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DEC. 1: The Adventist HEALTH VAN offers free blood pressure testing and low-cost cholesterol screening. 10 am 4 pm. Bell Market lot. 775-2570.
DEC. 1 11: ODC/San Francisco performs The Velveteen Rabbit, choreographed by K.T. Nelson, and narrated by Geoff Hoyle. Yerba Buena Center, 700 Howard St. 978-2787.
DEC. 1 12: MARGA GOMEZ performs her piece Jaywalker. Wed. Sat., 8 pm; Sun. 7 pm. Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. 861-5079.
DEC. 1 15: "MILLENNIUM," a juried exhibition of new work by Bay Area artists, is on display at the City Arts Gallery at City College. 239-3157.
DEC. 1 & 8; JAN. 5, 12 & 19: The LAPSITS for infants and toddlers begin at 7 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 1 23: An artists' HOLIDAY EXHIBITION at Gallery Luscombe features artistic gifts ranging from ceramics and jewelry to portable altars and voodoo love dolls. Reception Dec. 3, 6 8:30 pm.; gallery open Wed. Sun., noon 6 pm. 3040 24th St. 285-8545.
DEC. 1, 15 & 29: The Noe Valley Pet Company offers LOW-COST VACCINES for both cats and dogs. 6 7:30 pm. 1451 Church St. 282-7385.
DEC. 2: The Mechanics' Institute hosts a LECTURE and discussion: "The New Millennium: On the Edge of Apocalypse?" 6 pm. 57 Post St. 393-0114.
DEC. 2 4 & 9 11: ODC Theater presents 1999 artists-in-residence, SiStEr HeRmEs DaNcE MaChInE, in "Blue 2000." 8 pm. 3153 17th St. 863-9834.
DEC. 2 19: A Traveling Jewish Theater performs The Golden Bird, song, dance, and PUPPETRY based on a Jewish fairy tale. Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 2 & 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. 470 Florida St. 399-1809.
DEC. 3: Comedian GEOFF HOYLE teams up with friends to perform a humorous holiday show. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 3 5 & 10 12: Shona Curley and Erika Shuch/The Beauty School split an evening of "DANCE, Drama, Drool, and Desire." Fri. Sun., 8 pm. Dancers' Group Studio Theater, 3221 22nd St. 824-5044.
DEC. 4: Strybing Arboretum's Greens and Gifts HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE offers pottery, wreaths, herbal jams, and garden-related items. 10 am 4 pm. Golden Gate Park. 661-1316.
DEC. 4: The Tse Chen Ling Center offers "Basic Introductory BUDDHISM" with Geshe Ngawang Dakpa. 10 am. 4 Joost Ave. 333-3261.
DEC. 4: The annual holiday CRAFTS FAIR at the Randall Museum features items for sale, demonstrations, Animal Story Hour (11:30 am), and an opera performance (2 pm). 199 Museum Way. 554-9600, ext. 33.
DEC. 4: Take a tour and meet the teachers at the Synergy School OPEN HOUSE (K 8th grade). 11 am 2 pm. 1387 Valencia St. 567-6177.
DEC. 4: A Little Elves' GIFT-MAKING WORKSHOP for children 6 to 12 (ages 3 to 5 with an adult) also features photos with Santa. Limited to the first 50 children. 1 3:30 pm. St. Aidan's, 5300 Diamond Heights Blvd. 285-9540.
DEC. 4: Jersey Street poet MICHAEL PALMER will be among those reading at Small Press Distribution's Gala Open House and Party, celebrating 30 years of literary leadership. 2 8 pm. 1341 7th St., Berkeley. (510) 524-1668, ext. 355.
DEC. 4: The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers performs a CHRISTMAS CONCERT at St. Paul's Church. 7 pm. Church and Valley St. 648-7538.
DEC. 4 & 5: The San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band presents the 1999 Dance-Along NUTCRACKER, which encourages audience participation. Sat., 7 pm; Sun., 2 and 7 pm. The Forum, Yerba Buena Gardens. 554-0402.
DEC. 4, 5 & 14: The Golden Gate MEN'S CHORUS performs a holiday concert. Sat. and Tues., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St. 476-5153.
