9:30 arrival, 10a-11:30 rehearsal
WHERE ~ OLD FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1751 SACRAMENTO STREET, at the corner of Sacramento and Van Ness.
This location is convenient to the 47 or 49 Van Ness bus lines, the 19 Polk bus, or the cable car stop at California and Van Ness. If you prefer to drive, please see garage instructions below. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Street parking is also recommended if you have time to find it, but note parking restrictions.
~ DIRECTIONS TO THE OLD FIRST PARKING GARAGE ~ The garage is on Sacramento Street, which is one-way between Polk and Van Ness (heading toward Van Ness). Driving south on Polk, turn right on Sacramento. Driving north on Polk, turn left onto Sacramento. Look for the yellow and blue “OLD FIRST PARKING GARAGE” sign on your left. Try to get to the Parking Garage 15 minutes before rehearsal begins.
~ ABOUT PARKING ~ This is a valet parking garage. Enter the garage, wait for the garage attendant, and leave your car key in the ignition. The attendant will give you the parking stub you will need to retrieve your car. In order to get free parking, be sure to pick up a parking sticker directly from Larry or Edie at the rehearsal. Please be kind to the Parking Garage valets and tip them when you leave. A $1 or more tip is always appreciated.
~ ABOUT THE ELEVATOR DOORS ON SACRAMENTO ST ~ Our special entrance to the church (notthe main entrance) is on Sacramento St., halfway between the parking garage and Van Ness Ave. There is a wooden double door, behind which is hidden an elevator entrance. Avoid the center glass doors closer to Van Ness as there are often other groups gathered there, for example people in line for the food bank.
~ GETTING IN ~ There should be someone outside the elevator door assisting entry until the time rehearsal begins. If you can, be a volunteer for door duty: one person every 15 minutes is ideal, starting a half hour before until a half hour after rehearsal begins. That way no one person misses too much. It can still happen that no one is at the elevator entrance and the double wooden doors are locked, particularly if you are running late. Be sure to have backup phone numbers of 3-4 others in your section who have your name in their cell phones in advance, so if one person doesn’t answer, someone else might, they will see who it is from and not reject it as spam...Ride the elevator to the 3rdfloor; the elevator will be set to only go up to the 3rd floor. The location of this rehearsal is the choir room: you are there.