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SEPT. 30 OCT. 3: The 40th annual BIG BOOK SALE of the Friends of the S.F. Public Library features 135,000 books. 10 am 6 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason. 437-4857.
OCT. 1 3: Mexican BOLERO TRIO Los Panchos performs music of South and Central America at the Brava Theater Center. Fri. and Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. 2789 24th St. 647-2822.
OCT. 1 22: A solo exhibition by Noe Valley artist MARLENE ARON, "In Stillness and Layering of Time," includes two site-specific installations and mixed-media work on canvas, wood, and paper. Mon. Fri., 9 am 6 pm. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St. 575-6242.
OCT. 1 29: The House of BLUEGRASS features the Bluemoon Boys on Oct. 1, the Acme String Ensemble on Oct. 8, the Squirrely String Band on Oct. 15, Poor Man's Whiskey on Oct. 22, and Wire-n-Wood on Oct. 29. 7 pm. Maxfield's, 398 Dolores St. 255-6859.
OCT. 1 29: Chris Sequeira holds classes in T'AI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. & Fri., 10:15 am noon, at Douglass Park, 27th & Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.
OCT. 1 DEC. 17: Marie Riccobene teaches DRAMATIC ARTS, including audition preparation, for teens. Tues. & Thurs. or Wed. & Fri, 4 5:45 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 647-1456.
OCT. 2: LEAP hosts the largest SANDCASTLE BUILDING CONTEST in Northern California, with 20 teams of professionals representing elementary schools. 10 am 2 pm. Ocean Beach near the Cliff House. 512-1899.
OCT. 2: The Noe Valley Co-Op Nursery School holds a GARAGE SALE from 9 am to 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
OCT. 2: An OPEN HOUSE at the Tenants Union honors inductees into the 2004 Hall of Fame and includes an all-you-can-eat barbecue, music, and a yard sale. 11 am 4 pm. 558 Capp St. 282-6622.
OCT. 2: The third annual FILM IN THE FOG is a 1956 sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet. 5 9:30 pm. Presidio Main Post Theater, 99 Moraga Ave. 561-5500.
OCT. 2: The CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO performs jazz, classical, surf rock, and original music. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 2 24: Artspan's 29th annual OPEN STUDIOS runs four weekends, 11 am to 6 pm; on Oct. 9 and 10 artists in Noe Valley, Castro, Bernal, Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Mission, and Excelsior will display their works. 835-3150.
OCT. 2 31: Noe Valley artist SHERROD BLANKNER is contributing to the group show "Fresh Paint," at 855 Sansome St. Opening party Oct. 2, 6 9 pm. 377-2325.
OCT. 2 & 3: REGGAE in the Park features Toots and the Maytals and Sister Carol in a benefit for Global Exchange. 11 am 6 pm. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 458-1988
OCT. 3: Natural Resources offers a Child and INFANT CPR class. 9 am 1 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
OCT. 3: A BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS service at Bethany Church begins at 11 am. 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
OCT. 3 : The CASTRO STREET FAIR features art and entertainment. 11 am 6 pm. Castro & Market. www.castrostreetfair.org.
OCT. 3: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off adoptable dogs at Zephyr Real Estate. Noon 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.
OCT. 5: A Muse for Children offers 10-week ART CLASSES in drawing, painting, collage, and mixed media. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-4347.
OCT. 5: Julie Ulmer teaches a six-week after-school ART CLASS, "People and Faces." Kids 6 to 12. 3:30 5 pm. Artsake, 3961 24th St. Preregister at 695-0506.
OCT. 5, 11, 20 & 26: Little People's Workshop hosts SOPHIE THE STORYTELLER, especially for children up to age 3. 3:30 pm. Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
OCT. 5, 12 & 26: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 6 NOV. 10: "Elbows Off the Table" is a fun ETIQUETTE CLASS, focusing on courtesy, for ages 5 to 12. Six Wednesdays, 4 5 pm. Terra Mia, 1314 Castro St. 642-9911.
