Noe Valley Voice September 2003


NOW: St. Philip's Grammar School class of 1958 is planning a REUNION DINNER in October; please call Consuelo Hooper-Aguilar at 415-435-0941, fax 925-671-2684 or 415-435-1462, or e-mail

AUG. 30 ­ SEPT. 1: The 19th annual "A LA CARTE, A LA PARK" taste of San Francisco features 30 city restaurants in themed pavilions, and music by the Bangles, General Public, Solomon Burke, and Arrested Development. 11 am ­ 6 pm. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 458-1988.

AUG. 30 ­ SEPT. 1: Ceramicist Jacqueline Thompson and musician Aryeth Frankfurter are two Noe Valley participants in the 40th annual Kings Mountain ART FAIR in Woodside. 650-851-2710.

SEPT. 1: The Greenbelt Alliance hosts a HIKE from San Francisco to Sausalito and over the Marin Headlands, returning by ferry. 10 am ­ 6:45 pm. 255-3233.

SEPT. 1: The S.F. LABOR DAY FESTIVAL at Yerba Buena Gardens features music by Utah Phillips, Holly Near, Dr. Loco and his Rockin' Jalapeño Band, and the San Francisco Labor Chorus. 11 am ­ 5 pm. Mission between 3rd and 4th streets. 543-1718.

SEPT. 1 ­ 30: LILLIAN CARTWRIGHT, a teacher in the Art with Elders program, exhibits her paintings at Chatterbox. Reception Sept. 13, 4 ­ 7 pm. 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

SEPT. 1 ­ 30: LIVING T'AI CHI of Noe Valley offers classes in meditation and Qigong, taught by Chris Sequeira. 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.

SEPT. 2 & 30: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

SEPT. 3: A STROLLER TOUR of the Japanese Tea Garden is led by the Friends of Recreation & Parks. 10 ­ 11 am. Meet inside the main gate of the Tea Garden. 263-0991 or 750-5105.

SEPT. 3 ­ 14: The 12th annual FRINGE FESTIVAL features local and international performances of 34 "core" shows in the three Exit Theaters, and 20 "Bring Your Own Venue" shows at various locations. For a schedule, call 673-3847 or visit

SEPT. 3 ­ DEC. 17: Hope Levy offers "MEMORY Exercises." Wednesdays, on a drop-in basis, 9:30 ­ 11:30 am. 30th Street On Lok Senior Center, Room 318, 225 30th St. 550-4415.

SEPT. 4: Meet author Cyra McFadden and photographer Marcia Lieberman at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's OPEN HOUSE. 3 ­ 6 pm. SFSU Downtown Center, 425 Market St. 405-7711.

SEPT. 4: Meredith Eliassen talks about a scrapbook of palm prints compiled by Mme. Neergard, PALMISTRY editor of the San Francisco Call, from 1899 to 1903. 5:30 ­ 7 pm. The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth St. 957-1849.

SEPT. 4: The Friends of Noe Valley holds its annual Neighborhood Night at the S.F. SYMPHONY. For ticket information, call 282-4334.

SEPT. 4: A MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM on children's issues is sponsored by the Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. 7 ­ 9 pm. State Building basement auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave. 239-0161.

SEPT. 4 & 11: A SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE party on Sept. 4 introduces the series of classes beginning Sept. 11. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9372.

SEPT. 4­30: Noe Valley artist Shoshanah Dubiner exhibits her paintings in a ONE-WOMAN SHOW, "Infinite Worlds Within," at the Canessa Gallery in downtown San Francisco. Opening reception Sept. 6, 3 to 6 pm. 708 Montgomery St. 510-333-1873 or

SEPT. 5, 12, 19 & 26: A YOUTH CHESS CLUB at the Excelsior Branch Library schedules beginners from 3 to 4 pm and intermediate/advanced players from 4 to 5 pm; ages 5 and up. 4400 Mission St. 337-4735.

SEPT. 5 ­ 7: OPHELIA'S STAGE dance company performs five new and four repertory pieces. Fri. and Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 6 pm. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. 273-4633.

SEPT. 5 & 12: VOLUNTEER training is offered for guides and greeters at the reopening of the Conservatory of Flowers. Call Volunteer Manager Michele Canning at 750-5105.

SEPT. 6: A TENANTS CONVENTION hosted by the S.F. Tenants Union will discuss renters' rights and Rent Board reform. 11 am ­ 3 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 282-6656.

SEPT. 6: An ORIGAMI CLUB for all ages meets at 2 pm. Bernal Heights Library, 500 Cortland St. 695-5160.

