Students win honors at robotics competition
Students from St. Thomas the Apostle (STA) were recognized
on April 5 for competing (placing fifth) in the 2016-2017
Wonder League Robotics Competition’s six- to eight-yearold
bracket. Four students took top honors and won programable
The students, competing under the STA Tomcats team name,
learned creative problem solving, coding and robotics by competing
against more than 20,000 students split into collaborative
teams focused on designing solutions to science and technology
On hand at the April 5 ceremony to honor the students were
STA Principal Judith Borelli and SF Assessor-Recorder Carmen
Chu, who presented a Certificate of Honor to the winning students:
four who won robots and five more who also earned honors
at the competition.
St. Thomas the Apostle School is located at
3801 Balboa St.
Playground at Sutro School to open weekends
The SF Shared Schoolyard project, which opens up school
sites on the weekends for the public to enjoy, will open a new
location, Sutra Elementary School, located at 235 12th Ave.,
on May 20. A grand opening celebration will be held
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The playground project is supported by SF Supervisor
Mark Farrell and funded by the SF Parks Alliance.
For more information, go to the website at
Volunteers needed to help students clean beach
More volunteers are needed as hundreds of elementary students
from the Bay Area will be making a difference at this
year’s 24th annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-a-Beach Clean-Up
on May 17, sponsored by the Marine Science Institute.
For more information, or to volunteer, go to the website at
http://www.sfbaymsi.org/kids-oceanday or call (650) 364-2760.
Summer of Love exhibit opens at de Young
The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum opened a
“Summer of Love” exhibition on April 8, which “turned back
time” with music, film screenings art-making and other memorabilia
from the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco.
The exhibition features iconic rock posters, a “trippy” light
show, fashions from the ’60s- ’70s and more. It will be on display
through Aug. 20.
The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Summer
of Love and is part of a citywide celebration. For more information
about other events planned for the anniversary celebration,
go to the website at http://www.sftravel.com.
Music Center’s summer schedule available
The non-profit SF Community Music Center, with
a branch located at the Richmond District
Neighborhood Center at 741 30th Ave., has a revamped website
with available offerings.
The website has resources for finding the right teacher; music
making opportunities based on age and interests; and, “inspiring
stories and images from our community.”
For more information, go to the website at www.sfcmc.org.
Golden Gate Park Band back in session
This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Golden Gate
Park Band (GGPB), which presents popular concerts in Golden
Gate Park. It is one of the last big-city outdoor bands to present
a full season of entertainment in the outdoors.
The director of the band is Michael L. Wirgler, who has
been GGPB’s conductor since July 4, 1999. Before that, he was
a member of the band for 25 years. Retired from a 33-year career
as a music teacher, Wirgler continues as a performer, teacher
The free Golden Gate Park Band concerts will continue until
early October. All concerts (unless noted) are on Sundays, at 1
p.m., and are held at the Spreckels Temple of Music at
the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.
The schedule for May is:
- May 7 – Polish Constitution Day (Polish music, singing,
- May 14 – Great concert band music (TBA);
- May 21 – Armenian Constitution Day;
- May 28 – Memorial Weekend concert (Patriotic and
For more information, go to the band’s website at