Noe Valley Voice October 2003


NOW: The Noe Valley Senior Center welcomes newcomers to WEEKDAY LUNCHEONS, provided by Project Open Hand. Noon. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Call Wendy at 648-1030.

OCT. 1: A MAYORAL CANDIDATES forum sponsored by Friends of Noe Valley and others features Angela Alioto, Tom Ammiano, Matt Gonzalez, Susan Leal, Gavin Newsom, and Tony Ribera. 7 to 8:30 pm. Alvarado School, 625 Douglass St. 282-4334.

OCT. 1 ­ 31: LIVING T'AI CHI of Noe Valley offers classes in meditation and Qigong, taught by Chris Sequeira. Mon. & Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Upper Douglass Park, 27th and Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

OCT. 1 ­ DEC. 17: Hope Levy offers "MEMORY Exercises," techniques to maintain mental agility. Wednesdays, on a drop-in basis, 9:30 ­ 11:30 am. 30th Street On Lok Senior Center, Room 318, 225 30th St. 550-4415.

OCT. 3 & 4: Artist-in-residence Packard Jennings exhibits found art at the S.F. Recycling and Disposal's art studio. Fri., 5 ­ 9 pm; Sat., 1 ­ 5 pm. 401 Tunnel Ave. 330-1415.

OCT. 4: A COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOP to envision improvements to the Noe Valley Library includes a potluck lunch and activities for children from 9:30 am to noon. 9:30 am ­ 4 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

OCT. 4: City Guides leads a Noe Valley WALKING TOUR. Meet 10 am on the corner of Noe and 25th. 557-4266.

OCT. 4: The BLESSING OF THE PETS at Paul's celebrates the feast of St. Francis. 10 ­ 11:30 am, on the steps of the church at Church and Valley. 648-7538.

OCT. 4: The San Francisco Vegetarian Society hosts the fourth annual World VEGETARIAN DAY, featuring speakers, cooking demos, and music and dancing. 10 am ­ 10 pm. County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. 273-5481.

OCT. 4 ­ 26: Precita Eyes Mural Arts offers MURAL TOURS of six blocks of the Mission District. Sat. & Sun., 1:30 pm. 2981 24th St. 285-2287.

OCT. 5: The 30th annual CASTRO STREET FAIR features entertainment, arts and crafts, music, food, and fun. 11 am ­ 6 pm. 841-1824.

OCT. 5: Bring your domesticated partner to the annual BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS at Bethany Methodist Church. 11 am. 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.

OCT. 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE will have adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. (between Castro and Noe). 642-4786.

OCT. 5 ­ 26: See Jane Run Sports sponsors a free 5K FUN RUN/WALK, Sun., 10 am. Meet at 3870 24th St. to pick up the weekly route. 401-8338.

OCT. 6: Local writer STEPHANIE SALTER is one of the honorees at Flyaway Productions' "10 Women Campaign Celebration." 6 ­ 8:30 pm. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

OCT. 7: Vote for or against the RECALL of California Governor Gray Davis, and on Props. 53 and 54. Polls will be open 7 am to 8 pm. 1-800-345-VOTE.

OCT. 7, 21 & 28: Preschool STORY TIME begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

OCT. 8: International WALK-TO-SCHOOL DAY is sponsored by Walk SF. For more information, call 431-9255.

OCT. 8: A Polar HEART-RATE MONITOR clinic at See Jane Run Sports demonstrates and discusses the device. 7 pm. 3870 24th St. 401-8338.

OCT. 8 ­ NOV. 9: "Nickel and Dimed" is a theatrical adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich's bestseller. Wed. ­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. 647-2822.

OCT. 9: The Rediscover SOUTH PARK FESTIVAL features acrobats, mystics, stilt walkers, music, carriage rides, a silent auction, and refreshments. 6 ­ 9 pm. South Park Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets. 621-3260.

OCT. 9: A discussion of the Oct. 4 COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOP at the Noe Valley Library runs from 7 to 9 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

OCT. 9, 16 & 23: Edward Jones sponsors a Thursday INVESTMENT class, "for serious investors only." 6:30­ 8 pm. For reservations, call 282-4079.

OCT. 10 ­ 12: The MISSION DOLORES FIESTA features food, rides, and carnival games for the whole family. Fri., 6 ­ 10 pm; Sat., 10 am ­ 7 pm; Sun., 11 am­ 5 pm. 16th between Church and Dolores. 621-8203.

OCT. 11: The Noe Valley Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) conducts a drill to practice skills with utility shut-offs, fire extinguishers, and communications in times of crisis. 9:30 am ­ 12:30 pm. Dolores Park near the steps, Church and 19th. 641-5536.

