First Friday, the awesome event organized by the Lower 24th Merchants and Neighbors Association, is back for the first time in 2012. As usual, there will be lots of food, art, music, kid stuff and merrymaking. Check out the new map/planner thingie that Lower 24th put out this time. Have a great time strolling around 24th, and high five LiLo if you see him.
St. Valentine is the patron saint of bee keepers. To celebrate this interesting facet of an otherwise tired holiday, HMS Beekeeper is throwing an after dinner, drop-in celebration of honey. The store will be lit entirely by candlelight. We will have reasonably priced, locally-sourced honey and cheese tastings, DIY candle making with real beeswax and surreptitious mead drinking. There will be a demonstration bee colony (behind glass, don’t worry). Plus, meet Her Majesty’s chickens, including Henrietta Alpha’s new chick born on Thursday. Great for couples looking for something interesting to do after dinner, or single folks who don’t want to do the bar thing. Maybe you can find a new honey.
Valentine’s Day is fraught with cliches and expectations. Spend a lot of money on a fancy dinner and buy mediocre chocolates in a pink box just to meet expectations. That stuff is boring, do this instead (or after). Starts at 8:30 and goes until whenever, probably 11ish. Learn about bees, dip your own candles for late night merry-making, try lots of honey and cheese and get credit for coming up with something interesting to do for Valentine’s Day.
What: Honey and cheese tasting, mead drinking, DIY candle dipping and romantic mood making
When: 8:30pm – 11ish, 2/14
Where: HMS Beekeeper, 3520 20th St
Why: To put some romance into a cliched holiday.
Who: You, your honey and/or your future honey
Cost: Free. Honey and cheese tasting, candle making and mead all available for sale.
A HMS Beekeeper / Live Local Mission joint
Casa Sanchez, a Mission icon for at least a thousand years, is fighting to keep Salsa Sundays alive. A cranky neighbor has issued noise complaints, called the cops, and taken his or her fight to City Hall.
Marta Sanchez, Casa Sanchez’s owner, brings in tons of local salsa bands to play on the back patio, and the margarita-drenched affairs are one of the best ways to spend a Sunday. The music is local, the Mexican food is great and the sun is (usually) shining. If noise is a concern for the neighbor, LiLo humbly suggests not living on 24th St.
There’s a hearing tomorrow (Tuesday, 1/10) at 6:30pm at City Hall. Marta is offering a free margarita to everyone who comes and testifies on behalf of Salsa Sundays. You can bet your ass LiLo will be there. Here’s the Facebook event page. I’ll let Marta explain in her own words after the jump.
The Bay Citizen ran a nice profile on Live Local and other local alternatives to Groupon, Scoutmob, etc. The story is really good, check it out:
“Different groups have different discount models. Live Local, whose mascot is a funky robot pigeon, is distributed as both a plastic (recycled, of course) card and mobile app that can be purchased for $20.
Once a user buys into the program, they receive small discounts at local businesses in the Mission, which the businesses get to dictate. Most go for a simple 10-15% off of the full purchase amount, although some opt for a flat discount.
Mazow, who has a background in non-profits and politics, launched with 16 businesses and now has 35 on board, including such neighborhood staples as La Victoria Bakery and Adobe Books. He calls Groupon “a one-night-stand” for their focus on the short-term deep discount, and aims to cultivate repeat business with what is essentially an updated version of the punch card.”
Leef from Mission Comics and Art wrote something interesting yesterday in his post “It’s not cheating…when done right (or taking a bite out of Apple).” He talks about retail and online methods of distribution in the comic book industry. TL;DR: he notes the current disruption caused by online purchases, points to examples of digital content driving money to artists and publishers, voices some skepticism about the “digital will save the industry” trope and introduces (to me, at least) a fair way of buying comics online that still supports the local comic book shops.
The whole post, which actually isn’t TL at all, brought to mind Amazon’s recent gambit, the one where they paid people $5 to price check goods at brick and mortar stores and then buy it on Amazon. The ploy got lots of people to use the app, but it rubbed lots of folks the wrong way.
Leef calls the future of comic book distribution “complicated and messy”. True dat. If you do buy things online, try to be judicious. Is there a way reap the benefits of online purchasing while still supporting local businesses (a la Comixology)? Can online purchases be limited to items that can’t be purchased from the little guys? Buying a printer cable from Amazon as opposed to some big box store doesn’t bother LiLo too much. It’s not cheating if you buy online sparingly and with thought.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, LiLo fundamentally believes in the value that local businesses provide the community. They circulate money locally, use local vendors, decrease carbon emissions, support public services and create local character.
Yes, Amazon and ITunes are cheaper, and yes, they are convenient. But if that’s all you’re looking for, why are you living in the Mission anyway? If you want cheaper and easier, go to Emeryville or Daly City. Rent is cheaper, parking is more plentiful, local businesses are rare and Amazon ships there all the same.
