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Bay to Breakers 2015 - 105th Annual

Sun May 15 | 8 am – 4 pm | With a starting point near the SF Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway at Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay.


Please note that no alcohol and no wheeled devices (including floats) will be allowed on the race course during the Zappos.com Bay to Breakers. Violators will be removed from the race course immediately and will not be issued a refund.


Sun • 75th Mother's Day Rose Show

Sun May 8 | 12:30 - 4 pm |

The SF & Golden Gate Rose Society presents a variety of miniatures, grandiflora, floribunda, and hybrid tea roses, with the top honor taking "Queen of Show." Free, Info: 831-5500 County Fair Bldg., Golden Gate Park 9th Ave. & Lincoln.





baby giraffeNew member @ SF Zoo & Gardens

A new addition to the giraffe family — a female born April 8. Barbro, and her calf are in excellent condition. The calf stood up and took her first steps within 30 minutes of birth. She's already more than six-feet tall!

Photo: Rachel Eslick






SF International Arts Festival

Mon May 19 - June 5 | 10 am – 2 pm | This festival brings together a global community of artists and audiences and features multiple performanceartists in theater, dance, film, and music; visual arts exhibits; and installations. $20–$25 Events: www.sfiaf.org/calendar_2016

298 ChestnutDecorator Showcase 2016

298 Chestnut Street • Apr 30–May 30

Tue – Thu, Sat: 10 am – 3 pm

Fri: 10 am – 7 pm

Sun and Memorial Day: 11 am – 4 pm.

This year’s Showcase home is an exquisite Mediterranean-style North Beach home known as “Villa de Martini” near Coit Tower. More than two dozen interior and landscape designers along with artists and photographers have been selected to makeover 30+ rooms and outdoor spaces. The Decorator Showcase has taken place at some of the most prestigious addresses in some of the city’s most breathtaking neighborhoods.

It began in 1977, when Nan Rosenblatt, a former SF University High School parent and an accomplished interior designer, and Philip Fernandez, the first president of the school’s Parents Association, conceived the first Showcase to raise funds for University’s financial aid program. In its first year, the Showcase netted $26,000. The Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event. All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase go directly to support the San Francisco University High School (UHS) Financial Aid Program. Since 1977, over $14 million has been raised in tuition assistance.

$35 general; $30 seniors (60 +) at the door (or online) decoratorshowcase.org. Group rates (415) 447-5830


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

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

Wed-Sun • The Most Happy Fella

Through May 15 |

Frank Loesser's masterpiece - an unconventional, romantic love story set in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Includes The Most Happy Fella; Standing on the Corner. 42nd Street Moon, Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson St. Info: www.42ndstmoon.org

Daily • Pierre Bonnard

Through May 15 |

Painting Arcadia is the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard's work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition features more than 70 works that span the artist's complete career, from his Nabi masterpieces to the well known interior scenes. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. Info: legionofhonor.famsf.org/

Sun • Inner Richmond Tour

Sun May 8 | 10 am |

SF City Guides | The district's rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers' roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans. Meet on the corner of 6th Ave & Geary..

Mon - Sun • SF Made Week

May 9 - 15 | Various times |

Check out our vibrant manufacturing sector and discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. Events include factory tours, demos, classes, and more, including the beer and wine trail. Info: 408-5605 / sfmade.org

Tue • Spring Jazz Concert

Tue May 10 | 8:00 pm |

The Jazz/Rock Workshop & Advanced Jazz Band with guest artist Roger Glenn who plays sax, flute, vibes, clarinet, oboe and and has performed with Jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader & Herbie Mann to Pete Escovedo, Taj Mahal & Kurt Elling; for special performances for President Carter, and other venues worldwide. City College Ocean Campus, Diego Rivera Theatre

Tue • Meditative Tibetan Painting

Tue May 10 | 6:30 - 8 pm |

Master Tibetan Thangka painter Jamyong Singye leads a meditative and instructional art form. Each Thangka begins with a beautifully simple premise–that every brushstroke is a prayer. Each prayer comes to life, to move and inspire. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox Wy.

Wed • Merced Arts & culture salon

Wed May 11 | 6 - 8 pm | Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Merced Branch Library. Light refreshments, with I. Reed Daley & the Bookworms. At 7: local historian Woody LaBounty will present Parkmerced: 75 Years of the 'City in a City.' In 1941, Metropolitan Life Insurance purchased almost 200 acres of land to create Parkmerced. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr.

