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May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: CLARE tells tales for children at Cover to Cover's story hour, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.
May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Bird & Beckett bookstore hosts CHILDREN'S STORY TIME Friday mornings at 11 am. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.
May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Yell "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.
May 1-25: Linda Raynsford, Adam Cahoon, and Nicholas Coley exhibit ARTWORK at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680; www.artzone461.com.
May 1-26: Art exhibit "NANCI REESE + Two" includes work by Greg Carlisle and Arnold Bennetti. Tues.-Fri., 8 am-4 pm. Gallery Sanchez, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-7798.
May 1-29: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.
May 1-29: 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.
May 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Monday through Saturday, 7 to 8 am. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.
May 1-30: SECESSION ART & Design hosts a show of eco-conscious art and fashion from local artists and artisans. Tue., Thurs.-Sat., noon-7 pm. 3361 Mission. 279-3058; www.secessionsf.com.
May 1-June 6: ARTWORK by Alvarado students will be on display at the Noe Valley office of Hill & Co. 3899 24th. 824-1100.
May 1-June 17: Creativity Explored hosts "REPETITION," an exhibit by eight gallery artists. 3245 16th. 863-2108; www.creativityexplored.org.
May 1-31: FIRST BOOK San Francisco invites donations of new or used children's books; dropoff points are Noe Valley Ministry, Starbucks, and Wells Fargo Bank on 24th. www.firstbooks.blogspot.com.
May 2-16: Observe GREAT BLUE HERONS and their chicks at Stow Lake from 10 am to 1 pm; naturalists lead walks (one adult, one family) from 10:30 to noon. Golden Gate Park. 387-9160; www.sfnature.org.
May 2-17: The Young Performers Theater presents MADELINE and the Gypsies. Sat., 1 pm; Sun., 1 & 3 pm. Fort Mason, Building C, Room 300. 346-5550; www.ypt.org.
May 3 & 17: SF City Guides leads free WALKING TOURS of Noe Valley on first and third Sundays. 1-3 pm. Meet at the library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266; www.sfcityguides.org.
May 3 & June 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off needy dogs. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.
May 3-31: The Bliss Bar Sunday Afternoon JAZZ SERIES features pianist Larry Vuckovich and guest artists Noel Jewkes (May 3), Kim Nalley (May 10), Vince Delgado (May 17), Frank Jackson (May 24), and Joe Massey (May 31). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200; www.blissbarsf.com.
May 4, 11, 18 & 25: Infants and crawlers are invited to sing in English and Spanish at BILINGUAL BABY PLAY at Mission Library. 1:10 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.
May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1: Just Awesome! Games hosts MONOPOLY MONDAYS, 7 to 9 pm. 816 Diamond. Rsvp: 970-1484; www.justawesomegames.com.
May 4-27: Kids attend free TOT TIME at 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.
May 4-28: Children in grades K-7 can get HOMEWORK help at the Mission Library Monday through Thursday, 4-6 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.
May 5: Martin Koppel tells "the story of the three Chinese-Cuban generals in the Cuban Revolution," as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at City College. Free event. Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia, Fourth Floor. 7-8:15 pm. 239-3580.
May 5, 12, 19 & 26: The 24th Street FARMERS' MARKET opens on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm. Bell Market/Whole Foods parking lot, 3950 24th.
May 5, 12, 19 & 26: The Noe Valley Library sponsors TODDLER TALES, for kids 18 to 36 months, 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME, 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707; www.sfpl.org.
May 5, 12, 19 & 26: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for newborns to age 4. 10 am. 3850 24th. 821-3477.
May 5, 12, 19 & 26: Chris Sequeira offers classes in Qigong and TAI CHI, 10:15 am to noon at Walter Haas Playground, and Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Register: 773-8185.
May 5, 12, 19 & 26: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.
May 5-31: 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; www.sfcityguides.org.
May 6: KIKI-YO starts a four-week meditation class. Wed., 7-7:45 am. 605B Chenery. 415-587-5454.