OCT. 7 17: Noe Valley FILMMAKER Jay Rosenblatt's I Like It a Lot will be screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Schedule: 925-866-9559 or www.mvff.com.
OCT. 9: James Lick Middle School holds a CAR WASH fundraiser for the yearbook. 8:30 am 2 pm. Upper playground, 1220 Noe St. 436-0349.
OCT. 9: Seamus Flanagan leads a class to make eyeglass holders, wine charms, napkin rings, and gift wrap in "Give It Up for GIFTS," at Beadissimo. 10 am 12:30 pm. 1051 Valencia St. 282-2323.
OCT. 9: "A Day at CHUTCHUI II" is an open house examining the relationship of the mission Indians and the missionaries in the 1700s. 10 am noon. Old Mission Dolores, 3321 16th St. 621-8203.
OCT. 9: Alexis Fajardo teaches two five-week courses in CARTOONING. Noon to 2 and 2:304:30 pm (advanced). Artsake, 3961 24th St. Preregister at 695-0506.
OCT. 9: POLITICAL HUMORISTS perform at "The George Bush Going Away Party," hosted by Lisa Geduldig from Kung Pao Kosher Comedy. 8 pm. Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave. 431-7363.
OCT. 9: Bird and Beckett bookstore hosts a reception and poetry reading for DIANE DI PRIMA's art exhibit, "Collages and Surrealist Poems," to run through Dec. 31. 2 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
OCT. 9: The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND performs acoustic Celtic folk/bluegrass music; Espers opens the show. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 9, 16 & 23: A three-session earthquake and DISASTER PREPAREDNESS training class is offered by the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) and the S.F. Fire Department. 9 am 4 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St. Register: 970-2024; www.sfgov.org/sffdnert.
OCT. 10: Classic autos will be on display at Jimmy's OLD CAR SHOW in Golden Gate Park. 10 am 4 pm. Speedway Meadow, east of 30th Avenue on Kennedy Drive. 386-2572.
OCT. 10: A 5K DOGGONE FUN RUN and walk benefits PAWS and the SPCA. 9 am. Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park. 554-3007.
OCT. 10 & 17: The Children's Classic FILM FESTIVAL at the Castro Theater continues with National Velvet (1945) on Oct. 10 and Cheaper By the Dozen (1950) on Oct. 17. 429 Castro St. 1-866-468-3399.
OCT. 11: Modern Times Bookstore hosts a benefit for MOVEON.ORG with readings by "a talented line up of literary stars." 7 pm. The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. 647-2888 or 282-9246.
OCT. 12: Historian Rand Richards reads from his new book, Haunted San Francisco: GHOST STORIES from the City's Past, at the monthly meeting of the S.F. Museum and Historical Society. 7 pm. Columbarium, 1 Lorraine Court. 775-1111.
OCT. 12: Counselors from Medicare Today discuss the merits of the Prescription Drug DISCOUNT CARD for seniors. 10 am noon. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 510-465-8230.
OCT. 12 : 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.
OCT. 12 NOV. 16: Summer Anderson leads a CHILDBIRTH preparation class, Tuesdays from 7 to 9:30 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
OCT. 13: A REQUIEM for Matthew Sheppard begins at 7 pm. St. John the Evangelist Church, 1661 15th St. 861-1436.
OCT. 13: The Bay Area AIR QUALITY Management District hosts a community meeting to discuss measures to reduce ozone air pollution and the new Community Air Risk Evaluation program. 6:30 8:30 pm. California State Building, Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Ave. 749-4642.
OCT. 14: La Coterie Style Studio hosts FASHION WORKSHOPS; call STYLE-911 for signup. 3961A 24th St.
OCT. 14: 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.
