Sunset Spotlight

A Neighborhood Journal


Teen Dies after Fall from Lands End Cliff

A 17-year-old student from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School fell to her death at

Lands End on June 22.


Victoria La Rocca lost her balance and plunged about 90 feet to the rugged coastline.

First responders, some of whom scaled down the steep cliffside, could not revive her

and she was declared dead at the scene.


The Corte Madera resident was hiking with friends when the mishap occurred.

According to a representative of the SF Fire Department, four other calls for assistance

from people stranded along the cliffs were made in the same week that La Rocca died.


Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden in July

A 12-day outdoor event, now in its third year and running from July 13-24,

transforms the SF Botanical Garden (SFBG) into an alfresco concert hall

where everyone is invited to play and listen.


There are 12 pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden’s 55

acres and the public is encouraged to play what they like, from

chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekends, event partner Sunset Piano has invited

professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians to perform throughout

the garden as well, and the public is welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy the shows.


The SF Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, near Ninth Avenue and

Lincoln Way. Admission is free for San Francisco residents.


For more information, go to the website at


Summer of Love Play in Golden Gate Park

We Players will perform William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as

part of the city’s summer of love celebration.


The play will be performed on the top of Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park,

the island in the middle of Stow Lake and the tallest point in the park.


The six-person version of the classic tale is a dark and humorous exploration of the

complexities of love, complicated human relationships and the boundaries

between reality and imagination.


We Players will be performing the play from July 6-9 and July 27-30,

starting at 6:30 p.m. The performance is free but donations are requested.


New Restaurant Offers Free Dinner for Sunset Residents

Lemonade, a new cafeteria-style restaurant located at 1266 Ninth Ave., celebrated its

grand opening June 13 by throwing open its doors to the community for a free dinner

the night before. People walking by the site were invited to try the restaurant’s

new menu.


“Lemonade has been in growth-mode since its debut in West Hollywood in 2008 and

now has 28 locations throughout California, with the Inner Sunset marking its sixth

Bay Area location.


The company is focused on further expansion and has invested in this next

generation experience to capitalize on one of the most talked about fast casual

brands,” said Larry Kurzweil, CEO.


The Sunset Lemonade features a new line-up of custom crafted plates, with

some 50 items, including a carving station with roasted steak, chicken and

Ahi tuna dishes, along with all new entree salads and toasted sandwiches curated by

Lemonade founder and executive chef Alan Jackson.


“Bordering Golden Gate Park and home to UCSF campus, we

chose the Inner Sunset neighborhood because it remains close to

nature without losing its big-city edge,” Jackson said.


Lemonade is open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 9:05 p.m.

For more information, visit the website at


New Drop Off Site for Old Prescriptions

The Sunset Pharmacy is now taking old drugs that need to be disposed of safely.


The drug drop-off program takes old drugs in any dosage in their original container or a

sealed bag to keep them out of landfills and underground aquifers. Herbal remedies,

vitamins, inhalers and personal care products, including cosmetics, are not accepted.


For more information about the old-drug-disposing MEDProject,

go to the website at


The pharmacy is also a drop off for used hypodermic needles, working cooperatively

with Recology, but is not a needle exchange site.


Located at 801 Irving St., at Ninth Avenue, the Sunset Pharmacy is open

Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, from

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (415) 664-8800.


Target to Open at Stonestown in July

Target will open a new store at the Stonestown shopping center on July 17.


The new “small format” store, generally less than 50,000 square feet, will occupy the site

where the Sports Authority was formerly located. About 100 employees have been hired

to run the operation.


A CVS Pharmacy and Starbucks will be located in the new store,

which will feature groceries, to go food, apparel, home decor items,

electronic gadgets and health and beauty products.


According to Target representatives, the new location’s proximity

to San Francisco State University played into the corporation’s

decision to open the new store at the Stonestown Galleria.


Local Non-profit for Youth Gets Statewide Salute

Sunset Youth Services, a nonprofit organization on Outer Judah Street that serves

disadvantaged youth, was chosen by California Assemblyman Phil Ting as his 2017

California nonprofit of the year award winner. A celebration was held in

Sacramento in June.


“We’re thrilled to have been chosen among a wealth of worthy nonprofits in the

community. Ours serves high-risk youth who are breaking cycles of poverty,

violence, and incarceration. We’re tremendously thankful for this honor,” said

Mary Giles, a grant writer at Sunset Youth Services.


Sunset Youth Services was founded by Dawn and Ron Stueckle.



Due to an editing error in last month’s issue of the Sunset Beacon, author Emil DeAndreis

was credited with having played baseball for the Belgium Merchant Cats.

In fact, he never made it to the professional team due to health issues.

The Sunset Beacon regrets the error.

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