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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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The History of the Anchor Brewing Company


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Guest speaker: Dave Burkhart

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


The story of San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam Beer is also the story of San Francisco—from Gold Rush to railroads to earthquakes to Prohibition to entrepreneurship. Dave Burkhart tells the fascinating survival story of San Francisco’s singular, iconic brew through compelling images of the brewers, brewing methods, beers, and neighborhoods that combine to make Anchor San Francisco’s—and America’s—first craft brewery.

California-born historian and award-winning author David Burkhart has been on the staff of San Francisco’s renowned Anchor Brewing Company since 1991, where he is responsible for the names, stories, and label designs of Anchor’s brews as well as serving as the Brewery Historian. He is the author of Earthquake Days: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire in 3-D and Cocktail Boothby's American Bartender: The New Anchor Distilling Edition, as well as a forthcoming book about the Anchor Brewing Company. A Grammy-nominated trumpeter, Dave teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory, is a member of the Bay Brass and the San Francisco Brass Quintet, and performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras.

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 & 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 Cemetary in Colma to pay homage to Emperor Norton and the Imperial Council's Beloved Founder, Empress 1 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 am - 9:00 am lobby reception 
9:15 am processional 
9:30 am - 10:30 am grave site 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 8am with a pick up outside of the Cafe (coroner of Castro and Market at 830am. The bus returns to the Holiday Inn.