Feb 05

Portola Co-Stars in Commercial

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Hot off the heels of our first reality TV appearance, the Portola is being showcased in a new car commercial.  Honda released a new campaign profiling their customer’s and their love for their cars.  Our neighbor and an E.R. Taylor Elementary School Teacher, Indira, appeared with her “Opal Sage” C-RV in this spot.  No mention of its resistance to break-ins but it’s good on gas and can haul a lot of scented markers and construction paper.   There are some lovely B-roll shots of her cruising down our neighborhood streets and it’s a nice little glimpse into the life of another Portolan making a positive difference.

Thanks to Dennis on Nextdoor for the tip.

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Jan 31

Portola Loses Lifelong Advocate

Irene Crescio

Life long Portolan, Irene Crescio, passed away Tuesday peacefully in her sleep.  Irene was a tenacious advocate for the neighborhood, working tirelessly as a board member for the Portola Neighborhood Association into her 80’s.  Her dedication and welcoming demeanor brought together neighbors and won the support of city officials to better the Portola community.

Irene was instrumental in the continuing efforts to beautify San Bruno Ave.   She worked with the city to have the power lines buried and trees planted along the corridor.  She lobbied for the installation of electrical outlets on the street lights which are now being used for the decorative tree lighting she envisioned for the street.   Her dedication to the upkeep of the community was endless as she walked the corridor almost daily maintaining the Lilies, reporting graffiti and burnt out street lamps to the city.

Irene’s giving to the community continues after her passing, her family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the P.N.A.  Irene will be deeply missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing her and her impact on the community will be felt for years to come.

Her obituary from the San Francisco Chronicle:


Irene Crescio
Passed away peacefully on January 26, 2016, loving daughter of the late Mario and Elide Crescio, sister of the late George M. Crescio, loving aunt of Christine Porter Gabrielli (Ron) and Corinne Faulkner (John), beloved great aunt of Katie Faulkner, Sean Faulkner (Jenna) and Michael Porter, sister-in-law of Doris Crescio, cherished cousin of Carol Perez (Tom), Louise Redmond (Bob) and the late Dr. Richard Parodi (Betty).
Lifelong resident of the San Francisco Portola District and 38 year employee of Pac Bell Company. Irene was a proud member of the Portola Neighborhood Association with a continuing commitment to the betterment of the District’s vitality. Irene would be happy that in lieu of flowers donations were made in her name to the Portola Neighborhood Association, Attn: Luke Spray, 2 Burrows St, San Francisco, CA 94134 or Good Shepherd Gracenter, 1310 Bacon Street, San Francisco, CA 94134.
Visitation will begin at 3:00PM Sunday, 1/31/2016, followed by the Rosary Vigil at 6:00PM at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Ave. Daly City. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Monday, 2/1/2016 at St. Elizabeth Church, 459 Somerset St. at Wayland, SF. Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Rd. Colma. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=177507355#sthash.5sT8M3HR.dpuf

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Jan 16

Updated: Photos from opening of new Portola art studio

Update: Due to me rushing around over the weekend, I totally forgot to add in links to both Arthur and Lisa’s websites! Here they are.

http://www.frameartstudio.com/ and http://www.arthurkoch.com/

We just got home after a fun few minutes spent at the new art studio at 150 Silliman St. The place was pretty busy when we arrived with probably the most awesome face painting i’ve ever seen. This wasn’t your average children’s party face painting. The artist is Mandy Rita Tardif, you can see some of her amazing work here.IMG_1700
As usual I had both my young boys with me, and they were instantly drawn to the work of Jon Hwong. Jon is the feature artist currently displaying in the space and two of his pieces were purchased within minutes of us walking in. You can see more of Jon’s work at his website, http://jonhw.format.com/


I also got a chance to briefly meet with Lisa and Arthur who described how the space will be used. There will be art classes, photography sessions, featured artists and they will also be offering framing services. It was a great opening and we look forward to seeing their space grow.


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Jan 14

portolART: More Art In The Portola This Saturday!

Book & Wheel Works

See, I told you we have an art scene here in the Portola.  In addition to the Grand Opening of our first gallery space Saturday, Book & Wheel Works is hosting an event with the Moving Art House at the Portola Branch library.  Fear not, you can make both events as this will go from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the gallery is from noon to 5 p.m.

So what exactly is Moving Art House and what can we expect Saturday night?  I’ll let Kate & Oscar do the explaining:


The Moving Art House exhibition at the Portola Branch Library continues artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara’s (Book and Wheel Works) work to build a vibrant cultural life together with their community in southeast San Francisco. They’ve created Moving Art House, a mobile cultural space with The Mexican Bus. From July through September 2015, the Moving Art House project staged 3 events in the Portola District: Book Mo/Biblio Guagua with the Portola Library, featuring visual artists Juan Fuentes, Emory Douglas, among others, poet Jessie Whiley and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía. The Nite Life event celebrated the music of southeast San Francisco with live music and music history talks at The El Toro Nightclub on San Bruno Avenue. 5.5 Mile Road House, a touring Game House traveled to the vistas of McLaren Park where artists pointed to creative projects in the southeast. Come see the photographs of Sibila Savage which document the Moving Art House project. Enjoy fresh art and draw your ideas in the Talking Book! Join in! Celebrate Moving Art House and Martin Luther King’s birthday with music, food, and art on Saturday, January 16th, from 4:30-8:00, at the Portola Branch Library! Sunup to sundown, art is all around!

