Festival Fashion with Macy’s and Girl and the Bay Blogger Mandana Ansari

Macy'sJoin us at the Impulse Department at Macy’s Union Square on Thursday, June 21 for a shopping party and check out the latest in festival fashion with local blogger Mandana Ansari of Girl and the Bay. Enjoy sips and sweets plus great gift-with-purchase treats!

While you’re there, enter for a chance to win* reserved picnic table seats and parking for you and five of your friends at Stern Grove Festival’s July 1st concert featuring M. Ward and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

RSVP: macyssterngrovefestival.eventbrite.com

*No purchase necessary to enter. See store for complete details.

New This Summer – Free Yoga Classes at the Grove

Yoga at the Grove
Every Sunday at Stern Grove Festival

This summer, Stern Grove Festival is excited to announce a new series of free on-site yoga classes, provided by local business Office Yoga.

Office Yoga Building off the Festival’s belief that the arts help strengthen our community, Office Yoga will provide a fun, active opportunity for people to connect with each other, nature, and themselves. Yoga classes in the natural beauty of the Grove are a perfect way to strengthen minds, bodies, and our community. And, as with all of the Festival’s programs, the classes are completely admission-free to the public.

Initially, Festival Executive Director Bob Fiedler approached Office Yoga to develop a plan for Festival staff to help ease stress in the whirlwind of activity leading up to the season. When Maryam Sharifzadeh, CEO of Office Yoga, met with Bob to develop a plan for the staff, they also saw an opportunity to provide free yoga classes for Stern Grove Festival attendees.

Maryam says, “I believe in Stern Grove Festival’s mission of providing affordable events for residents and visitors of San Francisco while also maintaining the cultural reputation of this city. I’m humbled to be collaborating with such a historic event and enhancing the on-site experience through yoga.”

Festival staff have benefited already from Maryam’s stress-relieving classes in our office. We’re excited to collaborate with Maryam and the entire Office Yoga team to share yoga with Festival audiences this summer.


When are the classes?

Yoga classes will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. before each Sunday concert, June 17 – August 19, 2018.

Where are the classes?

The West Meadow at Stern Grove Festival.

Who teaches the classes?

Classes will be taught by certified Office Yoga Instructors and other reputable teachers in the Bay Area:

June 17: Brandi Zorzy

June 24: Michelle McManus

July 1: Raquel Seeley

July 8: Cindy Raspillar

July 15: Neil Wadhawan

July 22: Chelseah Healey & Ege Sanli

July 29: Martin Scott & Ege Sanli

August 5: Betsy Peterson

August 12: Charlotte Birkett

August 19: Maryam Sharifzadeh


Who can participate?

  • Anyone! No prior experience is necessary and all levels and ages are welcome.

What do I need to bring?

  • Please bring your own yoga mat if you can. A limited number of yoga mats will be provided.
  • Comfortable clothes and water.




Healthy Summer Habits: Food Demo this Sunday with Kaiser Permanente

This Sunday we’re partnering with Kaiser Permanente to promote a healthy body and a healthy mind. When you come to the Festival on Sunday, you’ll be treating your mind to the worldly, upbeat music of Amadou & Mariam and enjoying the natural beauty at Stern Grove.

So when you’re there treating your mind right, stop by the Esplanade to treat your body right with the help of Kaiser Permanente and Nutrition Health Coach Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD. Heather will lead a food preparation demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. in the Esplanade, featuring two summer dishes that are easy, fast, delicious, and sure to impress. Check out the recipes below and stop by on Sunday!

Summer Black Bean Salad
Time: 15 minutes
Makes ~8, ½ cup servings

1 clove of garlic, minced, then mashed with some course sea salt
Juice of 2 limes
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ avocado, mashed

2 ears fresh corn kernels ( cut them off in a bowl so they don’t scatter all over your kitchen)
1 orange bell pepper, diced (could be red or purple)
½ small red onion, chopped finely
1, 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed or 1½ cups beans cooked, from dry
½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
¾ ripe avocado, diced (the remaining avocado used for dressing)
¼ cup cilantro, chopped finely
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Lettuce leaves to cover six salad plates

In a jar with a tight fitting lid, add the lime juice and avocado to the mashed garlic. Add chili powder and cumin. Mix all the other ingredients, with the exception of the lettuce and toss with the avocado vinaigrette. Season to taste. Scoop onto a bed of lettuce leaves for each plate.

Nutrition Notes:
This salad is rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids and calcium.

Recipe adapted from Food for Health Blog, Dr. Preston Maring July 24 2013. Image courtesy of Leigh Angel (httpsgfe.st2vmKqX2). https://foodforhealth.kaiserpermanente.org/recipes/black-bean-salad/

Peach Salsa
Time: 15 minutes
Makes ~8, ¼ cup servings

3 large peaches, pit removed, diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste

In a medium bowl, add all ingredients except cilantro and salt; mix to combine.
Add sea salt to taste, mix gently, then add cilantro and mix again. Enjoy as a snack with baked corn tortilla chips or as part of a main meal in a grain bowl or on top baked tofu, chicken, fish or shrimp.

Nutrition Notes:
This refreshing salsa is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and even calcium.

Recipe from: Dr. Rajiv Misquitta and Dr. Cathi Misquitta.Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes and Tips to Reduce Heart Disease, Lose Weight, and Preserve the Environment Paperback – November 11, 2014. Image courtesy of Becky Striepe (http://sgfe.st/2waY6C2).

