Mwende Hahesy

Independent Reporter/Producer
photo by J. Astra Brinkmann

High up on a hill in San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood is a tiny two bedroom apartment. From the outside it looks like any other apartment on the block.  But as you approach, the sound of laughing, yelling, stomping, squealing and music can be heard spilling out of the door and window.  

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Clowns remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. But it takes a professionally trained clown to lighten the mood in a hospital while being therapeutic. In a quiet hospital wing, some unlikely sounds float down the hallway: an accordion, a ukelele, and laughter. Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon make their daily rounds at the California Pacific Medical Center. They’re part of the Alameda based Medical Clown Project.

Compared with the rest of the nation, the Bay Area is an easy place to go green – many restaurants will give you take-out with biodegradable containers and silverware, trash cans have a section for recyclables, and San Francisco, along with other Bay Area cities, even offers compost collection