GG Park Oak Woodland gets $2 million for trails

The original budget for the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project, as part of a 2008 bond, was $300,000, with additional support from a Coca‐Cola Bottling Company grant for $94,859.

“We’ve learned a great deal about construction methods and costs from previously completed trails projects,” said Melinda Stockman, a representative of the SF Recreation and Park Department. “Our trails team has revisited the project scope and budget over the last several months and updated the budget for both construction costs and supporting soft costs. Due to support from stakeholders for this project, and our understand- ing of the connectivity and multi‐use that this project achieves, as well as the activation and safety impacts, we have recently received approval to in- crease the project budget from $300,000 to $2 million.”

The design documents are approximately 70 percent complete. The trails team has completed the Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project and the first phase of the Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project.

Pastor leaving City for greener pastures

Pastor Lisa Robechek is stepping down as the pastor of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church after more than five years of community service.

Robechek accepted a pastoral position in Louisville, Kentucky, which begins at the end of January. The new post brings her close to her family’s home.

Local musician releases new album

Sunset District musician Jeff Gutman has released a new al- bum, called “Arrive.” Gutman worked with local musicians, including some from the Richmond the Sunset districts. The album of “acoustic rock with orchestral arrangements” was released by Mr. Knees Records.

To celebrate the release of “Arrive,” a party was held at the Plough and the Stars on Clement Street.

To hear samples of the album, go to the website at http://www.cdba- by.com/cd/jeffgutman. It is for sale at the websites http://www.amazon.com and https://itunes.apple.com.

Fine dining supports IOA fundraiser

The Institute on Aging has organized exclusive reservations at restaurants throughout the Bay Area on Feb. 7 to raise money for the non-profit organization, which supports a better quality of life for adults as they age by

enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community.

Some of the participating restaurants include: Jason’s Restaurant, Le P’Tit Laurent, Osso Steakhouse, Bungalow 44 and Water Bar. Ticket prices for the Feb. 7 event, with seatings at 7 p.m., range between $85 and $250.

For more information, visit the website at http://dinnerala- heart.eventbrite.com.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War II, Hiroshi Kashiwagi – poet, playwright and actor – read from some of his books on Dec. 14, at the Merced branch of the SF Public

Library. He discussed his ex- periences during the world war, when he and his family, being of Japanese descent, were forcibly removed from their home and eventually re- located to an internment camp for the duration of the war.


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