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DEC. 1: Richard Pitt offers an "Introduction to HOLISTIC MEDICINE and Homeopathy." 7 8:30 pm. Pacific Academy of Homeopathy, 1199 Sanchez St. 695-2710.
DEC. 1 18: Space 743 hosts a holiday CERAMICS SALE of functional and sculptural objects made by artists at the Clay Studio. Wed. Sat., noon 5 pm. 743 Harrison St. 777-9080.
DEC. 1 20: Forbeadin' and Chatterbox present "5 x 5," an exhibition of work by five emerging FASHION DESIGNERS and five fine artists. Reception: Dec. 4, 4 7 pm. Hours: Tues. Sat., 11 am 6 pm; Sun., 1 5 pm. 1195 Church St. 641-1414.
DEC. 1 25: Starbucks is collecting new, unwrapped books and TOYS for the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation for kids in local hospitals. Drop off items at 3995 24th St. 826-1118.
DEC. 1 31: Chris Sequeira holds classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 7:30 pm, at 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. & Fri., 10:15 am noon, at Upper Douglass Park, 27th & Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.
DEC. 1 FEB. 27: French PHOTOGRAPHER Frédéric Brenner exhibits images of the Jewish Diaspora in "The Jewish Journey." Sun. Thurs., noon 6 pm. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 121 Steuart St. 344-8800.
DEC. 2 : A HERBAL HOLIDAY GIFT workshop includes culinary blends, bath salts, and homemade kahlua. 7 9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.
DEC. 2: A publication party for Map of a Dream, an annual anthology of POETRY by students from the San Francisco Unified School District, features readings by the poets. 6:30 pm. El Valenciano Restaurant, 1153 Valencia St. 826-9561.
DEC. 2 30: NOE STROLLS features Mommy Strolls on Thursdays and Daddy Strolls on Mondays. 11 am. Meet at Holey Bagel, 3872 24th St. Walks climb the Castro hill to 16th Street, proceed east to Valencia, and turn west on 22nd to Church Street. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEC. 2 JAN. 9: Thirty-eight artists will participate in a holiday GROUP EXHIBIT at the Blue Room Gallery. Reception: Dec. 2, 6 9 pm. Gallery hours: Wed. Sun., 1 8 pm. 2331 Mission St. 282-8411.
DEC. 3 5: The 12th annual FOGBELT STUDIO Holiday Sale features diverse artists and craftspeople, including some from Noe Valley. Fri., noon 8 pm; Sat., 10 am 6 pm; Sun., noon 6 pm. 2528 25th Ave. 661-8502.
DEC. 3 5: The 30th annual HOLIDAY SALE of the art students and faculty of City College includes printmaking, ceramics, drawing, photography, and weaving. Reception: Fri., 6 9 pm. Sat. and Sun., 10 am 6 pm. Fort Mason, Building B. 561-1840.
DEC. 4: The 21st annual SWEDISH CHRISTMAS FAIR includes handicrafts, folk music and dancing, and delicacies from Scandinavia. 9 am 4 pm. Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St. 510-523-1551.
DEC. 4: HOLIDAY CRAFTS DAY includes instructions for making beeswax candles, soaps, yoyos, and gingerbread houses, and an interactive musical performance by Paul Godwin and the Sippy Cups. All ages, accompanied by an adult. 10 am 3 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
DEC. 4: Artery offers a papier-mâché jewelry box WORKSHOP; children under age 6 must bring an adult. 10:30 11:30 am. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.
DEC. 4: The Lola Gallery's annual CHRISTMAS SALE features "high-end, affordable art" by more than 20 Northern California artists. 4 8 pm. 2517 Mission St. 401-6800.
DEC. 4: Mamadou Diabate plays WEST AFRICAN HARP, with acoustic guitarist Walter Strauss. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 4 & 5: Children are invited to the "DANCE-ALONG Nutcracker," a fairy-tale musical put on by the S.F. Lesbian/ Gay Freedom Band. Sat., 2:30 & 7 pm; Sun., 11 am & 3 pm. Yerba Buena Center, 701 Mission St. 978-ARTS.
DEC. 4 & 5: Accion Latina sponsors two evenings of LATINO MUSIC with the theme, "A Quest for Peace in the Middle East." 7 10 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. 648-1045.
DEC. 4 13: Monologuist Charlie Varon performs RUSH LIMBAUGH in Night School. Sat. Mon., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.
