Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project

RSVP Now for the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project (GPNHP) First Virtual Meeting! Saturday, April 25, 4 – 5 pm 

Updates on Diamond Heights Redevelopment and
the Naming of Islais Creek

To help fill the “CO-VOID” in our usual daily activities, join us from the comfort of your own home for our first virtual meeting!  You can join the meeting from your desktop or laptop (Mac or Windows), or just about any smartphone or tablet. When you RSVP to, you’ll be sent a meeting invite with login information.

We’ll kick the meeting off with GPNHP board member and architectural historian Hannah Simonson who will share the history of the Red Rock Hills Design Competition. Hannah will take a closer look at this 1961 event that kicked off redevelopment in Diamond Heights and brought national attention to the district within the architecture community. Hannah will also highlight the design and politics that shaped the built and unbuilt schemes in the competition. Then, GPNHP director Evelyn Rose will follow with a surprising new theory about the origins of the name given to Islais Creek!

To join this virtual meeting, you must RSVP to before the event.

This virtual meeting is free!  You can also become a GPNHP member to help support our work: Individual $15 and Household $20. Visit our Support the GPNHP page to donate with PayPal, and to learn more about the  GPNHP.

Now Online: GPNHP’s Hannah Simonson at UC-Berkeley Environmental Design Archives

As many of you know, Hannah Simonson is the author of the Diamond Heights Historic Resource Evaluation, completed while an intern at the San Francisco Planning Department. This project also served as her thesis in fulfillment of the Masters program in Architectural History at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. She performed much of her research at the Environmental Design Archives at UC-Berkeley and earlier this year was invited back to share her research at the EDA Gallery Talks.

You can view Hannah’s presentation here; read her Modern Diamond Heights: Dwell-ification and the Challenges of Preserving Modernist, Redevelopment Resources in Diamond Heights, San Francisco that was awarded the Outstanding Masters Thesis in Historic preservation. And, you can read more about Hannah’s historic architecture interests.

Virtual Town Hall

Assembly member Chiu and Supervisor Mandelman,

Virtual Town Hall, Friday, April 24th, 1 pm
State and District 8 COVID-19 Resources

The public is invited to a Virtual Town Hall with Assemblymember David Chiu and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. COVID-19 resources to be discussed include K-12 education, navigating childcare, support for workers & small businesses, and Q&A. 
The details for the Town Hall are as follows:
Virtual Town Hall with Assembly member Chiu & BOS Rafael Mandelman
Date: Friday, April 24th @ 1:00pm-1:45pm
Join Zoom Meeting Link:
Zoom Meeting ID: 920-2643-9445, Password: 104700

Blue Christmas Gathering and A Jazzy Little Christmas This Week at St. Aidan’s

Blue Christmas: a Service that Makes Space for Grief and Loss at Christmas 
Wednesday, Dec 18, 5:30-7pm – (No Communion is offered) at St. Aidan’s Church
Messages from St. Aidan’s
For a number of people, Christmas is actually not an especially joyous time of year. Often those who have lost loved ones, or for whom family Christmas gatherings are deeply uncomfortable or simply not possible, feel a great deal of pain as Christmas approaches. This service of “Blue Christmas” seeks to make space for this experience. With a lessons and carols format featuring several readings and reflections, this service without Communion is meant to be accessible to people of various Christian traditions. Please feel free to come and invite anyone you know who might appreciate this service.

A Jazzy Little Christmas 
Please join us on Sunday December 22 for a night filled with music! Performances will include St. Aidan’s parishioners Elaine Jennings and Janet Lohr with guest performer Michael Jennings. All proceeds will help fund St. Aidan’s various ministries! Tickets are available now at and at the door.

Volunteers Needed for DH Holiday Party Saturday, Dec. 14th, 3-5 pm at St. Aidan’s

First, I hope you are available to attend our Diamond Heights Holiday Party on Dec. 14th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Aidan’s Church. Just attending would be wonderful but if you have an hour or two to volunteer that would be terrific. Though the party is sponsored by the Diamond Heights Community Association, Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH), and St. Aidan’s Church, the main volunteers to plan and create the party are from the RDH Workgroup.
We need a few more volunteers to help with one or more of the following roles:
1:30 – Help with set up of tables, chairs, food table, beverage table, craft tables and decorations
2:30 – Help pick up food from Safeway and Harbor Villa Restaurant (to be transported by car)
2:30 – Help set up of craft making and then assist people who need help during the party. Holiday crafts will be available to make for all ages
2:30 – Welcome people at the door and click attendance
2:30 – Help staff welcome table
3:15 – Serve food to individual plates in food line
5:30 – Assist with clean-up
Please reply if you would like to volunteer and let me know what interests you.
Thank you for considering volunteering and Happy Holidays!
Betsy for RDH