DEC. 5: The Sivananda Yoga Center offers a free OPEN HOUSE featuring postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. 10:30 am. 1200 Arguello Blvd. 681-2731.
DEC. 5: The fourth annual "NAUGHTY SANTA'S Black Market" crafts fair benefits the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 3 pm midnight. SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St. 695-9100, ext. 2.
DEC. 5: Music on the Hill presents "MUSICK'S MUSE," 16th and 17th century vocal music. 7 pm. St. Kevin's Church, 704 Cortland Ave. 241-1515.
DEC. 6: El Mundo performs Villancicos de Navidad, baroque Christmas music from Spain and Central and South America. 4 pm. Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC Series, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9444.
DEC. 7: The Library Commission invites the public to address the proposed new schedule of LIBRARY OPEN HOURS at its December voting meeting. (Noe Valley Library would gain two hours.) 5:30 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4236.
DEC. 7: NATUROPATHIC doctor Victoria Hamman discusses the ideal diet for the midlife woman. 7 8:45 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 7: "A Night with Evita," featuring live Latin music, tango dancing, and Argentinean cuisine, benefits the independent DOCUMENTARY FILM La Señora Eva Peron. 7 10 pm. El Rio, 3158 Mission St. 788-3408.
DEC. 7: Chris Carlsson introduces Shaping San Francisco, a multimedia exploration of the city's LOST HISTORY. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
DEC. 7, 14 & 21; JAN. 4, 11, 18 & 25: HIP CITY JAZZ DANCE, led by Lauren Coleman, shakes up the building on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2782.
DEC. 7 & JAN. 18: The Noe Valley Library hosts FILMS for preschoolers. 10 & 11 am. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 8: Tour St. Luke's new OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE facility from 4 to 6 pm. St. Luke's Hospital, 1580 Valencia St, Suite 301. RSVP to 641-6406.
DEC. 9: Upper Noe Neighbors hosts a HOLIDAY SOCIAL, an update on dogs in the park, and a discussion of a proposed homeless shelter for gay youth on Church Street. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.
DEC. 10: A HOLIDAY SALE at Ruby's Clay Studio features both functional and sculptural ceramics by 25 artists. 6 to 9 pm. 552A Noe St. 558-9819.
DEC. 10 19: Goat Hall Productions performs Menotti's classic, AMAHL and the Night Visitors. Fri. and Sat. 8 pm; Sun. 2 pm. 400 Missouri St. 289-6877.
DEC. 11: SANTA visits Noe Valley! Get in line for free photos, courtesy of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association. 10 am to 2 pm. Bank of America, Castro & 24th. 641-8687.
DEC. 11: The 10th annual Sparks Fly cultural event honors women POLITICAL PRISONERS. 7:30 pm. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. 821-1155.
DEC. 11: The "Hey Klezmeh!" festival at the Noe Valley Music Series features the San Francisco KLEZMER Experience and Davka. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 11 & 12: Explore the world of MUSHROOMS at the San Francisco Fungus Fair. Sat., 10 am 5 pm; Sun., 11 am 5 pm. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. 759-0495.
DEC. 12: The INA CHALIS Opera Ensemble performs Amahl and the Night Visitors, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. 11:30 am. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
DEC. 12: The ACLU's Bill of Rights Day honors poet LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI. 2 pm. Argent Hotel, 50 Third St. 621-2493, ext. 346.
DEC. 12: Mission Dolores BASILICA CHOIR performs Christmas choral works including Magnificat by Imant Raminish and African-American spirituals. 7 pm. 3321 16th St. 621-9203.
DEC. 13: Robert Coffman reads TRUMAN CAPOTE'S A Christmas Memory at 7 pm. Theater Rhinoceros, 2925 16th St. 861-5079.
DEC. 14: Remember to VOTE! 7 am 8 pm. Call 554-4385 for information.
DEC. 14 & 28; JAN. 25: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 15: HOPALONG RESCUE brings good dogs available for adoption or foster homes. Noon 3 pm. In front of Zephyr Realty, 4040 24th St. Call Pali Boucher for information, 642-4786.
DEC. 17 & 18: Giza Academy of Music and Legends of Dance presents the Academy Awards of MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE on video Friday at 7:30 pm, and a dance workshop taught by Jacques al Asmar of Lebanon on Saturday, 1 to 5 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-7910.
