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NOW through JAN. 3: The Girl Scouts and ONE WARM COAT are collecting new and gently-used coats at Stonestown shopping center, to distribute to children and adults in need. For information, 564-8848, or www.shopstonestown.com.
DEC. 1 31: A PEACE ON EARTH ornament and shrine show features work by 40 artists. Reception Dec. 13, 4 7 pm; music by Theloni on Wry. Chatterbox, 1185 Church St. 647-0900.
DEC. 1 JAN. 30: Chris Sequeira holds classes in T'AI CHI on Mon. and Tues., 6 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am noon, at Upper Douglass Park, 27th and Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.
DEC. 2: A MAYORAL RUNOFF FORUM sponsored by the League of Women Voters, will be moderated by Cheryl Jennings. 6 7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
DEC. 2, 16, 23 & 30; JAN. 6, 13 & 27: Preschool STORY TIME begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 3, 10 & 14: Stacy Kinkade-Erickson leads a class in HYPNOBIRTHING. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. Call 550-2611 for info.
DEC. 3 17: Hope Levy teaches "MEMORY Exercises" Wed., 9:30 11:30 am. 30th Street On Lok Senior Center, 225 30th St. 550-4415.
DEC. 5: A TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY for children under 7 begins at 4 pm at the Bernal Heights Library. 500 Cortland St. 695-5160.
DEC. 5 7: Creativity Explored's HOLIDAY ART SALE offers work by 100 artists. Dec. 5, 6 9 pm; Dec. 6 and 7, 11 6 pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108.
DEC. 5, 6, 11 13: Leigh Evans performs a solo DANCE THEATER piece, "When Day Became Night," a story of ordinary citizens in times of war. 8 pm. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St. 695-8889.
DEC. 5, 12 & 19; JAN. 16, 23 & 30: "MOMMY AND ME with a Jewish Twist" includes stories, music, cooking, crafts, and infant massage to encourage sensory development and socialization for babies ages 6 to 36 months. 10:30 11:30 am. Chabad Jewish Center, 94 29th St. 821-7046.
DEC. 5, 12, 19 & 26: The HOUSE OF BLUEGRASS presents free live music on Fridays, including the Ho'Down Quartet on Dec. 5, Earthquake Country on Dec. 12, the David Thom Band on Dec. 19, and Stay Tuned on Dec. 26. 7 9:30 pm. Maxfield's House of Caffe, 398 Dolores St. 255-6859.
DEC. 6: HOLIDAY CRAFTS DAY features candy houses, beeswax candles, and soap-making for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). 10 am 3 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
DEC. 6: Art Fusion's HOLIDAY SHOW offers one-of-a-kind works of art. 10 am 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 583-0343.
DEC. 6: The HOLIDAY BAZAAR and Posadas at Mission Cultural Center features food, music, and arts and crafts. 11 am 5 pm. 2868 Mission St. 821-1155.
DEC. 6: TREMOLO performs a lyrical acoustic rock concert at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 6 & 7: St. Finn Barr's annual CHRISTMAS FAIRE features entertainment, games, food, and fun. 10 am 4 pm. 419 Hearst Ave. 337-0944.
DEC. 6 21: The Lola Gallery BIZARRE BAZAAR includes fine arts, crafts, and fashions for sale; reception Dec. 6, 6 to 10 pm. The gallery's annual Christmas party is Dec. 11, 9 pm. 2517 Mission St. 401-6800.
DEC. 6; JAN. 10, 24 & 31: The library holds LAPSITS for babies and toddlers. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 7: The Lollipop FAMILY FUN RUN sponsored by See Jane Run Sports is a 5K run/walk in Golden Gate Park to benefit Girls on the Run. 10 am. Registration is limited; call 447-7494 to sign up.
DEC. 7: The Greenbelt Alliance hosts a moderate HIKE, "An Island in History," to the peak of Angel Island. 10:45 am 4 pm. 255-3233.
DEC. 7: Maya Zuckerman screens and discusses her short EXPERIMENTAL FILM about the Hebrew letters in "Yahweh" at Judith Levy-Sender and Ramon Sender's "Salon Museries". Noon 2 pm; lunch included. For reservations and location, call 821-2090 or e-mail email@example.com.