OCT. 14: "Let's Put HARVEY MILK Back in City Hall" is a fundraiser to install a sculpture of the late supervisor; speakers, entertainment, and appetizers provided. 7 10 pm. GLBT Center, 1800 Market St. www.milkmemorial.com.
OCT. 14: Many neighborhood shops will stay open until 8 pm on SECOND THURSDAYS, for after-work shopping.
OCT. 14 17 : OKTOBERFEST by the Bay features German beers and food, and the Chico Bavarian Band. Thurs. and Fri., 5 pm midnight; Sat., 11 am 11 pm; Sun., 11 am 7 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. 1-888-746-7522.OCT. 15: Medical entomologist Robert Gay discusses VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES and mosquito control. Noon 1 pm. City College, Science Building, Room 300. 239-3475.
OCT. 15: CANINE WINE & DINE features a silent auction to benefit Second Chance Rescue. 6:30 10 pm. Presidio Officer's Club, 721-1721.
OCT. 15: Noe Valley author Gerard Jones signs his new book MEN OF TOMORROW: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book. 7 pm. Cover to Cover Booksellers, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.
OCT. 15: LITQUAKE Literary Festival presents "Lit Crawl," a literary pub crawl along Valencia Street. 7 pm. www.litquake.org.
OCT. 16: Fairmount School holds a RUMMAGE SALE, bake sale, and car wash to benefit school services. 10 am 3 pm. 65 Chenery St. 695-5669.
OCT. 16: The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council offers a workshop about WATER SYSTEMS. 10 am 1 pm. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton. Preregister at 731-5627.
OCT. 16: The Noe Valley Merchants Association sponsors a HAYRIDE and sidewalk sale along 24th Street. Pick up the horse-drawn wagon at Castro and Jersey. 10 am 2 pm. 282-2665.
OCT. 16: Herminia Albarran Romero offers a PAPEL PICADO workshop for ages 6 and older. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Space is limited; call 355-2800 to register.
OCT. 16: Patricia Grey, curator of the Noon Reading Series at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., discusses tips on getting a POETRY reading and reads from her book Rupture. 2 pm. Bird and Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
OCT. 16: Composer/pianist Bryan Kong and soprano Elender Wall perform "The Poetry of DONALD RUMSFELD." 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 16, 23 & 30: LAPSITS for infants and toddlers feature songs, stories, and fingerplays; at the special Halloween lapsit on Oct. 30, be sure to come in costume. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 16 NOV. 2: "Spell: 13 Invocations for WORLD PEACE" is a collaboration of dance, art, music, activism, and spirituality. 8 pm. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. 273-4633.
OCT. 17: City Guides hosts a walking tour, "CASTRO: Tales of the Village." 11 am. Meet under the rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market. 557-4266.
OCT. 17 : The 16th annual FIESTA ON THE HILL in Bernal Heights features a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, vendors, and entertainment. 11 am 6 pm. Cortland Street. 206-2140.
OCT. 17: GEOFF HOYLE, Sharon Lockwood, and others read scenes by Dario Fo in a benefit for Modern Times Bookstore. 2 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
OCT. 17: The Bird and Beckett BASH at the Clubhouse at 350 O'Shaughnessy features readings and live music to celebrate the bookstore's five-year anniversary. 3 8 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
OCT. 19: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be on view at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
OCT. 19: Juanita Ulloa performs Mexican and Latin American SONGS. 10:45 am. Glen Park Library. 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.
OCT. 19: "ELECTIONS and Their Discontents: The Voting Quagmire" is the topic at the Gray Panthers meeting. 12:30 3 pm. 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.
OCT. 20: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILD CARE LICENSING orientation from 9 to 11:30 am, and a workshop from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, the third Wednesday of each month. Children's Council of S.F., 445 Church St. 343-3333.
OCT. 20: Diane de Prima, David Meltzer, Devorah Major, and A.D. Winans are among the participants at "Engaged: POETS for Democracy and Core Freedoms." 5:30 7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
OCT. 20: The Noe Valley DEMOCRATIC CLUB holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 206-0231.
