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.


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.

Introducing Bernal Hype

When I moved to Bernal Heights in 2013, one of the best resources for my finger on the pulse of our wonderful neighborhood was Bernalwood. Whether it was a new restaurant opening, a reminder of a local event, or even a map of the best ski runs of Bernal Hill, Bernalwood was a staple for my discovery of all our humble little hood bad to offer.

About 18 months ago, Bernalwood went dark. I checked back every day hoping that I wouldn’t see the same news of BagelMacher at the top of the site, but it seemed that Todd and his local blog had rolled their last post on that fateful 4/20.

I went through the five stages of grief, but as I approached “Acceptance” I realized that there’s something better than simply dealing with the loss of a central neighborhood news outlet. There’s doing something about it.

And here we are! I’m starting Bernal Hype with the hopes of becoming the go-to single source of what’s happening in our little foothill community. For the most part, I’ll be focused on the area flanked by 280 on the south, San Jose/Dolores on the west, Cesar Chavez on the north, and 101 on the east:

Map of Bernal Heights

That said, if there are big openings or events in nearby neighborhoods like the Mission, Glen Park, Noe, Bayview, or Portola that I think are of interest to fellow Bernalites, I’ll post those here as well.

I’ve set up a twitter account at twitter.com/bernalhype where I’ll be posting more often, so definitely follow there for the timeliest updates.

Lastly, much like any neighborhood, Bernal Hype gets better the more the community participates. Have an upcoming event or scoop on a new opening? Shoot me an email at bernalhype@gmail.com. Have an incredible neighborhood secret or story that needs to be told? Tell me. Want to help write or take photos or brainstorm article ideas? I’m looking to grow this from my little blog to our little blog.

Bernal Heights has given me a wonderful place to call home for the last 6+ years, and Bernal Hype is my small way of paying it forward to residents and visitors new and old.