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Cow Palace is Now Evacuation Site for Horses & LivestockCow Palace is Now Evacuation Site for Horses & Livestock
By - posted 8/21/2020
Community, Fire Updates

As a result of the CZU Lightning Complex Fires, the Cow Palace Arena and Event Center was activated by San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services on August 20, 2020 to open their facility to accommodate livestock and horses that are being evacuated from the affected areas. Animals will be coming more...

Bay Area "Red Flag" and Evacuation WarningsBay Area “Red Flag” and Evacuation Warnings
By - posted 8/21/2020
Community, Fire Updates

Major fires still burn throughout the Bay Area with smoke and poor air quality affecting many other communities not yet directly threatened by fire. Want the latest wildfire updates for your area? Sign up for updates at Cal Fire’s readyforwildfire.org Learn more at National Weather Service Bay Area which has a great more...

SF Just Got a Powerful New Mural at the Asian Art MuseumSF Just Got a Powerful New Mural at the Asian Art Museum
By - posted 8/10/2020
Community, Murals, Museums / Cultural Institutions

Thanks to the New York Times for letting us know about this brand new mural at the Asian Art Museum that, in true Funcheap style, is visible from the street through the windows of the museum’s gallery that has yet to open to the public. The inaugural work in the Wilbur more...

SF Bagpiper Says Farewell After 111 Nightly Sunset SerenadesSF Bagpiper Says Farewell After 111 Nightly Sunset Serenades
By - posted 7/9/2020
Community, Uplifting

Thanks to the SF Chronicle for letting us know that Hal Wilkes, a member of the Irish Pipers Band who headed onto his Castro rooftop every night at sundown and played the bagpipes to entertain his neighbors, has finally said farewell. He begin the practice on March 17th, playing from his more...

SF's Iconic Ghirardelli Square Sign Going Dark for 2 MonthsSF’s Iconic Ghirardelli Square Sign Going Dark for 2 Months
By - posted 6/30/2020
Community

Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for letting us know that the huge Ghirardelli Square sign in San Francisco is about to “vanish.” The sign, originally built in 1915 and restored in 1964 is being taken down, replicated one letter at a time and will be back “brighter than ever.” The iconic sign more...

Oakland to Send "Crisis Team" to Some 911 Calls Instead of CopsOakland to Send “Crisis Team” to Some 911 Calls Instead of Cops
By - posted 6/29/2020
Community, Police Reform

Thanks to KRON4 for letting us know that Oakland is planning to launch a new mobile crisis response unit for Non-Violent 911 calls to help free up police officers to patrol their neighborhoods. This new approach is modeled after Eugene, Oregon’s CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets).  A CAHOOTS more...

SF Mayor Announces New Police ReformsSF Mayor Announces New Police Reforms
By - posted 6/11/2020
Community

Mayor London Breed Announces Roadmap for New Police Reforms Thursday, June 11, 2020 Additional reforms will focus on eliminating the need for police to be first responders for non-criminal situations and changing hiring, promotional, training, and disciplinary systems Mayor London N. Breed today announced her vision to fundamentally change the nature of policing more...

"Bay Area Clean Up" Rallies Volunteers to Help Businesses Recover“Bay Area Clean Up” Rallies Volunteers to Help Businesses Recover
By - posted 6/5/2020
Community

Thanks to this reddit post, we are able to learn about a Bay Area Clean Up group that offers help rally volunteers to help small businesses in San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area recover after suffering any damage during protests or looting. If you know any small businesses in SF more...

A List of 133 Black-Owned Businesses in SF & OaklandA List of 133 Black-Owned Businesses in SF & Oakland
By - posted 6/2/2020
Causes, Community

Thanks to Broke-Ass Stuart for letting us know about this comprehensive (and growing) list of black-owned restaurants and pop-ups in the Bay Area put together by Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. “If we want to live in a diverse and equitable society, we need to make efforts make more...

SF Children's Book Artist Turns Windows into Cartoons Every DaySF Children’s Book Artist Turns Windows into Cartoons Every Day
By - posted 5/27/2020
Community, Uplifting

Thank you SF Gate for sharing the story about a Cow Hollow children’s book illustrator that turns his windows into storybook scenes. Rob Sayegh Jr, is a former toy designer turned author/illustrator specializing in children’s books. He loves making artwork & stories for kids both big & small.  Rob is still relatively more...

Amazing Oakland Teacher Featured on Ellen. Gets $50,000 DonationAmazing Oakland Teacher Featured on Ellen. Gets $50,000 Donation
By - posted 5/18/2020
Bay Area Updates, Community, Uplifting

Funcheap first featured Peter Limata back in April, the amazing first-grade teacher from Oakland who does a live streaming storytime every day at 10:30am. He’s now back on the spotlight as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen surprised Limata of Emerson Elementary School, and he talked about how he more...

SF Street Artist fnnch Launches "The Great Honey Bear Hunt”SF Street Artist fnnch Launches “The Great Honey Bear Hunt”
By - posted 5/8/2020
Artsy Fartsy, Bay Area Updates, Community

San Francisco street artist “fnnch” has just launched “The Great Honey Bear Hunt”. His idea is to have people put Mask Bears in their windows so neighbors can walk around and spot them. This is a fun, safe activity for your neighborhood.  You can see one now in the window more...

This Guy Delivers Free Fresh Pineapples to SFThis Guy Delivers Free Fresh Pineapples to SF
By - posted 5/4/2020
Bay Area Updates, Community, Uplifting

Bored stuck at home and missing going out to brunch? That’s where “The Pineapple Guy” (aka CapriKid) comes to the rescue. Normally, D’marc Williams (and his security dog, Benzo) runs pop-up bars all over San Francisco, serving up a mix of fresh-fruit tropical cocktails along with drinks made with CapriSun pouches. more...

SF's "How Weird" Festival Goes Online May 3 w/ Six Simultaneous Live StreamsSF’s “How Weird” Festival Goes Online May 3 w/ Six Simultaneous Live Streams
By - posted 5/1/2020
Bay Area Updates, Community

San Francisco’s 2020 festival season sure is weird! The How Weird Street Faire would have had its 21st event on Sunday, May 3, 2020. The faire is known for bringing many people together creating a very diverse community. During the pandemic, art and culture and community are still needed. Since people more...

A 145-acre Golf Course in SF Has Been Turned into a Public ParkA 145-acre Golf Course in SF Has Been Turned into a Public Park
By - posted 4/28/2020
Bay Area Updates, Community, New Parks

Thanks to Business Insider for sharing the news that a closed public golf course in SF was turned into a public park to open more outdoor space. The 145-acre Presidio Golf Course was ordered to closed during the region-wide shelter-in-place order. Last weekend, the closed golf course instead served as a more...