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Castro Farmers' Market Coming: JD Petras proudly displays a poster for the Castro Farmers’ Market set to begin at the end of April on Noe Street immediately adjacent to Café Flore which he owns. Petras was one of the key players involved in creating one of these popular markets in the neighborhood. (photo: Bill Sywak)

New Improvement Project Breaks Ground at Buena Vista Park
In the drizzle of a Monday morning in March, friends, neighbors, civic officials and even a sampling of appreciative canines gathered at the base of Buena Vista Park to witness a simple groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the “Southeast Slope Improvement Project.”

Duboce-Mission Skate Park Planned for Area Beneath Octavia Boulevard Overpass
Castro and Mission neighborhood residents showed enthusiastic support at a March 5 meeting as plans were discussed for a new skate park at Duboce and Mission streets.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence To Celebrate 30 Year Anniversary
with Slew of Easter Events

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the Castro. The Sisters were formed to improve the socio-cultural, spiritual, educational and artistic experiences of the communities in which they live, work and have creative interactions. Throughout the years the Sisters have been employing satire and high drama in rituals, blessings, art, literature and general debauchery designed to “promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt.”

MOMS Phamarcy Opens
On March 31, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of MOMS Pharmacy located at 4071 18th St.

543 Wellness – A Harmonious Sanctuary in Uncertain Times
In this day of foreclosures, bank failures and massive job losses, the world contains no shortage of stress. But one alternative healing center in the heart of the Castro promises to act as a sanctuary.