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WNP Events Calendar

Western Neighborhoods Project shares local history at events for community organizations, clubs, businesses, schools, and fairs. We also host our own events, including special walks and symposiums exclusively for WNP members.

Contact us to bring some San Francisco history to your next gathering.

  • History Happy Hour(WNP Event)

    Aug 13, 2020 5:30pm-6:30pm (Thursday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl, Chelsea Sellin, David Gallagher in conversation with local historians, artists, long-time west side residents, and other surprise guests, chatting about a variety of historical subjects. Audience members are encouraged to participate via chat and, of course, bring their beverage of choice.

    This week we sit down with west side historian, author, and former WNP board member Lorri Ungaretti, a San Francisco native who has written five books about San Francisco's Sunset and Richmond Districts. She continues to write articles and give presentations on the city's history, and leads walking tours through the Inner Sunset, the Parkside and Sigmund Stern Grove as a San Francisco City Guide. In 2010, Lorri received a Women's History Month Commendation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Who knows where the evening will take us!

    This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required.
    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Program courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
    A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. (if you don't receive it immediately let us know.)
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event San Francisco
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Podcast Live - Emma Sutro(WNP Event)

    Aug 14, 2020 6:00pm-7:00pm (Friday) at Virtual Online Event
    Be a part of our Live Audience for our weekly podcast recording! Join our podcast crew Nicole, David, and Woody for this warts and all sneak peek behind-the-scenes recording session with added visual content, out-takes, and live only material. Tickets: $7.50 for this live event helps pay our recording costs.

    This week we'll be joined by WNP Board President, Historian Chelsea Sellin talking about Adolph Sutro's Accoomplished daughter, Dr. Emmma Sutro Merritt .


    Tickets/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event San Francisco
  • SOLD OUT Portola Drive History Walk SOLD OUT

    Aug 15, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    SOLD OUT.

    Join us for a guided walking tour along Portola Drive led by long-time WNP Board Member Richard Brandi.

    Portola Drive was part of the original Corbet Road that traversed the slopes of Twin Peaks from Castro Street to Sloat Boulevard. Portola was widened successively over the years but the current street is the result of the efforts taken during the 1950s. To squeeze in four traffic lanes, a parking strip, and a center median, the city bought all the houses with one exception on the northwest side of Portola from Waitham to Dorchester Way. Houses in St Francis Wood were pushed back or turned on their lots or vanished without trace.

    Richard Brandi has been fascinated with house moving and has traced the whereabouts of houses that were scattered across San Francisco, Daly City and Colma. On this tour, we will see how houses in St Francis Wood were changed, see the vacant land north of St. Francis Wood where houses once stood and then hike to seven houses that were relocated over the objections of the Miraloma Park Association (they didn't want "old” houses plunked down in their mid-century paradise).

    Warning: This walk is uphill its entire length, including some fairly steep streets.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in a follow-up email.
    Event is SOLD OUT


    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • OpenSFHistory Top 5!(WNP Event)

    Aug 21, 2020 6:30pm-8:00pm (Friday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl and special guests LisaRuth Elliott of Shaping San Francisco, Gabrielle Silva of the University of San Francisco's Museum Studies Graduate Program, and Kerri Young of San Francisco Heritage give you a rundown of their most recent absolute favorite photographs from our ever-expanding OpenSFHistory archive. Come for the stories, stay for the fun, share your own memories, and leave with a little history. This week features an all-lady lineup in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 2020.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Program courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, this event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Presidio Main Post History Walk(WNP Event)

    Aug 29, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    Join local historian John Martini on an easy stroll (in real life!) amid the stately architecture of the Main Post. On this one-mile walk you will pass the Presidio Officers Club and Heritage Center, the Inn at the Presidio, the San Francisco Film Institute, the new Park Service Visitor Center, and the future site of the New Presidio Parklands Project---while learning about the area's intriguing history from Spanish colonial settlers to 1906 earthquake refugees to Cold War jitters.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • West Clay Park & Sea Cliff History Walk

    Aug 29, 2020 2:00pm-4:00pm (Saturday)
    San Francisco is not known for having picturesque suburban streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks that convey the feeling of living in a park. But between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods called residence parks were proposed or built in the city. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff but there were many others.

    WNP Board member Richard Brandi wrote THE book about them (due the end of the year by McFarland Publishing.), and he will lead you through West Clay Park and Sea Cliff for a physically distanced and refreshing tour.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Event is SOLD OUT


    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • WNP Story Time!(WNP Event)

    Sep 2, 2020 4:30pm-5:30pm (Wednesday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl will read classic and history-themed children’s stories live the first Wednesday of every month. We began this series on Facebook Live in May and, after a month off, are shifting to Zoom! Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This month we’re reading “Levi Strauss Gets A Bright Idea” written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Stacy Innerst, recommended for ages 4-8.

    What’s a California miner to do when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedly wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla (that is, his birthday suit)! Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking, quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers clothed—and becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tale, "Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea" celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jean wearers worldwide.

    Sponsored by the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) as part of our Education Initiative. All books were purchased at our favorite independent bookseller in the Richmond District, Green Apple Books. This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Lincoln Manor & Sutro Heights Residence Park History Walk(WNP Event)

    Sep 12, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    San Francisco is not known for its picturesque suburban streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks that convey the feeling of living in a park. But between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods called "residence parks" were proposed or built in the city. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff but there were many others.

