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While the closest farmer’s market to SF State used to be located in Parkmerced, it moved over to Stonestown a few years ago. The farmer’s market is every Sunday from 9a.m. to 1p.m. The farmer’s market consists of bounce houses, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, and some jewelry booths.

“I bring my kids to the farmer’s market almost every Sunday,” said Karlee Davis. “my kids usually play in the bounce house while I look around for some fruits and veggies. They have fun and I stock up on what I need. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Although the farmer’s market at Stonestown is small compared to others located around the city, there are many regulars who come back week after week.

“I think it’s the best [farmer’s market] in San Francsico,” said Kurt Hannon. “It’s never ridiculously crowded so there’s room to park. Plus, I can just run over there, grab what I need, and leave. There are never any long lines.”

There is also a wide variety of food for customers to choose from. There are Islamic Chinese lamb skewers, gourmet breakfast pizzas, New Zealand–style pot pies, down-home barbecue, and sugary Belgian waffles


Who would have thought that Pet Food Express would become a popular hangout for San Francisco residents? On the second Sunday of every month, Pet Food Express at Stonestown hosts a Rocket Dog Adoption Day. The event lasts from noon to 4p.m. and has dogs for volunteers and guests to play with.

Rocket Dog Rescue is a San Francisco Bay Area dog rescue organization run by a group of volunteers. They save dogs from death at over-crowded shelters and try to find them loving homes. The organization has been around for nine years now and has saved the lives of over 4,000 animals.

“All we want is for the animals to find a happy, loving home,” said Tyler Lyell, a volunteer at Rocket Dog Adoption Day. “I’ve fallen in love with every single one of these dogs. All I want is for them to find owners who treat them right.”

On Easter, the Rocket Dog Rescue put up bunnies for adoption in the Stonestown parking lot and gave away free bags of TrickDog Treats.

“I come out here whenever they have these events,” said Michelle Dunaway, who occasionally volunteers for Rocket Dog Rescue. “I just love coming out to play with the dogs. They’re so adorable.”

For eight years, SF State students who lived on campus highly anticipated Sexhibition, a drag show put on by students that gave out free condoms and gave tips on safe sex practices. On April 13, Everything Great About You (E.G.A.Y.) put on Sexhibition 2011, which had almost 70 people in attendance. E.G.A.Y. is a housing group for queer or LGBTQ identified folks to come, socialize, meet the rest of the housing community and have a fun time. About four months went into planning Sexhibition.

“I think [the show] was spectacular,” said Garrett Reid, who was involved in the technical aspect of the show. “We only had one dress rehearsal the night before and that was our only prep.”

The show lasted for over two hours and had nine performers: four drag queens and five drag queens. Later on in the show, the “Doctor” from Facebook made an appearance and had two drag queens perform along with him.

“The E.G.A.Y. team did a great job getting it behind the project and putting it on,” said Alex Adsit, who was the closing act in the show. “I just wish that more of the community wanted to get into it and perform with us, but it was definitely a fun and grand experience.”

In between drag peformances, there were a few contests. These contexts had to do with dental dams and libricant taste-testing.

“It’s just so bizarre to watch,” said freshman Robert Kelley. “I’m not used to watching people be so provocative in front of so many people. It’s cool.”

Although most events in Parkmerced are aimed toward an older age group, one recent event was just for the kids. Ten thousand Easter eggs were hidden in Juan Bautista Circle in Parkmerced on April 23. This first annual event was open for children ages 10 and under all across the Bay Area. While only 320 people notified Parkmerced beforehand that they would be in attendance, over 500 people showed up.

At the event, an Easter bunny was present to take pictures with children and a snack bar was located behind the start line with free treats for kids and parents.

Resident Services hid the 10,000 eggs a few hours prior to the event. Located inside one golden egg was a piece of paper telling the finder to go to the front booth to claim $500. When the whistle blew at noon for the Easter egg hunt to begin, hundreds of young children sprinted to grab the eggs that were scattered on the ground throughout Juan Bautista Circle. Within five minutes, the event was over.

Alaine Anhalt, the activity director at Parkmerced, saw one lucky child pick up the golden egg and put it in his basket. However, he never claimed his money.

“I’m guessing that it didn’t register to the boy when he picked up the egg that it was the golden egg,” said Anhalt. “He must have picked up his egg and went home without even checking what was inside. The boy or his parents will have one week to claim the $500. “

The Easter Egg Hunt took two months to plan. According to Anhalt, Parkmerced has a budget to have a festival every other month to bring the community closer together. They currently host a series of reoccurring events every month including Poker Night, Cooking Night and Bingo Night.

“We’d really like to make [the Easter Egg Hunt] an annual event,” said Anhalt. “We really just want to make this a family community and host as many events as we can to make that possible.”

While the event was almost problem-free, maintaining the crowd was difficult for the staff at time.

“Our biggest concern was crowd control and keeping everyone safe,” said Sarah Lorentz, who volunteered at the event.

At the event, workers encouraged the guests to maintain a green mentality by providing eco friendly cups and reminding people to throw their empty shells in the garbage cans. They also decided against serving juice boxes at the snack bar because they didn’t want to waste wrappers.

Parkmerced has another upcoming event that is for dog owners in the neighborhood.

On April 19, SFSU’s Associated Students Inc. (ASI)hosted a free advanced screening of the upcoming film, Bridesmaids, in McKenna Theatre. The group posted fliers around campus several days prior encouraging students to attend. The admission ticket, which was posted online, admitted two guests.

