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Cherry Blossoms49th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival • Sat & Sun April 9-10 / April 16-17

10 am – 5 pm | Post Street (Laguna–Fillmore) | Free | Parade: Sun Apr 17–City Hall to Japantown

One of California’s most prominent celebrations, over 200,000 people attend the celebration of Japanese culture including food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the Queen Program and Parade. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food goods and some retail products; and some specialized events will require a fee. Check: sfcherryblossom.org for events and times.

bugs at the RandallAnnual Bug Day at the Randall Museum

Mon Apr 18 | 10 am – 2 pm | Look out! The bugs are back! Check out the incredible extravaganza of insects at the Randall Museum’s annual Bug Day. Do you adore arthropods, or do creepy crawlies make you queasy? Kids and their families are invited to join in the insect-inspired fun and learn how important the huge variety of bugs is to the earth and our survival here. Live entertainment and bring a picnic lunch to take advantage of the Randall’s lawn with a view. The SF Beekeepers Assn. will have a hive of live honeybees on display with honey collected from hives all over the city and other bee-made products for sale. Free. Randall Museum,199 Museum Way, 554-9600

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

Earth Festival • April 23rd

Sat Apr 23 |10 am | 22nd St. (Mission – Valencia) | Free

Promoting community involvement, solution based green initiatives, eco activism, social justice, health and well-being, the arts and earth justice, in celebration of our mother earth and all her inhabitants. This one-of-a-kind event promises to be a robust celebration of everything “Green, Fun and Sustainable Check out earthdaysf.org for events, times, etc.


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

Thu • Author Rhys Bowen

Thu Apr 7 | 7 pm | Rhys Bowen discusses Time of Fog and Fire. Her award-winning mysteries have garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations, including the Anthony Award for her novel For the Love of Mike and the Agatha Award for Murphy s Law. Bookshop W Portal, 80 West Portal Ave.

Thu • Walk to Work Day

Thu Apr 7 | 7:30 - 10:30 am | Walking just 15 minutes of your commute counts! And get rewarded at one of the Walk to Work Day “hubs” across the city. Stop by for a FREE Clipper Card, totes, coffee, or breakfast snack, and much more! Info: walksf.org

Sat • Author Pam Pierce

Sat Apr 9 | 10:30 –12 pm | Author of the classic Golden Gate Gardening will show how to get the most from small gardens, from timing and crop choice to microclimates and pests. Her books will be available for purchase and signing after her talk. Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St.

Sat • Recovery of a Spanish Galleon

Sat Apr 9 |1–4 pm | William Mathers and Dr. Henry Parker recall their archaeological recovery of a Spanish Galleon. Wrecked on the reefs of Saipan in the Mariana Islands with 300 of its crew & untold treasures. Maritime Museum, 900 Beach St. $6–12.

Sun • Wildflower Walk / Mt. Sutro

Sun Apr 10 | 1 –3 pm | Join Sutro Stewards on a guided habitat tour showcasing Mt. Sutro’s native plant communities in bloom this spring! Donation $5-25. Space limited–get your ticket today! liza@sutrostewards.org for questions or for waitlist if full. Parking free at the Woods, 100 Medical Center Wy.

Sun • Random Kindness Race

Sun Apr 10 | 2– 5 pm | Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt, basically, an afternoon running around solving puzzles, doing social good challenges and getting involved. Dolores Park, meet at 19th and Dolores. Look for the girl with the tophat and trophy for clue packet. Ticket eventbrite $50

Mon • Poet Bob Kaufman

Mon Apr 11 | 4 - 5:30 pm | Does the Secret Mind Whisper? This reading, writing, and poetry program will feature poets Anne Waldman, Will Alexander, David Boyce & Kevin Carnes. Main Library, 100 Larkin

Tue • Paper Flower Craft Night

Tue Apr 12 | 7 – 8:30 pm | Create pretty blooms on real branches. For adults; please call 415-355-5770 or email psimgr@sfpl.org to register starting 3/29/16. Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St.

Wed • Black Panthers in SF

Wed Apr 13 | 6–8:30 pm | The Black Panther Party in SF, an in-depth program about its history and legacy, as well as how it continues to inspire and invigorate in the Bay Area. Calif. Historical Society, 678 Mission St.