SEPT. 6: "MARS DAY (and Night)" features education and activities for all ages; telescopes will look at the red planet after sundown. 2 ­ 10 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

SEPT. 7: The Noe Valley Ministry's FALL GATHERING open house features lunch, music, and "surprise appearances by oddly-dressed people." Noon, following the worship service. 1021 Sanchez St. Reservations requested: 282-2317.

SEPT. 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE will be stationed in front of Zephyr Real Estate with some good dogs who need homes. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. (between Castro and Noe). 642-4786.

SEPT. 7: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church presents "Modinhas," late 18th-century BRAZILIAN ART SONGS accompanied by guitar and harpsichord. 3 pm. 3281 16th St. 863-6811.

SEPT. 7: The monthly meeting of CROCHET by the Bay features instruction on freeform beading crochet; all skill levels welcome. 3:30 ­ 6:30 pm. ImagiKnits, 3896 18th St. 621-6642.

SEPT. 7: Vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits sings at a JAZZ JAM. 6 ­ 8 pm. Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

SEPT. 7 & 21: San Francisco CITY GUIDES hosts a free walking tour of the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Meet at noon at 20th and Church. 557-4266.

SEPT. 7 ­ 28: See Jane Run Sports sponsors a free 5K FUN RUN/WALK, Sundays at 10 am. Meet at the store at 3870 24th St. to pick up the weekly route. 401-8338.

SEPT. 9: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be shown at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

SEPT. 9: The New College of California School of Law offers a workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St. 241-1300.

SEPT. 9, 16 & 23: Edward Jones sponsors a Tuesday INVESTMENT CLASS, "for serious investors only." 6:30 ­ 8 pm. For reservations, call 282-4079.

SEPT. 10: The Friends of Recreaction & Parks offer a free WALKING TOUR of the statues around the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. 10 ­ 11:30 am. Meet at the John McLaren statue in front of the Rhododendron Dell on JFK Drive, just east of the 8th Ave. and Fulton entrance to the park. 263-0991 or 750-5105.

SEPT. 10: Animal Care and Control introduces the PetHarbor LOST PET REUNION System at a ribbon-cutting party featuring demonstrations and refreshments. 11 am. 1200 15th St. 554-6364.

SEPT. 10: A conversation with MAYORAL CANDIDATES, sponsored by the Neighborhood Parks Council, San Francisco Beautiful, and the Friends of the Urban Forest, is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:15 pm. Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way. 621-3260.

SEPT. 10 & 24: A CANDLELIGHT MEDITATION service at the Noe Valley Ministry begins at 6:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

SEPT. 11: Friends of Noe Valley hosts a discussion and demonstration of GREEN TRANSIT, including electric cars and bicycles with optional motors. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 826-2044.

SEPT. 13: Scrounger's Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP) hosts "Hats Off to TEACHERS," a celebration for educators and a chance for them to stock up on creative materials. 11 am ­ 4 pm. 801 Toland St. 647-1746.

SEPT. 13: BEACH BLANKET BABYLON holds auditions for male and female singers; bring music for an up-tempo song and a ballad, photo, current resume, and (optional) dance shoes. Noon. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (formerly Green Street). Fax questions to 421-0518 or e-mail

SEPT. 13: Vicki Saulis unveils her concepts for two artworks commissioned for the Eureka Recreation Center; over 50 VOLUNTEERS are needed to have their hands sculpturally cast for use in the piece. 2:30 ­ 4 pm. 100 Collingwood St. 252-3215.

SEPT. 14: The T-Mobile International, formerly the S.F. GRAND PRIX, is a BICYCLE RACE around San Francisco. For registration and information call the Bicycle Coalition at 431-BIKE.

SEPT. 14: The 8th annual DOGGONE FUN RUN and walk to benefits PAWS and Pets Unlimited also features a party with music, contests, and activities. 9 am ­ 1 pm. Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park. 241-1469 or 563-6702, ext. 142.

SEPT. 14: The 9th annual ARAB CULTURAL FESTIVAL features modern and classical music performances, dance troupes, a fashion show of traditional costumes, children's activities, and Arabic cuisine. 10 am ­ 7 pm. County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. near Lincoln. 664-2200.

SEPT. 14: The SINGLETARIANS invite men and women 45 and up to a potluck (bring a dish to share) at 1 pm, followed by folk dancing. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 821-7865 or 922-3033.

SEPT. 14: Dyke Daddy and Dyke Girl from S.F.'s LEATHER community discuss activism and fundraising at the monthly meeting of PFLAG. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Market St. 921-8850.

