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NOW: ALZHEIMER'S support groups are available in both English and Spanish at 30th Street Senior Services. For dates, times, and more information, call Mary Alice Cardenas at 550-2295.
OCT. 1: The ROVA SAXOPHONE Quartet performs its last San Francisco concert of the millennium! 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 1 29: Play BINGO at St. Paul's every Friday, starting at 7 pm. Parish Hall, Church St. at 28th. 648-7538.
OCT. 1 31: A group ART EXHIBIT, "Survivalist," features a reception on Oct. 17, 7 pm, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Gallery hours: Tues. Sat., 11 am 5 pm. Southern Exposure Gallery, 401 Alabama St. 863-2141.
OCT. 1 NOV. 1: Ruby's CLAY STUDIO exhibits a group show through Oct. 12, Charles Belgrade's bowls Oct. 13 19, and a pre-Christmas pottery sale by Kent Tool and Rob Olson Oct. 21 Nov. 1. 552A Noe St. 558-9819.
OCT. 1 NOV. 30: "Police Riot '89: Remembering the CASTRO SWEEP," an exhibition of photos and artifacts, begins with a reception and reunion of Sweep survivors on Oct. 1 at 7:30 pm. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro St. 431-0891.
OCT. 2: Ellis Act EVICTIONS are the topic at the Noe Tenants Association meeting. 1 2:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 282-5525.
OCT. 2: MYSTERY writer Dianne Day signs her fifth Fremont Jones book, Death Train to Boston. 3 4 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 2 22: The Randall Museum's Saturday workshops include "Scary Puppets" (Oct. 2), "BAT DAY" (Oct. 9), "Magnificent Monster Masks" (Oct. 16), and "Spiders" (Oct. 23). 12:30 2:30 pm; Bat Day 11 am 3 pm. 199 Museum Way, 554-9600.
OCT. 2 23: The Recreation and Park Department sponsors GIRLS' SOCCER for ages 6 and older on Saturdays, and an NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick competition for boys and girls ages 8 to 15 on Oct. 2. For information, call 753-7029.
OCT. 2 & 3: The Marsh's Growing Stage presents Stephanie Leverage retelling four FOLK TALES from different parts of the world, Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tails. 2:30 pm. 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750, ext. 2.
OCT. 3: Magnificat presents La Serva Padrona, a COMIC INTERMEZZO by Giovanni Baptista Pergolesi, from 1733. 4 pm. St. Gregory Nyssen Church, DeHaro at Mariposa St. 979-4500.
OCT. 3: All pets are welcome at the Blessing of the ANIMALS at Bethany Church (bring leashes and carriers). 11 am 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
OCT. 3 31: The GOLDEN GATE PARK BAND performs Sunday concerts at 1 pm in the Music Concourse. 666-7107.
OCT. 4 & 9: Come meet CLINT REILLY at an Oct. 4 Town Hall at MCC Church, 150 Eureka St., 7:30 pm. Reilly will also be at Walgreen's on Castro at 11:30 am Oct. 9, attending the Noe Valley Merchants Association hayride. 695-3901.
OCT. 5: The Insect Discovery Lab brings LIVE INSECTS to the Mission Branch Library. 10:30 am. 300 Bartlett St. Reservations required: 695-5090.
OCT. 5: FILMS for preschoolers screen at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 5: Inspector John Rebus is back in Ian Rankin's new MYSTERY, Dead Souls. Noon. S.F. Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 5: Children's book author Christopher Paul Curtis will sign copies of BUD, NOT BUDDY at Cover to Cover. 7 p.m. 3812 24th St. 282-8080.
OCT. 6: The Adventist HEALTH VAN offers blood pressure testing and cholesterol screening. 10 am 4 pm. Bell Market parking lot. 775-2570.
OCT. 6: LINDA BARNES introduces her eighth Carlotta Carlyle mystery, Flashpoint. 3 4 pm. S.F. Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 6: Robert Sabuda demonstrates his POPUP BOOK The Moveable Mother Goose at Cover to Cover bookstore. 7 p.m. 3812 24th St. 282-8080.
OCT. 6, 20 & 27: Songs and fingerplays are featured at the Noe Valley Library's LAPSITS for infants and toddlers. 7 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 8: DONATE clothing, books, toys, and household goods to benefit the Noe Valley Ministry's Flea Market Oct. 9. Bring items to 1021 Sanchez St. from 2 to 9 pm, or call 282-2317 for pickup.