Music on the Hill Presents Farallon Quintet, Dec. 8, 7 pm, St. Aidan’s Church

Music on the Hill presents
The Farallon Quintet
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 PM
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Dr., San Francisco.
A dynamic Bay Area Clarinet Quintet (string quartet plus clarinet), the musicians are all
principal players in the S.F Opera & Ballet Orchestras. In addition to playing the classics,
the quintet seeks to perform rarely heard works, innovative arrangements, and new
music by living composers. In keeping with that tradition they will be performing original
compositions by Jose Gonzalez Granero, a transcription of De Falla’s Spanish Songs,
“The Dreams & Prayers of Isaac the Blind” and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
Tickets are $20/$15. Purchase online at

Wildfire Prevention Hearing Monday, Nov. 4, 1:30 pm at City Hall

Hi Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup,
Please consider attending this important hearing to let the City know that more fire mitigation is needed in our 5 parks in Diamond Heights in order to prevent a fire started in a park from spreading to homes on a very windy day. Dry brush and dead wood need to be removed from our parks among other mitigations!
The Wildfire and Prevention and Management Hearing is Monday, Nov. 4, City Hall in the Board chambers Room 250. The Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting starts at 1:30 pm. The Wildfire hearing is 3rd on the agenda the last page of which is attached.
Thank you to Supervisors Mandelman, Yee, Stefani, Mar and Fewer for sponsoring the hearing.
Item 3 on agenda:
[Hearing – Wildfire and Prevention and Management]
Sponsors: Yee; Stefani, Mar, Fewer and Mandelman

Hearing on wildfire prevention and management practices on land owned or operated by each department or entity; and requesting the Fire Department, Public Utilities Commission, Recreation and Park Department, Public Works, Port, University of California San Francisco, and Presidio Trust to report.

Noe Valley Nursery School 50th Anniversary Event

How about a fun evening celebrating Noe Valley Nursery School’s 50th Anniversary! If you are unavailable to attend, please consider making a donation to the preschool. The cooperative preschool moved from Noe Valley to the Christopher Park Rec Center for about 15 years ago. Parents and staff from the school especially Brynna McNulty, Coordinator of Friend of Christopher Park, have worked endlessly and successfully with Rec and Park on the design for the new playground structures and other renovations.

Betsy for the DHCA

Invitation from NVNS for Cocktails for a Cause
Hello friends, family, and all those who have been a part of the Noe Valley Nursery School community past and present!

Please join us for our annual auction Cocktails for a Cause, where we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NVNS with a night of drinks, dancing, live and silent auction bidding, and an awesome wine raffle on

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, from 7-11pm

at The Verdi Club in San Francisco 

To acknowledge the school’s inception in 1969, get ready to party in the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s (hint: dressing up highly encouraged!)

Simply click the invite above to purchase your tickets and register for the event. If you are unable to attend but would still like to give a contribution to the school, you can do so here.

Thank you for all your continued enthusiasm and support of NVNS.

Hope to see you there!

Diamond Diapers and Music in the Hill Oct. 27 at St. Aidan’s

Hi All,
Here are 2 events for Sunday, October 27, both at St. Aidan’s Church.

Diamond Diapers

What: Distributing free baby diapers to families
When: Sunday, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Upper Level, enter at 101 Gold Mine Drive.

A team from St. Aidan’s and the wider neighborhood is distributing diapers as a small way to support folks with children here. Families of all configurations very welcome.

Music on the Hill presents Solstice Vocal Ensemble
Sunday October 27 at 7:00 PM at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Dr. San Francisco.

Founded in 1995, Solstice is an award-winning vocal a cappella ensemble for women’s voices.
Past performances in the Bay Area include The Freight & Salvage, La Pena Cultural Center, Montalvo arts Center & KALW Folk Music & Beyond. The program will feature works by Hildegard von Bingen, Francis Poulenc, folk music from the Americas and original compositions. Members are Becca Burrington, Christina Bogiages, Emily Bender, Kim Warsaw, Krista Enos, Sara Webb-Schmitz and Sheryl Kaskowitz.
Tickets are $20/$15. Purchase advance tickets online at