Merced Branch Library Open House

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Event Information

155 Winston Drive San Francisco CA 94132
Merced General Floor Area
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Please join us as we celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Grand Reopening!

At 6:00 p.m., Aerial View, a quartet composed of trumpet, keyboard, bass, and drums, will play a wide range of jazz, from bossa nova to swing to modal to bebop.  Light refreshments will be served.  Youth will be able to use a button-making machine to create their own button designs.

At 7:00 p.m., Woody LaBounty presents "Lake Merced: A Natural and Cultural History." Since the 1850s, Lake Merced and the land around it has been a site of native peoples camps, roadhouses, a famous duel, farms, and recreational activities from skeet shooting to golf to dragon boat racing. Despite encroaching urbanization, watershed changes, fragmentation, and aquifer reduction, the lake remains a unique habitat supporting riparian, dune scrub, and woodland forest natural communities.  Woody LaBounty is Executive Director of the Western Neighborhoods Project (outsidelands.org), a local nonprofit dedicated to the history of western San Francisco. He will share stories of “guns, golf, and grebes” from the city’s largest expanse of wetland habitat using images from the organization’s expansive OpenSFHistory historical image program (opensfhistory.org).