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April 1, 15, 22 & 29: Erica Lann-Clark performs a solo COMEDY show, "Shopping for God." 3 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006; www.themarsh.org.
April 1-29: Precita Eyes offers Mission Trail MURAL WALKS. Sat. & Sun., 11 am & 1:30 pm. Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, 2981 24th St. Sat., 11 am, meet in Café Venice in 24th Street BART Plaza. 285-2287.
April 1-29: City Guides gives free WALKING TOURS all around the city. The Mission Dolores neighborhood tour meets Sundays at noon at the gold fire hydrant at Church and 20th. 557-4266; www.sfguides.org.
April 1-29: Try an introductory BUDDHIST MEDITATION class sponsored by Kadampa Buddhist Temple. Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.
April 2-6 & 9-13: The SF Zoo offers SPRING CAMP for kids, pre-K through sixth grade, featuring animal tours and crafts. Mon.-Fri., 9 am-noon or 4 pm. 1 Zoo Road. 753-7073; www.sfzoo.org.
April 2-30: Chris Sequeira's TAI CHI classes are at the Noe Valley Ministry at 6 pm on Mon. & Tues; 1021 Sanchez St. For the location of 10:15 am Wed. & Fri. classes, call 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.
April 2-30: The SF Library's BOOKMOBILE is open Mon. & Wed., 10:30 am-1 pm. 665 Elizabeth St. 557-4353.
April 2-30: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, on weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-1030.
April 2-30: Visual Aid Artists sponsors a "Get Out of Jail Free" ART EXHIBIT. Reception April 12, 6-8 pm. SFLGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St. 777-8242; www.visualaid.org.
April 3: Free day at the DE YOUNG Museum is a chance to see Vivienne Westwood's punk fashions and modernist Charles Sheeler's paintings. 9:30 am-5:15 pm. Golden Gate Park. 750-3614; www.thinker.org.
April 3: A DOCENT LECTURE on the exhibit "Masterpieces of French Jewelry" will be given at free day at the Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue & Clement. 1 pm. 750-3638.
April 3: Dr. Betty Carmack leads a free drop-in PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama St. 554-3050.
April 3, 10, 17 & 24: Noe Valley Library sponsors LAPSITS, featuring stories, songs, and fingerplays for babies and toddlers, at 10:15 am. Preschool STORY TIME, for ages 3 to 5, starts at 11 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393; www.sfpl.org.
April 3, 10, 17 & 24: A women's COMING OUT support group welcomes women exploring sexuality issues. 7-8:30 pm. New Leaf, 103 Hayes St. 626-7000, ext. 448.
April 3-13: Eleven artists examine city life in an exhibit at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery. Tues.-Sat., 11:30 am-5:30 pm. Fort Mason, Building A. 441-4777; www.sfmoma.org.
April 3-26: The NOE STROLLS playgroup departs Holey Bagel Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. 3872 24th St. www.noestrolls.com.
April 4: Michelle Tea hosts the ongoing RADAR SALON with Diane DiPrima and a surprise guest. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Branch Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
April 4: Poet LANGSTON HUGHES' 1940 autobiography, The Big Sea, is the April selection at Bird & Beckett's book club. 7 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
April 4: SF Conservatory of Music hosts "An Evening with FREDERICA VON STADE," with performances by voice students. 7:30 pm. SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St. Call for reservations, 503-6275; www.sfcm.edu.
April 4-25: STORYTELLER Dot tells tales for children on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080; www.covertocoversf.com.
April 4-June 30: Jean Sankey exhibits WATERCOLORS of park and street trees. Reception April 4, 5-7 pm. SF Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316;
April 5: Vittoria Repetto reads from her POETRY book Not Just a Personal Ad. 7:30 pm. Books Inc., 2275 Market St. 864-6777.
April 5, 12, 19 & 26: PRESCHOOL STORY TIME for ages 3-5 begins at 10:10 am, and a BILINGUAL LAPSIT for babies and toddlers starts at 11 am. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. www.sfpl.org.
April 6: TODD LEJEUNE's "Don't Let Go of the Potato" is "a darkly comic Cajun coming-of-age tale." Fri. & Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006; www.themarsh.org.