DEC. 7: Vocal ensemble VOLTI performs "Mysteries of the Spirit," including a cappella music by Mark Winges, who will discuss his work. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.
DEC. 7 & JAN. 4: San Francisco CITY GUIDES hosts a free walking tour of the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Meet at noon at the gold-painted fire hydrant at 20th and Church. 557-4266.
DEC. 7 & JAN. 11: Rocket DOG RESCUE will show off some good adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.
DEC. 7 JAN. 25: See Jane Run Sports sponsors a free 5K FUN RUN/WALK, Sundays at 10 am. Meet at 3870 24th St. 401-8338.
DEC. 8 JAN. 26: Ramon Sender and t'ai chi teacher Chris Sequeira lead a study group on the teachings of AZIZ KRISTOF and his book Enlightenment Beyond Traditions. Meets in a private home on 23rd Street, on even Mondays. 282-0669; firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEC. 8 JAN. 29: Women's a cappella vocal ensemble, the San Francisco SOUND WAVE, practices barbershop harmonies Thursdays, 7 to 10 pm. Laguna Honda Hospital, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd. 665-7960.
DEC 9: Vote for MAYOR and D.A. in San Francisco's RUNOFF ELECTION. Polls are open 7 am to 8 pm.
DEC. 9: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 include Camel Who Took a Walk, Hush Little Baby, and Three Little Pigs. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
DEC. 10 JAN. 10: WESLA WHITFIELD performs "Why Shouldn't I?" a concert of jazz-influenced standards from the Great American Songbook. Wed. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. Plush Room of the York Hotel, 940 Sutter St. 885-2800.
DEC. 12: A White and Black Ball to support the campaign for an International POETRY MUSEUM features dance bands and an East Indian dinner. 5 10 pm. Grand Conference Hall, Fort Mason. 868-8865.
DEC. 12: The Friends of Noe Valley and Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association give a HOLIDAY PARTY to benefit the Noe ValleySally Brunn Library, featuring food, music, and a live auction hosted by Supervisor Bevan Dufty. 7 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-3954.
DEC. 12 19: Comedian GEOFF HOYLE stars as Shakespeare's Fool in The Christmas Revels, a celebration of the winter solstice. Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. For times and tickets, call 621-1216.
DEC. 13: A "Holiday GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN" workshop is offered by the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council's Gardening and Composting Program. 10 am noon. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton. Preregistration required, 731-5627.
DEC. 13: The "Greens and Gifts" HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE at Strybing Arboretum will hold a family wreath workshop. 10 am 2 pm. Golden Gate Park. 661-1316.
DEC. 13: FRENCH CHEF Monique Antolin offers "Quiche and Conversation" at a Salon Museries workshop. Noon 2 pm; lunch included. For reservations and location, call 821-2090 or e-mail email@example.com.
DEC. 13: The PENNYROYAL PUPPETS perform "Sweet Betsy from Pike," for children ages 4 to 10. 1:30 pm. Glen Park Library, 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.
DEC. 13: SANTA and his reindeer will fly in to Zephyr Real Estate at 4040 24th St., at the invitation of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association. Look for snow 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DEC. 14: Bay Area Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party sponsor "It's Time to Get RADICAL," a community open house featuring songs by Faith Petric and poetry and spoken word by local activists. 1 5 pm. 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.
DEC. 14: ROBERT GLÜCK discusses his new book of stories, Denny Smith. 2 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
DEC. 14: WALT ANTHONY, "conjurer and teller of tales," entertains at the monthly meeting of PFLAG. 2 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Market St. 921-8850.
DEC. 14: The FOXGLOVE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE performs works by Brahms, Stamitz, and Gliere at the Second Sundays Series at Holy Innocents' Church. 5 pm. 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-5142.
DEC. 14: A "Carols and Candlelight" CHRISTMAS MUSIC concert includes handbells, solos, and singing, as well as dessert. 6:30 pm. Bethany Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
DEC. 15: A pregnancy loss SUPPORT GROUP meets at Natural Resources. 816 Diamond St. Call 550-2611 for time.