Thu • 22nd Bike to Work

Thu May 12 | All Day |

SF hosts one of the biggest Bike to Work events in the country. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute along commute routes for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling informations. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will re-open during the evening commute..

Sat • W Portal Playground clean-up

Sat May 14 | 10 am - 1 pm |

West Portal Playground is hosting a FREE coffee and donuts get together and park clean up. Come join fellow community members for a morning of community building, park stewardship, and free treats. There will also be crafts and activities for kids. www.westportalplayground.com Info about the event and renovation plans.

Sat • Poor People's History

Sat May 14 | 2 pm |

A History of the Poor People's Campaign in Real Time, an exhibition at Irving Street Projects, 4331 Irving Street (44th Ave). Free www.irvingstreetprojects.org/current Justin Gomer, Ph.D., Lecturer, American Studies, UC Berkeley, on the shifting political landscape in the years after 1968.

Sat • SF MOMA Reopens

Sat May 14 | 11 am |

The SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)reopens! While tickets to the Opening Day are sold out, tickets are available for May 15 and onward at sfmoma.org. The newly expanded SFMOMA will offer nearly triple the gallery space, showcasing 260 works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of postwar and contemporary art. 3rd & Howard Streets.

Fri • Veterans Memorial Cruise

Fri May 21 |

The SS Jeremiah O'Brien pays tribute to the Merchant Marines. The 4-hour cruise goes out beyond the GG Bridge and along the SF waterfront. Continental breakfast, hot dog lunch and ice cream included.World War II and Korean War vets sail free! Air Force/Air Corps • Army • Coast Guard • Marine Corps • Merchant Marine • Navy. Cost $150 Registration required, 544-0100 / ssjeremiahobrien.org

Sat • Small Business Week

Sat May 21 - May 28 |

Times, venues vary | Business seminars and workshops, networking events, business and technology forums, and district sidewalk sales are planned to highlight the impact small business has in the city. The kickoff networking event, "Flavors of San Francisco,"features sample food from local restaurants.Info: sfsmallbusinessweek.com

Sat • Asian Heritage Fair

Sat May 21 | 11 am - 6pm |

The annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration is a massive block party and street fair in Civic Center, stretching from the Asian Art Museum to Little Saigon with cultural performances, food trucks, a cinema showcase, and free admission to the Asian Art Museum. www.asianfairsf.com/

Mon • Author William Finnegan

Mon May 23 | 7 pm |

Winner of the2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, Finnegan's Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave.

Mon • Central Council

Mon May 23 | 7:30 pm |

West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. No meeting in December. Meets the 4th Mon each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org

Tue • Author C. W. Gortner

Mon May 24 | 7 pm |

Gortner talks about Marlene A lush, dramatic biographical novel of a golden age Hollywood legend, Marlene Dietrich from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the film studios, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave.

Thu • Author Monica Torbits

Thu May 26 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm |

Local author Torbits will present an illustrated lecture and discuss the lingering presence of those eras and the issues of mid-19th century San Francisco. Her presentation will be based on her book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat - Sun • Carnival

Sat-Sun May 28-29 | 10 am - 6 pm |

Our giant, two-day celebration in the Mission District of Latin and Caribbean arts and traditions. See more than 30 music and dance groups. The parade starts on 24th and Bryant Streets, heads west to Mission Street. It continues north on Mission to 17th Street— ends at 17th &Harrison. Info: www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org/>

Mon • Memorial Commemoration

Mon May 30 | 10:30 am - 1 pm |

Parade through the Presidio begins at the Main Post (on Anza @ Sheridan) ends at the National Cemetery. The program at 11 am ends at noon with the 21-Gun Salute. A free shuttle from the Main Post to the Cemetery runs through 1 pm. Info: visitwww.presidio.gov or 561-5418.

Wed • GWPNA Meeting

Wed Jun 1 | 6:30 pm |

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.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Jun 6 | 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.

Tue • Conservatory Free Day

Tue Jun 7 |10 am–4:30 pm |

An intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. 100 J F Kennedy Dr. Free every first Tuesday.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue Jun 7 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm |

Art from 17th-20th centuries, native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Free first Tuesdays.

Tue • Legion of Honor Free Day

Tue Jun 7 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm |

4000 years of ancient and European art in the exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking Golden Gate Bridge. 100 34th Ave. Free first Tues.

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Priority: Westside Events

March 2016