Noe Valley Voice September 2005


Now: VOLUNTEERS are needed for the Noe Valley Harvest Festival on Sat., Oct. 22, including monitors for the Slug Contest, the "Punkin Patch," the Treasure Hunt, and the Stroller Obstacle Course. Call Sara Butz, 826-3851.

Sept. 1 to 29: NOE STROLLS offers a Noe/Castro/Mission walk for babies and their caregivers on Thursdays, beginning at 11 am. Meet at Holey Bagel, 3872 24th St.

Sept. 1 to 29: Chris Fernie leads QIGONG classes on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 305-4692.

Sept. 1 to 30: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. and Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am. Call 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857 for location.

Sept. 1 to Oct. 28: Noe Valley resident TOM GRAVES exhibits "Heroes All," portraits and interviews honoring veterans of World War II. Mon. to Fri., 8 am to 8 pm. San Francisco City Hall Gallery, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. 554-4000.

Sept. 2: St. Paul's Church hosts the annual BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS by Father Mario at 1 pm, on the front steps of Church. 221 Valley St. 648-7538.

Sept. 2 to 30: Theresa Garcia leads ROSEN METHOD movement classes. 8:30 am. Noe Valley Ministry, Upper Studio, 1021 Sanchez St. 812-9917.

Sept. 3: The ARCHER STRING BAND, with Steven Strauss' on ukulele and Kerry Parker on cello bass, performs "twinkly oddities" from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. 9:30 am to 1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market, 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg. 695-9299.

Sept. 3 to 24: Free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK performs Much Ado About Nothing at the Presidio Parade Grounds. Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun. and Labor Day, 2:30 pm. 561-5500.

Sept. 4: Rocket DOG RESCUE parades adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon to 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

Sept. 4: A film by Haskell Wexler, From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks, recounts the struggles of local union organizer HARRY BRIDGES. 5:30 pm. Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St. 392-4400.

Sept. 4: Hugh Stone and Gary Spear, owners of GRAYSTONE Wine & Liquor wrap up their 27 years in Noe Valley with a celebration at the Peaks bar. 6 to 9 pm. 1316 Castro St. 826-0100.

Sept. 4: DUB MISSION'S ninth anniversary celebration features Yossi Fine, Cosmic Rocker, and DJ Sep. 9 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. 552-7788.

Sept. 4 and 5: On Sept. 4, the S.F. Bicycle Coalition hosts the Great San Francisco BIKE RIDE at 8 am, and the S.F. Grand Prix race at 10 am, both starting from Market Street at the Embarcadero. The Sept. 5 "Giro di San Francisco" race for the criterium championships runs from 8 am to 5 pm. 431-BIKE.

Sept. 4 and 18: City Guides offers a WALKING TOUR of the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Noon. Meet at the gold fire hydrant, on the corner of Church and 20th. 557-4266.

Sept. 6: Radar Reading, hosted by MICHELLE TEA, features Jessica Arendt, Stanya Kahn, Beth Lisick, and Harry Dodge. 6 to 7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Sept. 6 and 27: Preschool STORY TIME, for children 2 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

Sept. 6 to 30: Physicians, staff, patients, and volunteers at St. Luke's Hospital participate in a multimedia ART SHOW. Mon. to Fri., 7 am to 7 pm. Monteagle Medical Office Building lobby atrium, 1580 Valencia St. 641-6490.

Sept. 7: DONALD TRUMP, in person, will be signing autographs and introducing his Signature Collection for Men at Macy's Men's Store at Union Square. Noon.

Sept. 7: LITQUAKE features readings by Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Kirk Read, and Michelle Tea, and music by Jonathan Richman, to benefit the programs at 826 Valencia. 7 pm. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St.

Sept. 7 to 18: The San Francisco FRINGE FESTIVAL includes "Lounge-Zilla," performed by the Oops Guys Comedy Troupe. For schedules, call 673-3847.

Sept. 8: "Fun, Friendly MUSIC AND MOVEMENT with Catherine" is a program for infants and toddlers up to age 4. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

Sept. 8: St. Luke's Hospital trains VOLUNTEERS the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

Sept. 8: An ACRYLIC PAINTING class at Artsake is held on six Thursdays, from 7 to 9 pm. 3961 24th St. 695-0506;

Sept. 8: The Bird & Beckett POLITICAL BOOK GROUP discusses David Brock's The Republican Noise Machine. 7:30 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

Sept. 8: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE's free introductory party features demonstrations and instruction in lively jigs and reels. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9372 or 841-9456.

Sept. 8 to Oct. 13: "Mindful" is a group ART EXHIBITION at Creativity Explored. Reception, Sept. 8, 7 to 9 pm; Mon. to Fri., 10 am to 3 pm; Sat., 1 to 6 pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108.

Sept. 9: Register by Sept. 9 for a Sept. 28 bus trip to APPLE FARMS in Placerville, sponsored by St. Paul's Church. Call Mary Richardson, 826-0845.

