Weekly Chess Night at Progressive Grounds

Want to proclaim yourself as King or Queen of the Bernal Chess scene? Looking for something fun to do one knight [sic] a week? Consider yourself a chess expert or a rook-ie? (OK I promise I’m done here)

This Wednesday night from 6-8pm at Progressive Grounds, the Bernal Chess group will be hosting their weekly event:

San Francisco chess players, let’s play and learn together! All levels and ages are welcome. Bring a chess set if you have one. There’s no charge to participate, but a purchase of food or drinks helps support our generous venue. Find out about all upcoming game nights: bernalchess.com.

http://bernalchess.com/ & https://nextdoor.com/events/3349916/

This night generally happens weekly, so make sure you sign up for the mailing list if you are interested in getting notified about when the event takes place.

Crafts + Brew: More than just Craft Brews

Looking for something to do mid-day Saturday that doesn’t involve waiting in line for brunch but still involves some adult beverages? A company called Crafts + Brew is hosting an event called Build + Sip at Barebottle Brew Co from 11am-2pm where you can purchase tickets to build one of three crafts:

  • Beer Caddy – $44 (pictured above)
  • Nail & String Art – $39 (pictured below, though there are more designs than the one below)
  • Industrial Lamp – $49 (pictured below)

From the Crafts + Brew FAQ, the company will provide all tools necessary for construction, and kids are welcome to craft (though of course not welcome to consume Barebottle’s tasty crafts).

Bernal Heights Rec Center November Calendar

Every month the Bernal Rec Center publishes a calendar of events happening at the gym, but as far as I can tell it’s only available as a print-out in the rec center itself. I’m going to reach out to the Rec Center to see if we can digitize and add to the BH calendar, but for now I’ve scanned the document below:

It honestly took me way too long to realize there was a full indoor basketball court by the library and even longer to realize there were structured events that took place inside. Grab a basketball, don your skates, or prep your best Zumba moves and check it out!

Yeah, there’s an election this Tuesday!

While it feels like the entire country (and perhaps the world) is looking ahead to the 2020 election, there’s one happening here in San Francisco this Tuesday, November 5. Want more info on how and where to vote? The League of Pissed Off Voters have some handy info on their website that I’ve copied below:

Where’s your polling place? See YourFuckingPollingPlace.com, call 311, or just go vote at City Hall.

Non-citizens Can Vote on Board of Education! Parents/caregivers of school-age children can vote.

Don’t have an address? You can vote! If you don’t have a fixed address, you can register using cross streets.

Former Felons Can Vote! Even if you’ve been convicted of a felony, you can vote as long as you’re off parole. Don’t let the Man disenfranchise you

Slackers Can Vote: Election Day Voter Registration! Missed the 10/21 deadline to register to vote? Head directly to City HallDO NOT PASS GO—to register and vote right up through Election Day! From November 2-5, you can also register and vote at SFSU Towers Conference Center. Now get out there and make us proud.

Youth Can Vote! If you’re 16 or 17, pre-register and your registration will be activated automatically when you turn 18.

San Francisco is expanding the number of options on our ranked-choice ballots this year. We can rank up to TEN candidates! The Department of Elections has a nifty online practice ballot to help folks figure it out.

http://www.theleaguesf.org/nov_2019#top

While my main goal is just to get everyone to vote, I’ve also included two of my go-to voter guides below. First is the Bernal Democratic Club’s guide:

Next is the League of Pissed Off Voters, whose handy dandy guide comes in a fancy little printable, foldable PDF (or you can sneak a peek below):

Luckily for me and my leftist tendencies, both crews have roughly the same endorsements so filling out the ballot was a breeze. Hope to see you all at the polling stations on Tuesday as I drop off my ballot and snag one of those nifty “Yo Voté” stickers.

Día de los Muertos Festival of Altars and Procession

Starting today at 4pm in Potrero Del Sol park is the Día de los Muertos Festival of Altars. From the Day of the Dead SF website:

Please come and participate in building an altar or come to view the community altars.

The making and viewing of traditional, contemporary, or experimental altars is a unique transformative experience connecting us closer to our Ancestors. Bring flowers, 8 inch glass prayer candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to the Community Altars.

https://www.dayofthedeadsf.org/festival-of-altars

Later, at 7pm, the traditional procession will begin at 22nd and Bryant, winding through the Mission finishing up back at Potrero Del Sol

For more information, check out www.dayofthedeadsf.org or contact The Rescue Cultural Collective at:

juanpablogutierrez1950@gmail.com or call 415.933.5465.

November Events at the Bernal Heights Branch

At the beginning of every month our wonderful local branch of the SF Public Library posts a calendar of all the events happening at the library. While I recommend you all sign up for their email updates, I’ll also be posting those events here and eventually adding them to the Bernal Hype calendar (coming soon).

Trick or Treating on Cortland

It’s Halloween today, which means that kids and parents will storm the sidewalks of Cortland Ave to trick or treat at the many retail shops and candy-friendly homes flanking the main drag.

Since we don’t get a ton of trick-or-treaters at our house, we usually head to the corner of Cortland and Moultrie by the library to pass out candy. This year we’ll be there starting between 5:30 and 6:00pm with full-size candy bars, a spooky soundtrack of the best Halloween songs, and some pretty killer Bernal Hype stickers:

Aside from our little Bernal Hype trick or treat pop-up, most shops along Cortland give out candy as well (or in the case of Good Life, candy and apples). Pinhole has already posted that their organic candy hand-out begins at 5:30pm.

In addition to businesses, Next Door has a treat map where houses can opt in to appear on the map if they will be giving out candy. Just taking a look at the map as of this morning, there are a good number of houses within a block or two of Cortland that will be handing out the goods as well:

Please stop by and say hey this evening, and remember to stay safe out there as Cortland does not close down to traffic during the Halloween festivities.