lucky Horseshoe for some smooth jazz with Larry Epstein from 8­11pm.

For more information about the Bernal Business Alliance, visit


PHOTO: Modern Bernalese elves strolling during the 2014 solstice, by Telstar Logistics

ALERT! Special Sneak Peek Opening Party at Barebottle Brewing TONIGHT!




Bernalwood has been informed that there’s a special sneak peek opening party at the brand-new Barebottle Brewing Company happening TONIGHT, Wednesday June 15 from 4-6 pm at 1525 Cortland (@Peralta).

Michael Seitz from Barebottle says:

Howdy Neighbors!

We’ve been working on renovating the old granite cutting warehouse, which needed a lot of TLC, into a production brewery and tasting room. We (Mike, Lester, & Ben) started out as homebrewers & certified beer judges, and our specialty is making beers inspired by local places & ingredients and using a competitive process to brew the best beers.

We’ll have a Bernal Saison free fermented at Bernal Heights temperatures, a Muir Woods-inspired IPA, a Honey Brown using 120-lbs of our head brewer’s wildflower honey (he’s also a local beekeeper), and many more.

Please stop by for a pint tonight! (We’re also hiring bartenders!)


Wednesday: A Special Hillside Supper for Fans of Fungi


Chef (and glamorous Bernal neighbor) Tony Ferrari from the Hillside Supper Club on Precita Park is spreading the word about a special dinner series he’s hosting at the restaurant, with the next installment happening tomorrow, on Wednesday, June 15:

So every third Wednesday of the month, we;ve started doing producer dinners. Its 68 dollars for a set four course meal, with optional wine pairing at 39. Every course will be highlighted and include the product from the producer.

We did the first one last month, with a duck dinner with Liberty Farms. The producers are always part of each dinner, walking around meeting people and talking about the product etc. Its fun to meet them and for us to play around with different ingredients and menu changes. Its been going great and turns into a fun time.

Next, on Wednesday, June 15th, we’ll have a mushroom dinner with King of Mushrooms.

King of Mushrooms is a huge supplier for us, as mushrooms are almost always on on of our items at Hillside. Todd Spanier founded King of Mushrooms in 1996, and has been providing the entire Bay area with some of the best supply of mushrooms since. We will be serving a four course tasting (with an obvious highlight on ‘mushrooms’), plus an optional beverage pairing.

Reservations are normal though Open Table or call-in. Next month, on July 20, we’ll have a wine dinner with Bro Cellars

Hillside Supper Club has been going on for three and half years now. Things have been great, and we love our ‘hood!

PHOTOS: Chefs Tony Ferrari (left) and Jonathan Sutton, Courtesy of Hillside Supper Club

Sunday: Eat Bagels to Benefit San Jose Ave. Fire Victims


Ellen Black from Shegetz Bagels invites you to a bagel benefit this Sunday morning, June 5 to benefit local residents displaced by fire:

Eat bagels, drink coffee, help victims of last April’s San Jose Ave. apartment fire.

This Sunday, June 5th, Saint Frank Coffee and Shegetz Bagels will be participating in an event to raise funds for the victims of the apartment fire in the Mission that displaced more than 20 residents. All proceeds will go directly to those who lost their homes.

Stop by PizzaHacker on Mission for freshly boiled and baked bagels (and cream cheese) by the Shegetz crew and coffee from Saint Frank, available for $5-$10 (or more!) donation. Some of the residents displaced by the fire will be helping to bake and serve.


  • What: Fresh bagels and coffee to benefit displaced residents of the San Jose Ave fire
  • Where: PizzaHacker 3299 Mission Street
  • When: Sunday, June 5th 10am – sold out (probably about 1pm)
  • Why: Because you want to help out your fellow neighbor during a tough time.

