Noe Valley Voice May 2005


Now: Registration is under way for City College's SUMMER TERM; classes at James Lick Middle School begin on June 7. 239-3000.

Now: SUMMER ZOO CAMP for children age 4 through 6th grade runs from June 13 through Aug. 26; for registration info, 753-7073 or

May 1: A SPRING FESTIVAL at Rocky Mountain Cooperative Nursery School features live performances, a raffle, games, and face painting. 11 am to 4 pm. Peixotto Playground, 15th Street at Beaver. 552-2929.

May 1: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon to 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

May 1: St. Paul's Parish celebrates its 125th year at a BIRTHDAY PARTY "fun raiser and fundraiser" at the Pritikin Mansion, with tours, a gourmet barbecue, and jazz. 2 pm. 648-7538.

May 1: ORANGE SHERBET performs music and poems from its album Big Brother, Big Sister, inspired by Free to Be You and Me. 3 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 339-9123.

May 1: "LAUGH FOR THE ANIMALS," a benefit for Animal Care and Control, features comedians and a funny pet photo contest. 7 pm. S.F. Comedy Club, 50 Mason St. 591-3004.

May 1 to 22: The audience gets to pick one of three endings to the story of HANSEL AND GRETEL in the Young Performers Theater interactive version. Sat., 1 pm; Sun., 1 and 3 pm. Fort Mason, Building C. 346-5550.

May 1 to 28: YOGA GARDEN, formerly Castro Yoga, offers "Yoga 101," a Saturday and Sunday four-week series of introductory classes. 1 to 2:30 pm. 286 Divisadero St. 552-9644.

May 2: Artsake holds a six-week Introduction to WATERCOLOR class, taught by Andrew Carson. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 3961 24th St.

May 2 to 31: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 pm, at 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. & Fri., 10:15 am. Call 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857 for location.

May 3, 10 & 31: Preschool STORY TIME, for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

May 4: A MOTHER'S DAY WORKSHOP at See Jane Run features a stroller-friendly walk at 9:15 am, and workshops from 10 am to noon, including a foot care clinic, bra fittings, and discussions of pre- and post-natal fitness and nutrition. 3910 24th St. RSVP to 401-8338 or

May 4: Artists Paul Lanier and Aiko Cuneo discuss their mother, artist RUTH ASAWA, at a screening of a Spark documentary about the Alvarado Arts Program. Sponsored by Parents for Public Schools. 6:30 pm. McKinley School, 14th Street at Castro. 468-7077.

May 4: Artsake offers a six-week CLASS in "Beginning Oil Painting." 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 3961 24th St.

May 4: Republican political consultant CHARLES RUND will discuss campaign strategies at the Noe Valley Democratic Club meeting. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-4010.

May 5: Learn the basics of ACRYLIC PAINTING at a six-week class offered by Artsake. 7 to 9 pm. 3961 24th St.

May 5 to 26: Chris Fernie leads QIGONG classes Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 305-4692.

May 5 to 26: NOESTROLLS offers a Noe/Castro/Mission walk for babies and their caregivers Thursdays, beginning at 11 am. Meet at Holey Bagel, 3872 24th St.

May 6: New York Times science contributor David Kirby discusses the AUTISM epidemic. Sponsored by Natural Resources and Bay Area Holistic Parents Association. 4 pm. Garden Yoga, 286 Divisadero St. 550-2611.

May 6, 13, 20 & 27: Theresa Garcia leads ROSEN METHOD movement classes. 8:30 am. Upper Studio, 1021 Sanchez St. 812-9917.

May 7: James Lick students hold a CAR WASH and food sale, with entertainment by dancers and drummers, to raise funds for their 2005 yearbook. 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Upper schoolyard; enter on 25th Street between Noe and Castro. 1220 Noe St. 695-5675.

May 7: Treasures untold will be up for grabs at the 30th annual Fair Oaks Neighbors STREET FAIR and Flea Market. 9 am to 4 pm. Fair Oaks between 21st and 26th streets. Rain date is May 14. 648-4977.

May 7: Miraloma Elementary School's SPRING FESTIVAL offers entertainment for the whole family. 11 am to 3 pm. 175 Omar Way. 643-5327.

