Noe Valley Voice June 2009


NOW: June is "Adopt a SHELTER CAT" month, and the SFCA is offering free adoptions for cats age 6 and older. 11 am-6 pm; Wed., 1-6 pm. 250 Florida. 522-3500;

NOW: Cooks Boulevard offers KNIFE SHARPENING: Drop off utensils by 6 pm Sundays; pick up Tuesdays after 11 am. 1309 Castro. 647-2665;

June 1-6: ARTWORK by Alvarado students will be on display at the Noe Valley office of Hill & Co. 3899 24th. 824-1100.

June 1-17: Creativity Explored hosts an exhibit by eight gallery ARTISTS. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Infants and crawlers sing and play in English and Spanish at BILINGUAL BABY PLAY at Mission Library. 1:10 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Just Awesome! Games hosts MONOPOLY MONDAYS, 7 to 9 pm. 816 Diamond. Rsvp: 970-1484;

June 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Monday through Saturday, 7 to 8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

June 1-30: Kids and their caregivers are invited for a free TOT TIME at the Upper Noe Rec Center. Mon., 10-11:30 am; Tues., 3-5 pm; and Wed., 3-5:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011 or 970-8061.

June 1-30: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Alert: Senior Center lunch program may be forced to shut down at end of month. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

June 1-30: Kids in grades K-7 can get HOMEWORK help at the Mission Library Monday through Thursday, 4-6 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: The 24th Street FARMERS' MARKET opens on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm. Bell Market/Whole Foods parking lot, 3950 24th.

June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for newborns to age 4. 10 am. 3850 24th. 821-3477.

June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Chris Sequeira offers classes in Qigong and TAI CHI, 10:15 am to noon at the Walter Haas Playground, and Tuesdays evenings, 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

June 9 & 30: The Noe Valley Library sponsors TODDLER TALES, for kids 18 to 36 months, 10:15 am, and FAMILY STORY TIME, 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

June 2-30: City Guide Dan Sullivan leads "Castro: Tales of the Village," a WALKING TOUR of the Castro, every Tuesday and Sunday. Meet at 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market) under the rainbow flag. 557-4266;

June 2-30: NAJIB JOE HAKIM exhibits new photographic work at the Market Street Gallery. Reception June 19, 6-8 pm; hours Tues.-Sat., 11 am-5 pm. 1554 Market. 290-1441..

June 2 & July 7: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24: MoBu Studio hosts PAL TIME-4-TOTS, a class to practice motor skills for mommies and tots 18 months to 3 years. 9-9:40 am. 1605 Church. 550-PALS.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24: The Upper Noe SENIORS group meets on Wednesdays for socializing and bingo. Noon-3:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 970-8061 or 695-5011.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday BABY RHYME TIME, for newborns to 18 months, begins at 3 pm; a family story time for ages 2 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. 100 Collingwood. 355-5616.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24: The Castro FARMERS' MARKET offers fresh produce from 4 to 8 pm Wednesdays through October. Noe at Market. Merchants of Upper Market & Castro,

June 3, 10, 17 & 24: Just Awesome! Games hosts OPEN GAME NIGHT on Wednesdays, 6 to 10 pm. 816 Diamond. Rsvp: 970-1484;

June 3-26: Maria Tam teaches a YIJIN TAI CHI class at Upper Noe Rec Center on Wednesdays and Fridays. 7-8:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 828-9436.

June 3-27: City Art presents a group show interpreting the meaning of "QUEER" in honor of Pride Month. Reception June 5, 7-10 pm. Hours Wed.-Sun., noon-9 pm. 970-9900;

June 3-July 5: Nenad Kostic and Becky Robbins exhibit ARTWORK at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680;

June 4: UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS continues the discussion about private shuttle services, and seek suggestions for projects for Boy Scout Troop 88. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day and Sanchez.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am and rolls through Noe and the Castro. 3872 24th.

June 4, 11, 18 & 25: CANDLELIT YOGA at Kiki-Yo emphasizes deep relaxation. 7 pm, Thursdays. 605B Chenery. 587-5454.

