Centennial Saturdays at Temescal Branch

Did you know that the Temescal Branch is turning 100 in December? 

To celebrate, Temescal Branch will be hosting “Centennial Saturdays,” culminating on Sat., Dec. 8 with the 100 Years of Service Block Party a free, all-day block party and community festival from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The birthday corresponds closely, too, with the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought an end to the conflict of World War I.

Check out our schedule of Temescal Centennial-themed events this and next month!

Saturday, 11/10

Edna Purviance-Mabel Normand Film Festival | 2:30 PMImage of Mabel Normand
Watch complete silent-era comedies with actresses Edna Purviance and Mabel Normand, popular film stars during the birth of the Temescal branch. There will also be screenings of newsreel footage of the response to the armistice, signed Nov. 11, 1918, followed by clips of footage shot at Idora Park, only a few blocks from the Temescal Branch.


Saturday, 11/17

Temescal Poetry Festival |12 PM – 5 PMImage of microphone
Come enjoy the live spoken word and witness the crowning of the first-ever “Poet Laureate of the Temescal”. Hosted by long-time resident Clive Matson, the event features over 15 local poets.


Tuesday, 11/20

Phonographic Memory Centennial Edition | 7 PM
The storytelling project Phonographic Memory brings neighbors together to listen to personal stories inspired by vinyl records. Since 2015, the project has collected over 75 stories and songs shared by people around the Bay Area through its free, monthly live events, and showcases them through its podcast and video series. If one is interested in sharing a record and telling the story it inspires, sign up beforehand via email: register@phonographicmemory.org.


Saturday, 12/1

Destination Temescal | 2:30 PMImage of author Nayami Nunaweera
Local Sri Lankan-American novelist Nayomi Munaweera, local author Lauren Markham, a group of immigrant students from International High School, and the Italian American Federation, will host a celebration of 100 years of immigration to the Temescal neighborhood. Munaweera and Markahm, who wrote The Faraway Brothers, will be reading excerpts from their work, while International High students will relay their immigrant experience.


Saturday, 12/8

100 Years of Service Block Party | 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
An all-day party for the entire family! Temescal children’s author Angela Dalton will start the festivities with presentations of her latest work. A neighborhood history archive will be dedicated and the branch will introduce a host of programs and activities that will launch the second century of service to the district. The festivities will wrap up with a  performance by 15 Psi, a group comprised largely of Temescal’s Marcus family followed by performances by two bands led by the members of the OPL staff – Unity and Andy Human and the Reptoids. A complete schedule of the day’s events will be released closer to the event date.

Which event are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!


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