February 14 | Reminder: Please Keep the Fountain Sign-Free

Friends and neighbors: Time for our seasonal reminder about electioneering at The Circle… The March primary election is fast approaching, and the candidates and ballot measures are working hard to get your attention and your vote. Campaign signs are popping up everywhere, and we expect to see themĀ  around The Circle — always a popular spot due to its high...

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January 1 | Happy (but Soapy) New Year!

Friends and neighbors: First, happy new year greetings to everyone. Hope this is a wonderful, healthy, fulfilling year for us all. Second, thanks so much to everyone who has donated in recent weeks to Friends of the Fountain and Walk. The generous, continuing support of our community is inspiring and gratifying. And your tax-deductible contributions will help us take care...

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December 3 | Fountain-Themed Holiday Gifts

Friends and neighbors: While Friends of the Fountain and Walk works to rethink and restock its own online store (clicking on our “Shop” link will tell you it is on hiatus), anyone in search of fountain-themed greeting card and gift possibilities can still find them elsewhere. Here are some that let you buy local and support FOFW: Greeting/note cards and...

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December 1 | Happy Holidays at the Fountain at The Circle!

Friends and neighbors: The annual decorations adorning the Fountain at The Circle are up and will be lighted nightly through early January. Thanks to all our hardy volunteers who braved the bracing weather on Saturday morning, Nov. 30, to attach the lighted evergreen swags to the perimeter of the fountain island, just beating the rain. They also did a thorough...

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November 9 | A Sold-out Northbrae/FOFW History Event

Friends and neighbors: On Thursday, Nov. 7, nearly 150 people filled Northbrae Community Church’s Haver Hall to join Friends of the Fountain and Walk for an evening exploring the history of our neighborhood, the church itself, architect John Hudson Thomas and the work of FOFW in preserving Northbrae’s landmark fountain and walk. Those in attendance heard a welcome from District...

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October 28 | Students Join in on Berkeley Project Day

Friends and neighbors: Friends of the Fountain and Walk held its monthly maintenance day a week early on Saturday, Oct. 26, in order that our volunteers could partner with a group of students taking part in the annual Berkeley Project Day scheduled for that day. The students — from left, seniors Alex Rudolph and Jackson Bader and freshman Marisa Salazar...

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September 28 | Listen Up: The Fountain on a KQED Podcast

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle is on the air! For some time now, KQED-FM has been running a series called “Bay Curious,” where its reporters try to answer questions about life in the Bay Area. Recently, FOFW was contacted to help with a question: What’s the story of the Fountain at The Circle? The result is this...

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September 25 | Nov. 7: Historic Northbrae: From 1907 to Now

Friends and neighbors: Mark your calendars! On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friends of the Fountain and Walk will join with Northbrae Community Church to present an illustrated talk about our unique neighborhood: its colorful history, the origins and restoration of the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk, and many other intriguing facts about this more...

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September 5 | The Fountain and Walk: A Short Stroll from the Solano Stroll

Friends and neighbors: If you, your friends or others you know are participating in the annual Solano Stroll this Sunday, Sept. 8, please think about strolling just off of upper Solano Avenue and making a visit to the landmark Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk. They are just minutes away from the top of Solano at The Alameda and...

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August 18 | News and Notes from FOFW

Friends and neighbors: A few things to bring to your attention… Coins yes, bricks no: We find all manner of things in the fountain at times: rubber ducks, a wedding ring, an occasional fish, and lots of coins tossed in for good luck. Mostly benign and harmless stuff. But this week half a brick showed up in one of the...

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