Alamo Square fire – what you can do

Dear Neighbors: Late Thursday morning 60 of our neighbors and friends lost their homes in a massive 5-alarm fire at Pierce & Golden Gate.

Here’s what you can do to help:

1. The most urgent need is for living spaces. Do you have a roomate leaving? An extra apartment that you know of in your building? An “in-law” unit that’s sitting vacant? Let us know and we will make sure those who need it most get the word. email us!

2. Donate money directly to our displaced neighbors. Go to and make a donation. We will work with Supervisor Mirkarimi’s office to get the funds directly to our neighbors in need.

3. Tomorrow, Dec. 24th, go to the African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton St.) They will host a private event for displaced neighbors from 3pm – 4pm., then open doors to neighbors from the community from 4pm – 5pm.

4. Then – Have a beer at The Edge Bar –the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are running a fundraiser at 4149 18th Street in the Castro on Saturday from 3-7 p.m.

5. Are you in a band? Have some groupies? Know how to draw a crowd? We are working with other groups to host a fundraiser in early January at a local venue to further support our friends and neighbors who need it.

6. Check back! We hope to have a “wish-list” in-hand of immediate needs by Wednesday. We’ll post that on, and the ASNA Facebook page.

We will keep you updated, so please check back!  This is a tragedy that could happen to any of us, and your support and concerns are what make this another great reason to live here.

Thank you for being such a wonderful neighbor!


Lisa Zahner
President, Alamo Square Neighborhood Association

Check out other ways to help:

ASNA fire relief fund:  Donate here.

Alamo Square fire – Donate here

A fire broke out on 12/22/2011 at Golden Gate and Pierce Streets, affecting several buildings and residents.  ASNA has set up a collection fund to go to fire survivors.

Please send a check to

530 Divisadero St. #176
San Francisco, CA 94117
Please write Fire Fund in memo line

Wigg Party Party – Thurs Dec 8

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011
6pm – 10pm
Future “Four Barrel Cafe/Bakery” Site
736 Divisadero Street!/events/272064562845072/

This month the Wigg Party Party falls on the same day as the Divisadero Art Walk. And so, for the first time ever, the Wigg Party Party (WPP) is coming out of the Sunshine Castle and onto Divisadero Street!WPP graciously been granted permission to use a dormant building on Divisadero for our Fall Talent Show.  Dormant isn’t exactly the right word because the space is currently coming back to life – in a few short months it will be a brand new cafe/bakery brought to you by the good folks of Four Barrel Coffee and the one and only Josey Baker.

But on Thursday night, this barren building will be transformed into the greatest display of talent this side of the fogline. There will be song and dance, poetry of words and motion, probably some displays of freakish physicality, and, of course, whatever talent YOU bring to the stage!

Come one, come all – become the art of the Divisadero Art Walk and help christen a new space for our neighborhood!

OneMama Annual Party and Fundraiser

Help empower women and families of rural, impoverished communities around the world to be healthy, educated, and financially successful. OneMama’s current goal is to raise $20,000 to bring on-site solar panels to the health clinic in Uganda, continue HIV and Malaria prevention programs, provide midwives with critical medical supplies, and to expand to surrounding countries.

Dec 3rd, 2011 – Saturday Night, 7:30pm-12:30am
The Painted Gentlemen Mansion at Alamo Square
940 Grove Street, San Francisco

Full Night of local and world renown live music by:
     SILA – “Funk Master” – Live Music
     The Yacine Kouyate African Collective – Live Music
     Devyn Rush – from American Idol
     Bay Area’s Best DJs: The Tourist, Polo Moxquuz
     and many more…

More info here:

940 Grove Street hearing on Wed 12/7

The proposed “Painted Gentlemen” project at the corner of Grove and Steiner has been evolving over the last 2 and a half years and is now scheduled for a hearing at the Historic Preservation Commission on Wed, December 7 at City Hall, Room 400.   If you have public input you would like the Commissioners to consider, be sure to attend to speak during public comment.

This project is number 11 on the agenda, and the meeting is scheduled from 12:30 – 4:30 pm.  See agenda here:

See the latest project renderings below, and more information here:

Divisadero Art Walk – Thurs Dec 8, 2011!/events/190457984376553/

Divisadero Art Walk – December 8, 2011
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Divisadero, between Geary and Haight

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