June 5, 12, 19 & 26: CLARE tells tales for children at Cover to Cover's Friday-morning story hour, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

June 5, 12, 19 & 26: Bird & Beckett bookstore hosts CHILDREN'S STORY TIME Friday mornings at 11 am. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

June 5, 12, 19 & 26: Yell "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538

June 6: Beth Pewther and Leonard Breger offer an ART OPEN HOUSE tour and art talk at their Gaudi-style tiled house, on the first Saturday of the month. 10 am-2 pm. 80 Bronte. 826-2952;

June 6: ARTSFEST street fair includes performances, art activities and demonstrations, and music. 11 am-5 pm. Fairfax between Third and Phelps.

June 6: Vegetarian COOKBOOK AUTHOR Deborah Madison discusses What We Eat When We Eat Alone. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 6: Jeremy Adam Smith inroduces his new book about the changing meaning of FATHERHOOD in today's society, The Daddy Shift. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

June 6: MERLE KESSLER and Joshua Raoul Brody emcee an evening of song featuring 25 guest singers and the Experimental Love Orchestra. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

June 6-July 18: Limn Gallery hosts two SOLO ART SHOWS by Debra Greene and Jil Weinstock. Reception June 6, 4-6 pm. 292 Townsend. 977-1300.

June 7: SUNDAY STREETS highlights the Mission District, from Dolores Park to the Rolph Playground, via 19th, Valencia, 24th, and York streets. 10 am-2 pm.

June 7: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC hosts its season finale with a silent auction and classical cabaret performance by mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook and pianist Laura Dahl. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-5236;

June 7 & 21: SF City Guides leads free WALKING TOURS of Noe Valley on first and third Sundays. 1-3 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

June 7 & July 5: Board the historic SF Maritime National Park VESSELS at Hyde Street Pier free on the first Sunday of the month. 447-5000;

June 7 & July 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off dogs who need homes. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

June 8: Stephen Elliott holds the first MONTHLY RUMPUS, featuring comedy by Will Durst and readings by Peter Orner, Andrew Greer, Daniel Searls, and Barbara Jane Reyes. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd. 647-2888.

June 8: The Down to a SCIENCE BOOK CLUB hosts a discussion of The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. 7-9 pm. Books, Inc., 601 Van Ness.

June 9: Sur La Table's Renee Behnke introduces her book of 140 MEMORABLE RECIPES. 5:30-6:30 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 9: The sixth anniversary of RADAR READING, hosted by Michelle Tea, features Sarah Schulman, James St. James, Raquel Guitterez, and Shawn Stewart Ruff. 6-7:45 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

June 9: Sabrina Alonso's documentary film about California bears, Grizzly Road, screens at the Noe Valley Library. 7-8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

June 9 & 10: COOKS BOULEVARD hosts a two-session mini-series, "Stocks" on Tuesday, and "Sauces" on Wednesday. 6:15 pm. 1309 Castro. 647-2665;

June 10: Dr. Claudia Chaufan compares international HEALTHCARE systems to proposals for the U.S. at the Older Women's League. 6:30 pm. 474 Valencia. 989-4422;

June 10-23: Mitsu Kimora exhibits ARTWORK at Ruby's Clay Studio. 10 am-7 pm daily. 552A Noe at 18th. 602-9409;

June 11: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to a second-Thursday issues forum at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.

June 11: SF CHEFS Nate Appleman, Chris Cosentino, and Traci des Jardins discuss the current state of restaurants and cooking. 6 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 11: "WILD WOMEN POETRY" features readings by Linda Noel, Mary Korte, Sharon Doubiago, and Ruth Weiss. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

June 11: Linda Cedarbaum leads a hands-on WORKSHOP, "Creating Your Child's First Books," at Parents Place. 6-7:30 pm. 1710 Scott. 359-2454;

June 11: Radical Women host a discussion of liberal/reform and radical FEMINISM. 6:15 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278;

June 11: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, sponsored by Video Wave and Fima Photography, also includes popcorn and beverages. 6:30 pm. Fima Photography, 1414 Castro. 550-7577.

June 11: Dr. Jerry Powell from the Essig museum of Entomology discusses MOTHS of the Bay Area. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

June 11: Dolores Park MOVIE NIGHT shows Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues, at 8:30 pm in Dolores Park, 18th & Dolores.

