Cloud Forests Bloom at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Fuschia paniculata Photo: James Gaither

Hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the cloud forests of Mesoamerica

For hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world’s misty cloud forests, foggy San Francisco feels like home. San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) is one of the only botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive outdoors, and fall is the best time to see the Garden’s enchanting cloud forest in bloom October 1 – December 31 from 9 am to 5 pm.

In the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest collection, visitors can stroll through a lush jungle of typical cloud forest plant communities found from southern Mexico to Panama and throughout Central America. Amidst the deep green canopy, delicate and unusual fuchsias dangle gracefully overhead, towering tree daisies hum with the buzzing of bees, vibrant salvias add bursts of color to the forest floor and much more.

Montanoa Photo: James Gaither

At the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, allSan Francisco residents: are free with proof of residency.

Non-residents: $7 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; FREE for children 4 and under; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $15

The Garden is free daily 7:30-9am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month

INFORMATION: / 661-1316

September Events


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 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


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


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


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.

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.

Every Day • Cloud Forest

Daily | 9 am-5 pm | Fall is the best time for one of the only botanical gardens in the world where the alluring plants of the cloud forest thrive outdoors. SF Botanical Garden, 9th Ave at GGPark. 661-1316

Wed • Georgia O’Keefe

Wed Oct 8 | 7 pm |A Life in Art -SF artist Marlene Aron discusses O’Keefe’s celebrated art and life, from her large, sensuous flowers and her expansive, beautiful landscapes, to her soaring skyscrapers and starry nights. Merced Branch Library,155 Winston Drive.

Wed • Poet Diane Di Prima

Wed Oct 8 | 6:30 pm |The former SF Poet Laureate and Beat Legend, reads from her newest collection The Poetry Deal the first full-length collection of individual poems in decades from legendary feminist Beat poet, at the Koret Aud. Mail Library, 200 Larkin St.

TUE • German contribution to SF

Tue Oct 14 | 7 pm |Much has been written about the many ethnic groups that flocked to San Francisco at the time of the Gold Rush: Irish, English, Chinese, French, Italians. What about the Germans? The Old Mint, 88 Fifth St. $10 - enter on the side at Mint Plaza.

TUE • Author Micael Lewis

Tue Oct 14 | 6 pm | John Lanchester Author, How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say – And What It Really Means In Conversation with Michael Lewis, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Author, Moneyball, Liar’s Poker and Flash Boys. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd Fl. $12/20 Non-member. Tickets: 597-6705.

FRI • Healthier Living Workshop

Fri Oct 17–Nov 21 | 9-11:30 am |Free, 6-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford School of Medicine focused on participant empowerment, support and skill development for chronic health conditions. Taraval Station 2345 – 24th Ave. 550-2257/

Sun • Victorian Alliance Tour

Sun Oct 19 | 1–5 pm |SF Victorian Alliance’s 42nd House Tour this year’s tour focuses on the Haight-Ashbury. Some of the City’s most colorful “painted ladies,“ restored to their original Victorian elegance showcase the interiors of eight homes, one with an intact carriage house. $45 (by Oct 10)

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Oct 21 | 7 pm |Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Minnie & Lovie Community Room, located at 650 Capital Ave. 759-3100.

Wed • quake Readiness Training

Wed Oct 23 | 7 pm-9 pm | Learn the basics to take care of yourself and others. SFFD NERT want you to have skills to be prepared for emergencies and get to know your neighbors on your block to maximize resiliency after a disaster. St Philip Church, 725 Diamond. Info/RSVP:

Wed • Author Jane SmiLey

Thu Oct 23 | 7 pm | Jane Smiley, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres (1991), will read from her powerful new novel. Some Luck is an engrossing story about the life and times on their Iowa farm, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal 564-8080 for more information.

Sun • Annual Lupus Walk

Sun Oct 26 | 10 am | Walk to End Lupus Now event - part of America’s largest lupus walk program, Golden Gate Park- Music Concourse Bandshell Info: 916-218-9991. Register:


Mon Oct 27 | 6 pm | How is the Ocean Beach Master Plan being implemented and what will it impact? Free /$10 non-members. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St / 781-8726

Mon • Sharp

Mon Oct 27 | 7 pm | Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Oct 27 | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month.

Tue • Playland: Golden Years

Tue Oct 28 | 7 pm (program 7:45) | James R. Smith author, SF’s Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years will present an illustrated chronicle of the rise and fall of one of America’s favorite historic amusement parks. Rare photographs of Playland’s rides, attractions, and behind-the-scenes operations and a retelling of the stories. Free / $5 non-members. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond Street (between Elizabeth & 24th St).

Sat • SF Craft Beer Festival

Sat Oct 28 | 2-4:30 pm; 7:-9:30 pm | San Francisco Craft Beer Festival New craft beer festival featuring 75 brewers offering unlimited 2 oz. tastings of 150 varieties of local and national craft beers plus educational tips from craft beer experts at the Craft Concierge Information Center Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. $49-$125 Ages 21 and over.

Thu • How to use linkedin

Wed Oct 28 | 6-7:30 pm | The biggest professional network on the Internet Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B - Lower Level. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Oct 30 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.October program: Ballot measures. No Nov mtg.

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Priority: Westside Events