May 7: STORYTELLER Olga Loya tells tales for all ages in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2828 for reservations.

May 7: PATRICIA BULITT performs an interactive story for all ages, "How I Found My Grandmother in a Plate." 1 pm. Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way. 415-554-9600.

May 7: ETH-NOH-TEC reaches into "The Asian Treasure Bag: Folk Tales and Family Fun," at 2 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

May 7: The BUBBLE LADY, Rebecca Niles, performs at the Glen Park Library. 653 Chenery St. 337-4340.

May 7: PETER YARROW (formerly of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and his daughter Bethany perform "A Commitment to Ideals, Hopes, and Dreams," a concert fundraiser for Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. 8 pm. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. 861-6932.

May 7: GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA, a 30-member bronze and bamboo ensemble, plays the music of Indonesia. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

May 8: A Mother's Day DOG ADOPTION FAIR at the Noe Valley Pet Company showcases pups from Rocket Dog Rescue. 11 am to 4 pm. 1451 Church St. 282-7385.

May 8: City Guides offers a WALKING TOUR, "Castro: Tales of a Village." Meet at 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market, under the large rainbow flag. 557-4266.

May 8: Members of the San Francisco Symphony STRING QUARTET perform works by Alexander Glazunov and Iosif Andriasov. 5 pm. The Second Sunday Series at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks St. 515-0425.

May 8: The California Native Plant Society sponsors a self-guided Mother's Day tour of local NATIVE PLANT GARDENS. For addresses, go to

May 8: Cartoonist BEN KATCHOR presents "The Life of a Chair-Breaker, and Other Picture Stories," and signs his books at the Cartoon Art Museum. 6 to 8 pm. 655 Mission St. 415-CARTOON.

May 11: City College's Community PRESS DAY features representatives from S.F.'s neighborhood newspapers. 11 am to 2 pm. Diego Rivera Theater, 50 Phelan Ave. 239-3446.

May 12: St. Luke's Hospital holds VOLUNTEER training the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

May 13 to 22: DOC FEST, the S.F. Documentary Film Festival, features non-fiction cinema at the Roxie and the Women's Building. For schedule info, call 820-3907;

May 14: A 24th Street CLEANUP, "Clean Sweep Noe Valley," is sponsored by Friends of Noe Valley and the East & West of Castro Street Improvement Club; equipment and refreshments provided. 9 am to noon. Meet at the minipark at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market on 24th Street near Vicksburg.

May 14: The Main Library hosts a LEGAL ADVICE and Referral Clinic with signups from 10:30 am to noon. Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

May 14: Alvarado Elementary School's CARNIVAL features games, food, art, and garden projects, and an old-time cakewalk. 11 am to 3 pm. 625 Douglass St. 552-4738.

May 14: Bell Market hosts an Aidells SAUSAGE GRILL to benefit James Lick School, from 11 am to 5 pm. 3950 24th St. 695-5675.

May 15: Look out! The BAY TO BREAKERS foot race begins at 8 am.

May 15: Lynn Hazen will sign her new PICTURE BOOK, Buzz Bumble to the Rescue, at Cover to Cover. 11 am to 12:30 pm. 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

May 15: S.F. Animal Care and Control offers a free PET MICROCHIPPING clinic for dogs and cats. 1 to 4 pm. 1200 15th St. 822-5566.

May 17: Ingleside Police Station holds its regular POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting starting at 7 pm. Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane. 404-4000.

May 17: DIANE DI PRIMA hosts the "Friends and Students of Diane di Prima Poetry Series," featuring Genevieve Buehler, Kit Kennedy, and Jeanne Brondino. 7:30 pm. Bird and Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

May 17 & 22: The Golden Gate MEN'S CHORUS performs "Awed by the Beauty," a concert including the premiere of Robert Kyr's Veni Creator Spiritus. May 17, 8 pm; May 22, 4 pm. Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 Dolores St. 626-6710.

May 18: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation from 9 to 11:30 am, and a supporting workshop from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Children's Council of S.F., 445 Church St. 343-3333.