April 6, 13 & 20: Bird & Beckett hosts LIVE JAZZ every Friday from 5 to 8 pm; Don Prell's Seabop Ensemble (April 6 & 20), the Jimmy Ryan Quartet (April 13), and the Henry Irvin Sextet with vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits (April 27). 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733; www.bird-beckett.com.
April 7: Bring the kids, ages 7 and up, to a free BIRDING WALK. 10 am-noon. Meet at the bookstore near the Main Gate, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316; www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.
April 7: SF Botanical Garden's April PLANT SALE features spring bloomers. 10 am-1 pm. Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316; www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.
April 7-29: Little Tree Gallery presents CHAD MOORE'S solo show of painting, drawing, and sculpture. 3412 22nd St. 643-4929; www.littletreegallery.com.
April 8: The Noe Valley Ministry raffles off a QUILT made by Irene Kaufman, as a fundraiser for the church. Tickets available at 1021 Sanchez on weekdays and Sunday mornings. 282-2317.
April 10: DAVE EGGERS and the Best American Committee, a group of high school students from 826 Valencia, read from The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a collection of the fiction, essays, journalism, and humor. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
April 10, 17 & 24: Songs, stories, and rhymes for preschoolers are included in the afternoon STORY TIME at the Eureka Valley Library. 3:30 pm. 3555 16th St. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
April 10-26: The SMALL BUSINESS Institute of City College offers five free courses. 6-9 pm. Downtown Campus, 88 Fourth St. For a schedule call 267-6577 or log on to www.ccsf.edu.
April 10-May 23: TANGERINE ARTS, five women who work in various painting and printmaking media, exhibit their work in "Second Season" at Gallery Sanchez in the Noe Valley Ministry. Reception April 29, 3:30-5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317; www.tangerinearts.net.
April 11: Quiet your mind at the Noe Valley Ministry's LABYRINTH WALK. 6:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
April 11: WILL FRANKEN performs a workshop of his new solo show, "Grandpa, It's Not Fitting." 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750; www.themarsh.org.
April 11: An AIDS MARATHON Rock Benefit at the Elbo Room features Low Red Land, Small Change Romeos, Ra Ra Rabbit, and Th' Moonlight Sexy. 9 pm. 647 Valencia St. 552-7788; www.elbo.com.
April 11, 18 & 25: POLITICAL ECONOMICS instructor David Giesen leads a free three-part "Land and Society" course addressing equality in housing, business, and spirituality. 6:30-8:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
April 12: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the second Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538; www.stlukes-sf.org.
April 12: Bay Area nominees will read from their work at the LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS, which recognize excellence in LGBT writing. 5:30-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400; www.sfpl.org.
April 12: WRITERS from the Grotto introduce their upcoming workshops and seminars beginning April 16. 6 pm. 490 Second St., Suite 200. www.sfgrotto.org.
April 12: "San Francisco Notables," a celebrity PORTRAIT AUCTION and party to benefit Creativity Explored, includes likenesses of Jon Carroll, Alice Waters, and Dennis Richmond; musician Jonathan Richman will perform. 7-10 pm. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St. 863-2108; www.creativityexplored.org.
April 12-15: Intermedia performance collective DOUBLE VISION presents "To Futurism and Back Again." 8 pm. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. 287-0192; www.double-vision.biz/dancemission.
April 12-14 & 19-21: DAN HOYLE'S solo show about Nigerian oil politics, Tings Dey Happen, continues at the Marsh. Thurs. & Fri., 8 pm, Sat. 5 pm. 1062 Valencia Street. 826-5750; www.themarsh.org.
April 13: A WORKSHOP to create unique envelopes from "rescued" materials runs from 1 to 5 pm. SF Center for the Book, 300 DeHaro St. 565-0545; www.sfcb.org.
April 13: Celebrate SAMUEL BECKETT's 101st birthday with jazz by the Jimmy Ryan Quartet and a reading by Scott Baker. 5:30 pm. Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733; www.bird-beckett.com.
April 13 & 14: The SAMBA dance troupe Hot Pink Feathers performs with Miss Banana Peel, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and ElectriKat. 8 pm. Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. 289-2000; www.ftloose.org.
