| June 2013
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By Heather World
Grab those dungarees and jump on the wagon during the annual SummerFest staged by local merchants and members of the Noe Valley Association. This year’s event takes place Saturday, June 15, and features hayrides, a petting zoo, live music and more.
The covered hayride runs between 2 and 5 p.m., circling between a stop at Walgreens on Castro and Jersey streets and one at the petting zoo, located at the epicenter of activity on Noe Street north of 24th Street.
A portion of Noe Street will be closed to traffic, freeing up space for a jumpy tent and the petting zoo. Both are free and open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Children can buy pellets to feed the pigs, goats, sheep, a miniature horse, and a donkey.
In between bounces, kids can enjoy face-painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the magic of balloon-animal master Funnybone the clown. The San Francisco SPCA will set up a mobile adoption unit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop Just for Fun is sponsoring a chalk art contest on Noe Street near Pasta Pomodoro. There will be prizes for two age categories, children up to 12 and those 12 and older. Register starting at 10 a.m. at the store, 3982 24th St., to get an assigned space for your art.
Lots of businesses will hand out free treats. DavidsTea, 3870 24th St., is offering tea samples, and Cliché Noe, 4175 24th St., will host an open house with champagne for adults and juice for children.
Look for music from the Clef Divers, a Noe Valley a cappella group; local classical guitarist Harry Trump; and the International Low Brass Trio, composed of members from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Parking will be available from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $10 at James Lick Middle School. Enter on 25th Street between Castro and Noe streets. (All proceeds benefit the JLMS Parent Teacher Student Association.)
Major sponsors of the festival include Zephyr Real Estate, First Republic Bank, Whole Foods Noe Valley, Just for Fun, and Recology, which will take care of the cleanup. Church Street’s K9 Scrub Club is helping with logistics and providing volunteers.
For up-to-date information, visit www.noevalleyassociation.org/summerfest.