Hike: Wildflower Tour of San Bruno Mountain1555781400000

Let’s get out and enjoy spring! For our second hike of the year, we will take a short, mostly flattish hike on San Bruno Mountain and have a member-led tour of spring wildflowers. This large landmass just south of the City is a biological hotspot because of the high incidence of rare and/or endangered species of plants, many of which were once common throughout the Bay Area. This fun and unique event was the brainchild of Bridgemen member Russ Hartman, who will also lead the tour and share his wildflower expertise!

We'll meet at the Balboa Park station at 10:30 AM for carpooling and Uber/Lyft/Flywheel shuttles to the trailhead near Crocker Ave. and South Hill Blvd. We will then hike 2 miles to the park’s main entrance where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Restrooms are available there. This event will be B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch), so please arrive with your food and beverage in hand, ready to go. After lunch, we’ll return to our starting point on a different trail, for total distance of about 3.25 miles. Most of route is exposed, so wear sun and wind protection, and closed-toe shoes (sections of post-lunch trail might be muddy).

>>THIS IS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 TOTAL PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU'RE 100% CERTAIN YOU CAN MAKE IT.

>>ALSO, PLEASE LET ALEX KNOW IF YOU'RE DRIVING AND ARE ABLE TO CARPOOL PEOPLE FROM BALBOA PARK TO THE TRAILHEAD AND BACK.

THINGS TO BRING:
-- Food and drink for yourself. Remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!
-- Sunscreen and/or a hat.
-- Jacket and/or layers if it’s chilly.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

VOLUNTEER: Tenderloin Tessie's Easter Eggstravaganza1555873200000

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.

Tessie was the drag name of Perry Spink, a local performer/bartender familiar with the people and character of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the ’60s and ’70s. Legend has it that on Thanksgiving in 1974, he received several turkeys and was inspired to cook and serve them to the local Tenderloin residents. Though Tessie died in 1984, the meals continued. The name “Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners” was created, and the meals became a holiday tradition on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Bridgemen are honored once again to partake in this holiday tradition and will be assisting with serving dinner on Easter Sunday. The dinners serve an average of one thousand people each holiday – the elderly, disabled, homeless, low income, and anybody who has no family or a place to go.

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 04/19/19, so that I know to bring one for you. Please note that supply is limited, and your size may no longer be available.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

VOLUNTEER: Sierra Work Party Weekend1556222400000

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.

THIS IS A UNIQUE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE FOR 12 PEOPLE ONLY!
PLEASE READ THIS EVENT DESCRIPTION COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU RSVP.
RSVPs WILL NOT BE TAKEN ON MEETUP. YOU MUST CONTACT ALEX RAY EITHER HERE ON MEETUP OR BY EMAIL AT [masked] .
ALEX WILL CALL YOU AND ASK YOU A BRIEF SERIES OF QUESTIONS BEFORE ADDING YOU TO THE LIST.

Operated by the Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm, Catherine House is a retreat center in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County (16777 Armstrong Road, Calaveras County, CA 95246). It got its start in 1991 when a Franciscan priest brought up people with AIDS to enjoy the country air. From that, they decided to turn their main house into a respite/retreat space for people with AIDS or other illnesses, and those involved in their care. The 1,975-square-foot, handicapped-accessible house sits on 80 acres of wilderness/farm and now hosts monthly HIV/AIDS-related retreats open to all, regardless of their spirituality. You can read more about them at this link:

https://earthabidesfarm.wordpress.com/

The Bridgemen are extremely honored and thrilled for the opportunity to spend 3 nights and 2+ days at Catherine House! Below is our itinerary:

Thursday, April 25: a Catherine House van will pick us up at 1 PM at the Safeway at 2020 Market St (at Church St) in San Francisco and drive to Catherine House, arriving by 5 PM, in time for dinner.

Friday, April 26: We will do two 3-hour shifts of hearty labor on the premises to help beautify the space, which has been ravaged by recent storms, the pine bark beetle scourge, and lack of sufficient staff to keep up with the horticulture. A meal will be served between the work shifts.

Saturday, April 27: We will be free to explore the bioregion between Earth Abides’ 80-acre Land Trust and the Stanislaus National Forest.

Sunday, April 28: the Catherine House van will return us back to Safeway in San Francisco right after breakfast.

Catherine House staffers will provide dinner on Thursday, three hot meals on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The meals will accommodate various types of diets (e.g., vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free). Re sleeping arrangements, we will be split into two groups: there are 9 beds in Catherine House and 3 more in nearby Peace House.

Bridgemen Planning Committee Meeting1556762400000

Would you like to get more involved with Bridgemen on a deeper level? Would you like to help decide what community service projects we do? Is there a nonprofit that’s near and dear to your heart that you’d like to see us work with? If so, we would love to have you join us and hear your input!

The Bridgemen Planning Group is always looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives in helping us select our projects. Come join us for the evening, enjoy some complimentary food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with.

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ORDERING FOOD FOR THE GROUP AND NEED AN ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE ONLY RSVP FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU'RE 100% COMMITTED TO ATTENDING.

Here are the general guidelines we follow for selecting service projects:

1. Events will be chosen at planning meetings through consensus, and any major concerns or objections from a Planning Group member will prevent a project from moving forward.
2. Every service project must have a designated Project Lead before it can be approved.
3. Bridgemen must always work in teams.
4. All events must allow for a minimum of 15 participants, and events with larger capacities will be prioritized over smaller ones.
5. Bridgemen must not be required to attend training on a different day than the actual event.
6. Bridgemen are not responsible for supplies and will not seek donation of supplies for events. The organization will be responsible for getting supplies.
7. Bridgemen will not register participants into a database for partnering organizations. Individuals are allowed to register with partnering organizations on their own.

