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Oct. 1 & 8: LAPSITS at the Noe Valley Library feature songs and stories for infants, toddlers, and their parents. 10 :30 am. 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
Oct. 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.
Oct. 3-31: 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.
Oct. 5: The Noe Valley Democratic Club hosts a PANEL DISCUSSION, "The San Francisco Democratic Party and the Local Left," featuring Tim Redmond, Matt Gonzalez, Richard DeLeon, and Debra Walker. 7-9 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. email@example.com.
Oct. 5: The Bird & Beckett BOOK CLUB discusses Yann Martel's The Life of Pi. 7 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 25; Nov. 1 & 8: Natural Resources offers a CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION class from 7 to 9:30 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
Oct. 5, 19 & 26: WORKSHOPS for lesbians "planning for the golden years" include a discussion of insurance Oct. 5, tips from a financial coach on Oct. 19, and a sexuality seminar led by Carol Queen, Ph.D., on Oct. 26. 6:30-8:30 pm. Women's Building, 3543 18th St. 431-1180, ext. 17.
Oct. 6: A COMMUNITY MEETING to discuss renovation of Upper Noe Rec Center focuses on a revised layout of the dog play area and proposed artwork by Troy Corliss. 6-8:45 pm. Day & Sanchez. 581-2546.
Oct. 6-19: Dara Chieco exhibits CERAMIC SCULPTURES at Ruby's Gallery. Reception Oct. 7, 6:30-9:30 pm. 552A Noe St. 558-9819.
Oct. 6-27: Chris Fernie leads QIGONG classes on Thursdays, 6:30-8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 305-4692.
Oct. 7-28: Theresa Garcia leads ROSEN METHOD movement classes. 8:30 am. Noe Valley Ministry, Upper Studio, 1021 Sanchez St. 812-9917.
Oct. 8: Misner & Smith performs BLUEGRASS, folk, and rock from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th Street at Sanchez. 695-9299.
Oct. 8: "Meet the DOULA" at Natural Resources the 2nd Saturday of the month. 2-4 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
Oct. 8: A book party for San Francisco's POTRERO HILL introduces Peter Linenthal and Abigail Johnston's photographic history from Arcadia Press. 3-5 pm. Potrero Branch Library, 2626 20th St. 355-2822.
Oct. 8: LITQUAKE at Modern Times Bookstore features readings about travel by authors from Seal Press, founded in 1976 to provide a forum for feminist issues. 6:30-7:45 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
Oct. 8: FILM NIGHT in Mission Dolores Park features the comedy Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman. 8 pm. Dolores & 18th. 453-4333.
Oct. 8 & 9: Celebrate NINA YOUKELSON's 70th birthday at a gala party at the Noe Valley Ministry on Sat., Oct. 8, from 7 to 10 pm, and at a family celebration in Douglass Park on Sun., Oct. 9, from 1 to 5 pm. 468-7077.
Oct. 9: The ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE hosts an open house and guided tour. 10 am-4 pm. 1345 Bush St. 775-7755.
Oct. 9: Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a BLESSING of your animal companions. 11 am. St. John the Evangelist Church, 1661 15th St. 861-1436.
Oct. 9: Brad Becker, director of the GBLT National Help Center, discusses local hotlines at the PFLAG SUPPORT GROUP meeting. 2 to 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.
Oct. 11: FILMS for children ages 3 to 5 include Corduroy, Madeline, and One Was Johnny. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
Oct. 11: Celebrate the anniversary of JOHN LENNON'S birthday at a discussion of Elizabeth Partridge's new book, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. 6:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
Oct. 11: Sarah Holmes discusses "Eight HERBS You Must Know," in a class at the Scarlet Sage Herb Co. 7-9 pm. 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.
Oct. 12: The authors of San Francisco Noir sign books and drink martinis at 7 pm. San Francisco MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
Oct. 13: St. Luke's Hospital trains VOLUNTEERS the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.
Oct. 13: "Other Words," the fourth San Francisco International POETRY FESTIVAL, features readings by Franck André Jamme, Greg Delanty, Chris Stroffolino, and Miriam Van Hee. 7:30 pm. San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St. 749-4507.
Oct. 13-16: OCTOBERFEST-by-the-Bay is a smorgasbord of German food, crafts, art, and traditional oom-pa-pa music. Thurs. & Fri., 5 pm-midnight; Sat., 11 am-11 pm; Sun., 11 am-7 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason. 888-746-7522.
Oct. 13-16 & 20-23: Noe Valley resident Larry Reed's SHADOWLIGHT THEATER puppet productions "A Gathering of Gamelans" and "A (Balinese) Tempest" feature the music of Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. 648-4461.
