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Sept. 1-27: Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park offers ART CLASSES for youth and adults beginning Sept. 28. To register for fall classes call 753-7004 or visit sharonartstudio.org.
Sept. 1-28: "Viva Pedro" screens eight PEDRO ALMODÓVAR films, with each program running one week: A Woman on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (9/1), All About My Mother/Talk to Her/Flower of My Secret (9/8), Live Flesh/Law of Desire/Bad Education (9/15), Matador (9/22). Castro Theater, 429 Castro St. Call 621-6120 for show times.
Sept. 1-29: The Mission Cultural Center hosts an art exhibit, "ENCUENTROS: Exploring the Theme of Identity." Tues.-Sat., 10 am.-5 pm. 2868 Mission St. 643-5001.
Sept. 1-30: The NOE STROLLS "playgroup on wheels" departs Holey Bagel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. 3872 24th St. www.noestrolls.com.
Sept. 1-30: City Guides gives free WALKING TOURS, including "1906--Phoenix Rising" (1st & 3rd Wednesdays & 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays), 1 pm. Meet at the iron gates at Franklin & Fulton. 557-4266; www.cityguides.org.
Sept. 1-30: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. For the location of 10:15 am Wed. & Fri. classes, call 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.
Sept. 1-30: A variety of bands play Afro-Cuban salsa, Latin funk, samba, hip-hop, and reggae nightly at the ELBO ROOM. 9 pm. 647 Valencia St. 552-7788; www.elbo.com.
Sept. 1-30: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays, 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-1030.
Sept. 1-30: After-school ART CLASSES at Precita Eyes Mural Arts include mask, costume, and jewelry creation for kids ages 5 to 10. Tues. & Thurs., 3:30-5:30 pm. 348 Precita Ave. 285-2311.
Sept. 1-30: Precita Eyes leads MISSION TRAIL MURAL WALKS at 11 am and 1:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays in September. Meet at Café Venice, 3325 24th St., for 11 am tours on Saturdays. Meet at 2981 24th St. at Harrison for all other tours. 285-2287.
Sept. 1- Oct. 7: Sixteen photographers exhibit their work in "Light & Motion," a PHOTOGRAPHY show at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Reception Sept. 1, 7-9 pm. 2868 Mission; www.missionculturalcenter.org.
Sept. 2 & 16: Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to Bernal Heights' OUTDOOR CINEMA for free screenings by local filmmakers. Sept. 2 at Bernal Heights Park; Sept. 16 at Bernal Playground. 7-10 pm. 641-8417; www.bhoutdoorcine.org.
Sept. 2-24: Free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK performs The Tempest. Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun. and Labor Day, 2:30 pm. The Lawn at the Presidio Post Parade Ground. 865-4434; www.sfshakes.org.
Sept. 3: Rocket Dog Rescue has PUPS who need homes. Come see them from noon to 4 pm in front of Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th St. 642-4786.
Sept. 3 & 17: The S.F. Botanical Garden offers a free FAMILY WALK at 11 am, preceded by story time at 10:30 am. Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue & Lincoln Way. 661-1316.
Sept. 4 & 6: Theater 39 screens Judy Irving's award-winning DOCUMENTARY The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. 2 pm. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero. 433-3939.
Sept. 4: Learn to SALSA DANCE in classes at the Pick Ballroom. 7:00-8:30 pm. 380 18th Ave. 877-507-3403; www.DanceSF.com.
Sept. 5: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 2500 16th St. 554-3050.
Sept. 5, 12 & 19: Librarians from the Noe Valley Library present LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am on Tuesdays. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
Sept 5-24: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple offers introductory BUDDHIST MEDITATION classes. Tues., 7-8:30 pm; Sun., 10-11:30 am. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.
Sept. 6: Author Samantha King discusses her book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: BREAST CANCER and the Politics of Philanthropy. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
Sept. 6-17: The San Francisco FRINGE FESTIVAL includes non-juried and uncensored experimental theater pieces at the Exit Theater and other downtown venues. For a schedule: www.sffringe.org.
Sept. 6-27: Check out some reading material at the S.F. Library's BOOKMOBILE, parked at 665 Elizabeth St., between Castro and Diamond. Mon. & Wed., 10:30 am-1 pm. 557-4353.
Sept. 7: Bring your (flat) dancing shoes to SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING's free introductory party, with live music. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9372.
