Sunset Spotlight



Lowell Student wins Lions’ Speaking Contest

Frances Sutton, a senior at Lowell High School, won the International Lions Club’s

District 4-C4 Student Speaker Contest on April 23. The topic of Sutton’s speech was:

“Is the right to privacy a threat to our national security?”


Sutton was sponsored by the New Century Lions Club. She earned a

$4,500 scholarship for her effort.


Golden Gate Park Band’s Summer Concerts

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 country’s

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

1999. Before that, he was a member of the band for 25 years. Retired from a 33-year

career as a music teacher, Wiggler continues as a performer, teacher and composer.


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 June and early July is:

  • June 4 – Italian-American Day (Operatic highlights);
  • Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 — annual GGPB Festival, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.;
  • June 18 – Great concert band music (TBA);
  • June 25 – By popular demand: “Disney” is back;
  • July 2 – The influence of Latin America;
  • Tuesday, July 4 – Celebrate our country’s birthday (patriotic and American music);
  • July 9 – Great concert band music (TBA).


For more information, go to the band’s website at




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