OCT. 11: Kate Ferrant Richbourg teaches techniques of working with precious METAL CLAY to create beads and charms. 10 am ­ 5 pm. Beadissimo, 1051 Valencia St. 282-2323.

OCT. 11: The Bicycle Coalition sponsors a 20-mile ride along the Bay Trail and OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT at China Camp State Park. 10 am. For required reservations, contact Libby at 377-3075 or

OCT. 11: Parents can share stories, songs, and finger plays with their baby at the Noe Valley Library's LAPSITS. 10:30 am. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

OCT. 11: FRANCISCO HERRERA performs songs and tongue-twisters in English and Spanish, for all ages. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2800 for reservations.

OCT. 11: Bethany United Methodist Church sponsors In-Sights Spirituality and an art project dedication at The Garden at the Intersection. 1:30 pm. 2299 Market St. 647-8393.

OCT. 11: Joel ben Izzy reads from his first book, The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness. 2 pm. Cover to Cover, 1407 Castro St. 282-8080.

OCT. 11: A reception for SIX ARTISTS showing work throughout October at Chatterbox Gift Gallery will be held from 4 to 7 pm. 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

OCT. 11: The GUERRILLA GIRLS host a reading and slide show to introduce their new book, The Guerrilla Girls: Bitches, Bimbos, and Ballbreakers. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

OCT. 11 & 12: JANE UNDERWOOD teaches a workshop, "Short Creative Nonfiction." Sat., 10 am ­ 4 pm; Sun., 11 am ­ 1 pm. The Writing Salon, 642-9793.

OCT. 11 & 12: OPEN STUDIOS spotlights artists in Noe Valley, Castro, Glen Park, Duboce, and Bernal Heights. 11 am ­ 6 pm. For a list of artists and map, see 262-0282.

OCT. 12: National Park Service rangers lead a 3.5-mile WALKING TOUR along the old Mission Road, ending at a FIESTA at Mission Dolores with food and entertainment. 10 am ­ 1 pm. Meet at the Officers' Club in the Presidio. For reservations, call 561-4323.

OCT. 12: A discussion sponsored by Edward Jones, "REAL ESTATE or the Stock Market?", begins at 11 am. For reservations call 282-4079.

OCT. 12: A FILM about a young girl's coming out, Lipstick, will be shown at the monthly meeting of PFLAG. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Market St. 921-8850.

OCT. 12: A reading of JACK KEROUAC'S October in the Railroad Earth begins at 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

OCT. 12: The Gala Opening Night of Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC features maestro Donald Runnicles and friends performing music by Brahms, Mozart, and Shostakovich. 7 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

OCT. 13: Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Jungian analyst and author of Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women and Exceptional Men, discusses and signs her book as part of the Odd Monday Series. Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

OCT. 14: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be shown at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

OCT. 14: A DISTRICT ATTORNEY candidates forum is hosted by the League of Women Voters. 5:30 ­ 7 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4277.

OCT. 15: Edward Jones offers a free LONG-TERM CARE seminar. 6 pm. For reservations call 282-4079.

OCT. 15 ­ 29: Sharon Virtue exhibits SCULPTURE inspired by a recent trip teaching ceramics to homeless and orphaned children in Mozambique. Reception Oct. 17, 7 ­ 9 pm. Ruby's Clay Studio, 552A Noe St. 437-1642.

OCT. 16: In honor of LATINO-HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, Susan Peña and Miguel Govea play and sing music from Latin America. 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

OCT. 16: The BERNAL HEIGHTS Neighborhood Center celebrates its 25th anniversary at a dinner and silent auction. 6 pm. Crowne Plaza, 480 Sutter St. 510-839-3100.

OCT. 17: "Tales and Tastings from the Origin of TEA," by John Emerson of Flying Cloud Tea and Dan Reardon of Great Strides Travel, features three Chinese teas, Dragon Well, Oolong, and Puerh. 5:30 pm. Lovejoy's Tea Room, 1351 Church St. Reservations, call 290-7513.

OCT. 18: The annual RUMMAGE SALE at the Noe Valley Ministry features bargains and a bake sale. 10 am ­ 4 pm; gourmet luncheon 11:30 am ­ 2 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

OCT. 18: Bounce along 24th Street in a horse-drawn wagon at the annual HAYRIDE sponsored by the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, 11 am to 3 pm. Meet in front of the Walgreen's on Castro. 648-3954.

OCT. 18: "BAT TALES" features music, dance, and storytelling about the mysterious creature. Noon and 2 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

OCT. 18: "A Night in Casablanca," sponsored by St. Paul's, is a gala DINNER DANCE and auction. 6 pm. Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave. For info, call Katy O'Shea at 648-7539.