May 6: SF Center for the Book holds a COCKTAIL PARTY and silent auction, featuring books and posters by more than 100 artists. 6:30-9:30 pm. 300 De Haro. Reservations: 565-0545, ext. 16; firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6 & 23: The Friends of the Urban Forest offer CITIZEN FORESTER training classes Wednesdays (lecture, 6:30 to 8:30 pm) and Saturdays (field work, 9 am to 1 pm). 561-6890, ext. 102; ww.fuf.net.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27: 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.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27: 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.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27: 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.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27: The Castro FARMERS' MARKET offers produce from 4 to 8 pm Wednesdays through October. Noe at Beaver. Merchants of Upper Market & Castro, www.CastroMerchants.com.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27: Just Awesome! Games hosts OPEN GAME night on Wednesdays, 6 to 10 pm. 816 Diamond. Rsvp: 970-1484; www.justawesomegames.com.
May 6-June 3: A group for new ADOPTIVE PARENTS starts on Wednesdays at Parents Place; children welcome. Noon-1:30 pm. 1710 Scott. www.ParentsPlaceOnline.org.
May 7: PHOTOGRAPHERS Rondal
Partridge, Philip Adam, and Robert Terrell discuss documenting 75 years of homelessness. 6 pm. 678 Mission. 357-1848; www.californiahistoricalsociety.org.
May 7, 14, 21 & 28: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am and rolls through Noe and the Castro. 3872 24th. www.noestrolls.com.
May 7, 14, 21 & 28: CANDLELIT YOGA at Kiki-Yo emphasizes deep relaxation. 7 pm, Thursdays. 605B Chenery. 587-5454.
May 8: Deadline for YOUTH ARTISTS (high school through two years of college) to submit art on the topic "How Would You Change the World?" to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2009 Exhibition and Contest. 2868 Mission. 821-1155. www.missionculturalcenter.org.
May 9: The Noe Valley Farmers' MARKET features Michael Schaffer at 8:30 am and Dennis Campagna & Friends at 10:30 am. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332; www.noevalleyfarmersmarket.com.
May 9: 100 families take part in garage sales at the Fair Oaks STREET FAIR. First Book San Francisco holds a kids' book drive. 9 am-4 pm. Fair Oaks from 21st to 26th.
May 9: Sybil Lockhart reads from Mother in the Middle: A Biologist's Story of Caring for Parent and Child. 2-3:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707; www.sfpl.org.
May 9: Local doulas and MIDWIVES gather on second Saturdays at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611; www.naturalresources-sf.com.
May 9: Meet at Mission Playground at Valencia and 19th for a BIKE BUDDY best-routes ride from the Mission to City College, sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition. 2-3:30 pm. 431-2453; email@example.com.
May 9: Chef Joanne Weir's WINE COUNTRY Cooking captures the Mediterranean inspired flavors of Napa and Sonoma. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712; www.omnivorebooks.com.
May 9: Six CLAY artists unveil new work, including porcelain pant sculptures, at Ruby's Clay Studio. Reception: 5-9 pm. Hours daily: 10 am-7 pm. 552A Noe at 18th. 602-9409; www.rubysclaystudio.org.
May 9: The Freedom Socialist Party celebrates MAY DAY with a dinner and screening of two documentaries about "The Power of Strikes." 6 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278.
May 9: The Glen Park Library hosts a SUSHI BEADS class, making felted balls for jewelry and mobiles, for teens and adults. 6:30-7:30 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.
May 9: Alt folk-pop duo the BITTERSWEETS performs at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
May 9: The La Tania FLAMENCO Dance School performs a students show, "Punta y Tacon." 8-9:30 pm. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission. 793-0939; www.latania-flamenco.com.
May 9, 10, 15 & 16: The Marsh Youth Theater presents Ciribirin, a MUSICAL about Italian immigrants in California. May 9 & 10, 3 pm; May 15, 7:30 pm; May 16, 2 pm. 1062 Valencia. 800-838-3006; www.themarsh.org.
May 10: SUNDAY STREETS highlights the Bay Trail, with car-free activities from AT&T Park to the Bayview Opera House. www.sundaystreetssf.com.
May 13: Cuisines of ITALY and the American South are blended in Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita. 6:30-7:30 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712; www.omnivorebooks.com.
May 14: BIKE TO WORK DAY, sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition, features energizer stations throughout the city, secure bike parking at Market and Battery (8 am to 6 pm), and a Bike Away from Work Party at the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, 6 to 10 pm. www.sfbike.org.
May 14: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to second-Thursday monthly meetings at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.
