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January-February 2009 Calendar

Stencil Art: Saturday, Jan. 10, 1-4 p.m. Spray, dab, and sponge your way to stencil art madness. $4 per child and $6 per parent/child combo. Randall Museum 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above Castro & 14th).

Bogie and Bacall: Witness one of the most famous movie couples in history in four films they made together. On Saturday, Jan. 10, “To Have and Have Not” (1944), shown at 2:40 p.m. and 7 p.m., and “The Big Sleep” (1946), shown at 12:30 p.m., 4:40 p.m. and 9 p.m., both directed by directed by Howard Hawks. On Sunday, Jan. 11, “Key Largo” (1948), directed by John Houston will be shown at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and “Dark Passage” (1947), directed by Delmer Daves, who makes good use of many San Francisco locales, will be shown at 1 p.m., 4:55 p.m. and 9 p.m. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. at Market. For synopsis and admission prices, please go to

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Bi-monthly Meeting: Monday, Jan. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Meeting will be held at the California Pacific Medical Center Davies campus – North Tower Bldg., Level B Audiotorium. Enter off of Duboce Avenue between Castro and Noe streets. For more information visit or call 267-1821.

Castro Community Benefits District (CBD) Annual Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6–9 p.m. Annual meeting of the CBD will introduce new board members and update the public on new projects and welcome in the new year. Agendas for each meeting will be posted at 72 hours before the meeting date. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar. Home restaurant, 2100 Market St. Contact Andrea Aiello at for more information.

Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA): Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. The EVPA is the neighborhood group for Eureka Valley since 1881. See us on the web at Castro Community Room, above the Bank of America building, 501 Castro St., at 18th and Castro streets.

Musical Theatre Works’ Student Production of “The Sound of Music”: Friday-Sunday, Jan. 16-18, 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Musical Theatre Works presents one of the most loved musicals of all time, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” inspired by the story of Austria’s Trapp Family Singers and their escape from the Nazis in the 1930s. The score includes such musical favorites as “Do Re Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “My Favorite Things.” All tickets are available through mail-orders; To order tickets by phone or request a ticket order form, call 415-641-5988 or e-mail Details at Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way.

San Francisco Graphic Design 2009: On view Jan. 16 - Apr. 12. San Francisco Graphic Design 2009 will showcase 13 San Francisco designers who represent the rich and varied graphic design community of the Bay Area and who have influenced design communities both locally and nationally. Curated by Michael Osborne, the exhibit seeks to present the viewer with a rich array of beautiful, familiar, cross-disciplinary work; to exhibit a group of diverse projects which entertain and educate the museum visitor through the most innovative web site, exhibit, print, and packaging design produced in San Francisco; and to include women and men designers with varying degrees of experience and longevity. For more information, please call (415) 773-0303, e-mail or visit Museum of Craft+Design, 550 Sutter St.

People Pins: Saturday, Jan. 17, 1-4 p.m. Create a twirly, boingy, springy people pin to wear home. $4 per child and $6 per parent/child combo. Randall Museum 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above Castro & 14th).

Presidential Inauguration: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. - noon. Watch the swearing-in and acceptance speech of president-elect Barack Obama at the Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium. Refreshments: Main Library, Lower Level, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 10-11 a.m. 100 Larkin Street (at Grove).

Birding the Hill: Friday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m. Come to Corona Heights Park to learn more about its avian inhabitants. The two-hour walk involves climbing a steep path and several stairs. Call ahead at (415) 554-9600 x16 if you need to borrow binoculars. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 and up are welcome, and there is no cost. Meet at the Randall Museum. 199 Museum Way.

Natural History Lecture Series: Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. “Amorous Adventures of Insects” with guest speaker Leslie Saul. Entomologist Leslie Saul knows a lot of intimate secrets about insects. From singing Casanovas to nuptial gifts, the sex lives of insects are better than science fiction. Geared toward adults. All ages welcome. Free, but donations encouraged. Randall Museum 199 Museum Way.

Lunar New Year Flower Market: Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents the annual Lunar New Year Flower Market, a popular community event with hands-on crafts activities, live entertainment, and sale of traditional flowers and plants used to welcome in the Lunar New Year. Admission is free. Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park (9th Avenue at Lincoln Way). For more information call 415.661.1316 or visit

Chinese Lion Head Puppets: Saturday, Jan. 24, 1-4 p.m. Construct a magnificent Chinese lion head puppet to celebrate the lunar new year. $4 per child and $6 per parent/child combo. Randall Museum 199 Museum Way.

African-American Read-In: Monday, Feb. 2, 9-9:30 a.m. or 10-10:30 a.m. In honor of Black History Month and to encourage a love of reading, volunteers are needed to read books by African American authors and/or illustrators in San Francisco elementary school classrooms. The event is being organized by San Francisco School Volunteers, a non-profit organization that for 44 years has been recruiting, supporting and engaging a community of volunteers to help public school students achieve their full potential. The event will take place in elementary schools throughout San Francisco. For questions and to sign up go to or contact Amy Reese at (415) 749-3700 x3001.

