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photo: Francis da Silva

Cultural Concerts: Hea Ran Chung, a Korean folk dancer and choreographer, performs with the Wooden Fish Ensemble as part of the Old First Concerts series of performances on Jan. 23.

Parking, Traffic Top Neighbors' Concerns at Alexandria Site
A preliminary plan by representatives of Alexander Enterprises LLC, the new owners of the Alexandria Theater, to convert the theater to a mixed-use project was met with guarded optimism Jan. 27 from about 30 members of the Planning Association for the Richmond (PAR), who raised questions about the price of the new housing units and possible negative impacts on parking and traffic

New Community Court to Debut in February
A community court program, designed to dispense justice to minor offenders, debuts in the Richmond District Feb. 10.

The Rooster Crows During Chinese New Year's Celebrations
With the Chinese New Year coming, celebrations to usher in the Year of the Rooster are in full swing. Considered one of the most important holidays for Chinese families, the New Year marks a time for reunions and giving thanks.

Tsunamis Always a Danger to Hit Ocean Beach
Richmond District lies within possible flood zone in major earthquake event
As the Indian Ocean communities devastated by last month's earthquake-induced tsunami mourn their dead and slowly rebuild, Bay Area residents cannot help but wonder: Could it happen here? The short answer is yes, it is possible, although the Pacific Ocean tsunami warning system would help save lives.

Presidio Plan Tries to Balance Needs of New, Old Forests
Seen from the air, or on a map, the Presidio appears to be one of San Francisco's largest green spaces. As it turns out, the park is that and much more - the area is officially designated as a national park, historic district and a Superfund site.

Annual Bird Count Confirms Trend of Continued Decline
The annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count found declining numbers of birds and species diversity in the San Francisco area again this year.

Local Volunteers Work to Improve Life in Other Countries
Some people are born knowing their mission in life. So it is with long-time Sunset residents Marina, Jim and their son William McKenzie and Richmond residents Lillian and Ernest Del Barrio. Their desire has been to help those less fortunate than themselves, and their vehicle has been Project Concern International (PCI).

Performers Have it Their Way at Old First Concerts
At the Old First Presbyterian Church, the public can listen to such multi-talented musicians as Dennis Lee, playing the "Sonata in F Minor" on the piano, or the Gold Coast Chamber Players, with Daniel Shapiro or David Burgess, playing the works of celebrated Brazilian composers on guitar.

"Heron Lady" Shares Love of Majestic Birds with Public
Nancy DeStefanis, the "heron lady of Golden Gate Park," has formed a non-profit organization, San Francisco Nature Education, to acquaint underserved third and fourth grade students with the various types of birds that can be found in the City.


Capt. Sandra Tong: Police Beat

John M. Lee: State of the Real Estate Market

Jake McGoldrick: Geary Transit Improvements

Jennifer Sportsman: Gaspares Italian Restaurant

Assemblyman Leland Yee: Gov.'s Budget "Sequel" a Flop

SF Dept. of the Environment: Stopping Junk Mail