Fri • Three Lives of Thomasina

Fri Apr 15 | 1:30 – 3 pm | Walt Disney love story between a veterinarian and a charmer who saves his daughter’s cat in early 1900’s Scotland. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr. Sensory friendly –accepting and understanding environment for individuals with autism or other special needs and their families. Brighter room, lower volume and audience may move around, talk, and sing. Everyone is welcome.

Sat • Growing Healthy Kids

Sat Apr 16 | 10 am – 1 pm | Free family fair. Join hundreds of local families in learning fun and easy ways to improve your family’s nutrition and physical activity, and further your child’s development! Children’s Council of SF, 445 Church Street

Tue • Vietnamese Jicama Rolls

Tue Apr 19 | 7 – 8 pm | Learn to make your own authentic Jicama Rolls! Khanh Lu, will provide the ingredients, written recipes, and on-site demonstrations Space is limited. Register: 355-5770 or email psimgr@sfpl.org. Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St.

Tue • Coastal Plan

Tue Apr 19 | 5:30 - 8:30 | Zoo Education Room: Open House re amending the city's Local Coastal Program. Ocean Beach will be hit with rising seas, yet SF's general plan guidance dates from 1986. Amendment is necessary to guide good response to rising seas. Learn more from agencies responsible for amending legal guidance. The Zoo's Ed Room is near the main entrance; parking is free after 5:00. Light refreshments served.

Tue • MUNI Budget

Tue Apr 19 | 1 pm | The SFMTA’s budget, will go into effect July 1, & must be adopted by the SFMTA Board of Directors by the end of April. Presentation, public hearing and possible Board vote. City Hall, Room 400

Wed • vietnamese spring rolls

Wed Apr 20 | 6 - 7:30 pm | Make Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls—fresh, healthy, delicious delicacies, adaptable to virtually any palate or diet. Khanh Lu will demonstrate. Ingredients and written recipes will be provided. Limited space. Call 557-4388 or stop by Main Library to sign up. 100 Larkin St.

Wed • Poet Judith Offer

Wed Apr 20 | 7 – 8:30 pm | National Poetry Month, writer Judith Offer will use her own poems — and a few by better-known poets — to clarify what poetry is meant to do. Her poems are about family, political issues, and, love. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr..

Wed • Spoils to Soils /Composting

Wed Apr 20 | 6-7:30 pm | Discussion, slides and video clips. We can improve soil health and turn farms into carbon sinks. If all countries participate, experts say we could offset 70 % of carbon emissions! Main Library, Koret Aud. 100 Larkin St.

Wed • Lost Book of Moses

Wed Apr 20 | 7 pm | Journalist Chanan Tigay discusses The Lost Book of Moses, a notorious 19th century archeological hoax rocked the Holy Land. Jewish Community Ctr., 3200 California St. RSVP: arts@jccsf.org or 292.1233.

Sat • Adult Learn to Ride a Bike

Sat Apr 23 | 10:30 – 1:30 pm | You’re never too old to learn to bicycle! One-on-one - the basics of balance, starting, stopping and steering, helmet fit and adjustment. We’ll help get you rolling in no time. Register online at sfbike.org/edu. Waller St. (at Stanyan)

Mon • Central Council

Mon Apr 25 | 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

Mon • State Senator Debate

Mon Apr 25 | 7 – 8:30 pm | Supes Jane Kim and Scott Wiener are opposing each to represent the 11th State Senate district. (Mark Leno is term-limited out.) County Fair Building near Lincoln and Ninth in Golden Gate Park. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Thu • Big Bang Gala/Party

Thu Apr 28 | 6 pm–midnight | Explore the tastes, sounds, and creatures of the night during these two events benefiting the California Academy of Sciences. Dinner, speakers, music, late-night bites, open bar. $75 & up, 379-5411, Info: calacademy.org/big-bang-gala-2016

Thu • Author Fred Martin

Thu Apr 28 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm | Author Fred Martin discusses his latest book on Lincoln. He is Director of The Abraham Lincoln Institute in Washington, DC, a group that fosters current scholarship on Abraham Lincoln. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun May 1 | 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.

Thu • Talking Sex to Your Kids

Thu May 5 | 7–8:30 pm | Are you ready to answer your children’s questions about sex with calm confidence? What conversations to initiate and how to start them? Lead by Anya Manes, parent coach and educator. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Tue • Conservatory Free Day

Tue May 3 |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 May 3 | 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 May 3 | 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.

Wed • GWPNA Meeting

Wed May 4 | 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.

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Priority: Westside Events

March 2016