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Fillmore Jazz Festival 2009

The Largest Free Jazz Festival on the West Coast

Every summer, the Fillmore Jazz Festival welcomes more than 90,000 enthusiastic guests, who gather to celebrate a prosperous tradition of jazz, culture and cuisine against the picturesque backdrop of Fillmore Street.

July 4th and 5th

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy in San Francisco.

2009 Entertainment Schedule

California running out of $10,000 tax credits

First-time home buyers wanting to take advantage of the state’s $10,000 tax credit may have less time than originally expected.  California set aside $100 million to help home buyers purchase newly built homes, hoping to jump start the residential-construction market.  According to state officials, the tactic has worked well and is helping to entice home buyers into the market.  However, there only is approximately 20 percent of the program’s funding remaining.

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“Foreclosure Moratorium” explained

Recent news headlines have caused confusion by mischaracterizing the new California Foreclosure Prevention Act as a “90-day moratorium” and incorrectly stating that the lender must modify delinquent loans before it begins foreclosure. In reality, the foreclosure process for certain owner-occupied residential first trust deeds has been extended by 90 days, effective June 15, but an exemption is available for lenders with comprehensive loan modification programs as defined by the Act.

Under pre-existing law, a lender must wait three months after filing a notice of default before it can file a notice of sale. The new California Foreclosure Prevention Act extending that time frame by another 90 days may not have much practical impact.  For more information on the new law, go to C.A.R.’s legal article “Housing Stimulus Laws for 2009” at

U.S. regulator: Be wary of reverse mortgages

Some industry analysts, including U.S. bank regulator, John Dugan, believe that reverse mortgages could be the next subprime mortgage product to gain traction.  Dugan says that while reverse mortgages can be beneficial, they also share some of the characteristics of the riskiest types of subprime mortgages. 

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Get your $8,000 HUD tax credit now

Qualified, first-time home buyers using a Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgage now can apply the $8,000 federal tax credit toward their down payments, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced.

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North Beach Festival – June 13 & 14

Saturday, June 13 and and Sunday, June 14, 2009
10 am – 6 pm. Free.

The country’s original outdoor arts & crafts festival celebrates its 55th anniversary with Juried Arts & Crafts Exhibitions and Sales, Celebrity Pizza Toss, Live Entertainment Stages with Alternative, Rhythm & Blues, Latin Rock, Pop Rock, Reggae, Salsa and Swing, Cooking Stage, Celebrity Chefs, Assisi Animal Blessings (2:00 pm, both days, Vallejo/ Columbus), Arte di Gesso (Italian street chalk art 600 block of Vallejo).

Location: Washington Square Park, 1200-1500 blocks of Grant Avenue and adjacent streets in North Beach. Click here for directions.

Information: 415/989-2220.

Sponsor: North Beach Chamber of Commerce, 556 Columbus Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94133 Phone: 415-989-2220; Fax: 415-989-6427

Validated Parking $3.00; 9 am – 10 pm:  Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay, between Battery & Drumm. A “Park & Ride Shuttle” bus departs every few minutes. Ask for the Broadway/Columbus stop. The festival is one block north. Return stop at Grant & Broadway. Look for the red and white “Park & Ride” sign. The ONLY validation stamp is located at Calzone’s Restaurant, 430 Columbus. No purchase necessary.

Familiar S.F. neighborhoods gain new names

San Francisco Chronicle

Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 29, 2009

It’s not the Western Addition – it’s NoPa. It’s not the Financial District – it’s the Barbary Coast. The gritty Hells Angels enclave known as Dogpatch? Now one of America’s hottest ZIP codes, according to the current edition of Men’s Journal magazine.

The continual turnover in names, boundaries and reputations is enough to make an old timer’s head spin.

“A confusing and inconsistent mess,” according to a 1977 attempt to list 144 distinct neighborhoods in California Living, the magazine of the San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle.

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31st Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

JUNE 6 – 28, 2009


Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes
The beginning of a new season for the cultivation of corn in Tabasco is represented through a blessing dance and a celebration of the crop’s vibrant colors in Fiesta Tabasquena, accompanied by tambores drums and flutes specific to the region.

Athira Pratap
Ohm Kaara! depicts two forms of Shakthi, the Hindu Goddess—the Goddess of Knowledge and the Goddess of Power—in a struggle between good and evil portrayed in the swift rhythmic steps (Nritta) and expressions (Natya) of the South Indian classical dance form bharatanatyam.
Presidio Dance Theatre
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