Sept. 7-9: COUNTERPULSE Artists in Residence presents "Continuing Education" and "Fish and Chips," new performances by EmSpace Dance and Eat Cake Productions. 8 pm. 1310 Mission St. 435-7552; www.counterpulse.org
Sept. 9: Watch maritime history come to life at the FESTIVAL OF THE SEA, a free funfest of music, storytelling, kids' activities, maritime crafts, and ship tours. 10 am-5 pm. San Francisco Maritime Park, Hyde Street Pier. 561-7123.
Sept. 9: The third annual Noe Valley MUSIC IN THE PARK features live music by the bands Playdate, the Jakes, and the San Francisco School of Rock, a jumpy tent, and refreshments, to benefit renovation of the park. 11 am-3 pm. Noe Courts Park, 24th & Douglass. For info, call 699-5435 or e-mail Andrew Keeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 9: The free eighth annual POWER TO THE PEACEFUL FESTIVAL features a concert in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadows. 11 am-5 pm. 865-2170; www.powertothepeaceful.org.
Sept. 9: Sample a variety of local microbrewed beer at the third annual BREWS ON THE BAY. Noon-4:30 pm. S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf. For tickets call 398-2678; www.sfbrewersguild.org.
Sept 9: Hitchcock's thriller The Birds will be shown outdoors at Union Square, as part of the PARK FILM series sponsored by the S.F. Neighborhood Theater Foundation. 8 pm. www.sfntf.org.
Sept. 9 & 10: The San Francisco ZINEFEST features over 60 small press vendors and workshops for independent publishers. 10 am5 pm. CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. www.sfzinefest.com.
Sept. 9 & 19: Authors and literacy advocates Rosemary Wells and Jim Trelease will discuss the importance of READING to children. Wells will lecture on Sept. 9 at 11 am; Trelease at 6:30 pm on Sept. 19. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4277.
Sept. 10: Animal Care and Control offers a RABIES VACCINE Clinic from 10 am to 1 pm. 1200 15th Street. 554-6364.
Sept. 10: San Francisco OPERA IN THE PARK features operatic excerpts and arias performed by artists in current productions. 1:30 pm. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. www.sfopera.com.
Sept. 10: PFLAG Support Group holds a discussion about the National AIDS Memorial Grove, led by Jack Porter. 2-4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.
Sept. 10: "BAR-BE-QUE BY THE BAY!" is a benefit for Lyon Martin Women's Health Services. 2-6 pm. Log Cabin in the Presidio (Building 1299). 901-7104.
Sept. 11: IN MEMORIAM 9/11, sponsored by the Odd Mondays Series, features music, meditation, and inspirational remarks, hosted by Rev. Keenan Kelsey of the Noe Valley Ministry, with Ifthekhar Hai of the Islamic Society and Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller of Temple Sherith Israel. 7 pm program at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; 5:30 pm no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 24th & Sanchez. 282-0669.
Sept. 11-Nov. 11: "TERROR?" is an exhibition of works on paper from around the world, addressing how fear affects our lives. Opening reception Sept. 11, 6 pm. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St. email@example.com.
Sept. 13: The 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA benefit for the San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council features an appearance by Mayor Gavin Newsom. 6-9 pm. Mountain Lake Park. For tickets: 821-9693; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 13: Award-winning scientist/ environmentalist JAMES LOVELOCK discusses his latest book, The Revenge of Gaia. 8 pm. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. 321-8000.
Sept. 14: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the second Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.
Sept. 15, 16 & 17: COMPANY MECANIQUE dance theater performs "Take Me With You." Fri.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. 273-4633.
Sept. 15, 16 & 17: Eleven teams of dancers, composers, and musicians perform in Collaboration! DANCE & MUSIC. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. 345-7575.
Sept. 16: The San Francisco Center for the Book hosts the third annual Roadworks, Steamroller Prints STREET FAIR. 10 am-4 pm. De Haro between 16th & 17th. 565-0545.
Sept. 16: Bring that fabulous voice and those tappin' toes to Beach Blanket Babylon AUDITIONS. Noon. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St.). Auditions@beachblanketbabylon.com.
Sept. 16-30: The Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC) hosts a GALLERY OPENING and exhibit called "All Over the Map," featuring works by 21 photographers including Noe Valley's Angelika Schilli. 2-4 pm. Calumet Gallery, 2001 Bryant St. 643-9275.