May 14: Radical Women celebrates ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE month at its monthly meeting, beginning with a spring buffet at 6:15 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278; www.radicalwomen.org.
May 14: Koch Landscape Architects will attend a community meeting on Dolores Park PLAYGROUND renovation, sponsored by Friends of Dolores Park Playground with SF Rec & Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. Mission High School, Dolores & 18th. www.friendsofdolorespark.org.
May 14-17: Teen DANCERS from SF's School of the Arts perform "Re-Inventing Space." Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. 345-7575; www.fortmason.org/boxoffice.
May 14-28: The Roxie Film Center hosts "I Wake Up Dreaming," a B-FILM NOIR FESTIVAL. 3117 16th. 863-1087; www.roxie.com.
May 16: Sandy Ross (8:30 am) and Devils Slide (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332; www.noevalleyfarmersmarket.com.
May 16: The Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association sponsors a SIDEWALK SALE featuring home businesses and local stores. 10 am-2 pm. 24th/Church Sts. Carol, 699-1045, or Gwen, 509-6261.
May 16: The SF SPCA hosts an ART AUCTION to benefit its Animal Assisted Therapy Programs. Silent auction and viewing, 10:30 am-2:30 pm; art auction, 3 pm. 201 Alabama. 554-3000; www.sfspca.org.
May 16: CARNIVAL at Alvarado School features entertainment, food, games, and a "paint-in" of a butterfly and insect mural. 11 am-3 pm. 625 Douglass. 695-5695.
May 16: The first annual LIFE IS GOOD Festival to benefit Project Joy begins with a 3K Trail of Smiles, and includes games, activities, and music by the Sippy Cups. 11 am-5 pm. Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park. www.lifeisgood.com.
May 16: Cafe owner Judy Rodgers discusses her Zuni Café Cookbook. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712; www.omnivorebooks.com.
May 16: The 19-piece Junius Courtney Big Band, featuring Denise Perrier, performs a staged reading and jazz concert, The BILLY STRAYHORN Session: A Tribute to Musical Genius and Political Courage. 3-6 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400; www.sfpl.org.
May 16: St. Paul's Church hosts a "Fix the Floor" DANCE. 7-10 pm. Church and Valley. 648-7538; www.stpaulsf.org.
May 16: BARRY GIFFORD reads from his new novel, Imagination of the Heart: Book Seven of the Story of Sailor and Lula. 7:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733.
May 17: Yara Castro Roberts discusses regional South American cooking in The BRAZILIAN Table at Omnivore Books. 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712; www.omnivorebooks.com.
May 17: The SF Arts Commission holds a public meeting to review the design for an ART INSTALLATION on 17th Street near Castro and Market. 3-5 pm. Eureka Valley Rec Center, 100 Collingwood. 252-4637; www.sfartscommission.org.
May 17: Noe Valley Ministry offers a free JAZZ VESPERS, featuring the John Calloway Quintet. 5-6 pm. Upper Hall, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317; www.noevalleyministry.org.
May 18: LITERARY DEATH MATCH 18 features readers Peter Orner, Ellen Sussman, April Sinclair, and Jesse Nathan. 6:30 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788.
May 18: The "Bee-In" is a SPELLING BEE to benefit Small Press Distributors. 6:30 pm. Crown Point Press, 20 Hawthorne. www.spdbooks.org.
May 18: Atlas Café hosts a discussion, "Better Drugs Using STEM CELLS." 7-9 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047; www.sciencecafesf.com.
May 19: FILMS of interest to children ages 3 to 5 are shown at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707; www.sfpl.org.
May 19: The SF Young Democrats hold a free VOLUNTEER SYMPOSIUM, featuring hors d'oeuvres and a panel of 10 nonprofit groups. 6-8:30 pm. Le Colonial Restaurant, 20 Cosmo Pl. firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 20: 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. www.sfartscommission.org.
May 20: The Noe Valley Merchants Association invites all to a Small Business Week MIXER at Cooks Boulevard. 6-8 pm. 1309 Castro. 647-2665.
May 20: John Dillon discusses "The Autopsy of HEAVEN: Galileo, Telescopes, and the Beginning of Modern Science" at the SF Amateur Astronomers meeting. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
May 21: SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera discusses MARRIAGE EQUALITY efforts in California at the Noe Valley Democratic Club meeting. 7 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, 295 Day.
