San Francisco -
Take the #24 MUNI bus on Castro Street just outside Castro MUNI Station or step on the J-Church trolley at Church at Market Streets and within less than five minutes you are in Noe Valley.
Noe Valley Pizza and Italian Restaurant is gone, much to the disappointment of residents, but Haystack Pizza, in view when sitting in front of Martha & Brothers Coffee, is still in the neighborhood, testimony to the long-standing presence of many locally owned shops along 24th Street.
Judith Sender reads to the Odd Mondays group which now will gather at Haystack Pizza regularly. She and husband Ramon, founded the group more than a decade ago. The group gathers every other odd-number Monday of each month.
Ramon Sender who co-founded the group with wife Judith finds the new location interesting as he said, the little back room, "feels like a railroad car. I feel as if I am in the dining car of the Orient Express!"