By Jackie Andrews
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
Golden Wheel Awards
Join the SF Bike Coalition to celebrate and congratulate the movers and shakers who realize the potential for connectedness and comfortable biking in San Francisco. Award recipients include the SFMTA for the safer green bike lanes installed along Market Street, which have attracted new commuter cyclists to the Financial District. Also hear from Leah Shahum about the Bike Coalition's bold vision of cross-town bikeways.
$75 individual, group packages available
War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness, SF
THURSDAY, JUNE 16
The Castro and LGBTQ history
Attend this panel discussion called "No Equality Without Economic Equality: The Struggle Against Gentrification and Displacement in the Castro in the Late 1990s" and learn about the tumultuous period of dot-com boom and doom in San Francisco's Castro District — a time when rents soared, long-term tenants were displaced (many living with HIV and AIDS), and queer youth ended up on the street. But there was a silver lining. Out of the gentrification grew a strong community of activists and much- needed social services, as well as historical milestones like the Tom Ammiano write-in mayoral campaign of 1999 and the progressive takeover of the Board of Supervisors the following year. Speakers include Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Jim Mitulski and Gabriel Haaland, and Paola Bacchetta.
7–9 p.m., $5
GLBT Historical Museum
4127 18th St., SF
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
Guardian forum: Budget, Healthcare, and Social Services
This is the second forum in a five-part series that examine local issues that are expected to have a major impact in the upcoming mayoral race. Representatives from labor groups and local nonprofits will be on hand, as will budget experts, to discuss the city budget, access to healthcare for San Franciscans, and other useful and threatened social services. This is sure to be a lively discussion and a unique opportunity to get involved in local politics. Be there.
6–8 p.m., free
Local 2 Hall
309 Golden Gate, SF
Media access here and now
Weigh in on the issue of media access in San Francisco and the controversy around the accessibility of media passes for journalists while out on assignment. Panelists at this conversation with the Society of Professional Journalists will include SFPD's Lt. Troy Dangerfield, attorney David Greene with the First Amendment Project, interim City Administrator Amy Brown, and a local journalist who has experience going through the process of trying to obtain a press pass.
5:30 p.m., free
SF Public Library
Latino Community Room
100 Larkin, SF
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