OCT. 22 24: The California Academy of Sciences offers FREE DAYS for residents of the 94110 zip code; bring a driver's license or utility bill. 10 am 5 pm. 875 Howard St. 321-8000.
OCT. 23: The Noe Valley Ministry's FLEA MARKET features great stuff and tasty food. 8:30 am 3 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. To donate, call 282-2317 for a pickup on Oct. 22, from 2 to 6 pm.
OCT. 23: San Francisco's Walk for FARM ANIMALS benefits Farm Sanctuary's rescue programs. Registration, 10 am; walk 11 am at the Ferry Building. 577-0766.
OCT. 23: The Older Women's League (OWL) hosts a LECTURE and demonstration by CMT Elly Showalter, "Your Joints and Muscles Can Move Pain Free." 10:30 am noon. Call 989-4422 for location.
OCT. 23: ASTRONOMY DAY and Night includes family science and art projects, and an evening of telescope observation. 1 4 and 7 10 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
OCT. 23 & 24: Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions performs TROLLEY DANCES along the F-Market streetcar line. One-and-a-half-hour tours leave from the Main Library every 45 minutes, from 12:15 to 4 pm. 100 Larkin St. 267-4825.
OCT. 24: A celebration of the 50th anniversary of The ALICE B. TOKLAS Cookbook features readings, reminiscences, and a short film. 2 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
OCT. 24: The gala opening concert of Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC features pianist Peter Grunberg, tenor Thomas Glenn, and mezzo-soprano Elza Van Den Heever performing art songs and arias, followed by a champagne reception and silent auction. 5:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.
OCT. 27: City Guides offers a tour, "GHOST WALK at City Hall." 6:30 pm. Enter at Goodlett Place (Polk Street), and meet in South Light Court. 557-4266.
OCT. 28: The Portola Festival of 1909 and post-earthquake rebuilding will be discussed at an illustrated lecture sponsored by the S.F. HISTORY ASSOCIATION. 7 pm. Mission Dolores Auditorium, 16th and Church. 750-9986.
OCT. 29: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts a celebration of the music of PHIL OCHS, with special guest Eric Anderson. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
OCT. 30: In honor of DAY OF THE DEAD, make an altar with artist Anita De Lucio-Brock; all ages. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2800 to register.
OCT. 30: Registered nurse Pat Marjavi discusses "How to Have the Kind of BIRTH You Want in the Hospital." 12:30 2:30 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
OCT 30: Glitter and Razz Productions holds a HALLOWEEN FAIR, with fortune-telling by Madame Razz. 1 4 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 759-5765.
OCT. 30: DEADLINE for artists 11 to 18 to submit a design for a character or mascot for Teen Read Month at the S.F. Public Library. For guidelines, call 557-4268.
OCT. 30: City College hosts a BALLROOM DANCE Halloween Party; costumes encouraged. 7 10 pm. Ocean Avenue North Gym Dance Studio, 452-5353.
OCT. 30: "Roadworks: Steamroller Prints" is a BLOCK PARTY fundraiser for the S.F. Center for the Book, with a raffle and children's activities, from noon to 4 pm. on Carolina St. between 15th and 16th St.; auction and party, 4 to 6:30 pm at 300 De Haro St. 565-0545.
OCT. 31 : COMEDY DAY in Golden Gate Park's Sharon Meadow features more than 30 funny performers. Noon to 5 pm. www.comedyday.com.
OCT 31: Kids who dare to visit HOFFMAN the Haunted Street will receive special treats from 5 to 8 pm. Hoffman between Alvarado and 25th. 282-4562.
OCT. 31: The sixth annual BOO AT THE ZOO features treats and activities for all ages; come in costume but please don't wear masks because they might frighten the animals. 10 am 3 pm. Sloat at 47th Ave. 753-7080.
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