OCT. 8 & 22: Gay and Lesbian Outreach to Elders (GLOE) offers OPERA AFTERNOONS, video screenings, and more for those 55 and up. 1:30 pm. 1874 Market St. 255-2937.
OCT. 9: The Noe Valley Ministry's FLEA MARKET is a super sale of neighborhood miscellany, a bake sale, and a gourmet luncheon at the NVM Cafe. 10 am 4 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
OCT. 9: Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals sponsor a HAYRIDE on 24th Street, in conjunction with sidewalk sales at many shops. Hop on the wagon 11 am to 3 pm in front of Walgreen's at Castro and Jersey. 642-6569.
OCT. 9: The Parker House Guest House FALL BENEFIT luncheon, co-hosted by Supervisor Mark Leno, raises support for the AIDS Emergency Fund. 1 5 pm. 520 Church St. 621-3222.
OCT. 9 & 10: San Francisco OPEN STUDIOS for the Noe, Castro, Mission, Bernal, and Mount Davidson neighborhoods features a wealth of local talent. Call 861-9838 for citywide map.
OCT. 10: The 11th annual Laidley Street BLOCK SALE offers clothes, furniture, and other treasures from 10 am to 4 pm. First three blocks of Laidley, and the southern end of Noe Street.
OCT. 10: Bernal Heights 11th annual FIESTA ON THE HILL features musicians, artists, food, and activities for all ages, including a New Technology pavilion and an Alien Eyeball Toss. 11 am 6 pm. Cortland Avenue. 206-2140.
OCT. 10: Prepare and enjoy an Ayurvedic vegetarian meal at a COOKING CLASS sponsored by the Integral Yoga Institute. 11 am. 2 pm. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
OCT. 10: A gala benefit concert featuring soprano Nicolle Foland, cellist Emil Miland, and pianist Jake Heggie begins the season for the Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC Series. 5 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9444.
OCT. 13: Mayoral candidates Eng, Felzer, Norton, Ventresca, Manuel, Bermudez, Ascarrunz, Reid, and O'Hara are scheduled to DEBATE at an event hosted by Tom Ammiano. 12:30 2 pm. Diego Rivera Theater, City College, 50 Phelan Ave. 864-6478.
OCT. 13 24: Keith Terry and Crosspulse perform the DANCE WORK Body Tjak/ The Celebration , choreographed by I Wayan Dibia. 8 pm Wed. Sat., 2 pm Sun. Oct. 24. Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St. 621-7797.
OCT. 14: The Older Women's League (OWL) hosts its 11th annual "Wonderful Outstanding Women" luncheon. Noon. Gabbiano's Restaurant, 1 Ferry Plaza. Call 989-4422 for reservations. The monthly meeting is Oct. 23, 10:30 am.
OCT. 15: "Science Guy" BILL NYE comes to Noe Valley to sign his new book, The Big Blue Ocean. 7 p.m. Cover to Cover, 3812 24th St. 282-8080.
OCT. 15 & 16: "Two Nights in Tucson," a BENEFIT dinner hosted by the Lively Arts Workshop, features the Ronstadt Cousins variety band. 7 10 pm. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Goldmine Drive. 333-9572.
OCT. 16: Cover to Cover holds a WORKSHOP, "Making Books with Children." 10 a.m. 3812 24th St. 282-8080.
OCT. 16: Margaret Wells discusses the KINDERGARTEN application process for kids entering school in 2000. 10 am 12:30 pm. Harvey Milk Elementary School, 4235 19th St. 642-6260.
OCT. 16: MYSTERY writer Gary Phillips signs his new book, The Jook. 5 6 pm. S.F. Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
OCT. 16: Sultan Kahn and Rob Wasserman perform a CONCERT at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series , 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 16 & 17: Tim Baskerville exhibits his NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS at the RayKo South Photo Center. 11 am 6 pm. 984 Folsom St. 495-3737.
OCT. 16 & 17: In a benefit for Dance Mission, Highly Unlikely Studios presents music and dance featuring Kunst Stoff's "Yannis Adoniou." 8 pm. 3316 24th St. 826-4441.
OCT. 19 & 26: The Noe Valley Library hosts STORY TIME for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5. 10 am. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 21: San Francisco author and illustrator REMY CHARLIP brings art and movement to the Excelsior Branch Library. 4 pm. 4400 Mission St. Call 337-4735; limited to 20 children.
