A Performance Changed History

In 1965, Petula Clark watched “Downtown” climb to No. 1 on the American charts. Three million copies were sold in America while the song was already a success in the UK, France (in both the English and the French versions), the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Italy, Rhodesia, Japan and India.

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Chinese New Year – 4716

It is time to get ready for Chinese New Year. On February 16, 2018, San Francisco’s Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in the United States, will welcome the Year of the Dog, or if you prefer, 4716 on the lunar calendar. The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. And the celebrations last for most of the month of February 2018. Continue reading

Compassion for all Creatures

In 1868, a San Francisco banker saw two men dragging a terrified hog along a cobblestone street. The hog was saved by the banker and he mobilized other San Franciscans to create what is now our Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SPCA. It was the fourth SPCA in the nation and the first west of the Mississippi. Continue reading