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Oct. 31: Hoffman Avenue between Elizabeth and 24th Street has a HAUNTED HOUSE--look for the witch stirring her cauldron! 6-8 pm. 285-6265.
Oct. 31: It's Halloween in the CASTRO. 6 pm-midnight. www.halloweeninthecastro.com.
Nov. 1, 8 & 29: Preschool STORY TIME, for kids 2 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
Nov. 1-26: Artworks by Phoebe McAfee and Nancy Reese will be on display at GALLERY SANCHEZ in the Noe Valley Ministry. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
Nov. 1-30: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves nutritious hot lunches for people over 60. 12:30 p.m. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Call 648-1030 to make a reservation.
Nov. 1-30: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. and Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am. Call 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857 for location.
Nov. 1-Dec. 17: The San Francisco CHILDREN'S ART CENTER offers Saturday classes, featuring a range of media, for ages 9 to 12. 9:30-11:30 am. Dolores Park Clubhouse. Register at 771-0292.
Nov. 2: Artsake offers a six-week class, "Beginning OIL PAINTING." Wed., 6-9 pm. 3961 24th St. 695-0506; www.artsakesf.com.
Nov. 2: MARK BITTNER shows slides and discusses his book The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. 6:30-7:30 pm. Potrero Branch Library, 2626 20th St. 355-2822.
Nov. 3: Tracie Hotchner, author of The DOG Bible, will discuss canine issues. 6-8 pm. Noe Valley Pet Company, 1451 Church St. 282-7385.
Nov. 4: The Department of Public Works hosts a public meeting to discuss a proposed rate increase for services by SUNSET SCAVENGER and Golden Gate Disposal. 1-4 pm. Room 400, City Hall; www.sfdpw.org.
Nov. 4: The Film Arts Festival of INDEPENDENT CINEMA features two Noe Valleyans: Jay Rosenblatt's Phantom Limb screens at 6 pm, and Sasha Aiken's Blood, Sweat, and Glitter shows at 11:30 pm. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. 800-838-3006; www.filmarts.org.
Nov. 4: Daniel Richman reads from a new collection of POETRY, Farming in San Francisco. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.
Nov. 4-25: Theresa Garcia leads ROSEN METHOD movement classes. 8:30 am. Noe Valley Ministry, Upper Studio, 1021 Sanchez St. 812-9917.
Nov. 4-Dec. 11: Sam Gordon exhibits ARTWORK in "The Twinkie Defense: New Paintings, Thoughtographs, and Sketchbooks, 95/05." Reception Nov. 4, 6-8 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm, and by appointment. Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero St. 646-732-2767.
Nov. 5: The third neighborhood CLEAN SWEEP needs volunteers from 9 am to noon. Meet at the Farmers' Market mini-park for a 24th Street cleanup. Or go to James Lick School, 1220 Noe St., or Alvarado, 625 Douglass St.; 9 am-4 pm. Rambooks@pacbell.net.
Nov. 5: A RUMMAGE SALE sponsored by Miraloma Elementary School's PTA benefits the phys. ed. program. 9 am-1 pm. 175 Omar Way. 469-4134.
Nov. 5: The TRIPLE THREAT QUARTET performs at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 24th Street between Sanchez & Vicksburg. 695-9299.
Nov. 5: A Women's Rights RALLY AND MARCH to stop the war on reproductive rights features music, art, and speakers. 1:30 pm rally in Dolores Park; 4:30 pm "Take Back the Night" march. 864-1278.
Nov. 5: St. Paul's benefit DINNER DANCE, "Streets of Paris," begins with an auction at 6 pm. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave. 648-7538.
Nov. 5: Into the Light Productions presents a multimedia staging and recitation of the GOSPEL of Mark. 7 pm. St. John the Evangelist Church, 1661 15th St. 861-1436.
Nov. 5: Old-time STRING BAND the Stairwell Sisters performs "kicking instrumentals and hair-raising harmonies." 8:15 pm. The Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Dennis Treanor, ceramics instructor at the Randall Museum, leads tours to tell the stories of the Beniamino BUFANO animal sculptures. 10:30 am. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
Nov. 5 & 6: Potter Bonita Cohn is among the exhibitors at the annual San Francisco CLAY AND GLASS Festival, in Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason. 10 am-5 pm. 507-9909.
Nov. 6: Rocket DOG RESCUE turns the spotlight on a few select dogs ready to be adopted. Noon-4 pm. In front of Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th St. 642-4786.
