Quarter Notes: Firepie Makeover, Climate Art, Tuesday I Give, and more


Happy Thanksgiving from Mission Local! We’ve compiled a few events, events and opportunities for the community as the holiday season goes down.

Latino Task Force and Unidos en Salud tests, vaccination sites closed for Thanksgiving

The Latino Task Force and Unidos en Salud / United in Health partners are encouraging residents to do their part to “keep our community strong” and prevent a winter wave of Covid-19 by getting tested before family gatherings during the holidays. While the testing and vaccination sites at 701 Alabama Street and 24th and Capp Street will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 25, people can still undergo rapid tests before Thanksgiving gatherings (as well as receive their Covid-19 vaccinations and their reminders) today at 24th and Capp streets.

Pizza food truck gets a brick and mortar

The Mission-born Firepie pizza truck also has a physical location. The “new generation” company has been operating at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets since 2016, and you can now enjoy wood-fired pizza inside the old Mozzeria (3228 16th Street). Founder Rick Richman highlighted their exceptional delivery and cooking times (typically under 15 minutes and 90 seconds, respectively) and proximity to the new location for easy outings in Dolores Park. “We also employ underserved local youth, have a team of superstars and pay them well,” he said.

UCSF supports housing and small businesses owned by minorities

UC San Francisco launched a community investment program last week to “address health equity through community economic support.” The pilot grew out of UCSF’s Anchor Institution Initiative, which was launched in 2019 to advance equity for underserved and underfunded communities around the world “from the city we call home. “.

The program constitutes a three-year commitment to fund four regional organizations. ASIAN, Inc. will secure $ 1 million for start-up loans for housing projects, minority-owned entrepreneurs and low-income minority-owned business owners. The REDF Impact Investment Fund (RIIF) will also receive $ 1 million to provide short-term loans to employers of people who have encountered barriers at work, such as incarceration, homelessness and mental illness. . Pacific Community Ventures in Oakland will receive $ 1.5 million to establish its restorative loan fund for entrepreneurs typically excluded from traditional financial systems, and the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund will receive $ 1.5 million for affordable housing and efforts. for the homeless in San Francisco and Oakland.

Jamestown Community Center celebrates 50 years

The Mission Jamestown Community Center youth development organization is celebrating half a century of supporting low-income youth and families this year. Through sports, seasonal camps, school-based Beacon Centers and more, the Jamestown Community Center has worked to “enrich the lives of our underserved youth and their families to create healthier communities.” The Center merged with Loco Bloco in 2018, the latter bringing artistic programming and performance experience to the former’s academic enrichment and youth development programs. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Jamestown Community Center is sharing the stories of those affected and is working to raise $ 150,000 by January 10. Donate here for the next 50 years.

The VOSS gallery goes international

The Mission’s VOSS Gallery (3344 24th St) will have a booth at SCOPE, the international exhibition of contemporary art in Florida. The booth (# EO13) will display works by The Tracy Piper and Gale Hart. The two artists are at the forefront of the New Contemporary genre. Ashley Voss, owner / director of the VOSS gallery, noted in an email that their all-female presence at SCOPE is unique in the art world; only 8 percent of the 3,050 galleries in the Artsy database represent more women than men. “We are at the forefront of a necessary cultural change in the art market by encouraging collectors to invest in women in the arts,” she wrote. The exhibition opens next Tuesday, November 30, and the VOSS Gallery will be releasing additional works by Piper and Hart on November 25. Check out the collection here.

The Drawing Room invites artists to submit work on climate change

Bay Area artists are invited to submit work relevant to an upcoming climate change exhibit, “Tides of Change,” to The Drawing Room (3260 23rd Street) by January 3. The pieces should “reflect on the stories and progression of our warming planet, the impacts on life of rising temperature and sea levels, and the current calls to action right now.” Given the recent UN climate summit COP26 and the ongoing calls to action, the exhibition organizers note how art “can impress us and appeal to our senses in a way that data and graphics often fail. “Artists from San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties are eligible. The exhibition will be held between January 15 and February 26, 2022. Submit here.

In other opportunities for artists, the San Francisco Public Library’s Artist-in-Residence program is accepting applications from artists of all disciplines until December 3. Learn more here.

Donation Tuesday is November 30

Giving Tuesday was founded around the idea that “everyone has something to give, and every act of giving counts”. On Tuesday and beyond, there are many ways to give back locally. Here are a few to get you started:

The Women’s Building Winter Community Campaign is accepting donations until December 14. More details on last week’s neighborhood notes here.

A joint San Francisco Police Department and Walgreens toy drive began yesterday. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at any San Francisco Walgreens until December 21, or donate through Venmo or GoFundme (see event poster below). The SF Police Department noted that 2,000 toys were donated last year. It sounds like a challenge!

The San Francisco Public Library will reuse old laptops to teach digital literacy to new computer users until February 2022. They accept Chromebooks and Windows devices, and donated laptops will be cleaned and refurbished by HP to be distributed through library programs to adults learning basic skills. Learn more about the easy donation process and locations here.

This list of Bay Area and San Francisco-specific philanthropic organizations highlights other worthy recipients of your time and money.

To donate to the SFPD / Walgreens Toy Drive via Venmo or GoFundme, use the QR codes above.

For more neighborhood events, check out our calendar.


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