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A Uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson

On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.

This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. Due to popular demand, SF Ballet has expanded its performance schedule this year—get great seats when you buy today.

War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness. Tix: sfballet.org

Reindeer Arrive for the Holidays - SF Zoo

Photo: Marianne Hale

Three reindeer "Belle", "Holly" and "Peppermint" can now be found at the Playfield Lawn, near the Elinor Friend Playground to spread holiday cheer! .

Learn what they eat (besides carrots and leftover cookies on Christmas Eve) and discover other fun facts at the exhibit. For instance, the audible "clicking" noise reindeer make when they walk is the sound of tendons in their knees, and that distinct sound helps herds stick together.

Reindeer and caribou are classified as the same genus and species - Rangifer tarandus. Reindeer are domesticated caribou and are listed as "vulnerable" after a 40% decline over the last 20-30 years.

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is open 365 days a year, even on Thanksgiving and Christmas, for guests to explore the 100-acre park, conservation center, classroom and Zoo.

Located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where the Great Highway meets Sloat Boulevard, the Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is accessible by San Francisco MUNI "L" Taraval Line


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. 100citizens.sfsu@gmail.com, www.100citizens.org


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 Thu | 6–10 pm |

The Academy of Sciences brings live music, science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife.


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.


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.

Daily • Holiday Ice - Embarcadero

Wed Nov 2 - Jan 8 | 10 - 9:30 pm (11:30 Fri, Sat | Celebrating 30 years! The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting and an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Info: embarcaderocenter.com / 837-1931. Tix: $11, children $7.

Ongoing • Butterflie & 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.

Daily • SF Firefighters Toy Program

Daily | In its 61st year of helping children, the Toy Program is the largest in the U.S. and is looking for donations of unwrapped toys. Bring toys to any S.F. firehous 415-777-0440, sffirefighterstoys.org

Wed • Scrooge in Love!

Dec 7 - 24 | Various | Last Year's Smash Returns! Scrooge's life takes a turn for the romantic—includes wonderful new songs like "Happier," "The Hours In Between," "A Kitchen Built for Twenty," and "Just One Year." A perfect holiday show for the whole family! 42nd Street Moon, tix & times: 42ndstmoon.org


Wed Dec 7 | 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

Fri • City College Facilities

Dec 9 | 11 am- 2 pm | - Facilities Master Plan Advisory Working Group meets to review results of workshops and Board update, discuss Preferred Option for the Ocean Campus and all Centers. Ocean Campus, Multi-Use Building, Room 357 Sat • Pre-Christmas Outreach.

Sat • Historic Vintage Labels

Sat Dec 10 | 11 am | Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels—the exquisite collection produced by SF's now-forgotten Lehmann Printing, the labels graced mass-manufactured, wines and liquors, invoking unrealistic fantasies of peace, plenty, and the high-class life. California Historical Society, 678 Mission St.

Sun • Sunset Holiday Mercantile

Sun Dec 11 | 11am-4pm | Eat, drink, shop, play at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (1199 9th Ave. @ Lincoln Way). Explore 60+ artisans, artists, merchants and engaging children's activities, lively entertainment, scrumptious food, and spirits at the Lawton Tap Room beer and wine tasting! Free and fun for all! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com

Wed • Natural Dyeing

Wed Dec 14 | 6 pm | The ancient techniques of weaving and dyeing are still practiced in countryside dye houses and backyards around the world. Transform a piece of plain white cotton cloth into a unique resist-dyed art work and wall hanging to take home. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Wed • Pearl Harbor at 75

Wed Dec 14 | 7 pm | Poet, playwright, actor, and librarian Hiroshi Kashiwagi discusses his World War II experiences when all people of Japanese descent were removed from the West Coast. He will read from his books. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr.

Sat • Give Me Shelter

Sat Dec 17 | 2-5 pm | A documentary illustrates what is really going on in the animal world such as the underground black market trade of wild and exotic animals, puppy mills, poaching, animal abuse and neglect, conservation, the food we consume, the fur and pet industry. Koret Audit., 100 Larkin St.

Sun • S.H.A.R.P / Luncheon

Sun Dec 18 | 12 - 2 pm | 2016 Winter Solstice. Jack Barry, spouse May Pon, and SHARP are again hosting. Add your potluck contributions, and you have a feast bordering on a food festival. Free to SHARP members, $10 public. RSVP : sharpsf.org - 1736 9th Avenue.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Dec 20 | 7-9 pmMeet with Captain Denise Flaherty at Taraval Station. This is a special 4 times per year meeting. 2345 24th Ave

Sun • Christmas Outreach

Sun Dec 25 | 8:30 am - 3 pm | SF City Impact's 30th annual ministry to serve food, clothing and gifts to low-income families, at-risk children and isolated residents of the inner city. $25 415-292-1770, sfcityimpact.com.

Wed • Festival of Lights

Wed Dec 28 | Celebrate Hanukkah with the Chabad of Pacific Heights at Westfield SF on Level 4, Under the Dome. This community event is open to the public with live music, treats, crafts for the whole family, and the lighting of the menorah. 5th & Market St.

Sat • Ring the Buddha Bell

Sat Dec 31 | 9:30 (members) - 11:30 am (public) | 31st Annual Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony. Take a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell, with a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds or ill luck. Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St.

Thu • Day the Earth Stood Still

Wed Jan 5 | Noon | An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. Main Library, Koret Audit., 100 Larkin St.

Thu • Author John Boilard

Thu Jan 19 | 7 pm | Local author Jon Boilard will be discussing his story collection, Settright Road. He'll be joined in conversation by Ethel Rohan, author of the forthcoming novel. The Weight of Him. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jan 23 | 7 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss local topics on the 4th Mon each month. No meeting in December. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org

Wed • Levi Strauss: Blue Jeans

Wed Jan 25 | 6 pm | Lynn Downey's lecture illumines his contributions to SF culture, and politics and how he and a Reno tailor invented blue jeans. California Historical Society, 678 Mission St.

Wed • Author Will Schwalbe

Wed Jan 25 | 7 pm | Will Schwalbe will be discussing his book, Books for Living. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave.

Thu • Invasion: Body Snatchers

Thu Jan 26 | Noon | A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates (1956). Koret Audit., Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Jan 26 | 1-3 pm | OMI-NIA General Meeting, the last Thurs of the month. Temple UMC, 65 Beverly .

Mon • Golden Ages of Sicily

Mon Jan 30 | 7 pm | In two golden periods a millennium and a half apart, Sicily led western civilization into the future. Douglas Kenning's richly illustrated talk captures the beauty and significance of a brilliant, important place. 1736 9th Avenue. Meets last Monday of the month

Tue • Right Out of California

Tue Jan 31 | 6 pm |Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism. Historian Kathryn S. Olmsted reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California that inspired a generation of artists and writers and triggered the intervention of FDR'. California Historical Society, 678 Mission St.

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