Sept. 10: Parents for Public Schools hosts a WORKSHOP on choosing schools, improving parent involvement, and fundraising in public schools. 9 am to noon. James Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe St. 468-7077.

Sept. 10: St. Mary's Medical Center hosts a free Community HEALTH FAIR, including screenings, demonstrations, and healthy snacks. 9 am to 2 pm. 450 Stanyan St. Reserve a space at 1-800-225-5637.

Sept. 10: Jeanie and Chuck's COUNTRY ROUNDUP performs bluegrass classics from 10:30 am to 1 pm at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg. 695-9299.

Sept. 10: Artsake offers a five-week class, "CARTOONING and Comic Strip Art." Sat., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. 3961 24th St. 695-0506;

Sept. 10: An introductory workshop to Middendorf BREATH WORK is led by Steven Feher and Steve Savage. 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry upstairs studio, 1021 Sanchez St. 568-1151.

Sept. 10: A free "Music in the Parks" CONCERT features rock, blues, and jazz, food and wine, a raffle, and kids activities including an inflatable "bounce house," to benefit the renovation of Noe Courts Park. 11 am to 3 pm. 24th and Douglass.

Sept. 10: MICHAEL BLUMLEIN signs his new novel, The Healer, at 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

Sept. 10: Classic San Francisco film BULLITT, starring Steve McQueen, will be screened in Dolores Park, in the "Film Night in the Park" series. 8 pm. 453-4333.

Sept. 10: Mamadou Diabate plays the kora, a 21-stringed West African harp, and Walter Strauss plays acoustic guitar, in a CONCERT featuring many musical styles. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Sept. 11: Animal Care and Control offers a RABIES VACCINE clinic for dogs. 10 am to 1 pm. 1200 15th St. 822-5566.

Sept. 11: Susan Vogel and Elizabeth Crane, authors of Private K-8 Schools in San Francisco and PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS of the San Francisco Bay Area, discuss ways to increase the odds of admission. 1 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

Sept. 11: OPERA IN THE PARK features beautiful music in Sharon Meadow of Golden Gate Park. 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The event will be rebroadcast on 102.1 KDFC, Sun., Sept. 18, at 8 pm.

Sept. 11: Terence Kissack, of the GLBT Historical Society, discusses the archival material at the PFLAG SUPPORT GROUP meeting. 2 to 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2: Mission Library offers a four-part BASIC SAT WORKSHOP, especially for students scoring below 1150 on the test. 10 am to 12:30 pm. 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2800 to register.

Sept. 12: Children ages 7 and up are invited to a SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE class for youth. 4 pm. Ballet Russe, 1944 Clement St. 333-9372 or 841-9456.

Sept. 13: FILMS for children 3 to 5 include Monty, Pete's a Pizza, and Where the Wild Things Are. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

Sept. 13: A COMMUNITY MEETING to review the final retrofit and renovation plans for the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library will also address interim services, including the transfer of children's programs to Upper Noe Rec Center and the availability of bookmobile service at Elizabeth and Diamond streets. 7 pm. 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

Sept. 14: ISABEL ALLENDE discusses her work at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim. 5:30 pm. USF Lone Mountain Campus, Room 148, 2800 Turk Blvd. 422-6828.

Sept. 14: POETS FOR PEACE features readings by D.A. Powell, John Burgess, Sam Witt, and Ilya Kaminsky. 6 to 7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Sept. 14: MEDEA BENJAMIN discusses her latest book, Stop the War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

Sept. 15: Adult classes in SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE, featuring strathspeys, jigs, and reels, begin at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9372 or 841-9456.

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15: Theater Rhinoceros performs GEORGE BERNARD SHAW's The Philanderer, with a reading of the never-performed fourth act of the play following every Friday performance. Wed. to Sat., 8 pm; Sun. 3 pm, except Sept. 18, at 7 pm. 2926 16th St. 861-5079.

Sept. 16: The second annual San Francisco NATIVE JAMBOREE offers entertainment and refreshments for people who were actually born in this city. 6 to 11 pm. Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave. 775-4421.

Sept. 17: Mick Shaffer and the Faux Brummels perform at the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET from 8:30 to 10:30 am, and Belle Monroe and the Brewglass Boys "put the 'dish' in traditional music" from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg. 695-9299.

Sept. 17: Fairmount Elementary holds a CAR WASH and yard sale. Enter the schoolyard on Randall between Chenery and San Jose. 10 am to 3 pm. 695-5669.

Sept. 17: Beadissimo offers a CLASS to make a PMC Brick Wall Bracelet "part puzzle, part poetry." 10 am to 5 pm. 1051 Valencia St. 282-2323.

Sept. 17: The PEACE CORPS Cultural Festival features World Beat music, a global scavenger hunt, endurance games, and information from volunteers who've worked around the world. 11 am to 5 pm. Golden Gate Park, Peacock Meadow, on JFK Drive between the Conservatory of Flowers and McLaren Lodge. 977-8786.

