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OCT. 1: Commemorate BANNED BOOKS WEEK at a reading from the works of censored authors at the Main Library. 6:30 7:30 pm. Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4401.
OCT. 1: The California NATIVE PLANT Society hosts a biographical talk about California writer and cultivator Lester Rowntree, who lived to be 100 years old. 7:30 pm. Recreation Room of the County Fair Building, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. 752-2718.
OCT. 1 31: "Aloha California," drawings by KIT CAMERON, will be featured at What's for Dessert during the month. Meet the artist Sun., Oct. 11, 10 am noon. 27th St. at Church.
OCT. 2: MYSTERY writers Carolyn Hart, Mary Daheim, and Linda French sign their new books from 5 6 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 2 & 3: Guitarist BILL FRISELL performs a solo concert at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 2 & 4: The Lively Foundation presents BAT TALES: dance, theater, and comedy from many countries. Fri., 8 pm, and Sun., 3 pm.
OCT. 3: Hurry to a JUMBO GARAGE SALE hosted by the major pack rats on the Noe Valley Voice staff. Featuring miscellany and more! From 9 am until we give up (mid-afternoon?). Corner of Sanchez and Chavez.
OCT. 3: The city's Rec and Park Department hosts an NFL Gatorade PUNT, PASS & KICK Competition for boys and girls, 8 to 15. 11 am. Kezar Stadium, Frederick and Willard St. Call 753-7029 for entry information.
OCT. 3: The third annual CARNIVAL OF CULTURES to benefit On Lok's 30th Street Senior Services features dinner, dancing, and a piñata contest. 5 11 pm. 225 30th St. 292-8733.
OCT. 3: St. Paul's RETRO DINNER DANCE benefits the retrofitting of the church. Cocktails and silent auction, 6:30 pm; dinner at 8 pm, and dancing until midnight. Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave. 648-7538.
OCT. 3: The INA CHALIS Opera Ensemble performs joyous moments from Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, and others. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 826-8670.
OCT. 4: Hot Rods will rev up at Jim-my's 10th annual CLASSIC CAR SHOW and picnic in Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 10 am 4 pm. 386-2572.
OCT. 4: Bring your furry, feathered, or scaly companions (on leashes or in carriers, please!) to the BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS in honor of St. Francis. 11 am. Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
OCT 4: Attend 17 Reasons' BIRTHDAY BASH from noon to 6 pm. 3961 24th St. Call for reservations: 206-1717.
OCT. 4: All sorts of fun can be had over the hill at the CASTRO STREET FAIR. 467-3354.
OCT. 4: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC begins its sixth season with the Walther-Bogas Duo and the Bay Brass, followed by a champagne reception. 5 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
OCT. 4: Music on the Hill (MOTH) presents "Zeitgeist 1800," works by Beethoven, Van Hall, and Kreutzer on fortepiano, clarinet, bassoon, and cello. 7 pm. St. Kevin's Church, 704 Cortland Ave. 241-1515.
OCT. 6: Beyond the Sea hosts an AROMATHERAPY workshop and demonstration from 7:30 8:30 pm. 1303 Castro St. Call to register, 285-4614.
OCT. 6: Dr. Betty Carmack leads a PET LOSS Support Group for grieving pet owners. 7:30 9 pm. SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama St. 554-3050.
OCT. 6: Integral Yoga Institute offers a LAUGHING MEDITATION workshop. 7:30 9 pm. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
OCT. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Preschoolers 3 to 5 are invited to STORY TIME at the Noe Valley Library. 10 am. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Lauren Coleman's All That Jazz (DANCE) class begins at 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2782.
OCT. 6, 13, 20 & 27: 30th Street Senior Services hosts Tuesday Latin and BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES for all levels. 2 pm. Room 325, 225 30th St. 550-2221.
OCT. 6, 13, 20 & 27: The city's Rec and Park Department offers free JAZZ AND BALLET classes for ages 8 to 12 through Dec. 22. 3 4 pm. Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Building, 50 Scott St. 554-9523.
OCT. 7: The Alternative Family Project sponsors a forum, "Considering PARENTHOOD: What Are Some Options?" 7:30 9 pm. 425 Divisadero, Suite 203. 436-9000.
OCT. 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Noe Valley Library holds LAPSITS for infants, toddlers, and their parents. 7 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 8: FILMS for children 3 to 5 will be screened at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 8: National DEPRESSION SCREENING Day offers free screenings; call 1-800-573-4433 for information.