OCT. 21: "Cheap Eats" columnist DAN LEONE discusses local dives, joints, and all-night cafes in Eat This, San Francisco. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
OCT. 22: Come in costume to a MONSTER CONCERT to benefit the renovation of the organ at Bethany Church. Musicians from S.F. Winds of Freedom Band will play. 8 pm. 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
OCT. 22: "NOROTICS," Nori Kishi on cello and Nora Chiang, pianist, perform a concert of sonatas by Bach, Shostakovish, and Franck. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
OCT. 22 NOV. 14: Random Acts Theater Company performs a modern, gender-bending version of Shakespeare's HAMLET. 8 pm, Fri., Oct. 22 & 29 and Nov. 5 & 12; Sat., Oct. 30 and Nov. 13; Sun., Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Matinee 4 pm, Oct. 24. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 337-8963.
OCT. 23: To get away from all things Noe, try the 20th annual EXOTIC EROTIC BALL, held this year at the Cow Palace. 469-6065.
OCT. 23: Marcy Sheiner leads a workshop on WRITING book reviews, "Read and Love to Tell About It." 10 am 4 pm. The Writing Salon, 642-9793.
OCT. 23: Have Jokes Will Travel performs Mommy and Daddy's COMEDY HOUR, a benefit for the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. 3 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. (650) 266-8283.
OCT. 23: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts MUSIC by Sonia and Disappear Fear, plus the Manring/Kassin/Darter trio. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 23: The POTRERO HILL FESTIVAL features music, comedy, and dance at 13 local venues, including a performance by Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at the Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro St. 9 pm. 621-4455.
OCT. 24: The American Cancer Society holds its "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" WALK and fundraiser in Golden Gate Park. Register at Speedway Meadow, 8 9 am. Or call 877-906-7222.
OCT. 26: St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary presents a luncheon and FASHION SHOW featuring new and vintage hats, to benefit the St. Luke's Emergency Department. Palace Hotel Ballroom. Call for res.: 641-6538.
OCT. 27: Storyteller Dave Ponkey relates EERIE TALES for ages 4 and older. 6:45 pm. Glen Park Library, 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.
OCT. 27: A HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY at the Bernal Heights Library also features crafts for kids. 7 pm. 500 Cortland Ave. 695-5160.
OCT. 28: Richard Hansen of the Museum of the City of San Francisco will give a talk on the 1906 and 1989 EARTHQUAKES. 7 pm. Cannery, 3rd Floor, 2801 Leavenworth St. 750-9986.
OCT. 28: Upper Noe Neighbors sponsors a POLITICAL Q & A with the mayoral candidates, including Clint Reilly. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.
OCT. 29: Upper Noe Recreation Center holds a HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL featuring games, prizes, and a costume parade. 3 6 pm. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011.
OCT. 29: The first concert in the Gertrude Fields series features the Mark Little Trio performing a tribute to BILL EVANS. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
OCT. 30: The FAMILY HALLOWEEN FEST offers a tour of Dr. Randallstein's Laboratory and the Bone Room. Eeek. 11 am 3 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, 554-9600.
OCT. 30: "BOO AT THE ZOO" is a Halloween event with trick-or-treating and a haunted nature trail. Costumes encouraged, but no masks, please (they could frighten the animals). 11 am 3 pm. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road. 705-0761.
OCT. 30: Radical economist Julianne Malveaux will discuss "The Corporate Stake in the Breast Cancer Epidemic" at a town meeting sponsored by BREAST CANCER ACTION. 1 4 pm. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. Tickets: 392-4400. BCA: 243-9301.
OCT. 31: The Real Food Company invites kids 12 and under to enter its fourth annual Halloween COSTUME CONTEST. Come by and have your picture taken. 3939 24th St. 282-9500.
OCT. 31: Celebrate the BUDDHIST HOLIDAY of the Buddha's descent from Tushita starting at sunrise with the taking of the eight Mahayana precepts, light and water offerings at 9 am, and teachings with Geshe Ngawang Dakpa at 10 am. Tse Chen Ling Center, 4 Joost Ave. 333-3261.
OCT. 31 & NOV. 6 & 20: The INA CHALIS Opera Ensemble performs Strauss' Die Fledermaus. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
NOV. 6: Voice columnist Janis Cooke Newman holds a TRAVEL WRITING workshop at Cover to Cover Books. 10 am 4 pm. 3812 24th St. 282-8080.