Sept. 17: Laura Magnani discusses her book, America's First Penitentiary: A 200-Year-Old Failure, at a meeting hosted by the Gray Panthers. 2 to 4 pm. Friends Meeting House, 65 Ninth St. 552-8800.

Sept. 17 TO DEC. 17: The San Francisco CHILDREN'S ART CENTER offers Saturday classes, featuring a range of media, for ages 9 to 12. 9:30 to 11:30 am. Dolores Park Clubhouse. Register at 771-0292.

Sept. 20: Dorothy Leland discusses the city's past in tales from her book, The Balloon Boy of San Francisco, at the monthly meeting of the San Francisco HISTORY ASSOCIATION. 7 pm. Mission Dolores School Auditorium, Church and 16th. 750-9986.

Sept. 20: Ingleside Police Station holds its regular POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting starting at 7 pm. Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane. 404-4000.

Sept. 21: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation, 9 to 11:30 am, followed by a support workshop, 12:30 pm. Children's Council, 445 Church St. 343-3333.

Sept. 23 to 25: The Academy of Sciences hosts a FREE DAY for residents of the 94110 zip code; Oct. 14 to 16 will be free for zips 94114 and 94131. 875 Howard St. 321-8000.

Sept. 24: Kerry Parker and Peter Winchell play traditional IRISH MUSIC 8:30 to 10:30 am, and Swing Theory performs '20s, '30s, and '40s music 10:30 am to 1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market, 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg. 695-9299.

Sept. 24: The ROADWORKS: Steamroller Prints is a block party with music, art, and activities, and a fundraiser for the Center for the Book. 10 am to 7:30 pm. Carolina between 15th and 16th. 565-0545.

Sept. 24: Learn urban cultivation at a CONTAINER GARDENING workshop at the Garden for the Environment. 10 am to noon. Seventh Avenue at Lawton. 731-5627.

Sept. 24: "SCAMS Against Seniors," including telemarketing fraud and financial abuse, will be discussed at the Older Women's League (OWL) meeting. 10 am to noon. Call 989-4422 for location.

Sept. 24: Francisco Herrera performs music for children of all ages in celebration of Latino HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2828 for group reservations.

Sept. 24: "FILM Night in the Park" continues with a screening of American Graffiti in Washington Square Park, Union and Columbus. 8 pm. 453-4333.

Sept. 24 and 25: St. Philip's ANNUAL FESTIVAL features games, entertainment, arts and crafts, and homemade food to benefit St. Philip's School. 10 am to 6 pm. 725 Diamond St. 282-0141.

Sept. 24 to Oct. 1: Celebrate BANNED BOOK WEEK with Henry Miller or D.H. Lawrence--or maybe Charles Darwin?

Sept. 25: The sixth annual WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY features talks by Julia Butterfly Hill and members of PETA, entertainment, vendors, and free food samples. 10 am to 6 pm. Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building, Lincoln Way at Ninth Avenue. 273-5481.

Sept. 25: The FOLSOM STREET FAIR runs from 11 am to 6 pm between Seventh and 12th streets. 861-3247; www.folsom

Sept. 27: GUS LEE discusses China Boy, the first selection of San Francisco's "One City, One Book" program. 6:30 to 8 pm. Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St. 557-4277.

Sept. 27: The POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting at Mission Police Station begins at 6 p.m. 630 Valencia Street. 558-5400.

Sept. 27: Bay Area authors, including Jewelle Gomez and Carrie Lozano read from the letters and journals of Alice B. Toklas, Harry Hay, and Randy Shilts. 6 to 7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Sept. 29 to Oct. 2: The BIG BOOK SALE sponsored by the Friends of the S.F. Public Library offers 200,000 tomes on all subjects. Thurs., 10 am to 8 pm; Fri., Sat., and Sun., 10 am to 6 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. 626-7500.

Sept. 29 to Oct. 30: San Francisco OPEN STUDIOS features a variety of artwork from diverse local creators. For information, 861-9838;

Sept. 30: Local CULTURAL CRITIC Erik Davis discusses his book, TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. 5 pm. San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut St. 749-4507.

Oct. 2: A KIDS FESTIVAL sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church at the Castro Street Fair features face painting, outdoor sports, and a bouncy castle. 10 am to 3 pm. The garden at Noe and Market.

Oct. 8 and 9: Celebrate NINA YOUKELSON's 70th birthday at a gala party at the Noe Valley Ministry on Sat., Oct. 8, from 7 to 10 pm, and at a family community celebration in Douglass Park on Sun., Oct. 9, from 1 to 5 pm. 468-7077.


The next issue of the Noe Valley Voice will hit the streets on or before Oct. 1, 2005. The deadline for calendar items is Sept. 15. Please note that because of space limitations, Noe Valley events may take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to Calendar Editor Karol Barske at