Sept. 16: "The Best Is Yet to Come," San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Director Jadine Louie's FAREWELL CONCERT, features music by the band, special guests, and home movies. 8 pm. Everett Middle School Auditorium, 450 Church St. 255-1355.
Sept. 16 & 30: Try your hand at BOOKMAKING at the Randall Museum, 1-4 pm Sept. 16. Also make your own MINI SPACE SHUTTLE that really flies, 1-4 pm Sept. 30. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600; www.randallmuseum.org.
Sept. 16-30: The California Academy of Sciences exhibits "DINOSAURS: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries." 875 Howard St. 321-8000.
Sept. 18: Church Street merchants gather for a meeting of their new association CHURCH STREET BUSINESS. 6:30 p.m. Fattoush Restaurant, 1361 Church St. Contact Paula Benton at email@example.com.
Sept. 20: Those who wish to care for children in their home are invited to a free CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation at the Children's Council. Orientation, 9-11:30 am; workshop, 12:30-3:30 pm. 445 Church St. 343-3333.
Sept. 20: The San Francisco AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS' Lecture Series features "Catching Stardust," with guest speaker Scott Sandford from NASA's Ames Research Center. 8 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
Sept. 21: The Friends of Noe Valley hosts a DISCUSSION, "What's Wrong with Noe Valley?" 7:30 pm, St. Philip's Church Parish Hall, Diamond between 24th & Elizabeth. E-mail Richard May, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 21: BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES for couples. Forest Hill Christian Church, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd. For reservations, 661-2746.
Sept. 22 & 24: Vocal group CHANTICLEER performs "Quotations," new choral music by contemporary composers. Terra Art Gallery, 511 Harrison St. Fri., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. 252-8589.
Sept. 23: A treasure and RUMMAGE SALE benefiting Bethany United Methodist Church runs from 8 am to 1 pm. 1268 Sanchez Street. 647-8393.
Sept. 24: The FOLSOM STREET FAIR features arts and crafts, refreshments, live entertainment, dance parties. www.folsomstreetfair.com.
Sept. 24: Explore the secret spots of Golden Gate Park after dark on "NIGHT RIDE: The Park in the Dark." 7 pm. Meet at the Panhandle Statue at Fell and Baker. www.sfbike.org/nightrides.
Sept. 25: Ten-week after-school classes in theater, music, dance and stagecraft begin at MARSH YOUTH THEATER. 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750; www.themarsh.org.
Sept. 26: Learn about SMALL CLAIMS court at a free advice clinic offered by New College School of Law. 10 am. Civic Center Courthouse, 400 McAllister St. 241-1300.
Sept. 27: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS and Professionals Association convenes at 9 am at the Bank of America on 24th. email@example.com.
Sept. 27: The kids are welcome at Peekabootique's PARENTS' NIGHT, featuring music and drinks. 5:30-8:30 pm. 1306 Castro St. 641-6192.
Sept. 28: The UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS meets at 7:30 pm on the third floor of the 30th Street Senior Center. 225 30th St. 285-0473.
Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Stock your library at the 42nd annual BIG BOOK SALE, to benefit the San Francisco Public Library. Thurs.-Sat., 10 am-8 pm.; Sun.,10 am-6 pm. Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. 626-7500.
Sept. 29: City College offers a free weekly older adults support group, this week featuring the video "ARTHRITIS: A Natural Approach." 9:30 am-noon. The Sequoias, 1501 Post St. 551-1122.
Sept. 30: Get your garden ready for the coming seasons at a FALL GARDENING primer. 10 am-noon. Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue & Lawton. 731-5627
Sept. 30: Come hear Tango No. 9, with the TANGO DANCING of Christy Coté, Chelsea Eng & Moti Buchboot. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
Sept. 30: Bring a blanket, a chair, and your last nerve to the "Film in the Fog" screening of the classic horror film Them! SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Main Post Theater, The Presidio, 99 Moraga Ave. 561-5500; www.presidio.gov.
If all goes as planned, the next issue of the Noe Valley Voice will hit Noe Valley doorsteps by Oct. 1. The deadline for your calendar items is Sept. 15. Send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may write Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Noe Valley events take priority, but we try to squeeze in as many other nuggets as possible.