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We get together on weekends to wander around San Francisco, sketching people and places, natural and urban. We usually sketch for 2-3 hours, then sit down in a cafe to share sketches and chat. Sometimes we join up with other sketching groups or do field trips outside the city. Everyone welcome.

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Guest Post: Dutch Windmill, with the Sunset Sketchers

We will sketch this stone windmill from all sides. The two windmills were built in the 1900’s and we are still getting the tulip bulbs from Holland every year. When bully they were used for irrigation, but decommissioned about 1935. There are benches to sit on and flowers to draw. We'll meet up again at 12:15 to share sketches. GETTING THERE: The 18 bus stops at Great Highway and JF Kennedy drive Parking on JF Kennedy drive. BRING: a stool and your sketching kit and a pot luck lunch to share after the show and tell. If it rains we will relocate to the Java Beach Café on 1396 La Playa St, at Judah.

12th Annual Duboce Park Dog Judging Contest

Duboce Park Playground

This is an utterly silly and fun event—a community dog judging contest to benefit a local elementary school. Last year the judges included the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for some nice comedic touches. Whoever the judges will be this year, it’s guaranteed there will be lots and lots of dogs to draw. Or if you don’t want to draw dogs, there will be many dog-loving families enjoying the festival to sketch. Check out their website: http://mckinleyschool.org/dogfest/dog-show/ 12:00 PM Meet at the handicapped entrance to the kids’ playground at the top of the park. Carry your sketchbook so you’ll be visible to other sketchers. If you can’t find us, text or phone Alexandra at[masked]. 2:00 PM Share sketches, location TBD. THE SCHEDULE 12:00pm Best Costume—Judges vote on dog with best costume; extra points for originality. 12:20pm Best Tail—Long, short, skinny or wide, let’s see who’s tail comes out on top! 12:50pm Best Trick—Dogs have 30 seconds to show off their best trick(s). Props encouraged. 1:10pm HALF TIME SHOW—Special surprise performance TBA 1:40pm Best Coat—Whose coat is the most luxurious? 2:00pm Best Mutt—A little of this and a little of that, sugar and spice makes everything nice. Whose best friend is made up of the best mix? 2:20pm Best Ears—Big or little, crooked or straight, hear hear for best ears! 2:40pm Best Lap Dog—Judges are looking for dogs that are great on your lap and the velvet throne. 3:00pm Most Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show Brace yourself – it really is corrupt, but it’s all in good fun with the goal of raising the most money possible for the school. The winners of each of the main categories (ears, bark, trick, etc.) and anyone who wants to buy their way in for $50 will be entered in this final contest of the day. The audience bribes the judges (by throwing lots of money in buckets being passed around) to keep working and decide which dog will be crowned Best-In-Show. (Rain cancels this event as there is no shelter.) GETTING THERE From the East Bay: From any BART station along Market take the N Judah (MUNI Metro Rail underground) and get off at Duboce & Noe right at the park. From the Sunset: Take the N Judah to the park. If you go to the MeetUp event earlier this day at the Dutch windmill in GG Park: Take the 18 south to Judah and catch the N Judah to the park. From the south: From the 16th St Mission BART station take the 22 bus north, get off at Fillmore and Herman and walk one block west. Also, the 24 goes very close and drops you off one block west of the park at Castro and Duboce. By car: Hard to predict the parking situation. It’s a congested neighborhood. BRING Bring a stool for more options and a hat. $1 meetup fee

Sketch Painted Ladies and Victorian houses with Andrea Joseph

Andrea Joseph is an urban sketcher and illustrator from Manchester, England. She's visiting San Francisco to teach some workshops and wants to join us for another attempt at figuring out how to sketch those painted ladies. 2:00 Meet at the northwestern corner of the park (Fulton and Scott). If you can't find anybody, phone or text Laurie at (415)[masked]. 4:30 Meet back at where we started to share sketches and chat. BRING - Hat, water bottle, sunscreen—and a windproof jacket. - $1 meetup fee GETTING THERE Transit: The 5, 21, 22 and 24 buses will all get you close. From Civic Center BART station catch the 21. Bicycle: If you're on the Wiggle, keep going straight on Scott Street instead of turning onto Fell. From Civic Center BART, ride West on Grove, jogging up Octavia to Fulton. Car: I don't know what parking is like in this area, but it's probably not too bad.

Guest Post: Field trip to Oakland Zoo, with Nature Journal Club

John Muir Laws says: "Please join the Nature Journaling Club for a field trip to Oakland Zoo! This will be a wonderful opportunity to see and sketch some of the world’s most exotic wildlife. Learn how to draw animals on the move, as well as share personal sketching techniques and drawing media hints. After a welcome and orientation, I will share tips for sketching animals in action. We will then spread throughout the zoo to work on our drawings. At noon we will reconvene for our potluck lunch and share our sketches. After lunch we will spread again throughout the zoo to draw. We will regroup at 3:30 to share our work and say goodbye. A great family friendly and wheelchair accessible day together. Registration and parking information: Arrive early. I plan to get there at 9:30. With the weekend and the warm weather, it will be a popular day at the zoo. Once the parking lot fills up, people have to wait for a spot to clear. You do not want to be one of them. When you enter the Zoo from Golf Links Road, tell the attendant at the gatehouse that you are with the Nature Journal Club and are going to the Zimmer Auditorium and ask for directions. The zoo has given us 20 parking passes, available for the first 20 vehicles from our group. After those are used, the fee for parking is $10.00. Carpooling with friends is a great idea. If you are a zoo member, use your zoo parking pass. Park in the Lower Entrance parking lot (see map). Follow signs to Zimmer Auditorium and look for the the group meeting area (we will be the big group of people with socks on their wrists). The zoo has graciously granted us 20 free entrance passes. These will be available for the first 20 people who need them. If you are a zoo member, please use your membership card to enter and bring guest passes if you have any. If you arrive late, head to the main entrance. You will need to pay the normal entrance fee which is $24 for adults, $20 for seniors (65-75) and children (2-14), and seniors over 76 are are free. Schedule for the Day: 10:00-10:15 Arrive and register at Zimmer Auditorium. 10:15-10:30 Oakland Zoo welcome and brief orientation by zoo staff. Tips on sketching animals. 11:30-12:15 Drawing throughout the zoo in small groups or individually. 12:15-1:15 Potluck lunch back in the ED Courtyard and classroom, sketch sharing. 1:15-3:30 Drawing throughout the zoo in small groups or individually. 3:30-4:00 Sketch sharing and wrap-up at the education center. 4:00 Oakland Zoo closes. What to bring: • Sketching materials • Dish to share for potluck lunch We will not be able to refrigerate or heat dishes but we will have a space in the zoo to leave our lunch items while we sketch so do not leave your lunch in the car. • Optional: portable stool or chair, binoculars The program is open to all ages and ability levels. No registration necessary. $20 suggested donation to John Muir Laws.

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