OCT. 18 & 19: Noe Valley residents Todd Friedlander, Sherrod Blankner, and Tim Baskerville join 18 other artists in exhibiting their work at a show hosted by THE NOCTURNES. Fort Mason, Bldg. A. 11 am­6 pm. 824-1653.

OCT. 18 & 19: Presidio Hill School's huge GARAGE SALE helps fund the eighth-graders' trip to Costa Rica. 9 am­ 4 pm. 24th and Dolores.

OCT. 19: Jan Zobel teaches "Basic TAX and Recordkeeping for Self-Employed People." 10 am ­ 4 pm. Valencia and 23rd. 821-1015.

OCT. 19: Gayle Schmitt and the Toodala Ramblers perform a BLUEGRASS SHOW for kids, on guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and stand-up bass. 3:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 821-6644.

OCT. 19: Simon Karlinsky hosts a reading from the letters of ANTON CHEKOV. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

OCT. 20: Academy Award-winning director MICHAEL MOORE discusses national politics and economics at San Francisco State University. 7 pm. Main Gym, 19th Ave. at Holloway. 338-2444.

OCT. 22: The S.F. Mystery Bookstore's monthly READING GROUP features Pizza House Crash by Denise Danks. 7­ 9 pm. 4175 24th St. 282-7444.

OCT. 23: John and Lana Ralston discuss "The Incredible Case of Warren Billings and Tom Mooney," labor activists arrested in 1916, at the monthly meeting of the SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY Association. 7 pm. Mission Dolores School Auditorium, 16th and Church. 750-9986.

OCT. 23: "To Truly Love," a WORKSHOP at Integral Yoga Institute, addresses ways to open our hearts to love. 7:30 ­ 9 pm. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

OCT. 23 ­ NOV. 6: Rabbi Camille Shira Angel teaches a three-week class exploring Jewish spirituality, "A Taste of JUDAISM: Are You Curious?" Thurs., 7­ 8:45 pm. Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St. Register at 392-7080, ext. 17.

OCT. 25: The S.F. League of Urban Gardeners gives a workshop in SOIL FERTILITY and composting during the winter months. 10 am ­ 1 pm. Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue at Lawton. Pre-register at 255-4493.

OCT. 25: Mary Twomey, director of the ELDER ABUSE program at the Institute on Aging, gives a talk, "It's Open Season on the Elderly--Don't Be a Sitting Duck," at the monthly meeting of the Older Women's League. 10:30 am ­ 12:15 pm. Call 989-4422 for location.

OCT. 25: Family PUMPKIN CARVING at Bethany United Methodist Church runs from 2 to 4 pm. 1268 Sanchez St. Call 647-8393 to reserve a pumpkin.

OCT. 25: "SPIRITS, Spells & Siren Songs II--The Witches Ride Again!" features spooky songs and opera scenes. 7:30 pm. Holy Innocents' Church, 455 Fair Oaks St. 584-6456.

OCT. 25: CUBAN ensemble Palenque performs at the Community Music Center. 8:30 pm. 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

OCT. 26: A fundraiser for and launch party for features baby T-shirts designed by local artists, food, and entertainment, including a stage for children to sing and dance. 4 ­ 8 pm. Lit'l Lizards, 3961 24th St. 641-6261.

OCT. 27: Community activist and author of 500 Years of CHICANO HISTORY Elizabeth Martinez discusses her life and times. 7 pm. The Odd Monday Series, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

OCT. 29: A.C.T. Artistic Director CAREY PERLOFF discusses Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. 6:30 ­ 8 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

OCT. 30: Mrs. Dalloway by VIRGINIA WOOLF and The Hours by Michael Cunningham are this month's selections at the Bernal Heights Library Book Discussion Club. 4 pm. 500 Cortland St. 695-5160.

OCT. 30 ­ NOV. 2: Noe Valley filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt's reworking of the FRANKENSTEIN myth, Friend Good, will be shown at the 19th annual Film Festival of Independent Cinema. Nov. 1, 7 pm. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. For a schedule of films at the Castro and Roxie Theaters, call 552-FILM.

OCT. 31: Venture to HOFFMAN the Haunted Street (between Alvarado and 25th streets) from 6 to 8 pm on Halloween night and you may catch a glimpse of the Noe Valley Native Wolf. Sorry, he has no phone number.

OCT. 31: Check out the first annual HALLOWQUEEN Drag Contest at the Castro Theater. 6 pm. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

NOV. 4: Vote for S.F. MAYOR.

Just Say November

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