Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events – September, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park: The SF Shakespeare Festival presents free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a play for all ages, over two weekends, Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 8-9, Presidio, Civil War Parade Lawn, 2 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 561-4323 or go to the website at

Introduction to Russian: This class will focus on developing basic conversational and writing skills, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Tuesdays, Sept. 4 and 18, 6:15-7:15 p.m., free. To register, call (415) 355-5600.

Youth Chess Tournament: The event is hosted by the Bright Knights Chess Club, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m., free. For more information or to register, email

Hands-On Henna Workshop: Henna artist Renda Dabit will share a brief presentation, give (temporary) henna tattoos and teach participants to create their own henna art, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Saturday, Sept. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-2880.

History of Local Food Co-ops: Author Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff will read from her new book, “Other Avenues Are Possible: Legacy of the Peoples Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area,” Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

“Fueling Right:” Jessica Ho, a registered dietician, will discuss dietary guidelines for seniors and how nutrition impacts heart and brain health, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10-11:30 a.m., free. For more information, call (415) 652-4751.

Painted Mandala Stones: Learn the calming and creative practice of painting stones, supplies provided, ages 13-18, no registration required, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Teen Room, Thursday, Sept. 13, 4-5:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Presidio Poetry Series: Sally Love Saunders, author of six poetry books, will read from her recent work, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2–3 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

Metal Embossing for Teens:  Make repujado (metal embossing) artwork for Latin American Heritage month, supplies provided, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2:30-4 p.m., free. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-5770.

California Coastal Clean-up Day: Volunteers of all ages can help clean parks, neighborhoods, waterways and shorelines, rain or shine, Presidio, Stilwell Hall, 650 Mason St., Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, free. For more information or to register, go to the website at or call (415) 561-4323.

Poetry Talk: An “Everyone is a poet and the healing power of poetry” discussion, bring a poem or two to read, Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m., free. For more information, call (415) 668-1559.

Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers: Learn how to make traditional Mexican paper flowers, supplies provided, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770.

Transit Director Speaks: Ed Reiskin, the director of the SF Municipal Transit Agency, will talk about and answer questions about local transit issues, hosted by the Planning Association for the Richmond, Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., free.

Astronomy Lecture: Learn about the formation of stars and planetary systems with San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., geared for adults but all ages welcome, free. For more information, call (415) 554-9600 or go to the website at

Honoring Southwest Asian and North African Cultures: Local baker Nora Takouat will teach participants how to create the authentic Algerian dessert khans bniwen (which means “hand shaped sweet”), which are made of chocolate, nuts and honey, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-5 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

Organ Duo Performance: Pacific Northwest organ duet Timothy and Nancy LeRoi Nickel perform, Zion Lutheran Church, Ninth Avenue and Anza Street, Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., donations provide assistance for refugees who live at Lesbos, Greece. For more information, email Kyle Hovatter at or call (650) 539-8757.

Art on the Go: Families can create custom designs using block printing on fabric, exploring symbols and patterns found throughout the cultures of Southwest Asia and North Africa, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Saturday, Sept. 22, 4-5 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Storytelling: “Leila’s Quest for Flight,” presented by Golden Thread Fairytale Players, shows the optometrist shattering Leila’s dreams of becoming a pilot, but a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal, for children ages 5 and up and their families, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-3 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Piñata Party: Creating this party favorite is easy, but choosing whether to destroy it will be hard, for ages 11-18, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Poetry Reading: Hosted by Robert Carlson, poets and artists Fanny Renoir and Ronald F. Sauer will read poems, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7-8 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

Community Wellness Day: The fair will feature health information, glucose and blood pressure screenings, workshops on diabetes and nutrition, training on first aid and hands-on CPR, Agape Community Center, Golden Gate Christian Church, 378 18th Ave., Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 387-7204.

Jewish Folk Songs: A performance by Dina Gutkina, a member of the San Francisco Accordion Club, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Sept. 29, 3-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

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