OCT. 8: KINDERGARTEN NIGHT at the Jewish Community Center features representatives from public and private schools to answer your questions. 6 pm. 3200 California St. 346-6040.
OCT. 9: "Gaia Sophia," an OPERATIC THEATER piece by William Ludtke, premieres at 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 586-3534.
OCT. 9: Clarinetist Peter Arvantely, pianist Heather Heise, and French horn player Eileen Mah perform a CHAMBER MUSIC recital. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
OCT. 9 18: Goat Hall Productions performs LEONARD BERNSTEIN'S Trouble in Tahiti. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. The Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 289-6877.
OCT. 9 24: The Entropy Theater Company performs Brian Bonham's "Blood and Ice Cream," a PLAY set in a reform school for clowns. Fri. & Sat., 8:30 pm. The Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. 289-2000.
OCT. 10: The POTRERO HILL FESTIVAL begins with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 8:30 to 11 am, at 953 De Haro; the evening's entertainment includes music, dance, and comedy at various venues, with motorized cable cars running between. Call 621-4455 for schedule.
OCT. 10: The 10th annual Laidley Street BLOCK SALE unfolds along the first three blocks, at the southern end of Noe Street. 10 am 4 pm.
OCT. 10: Hop on the annual HAYRIDE down 24th Street and shop the sidewalk sale sponsored by the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association. Board the ride at Walgreens, 11 am 3 pm. 282-7976.
OCT. 10: MYSTERY writer William Bayer (aka David Hunt) introduces another Kay Farrow novel set in San Francisco, Trick of Light. 2 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 10: Modern Times Bookstore hosts an OPEN MIC with Leroy Moore, for the reading of all literary forms. 7 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
OCT. 10 & 11: The annual OPEN STUDIOS tour includes Noe Valley, Castro, the Mission, Bernal Heights, and Mt. Davidson. 11 am 6 pm. Maps are available at bookstores and coffeehouses; call 861-9838 for info.
OCT. 11: A meeting of the S.F. ROSE SOCIETY features a panel discussion on the best roses to grow in the Bay Area. 1 pm. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. 9th Ave. at Lincoln. 436-0497.
OCT. 11: KEITH SNYDER signs his new Jason Keltner mystery, Coffin's Got the Dead Guy on the Inside. 2 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 11: Marsha Perlstein, director of the Alternative Family Project, speaks at the PFLAG monthly meeting. 3 4 pm; support groups 2 3 pm. St. Francis Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.
OCT. 11: Sunday Night Vespers/EVENSONG (formerly taize/cantate) is a healing service of chants, silent meditation, and prayer. 7 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
OCT. 12 DEC. 11: The SHARON ART STUDIO's 30th anniversary exhibition features the work of staff, assistants, and students. Reception Oct. 15, 5 7 pm; Mon. Fri., 8 am 6 pm. Atrium Gallery, 901 Market St. 753-7006.
OCT. 15 27: CLAY ARTIST Keith Michael exhibits "Forbidden Genders" at Ruby's Clay Studio. 552A Noe St. 558-9819.
OCT 16: Children's author David Shannon will READ from his new book, No, David! 10:30 am. Cover to Cover Booksellers, 3910 24th St. 282-8080.
OCT. 17: SLUG offers a "Herbs for Health and Winter Nutrition" lecture. 10 am noon. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton. 285-7854.
OCT. 17: The annual FLEA MARKET and bake sale put on by the Noe Valley Ministry promises a wealth of recycled treasure. 10 am 4 pm, with a gourmet lunch served from 11:30 am to 2 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
OCT. 17: Kate Gamble's CAT BEHAVIOR class might help explain that odd behavior... 11 am 2 pm. SF/SPCA, 2500 16th St. 554-3050.
OCT. 17: Make spooky GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MASKS with Pilar Johnson. 1 3 pm. The Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
OCT. 17: In Taylor Smith's new MYSTERY, Random Acts, a predator is terrorizing southern California. 2 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 17: STELLAMARA performs at the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 17 NOV. 7: Encantada Gallery exhibits artworks and altar installations for DIA DE LOS MUERTOS; Emilio and Miguel Angel Quintana create sugar skulls Oct. 24, 25, and 29. 904 Valencia St. Call 642-3939 for times.