Here are all the important details and a schedule of events:

Celebrate the arts of southeast San Francisco!

January 16, 2016
Portola Library
380 Goettingen @ Bacon St.

Come hear live poetry, live music, see fresh art, write in the Talking Book, enjoy delicious snacks.

See photographs of the Moving Art House project
View the new short film by Gustavo Vazquez with all the beauty and locura of the Moving Art House events.

4:30-6:00 San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band, Shura Taylor on the guzheng

6-8:00 Dr. José Cuellar, Adeyemi Demetrius & Billy Lo and The Moving Art House movie!

If you are free, we would love to have you!

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680756302165178/

Moving Art House website: movingarthouse.org

For more information contact Kate and Oscar at [email protected]

Moving Art House is a project of Book and Wheel Works/Artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara

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Jan 13

portolART: Art Studio Grand Opening Saturday

Lisa & Arthur posing in front of their new studio space

Lisa & Arthur posing in front of their new studio space

Happy New Year Portola!  To celebrate, the New Year’s baby has brought us all a gift in the form of Portola’s first (as far as I know) brick & mortar art space – we of course recognize Moving Art House as our first art space in the growing Portola art scene…yes, two spaces means we now have a scene.

Frame Art Studio & Arthur Koch Photography at 150 Silliman St.

Frame Art Studio & Arthur Koch Photography at 150 Silliman St.

This Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., local artists Lisa Magruder and Arthur Koch will open the doors to their joint space at 150 Silliman St.   The celebration will include works from several local artists, refreshments, “art related activities” for all ages and live music from at least three bands including the group that lives above the studio.  Arthur even mentioned leashed chickens with little diapers but this was after we all split a bottle of wine so I won’t hold him to it but I will keep my fingers crossed.


Lisa who is a Portola resident of almost 2 years, relocated from Folsom where she was named “Folsom’s Favorite Artist” until they found out she had moved to San Francisco.  Their loss is apparently our gain.  Her business, Frame Art Studio, will offer custom framing services with a wide variety of glass, mounting and frame options.  Eventually she plans to include vintage frames for those looking to find something a little different.  Arthur, who is a Portola resident of over 22 years, has been showing his paintings and photography at the Revolution Cafe in the Mission for a number of years.  He will offer his photography services at this location which includes everything from events and portraits to commercial work.  Both his and Lisa’s artwork will be on display and for sale in the gallery section of the studio.

Together Lisa and Arthur, who have been partners for 5 and half years, hope the studio becomes a cultural resource for the larger Portola and San Francisco art community. Lisa will be offering art classes for children as young as preschool as well as workshops for adults such as wine and painting nights.  In addition to gallery space for their own work, they will also have a wall featuring local artists and they invite to the community to stop in to check out the ever changing exhibits.  As they settle into their new space, they also hope to host events and live performances, Arthur has even hinted at pulling out the grill and serving up some of his famous grilled Paella.

After the opening celebration this Saturday (1/16), you can reach Arthur & Lisa in the following ways:

Lisa at Frame Art Studio, 916-834-3583  www.frameartstudio.com

Arthur Koch Photography, 415-385-4136  www.arthurkoch.com  More of Arthur’s work can be found here.

Visit the studio at 150 Silliman St.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday Noon-7p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., by appointment on Sunday & Monday.

In the meantime, enjoy some of Arthur’s photographs of the picturesque Garden District!

Mclaren Park


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Dec 20

Portography: Heath on Greenhouses

As 2015 comes to a close, we’ve been sent another superb photograph of our neighborhood. This time the wonderful photographer Alison Heath has sent us a small, yet poignant shot of one of the greenhouse roofs in the decaying plot that is currently awaiting for sale and renewal. Thanks Alison and please, everyone, keep sending us in your photos of the Portola!

For more of Alison’s work, head to alisonheath.com.
Alison Heath's Portola Greenhouses

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Dec 10

Construction Brewing At F.D.R.

A sign announcing the future Nanobrewery has been posted.

A sign announcing the future Nanobrewery has been posted.

Har-Har, I know, cheap laugh headline but I couldn’t resist. Anyway, an early Christmas/Chanukah/Winter Soltice/etc. gift has arrived for home brewers and craft beer lovers. Several weeks ago construction officially began on the Portola’s very first NanoBrewery and home brew supply shop. The crew at Ferment Drink Repeat posted the video below on their Facebook page for all their fans. No word yet on the opening date, I think the owners are a little gun shy given all the hoops they have had to jump through to get to this point. As soon as we hear more, we will be sure to let everyone know.



Construction in full swing at F.D.R. this morning.

Construction in full swing at F.D.R. this morning.

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Dec 02

Reserve Your Spot At The Portola Holiday Party!


Join your neighbors for the 14th Annual Portola Holiday Party on Thursday December 10th. Space is limited and filling up, please make your reservations this week. See the attached flyer for details and Happy Holidays!

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