DEC. 18: The 3 for All BASKETBALL skills competition for girls 10 to 17 features the speed dribble, super shot, and free throw. 10 am 2 pm. Sunset Rec Center, 2225 Lawton St. 753-7029.
DEC. 18: The Older Women's League (OWL) hosts a Y2K HOLIDAY POTLUCK following their business meeting and election of board members. 10:30 am 12:30 pm. Call 989-4422 for location.
DEC. 18: Christmas CAROLERS and musicians, sponsored by the Noe Valley Merchants Association, stroll along 24th Street. 11 am 3 pm. 641-8687.
DEC. 18: ST. PHILIP'S CHURCH CHOIR and Musical Group perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 pm. 725 Diamond St. 826-4929.
DEC. 18: A REGGAEBILLY CHRISTMAS concert with Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers begins at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 19: MYSTERY author Mark Graham signs his Wilton McCleary novels, set in Philadelphia in the late 19th century. 2 to 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
DEC. 19: Bethany Church hosts a community CANDLELIGHT DINNER and concert; turkey and ham provided, but bring a dish to share. Dinner 5 pm, concert at 7. 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
DEC. 19 25: Help prepare MEALS for homeless people and deliver them to a shelter at St. Mary's. Bethany Church, 1268 Sanchez St. For info: 647-8393.
DEC. 21: A HOLIDAY PARTY at the Mission Branch Library features refreshments and crafts. 4 pm. 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.
DEC. 24 & 25: A CHRISTMAS EVE pageant and service "for the child in all of us" begins at 5 pm; a traditional service of lessons and carols is at 11 pm. The Community Christmas Celebration Dec. 25, worship followed by a potluck brunch, begins at 11 am. Bethany Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
DEC. 29: S.K. TOTH performs "a different kind of concert" at 8 pm. Bethany Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
DEC. 31: Dance in the millennium at St. Paul's DANCE OF 1,000 YEARS, a benefit for the St. Paul's Preservation Fund featuring midnight champagne. 8 pm 1 am. Parish Center. 648-7538.
DEC. 31: NEW YEAR'S EVE at the Integral Yoga Institute includes dinner, a service honoring major world spiritual traditions, chanting, and meditation. 8:30 pm midnight. Call for reservations. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
JAN. 8: Jane Underwood leads a free WRITING JAM, literary exercises to "jump-start your creative juices." 10 am noon. The Writing Salon. 642-9793.
JAN. 8: The Terry Riley All-Stars with George Brooks and Tracy Silverman perform a CONCERT. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 9: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING classes start on Sundays, 6:15 to 7:45 pm. UCSF Recreation and Fitness Center, 500 Parnassus St. 476-1115.
JAN. 10 & 17: "YOGA of Death and Grieving" is a two-day workshop offered by the Integral Yoga Institute. 6 7:30 pm. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
JAN. 11: RIBBONS THE CLOWN will entertain preschool children with stories and magic. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
JAN. 13 FEB. 15: Noe Valley artist Tom Fowler exhibits RECENT PAINTINGS, drawings, and collages in his show, "Whipping Boy and the Seven Deadly Sins." Reception Jan. 13, 6 11 pm. Hours: Sat. & Sun., 1 5 pm; Thurs., 5 8 pm. Gallery Ad Magnum, 1252 Valencia St. 695-0119.
JAN. 14: RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT sings folk songs at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 15: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts an acoustic folk/pop concert by BOX SET DUO. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 21: Columnist ADAIR LARA will sign her latest book at Cover to Cover. 7 pm. 3812 24th St. 282-8080.
JAN. 22: Voice contributor Janis Cooke Newman leads a WRITING WORKSHOP, "How to Get Published." 10 am 4 pm. The Writing Salon. Call for location, 642-9793.
JAN. 22: In celebration of the Chinese New Year, CHINESE LION DANCERS perform at the Noe Valley Library. 5 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
JAN. 22: Noe Valley Music presents avant-classical music and jazz from the TIN HAT TRIO. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 27: Upper Noe Neighbors meets at 7:30 p.m. at Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. Call Vicki Rosen for meeting agenda, 285-0473.