News Briefs: Meetings planned on Castro dog park redesign

  • by Cynthia Laird, News Editor
  • Wednesday March 15, 2023
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People walked their dogs March 13 at the Eureka Valley Dog Play Area. Photo: Sari Staver
People walked their dogs March 13 at the Eureka Valley Dog Play Area. Photo: Sari Staver

The Eureka Valley Dog Owners Group will hold a series of community feedback sessions to solicit input on a new design for the dog park adjacent to the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at EVRC, 100 Collingwood Street, in the LGBTQ Castro neighborhood. Additional meetings will be held Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, May 24, at the same time and location.

EVDOG, now a nonprofit, began as a side project of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, noted EVNA President Alex Lemberg in a newsletter announcement.

The feedback sessions are being held with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and EVDOG's landscape architecture firm TS Studio to create a new design and priorities for the Eureka Valley Dog Play Area, as the dog park is known, according to EVDOG's meeting registration page.

EVDOG stated that it is "committed to creating a design plan with input and feedback from as many stakeholders as possible."

The meetings are free, though donations to EVDOG are welcome. To register for one or more meetings, click here.

Benefit for Grayson LGBTQ elder conference

Put on those dancing shoes for an afternoon of salsa Sunday, March 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. at El Rio that will raise funds for this year's 10th annual Howard Grayson LGBT Elder Life Conference.

The Grayson conference celebrates the life and legacy of its namesake, a Black LGBTQ and labor activist. Grayson died suddenly in September 2011, alone in a hospital without his friends or family being informed, a news release stated. According to the release, Grayson's passing troubled many and underscored the challenges of aging in the LGBTQ community.

The conference was organized as an annual event to educate community members on opportunities and prepare for challenges LGBTQ people meet as they age, as well as to act as an agent for change.

Initially organized by the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, of which Grayson was long an active member, the conference now has nonprofit status through San Francisco Pride.

This year's Grayson conference will take place in September, according to its Facebook page.

El Rio is located at 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco, between Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets. The event is for those 21 and over; the cost is $8-$10 at the door. Organizers noted that cover charges paid during the first hour will benefit the Grayson conference and urged people to arrive early.

Artists can apply for SF residency

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries and the San Francisco Public Library have announced that people can now complete a request for qualifications for the 2023 Artist in Residence opportunity.

Four artists will be selected to engage with the library staff and their distinct programs and then use that research to develop new work(s), according to an announcement.

Launched in 2015, the SFAC Artist in Residence program builds partnerships with city departments in order to provide unique artist residencies that result in strengthening the value of artists participating in and responding to the advancement of civic dialogue, the announcement stated.

The four artists will spend 10 weeks in residence at the library, conducting research around its history, programs, services, and inner workings. The library, which includes the main building at 100 Larkin Street, 27 neighborhood branches, and four bookmobiles, will share its resources, knowledge, services, and experiences in order to foster a more connected community, according to the announcement.

Artists must reside in San Francisco. The RFQ is open to professional, practicing artists of all backgrounds working in all disciplines with five or more years of experience. The total budget is $20,000 per artist, according to the announcement.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24. Other criteria, and the application, are available here.

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