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Photo: Stefan Cohen

Opera in the Park 2016 • FREE • Sharon Meadow / Golden Gate Park

Sunday, Sept. 11 | 1:30 pm | Discover the beauty of an aria, while lying back in the surrounding green of Sharon Meadow, where the operatic wonder of the San Francisco Opera truly comes to life. Many bring along a blanket, while others take this opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy an outing with family and friends. The combination of singing and music is a splendid treat and one of the most popular events held at the Golden Gate Park. It is highly suggested to arrive early in order to claim a decent viewing location.
If you've forgotten to bring along food, snacks, or something to drink – the event has items for sale. In the Meadow, remember to only bring low beach chairs and picnic blankets so that everyone can enjoy a chance at a reasonable view. www.sfopera.com photo: Stefan Cohen

Balboa Reservoir

Community Advisory Committee Meeting

September 12 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

City College of San Francisco, Multi-Use Building, Room 140

55 Phelan Avenue

Update on the Lake Merced West Project

Rec & Park will update the public on the process and state of the previous Rod & Gun space, as well as a presentation from the leadership of Lake Merced Recreation LLC. Learn more about their vision and ask them questions about their proposal.

Thursday, September 15th • 6pm • Lake Merced Boathouse, 1 Harding Road

Coquerel's Sifaka at the SF Zoo

Coquerel's sifaka is a species of lemur, distinguished by its unique methods of movement, including leaping and jumping great distances between trees and skipping slightly sideways on the ground. The animal was introduced by the former PBS Kids program Zoboomafoo.

Sifakas are an endangered animal found only on the island of Madagascar. They get their name from a call they give, which sounds like "shi-FAHK". Along with the animals, named "Karen" and "Neil", the crowning jewel of the exhibit is a custom-built 18-foot fony baobab tree. The tree is common in sifaka habitats and was designed both for function and aesthetics. Adjacent to the main space is a "day room" which is visible to the public and gives the animals a second space in a controlled climate.

SF Zoo is on Sloat at Ocean Beach



Ed Ruscha and the Great American West • July 6 – Oct 9 • de Young MuseumEd Ruscha

Sat Jul 16 |In 1956, at the age of 18, Ed Ruscha left his home in Oklahoma and drove a 1950 Ford sedan to Los Angeles, where he hoped to attend art school. His trip roughly followed the fabled Route 66 through the Southwest, which featured many of the sights—auto repair shops, billboards, and long stretches of roadway punctuated by telephone poles—that would provide him with artistic subjects for decades to come.

Ruscha continues to work steadily at the age of 78, and this exhibition includes prints made as recently as 2015. He maintains a studio in the California desert and makes regular road trips through the spare and evocative landscapes that first inspired him as a young man. Ruscha has now worked in California for more than 50 years, and this exhibition celebrates his long commitment to exploring the American west as both romantic concept and modern reality. $20, Seniors 17, Students 10. Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.


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

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.

Sat-Sun • Autumn Moon Festival

Sep 10 - 11 | 11am - 6:00 pm | Two Days of Nonstop Entertainment, Food, Shopping, Dragon Parades, Cultural Events, Children's Activities & More! Grant Ave. & Washington St.

Sun • Sunday STs/Western Edition

Sun Sep 11 | 11am to 4pm | Explore Fillmore and Fulton by foot, or bike. Baker St between Fell and McAllister, Fulton between Baker and Fillmore, and Fillmore between Fulton St and Geary Blvd.

Mon • Folk Music Revival

Mon Sep 12 | 4-6 pm | The search for authentic American folk music began in the '20s. Songs of Appalachia and other roots music were collected and stored and later recorded and sung by The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, and Peter, Paul, & Mary. Tim Holt revisits the golden age of folk music of the '50s and '60s. Latino/Hispanic Rm A & B, Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Wed • Ingleside Branch Open House

Wed Sep 14 | 2-6 pm | An Open House celebrating 7th anniversary of reopening! Light refreshments with the staff. Special programs; including Red Envelope Artwork, Jimbo the Clown, Music Performance, and Raffle Prizes. Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave.