DEC. 15: CAROL FIELD, author of Hill Towns of Italy and In Nonna's Kitchen, reads from her work at the Odd Monday Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
DEC. 16: A CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY PARTY at the Mission Library features refreshments, crafts, and fun. 6:30 pm. 300 Bartlett St. Space is limited--call 355-2800 for reservations.
DEC. 19: A first night of CHANUKKAH celebration at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav begins with a vegetarian potluck and storytelling, followed by services and Israeli dancing and games. 6:15 10:30 pm. 290 Dolores St. 861-6932.
DEC. 20: Celebrate KWANZAA with storyteller Marijo and the Adigun Sipho Capoiera Troupe. 1 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
DEC. 20: Thanks to the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, SANTA will visit the Bank of America at 24th and Castro, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DEC. 20: Celebrate the CELTIC SOLSTICE with a concert by bagpiper Todd Denman and friends. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 21: A giant MENORAH LIGHTING and Hanukkah Arts Fair sponsored by Noe Valley Chabad begins at 4 pm on the corner of 24th and Noe.
DEC. 24 & 25: Bethany United Methodist Church presents a CHRISTMAS PAGEANT at 5 pm on Dec. 24, and a Christmas celebration and community potluck brunch beginning at 11 am on Dec. 25. 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
DEC. 27: The Young People's TEEN MUSICAL THEATER performs Showstoppers 20, a musical revue of their best numbers from the past 20 years. 7:30 pm. Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive. 554-9523.
DEC. 29 31: The California ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, including the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, and Natural History Museum celebrates its last month in Golden Gate Park (until 2008) with free admission and extended hours, 9 am to 9 pm.
JAN. 1: The COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER Orchestra and Chorus performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. 4 pm. Mission Dolores Basilica, 16th at Dolores. 647-6015.
JAN. 3: RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT ushers in the new year at the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 5: Ramon Sender reads from his memoir A Death in Zamora at the Odd Monday Series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
JAN. 7, 21 & FEB. 4: Beverly Ewing leads an "Introduction to BUDDHISM" class at the Noe Valley Ministry. 6:15 7:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
JAN. 10: HELEN GABRIEL MAJOR shows slides of her paintings at a Salon Museries workshop. Noon 2 pm; lunch included. For reservations and location, call 821-2090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAN. 11: HYPNOTHERAPIST, artist, and author Janell Moon is the guest of Salon Museries. Noon 2 pm; lunch included. For reservations and location, call 821-2090 or e-mail email@example.com.
JAN. 11: PIANIST Charles Worth performs a recital of music by Beethoven, Liszt, Poulenc, and Chopin at the Second Sundays Series at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. 5 pm. 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-5142.
JAN. 19: In memory of Martin Luther King, Frank Wiley discusses AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILMS at the Odd Monday Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
JAN. 17: The Jing Mo LION DANCERS perform to celebrate Chinese New Year. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
JAN. 17: TERRY RILEY and Gynn Riley perform a concert; Manring Kassin Darter opens the show. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 20: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be shown at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
JAN. 24: On Lok's 30th Street Senior Center hosts an OPEN HOUSE with crafts classes and a secret garden. 10 am noon. 225 30th St. 601-7845.
JAN. 24: Judith Levy-Sender and Ramon Sender lead a workshop in writing MEMOIRS at Salon Museries. Noon 2 pm; lunch included. For reservations and location, call 821-2090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAN. 24: BOX SET DUO performs at the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 25: DONNA ROSENTHAL reads from her book The Israelis at a Salon Museries workshop. Noon 2 pm; lunch included. 821-2090 or e-mail email@example.com.
JAN. 26: New College of California School of Law offers a workshop, "How to Collect a SMALL CLAIMS Court Judgment." 10 am. Civic Center Courthouse, 400 McAlister St. 241-1300.
JAN. 31: NORTON BUFFALO and his acoustic band make their first appearance at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
Happy New Year!
The next edition of the Voice--the February 2004 issue--will be distributed on Feb. 3, 2004. The deadline for calendar items is Jan. 15. Please note that due to space limitations, Noe Valley events take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.