OCT. 17 NOV. 21: A drop-in SOCCER FOR GIRLS program is for ages 7 and up, and all levels and abilities. 10 am noon, Rossi Field #2, or 2 4 pm, Palega Field #2. 753-7029, 928-0849.
OCT. 18: A PET FIRST-AID class offered by the SF/SPCA and Fast Response runs from 10 am 3 pm. 243 Alabama St. 1-800-637-PETS.
OCT. 18: Wind in the Willows preschool invites current, past, and future families to a 25th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. 1 4 pm. 1444 Church St. 285-5510.
OCT 18: Cover to Cover bookstore welcomes neighborhood TEACHERS to a preview and discussion of the latest children's books, plus a 15% discount on purchases. 6:30 pm. 3910 24th St. Preregister at 282-8080.
OCT. 20: The National Writers Union gives a NON-FICTION READING by its journalism group. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
OCT. 21: S.J. Rozan's new MYSTERY, A Bitter Feast, marks the sixth appearance of Chinese-American investigator Lydia Chin. 5 6 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 22: Create your own DREAM PARK at a community meeting sponsored by Rec and Park focusing on the Noe and Castro neighborhoods. 6 8 pm. Eureka Valley Rec Center, 100 Collingwood St. 831-2090.
OCT. 23: The Ripe Fruit School of CREATIVE WRITING hosts a Full Moon Reading at 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
OCT. 24: The Mothers of Twins Club holds a GARAGE SALE featuring clothing, toys, furniture, and equipment, plus maternity fashions. 9 am 3 pm. St. John of God, 5th Ave. at Irving St.
OCT. 24: A meeting of the Older Women's League (OWL) discusses resources available for persons with ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. 10:30 am 12:30 pm. 989-4422 for location.
OCT. 24: The California Bat Conservation Fund's fifth annual DAY OF THE BAT features live bats and children's activities. The Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Jolie, 931-9600.
OCT. 24: Lillian Roberts signs her third veterinarian MYSTERY, Almost Human, and an autobiography, Emergency Vet. 2 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT 24: Authors who contributed to the Harvest Tales and Midnight Revels will give a Halloween STORYTELLING for kids of all ages. 2 pm. Cover to Cover Booksellers, 3910 24th St. 282-8080.
OCT. 24: Violinist Dara Saffer, pianist Tong Cheng, and cellist Elizabeth Vandervennet perform a CHAMBER MUSIC recital featuring the Ghost Trio by Beethoven. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
OCT. 25: Celebrate PET PRIDE DAY with your barking, meowing, or chirping friend in an Animal Care and Control event in Sharon Meadow at Golden Gate Park. 11 am 3 pm. 554-3020.
OCT. 25: The City Opera of San Francisco performs "An OPERA GALA for the New World," at 3 pm. Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. 386-9492.
OCT. 27: Upper Noe Recreation Center hosts a HALLOWEEN PARTY for the Kids' Gym kids (ages 1 to 3), with refreshments and Beanie Babies. 10:30 am noon. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011.
OCT. 29: The Excelsior Library offers a HALLOWEEN CRAFTS and stories program for kids 3 to 5 at 11 am. 4400 Mission St. 337-4735.
OCT. 30: Sitarist Habib Khan performs INDIAN MUSIC from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
OCT. 31: The Family HALLOWEEN FEST at the Randall Museum features creepy crafts, ghoulish games, a pumpkin carving, and music by Buddy Club performer Lisa Atkinson. 11 am 3 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
OCT. 31: BOO AT THE ZOO, a Halloween event for kids, features a haunted nature trail, a costume parade and contest, and trick-or-treat stations. 11 am 3 pm. San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at 45th Ave. 705-0761.
OCT. 31: Upper Noe Rec Center will be HAUNTED all day on Halloween. The little ones (1 to 3) are invited for treats and games from 10:30 am to noon. For kids 5 and up, the rec center lobby will become a cemetery from 1 to 4:30 pm. Beware! Day & Sanchez. 695-5011.
OCT. 31: If you're not too AFRAID, you can walk up Hoffman between 24th and Elizabeth from 5 to 8 pm, for Marilyn Lucas' 18th annual Noe Valley HAUNTED HOUSE. Ask for the Donner Party. 285-6265.
OCT. 31: Learn PAPEL PICADO (Mexican paper cutting) for the Day of the Dead for children ages 6 to 10. 2 pm. Glen Park Library, 653 Chenery St. Call 337-4740 for reservations.