San Francisco Graphic Design 2009: Curator Walk Through: Thursday, Feb. 5, 6-8p.m. For more information, please call (415) 773-0303, e-mail or visit A preview reception takes place Thursday, Jan. 15, 5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. Museum of Craft+Design, 550 Sutter St.

2009 Winter Symposium: Water-Wise Gardening: Saturday, Feb. 7, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Presented by the San Francisco Botanical Society and Sloat Garden Center, this symposium focuses on the issues of limited water supply and the use of water-wise plants and practices. The program brings together a group of local groundbreaking garden experts to unearth fresh ideas in drought-tolerant garden design. The symposium concludes with a guided walk through SFBG’s California Garden to observe some of the best native plants for water-wise gardens. This walk will be led by Glenn Keator and Don Mahoney. General public: $125.00; SFBGS members $110.00. Pre-registration is required. Public Info/Registration: (415) 661-1316 x354; San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.

All You Need is Love: A Help Is On The Way - Valentine Benefit Concert: Monday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. This all-star Valentine-themed benefit concert, presented by The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, features performers in all facets of entertainment including Broadway, film, TV, recording, jazz and dance. This one-night only gala benefit concert takes place at the Post Street Theater, 450 Post Street (at Powell). Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45 and $65 for general reserved seating (Show Only), Underwriter Level tickets: $125 and up for (Preferred seating / Show and Post Party) Call REAF ticket line at 415-273-1620 or order online at Post-performance party with the cast takes place from 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Seasons Of Love - 1st Annual Revue: Friday, Feb. 13 - Sunday Feb. 15, 8 p.m. The full chorus with SFGMC ensemble, The Lollipop Guild (celebrating its 30th Anniversary), present a romantic evening celebrating the glory of love. Conductor Carl Pantle, SFGMC Associate Artistic Director, takes the podium in his SFGMC concert debut. Be sure to bring someone you love to share the moment with! Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St.

Gayle Schmitt and the Toodala Ramblers: Saturday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Come dance, sing, and tap your toes with local children’s musician and teacher Gayle Schmitt and her bluegrass pickin’ Ramblers as they present a fun-filled performance of bluegrass, mountain, and folk music for kids. Kentucky-born Gayle Schmitt has released two Parent’s Choice Award-winning CDs featuring bluegrass and old-time songs for kids, including “How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?,” “Pig in a Pen,” and “Cluck ol’ Hen.” For advance tickets and more information about other regional Bluegrass Festival events, visit $9 for adults; $6 for kids under 12. The Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above 14th and Castro Streets).

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers’ Lecture Series: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Is a photon made up of a faster-than-light quantum particle moving along a helical path whose circumference always equals its wavelength? And can that helical path close on itself when this superluminal quantum particle goes transluminal to form an electron? Join Richard Gauthier, SRJC Physics Instructor and independent physics researcher, as he explores these intriguing questions. Open to all ages but geared toward adults. Admission is free, with donations encouraged. Randall Museum Theater. 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above 14th and Castro Streets).

Natural History Lecture Series: Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. “Past, Present & Future on Mt. Sutro.” Join Craig Dawson, founder of the Mt. Sutro Stewards to learn what’s happening at Mount Sutro, a 909-foot hill located in the heart of San Francisco near Twin Peaks. The restoration of hiking trails; the discovery and protection of rare native plants; the development of the summit garden; and plans for the future will all be discussed. Geared for adults. All ages welcome. Free, but donations encouraged. Randall Museum 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above Castro & 14th).


Drop-In Family Ceramics Workshop: Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. $5 per person. Randall Museum 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above Castro & 14th).

The Randall Museum’s ‘Wild in the City’: Extended through May 30, 2009. Learn about the various wild animals that live right among us in the heart of the city. The museum invites visitors to explore a miniature San Francisco to see the variety of ecosystems and creatures that exist in our very own backyards and gardens, from the common to the unfamiliar. Learn about this wealth of wildlife through interactive exhibits and even a few live creatures hidden throughout. Admission is free. Randall Museum Theatre. 199 Museum Way.

Buena Vista Park Gardening: First Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. Richard Magary

Park Police Station Community Forum: Second Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. Park Station Community Room. 1899 Waller St.

Panhandle Gardening: Second Saturday of each month, 9-12 a.m. Panhandle Residents Association. E-mail or call 346-1448. Stanyan and Fell.

Friends of Duboce Park Volunteer Days: Second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon. Duboce Park.

Alamo Square Gardening: Third Saturday of each month. 10 a.m.-1p.m. Contact Lisa Bastick at or call 921-3109.

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