One of the many benefits of living in the Mission is the amazing local businesses that are run by and for its residents. What’s the price of being in walking distance of Mission Comics and Art, a comic book store that has tons of free, snack-filled comic events (like the PUPPYKITTY opening reception this Saturday)? Buying a comic book every so often just about covers it.
The BACE Timebank Holiday Fair is happening this Friday, December 16th 7-10pm at the Happiness Institute (1720 Market St, at Valencia). From 6-7m, Charles Eisenstein will be speaking about Sacred Economics.
I know it’s outside the Mission, but juuuuuuuuust barely. Press release is below. The timebank is a fantastic community of sharing; it’s better than a barter system because the currency, (time) allows for non-reciprocal trades. Get cool stuff and learn some skillz at the holiday party, in exchange for time. You should totally come!
Press release below:
Occupy your time, not the mall! Wanna find holiday presents for friends and family without breaking the bank? Come to the Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank Holiday Fair and buy gifts with time instead at over 30 vendors with stations. You are welcome to bring your own goods and services and trade (selling space available on a first come first served basis). Swap time for knitted scarves, jars of salsa, recycled gifts, DIY lessons, artworks or sweet treats. Exchange goods and services for hour credits that you earn by helping others on the Timebank…and you don’t have to earn before you can spend! Make new friends, build community, experience the abundance of the holidays, and enjoy music.
Bring your potluck dish, homemade gifts, skillshares, classes or healing services to trade on the Timebank. Invite your loved ones and get free holiday portraits. Not a member of the Timebank yet? We will have instructors to help you sign up and learn how to use this free community resource. If you can, sign up ahead of time and create a profile at www.bace.org for a free account.
Because scarcity is a myth that separates us and keeps us at the mercy of the economy – there really is enough for everyone.
- Soup is Love – Vegan soup
- Om Shan Tea – Tea service and supplies – Om Shan Tea
- SF Free School
- Sophie Howell & Adair Arnold – Flourish Feather earrings & hairpieces, cards, gourmet goodies
- Rana Chang, House Kombucha – 16-oz Kombucha drinks and Kombucha making workshop
- Seth Mazow* – Kale chips
- Happy Kate Pottery – pottery
- Jenny Shore – Handcrafted delicacies, goat fig ice cream cones (!!!!!!!!!)
- Tracy Bullock, Babylonian Soap – soaps, lotions, other homemade goods
- Peter J – tea service and I Ching Readings
- Marshall Hilton – Photography
- Kalie Ilana – Photography
- Susan Bernstein, Work from Within – 10-minute speed coaching
- Abel Silva, People for People – Spanish lessons
- Lisa David, Your Sunny Patch – Edible Gardens for your habitat; design, installation, maintenance & coaching
- Natalie Kilmer, The Little Acre – Plant your own seeds and starts
- Beverly Pitzer and Antonio Roman-Alcalá – Seeds and seed saving workshops (Transition SF, insearchofgoodfood.org)
- Kerrick Lucker Permaculture: Permanent Culture in a Temporary World – workshop; used books, handbooks, little terrariums, plant starts, and miscellaneous handcrafts.
- Clery Villacrez – Reiki
- Katharina Dress, Aging in Harmony – Workshop in Nonviolent Communication: Get Ready for Holiday Gatherings: Creating Connection by Listening and Speaking from the Heart (& gift certificates)
- Meredith Buck – Knitted crafts, felting workshop
- Allison Ambrozy, Opportunity Impact – Kids arts and crafts
- Mira Luna – Art card workshop
- Leonie Holzman, CreateHeartMeaning – Book Arts handmade goods, workshop
- Ananda Reeves, Universal Insight – “The art of making life easy” – coaching on how subconscious mind works, & speaking its language
- Anna Gautier – hoola hoop lessons
* LiLo’s handler
Live Local Mission lanzará en la Mission Community Market este jueves, desde las 5:30 – 7:30pm. El mercado se encuentra en Bartlett, y 22 en el centro de la Missión. Es un gran mercado de agricultoras, y este es el colmo de la temporada más delicioso. Trae algunas bolsas reutilizables y recoge algunos higos, duraznos y tacos de los agricultores locales y los vendedores.
Lilo dará alrededor de 200 dólares en certificados de regalo de las 15 empresas inaugural en Live Local a través de concursos de preguntas, de dibujar palomas y una subasta silenciosa que beneficiará a Mission Graduates. Usted también puede aprender acerca de lo que es Live Local Mission, por qué es necesaria, y quizás incluso comprar una tarjeta Live Local. Los primeros diez personas para hacerlo ganará una cerveza con Seth (fundador). Siga Live Local Mission en twitter (@LiLoMission) y Facebook para obtener más información y actualizaciones.
Aunque esto sea el primer poste de un blog, es realmente la culminación de mucho trabajo. Live Local es cometido a reforzar los lazos entre residentes de la Missión y negocios. Es tiempo de quitarle el velo a esta idea pequeña y permitir que salte alrededor de la Missión. ¡Véale el Jueves!