Oct. 14: Michael Chorost signs Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, his memoir about HEARING LOSS and a cochlear implant. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.
Oct. 14-16: The Academy of Sciences hosts FREE DAYS for residents of the 94114 and 94131 zip codes; penguin feedings are scheduled for 11 am and 3:30 pm. 875 Howard St. 321-8000.
Oct. 15: Fatima Ismael Espinoza, manager of an all-women FAIR TRADE coffee cooperative, discusses her work. 8 am-1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market, 24th at Sanchez.
Oct. 15: The 10th annual DOGGONE FUN RUN is a benefit for PAWS and the San Francisco SPCA. 9 am. Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 554-3007.
Oct. 15: CLEANUP DAY at Upper Noe Rec Center needs volunteers, 14 and up. Gloves, garbage bags, and other tools will be provided. 9:30 am-2 pm. Day & Sanchez. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 15: A band called They Call Me Lucky performs original MUSIC and rock, country, folk, and blues at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 10:30 am-1 pm. 24th Street at Sanchez. 695-9299.
Oct. 15: Open house at the TENANT UNION features music, an all-you-can-eat barbecue, a yard sale, and workshops. 11 am-4 pm. 558 Capp St. 282-6622.
Oct. 15: The Sit-Down READERS' THEATER performs A Streetcar Named Desire at 2 pm. North Beach Branch Library, 2000 Mason St. 355-5626.
Oct. 15: A benefit for the 15th anniversary of BREAST CANCER ACTION features musicians Holly Near and Adrienne Torf, comedian Rene Hicks, and author Anne Lamott. 6-11 pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 243-9301.
Oct. 15 & 16: A CLOTHING DRIVE sponsored by the St. Paul's Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society needs donations of adult socks and new or good condition blankets. 221 Valley St. 648-7538.
Oct. 16: City Guides' URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT covers the San Francisco's original shoreline, with street theater performances of local history. 11 am-5 pm. Meet at Theater 39 on Pier 39. 557-4266; www.sfcityguides.org.
Oct. 16: FIESTA ON THE HILL is an alcohol-free fundraiser for Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, featuring pony rides, a pumpkin patch, entertainment, and food. 11 am-7 pm. Cortland Avenue between Bocana & Folsom. 206-2140.
Oct. 16: A Victorian Alliance HOUSE TOUR shows off Victorians on "Postcard Row." 1-5 pm. Begin at 824 Grove St. 668-5502.
Oct. 16: "WRITING the Novel," a seminar for adult aspiring novelists, includes a panel discussion. 5-8 pm. 826 Valencia, 826 Valencia St. 642-5905.
Oct. 17: The ODD MONDAYS series features Elias Botto and Michael Roosevelt Katten discussing "An Evening of Shared Hope: Revisiting the September Camp Tawonga Jewish/Palestine Weekend." 7 pm; no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. RSVP to email@example.com or call 821-2090.
Oct. 18: Ingleside Police Station holds its regular POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting starting at 7 pm. Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane. 404-4000.
Oct. 18 & 25: Preschool STORY TIME, for children 2 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.
Oct. 19: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation, 9 to 11:30 am, followed by a support workshop, 12:30 pm. Children's Council, 445 Church St. 343-3333.
Oct. 19: The ALIVE @ 9th Street film forum screens "HOME MOVIE Heroics." 7 pm. 145 Ninth St. 552-5950.
Oct. 21: Noe Valley resident JOSHUA DAVIS signs The Underdog: How I Survived the World's Most Outlandish Competitions. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.
Oct. 22: Sheila Malkind presents short FILMS that celebrate older women and their accomplishments at the Older Women's League (OWL) meeting. 10 am to noon. Call 989-4422 for location.
Oct. 22: The Noe Valley HARVEST FESTIVAL features 60 booths of art, craft, and local organizations, five bands, a stroller obstacle course, and a biggest slug contest. 10 am-6 pm. A hayride starts at 24th and Sanchez, 11 am-3 pm. 24th Street between Church and Sanchez. 206-0231.
Oct. 22: The Archer STRING BAND entertains shoppers at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market with tunes from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. 10:30 am-1 pm. 24th Street at Sanchez. 695-9299.
Oct. 22: FAMILY FESTIVAL 2005 has a fun zone, an art zone, and non-stop entertainment; Mayor Gavin Newsom will attend from 1 to 2 pm. 11 am-3 pm. Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between 3rd and 4th.