April 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21: SFartsED Players performs the world premiere of Richard Rodgers' award-winning MUSICAL The Yellow Wood. Fri. & Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2 pm. School of the Arts Theater, 555 Portola Drive. 695-5720; www.sfsota-ptsa.org.
April 14: The Noe Valley Association invites you and your kids to a TREE-PLANTING along 24th Street. Gather at 8 am at the parking lot next to the Bank of America. Planting starts at 9 am; pizza party follows at noon. Debra Niemann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14: Noe Courts Park's monthly WORK PARTY needs volunteers from 9 am to noon. For information, e-mail Cathy at email@example.com.
April 14: The group Friends of GLEN CANYON leads a spring flower walk along Islais Creek. 10 am. Meet behind the Glen Park Rec Center. Elk & Chenery. 648-0862.
April 14: Author Anastasia Goodstein discusses her new book about teenagers and TECHNOLOGY, Totally Wired. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080; www.covertocoversf.com.
April 14: TANGO No. 9 returns to the Noe Valley Music Series with violinist Catherine Clune and dancers Christy Cote and Chelsea Eng performing work by Astor Piazzolla. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
April 14 & 15: SEE JANE RUN celebrates its seventh anniversary with refreshments, a raffle, and a sale on women's fitness gear. Sat., 10 am-6 pm; Sun., 10 am-5 pm. 3910 24th St. 401-8338; www.seejanerun.com.
April 14 & 15: EARTH DAY at the California Academy of Sciences features "Art & Science for Children" (Sat., 10:30 am), "The Secret Life of Your Dinner"(Sat., noon), and giant sea bass feedings (Sun., 2 pm). 875 Howard St. 321-8000; www.calacademy.org.
April 14, 21 & 28: REBECCA FISHER performs "The Magnificence of Disaster," her tragi-comic tale of the new South. 8:30 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006; www.themarsh.org.
April 15: The 26th annual Northern California BOOK AWARDS honors top fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, and children's literature. 1-2:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. For information call Poetry Flash at 510-525-5476; www.poetryflash.org.
April 15: Bert Hill from the League of American Bicyclists teaches a "Street Skills BICYCLE SAFETY" course. 3-7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
April 15: Cellist Leighton Fong, violinist Graeme Jennings, and pianist Christopher Jones perform an all-American program featuring the premiere of a Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC-commissioned piece by composer Cindy Cox, and other works by George W. Chadwick, Elliott Carter, and Charles Ives. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648.5236; www.nvcm.org.
April 15, 22 & 29: A three-session DOCENT training at the Maritime National Historical Park at Fisherman's Wharf runs from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. To register call 561-7047; www.nps.gov/safr.
April 16: "Coaching Your Relationship from Your Role of PARENT" is the second in a series of coaching studios hosted by Ruth Oprean Cardillo. 1:30-2:30 pm. More Mojo Chiropractic, 1347 Church St. 550-1504.
April 16: The Older Women's League offers a free workshop examining HEART DISEASE. 6-8 pm. Second floor Herbst Hall, UCSF Mount Zion Hospital, 1600 Divisadero St. RSVP to 353-2668.
April 16: The community is invited to discuss plans for the MURAL at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market with designer/artist Mona Caron and Joel Pomerantz, project manager. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry,1021 Sanchez St. 505-8255.
April 16: The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents a benefit cabaret performance by the touring cast of Jersey Boys, the MUSICAL about the Four Seasons singing group. 7:30 pm. Club Fugazi, 678 Green St. 421-4222; www.BeachBlanketBabylon.com.
April 17: Kit Kennedy hosts a National POETRY MONTH celebration with featured poets Elz Cuya, Clara Hsu, Rich Schimpf, Jan Steckel, and Paul Watsky. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 1 José Sarria Court. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
April 17 & 24: The Eureka Valley Library holds infant/toddler LAPSITS. 10:30 am. 1 José Sarria Court. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
April 18: The Noe Valley Democratic Club holds a panel discussion on the WAR IN IRAQ with former Iraqi diplomat Amer Araim and professors Stephen Zunes and Banafsheh Keynoush. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 641-5838.
April 18: Find out about black holes at a free lecture by Dr. Darren Croton sponsored by SF Amateur ASTRONOMERS. 8 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600; www.randallmuseum.org.
