Calendar of Events

May Calendar of Events

Tai Chi with Patrick Lau: Yang style Tai Chi may help improve health, fitness, balance, flexibility, coordination and posture, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Wednesday, May 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (advanced beginners), 2:45–3:45 p.m. (beginner class), free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

Cat Ear Headbands and Barrettes: Make cat ear headbands or barrettes out of colorful felt, embellish with LED lights and glitter, ages 11-18, no sign-up necessary. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Thursday, May 3, 4–5:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Pangu Shengong: Developed by Master Ou Wen Wei, Pangu Shengong has its fundamental philosophy and practice rooted in kindness and benevolence, it a specialized form of Qigong that is easy to learn, and its benefits to health and well-being can be experienced immediately, instructor Don Narin, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Thursday, May 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Artist’s Exhibition: May’s artist of the month is Yari Ostovany, Far Out Gallery, 3004 Taraval St., Saturday, May 5, noon-6 p.m., opening reception, artist’s talk at 2 p.m., exhibition dates, May 5-27, free. For more information, call (415) 463-5537.

Presidio Poetry Series: A reading by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and poet and performer Jessica Loos, hosted by Robert Carlson, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Saturday, May 5, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

Family Dance Party: The public is invited to a monthly family dance party with DJ, records, scarves, shakers and bubbles, just bring your best dance moves, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.-noon, free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

San Francisco Botanical Garden’s 51st Annual Plant Sale: The Bay Area’s largest public plant sale features 2,500 different kinds of plants from garden favorites to the rare and hard to find, loading zones are available for plant pick up, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m-2 p.m., free admission. For more information, call (415) 661-1316 or go to the website at

Koinobori Craft: Celebrate the Japanese holiday, Children’s Day, by making koinobori, colorful carp-shaped wind socks that are hung for decoration, learn about the symbolism of the koinobori and the history of Children’s Day, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Saturday, May 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Japanese Tea Ceremony: The public can learn how to prepare tea (ocha) the traditional Japanese way in a workshop led by Soko Omachi, the ceremony will be conducted in the Ryurei style, where participants will sit on chairs instead of kneeling on the floor, treats served, registration required, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Sunday, May 6, 2-3 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-5600.

Art Sale: The Sharon Art Studio hosts its spring studio sale, featuring unique artists’ hand-crafted creations, 300 Bowling Green Dr., Golden Gate Park, Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission. For more information, go to the website at

Breads of the World – Scallion Pancakes: In this hands-on class, youth will make a favorite breakfast, or snack, from China called Cong Yu Bing, a flaky layered bread that is seasoned with scallions and sesame seeds before being grilled until crisp, space limited, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Wednesday, May 9, 4-5:30 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-5717.

Teen Gaming: Teens vie for the title of best gamer in the Sunset, all welcome to challenges in a movie theater-type environment, some games on hand but combatants urged to bring their own, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Friday, May 11, 3:30-5 p.m., free. For more information, contact Tony at or (415) 355-5700.

Concert: Larry Vuckovich and Eric Golub perform an evening of jazz for violin and piano, Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave., Saturday May 12, 7:30 p.m., tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors/students. For more information, call (415) 564-2324.

Celebrate American Pacific Asian Heritage Month: The public is invited to view the film “Lion,” a 2016 biographical drama based on the non-fiction book “A Long Way Home,” fresh popcorn will be served, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, May 13, 2-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

San Francisco Rose Show: Annual Mother’s Day show sponsored by the SF Rose Society, Hall of Flowers, County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Sunday, May 13, 12:30-4 p.m., free admission. For more information, contact Maryanne Razzo at (415) 656-4346 or, or go to the website at

Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro: Learn about the Japanese art of taiko by feeling the thunderous sounds of the drums as language, culture and history combine to create an exciting educational experience, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Tuesday, May 15, 10-10:30 a.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770 or go to the website at

Chinese Brush Painting: Adults can learn the art of Chinese brush painting with artist and museum docent Pauline Tsui, participants will learn basic brush strokes and create pictures of plants and animals to take home, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Saturday, May 19, 1-3 p.m., free. For more information or to sign up, call (415) 355-5700.

Merced Branch Library Open House: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the seventh anniversary of the reopening of the branch, author Mitali Perkins reads from her latest book, “You Bring the Distant Near,” and the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company performs, Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr., Saturday, May 19, 1-5 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2825.

Hawaiian Hula Dance and Cultural Performance: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month by joining the Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi group for a hula performance with a cultural presentation including the history of hula and its significance to Hawaiian culture, all ages, participation encouraged, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, May 20, 2-3 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Mini Hawaiian Quilts: Learn the art of Hawaiian quilting with this hands-on mini craft, including how to cut fabric from a selection of traditional snowflake patterns, practice the technique of echo quilting, basic sewing skills are a plus but not required, for ages 13-18, materials are provided but space is limited, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Tuesday, May 22, 5-6:30 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-5717.

Make Geometric Models: Learn to make 3-D models of simple, symmetrical Platonic solids with toothpicks and folded cardboard patterns, learn the secrets of symmetry and elegant beauty known for more than 1,000 years, ages 10 and up, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-2808.

U.S.S. San Francisco Memorial Service: A service to honor the sailors and Marines killed in action during the naval battle of Guadalcanal, U.S.S. San Francisco Memorial Park, Lands End, Sunday, May 27, noon-1:30 p.m., free. For more information, go to the website at

Finding Asian-American Roots: Grant Din, a certified genealogist with more than 30 years experience researching family histories, especially for those with roots in Asia, will recount immigration stories of people from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and India, learn how to use the resources of the library to embark on family searches, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., fifth floor computer training center, Thursday, May 31, 6-7:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 557-4400 or go to the website at

Spring Festival: The Salvation Army Pinehurst Women’s Auxiliary will host its spring festival, featuring gifts, collectibles, jewelry and silent auction, 2685 30th Ave., Saturday, June 2, 1-4 p.m., free admission. For more information, email Cheryl at

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