Oct. 22: The Noe Valley Music Series presents a CONCERT, "Slammin' with Keith Terry." 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
Oct. 22 & 23: Noe Valley artists are featured at San Francisco OPEN STUDIOS, along with artists in the Castro, Duboce, Mission, Glen Park, and Bernal Heights neighborhoods. 11 am-6 pm. For information, 861-9838; www.sfopenstudios.com.
Oct. 22 & 23: Dancers perform TROLLEY DANCES along Muni's F-line, from 11 am to 2:45 pm, beginning at the McRoskey Mattress Company on the corner of Gough and Market streets. 267-4865.
Oct. 23: PET PRIDE DAY, sponsored by Animal Care and Control, features a pet costume contest, animal demonstrations, and vendor booths. 11 am-3 pm. Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadow. 554-6364.
Oct. 23: A FUNDRAISER for On Lok's 30th Street Senior Center offers a tour of the Pritikin Mansion, a barbecue lunch, a raffle and silent auction, and live jazz by Denise Perrier and her band. 1-4 pm. 47 Chenery St. 292-8732.
Oct. 23: The SUN QUARTET performs works by Beethoven, Bartok, and Brahms at the Noe Valley Chamber Music program at the Noe Valley Ministry. 4 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.
Oct. 25: The POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting at Mission Police Station begins at 6 p.m. 630 Valencia Street. 558-5400.
Oct. 25: Trina Lopez discusses San Francisco's lost cemeteries at a meeting of the San Francisco HISTORY ASSOCIATION. 7 pm. Mission Dolores School Auditorium, Church & 16th. 750-9986.
Oct. 25: The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library hosts a BOOK DISCUSSION about Gus Lee's China Boy. 7-8 pm. 3555 16th St. 355-5616.
Oct. 26-Nov. 16: Natural Resources offers a HYPNOBIRTHING class on Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.
Oct. 27: DINE FOR A CHANGE, a benefit for San Francisco Women Against Rape, includes restaurants Papalote, Tao Cafe, and Dolores Park Café. 861-2024, ext. 366; www.sfwar.org.
Oct. 27: MARY GAITSKILL reads from her novel Veronica at 12:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
Oct. 27: Inanna Hazel leads a HERBAL workshop, including how to make a charm and candle magic. 7-9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co. 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.
Oct. 27: The UPPER NOE Neighbors meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.
Oct. 28: The DAY OF THE DEAD exhibition at Precita Eyes Mural Arts honors founding artist Luis Cervantes with a papel picado party, live music, and pan dulce. 7-10 pm. 2981 24th St. 285-2287.
Oct. 28: The WATOTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR from Uganda performs a concert of gospel music and traditional African rhythm and dance. 7 pm. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St. 346-3832.
Oct. 29: The Noe Valley Ministry's FALL RUMMAGE SALE fundraiser offers things you never knew you needed at prices you can't resist. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
Oct. 29: A FALL GARDENING workshop features planting, pruning, fertilizing, and pest-control techniques for the Bay Area. 10 am-1 pm. Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue at Lawton. 731-5627.
Oct. 29: FAMILY HALLOWEEN DAY at the Randall Museum features ghoulish games and creepy crafts. 10 am-2 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
Oct. 29: GRIZZLY PEAK performs traditional bluegrass music and harmony. 10:30 am-1 pm. Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th Street at Sanchez. 695-9299.
Oct. 29: SF Sound Wave, the local chapter of the SWEET ADELINES, gives a benefit concert for the Noe Valley Library; librarian Carol Small is one of the singers. 3-5 pm. St. Philip's Parish Hall, 725 Diamond St. 626-7512, ext. 103.
Oct. 29: Make a Day of the Dead altar in a WORKSHOP for all ages led by Anita De Lucio-Brock. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2828 to register.
Oct. 29: Magic Dan performs HALLOWEEN MAGIC for all ages. Excelsior Library, 4400 Mission St. 557-4353.
Oct. 30: Walter Brents discusses the work of Russian symbolist author ANDREY BIELY. 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
Oct. 31: There's a spooky HALLOWEEN party on Hoffman Avenue between Elizabeth and 24th Street--look for the witch's cauldron! 6-8 pm. 285-6265.
Oct. 31: It's Halloween in THE CASTRO, so please ride your broomstick, don't drive to Castro and Market. 6 pmmidnight. www.halloweeninthecastro.com.
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.
The next issue of the Noe Valley Voice will hit the streets on or before Nov. 1, 2005. The deadline for calendar items is Oct. 15. Please note that because of space limitations, Noe Valley events may take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to Calendar Editor Karol Barske at firstname.lastname@example.org.