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2018 meeting dates

January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 31
August 28
September 25
October 30
November 27
December no meeting



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See You at the Seven: Stories from the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Guest speaker: Vanessa Garcia

  • doors open at 7 p.m.



NOTE our new meeting location: Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California (at Webster)

Vanessa Garcia is the owner of the 7 Mile House—the last original mile house in the Bay Area—in Brisbane, California. She moved to San Francisco from the Philippines 22 years ago, and purchased the restaurant in 2004 with only a basic knowledge of its historical and cultural value. An old photo left by the previous owners led her digging, and since then, she has been obsessed with the pub’s history.

Over the years, Vanessa has collected trivia and bits of information bar regulars, employees, and descendants of former owners, as well as old documents, maps, periodicals, and books from different libraries and government offices. She has compiled her discoveries into a new book, See You at the Seven: Stories from the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House. “I feel I owe it to those who started 7 Mile House, and those who continue to make it a special place, to share these stories,” Vanessa says. “7 Mile is what it is because of all these people. I think it’s only proper to keep their memories and the stories alive.” Books will be available for sale and signing.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers. Paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus a limited amount of street parking. Muni: 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, 24.

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Annual Pilgrimage to Emperor Norton and the Widow Norton's Graves

 Emperor Norton and The Widow Norton

Sunday, February 25, 2018

8:30 am 

Join the Imperial Council of San Francisco as they continue to host the annual pilgrimage to Woodlawn Cemetery in Colma to pay homage to Emperor Norton and the Imperial Council's Beloved Founder, Empress I de San Francisco The Widow Norton Jose. Musical accompaniment by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.


Woodlawn Cemetery 
1000 El Camino Real 

8:30-9:00 a.m. lobby reception 
9:15 a.m. processional 
9:30-10:30 a.m. graveside ceremony 

Please wear mourning black attire. 

parking available outside of cemetery 
BART station nearby 

The Imperial Council provides a complimentary bus shuttle. Bus departs Holiday Inn Civic Center at 8 a.m. with a pickup outside of the Cafe (corner of Castro and Market) at 8:30 a.m. The bus returns to the Holiday Inn after the ceremony.