November Events

The Art of Underwater Gardening

At the Conservatory of Flowers

November 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015. Closed Mondays

10 am–4 pm Tues-Sun • Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Aqua Forest
Aqua Forest

Dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants in a new exhibition of tropical underwater gardens at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Visitors go ‘below the surface’ as they stroll past lush, living aquascapes, imaginatively crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America.

Lao Chin Fei Photo
Photo: Lao Chin Fei

Aquascaping, the art of creating stunning underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood, is a popular international gardening trend. Annual competitions attract hundreds of elaborate entries from around the world. The beautifully planted aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys or can become sublime works of underwater abstract art.

Now, visitors to the Conservatory get a chance to marvel at this unique form of water gardening and learn how aquatic plants have adapted to life in the deep.

Timucin Sagel Photo
Photo: Timucin Segal

TICKETS: San Francisco Residents: $5 general; $3 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $1.50 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE

Non-residents: $8 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE

INFO:, 415-831-2090

Cloud Forests Bloom at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Fuschia paniculata Photo: James Gaither

Hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the cloud forests of Mesoamerica

For hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world’s misty cloud forests, foggy San Francisco feels like home. San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) is one of the only botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive outdoors, and fall is the best time to see the Garden’s enchanting cloud forest in bloom October 1 – December 31 from 9 am to 5 pm.

In the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest collection, visitors can stroll through a lush jungle of typical cloud forest plant communities found from southern Mexico to Panama and throughout Central America. Amidst the deep green canopy, delicate and unusual fuchsias dangle gracefully overhead, towering tree daisies hum with the buzzing of bees, vibrant salvias add bursts of color to the forest floor and much more.

Montanoa Photo: James Gaither

At the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, allSan Francisco residents: are free with proof of residency.

Non-residents: $7 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; FREE for children 4 and under; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $15

The Garden is free daily 7:30-9am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month

INFORMATION: / 661-1316

November Events


Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown back parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab

Tue 10 am–1 pm & Thu 2 pm –5 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 6th Fl.100 Larkin, 5th Fl.


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 Wed • Fear of public speaking?

Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069


Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members).


Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers:


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.

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr. Marina Blvd.

Every Wed • Free E-Books

Wed | 1:30-2:30 pm |Do you have an eReader? You can check out more than 40,000 electronic books for free. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader — we will show you how to use it to download books and other materials from the Library website. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Wy.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Sep 7 | 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.

Every Day • Cloud Forest

Daily | 9 am-5 pm | Fall is the best time for one of the only botanical gardens in the world where the alluring plants of the cloud forest thrive outdoors. SF Botanical Garden, 9th Ave at GGPark. 661-1316

Every Day • Cloud Forest

Daily | 9 am-5 pm | Fall is the best time for one of the only botanical gardens in the world where the alluring plants of the cloud forest thrive outdoors. For hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world’s misty cloud forests, foggy feels like home. SF Botanical Garden, 9th Ave at GGPark. 661-1316

Thu • Yosemite’s Big Trees

Thu Nov 6 | 6 pm |Past and Future From inception in 1863, The Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia are fundamental to the past and future of the park. Historian Jared Farmer’s illustrated lecture on two of the world’s most famous plants, the Grizzly Giant and the Wawona Tunnel Tree. California Historical Society, 678 Mission St. 357-1848

Thu • Author Peg Conley

Thu Nov 6 |7 pm |>Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It >challenges you to think differently and consider incorporating various practices that will bring about the peace and happiness we all long to experience. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal 564-8080

Fri-Sat • Holiday Bazaar

Fri-Sat Nov 7-8 | 10 am–2:30 pm |Featured items include needlework, one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, collectibles, jewelry, loose beads (including vintage and collectible), a special Christmas boutique, baked goods, silent auction and raffles. Lunch noon - 1:30 p.m. $10 per person. Episcopal Church of the Incarnation 1750 29th Ave.

Wed • Lauren Bacall Night

Wed Nov 12 | 6:45 pm | >In memory of Lauren Bacall, >To Have and Have Not>, a 1944 romance-war-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and Bacall in her first film. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Drive (at 19th Avenue) 355-2825.

Wed • Author Mary F. Burns

Wed Nov 12 | 7 pm | Author discusses The Spoils of Avalon, he death of a humble clergyman in 1877 leads amateur sleuths into a medieval world of saints and kings and Isaac and Ishmael a new biblical trilogy, an original re-telling of the beginnings of the Hebrews and the Arabs. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal 564-8080

Fri –Sun • SF Green Festival

Fri–Sun Nov 14–16 | 10 am | SF’s Green Festival has something for everyone interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life – work green, play green and live green – from food, fashion and health, to energy, construction and design. Enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment. Fort Mason Ctr, 2 Marina Blvd.

Fri-Sat • Lost and Fo_nd,

Fri Nov 14th & Sat Nov 15 | 7:30 pm |A zany, fast paced comedy featuring the characters from St. Dymphna’s Parish as they race to beat a band of pirates to the buried treasure on the magical Dessert Isle filled with tasty treats, knishes and ganaches. The play offers a mix of favorite Broadway show tunes, pop, classical and gospel music. St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive

Sun • 3rd Annual Tea Festival

Sun Nov 16 | 10 am–5 pm |It’s Tea Time! Come connect with fellow tea enthusiasts for a day of tea discovery at the Ferry Building Join more 1,200 other tea enthusiast, 20 exhibitors and 6 small group tea tastings, as well as presentations from the top experts in the tea community. Info/tickets:

Mon • Diego Rivera Mural Tour

Mon Nov 17 | 3 pm |Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural Allegory of California graces the stairwell of the City Club (former Pacific Stock Exchange). Normally closed the public, free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to the first 25 people to RSVP: Meeting location is provided by email upon reservation until tour is full.

Mon • e-Reader Drop-In

Mon 17 & 24 | 4–5 p.m | Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other eReader device to the reference desk for help in checking out library eBooks and eAudiobooks.Merced Branch Library,155 Winston Dr. 355-2825

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Nov 18 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave 759-3100.

Thu • Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl

Thu Nov 20 | 4 –10 pm | Art, performance, music, and drinks between 2nd and 5th St, Market and Harrison St. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission

FRI • Healthier Living Workshop

Each Fri–Nov 21 | 9-11:30 am | Free, 6-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford School of Medicine focused on participant empowerment, support and skill development for chronic health conditions. Taraval Station 2345 – 24th Ave. 550-2257/

Thu • Facebook for Job-seekers

Wed | 1:30-4 pm | Learn to create a Facebook page, or update the one you’ve got! Join us for a hands-on class where you can learn the basics for a standout page. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Mon • Sharp

Mon Nov 24 | 7 pm | Nelda Williams, record-setting triathlete–It takes an unusual person to jump into the Bay at dawn, swim a mile and a half, bike 18 miles, and run another eight. She broke the course record for her age group (65-69) at Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, Nelda will narrate a slideshow about the race and her part in it. Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Nov 24 | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month.

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