Opera in the Park • SF Opera’s Free Concert Al Fresco is Sunday, Sept 7 • 1:30 PM

Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Always an event to look forward to—it’s free and open to the public—and usually brings 20,000 opera lovers as well as curious onlookers. Since 1971, an excellent sound system turns the sleepy, sylvan, Sharon Meadows into a truly sparkling open air theater.Opera in the Park 2013

The operatic wonder of the San Francisco Opera truly comes to life. Many bring along a blanket, while others take the opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy an outing with family and friends. The combination of nature with singing and music is a splendid treat and one of the most popular events held at the Golden Gate Park. It is highly suggested to arrive early in order to claim a prime viewing location, but anywhere nearby is an enjoyable spot. Unlike Stern Grove, there is plenty of room to stretch out, even if you only arrive an hour early.

Lying back in the surrounding green, enjoy arias al fresco to celebrate the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season with stars from the fall operas, accompanied by the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

The masses usually begin to arrive around 10 am bearing baskets, bottles and blankets for the rehearsals, even though the show doesn’t start until 1:30.

Parking is a problem, so public transit is the hometown favored ticket, but parking is available at the UCSF Parnassus Campus’s Millberry Union Public Garage, 500 Parnassus Avenue, located across from the Medical Sciences Building. You can take an elevator from your parking level all the way down to Irving Street.

Food and beverages will also be available for sale at the event.

Accessibility: The ADA parking and drop-off point for Sharon Meadow is located on Bowling Green Drive. Recommended route: MLK Jr. Drive to Nancy Pelosi Drive to Bowling Green Drive.

Traffic Advisory: Due to the Haight Street Music & Merchants Street Festival, Haight Street will be closed from Masonic to Stanyan, with side street closures from Waller to Page on Ashbury, Clayton, Cole, and Shrader. Please plan accordingly.

September Events

EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown back parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab

Tue 10 am–1 pm & Thu 2 pm –5 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 6th Fl.100 Larkin, 5th Fl.

EVERY TUES • QUE SYRAH HAPPY HOUR

Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000

Every Wed • Fear of public speaking?

Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069

EVERY THURS – NIGHTLIFE

Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife

JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE

Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers: cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html

FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG

5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr. Marina Blvd.

Every Wed • Free E-Books

Wed | 1:30-2:30 pm |Do you have an eReader? You can check out more than 40,000 electronic books for free. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader — we will show you how to use it to download books and other materials from the Library website. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Wy.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Sep 7 | 10 am-5 pm | Every first Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6 thousand years. Special exhibitions may require separate charges. 200 Larkin St.

Sun • Opera in the Park

Sun Sep 7 | 1:30 pm | Arias al fresco celebrate the opening of SF Opera’s 92nd season with stars from the fall operas, SF Opera Orchestra, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Bring a picnic and enjoy this outdoor concert. Food and beverages will also be available for sale at the event. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park.

Mon • Stay Engaged for Life

Mon Sep 8 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Social engagement is a key to healthy aging. In this interactive class, led by Hope Levy of City College, learn what research and practice have uncovered about community engagement, creativity, life review, and flourishing in the context of the aging process. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B.

Tue • Poet Diane Frank

Tue Sep 9 | 7:00 pm | SF poet/novelist Diane Frank dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her new novel, Yoga of the Impossible has just been published. BookShop West Portal 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Sat • Diamond Heights Health Fair

Sat Sep 13 | 10 am–2 pm | Music, games, prizes, SFPD Talking Car, Mounted Police and Dog Unit, Station 26 Fire Engine, disaster preparedness, health and social services information for people of all ages. Food trucks available. SF Police Academy, 350 Amber Dr.S

Sat • SF PUC Watershed Planning

Sat Sep 13 | 10 am–1:30 pm | Plan and Play in Richmond, Sunset and Lake Merced. An interactive workshop which will use the award-winning watershed planning game to brainstorm grey and green stormwater management projects in the three San Francisco Westside urban watersheds: Richmond, Sunset and Lake Merced. Come plan and play! Sounty Fair Bldg, 1199 9th Ave. (GG Park) Lunch provided. Must RSVP sfwater.org/urbanwatersheds

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Sep 16 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Community Room, located at 2345 - 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Thu • Historian Tom Cole

Thu Sep 18 | 7 pm | This is the story of San Francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. It tells of the Indians and the Spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the cable car, labor strife and political shenanigans, the 1906 earthquake and fire, two World Wars, two World’s Fairs, two great bridges, the beatniks and hippies and New Left--a story that is so marvelous and wild that it must be true. BookShop West Portal 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080.

Tue • Author Kelli Stanley

Tue Sep 23 | 7 pm | Through sordid back alleys and art gallerys, from drag clubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort journeys to San Francisco and Reno, where she’s framed for a murder in City of Ghosts.” BookShop West Portal 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Thu • SPUR - Ocean Beach Workshop

Wed Sep 24 | 6-8 pm | Join Ocean Beach Master Plan team for workshop on the design for public access: parking lots and promenade along Seawall btwn Lincoln & Balboa and adapting to the rapidly-changing coastline South of Sloat Blvd. Location TBD, 781-8726

Thu • Facebook for Job-seekers

Wed Sep 24 | 1:30-4 pm | Learn to create a Facebook page, or update the one you’ve got! Join us for a hands-on class where you can learn the basics for a standout page. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Wed • Walt Whitman

Wed Sep 24 | 7–8:30 pm | Whitman was the unabashed bard of our fledgling democracy. Tim Holt performs Whitman, his life and work in poetry and prose, celebrating the energy, sprawling expanse and diversity of America. Merced Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Sep 25| 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. SF State Warriors and Recology are invited. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Thu • Repujado: Mexican Tin Art

Thu Sep 25 | 3–4 pm | Create something beautiful by working a rounded tool on the back side of soft metal. Part of VIVA, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph.

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Sat • Sharp

Mon Sep 29 | 7 pm | Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga..

Mon • Central Council

Mon Sep 29 | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month. but there are no meetings in July and August.

Thu • Author Matt Richtel

Thu Oct 2 | 7 pm | From Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006. BookShop West Portal 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

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