Nov. 6: A PRISON ART SHOW at Modern Times Bookstore also features a discussion by representatives from Art Behind Bars and the Prison Art Newsletter. 4 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
Nov. 7: The Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry features San Francisco poet laureate DEVORAH MAJOR and her mother, artist Helen Gabriel Major. 7 pm; no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. RSVP to jlsender @webtv.net or call 821-2090.
Nov. 7: A six-week class, "Introduction to WATERCOLOR," covers all the basics. Mon., 6-9 pm. Artsake, 3961 24th St. 695-0506; www.artsakesf.com.
Nov. 7-Dec. 12: Artery offers a six-week class for students 6 to 8 years old, "TRADING CARD Creation," inspired by the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon craze. 4-5 pm. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.
Nov. 8: VOTE in the California Special Election; polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. 554-4367.
Nov. 8: James Lick Middle School holds an Election Day BAKE SALE to benefit the PTA. 1220 Noe St. 695-5675.
Nov. 8: New College of California School of Law sponsors a workshop on how to present a case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT. 6 pm. 50 Fell St. 241-1300.
Nov. 8-Dec. 13: Paula Benton leads a six-week class, "BEADWORK Jewelry," including beadmaking. 7-8 pm. Artery, 1311 Church St. 285-0235.
Nov. 9: A PANEL DISCUSSION about packaging is led by Daniel Imhoff, author of Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World. 6:30-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
Nov. 10: St. Luke's Hospital's 54th annual MUSÉE DE NOEL features a silent auction, fashion show, luncheon, and music by Dr. Marc Snyder and the ER Jazz Band, to benefit the creation of a pediatric treatment room in the Emergency Department. 10:30 am. Palace Hotel, Market & New Montgomery. 641-6490.
Nov. 10, 17, 22 & 29: Natural Resources offers a CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION class from 7 to 9:30 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
Nov. 11-18: NAJIB JOE HAKIM is one of the photographers exhibiting in "Introspection: Public vs. Private," at the Space Gallery. Opening reception Nov. 11; closing reception Nov. 18; both, 7-11 pm. 1411 Polk St. 674-1997.
Nov. 12: The AUTUMN ART FAIR at Gallery Sanchez features original arts and crafts to benefit the Noe Valley Ministry's building fund. 10 am-4 pm. 282-2317 or email@example.com.
Nov. 12: "Squeeze King" Clark Cole performs waltzes, polkas, and sing-along faves on his 120-bass PIANO ACCORDION. 10:30 am to 1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th Street between Sanchez & Vicksburg. 695-9299.
Nov. 12: "Meet the DOULA" at Natural Resources, an ongoing event the second Saturday of the month. 2-4 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
Nov. 12: Cascada de Flores plays Mexican and CUBAN MUSIC from the early 1900s on traditional instruments. 8:15 pm. The Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
Nov. 13: Robin Ward teaches a one-day COLLAGE WORKSHOP for adults; all materials included. 1-6 pm. Artery, 1311 Church St. 285-0235.
Nov. 13: Huong Nguyen of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network discusses the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy at the PFLAG SUPPORT GROUP. 2 to 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.
Nov. 13: The Empyrean Ensemble performs new music from around the world at the Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC program at the Noe Valley Ministry. 4 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.
Nov. 13: Jack Collins discusses the work of PAUL BOWLES and his relevance to the "post-9/11 globalized world." 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
Nov. 15: FILMS for children ages 3 to 5 screen at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
Nov. 15: James R. Smith discusses "San Francisco's LOST LANDMARKS" at a meeting of the San Francisco History Association. 7 pm. Mission School auditorium, Church & 16th. 750-9986.
Nov. 15: Ingleside Police Station holds its regular POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting starting at 7 pm. Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane. 404-4000.
Nov. 16: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation, 9 to 11:30 am. Children's Council, 445 Church St. 343-3333.
Nov. 16: DEBORAH KOONS-GARCIA discusses her film The Future of Food. 11 am-1 pm. City College's Diego Rivera Theater, 50 Phelan Ave. 239-3580.
Nov. 16: The Noe Valley Democratic Club hosts a panel on "STEM CELL Research: the Promise, the Hype, and the Reality." 7 pm (register starting at 6:30 pm). Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Rafaelmandelman @yahoo.com.
Nov. 17: QuitSmart smoking cessation program offers a free session in observance of the American Cancer Society's Great American SMOKE-OUT. 3-4 pm. 3884 24th St. 285-9770.
Nov. 17: Herbal Holiday GIFT-MAKING, a class led by Suzanne Elliott, includes mustards, culinary blends, bath salts, and homemade kahlua. 7-9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.
Nov. 17: Friends of Noe Valley hosts "Seven Days: Preparing a DISASTER PLAN for Noe Valley." 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Parish Hall, Diamond & Elizabeth. 282-9918.