May 21: The EUREKA VALLEY Promotion Association meets the third Thursday of the month. 7:30 pm. Castro Meeting Room, 501 Castro. 437-9414; www.evpa.org.
May 23: Damond Moodie (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332; www.noevalleyfarmersmarket.com.
May 23-24: The 31st annual CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO showcases Latin American and Caribbean music, food, and dance; festival Sat. and Sun. on Harrison between 16th and 24th; parade Sun., 9:30 am, begins at 24th and Bryant. 621-2255; www.carnavalsf.com.
May 25: SF's MEMORIAL DAY observances pay tribute this year to WWI veterans and Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Band music and Model A parade start 10:30 am at Presidio Parade Ground. Wallace Levin, 748-0613 or 554-6036.
May 25: Ann Hershey screens her film Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; dinner Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP email@example.com). 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.
May 25: The Down to a SCIENCE BOOK CLUB hosts a discussion by Jonah Lehrer, "How We Decide," examining the paralysis of too many options. 7-9 pm. Books, Inc., 601 Van Ness. www.sciencecafesf.com.
May 26: Ron Ross shows MAGIC LANTERN SLIDES from before and after 1906, at the monthly meeting of the SF History Association. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986; www.sanfranciscohistory.org.
May 27: Panelists discuss the state of HEALTH CARE in the Bay Area at the Older Women's League; co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters. 6-7:30 pm. 582 Market, first floor. 989-4422; www.owlsf.org.
May 27: The Marsh Rising presents ANN RANDOLPH'S solo show, Final Destination. 7:30 pm. 1062 Valencia. 641-0235; www.themarsh.org.
May 28: Brooklyn BAKERY owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito discuss Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, at Omnivore Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712; www.omnivorebooks.com.
May 28: Radical Women host a four-session discussion of liberal/reform and radical FEMINISM. 6:15 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278; www.radicalwomen.org.
May 29: Gerald Rosen, author of The Carmen Miranda Memorial Flagpole, reads from his new MEMOIR, Cold Eye, Warm Heart: A Novelist's Search for Meaning. 8:15 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733; www.birdbeckett.com.
May 30: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market MUSIC features Jude at 8:30 am and Dennis Campagna & Friends at 10:30 am. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332; www.noevalleyfarmersmarket.com.
May 30: VOLUNTEERS can help weed Juri Commons Park, at a rain or shine workday; coffee and pastries provided. 9 am-1 pm. Btwn Guerrero & San Jose and 25th & 26th.
May 30: Friends of DOLORES PARK Playground host "Jammin' in the Playground," featuring Charity and the JAMband. 11 am-noon. 582-3774.
May 30: Peter Hertzmann discusses KNIFE SKILLS from 3 to 4 pm at Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712; www.omnivorebooks.com.
May 31: Today is the deadline to turn in your game piece for NOE VALLEY QUEST, a scavenger hunt in the neighborhood. See page 4 of this issue of the Voice. Just Awesome! 970-1484; Video Wave, 550-7577.
June 2: LITQUAKE kicks off its 10th anniversary year with a fundraiser, "Cocktails with Canin," featuring author Ethan Canin. 6 pm. Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway. www.litquake.org.
June 2: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.
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; www.cityartgallery.org.
June 6: The Swinging GUITARS of Tom Huber and Misisipi Mike (8:30 am) and Devils Slide (10:30 am) play the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332; www.noevalleyfarmersmarket.com.
June 6: Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at Market and the Embarcadero for a "Bullitt BIKE TOUR," cycling past scenes from the 1968 thriller. 11 am. 431-2453; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sfbike.org.
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; www.omnivorebooks.com.
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; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
June 7: Board the historic SF Maritime National Park VESSELS at Hyde Street Pier free on the first Sunday of the month. 447-5000; http://nps.gov/safr.
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; www.nvcm.org.
June 8: Stephen Elliott holds the first MONTHLY RUMPUS; guests TBA. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd. 647-2888. http://therumpus.net.
CLAIR DE JUNE
The next Noe Valley Voice will be the June 2009 issue, distributed in Noe Valley the first week of June. E-mail calendar items by May 15 to email@example.com or write the Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., SF, CA 94114. Note: Noe Valley events get priority, but we'll consider items from all over the city. Thank you.