“I think the whole idea of showing a movie on campus is really cool,” said freshman Pia Dimaano. “The school should definitely host more events like this.”

Universal is currently showing free sneak peaks of the film at university’s across the country. Over 150 SF State students were in attendance for the film.

Before the movie began, ASI encouraged students to go online and vote for the privilege to have more events take place on campus. Another film will be shown next week in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, although the title of the movie has not been chosen yet.

“Our goal is to host as many events for students as we can,” said ASI Production Assistant Raul Amaya. “We’re hoping that [students] enjoy the movie and bring more friends to our next event.”

There are dozens of places for college students to unwind and hang out before, between and after classes. But do they know where they are? Parkmerced, SF State and Stonestown all have places that students and patrons alike can enjoy. Below is a map of some of the places within walking distance from the university that students tend to gather. These places are often filled with students and other members of the public on a daily basis.

Students soak up the sun in the Quad

Students gather late at night to study in the Annex

People enjoy cups of coffee from the Nordstrom Espresso Bar

Shoppers and Volunteers play with the dogs in front of Pet Food Express

With almost 20 different places to eat inside Stonestown Galleria alone, it can be difficult to find just one restaurant to satisfy your cravings. Other than Starbucks, the most popular place to eat seems to be Panda Express, located toward the back of the food court.

With lines extending all the way to California Crisp during lunch and dinnertime, it’s clear that Panda Express is a favorite among shoppers.

“Lunch and dinner are the busiest times,” said Edward Wu, an employee at Panda Express. “My feet always get tired by the end of the day because it feels like people just keep coming. I think we’re popular because we keep introducing new dishes.”

Just like any restaurant, Panda Express has returning guests. Some even have their orders remembered.

“I come [to Panda Express] sometimes several times a week,” said Melissa Hong, a junior at Mercy High School. “I just walk over here after school with friends. They usually want Starbucks but I get Panda. I order the same thing every time. I’m at the point where I can just walk up to the counter and they’ll know what to get me. It’s pretty cool.”

Who says only SF State students live in Parkmerced? Although it may be located directly next to the university, a playground occupied by families on a Saturday afternoon can only mean that non-students live in the housing units too.

Located on Arballo Street in front of the Towers, the playground is the one place in Parkmerced designed especially for children.

“The playground might not be much, but it’s bonding time for me and my daughter on weekends,” said Steve Perez, who brings his daughter, McKenzie, to the park every Saturday. “It’s just a quiet little place. She usually plays on the playground while I read the newspaper or something. It’s really relaxing.”

Although the playground is meant to be a family place, people have been caught smoking marijuana in that area late at night.

“I work late and when I take the bus back home I have to walk by the park,” said Justin Gale, a resident of Parkmerced. “Nine times out of 10 there are people smoking weed in the park. It’s ridiculous. It’s not always the same people either. I’ve thought about reporting them but what’s the point? I doubt it will make them stop.”

There aren’t many schools that are located next door to a popular mall. SF State, however, is one of the few. Less than a five-minute walk from the top of campus, students have the opportunity to walk over to Stonestown Galleria to browse, shop and eat.

“I love the convenience of having a mall right next door to the school,” said Noel Adre, a resident of Parkmerced. “If I ever need a new wardrobe or need something, the mall is right there with all the necessities.”

Students from the university are among the many employees who work there.

“Working at Stonestown is great if you go to SF State,” said Kristina Ignacio, an employee at Pumpkin Patch in Stonestown. “I live in Parkmerced and it’s so great to have my workplace and school right next to each other. Working at a mall is also a great place for college students to work. It’s easy and there are flexible hours.”

The convenience of Stonestown makes it a popular hangout for students. On weekdays, the mall is filled with students from Mercy High School and SF State.

“It’s nice that when my roommates and I want to get out we can just walk over to the mall without having to spend any money for transportation,” said Emily Patterson, a sophomore at SF State. “It’s convenient that whenever I need to shop for anything it’s just a walk away. I probably go about ever two weeks, depending on what I need.”

SF State has a myriad of places around campus for students to hang out, eat and relax. One of the most popular places, however, is the Rack-N-Cue Pool Hall.

Located at the bottom level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, the arcade and Rack-N-Cue Pool Hall are the perfect places for people to relax, have fun and engage in some friendly competition between classes.

“I come down here everyday and shoot some pool for a few hours,” said David Buckley, a freshman from Salinas. “I play with the people who work here a lot and sometimes we bet a little money on the game if we’re feeling lucky.”

When students work up an appetite playing videogames or hanging out at the pool hall, they can wander over to Asia Express or Pizza and Pasta.

“I get lunch at Asia Express about two to three times a week,” said junior Cristina Diaz. “The people there know me and my friends by name.”

The student center has dozens of tables for students to eat and to homework. Soon, students will have an even wider variety of places to eat when the new deli opens up across from the pool hall.

“I’ve spent so many afternoons down here just chilling out and eating pizza after my classes are done,” said freshman Kyle Elliott. “It may not be the most productive way to spend my time but it’s definitely a great stress reliever.”

The Pool Hall has weekly competitions on Thursday nights at 5 p.m. where anyone can sign up and participate for $10. The first-place winner receives 70 percent of the revenue, second-place gets 20 percent and third-place gets 10 percent.

“There are a lot of regulars who come in to participate in the competition,” said Rack-N-Cue employee Audrey Terng. “It’s just a nice place to meet new people. It gets pretty busy in here toward the afternoon.”