Please RSVP so that we can get an accurate head count.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked].

TFTATFW: Lunch + Dimond Park Hike1556818200000

>> PLEASE READ THIS EVENT DESCRIPTION COMPLETELY! <<
>> PLEASE DO *NOT* RSVP FOR THIS EVENT UNDER *BOTH* BRIDGEMEN AND 50-PLUS! <<
>> MAKE SURE YOU’RE PHYSICALLY ABLE TO COMPLETE A HIKE OF ABOUT 3 MILES WITH A 400-FT ELEVATION GAIN! <<

For the May TFTATFW (The First Thursday After The First Wednesday) event, the Bridgemen and 50-Plus will be having a tasty vegan lunch together in Oakland’s Dimond District and then afterwards will take a short hike along Sausal Creek in nearby Dimond Park.

OUR ITINERARY:
-- We will meet at the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco (200 Folsom St at Main St) and take bus NL from there directly to the restaurant in Oakland. Bridgemen/50-Plus will pay for the bus fare.

-- We will eat lunch at The Veg Hub (2214 MacArthur Blvd at Fruitvale Ave), compliments of Bridgemen/50-Plus. The Veg Hub is a vegan soul food restaurant. We will order the food in advance.

>> PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO THAT I CAN SEND YOU YOUR MENU OPTIONS AND COLLECT YOUR ORDER. <<

-- After lunch, we’ll take a short hike in Dimond Park. We’ll walk about 0.7 miles to the trailhead of the Old Cañon Trail and Sausal Creek Loop, a moderate, 1.5-mile loop trail. After the hike, we will return to the restaurant to catch the bus back to San Francisco, an additional 0.7 miles. The approximate total distance will be nearly 3 miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

Strut Art Opening - “Queers in Space!” by Gordon Silveria1556938800000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists every month since Magnet was founded in 2003, and has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of May 2019 we are exhibiting the work of Gordon Silveria in his show titled “Queers in Space!”

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
My artwork explores color and shape, as influenced by pop art and 20th-century pulp advertising. I use digital and traditional media interchangeably. My prints are produced with an industrial sign-making technology that embeds the colored ink into the surface of polyvinyl chloride sheets. Sometimes prints are cut out using a computerized router or laser cutter to create optical illusions and depth. My artwork is ephemera’s handmaiden; I intentionally use processes that make the art affordable and accessible to everyone. This show began as a response to Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert making a speech on the House floor proposing that “gays should not be allowed in any space colonies.” My anger turned to day dreams. I began to think what impact/influence the LGBTQ community would have on space travel. My work shows how fabulous it will be when LGBTQ people do go into space.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Native San Franciscan Gordon Silveria completed his MFA in Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in 2010, following a 1992 BFA in Illustration. He joined the faculty of the Academy’s Illustration Department in 1994, initially as Director of Illustration. His main focus as Illustration Director was integration of new, digital media into the traditional baccalaureate curriculum. More recently, Mr. Silveria has spent several years promoting the Academy and its graduates throughout North America as Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. And lately his challenge has been to identify emergent disruptive technology and incorporate / integrate those into existing fine arts curricula, creating courses for fine artists, illustrators, sculptors, jewelry designers, fashion designers and others. Working with author Marilyn Burns, Mr. Silveria illustrated the bestselling children’s book “The Greedy Triangle,” one of the most widely-used math texts in grammar schools everywhere.

The Art Opening runs 8–10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].

VOLUNTEER: AtmosQueer 2019 (Early Shift)1557079200000

This entry is for the EARLY SHIFT. For the LATE SHIFT, click here:
https://www.meetup.com/Bridgemen/events/260573699/

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.

Come out and help us with AtmosQueer, the biggest Bridgemen event of the year! AtmosQueer is a free LGBTQ community connection fair that makes finding social groups easy. The seventh annual event will be held at Strut and will give attendees a chance to discover new activities, make new friends and have fun while learning how to get involved in San Francisco volunteer opportunities, athletics, health, lifestyle, arts and culture.

We will need help with set-up, assisting the participant organizations, greeting the guests, serving refreshments, and assisting with general questions. Some of us will also hit the streets for flyer distribution, guerrilla-style.

We invite you to stay after your shift ends to enjoy all that AtmosQueer has to offer and get connected to programs, events and services that may interest you. There's something here for everyone!

Check out the AtmosQueer Facebook page and help us promote the event by inviting all your friends!
https://www.facebook.com/events/215316089376311/

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

VOLUNTEER: AtmosQueer 2019 (Late Shift)1557091800000

This entry is for the LATE SHIFT. For the EARLY SHIFT, click here:
https://www.meetup.com/Bridgemen/events/260573698/

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.

Come out and help us with AtmosQueer, the biggest Bridgemen event of the year! AtmosQueer is a free LGBTQ community connection fair that makes finding social groups easy. The seventh annual event will be held at Strut and will give attendees a chance to discover new activities, make new friends and have fun while learning how to get involved in San Francisco volunteer opportunities, athletics, health, lifestyle, arts and culture.

We will need help with set-up, assisting the participant organizations, greeting the guests, serving refreshments, and assisting with general questions. Some of us will also hit the streets for flyer distribution, guerrilla-style.

We invite you to arrive before your shift begins to enjoy all that AtmosQueer has to offer and get connected to programs, events and services that may interest you. There's something here for everyone!

Check out the AtmosQueer Facebook page and help us promote the event by inviting all your friends!
https://www.facebook.com/events/215316089376311/

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

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