April 19: City College of San Francisco celebrates EARTH DAY with alternative fuel vehicles and visits from environmental organizations. 11 am-1:30 pm. CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave., Ram Plaza. 239-3580.
April 19-May 24: Learn to samba, rumba, or cha cha cha at six-week BALLROOM DANCING for couples classes. Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Forest Hill Christian Church, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd. 661-2746.
April 20: Professor Jim Goldner and alumni filmmakers Sandra Nettelbeck and Arthur Dong discuss "The Way We Were: A Celebration of Over 40 Years of FILM at SF State." 6 pm. Fine Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave. 338-1629.
April 20: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents CAFÉ CON COMEDY, featuring Beth Lisick, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Nick Leonard, and six other stand-up comedians. 7:30 pm. Dolores Park Café, 501 Dolores St. 522-3737; www.doloresparkcafe.com.
April 21: Friends of Glen Canyon Park sponsors an Earth Day plant restoration WORK PARTY; tools, gloves, and a free lunch provided. Meet behind the Glen Park Rec Center, Elk & Chenery. 9 am. 648-0862.
April 21: BUG DAY, the Randall Museum's annual festival of insects, includes crafts, games, and live entertainment; bring a picnic lunch. 10 am-2 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600; www.randallmuseum.org.
April 21: "Earth Stroll," a Crissy Field EARTH DAY adventure features a fitness walk, games, music, and live animals. 10 am-2 pm. 603 Mason St. 561-7690; www.crissyfield.org/center.
April 21: The annual competition and crowning of the Junior King and Queen of CARNAVAL begins at 1 pm. Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. 920-0125.
April 21: Noe Valley Music Series presents BANJO player Bill Evans' "String Summit," with guitarist Scott Nygaard, dobro player Michael Witcher, bassist Cindy Browne, and fiddlers Tristan and Tashina Clarridge. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
April 21-22: Alvarado holds its two-day RUMMAGE SALE. Regular sale is Sat., 9 am-3 pm; then Sun., 9 am-1 pm, is Bargain Clear-Out Day, when for a small fee you can take out as much as you can carry. 695 Douglass St. 695-5695; www.alvaradoschool.net.
April 24: The SF History Association sponsors a talk and photo show celebrating the CENTENNIAL of the "new" San Francisco, 101 years after the 1906 Earthquake. 8 pm. Mission High Auditorium, 16th & Church. 750-9986; www.sanfranciscohistory.org.
April 25: Marine biologist Dr. Claudio Campagna discusses the creation of the world's first OPEN OCEAN park in "The Sea and Sky of Patagonia." 6:30 pm. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road. 522-9702; www.sfzoo.org.
April 26: ArtSpan holds a benefit AUCTION. 6:30-9 pm. California Modern Gallery, 1035 Market Street. www.artspan.org.
April 26: Learn SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING at a free class. 8-10 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 826-2287; sf-scottishdancers.org.
April 27: CUBAN JAZZ pianist Elio Villafranca and Babatunde Lea, Jeff Brennan, and Howard Wiley perform at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalley musicseries.com.
April 28: Noe Valley Music Series presents Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a 20-piece BALINESE GAMELAN orchestra, performing with dancers and special guests. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
April 28 & 29: Many Noe Valley artists are exhibiting their latest work at the Hunters Point Shipyard Spring OPEN STUDIOS. 11 am-6 pm. www.springopenstudio.com.
April 29: The 10th annual GLEN PARK FESTIVAL features arts and crafts booths, entertainment, food, and an all-day raffle, to benefit the Glen Park Branch Friends of the Library and various children's programs. 10 am-4:30 pm. Diamond & Chenery. 835-2112; www.glenparkfestival.com.
April 29: A Dia del Niño (Day of the Child) FESTIVAL offers live music, Latin dancing, crafts, games, animal encounters, and presentations by zookeepers in both Spanish and English. 11 am-3 pm. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road. 522-9702; www.sfzoo.org.
April 29: Friends of Sharon Art Studio hosts "Joie de Vivre," its annual fundraiser ART AUCTION. 2-6 pm. 1032 Irving St. 753-7005; www.sharonartsstudio.org.
April 30: The Cutting Ball Theater performs "UBU ROI," Alfred Jarry's 1896 play that caused riots in Paris. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
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