June 12: The Main Library screens the MOVIE Twilight, from 3 to 6 pm. 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

June 12: LITERARY DEATH MATCH to launch Opium8: The Infinity Issue, features readings by Michelle Richmond, Katharine Noel, Eric Puchner, KM Soehnlein, and Jim Nelson. 6:30 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788.

June 12-14: The MISSION BOOK SALE ($5 and under) and donation drive benefits the library's education programs. Fri., 1-7 pm; Sat., 10 am-6 pm; Sun., 10 am-4 pm. John O'Connell High School, 2355 Folsom. 626-7500;

June 13: The SF Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum's June PLANT SALE features perennials. 10 am-1 pm. 661-1316;

June 6: Cyclists can join BIKE BUDDIES to ride the best north-south route, starting at City Hall and rolling on to the Marina Green. 2-3:30. 431-2453;

June 13: Local doulas and MIDWIVES gather on second Saturdays at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

June 13 & 14: The 55th annual NORTH BEACH Festival features juried art and crafts and entertainment along the 1200 to 1500 blocks of Grant and in Washington Square Park.

June 14: The HAIGHT ASHBURY Street Fair runs from 11 am to 5:30 pm.

June 14: Mila and Jayna Pavlin of Trans-ponder Media International speak at the monthly meeting of PFLAG SUPPORT GROUP. 2-4:30 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church. 921-8850;

June 14: PATRICIA UNTERMAN debuts her new book, San Francisco Food Lover's Pocket Guide. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 15: Noe Valley mystery writer CARA BLACK is featured at the Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; dinner Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

June 15: Atlas Café hosts a discussion, "The Science of a Good BEER." 7-9 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047;

June 16: Dylan Donkin performs a MUSIC JAM for children age 5 and younger. 10:15 & 11 am. Noe Valley Library. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

June 16: Meet the authors and taste samples from two books on FOOD JUSTICE, Vegan Soul Kitchen and The Vegan Table. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

June 16: Bird & Beckett hosts a BLOOMSDAY reading from James Joyce's Ulysses at 7 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

June 16: DAN HOYLE performs a workshop of his new solo show, Right? 7:30 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 800-838-3006;

June 16 & 30: A two-round Ladies POKER TOURNAMENT at Just Awesome Games. 816 Diamond. Rsvp to 970-1484;

June 16, 23 & 30; July 7, 14 & 21: NERT TRAINING classes run from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at St. John's Parish School in Glen Park. 925 Chenery. Register at 970-2024 or

June 17: The VISUAL ARTS Committee of the SF Arts Commission meets on the third Wednesday of the month; open to the public. 3-5 pm. 25 Van Ness, Suite 70.

June 17: The prizes for May's NOE VALLEY QUEST game will be awarded at a wrap-up event at the Noe Valley Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. You can keep playing until then. 5:30-7:30 pm.

June 17: The first meeting of the NOE VALLEY BOOK GROUP is scheduled for 7 to 8:45 pm; reading preferences will be discussed. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey.

June 17: Eric Jaye, campaign manager for Mayor GAVIN NEWSOM, addresses the Noe Valley Democratic Club. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond.

June 17: The MARSH RISING presents Lambeth Sterling's Love and Sex in the Spin Cycle. 7:30 pm. 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

June 18: The Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center hosts a LGBT discussion group the third Thursday of the month at 1 pm. 515 Cortland. 296-8995.

June 18: The Glen Park Library offers a program for TEENS, "Who Do You Think You Are? 12 Ways to Find Out." 4-5 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

June 18: Cooks Boulevard offers a class in OUTDOOR GRILLING, geared to San Francisco weather. 6:15 pm. 1309 Castro. 647-2665;

June 18: ACT's CAREY PERLOFF and Lanfranco Licauli discuss "Making Theatre in Italy and Making Theatre in the U.S." 6:30 pm. Italian Cultural Institute, 425 Washington. 788-7142.