May 18: DEE SPENCER and her jazz trio perform classics and original compositions, in the San Francisco Treasures Series at the Marsh. 8 pm. 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

May 18 to JUNE 8: "HYPNOBIRTHING, A Celebration of Life" is about relaxation, visualization, and self-help hypnosis. 7 to 9:30 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.

May 19: BIKE-TO-WORK DAY features energizer stations during morning and evening commutes, and a cocktail party from 6 to 9 pm at the 111 Minna Gallery. 431-BIKE or

May 19: Velvet Hammer performs at a FUNDRAISER for Alvarado School. 6 to 9 pm. Max San Francisco Showroom, 1633 Fillmore St. 552-4738.

May 20: A benefit for the Nuclear Policy Research Institute features a discussion with Nobel Peace Prize nominee HELEN CALDICOTT, M.D., journalist Amy Goodman, and Julia Butterfly Hill, and premieres the documentary Helen's War: Portrait of a Dissident. Castro Theater, 429 Castro St. 865-5497.

May 21: The Noe Valley Ministry hosts a workshop on LIVING WILLS, trusts, and estates. 10 am to noon; lunch, noon to 1 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. Reserve a space at 282-2317.

May 21: The Garden for the Environment offers a class in city VEGETABLE GARDENING. 10 am to noon. Seventh Avenue at Lawton. 731-5627.

May 21: Elizabeth Street's 400, 500, and 600 blocks host a giant GARAGE SALE from 10 am to 2 pm. 826-2044.

May 21: The Noe Valley Democratic Club offers VOTER REGISTRATION in front of Bell Market from 11 am to 3 pm.

May 21: The PATRIOT ACT will be discussed by the Gray Panthers Civil Liberties Committee. 2 pm. Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St. 552-8800.

May 21: Noe Valley author GIL SMOLIN, M.D., will sign his medical thriller Reign of the Rat from 7 to 9 pm. Cover to Cover Booksellers, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

May 21: Marley's Ghost performs English FOLK MUSIC with Jamaican, gospel, Cajun, and rhythm and blues influences. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

May 22: A Tribute to HUNTER S. THOMPSON features readings and reminiscences. 1 to 3 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

May 22: Violist Geraldine Walther premieres David Carlson's "True Divided Light," a work commissioned by Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC, with pianist Roy Bogas. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

May 22: SUSAN KRIEGER discusses her latest book, Things No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision. 2 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

May 22: CANDY FOREST leads the San Francisco Children's Chorus and the teen singers of Community Music Center, with guest artist Maya Simpson. 4 pm. 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

May 24: FILMS for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 screen at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

May 24 : The New College School of Law holds a workshop, "How to Collect a SMALL CLAIMS COURT Judgment." 10 am. Civic Center Courthouse, 400 McAllister St. 241-1300.

May 24 : Richard A. Slezak discusses "The COLUMBARIUM Mystery," about a secret society, in a presentation for the San Francisco History Association. 7 pm. Mission Dolores School Auditorium, 16th and Church. 750-9986.

May 26: The Bernal Heights BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB features Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. 4 pm. 500 Cortland St. 355-2810.

May 28: The Noe Valley Library offers a LAPSIT for babies and their parents. 10:30 am. 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

May 29: The CARNAVAL parade will feature dancers and drummers from James Lick Middle School. Procession starts at 9:30 am at 24th and Bryant streets.

May 29: Walter Brents discusses the poetry of LORD BYRON at Bird and Beckett Books. 4:30 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

May 29: CROOKED STILL and Jeff Kazor & the Swerve Beats perform old-time and modern folk and bluegrass music. 7 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

May 31: The POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting at Mission Station begins at 6 p.m. 630 Valencia Street. 558-5400.

June 1: Besides singers and dancers, the annual James Lick TALENT SHOW includes a student art show. 6 pm. 1220 Noe St. 695-5675.

June 2: Friends of Noe Valley hosts a COMMUNITY MEETING to discuss restaurant ordinance modification and library renovations. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 282-9918.

June 3: PAMELA HOLM, author of The Toaster Broke, So We're Getting Married, will read and sign copies of her new novel, The Night Garden. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.


The next edition of the Voice will be distributed on or before June 3, 2005. The deadline for May calendar items is May 15. Please note that because of space limitations, Noe Valley events take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to calendar editor