DEC. 5: Conductor Robert Geary joins a cappella women's choir Ancora in a program of music by Faure, Chihara, Winges, and Poulenc. 4 pm. Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.
DEC. 5: The Bicycle Coalition's WINTERFEST features artwork, a silent auction, music, and refreshments. 6 10:30 pm. SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St. 431-2453, ext. 15.
DEC. 5 23: Conor McGrady exhibits gouache DRAWINGS based on combat in Northern Ireland. Sundays, noon 5 pm and by appointment. Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero St. 732-2767.
DEC. 5 & JAN. 2: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.
DEC. 6: The S.F. Conservatory of Music leads the 26th annual "Sing-It-Yourself MESSIAH at 8 pm. An "Extreme Messiah" class to learn the music is scheduled from 1 to 5 pm, Dec. 5. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. 759-3429.
DEC. 6: Dr. Adam Brock hosts a discussion about WEIGHT LOSS, obesity, and fad diets. 6 7:30 pm. St. Luke's Hospital, Griffin Conference Center, 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 647-8600.
DEC. 6: Poet RUTH WEISS reads from her work and recalls the beat era in North Beach. 7:30 pm. Bird and Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
DEC. 7 & 21: Preschool STORY TIME, for kids 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
DEC. 9: VOLUNTEER training at St. Luke's Hospital is held the second Thursday of each month from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.
DEC. 9: "Creature Comfort," New Langdon Arts' 20th annual dinner party and ART AUCTION, features work by Bruce Connor, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, and Dennis Hopper. 6 11 pm. Gallery preview Dec. 4 9, noon 6 pm. 1246 Folsom St. 626-5416.
DEC. 9: The S.F. Zoo offers VOLUNTEER TRAINING for adults. Meet at the bronze tiger statue at the front entrance. 11 am noon. 753-7073.
DEC. 9 : In "The Medicine and Magic of ESSENTIAL OILS," Julia Fischer introduces "aromatherapy's vast pharmacopoeia." 7 9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.
DEC. 9: Noe Valley shops stay open until 8 pm on SECOND THURSDAYS, for after-work or after-dinner shopping.
DEC. 10 & 11: A holiday ART BAZAAR at the Mission Cultural Center features folk art and crafts. Fri., 6 9 pm; Sat., 11 am 5 pm. 2868 Mission St. 821-1155.
DEC. 11: The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council offers a workshop, "Holiday Gifts from the GARDEN." 10 am noon. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton. Preregister at 731-5627.
DEC. 11: Artery Studio offers a personally designed MIRROR workshop; children under age 6 with an adult. 10:30 11:30 am. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.
DEC. 11: SANTA, elves, and toy donation bins appear in front of Zephyr Real Estate, 11 am to 2 pm. 4040 24th St.
DEC. 11: Local author Bill Yenne discusses and signs his book of historical photographs, San Francisco's NOE VALLEY, at Just for Fun gift shop. 5 to 7 pm. 3982 24th St. 355-5707.
DEC. 11: Davka performs "Middle-Eastern, Ashkenazi jazz" in a HANUKKAH celebration. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 11 & 19: A cappella men's vocal ensemble CHANTICLEER performs holiday music, including Medieval and Renaissance works and African-American spirituals. 8 pm. St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave. 252-7941.
DEC. 12: Community Music Center's HOLIDAY PARTY features Amahl and the Night Visitors by the Ina Chalis Opera Ensemble, and a visit from Santa. 11:30 am. 544 Capp St. 587-3956.
DEC. 12: Radical Women's OPEN HOUSE, "A Grassroots Celebration for Optimistic Rebels," includes folk music and a buffet. 1 5 pm. New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.
DEC. 12: POETS FOR PEACE, from around the world, read from their work. 2 4:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
DEC. 12: Pini Altman discusses gay life in Tel Aviv at the monthly meeting of PFLAG SUPPORT GROUP. 2 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.
DEC. 12: The Institute on Aging hosts "CABLE CAR CAROLERS"; sing and visit homebound seniors with the S.F. Concert Chorale. Register at 2:30 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. Cable cars leave at 3 pm. 750-4180, ext. 142.
DEC. 12: Chabad of Noe Valley (Chabad Jewish Center) holds a CHANUKAH celebration. Build a 10-foor menorah out of Legos at 3 pm; candle-lighting at 5 pm. Corner of 24th & Noe. 821-6932.