The beneficiaries of this fundraiser will be helping out and working with us on Sunday. If you can’t make it, you can still donate here:

One note: This is not a full Shegetz pop-up, as we will be offering a simpler menu of bagels/cream cheese and coffee instead of the additional smoked fish and veggies.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Shegetz Bagels

Bernal Neighbor Remembers Son, Organizes for Gun Violence Awareness Day

Neighbor Clare and Camilo in Lake Tahoe, 2013

Neighbor Clare and Camilo in Lake Tahoe, 2013

Bernal Neighbor Claire Senchyna lost her son to gun violence in 2014 . Today she brings details about Gun Violence Awareness Day, which happens on Thursday, June 2:

My son Camilo attended Little People’s Workshop Daycare Co-op on Cortland Ave when he was 2 years old. We fell in love with the neighborhood and found a place to rent on Moultrie St.

When Camilo was 9, we bought a house on Putnam St. We loved living in San Francisco and especially our little village in the city, Bernal Heights. When Camilo started a family, he was going to take over his childhood home on Putnam St to raise his kids here in the neighborhood. I worked as a Nurse Practitioner for the SF Department of Public Health, and Camilo’s goal was to also work for the city, in the Fire Department. He took Fire Science classes at City College and worked as an EMT. In December 2014 he completed a Paramedic program and was well on his way. He went out to celebrate on December 7, 2014 and was killed in a random shooting on leaving a club in the Mission to come home.

I am now the volunteer California Everytown Survivor Network coordinator, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety along with Moms Demand Action, which started as a Facebook group after the Sandy Hook shootings of 1st graders in Newtown, CT. Our members are now millions across the nation. Guns are too easily accessible, each year 30,000 people lose their lives to gun violence. We want gun laws to change. Closing loopholes on background checks is an important first step

Thursday June 2nd is Gun Violence Awareness Day, when everyone is asked to wear orange. This is an event started by high school students in Chicago to honor their a friend who was killed in a random shooting. Orange is the color hunters wear to protect themselves from being shot by other hunters.

In San Francisco on June 2nd, City Hall and Coit Tower will be light Orange. Our SF Giants baseball Team will participate. And we hope to get hundreds if not thousands to join us in a Wear Orange walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, which starts from the SF side at 11:30 am. Please join us. I will be wearing Orange and walking for my beloved son Camilo.

If you are unable to join us please Wear Orange, take a selfie and email to or twitter to #wearorange. We need to address the issue of Gun Violence . If not us, then who?

Thank You.


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Tuesday Afternoon: Hear Beethoven at the Bernal Heights Library


Valerie Reichert, manager of your Bernal Heights public library, shares this announcement about a special, live performance of Beethoven’s music happening on the library patio on Tuesday, May 10 at 4 pm:

Cypress String Quartet
Beethoven in the City: Opus 127
Bernal Heights Library: Front Patio!
Tuesday, May 10th, 4 PM 
All Ages Welcome

We’re excited to announce that we are a host for Cypress String Quartet’s 20th year celebration Beethoven in The City. The celebration featuring Beethoven 16 String Quartets takes place this month throughout (11) districts of the City. All concerts are free and publicly accessible.

Beethoven in The City was conceived by the CSQ as a way not only to give back to the city that has fostered and inspired their music making, but also as a celebration of San Francisco. Through Beethoven in The City, the CSQ aims to bring Beethoven’s music to the broadest range of individuals possible. As a composer who overcame severe personal challenges to propagate his belief in the equality of humankind, Beethoven is a great ambassador for both classical music and human rights, and CSQ believes his music can speak to anyone. Come join us this May for an incredible City-wide musical celebration!

This is a feature event, and given that good weather is forecast for Tuesday, it should be really lovely.

Saturday: A Free Street Party for Little People


Neighbor Jen invites kids of all ages to Little Angels Preschool’s (slightly early) Summer Festival happening this weekend, on Saturday, May 7. She says:

The festival is a free event happening in Bernal Heights from 10 am -3 pm on Saturday, May 7 on Jarboe between Moultrie and Anderson.

This is a family-friendly event with a jumpy house, and much more. The fire and police departments will attend and emergency 911; all will bring their trucks and police cars and do a demonstration. Home Depot and Target have a free workshop all day for all kids and the Bernal Heights librarian will come to do story time with kids.

There’ll also be a BBQ and bake sale to help fundraise for the school. Should be fun! I am personally making some very delicious lemon-currant scones for the bake sale.