SEPT. 17: A reception for Bay Area ELDER ARTIST of the year, Ira Latour, and exhibitors in an Elder Arts exhibit begins at 5:30 pm. Main Library, Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

SEPT. 18 ­ 21: LITQUAKE 2003 literary festival features readings and a panel discussion; over 70 Bay Area authors will read, including Dorothy Allison, Po Bronson, Maxine Hong Kingston, JT Leroy, Beth Lisick, devorah major, Joyce Maynard, and Don Novello. For a schedule,

SEPT. 19: On Lok's 30th Street Senior Center hosts "Autumn Magic," its annual DINNER AND DANCE fundraiser gala. 5:30 ­ 10:30 pm. La Union Española, 2850 Alemany Blvd. For reservations call 292-8732.

SEPT. 19 ­ 21: "A Taste of Greece" FOOD FESTIVAL also features live bouzouki music, dancing, and cultural exhibits. Fri. and Sat., 11 am ­ 10 pm; Sun., noon ­ 9 pm. Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia St. 864-8000.

SEPT. 20: The Bicycle Coalition and the S.F. League of Urban Gardeners host a GARDEN BIKE TOUR of eight community plots around the city. Meet 11 am at the Corona Heights Community Garden in Corona Heights Park, at the end of States Street. 431-BIKE.

SEPT. 20: Andrea Gosline and Elise Collins offer a class, "Calm and CONFIDENCE FOR PARENTS," including work with inspiration cards and yoga exercises, from 1 to 4 pm. Open Door Yoga, 1500 Castro St. 824-6511.

SEPT. 20: "Around a CALIFORNIA PIANO 9" is a benefit for the Noe Valley Chamber Music Piano Fund, featuring Paul de Benedictis, Joshua Raoul Brody, Randy Craig, Leslie Harlib, Hokum W. Jeebs, Doug McKechnie, and Dr. Jim Purcell. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

SEPT. 21: The Integral Yoga Institute offers a VEGETARIAN COOKING class, followed by a meal. 11 am ­ 2 pm. 770 Dolores St. Please register by Sept. 16, at 821-1117.

SEPT. 21: The UPPER GRANT AVENUE Fall Art Fair features fine arts, crafts, poetry, and entertainment, with the theme, "The Beat Is Back." 11 am ­ 6 pm, between Vallejo and Filbert. 240-2529.

SEPT. 21: CHANTICLEER performs music from the Middle Ages and modern times at 7 pm. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St. 863-6371.

SEPT. 22: The Rec and Park Department hosts a park improvement PLANNING MEETING for districts 7, 8, and 11, including Noe Valley, Glen Park, Twin Peaks, and the southwestern end of S.F. 6 ­ 8 pm. Pilgrim Community Center, 446 Randolph St. For info call Svetlana Karasyova, 831-2769.

SEPT. 22 & 26: An ongoing, drop-in PEACEFUL PARENTING CIRCLE led by Andrea Gosline and Elise Collins meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 pm, and Fridays, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Open Door Yoga, 1500 Castro St. 824-6511.

SEPT. 23: ERIN DEALEY, author of Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox, reads for ages 5 and older. 4 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.

SEPT. 24: St. Paul's hosts a one-day bus trip to RIVER ROCK CASINO in Geyserville. Depart and return to the church, 9:30 am ­ 5 pm. 221 Valley St. Call Katy O'Shea, 648-7538.

SEPT. 24: S.F. Mystery Bookstore's monthly READING GROUP features In the Bleak Midwinter by J.S. Fleming. 7 ­ 9 pm. 4175 24th St. 282-7444.

SEPT. 24: A "Paths of YOGA" class examines the various traditional paths of the practice, including Hatha, Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga. 7:30 ­ pm. Integral Yoga Institute. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

SEPT. 25: "Readings from BANNED BOOKS" features local authors, including devorah major, Ruthanne Lum McCunn, and Howard Junker. 6 ­ 8 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

SEPT. 25: Amy Wallace discusses her new book, Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with CARLOS CASTENADA. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

SEPT. 27: Biofeedback and Biogram Therapist Joanne Prall discusses "VISUALIZATION: Techniques for Coping with Stress and Pain" at the monthly meeting of the Older Women's League (OWL). 10:30 am ­ 12:15 pm. Call 989-4422 for location.

SEPT. 27: Modern Times Bookstore hosts an INDIE PRESS PARTY for Children's Book Press, a nonprofit publisher of multicultural and bilingual picture books. 2 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

SEPT. 28: The Gay and Lesbian Sierrans host a four-mile URBAN HIKE through Bernal Heights. Meet on the corner of Coso and Coleridge at 9:45 am. 864-5885.

OCT. 1: A MAYORAL CANDIDATES forum sponsored by Friends of Noe Valley, the East & West of Castro Club, and other local groups features Angela Alioto, Tom Ammiano, Matt Gonzalez, Susan Leal, Gavin Newsom, and Tony Ribera. 7 to 8:30 pm. Alvarado School, 625 Douglass St. 282-4334.

October Already?

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