About the Author:
Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD

Heather has been a resident of San Francisco since 1994 where she completed her studies to become a Registered Dietitian in 2003. For the past 10 years, she practices as the Nutrition Health Coach for Kaiser Permanente’s Health Education Department in San Francisco. Heather coaches clients and patients on eating for health, weight management, chronic disease reversal and sports performance using a Food as Medicine approach. She also develops and facilitates engaging nutrition programs and cooking demonstrations for corporate wellness client. Her passion for healthy, whole, plant-based foods gives her an edge when coaching clients on eating optimally for overall health and easing chronic disease.

Prepared by Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD
Nutrition Health Coach, Sports Dietitian
Health Education Department, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
415 833-7800

#GivingTuesday: A New Tradition

My Giving Story

Joey Babbitt

By Joey Babbitt
Community Affairs Manager

VolunteersBeing the volunteer coordinator at Stern Grove Festival has been one of the most joyful experiences in my life. I am ashamed to admit that prior to taking this job, I had maybe volunteered once or twice in high school. However, my life changed when I was offered the job and I decided that, in order to better understand what it means to be a good volunteer manager, I would “research” volunteering. I started volunteering with One Brick, the San Francisco SPCA, and a few other local organizations. Volunteering connected me to my community in a way I had never felt before. I was working with like-minded individuals, supporting causes that I cared about, helping organizations fulfill their missions, and becoming a more satisfied and happier person. Each individual who volunteers at Stern Grove Festival has their own reason, and I am constantly inspired by their dedication and stories.

Today, volunteering is one of my favorite hobbies and subjects to talk about (I just became a volunteer ambassador for The San Francisco Bike Coalition, so I literally get to expound on the benefits of volunteering). I strive to improve Stern Grove Festival’s volunteer program, including expanding off-season volunteer activities, which is why I am so proud that we are participating in #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday – A new tradition of generosity

Join the Movement
#GivingTuesday was created in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The movement was developed as a counter to the focus on consumer spending that accompanies the launch of the holiday shopping season on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Anyone who has witnessed the madness of a 2 a.m. stampede at the mall on Black Friday can tell you that often lost during the “giving season” is the true meaning and spirit of giving.Rather than focus on more spending and buying, #GivingTuesday encourages individuals to engage in philanthropic action on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter whether you give your time, your money or your voice; #GivingTuesday is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the spirit of giving back to the community.

This #GivingTuesday, on December 2, 2014, Stern Grove Festival is organizing a day of volunteering at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. We are inviting community partners, neighbors, and supporters to participate in park beautification activities. Working with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, volunteers will clear creek beds, weed invasive plant species, prune trees and bushes, and help spruce up this treasured park. It’s a great way to get outside, enjoy the park, meet new people, and give something back to celebrate the spirit of giving.

And, who knows, maybe volunteering can become your newest hobby!


SGF News :: Grove on the Road – coming to a neighborhood near you!

Grove on the Road

Thanks to a grant from The Irvine Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation, Stern Grove Festival is launching a brand new event, Grove on the Road, this spring.

Grove on the Road is a new mobile, pop-up arts and community event, bringing the Festival experience to neighborhoods around the city. Grove on the Road will feature admission-free performances by local artists, hands-on arts workshops, and more.

We’ll be kicking off Grove on the Road on May 4 at Sunday Streets/Bayview with a concert featuring The Family Crest.

On May 17, Grove on the Road makes its way to Cleveland Elementary in the Excelsior neighborhood.

More dates this spring and fall will be announced soon!

SGF News :: The Big Picnic Artists Announced

The Festival’s 77th Season will kick-off on June 22, 2014 with The Big Picnic. Smokey Robinson

Today, we are excited to announce the artists performing will be R&B legends Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin. While this will be be Patti Austin’s second time performing at Stern Grove Festival, it’s the first time we’ve had Motown great Smokey Robinson and we can’t wait to see his performance!

Smokey founded the singing group, The Miracles, as a high school student in Detroit. They were Berry Gordy’s first vocal group and brought Gordy and his fledgling Motown Records their first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart with Shop Around. In the ensuing years, Robinson served as Motown producer, talent scout and songwriter, credited for writing or co-writing such classics as My Girl, The Tracks of My Tears, I Second that Emotion, The Tears of a Clown, Ooo Baby Baby and You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me. Robinson went solo in 1972 and continued to write and produce hit singles including Just to See Her, Cruisin’ and Being with You. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, is a Kennedy Center Honoree, a member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the U.S. and the Grammy Living Legend Award. Robinson will also release a duets LP later this year.

Patti AustinGrammy award-winner Patti Austin first performed at Stern Grove Festival in 1998 with opening act The Johnny Otis Show. She has made 19 solo albums, crossing all musical genres from R&B to Jazz, Pop to Big Band. She made her stage debut at age four at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem with her godmother the great Dinah Washington. During the 1970s, she was a much sought after session singer backing everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and James Brown to Joe Cocker, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross. She reached a wider audience in the 1980’s as a featured performer on a series of albums with Quincy Jones including his best-selling Stuff We Like, the Grammy award-winning The Dude and From Q with Love, Volumes 1 & 2. Austin’s chart-topping hits include Do You Love Me, How Do You Keep the Music Playing and Baby Come to Me with James Ingram with whom she has recorded a soon to be released duets album.

The Big Picnic is the signature annual fundraising event benefiting Stern Grove Festival and its mission to present admission-free concerts and outreach programs to the people of the Bay Area. The concert, beginning at 2:00 pm, is admission-free and open to the public. The Big Picnic Party is a ticketed event, taking place at 11:30 a.m. prior to the concert at Stern Grove Festival.

For more information about The Big Picnic: