Tue, Feb14 | 7:30 – 9pm
After the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941, there was fear, bordering on hysteria, that San Francisco and its surroundings could be the logical mainland target for enemy submarine or air attacks. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II, John Freeman will examine the profound changes brought on by these events: rationing, salvaging, and volunteering; suspicions of espionage resulting in the detention of German and Italian residents and the denial of civil rights to all Japanese residents; the arrival of military personnel to embark to the Pacific Front; and new residents lured to work in the massive local war industry. Homefront San Francisco was dynamic and stressful, and would have profound physical and social changes. Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, 460 Arguello Blvd (at Geary) Photo: Wikipedia.com
Thu. February 16 | 1- 3 pm Reception | McLaren Lodge | 501 Stanyan St.
Richard Rothman's photographs of the historic murals of The Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo depict the story of Noah and the Ark and were painted by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artists Helen Forbes and Dorothy W. Pucinelli. The Mothers Building is the only building in San Francisco where all of the WPA art work was done by women artists. For more information, please visit the Harvey Milk Photo Center website.
The Rooster is the 10th animal in the Chinese Zodiac. The Year of the Rooster, begam January 28th. New Year festivities begin with the new moon on the first day and end on the full moon 15 days later. (See Feb 11).
People born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017) are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. Roosters are very confident about themselves. Good career choices for Roosters are sales person, restaurant owner, hairdresser, public relations officer, farmer, athlete, teacher, journalist, travel writer, dentist, surgeon, soldier, fireman, security guard, police officer.
EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET
Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm |
Stonestown rear parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).
Every Sunday • Victorian Tour
Sundays | 2 pm |
Victorian era architecture of the city's first suburb in the neighborhood of Lafayette Square. San Francisco's illustrious history and some steep streets. Many fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations OK. MUNI 1, 3. sfcityguides.org
Every Tue/Thu /Sat • Get In Shape!
Tue/Thu | 8:30 am | Sat: 9 am |
Get into shape, improve your health. FREE exercise classes. Kinesiology students from SF State in partnership with SF Rec and Park. Turf field at Minnie and Lovie Ward Park, 650 Capitol Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.100citizens.org
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 THURS – NIGHTLIFE
Every Thu | 6–10 pm |
The Academy of Sciences brings live music, science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife.
JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE
Every Fri | 7–11 pm |
The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz every Fri night. 1 Seal Rock. cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html.
FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG
Every Fri | 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
Saturdays • Free Yoga in the Park
Every Sat | 11 am |
Come play outdoors, in nature. Enjoy a rejuvenating morning flow and meditation for body, mind, and spirit. GG Park, Big Rec Baseball Field (across from the Botanical Garden). Bring a mat or blanket, FREE. Cancelled if raining. Dog OK
Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason
Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30/Bands 7:30-10: pm |Off the Grid: Over 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? That's a party! Free. Ft. Mason Ctr. Two Marina Blvd.
Daily • Book-A-Librarian
Learn Basic Computer Skills. Choose a topic—searching databases, setting up email, or surfing the web. Basic mouse skills required. Call 355-2825 to make an appointment. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr
Daily • Art of Pinocchio
10 am - 6 pm | Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio. Until Jan 9, a never-before-seen exhibition. Discover how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Disney's 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery, Presidio. Closed Tuesdays.
Ongoing • Butterflies & Blooms!
Through - June 30 | Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms as the Conservatory of Flowers in GG Park's delightful living butterfly exhibit finally returns. JFK Drive, GG Park.
Tue • 34th Dinner à la Heart
Tue Feb 7 | A SF tradition for over 30 years—choose a Bay Area restaurant, make reservations through Institute on Aging, and enjoy a unique dining experience while supporting their programs and services. Treat yourself to an exclusive prix-fixe dinner. From $85 - $250 per person. Proceeds help thousands of seniors remain independent and healthy. Shabana Siegel at email@example.com or call 415.750.4156.
Wed • A Question of Color
Wed Feb 8 | 7 pm | A landmark 1897 case — John Harris, an African American, sued Adolph Sutro, the former mayor. The Harris victory would be lost for 61 years! A pivotal moment in the evolution of Civil Rights law for California, the nation and the world. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.
Thu• Author Alan Burdick
Thu Feb 9 | 7 pm | Time is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. Why time flys? Bookshop West Portal. 80 West Portal.
Thu • Nob Hill Walking Tour
Thu Feb 9 | 11 am | Once the rococo palaces of the old railroad and silver kings, expect architectural tidbits about a great cathedral, prestigious hotels. Elegance, urbanity, and fabulous views. $15 reserve by 2 pm, Feb 7. sfhistory.org/events/walking-tours
Thu • Buying a Bride
Thu Feb 9 | 6 pm | The Complicated History of Mail-Order Brides and Grooms in California History. Marcia Zug's book explores a part of US life since Jamestown. "Tobacco Wives," in Virginia, gold rush brides, Japanese picture brides and same-sex mail-order grooms today. Calif Historical Society, 678 Mission $5
Thu • Guardsman Celebrity Dinner
Thu Feb 9 | 6 pm | The Celebrity Dinner and Sports Auction has been a signature fundraising activity of The Guardsmen for 28 years and typically raises enough money to send over 750 Bay-area at-risk youth to summer camp. Fairmont Hotel. $250 & up,
Fri-Sun • Free Day-Academy of Sciences
Fri-Sun, Feb 10-12 | Fri-Sat 9:30 am – 5 pm | Sun 11 am - 5 pm | Neighborhood FREE days at the California Academy of Sciences for zip codes 94127, 94131 and 94132. Proof of residence required. 55 Music Concourse Dr. GG Park.
Fri - Sun • I'm Always Drunk in SF
Feb 10 -12 | Feb 17 - 19 | 8 pm | Sun 7 pm | A tribute to the culture and history of our great city by some of the greatest writers - Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Jack London, H.l. Mencken And Gary Kamiya. Subterranean Shakespeare Theater/Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St.
Sat • Open House/W Portal Branch
Sat Feb 11 | 1 pm - 5 pm | Honor our beautiful 1939 New Deal Library at our Annual Open House Party! All ages are welcome at all activities. Tabling and very brief talks by nonprofits serving the West Portal Neighborhood and beyond throughout the afternoon.
1:00-1:30 | Welcome and Laughter Yoga
1:30-2:30 | Armenian Dance / Karoun Dance Ensemble of the Saint John Armenian Church
3:00-4 | Create a simple handmade book!
4:00-4:30 | New Deal Art and Architecture in SF | Harvey Smith of the Living New Deal project
4:45-5 | Laughter Yoga—Laughing for no reason !
Sat • WINTER PLANT SALE
Sat Feb 11 | 9 am-1 pm | It's planting season! California native plants are a great addition to any garden or landscape, and provide food and home for native insects such as bees and butterflies. Many species of locally native and drought tolerant plants. Sutro Native Plant Nursery | 476 Johnstone Dr.
Sat • Chinese New Year Parade
Sat Feb 11 | 5:15-8pm | Market/2nd to Kearny / Jackson. One of the top ten Parades in the world the SF tradition started in the 1860's by the Chinese as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Parade halflights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung"). Live t on KTVU.
Daily • Tulipomania Festival
Sat Feb 11 - Fri Feb 19 | Stroll down the pier and enjoy a spectacular and colorful display featuring over 39,000 tulips and seasonal garden favorites. Take a self or guided tour and learn helpful gardening tips.Free, 415-705-5500, pier39.com
Sun • All Bach Concert / 32nd Season
Sun Feb 12 | 2 pm | The Avedis Chamber Music Series - the majestic Trio Sonata is followed by the B minor Orchestral Suite, two arias from the St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 concludes. Legion of Honor Lincoln Park 100 34th Ave. Tix: $27/Sen/Stu $17.
Sun • Southside With You
Sun Feb 12 | 1-3 pm | Lawyers Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) spend their first date visiting the art museum, eating lunch, watchingDo The Right Thing, getting ice cream, and sharing a first kiss. 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.-Koret Rm.
Tue • Grounding for Health
Tue Feb 14 | 6:30 pm |An ancient practice, now known as earthing or grounding, is believed by some to enhance health by reducing inflammation. Walking barefoot or in leather-soled shoes or in shoes with grounding plugs, as well as sleeping or lying, on earth, grass, etc. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox.
Thu • Dianne Reeves
Thu Feb 16 | 7:30 pm | A Valentine's Day tradition, whether putting a personal stamp on lilting Brazilian standards, exploring contemporary fare, or interpreting American Songbook classics by Gershwin, Porter and Berlin, Dianne Reeves always gets to the heart of a song.$30-85. SFJAZZ Center 201 Franklin St (at Fell)
Sat • African American Childrens Literature
Sat Feb 18 | 4-4:45 pm | Award-winning picture books come to life celebrating some of the best in children's literature from African American authors and illustrators. Last Stop on Market Street (winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal), Trombone Shorty (winner of the 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustraor Award), and A Dance Like Starlight (an ALA Notable Book for Children 2015). Popcorn. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox.
Tue • Author Deborah Crombie
Tue Feb 21 | 7 pm | Scotland Yard detectives are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing and deadly complications for their own lives in this mystery in the bestselling series. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.
Tue • Community Safety Meeting
Tue Feb 21 | 7-9 pmMeet with Captain Denise Flaherty at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Relations Forum Meeting: 2345 24th Ave.
Tue • Six Roses Jazz
Tue Feb 21 | 7 pm |Back by popular demand, Six Roses take us on a musical journey with a solid performance of Jazz renditions, creative originals. Family! friendly. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval.
Wed • Artist Grafton Tylor Brown
Wed Feb 22 | 7 pm | (1841-1918) lived for art. Born in Harrisburg, PA, into a free African American family, Brown reinvented himself, passing into white society in San Francisco in 1861. Talented, self-confident, and aggressive, he advanced his career as a commercial artist. G.T. Brown & Co. Lithographers produced: city views, maps, sheet music, advertising posters, mining stock certificates, and billheads (invoices) of great variety and consistent artistic excellence. Dr. Robert J. Chandler. Merced Branch, , 155 Winston Dr.
Thu •Author Ethel Rohan
Thu Feb 23 | 7 pm | At four hundred pounds, Billy Brennan can always count on food. From his earliest memories, food has always made everything better, until the day Billy's beloved son Michael takes his own life. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave.
Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action
Thu Feb 23 | 7 pm | Supervisor Ahsha Safai at the OMI-NIA General Meeting, the last Thurs of the month. Temple UMC, 65 Beverly .
Fri-Sun • 65th Pacific Orchid Expo
Feb 24-26 | Fri-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm |
Mon Feb 27 | 7 pm | How the Trump Presidency will affect SF. Ben Tulchin, one of the city's foremost political pollsters and consultants will review the city's political here and now and provide an informed glimpse. sharpsf.org - 1736 9th Avenue.
Mon • What to Do Now!
Mon Feb 27 | 7 pm | The election of Donald Trump shocked and dismayed progressives across the country. What We Do Now, a collection of passionate manifestos by some of the country's leading progressives, aims to provide a blueprint for how those stunned progressives can move forward. Michael Brune, Sierra Club and Trevor Timm, Freedom of the Press Foundation, in a discussion moderated by David Talbot. (Season of the Witch, The Devil's Chessboard) Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave.
Wed • GWPNA
Wed Mar 1 | 6:30 Greater West Portal Neighborhood Assn meetings are open to all members and to the public, first Wed each Month. Playground Clubhouse,131 Lenox Way. GWPNA.org