March is Women’s History Month – Celebrate International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th
What is International Women’s Day? Observed since 1911, International Women’s Day is a worldwide event on March 8 that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. Not affiliated with any one group, IWD brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations and charities.
In 1910, a woman called Clara Zetkin – leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany – raised the idea of an International Women’s Day at a conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries who agreed and formed IWD. She suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year to push for their demands.
In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland celebrated IWD for the first time on March 19. In 1913, it was decided to transfer IWD to March 8, and it has been celebrated on that day ever since. The United Nations only recognized the day in 1975, but ever since it has created a theme each year for the celebration. This year’s theme is Balance. “Let’s build a gender-balanced world” #BalanceforBetter. In 2011, former US President Barack Obama proclaimed March to be ‘Women’s History Month’.
Is there an International Men’s Day? Yes, it takes place on November 19 each year and is celebrated in 60 countries around the world. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.
“Aging Wasn’t Supposed to Feel This Lonely” Free Workshop-March 13th 6PM – St. Anne’s of the Sunset
The WSJ’s (Dec. 2018) article, The Loneliest Generation: Americans more than ever, are aging alone…baby boomers are especially feeling the effects”
On March 13th 6PM in St. Anne of the Sunset Meeting Room, Cayuga Connectors invites you to a lecture: Brain Health & Loneliness with UCSF’s Dr. Serggio Lanata, Assistant Professor in Neurology, Memory and Aging Center, and Glenda Hope, Community Connector Program. The lecture aims to educate aging SF adults, many of whom still work or are involved in child care, about brain health and loneliness. St. Anne of the Sunset is at 850 Judah Street between Irving and Funston. Resources and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Patti Spaniak,email@example.com; call/text 646-409-7775.
Celebrate Pi Day at Exploratorium – Free Thursday March 14th – 10AM-10PM
The Exploratorium welcomes you to the 32nd annual Pi Day, the mathematical holiday founded 32 years ago at the Exploratorium and celebrated by number lovers around the world. Pi Day is in honor of the never-ending number 3.14159… and Einstein’s birthday. Participate in π-related activities, and enjoy a piece of pie.
Doors open at 10AM. The Exploratorium is located atPier 15 – The Embarcadero
District 11 Clean Team – Saturday, March 16th – 9AM-Noon – Meet at Denman
The Community Clean Team, in partnership with the Giant Sweep anti-litter campaign, needs your help to keep our city clean and green in 2019. Join them at James Denman Middle School and volunteer March 16th at the 2019 District 11 Community Clean Team. Community Clean Team is San Francisco Public Works’ longest-running and largest volunteer program that keeps San Francisco beautiful through landscaping and gardening projects, graffiti removal and litter cleanup in our neighborhoods.
James Denman Middle School is at 241 Oneida Avenue. Meet in the school’s back parking lot, accessible at 240 Seneca Avenue (off Ocean Avenue) starting at 8:30AM. From there you’ll work in teams until noon when a free lunch is served.
Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/
ArtSpan Fundraiser Art Auction – Saturday, March 23rd 6:30-9PM – SOMArts
Our new Excelsior neighbor, ArtSpan, is holding their Annual Auction Saturday, March 23rd at SOMArts. Join ArtSpan to support the opening of the ArtSpan Onondaga Art Center. This historic building, home to the beautiful Bernard Zakheim WPA mural, will host artist studios, public meeting space, a resource center, the ArtSpan offices, and more. They need to raise $1,000,000 for the building renovation and program expansion.
Come to the Benefit Art Auction, ready to bid on 100 pieces of art in all media, and help ArtSpan reach even more artists and art lovers in the community when the Art Center doors open in 2020! Doors open at 6:30PM. Advance tickets are $65 and $80 at the door. SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street.