Nov. 19: Volunteers are needed for a HABITAT RESTORATION work party at Corona Heights Park. Meet at 10 am at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
Nov. 19: "Getting the Most Out of Your MORTGAGE," a lecture by lender Adam Traver, discusses reverse mortgages and equity lines of credit at the Older Women's League (OWL) meeting. 10 am to noon. Call 989-4422 for location.
Nov. 19: A NATIVE PLANT landscaping workshop teaches propagation and care. 10 am-1 pm. Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue at Lawton. 731-5627.
Nov. 19: They Call Me Luck performs rock, country, blues, and FOLK MUSIC. 10:30 am to 1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th Street between Sanchez & Vicksburg. 695-9299.
Nov. 19: LAPSITS at the Noe Valley Library feature songs and stories for infants, toddlers, and their parents. 10 :30 am. 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
Nov. 19: A CRAFTS MARKETPLACE at Lick-Wilmerding High School has food, entertainment, a raffle, and arts and crafts by local artists, to benefit the school's Flexible Tuition program. 10:30 am-3:30 pm. 755 Ocean Ave. 585-1725, ext. 288.
Nov. 19: The LADIES BANJO SOCIETY performs at an old-fashioned square dance at Community Music Center. 8:30 pm. 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
Nov. 19-20 & 26-27: The 27th annual Women's Building Celebration of CRAFTSWOMEN features 300 artists in diverse media. 10 am-5 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason. 510-843-4233; www.womensbuilding.org.
Nov. 20: A child and INFANT CPR certification training class runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
Nov. 20: SANTA PAWS will be at the San Francisco SPCA to pose with pets for holiday photos. 11 am-3 pm. 243 Alabama St. 522-3500.
Nov. 20: The annual PARK PLANNING FAIR sponsored by the Rec and Park Department offers discussion of park improvements. Noon-4 pm. County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue near Lincoln Way. 831-2782.
Nov. 20: The 17th annual UNSUNG HERO AWARDS program also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott. 1 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
Nov. 20: A hands-on workshop for aspiring adult NONFICTION WRITERS includes panelists Joyce Maynard, Mary Roach, Clark Blaise, and David Ewing Duncan. 5-8 pm. 826 Valencia St. 642-5905; www.826valencia.org/workshops/adult.
Nov. 21: Cover to Cover hosts the first annual Noe Valley BLOOD DRIVE for the Blood Centers of the Pacific; donors will receive 15% off their literary purchases. Noon-4 pm. 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.
Nov. 21: The ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry features portrait artist Irene Asturias Kaufman, her daughter, choreographer and author Sara Templeton, and artist/poet Marlene Aron. 7 pm; no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 821-2090.
Nov. 24: The 59th annual Thanksgiving A-Bowl TOUCH FOOTBALL game begins at 10:30 am in the Alvarado School playground.
Nov. 26: Mike Shaffer and the Faux Brummels play music at the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 24th Street between Sanchez & Vicksburg. 695-9299.
Nov. 26: Alex the MAGICIAN performs astonishing feats for all ages. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800.
Nov. 27: The 21st annual RUN TO THE FAR SIDE is a 10K/5K run/walk, with costumes inspired by Gary Larson's cartoons, to benefit the California Academy of Sciences. 8:30 am. Register at 759-2690 or www.calacademy.org.
Nov. 29: The POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting at Mission Police Station begins at 6 p.m. 630 Valencia Street. 558-5400.
Nov. 30: KAMI MCBRIDE leads a workshop featuring "Herbs for the Cold and Flu Season." 7-9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.
Nov. 30: Pacifica Radio broadcast journalist Stephanie Hendricks discusses the influence of DOMINION THEOLOGISTS, who believe that exhausting natural resources will hasten the second coming of Christ, on Bush's environmental policy. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
Dec. 2: The San Francisco Conservatory of Music presents its final "Sing-It-Yourself MESSIAH." 8 pm. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. 864-6000.
Dec. 4: The Bicycle Coalition's WINTERFEST party and auction features silent and live auctions, entertainment, and refreshments. 6-10:30 pm. SomArts, 934 Brannan St. 431-BIKE.
Dec. 6: Alvarado School hosts a COMMUNITY POTLUCK, featuring arts and crafts for sale. 625 Douglass St. 467-4748.
Delightful, Delovely December
The next edition of the Noe Valley Voice,--which will cover two months, December 2005 and January 2006--will be distributed on or before Dec. 2, 2005. The deadline for calendar items is Nov. 15. Please note that because of an ongoing space crunch, Noe Valley events take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to Calendar Editor Karol Barske at email@example.com.