Sunset Spotlight

Sunset Spotlight

A Neighborhood Journal


Mostly British Film Fest at Vogue in February

The 10th annual Mostly British Film Festival will be held at the Vogue Theater from

Feb. 15-22.


There will be a guest appearance by Joanne Froggatt, of “Downton Abbey,” and a new

film will be shown, titled “Una,” a psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara as a

woman who was sexually assaulted in her youth and later searches out her assailant.


The Vogue Theater is located at 3290 Sacramento St. For more information,

call (415) 346-2228 or go to the website at


New Garden Society Director Named

Stephanie Linder has been appointed executive director of the San Francisco Botanical

Garden Society (SFBGS).

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Stephanie Linder

Linder is a resident of the Inner Sunset, where she developed a backyard garden focused

on California native plants and plants that support the Green Hairstreak Butterfly. She

has been both a national and local San Francisco Bay Area park advocate for much of

her career, with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including

leadership and advancement roles at many conservation and park organizations,

including SF Parks Alliance, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and The Trust for

Public Land.


Linder will start the new position on Feb 26. The SF Botanical Garden Society is

the nonprofit support organization for San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in

Golden Gate Park.


The Society manages and operates the garden in partnership with the SF Recreation and

Park Department.


Linder has been both a national and local San Francisco Bay Area park advocate for

much of her career, with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector

including leadership and advancement roles at many prestigious conservation

and park organizations.


“The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Stephanie as our new executive director

at SFBGS,” says Delle Maxwell, board chair. “She brings the perfect mix of experience

with gardens, parks and conservation and environmental organizations, as well as

public-private partnerships similar to ours. Her skills, enthusiasm, and vision will

guide the Garden forward during this new chapter of growth and development.”


“Great parks make great cities, and for me the Garden makes Golden Gate Park

extraordinary,” says Linder. “I am excited to return home and work with my neighbors,

the community, the Garden’s supporters present and future, and our partners

at Rec. and Park to make the Garden an even more incredible place. I believe botanic

gardens play a critical role in helping the public understand the importance of

biodiversity and habitat protection. Not only that, their immersive beauty is an antidote

to nature deficit disorder and many of the other challenges of our modern, urban era.

San Francisco Botanical Garden, situated right in the heart of one of the nation’s most

vibrant cities, is a uniquely accessible place, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity

to build on its growing programs, collections and circles of support.”


San Francisco Botanical Garden is a “sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquility”

dedicated to educating children and adults, cultivating community and displaying

and preserving the planet’s biodiversity. There are more than 8,500 different kinds of

plants from around the world, including many that are rare and endangered in the

Garden’s 55 acres.


Welcoming nearly 450,000 annual visitors, the Garden aims to celebrate the

Earth’s beauty and the interconnectedness of all living things.


Presidio Trust Wins Environmental Award

The Presidio Trust was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)

national WasteWise award in the category Federal Government Partner of the Year for

its accomplishments in waste prevention and diversion.


The Presidio Trust won the award due to its overall achievements in waste diversion,

composting, materials reuse and educational outreach.

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