Neighborhood Notes: Avocado Con, Reside Wall Portray, Cooking Courses, and New Retailers


This virus won’t go away

Earlier this week, the CDC recommended that vaccinated people also wear masks indoors as the delta variant spreads among vaccinated people. On Thursday, Sacramento County reintroduced a mask mandate. There is no mask mandate here, but we are not yet clear.

As of today, hundreds of bars within the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance have agreed to require proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to drink indoors. Mission bars like Latin American Club, Make Out Room, and Teeth participate, but we recommend checking with each bar before visiting to check their specific rules and enforcement.

If you get vaccinated this Friday, you can get an eighth of the grass for a smooth sailing into the weekend. Code Tenderloin is hosting a Vaccine Rap Day on the 900 block of Market Street, and if you’re 21+ (with ID) and get vaccinated there, you’ll get hooked.

Community rappers and singers will sing songs about vaccination. The event starts at 4 p.m.

Avocado with

California’s most popular fruit will be the center of attention at the fourth annual Avocado Con. This year’s celebrations will take place in District Six, formerly known as SoMa StrEat Food Park, under the bridge at 428 11th Street.

Apparently, it’s going to be National Avocado Day, not that we need extra excuses or reasons to get this stuffed on everything.

The organizers promise “exaggerated avo toasts, flaky avocado-filled empanadas, wood-fired avo pizzas, juicy guac burgers, avocado ice cream sandos, crispy panko bread avo fries” and more.

Not only will there be 12+ salespeople present, including the mission favorites Señor Sisig and Al Carajo, there will also be DJs on site so that you can “back that hess up” from 9 am to 3 pm. Tickets to enter are $ 5, but children under 10 get in for free!

Personal dance course for young people

Dance Mission Theater recently announced a personal studio program for the upcoming fall semester. Registration starts on Monday, August 2nd, for both the youth program and the Grrrl Brigade, and the semester starts on August 23rd. If you need financial support, please feel free to get in touch!

Grrrl Brigade requires class audition and two years of dance experience is recommended. Grrl Brigade is aimed at girls ages 9-18 and is an “intensive dance / leadership development program that provides quality dance training, performance opportunities and a sense of empowerment”.

If you’re more of a beginner, the youth program is open to everyone, with all sorts of courses from hip hop to modern, taiko to salsa.

Questions about the youth program can be directed to and questions about the Grrrl Brigade to For the full schedule and registration information, visit

National evening

Come and meet your neighbors and the Mission Police Department on Tuesday August 3rd at the Mission Playground. Each of the San Francisco Police Stations will have their own community evening as part of an annual event hosted by law enforcement agencies across the country.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., representatives of the SFPD, the K-9 unit and the motorcycle police will be out and about in the park with activities for children. The ATVs could even make an appearance.

Cooking on the roof

Always wanted to know how to cook Thai food or Mumbai street food? Now is your chance. BiteUnite recently opened a kitchen co-working space on S Van Ness and 17th Street and offers a wide range of courses. Or if you just want to eat, the professional chefs will cook for you and your friends too.

Thai cooking classes take place on the roof on Saturdays. The courses this weekend are full, but there are still places available for August 7th. If you keep scrolling you’ll see all of the private classes and delicious food available.

Mini wall festival

On the first weekend of the Mini Mural Festival, the artists Josue Rojas and DJ Agana will paint murals live at SFMOMA. Acción Latina is hosting the event, which includes DJ sets and dance performances on both days. More information about the lineup can be found on the website.

Spread over three weekends, the festival takes inspiration from Diego Rivera, who painted his Pan American Unity mural during the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in 1940. Rivera’s mural is currently on view for free on SFMOMA until 2023.

New openings

Despite the confusion of the coronavirus case spikes and the ever-changing recommendations on masks, companies are still opening on mission.

It looks like Beretta has some new competition: Bottega90, a new Italian restaurant at 1132 Valencia Street, is taking takeaway and delivery orders and plans to open for dine-in at the end of August, despite the fact that the staff is Jose Mutul said it could take longer to fix everything.

Bernie’s Bees, a new Italian ice cream shop on 2669 Mission Street, is slated to open in the next week or so – the owner only makes last-minute adjustments to the recipes. The Luna restaurant, formerly Luna Park, has also reopened at 694 Valencia Street.