    WNP Board member Richard Brandi wrote THE book about them (due the end of the year by McFarland Publishing.), and he will lead you through Lincoln Manor and Sutro Heights Residence Park for a physically distanced and refreshing tour.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Program courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • West Portal, Claremont Court & Merritt Terrace History Walk(WNP Event)

    Sep 26, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    San Francisco is not known for its picturesque suburban streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park. But between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods called “residence parks” were proposed or built in the City. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff but there were many others.

    WNP Board member Richard Brandi wrote THE book about them (due the end of the year by McFarland Publishing.), and he will lead you through West Portal Park, Claremont Court and Merritt Terrace for a physically distanced and refreshing tour.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • WNP Story Time!(WNP Event)

    Oct 7, 2020 4:30pm-5:30pm (Wednesday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl will read classic and history-themed children’s stories live the first Wednesday of every month. We began this series on Facebook Live in May and, after a month off, are shifting to Zoom! Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This month we’re reading a 1950s classic: “Fly High, Fly Low” by Don Freeman, recommended for ages 3-5.

    Sid the pigeon is very choosy about finding just the right home in the magnificent city of San Francisco. And find it he does, in the loop of a huge “B” in an electric sign high up on a skyscraper. Sid’s view of San Francisco is without equal. So Sid asks the lovely dove Midge to share his home. But one morning, while Midge is taking her turn sitting on two eggs, disaster strikes. A truck comes and workers take down the letters on the skyscraper one-by-one. Winner of the Caldecott Honor, “Fly High, Fly Low” is a heartwarming story of two birds making a home—and then making another one—in one of America’s great cities.

    Sponsored by the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) as part of our Education Initiative. All books were purchased at our favorite independent bookseller in the Richmond District, Green Apple Books. This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://sharpsf.com
  • Forest Hill & Windsor Terrace History Walk(WNP Event)

    Oct 10, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    San Francisco is not known for its picturesque suburban streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park. But between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods called “residence parks” were proposed or built in the City. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff but there were many others.

    WNP Board member Richard Brandi wrote THE book about them (due the end of the year by McFarland Publishing.), and he will lead you through Forest Hill and Windsor Terrace for a physically distanced and refreshing tour.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Ashbury Heights & Terrace History Walk(WNP Event)

    Oct 24, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    San Francisco is not known for its picturesque suburban streets, landscaping, detached houses, and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park. But between 1905 and 1924, thirty-six such neighborhoods “called residence parks” were proposed or built in the City. Some of the better-known ones are St Francis Wood, Forest Hill and Sea Cliff but there were many others.

    WNP Board member Richard Brandi wrote THE book about them (due the end of the year by McFarland Publishing), and he will lead you through Ashbury Heights and Ashbury Terrace (aka Pemberton steps) for a physically distanced and refreshing tour.

    Warning: route involves some steep streets.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Lincoln Park Halloween Eve Walk(WNP Event)

    Oct 24, 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm (Saturday)
    The fairways and greens of Lincoln Park were once the site of San Francisco's most remote and impoverished burial ground, City Cemetery. On this ghoulish guided walk led by historian and author John Martini, we'll learn about the rise and fall of the cemetery, explore a Chinese funerary temple, discover an iron memorial to forgotten sailors, and learn the surprises that lay beneath the Legion of Honor.

    Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in an email.
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • WNP Story Time!(WNP Event)

    Nov 4, 2020 4:30pm-5:30pm (Wednesday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl will read classic and history-themed children’s stories live the first Wednesday of every month. We began this series on Facebook Live in May and, after a month off, are shifting to Zoom! Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This month we’re reading the true story of “Humphry the Lost Whale” by Wendy Takuda and Richard Hall with illustrations by Hanako Waldyama, recommended for ages 5-9.

    A humpback whale makes a wrong turn in San Francisco Bay and finds himself trapped in the fresh water of Sacramento River. With the help of scientists and whale watching friends, he makes his way back to the safety of his salty ocean home.

    Sponsored by the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) as part of our Education Initiative. All books were purchased at our favorite independent bookseller in the Richmond District, Green Apple Books. This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://sharpsf.com
  • WNP Story Time!(WNP Event)

    Dec 2, 2020 4:30pm-5:30pm (Wednesday) at Virtual Online Event
    Nicole Meldahl will read a classic holiday children’s story to end our Story Time series and kick off the season. We began this series on Facebook Live in May and, after a month off, are shifting to Zoom! Fun for kids of all ages, even if you’re just a kid at heart. This one will be a festive surprise the whole family can enjoy.

    Sponsored by the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) as part of our Education Initiative. All books were purchased at our favorite independent bookseller in the Richmond District, Green Apple Books. This event is free (but donations are appreciated) and pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
    RSVP/More Info
    map to: Virtual Online Event
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://sharpsf.com
  • WNP Annual Fundraising Gala(WNP Event)

    Feb 21, 2021 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday) at The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Join us for a Gala celebration benefiting Western Neighborhoods Project!

    Meet neighbors, old classmates, local history celebrities, and new friends. Enjoy fine food and drink, find a treat at the silent auction, hear old-school stories, and see rare historical pictures from the Outside Lands. Whether you are a native or a recent arrival, you will get a warm welcome at our celebration.

    Early bird tickets are available now! Get more information and purchase tickets at http://outsidelands.org/gala/
    More Info
    map to: The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
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