DEC. 12: Carlton White directs the Chamber Orchestra from the S.F. Conservatory in the Messiah, Part 1: The Prophecy, followed by Christmas carols by the children's choir. 5 pm. St. Philip the Apostle Church, 725 Diamond St.
DEC. 12: Judiyaba and Gwyneth Davis perform CELLO DUETS by Menotti and Mozart. 5 pm. Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks St. 515-0425.
DEC. 12: An adult WRITING SEMINAR, "How to Start a Magazine," features practical advice from local editors and publishers. 6 9 pm. 826 Valencia St. Reserve a space at 642-5905.
DEC. 12 & JAN. 9: City Guides offers WALKING TOURS of the Castro, "Tales of the Village." Meet 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market. 557-4266.
DEC. 13: Author and intuitive psychotherapist IONE reads from her memoir, Pride of Family: Four Generations of American Women of Color, at the Odd Mondays series, 7 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. No-host dinner, 5:30 pm, at Noe Valley Pizza, 24th and Sanchez; RSVP to email@example.com.
DEC. 14: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 include The Happy Lion, Mole and the Flying Carpet, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
DEC. 14 : The New College School of Law holds a workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St. 241-1300.
DEC. 14: Modern Times Bookstore hosts an INDIE PRESS PARTY for Alyson Press, publisher of Pam Tent's Midnight at the Palace: My Life as a Fabulous COCKETTE. 7:30 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
DEC. 15: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILD CARE LICENSING orientation from 9 to 11:30 am, and a workshop of support information from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, the third Wednesday of each month. Children's Council of S.F., 445 Church St. 343-3333.
DEC. 15: A CHILDREN'S PARTY at the Mission Library celebrates the holidays with crafts and refreshments. 6:30 pm. 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800.
DEC. 16: Scottish Country Dance hosts a WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY with demonstrations of jigs and reels and fiddle music. 7:45 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9372.
DEC. 18: A LAPSIT for infants and toddlers features songs, stories, and fingerplays. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
DEC. 18: A CALENDAR WORKSHOP at Artery runs from 10:30 to 11:30 am. All ages; under 6 with an adult. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.
DEC. 18: A CELTIC CHRISTMAS concert includes performances by Uilleann piper Todd Denman, guitarist/poet Kyle Thayer, and fiddler Erin Shrader. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
DEC. 18 & 19: The San Francisco YOUTH BALLET Theater performs "The Nutcracker." Sat., 7 pm; Sun., 1 pm. School of the Arts Theater, 555 Portola Drive. 731-2237.
DEC. 20: Bird and Beckett hosts a SOLSTICE POETRY READING. 7:30 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
DEC. 20 23 & 27 30: WINTER ZOO CAMP offers crafts, games, and animal-related activities for children ages 4-1/2 through fifth grade. Mon. Thurs., 9 am 4 pm. Preregistration required: 753-7073.
DEC. 24 & 25: Tenderloin Tessie's CHRISTMAS DINNER needs volunteers, Dec. 24, 4 to 7 pm, and Dec. 25, 9 to 11 am and 12:30 to 4 pm. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 255-7503.
DEC. 31: Community Music Center's BIG BEETHOVEN BASH features the Ninth Symphony performed by the CMC Orchestra and Chorus. Fri., 9:15 pm, Mission Presbyterian Church, 3261 23rd St.; Sat., 4 pm, Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St. 587-3956.
JAN. 3: Candy Forest teaches a TEEN SINGING class Mondays at Community Music Center. 6 7:30 pm. 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
JAN. 4 & 11: Preschool STORY TIME, for kids 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
JAN. 8: RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT performs at the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
JAN. 9: S.F. Animal Care and Control offers a free PET MICROCHIPPING clinic for dogs and cats. 1 4 pm. 1200 15th St. 822-5566.
JAN. 16: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC features string bassist Richard Worn and his ensemble Worn Chamber performing "Music from the Americas." 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.
JAN. 18: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 include The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, Let's Give Kitty a Bath, and Snowy Day. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
JAN. 22: Celebrate CHINESE NEW YEAR with lion dancers and a martial arts demonstration. 3 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
JAN. 23: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE classes begin at Ballet Russe Studio. Sundays, 5:30 pm. 1946 Clement St. 333-9372.
JAN. 25: MAGIC MIKE performs amazing feats, especially for preschoolers. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
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