They Rose and Ran: Detroit Steps event was a success

On Sunday Nov 24th, the Detroit Steps Project held its first annual Rise & Run event to support the greening and art renovation for the Steps — Thanks to the enthusiastic and effective organizing work of project lead Rosaura Valle.

Rise & Run for the Detroit Steps

By Rosaura Valle, Detroit Steps Project Lead

The sun shined on a mild Sunday morning of November as volunteers were actively setting up for the 1st Annual RISE & RUN Sunnyside Step-a-thon.

The fundraising event, scheduled from 10 to noon, included a Step-a-thon through the Lower and Upper Detroit Steps and a raffle. At 10:30 a.m. Stephen Martinpinto, SNA President, gave the GO to the kids race: about 10 kids (5-12 years old) eagerly ran up and down the Lower Steps for the required 15 minutes. Then all participants walked up the Lower Steps, crossed Monterey Blvd and gathered at the bottom of the Upper Steps where 20 adults (13 and up), energized by an awesome playlist, attempted the Upper Steps run, staggered in 3 batches to ensure safety. Two dogs attended the event and one participated to the race!

Detroit Steps Rise & Run, Nov 24 2019. Flora Clerque Photography.
Great work, people! Detroit Steps Rise & Run, Nov 24 2019. Flora Clerque Photography.

Volunteers in yellow safety vests guarded Monterey crossing, and stood at each end of the steps for the duration of the race, to mark on the participant arm or hand the number of flights accomplished, and to cheer during the effort.

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Nov 6: D7 Participatory Budgeting Season Kick-off!

President Yee’s District 7 Participatory Budgeting is about to enter its seventh season. This exciting annual grass-roots project funds local residents’ ideas for improving their neighborhoods. You are invited to participate! Learn how at the kickoff on Wednesday Nov 6th at Midtown Terrace Clubhouse (6:30-7:30 PM). Because of local residents’ efforts, Sunnyside has benefited in several previous rounds of funding. Read more.


New Sunnyside senior exercise program has launched

Sunnyside Community Connectors

Free senior program began on Wed May 1, 2019. Meet Your Neighbors, Exercise, and Have Fun! Now meeting every Monday & Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am. 

Sunnyside location: St Finn Barr Hall, 415 Edna Street (Hearst)

  • 9:30-10:30am: Always Active Senior Exercise Class — Cardio, Strength Training, Flexibility & Balance
  • 10:30-11:30am: Stay for coffee, snacks, and classes. Meet your neighbors.

Aging and Thriving Together Exercise and stay fit while building a network of supportive neighbors and friends. This free program is funded by the City through Supervisor Yee’s office in partnership with Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. Continue reading “New Sunnyside senior exercise program has launched”

A chance to support a local preschool

You can support one of our local preschools: Miraloma Cooperative Nursery School (at Joost and Foerster) is holding its annual Silent Auction. Their catalog has over 150 items. Lots of opportunities — like vacation stays at wonderful locations — tickets and passes to events — home and personal services — and a wide variety of gift certificates and gift cards.  Catalog viewable here: