Golden Gate Park Band director to take final bow on Oct. 8
For the past 18 years, Golden Gate Park Band director Michael L. Wirgler has
waved his baton, leading the band to rousing renditions of a wide
variety of music. On Sunday, Oct. 8, he will be handing over his baton
and taking his final bow with the band before retiring.
The Golden Gate Park Band has
played a broad range of music over
the years, including classical
transcriptions, original works for
concert band, Broadway show
selections, operas and marches. In
addition, a number of the concerts
feature ethnic and artistic
groups from throughout the
Wirgler has been band’s conductor
since July 4, 1999. Before that, he was
a member of the band for 25 years. He retired after a 33-year career as a music teacher.
The Golden Gate Park Band concert on Oct. 8, a free all-request affair, will be
held at the Spreckels Temple of Music at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate
Park, at 1 p.m.
For more information, go to the website at http://www.GoldenGateParkBand.org.
George Washington Eagle gets first Major League Baseball hit
On Sept. 1, George Washington High School alum and baseball player O’Koyea
Dickson (2010 graduate) became the second Washington player to be called up to
play baseball in the major leagues.
He made his major league debut the next day, starting the first game of a doubleheader
in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After his first three games in the majors, he was posting a .333 on-base percentage,
but the big deal came on Sept. 23, when Dickson got his first big league hit, off SF Giant’s
pitcher Madison Bumgarner. As is the custom of Major League Base ball, the ball was
retrieved for the rookie’s keepsake.
Dickson was a four-year starter for the Eagles’ varsity baseball team, participating
in four city championship games. The team won it all in 2006, with Dickson being
the second hitter in a lineup that was “arguably one of the best offensive teams
in AAA history,” according to Washington baseball coach Brian Jesson.
“During the 2006 championship game, O’Koyea hit a double and a home run into
the left-centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park,” Jesson said.
Dickson earned first team all-city honors each of his last three years at
Washington, and in 2008 he was named Player of the Year. He attended the
College of San Mateo and Sonoma State University and was drafted in the 12th
round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
During seven minor league seasons, Dickson hit 117 home runs, batted .279,
with a .349 on-base percentage and .491 slugging percentage.
Dickson joins Jerry White (1970) as the only Washington Eagle to play in the
major leagues. White was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1970, making his major
league debut with the team, and also playing with the Chicago Cubs and St.
Louis Cardinals. White spent 15 years as a coach for the Minnesota Twins.
City helps neighbors create block parties
Living in one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods is a source of great pride for residents
and there is no better way to celebrate that pride than by bringing neighbors together for
a block party, according to the Neighborfest Program.
The program offers host committees an end-to-end experience that empowers
them to pull off “the best block party their neighbors have ever attended.”
The program includes a customized toolkit that offers step-by-step instructions
and a no-cost permitting process to receive a bin of disaster supplies for local
residents. It is Neighborfest’s goal to have a stronger, more connected community.
This year, with the support of many city departments and the offices of SF
Mayor Ed Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly, the Neighborhood Empowerment
Network (NEN) has more than 35 groups participating in street festivals, including two in
the Richmond in October. They are on Saturday, Oct. 14, on 20th Avenue, between
California and Lake streets, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.; and, Saturday, Oct. 14, on 16th Avenue,
between California and Lake streets, from 1 to 7 p.m.
For more information about NEN, go to the website at http://www.empowersf.org.
Uber reports accident on Geary Boulevard
Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving car program has had its first reported crash in
California, a collision that happened on Aug. 16, at 2:25 p.m., in the Richmond District.
According to the SF Examiner, one of Uber’s autonomous Volvo XC90s was
rear ended at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Third Avenue after its human
driver disengaged its self-driving technology to allow pedestrians to cross.
It was the first accident reported to the California Department of Motor Vehicles
since Uber got its permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state.
Local merchant supports Geary senior center
Grocery Outlet, located at 6333 Geary Blvd., contributed a portion of its sales recently as
a fundraiser for the Golden Gate Senior Center.
Through donations, the store amassed 250 bags of groceries for seniors, as well
as raising $6,422. The money will be used by the non-profit senior center, located
at Geary Boulevard and 26th Avenue, to launch its “wellness program to promote
“This week we started an Always Active exercise program, and we are taking
57 seniors on a trip to have lunch at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo,”
said Kaleda Walling, director of the Golden Gate Senior Center. “These are
just a couple of examples of what the support from our neighbors at the
Grocery Outlet has made possible.”
Internet provider to lead cleanup; giving away free ice cream
Sonic, an Internet provider that has been working for the past several years
laying high-speed cable in the Richmond, is giving back to the community through
On Thursday, Oct. 5, Sonic employees will lead a community clean-up of
Golden Gate Park. Meet at Rise and Grind, 785 Eighth Ave., at 10:30. The
clean-up will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. And, Sonic will be footing the bill for
free ice cream cones at Joe’s Ice Cream shop, located at 5420 Geary Blvd., on
Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 6-9 p.m.
Additionally, for every resident that signs up for service at a Sonic event, the
company will donate $10 to Project Homeless Connect.
Golden Gate Park meadow named for Robin Williams
The SF Recreation and Park Department announced in September the
naming of Robin Williams Meadow, located adjacent to Golden Gate Park’s
Sharon Building, to honor the late comedian Robin Williams.