Wed • Write Your Will

Wed Sep 14 | 7-8:30 | Stuart Bronstein, an SF estate planning and probate lawyer for more than 30 years, will help participants create fully functional wills. Bring a blue ink non erasable pen. Call 415-355-5770 or email psimgr@sfpl.org to register.

Thu • Author Doug Gist

Thu Sep 15 | 6 pm | Author Doug Gist's book signing event will present his grandfather's never-before-seen street-scene photos of the 1906 earthquake and fire. Book Passage, Ferry Building. 415 835-1020

Sat • Park Clean-up

Sat Sep 17 | 10 am-12pm | Friends of the West Portal Playground is hosting a park clean up and community gathering at the West Portal Playground Clubhouse. Join us for FREE coffee and donuts while beautifying our park and playground. There will be craft activities available for kids. Visit: www.westportalplayground.com for more details.

Sat • Tour de Fat

Sat Sep 17 | A costumed bike parade and nationally touring and locally loved musical acts, peppered with interactive fun like a 1,000 Person Dance Contest (to win a bike!) a Slow Ride competition (how slow can you go?), and the inspirational car-for-bike swapper series. Lindley Meadow, GG Park. newbelgium.com

Sat • Party for the Parks

Sat Sep 17 | 6 Coctails - 7:30 Dinner/Dancing | Every child deserves access to a safe, clean, imaginative, place to play. Proceeds support therenovation of over a dozen city playgrounds, benefiting over 20,000 children. Panhandle Playground, Oak & Ashbury. Cocktail Attire (415) 801-4164

Sat • Walk to End Alzheimers

Sat Sep 17 | 10 am | Three-mile walk is part of the world's largest event held in over 600 communities to raise awareness and funds for care, support and research. Free, donations/fundraising encouraged, 408-372-9900,alz.org Great Meadow, Fort Mason

Sat-Sun • Dragonboat Race

Sat Sep 17-18 | Speeding fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats race to the beat of Chinese drums for the 21st Annual Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt, Oakland. Info: sfdragonboat.com

Sun • 36th Comedy Day

Sun Sep 18 | 12-5 pm | 40 comedians, 5 hours Free! 36th Annual Comedy Day at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 320 Bowling Green Dr. - comedyday.org

Wed - Sun • Big Big Book Sale

Wed Sep 21 - Sun 25 | 10 am - 6 pm | Find over 500,000 quality books of all media at$3 or less, including $1 books on Sunday, literary crafts and ephemera, and collectible andrare books. Proceeds benefit S.F. Public Libraryeducation programs. Free. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center 415-626-7500.

Fri-Sun • Oktoberfest

Fri Sep 23 - Sun 25 | 5pm-12am | Sat 11am-5pm/6pm-12am | Sun: 11am-6pm | In the tradition of Munich's famed festival, Oktoberfest by the Bay will include nonstop music, singing, dancing and German food and drink. Pier 48, SF.

Sat • SF Fashion Week

Sep 24-Oct 2 | Various venues | The 7th annual SF Fashion Week explores how "Tech Drives Fashion" in the world's leading hub of technology. For schedule of times & events: sanfranciscofashionweek.net

Sat • Out of the Darkness

Sat Sep 24 | 9 am | Suicide Prevention's 13th annual SF Community Walk and the Greater SF Bay Area Chapter is excited to host in Mariposa Park, Mariposa @ Indiana. 707-968-7563 SFBayArea@afsp.org

Sun • Share the Harvest

Sun Sep 25 | 6–10 pm | Golden Gate Club (135 Fisher Loop, the Presidio) Live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, to support the Hamilton Family Center in its efforts to end homelessness. $120 & up, 415-409-2100, hamiltonfamilycenter.org

Mon • Central Council

Sat Sep 10 |10 am | Candidate's Forum District 7 Supervisor, Forest Hill Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Mon • S.H.A.R.P /Silicon Valley

Mon Sep 26 | 7 pm | Why here? The sinking of the Titanic, a patent war, military exigencies and (the great physicist and inventor) William Shockley's ailing mother. Paul Wesling, engineer, executive, and educator tells the whole story 1736 Ninth Avenue.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Sep 22 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Oct 2 | 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 Oct 4 |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 Oct 4 | 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 Oct 4 | 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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