June 18: MANIC D PRESS authors Beth Lisick, Matt Cook, Alvin Orloff, and others will be on hand for its 25th anniversary party. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

June 18: The EUREKA VALLEY Promotion Association meets the third Thursday of the month. 7:30 pm. Castro Meeting Room, 501 Castro. 437-9414;

June 18: The SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE Solstice Party features performances to fiddle tunes. 7:45 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 333-9372;

June 19-July 10: The Mission Cultural Center hosts a FESTIVAL of visual poetry and performances. For a schedule: 821-1155;

June 19-July 31: Bring your budding cooks (aged 2-4) to LITTLE CHEFS, a series of kids' workshops. Fridays, noon-1 pm. 1710 Scott. 359-2454;

June 20: The Little Brothers--Friends of the Elderly "BOWL-A-STRIKE for Seniors" fundraiser at the Serra Bowl runs from 11 am to 2 pm, and 2 to 5 pm. 3301 Junipero Serra, Daly City. 771-7957, ext. 106.

June 20: Chef Joyce Goldstein discusses her book, Tapas: Sensational Small Plates from Spain, at Omnivore Books. 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 21: Bob Price discusses "GAY OPPRESSION and Gay Liberation: 40 Years After Stonewall" at the Freedom Socialist Party meeting. 11:15 am. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278.

June 21: INDIE MART at Thee Parkside features nearly 100 creative vendors of clothing, art, and DIY craft. Noon-6 pm. 1600 17th.

June 21: The Banana Slug STRING BAND from Santa Cruz performs a concert including costumes, puppetry, and audience participation, for all ages. 1:30-2:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

June 21: Noe Valley Ministry offers a free JAZZ VESPERS service, featuring the Peter Yellin Quartet. 5-6 pm. Upper Hall, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

June 21: Sarah Kobrinsky leads YOGA FOR CURMUDGEONS (Hatha Yoga without the chanting) at Cover to Cover. 1307 Castro. Reservations: 282-8080 or

June 21-Aug. 23: The STERN GROVE FESTIVAL begins with a concert by Roberta Flack and Davell Crawford at 2 pm.

June 23: FILMS of interest to children ages 3 to 5 are shown at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

June 23: COOKS BOULEVARD hosts a two-session mini-series, "Stocks" on Tuesday, and "Sauces" on Wednesday. 6:15 pm. 1309 Castro. 647-2665;

June 25: Take Your DOG TO WORK Day!

June 25: Radical Women celebrates Queer Pride Month and the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion with a BOOK RECEPTION for Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation. 6:15 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278;

June 25: SF Chronicle cartoonist PAUL MADONNA discusses his work from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Main Library. 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

June 26: ALICE WATERS discusses her book The Edible Schoolyard, to benefit the Chez Panisse Foundation, at Omnivore Books. 6-8 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 26: Bring your poetry, music, and creative writing to QUEER OPEN MIC. Signup 7 pm. Show 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

June 26-28: SF PRIDE WEEKEND features the Trans March, 3 pm on Friday, the 17th annual Dyke March, 3 pm on Saturday, and the Pride Parade on Sunday?

June 27: The SF History Association hosts a free walking CEMETERY TOUR, finding the graves of local notables. 11 am. Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Road, Colma. 750-9986;

June 27: Bring usable items, food, talents, and skills to the Really REALLY FREE MARKET the last Saturday of the month, around noon, in Dolores Park, near 19th and Dolores.

June 27: Karen Solomon discusses her book about FOOD PRESERVATION, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

June 27 & 28: The SF ZOO celebrates its 80th anniversary with nostalgic 1920s entertainment, baby animal exhibits, and musical performances by Fisher-Price's Little People at 11 am, 1:30 and 3 pm. Sloat near the Great Highway. 753-7080;

June 28: Rupa and the April Fishes and Les Nubians perform at STERN GROVE. 2 pm.

June 29: Shrawan Nepali discusses NEPAL at the Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; dinner Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

June 30: SF Center for the Book hosts a reception for the Spoken City BOOK PROJECT. 7-9 pm. 300 De Haro. 565-0545;

June 30: Guest speakers discuss BERNAL HEIGHTS at the monthly meeting of the SF History Association. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

July 1: CounterPulse hosts WORDS FIRST, a monthly solo performance series. 7:30 pm. 1310 Mission. 626-2060.

July 1-Aug. 1: City Art Cooperative Gallery hosts a GROUP SHOW featuring 24 member artists. Reception July 3, 7-10 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

July 4 & 5: The SF MIME TROUPE kicks off its 2009 season with a performance of Too Big to Fail, at 2 pm in Dolores Park.