Friday, August 13, 2010

Outdoors in NOPA: Weekend Events

Panhandle work day with Dale, Jarie, and Doug on the path

Meet the Ice Cream Bike Tour at BIKE NOPA's favorite

OK, maybe not grilled cherries but see what else the chefs prepare

This morning I stopped along the Wiggle bike route and spoke with two biking tourists from Chicago, Tom and Kelly. They wanted to get to the Haight by way of Page or the Wiggle. I asked what they thought of our summer weather. "We love it," Tom said, "It's 100 degrees and humid back home." They decided to take the Wiggle with its recently-drawn colored chalk welcome heralding the Wigg Party. They passed right through the North Panhandle, but those of us in the neighborhood have some special events this weekend right here.

Get Close to the Trees
Saturday morning offers another chance to work with the Panhandle Park Stewards as they care for our favorite neighborhood park. Clear the trails, tend to the eucalyptus trees, shovel mulch around the trees, and there's always weeding for anyone so inclined.
Saturday, 9 am to Noon
Meet at the bulletin board near the playground
(West of Masonic Avenue)
Gloves and Tools provided, wear sturdy shoes
Information: Dale at

SFBC Ice Cream Bike Tour Stops at Chile Pies & Ice Cream
Start in the Mission for some sunshine and then bring it along with you in this ever-sweet ride. Last year's ride was a huge hit. Plan on five stops to return to your favorite ice creameries or try a few new ones. The tour ends at NOPA's own Chile Pies & Ice Cream. If you can't make the ride, stop by Chile Pies and welcome the riders to the neighborhood.
Saturday, 12 noon
Meet at Xanath, 951 Valencia
Bring a lock, cash for ice cream, and appetite.
Ride is free for SFBC members, $5 donation from non-members appreciated
Last stop: Chile Pies & Ice Cream, Baker and Fulton

Farmers' Market Goes Grill Crazy
Chefs at the Divisadero Farmers' Market will be grilling up all kinds of fresh local produce on Sunday. Market manager Dmitrius Spartos welcomes all neighbors and friends to stop by, watch the cooking demos, and sample the fine grilled treats.
Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm
Divisadero at Grove
Appetites required

Three great events for a summer weekend in the neighborhood. See you at all three. And say hello to the tourists-on-bikes passing through NOPA.

Here's the ice cream route:

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