More than 400 veterans spend day mingling with animals

The SF Zoo and Gardens opened its 100-acre classroom, conservation center and park to more than 420 invited veterans and caretakers on Sept. 14. The visiting veterans are V.A. Palo Alto Health Care System patients and traveled from all over Northern California for the event.

“I like just getting outside, checking out the animals and being in this atmosphere,” said 68year-old Manny Lopez, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He and many others ventured into the Wells Fargo Wildlife Theatre for encounters with education animals, including a ferret, iguana and snake. The Zoo’s oldest animal resident, a 77year-old desert tortoise, outranked some of the veterans in age.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the partnership between SF Zoo, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and VFW Post 4103 is a popular event for all involved.

The event was the brainchild of former SF Zoo veterinary technician Ron Martorana, who is a veteran himself and volunteers with VFW Post 4103. In five years, the event has grown from about 100 participants to more than 400.

Outside Lands 2017 concert dates announced

The Outside Lands Music and Art Festival has announced the dates for its 10th anniversary concert in Golden Gate Park next year.

The festival will be held from

Friday, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, and will feature gourmet food and dozens of musical and other entertainment acts. It is held in Golden Gate Park, at the Polo Field and Speedway Meadow.

Wine on the Westside at Balboa Theater

The Wine on the Westside fundraising event celebrates and raises money for the Richmond District Neighborhood Center’s home-delivered grocery program. The program, which started two years ago, now serves more than 85 seniors or people with disabilities in the Richmond each week.

The center matches grocery recipients with one of its more than 70 neighborhood volunteers to bring them a bag of food, as well as friendly conversation.

The Wine on the Westside fundraiser will feature food, live music and wine. It will be held at La Promenade Cafe, located at 3643 Balboa St., on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $45.

For more information, call (415) 751-6600 or go to the website at http://www.rdnc.org/events.

Popcorn Palace at Balboa Theater on Saturdays

The Balboa Theatre is an independent cinema in the Outer Richmond, founded in 1926.

The Popcorn Palace is a weekly special event on Saturdays, at 10 a.m., that includes a ticket, popcorn and small soft drink for $10 per person. Both classic and modern feature films are included, and programming is appropriate for all ages.

Upcoming movies are:

• Oct. 1: “Hugo” (2011), starring Asa Butterfield; Oct. 8 – “Coraline” (2009), starring Dakota Fanning; Oct. 15 – “Paranorman” (2012), starring Kodi Smit-Mcphee; Oct. 22 – “Gremlins” (1984), starring Zach Galligan; Oct. 29 – Special presentation of free ’70s Halloween cartoons.

For more information, call (415) 221-8184 or visit the website at http://www.balboamovies.com.


David and Shlomit Heller celebrated the 30th anniversary of their business, The Beauty Network, on Sept. 17. David is the long-time president of the Greater Geary Boulevard and Property Owners Association. The Beauty Network is locat

ed at 5748 Geary Blvd., in the Outer Richmond District.

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