Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events – May, 2019

Film Screening – Hidden Wonders of Korea: Two short documentary films will be shown. One will focus on King Sejong the Great, an enlightened monarch from the 15th century.  Following the program, traditional Korean desserts will be served. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Thursday, May 2, 6-7 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

English Conversation Group: Join us every first and third Thursday of the month. This English Conversation Group is for adults who wish to strengthen their conversational English language skills. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Thursday, May 2, 6-7:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Monthly Presidio Greenbelt Clean-Up: The Richmond Neighborhood Center and the SF Recreation and Park Department co-sponsor a community cleanup event on the first Saturday of each month. Supplies will be provided. Meet at the southwest corner of 14th Avenue and Geary Boulevard, Saturday, May 4, 9-11 a.m. For more information, call (415) 751-6600.

West Portal Library’s 80th Birthday Open House: Celebrate the 80th birthday of our WPA building with a Conservatory of Music performance, a talk on local history led by Woody La Bounty, children’s author and illustrator Lisa Brown speaking and signing books, Flying Angels dancers and more. Coffee and treats will be served all day, plus a birthday cake. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way, Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. For more information, call  (415) 355-2886.

Totoro Craft: In celebration of renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, the Ortega Library will be hosting a My Neighbor Totorocraft program. You will learn how to make a Totoro paper plate purse. All materials provided. For ages 5 and up. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Saturday, May 4, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Art Opening Reception: Pedestrianism: Walkabout Photos by DeWitt Cheng. Far Out Gallery, 3004 Taraval St., at 40th Avenue, May 4-26. Opening reception Saturday, May 4, 1-5 p.m. Artist’s talk at 2 p.m. For more information, call (415) 463-5537, email anne@faroutgallery.com or visit http://www.faroutgallery.com. Gallery open Thursday – Sunday, noon-6 p.m. and by appointment.

Computer Help: Receive one-on-one help with basic computer and Internet-related tasks. A volunteer will assist you during this service offered every Sunday of the month. Please sign up in advance to guarantee a 30-minute session. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, May 5, 2-3 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Asian Food Cooking Lesson: In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, learn how to make onigiri, a Japanese rice ball and kimbap, a Korean rice roll. Sign up required. Let us know about any food allergies. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Monday, May 6, 3-5 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

Great Teen Book Swap: Browse all titles for one you’d like to keep. You will, in turn, swap us a review of the book by the end of the month. For ages 12-18. For more information, contact Tony at anthony.luini@sfpl.org. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Monday, May 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Family Game Night: Choose from more than 20 games to play with your family. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Movie Night: “Searching.” After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho. Rated PG-13, 102 minutes. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Baby Rhyme Time: Books, rhymes, music, movement and more for toddlers, 16 months through age 2 and their caregivers. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Thursday, May 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Presidio picnic: Every Sunday through early October, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground.

Computer Help for Adults and Seniors: Having trouble with technology? Teen volunteers can help. Bring your own device or use one of our laptop computers. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Wednesdays, May 8 and 22, 4-6 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Animal Compassion Artist Residency: Alicia Guckenheimer is a San Francisco artist who creates photographs, paintings and sculptures, giving the viewer a lesson in compassion and empathy for all living things. March 23-May 11, Playland at Judah Street and 43rd Avenue. Closing art show will coincide with Playland’s third anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 11.

Financial Workshop – Navigating Retirement: Topics:  Social Security/Medicare; Long Term Care and Legacy Planning, Estate Planning and Medical Directive. In English, in Chinese as needed. Agape Community Center, Sat. May 11, 1-5 p.m., 378 18th Ave. To RSVP and for more information, call Helen Leong at (415) 387-7204, email HelenL.ACC@gmail.com or visit http://accsf.org/.

Community Baby Shower: Calling all families with children up to age 2 to come to the library and join us for some fun celebrating your new bundle of joy and to learn about community resources, play opportunities, participate in a raffle and attend a baby rhyme time.  The first 250 attendees get a free gift.  Light refreshments will be served. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Saturday, May 11, noon-3 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

Walk San Francisco: Join our first-ever family walk. First, we’ll play at Cabrillo Playground in the Outer Richmond. Then we’ll hike through Golden Gate Park at a leisurely pace to the 45th Avenue Playground/boat bicnic area. We’ll play some more and then hike back. Snacks provided at both playgrounds. This event is free for members; there is a small charge for non-members. Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit walksf.org.

Chess Tournament: This free chess tournament, hosted by the Bright Knights Chess Club, is open to the public. The tournament follows USCF regulation. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, May 11, 1-5 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600. To register,  email ngvincep@yahoo.com.

Parangal Dance: In honor of Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month, enjoy a traditional Filipino dance performance brought to you by Parangal Dance Company. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Saturday, May 11, 4-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770.

Artists Meet-up: Artists are invited to bring a piece of art to exhibit for the month. Art lovers are invited to a reception on Saturday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. Free wine and snacks are available and open mic poetry. Artisans of San Francisco, 2549 Irving St. For more information, call (415) 921-0456.

Sunday Matinee: “Boy” was the winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Taika Waititi presents a creative, endearing, coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed “Boy” (James Rolleston).  Organic popcorn will be served. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, May 12, 2-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Sunset Flea Market: Monthly flea markets in the heart of the Inner Sunset will be held on the second Sunday of each month through November. Irving Street between Ninth and 10th avenues will be closed to traffic for booths with local crafts. Live entertainment, family fun and food all surrounded by the unique shops and eateries of the Inner Sunset. Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.isflea.com or call (415) 465-2475.

Sunset Book Group: “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.. Our readings alternate between fiction and nonfiction.

Note: This event will be taking place at a location outside the San Francisco network of public libraries. For questions concerning the event, please contact the hosting library: Sunset Branch Library, (415) 355-2808, Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free.

LEGO and Magnetic Tiles Free Play: Get creative by building with LEGO. All the pieces needed to create vehicles, robots, castles and more will be provided. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Wednesday, May 15, 4-5:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

Richmond District Community Flea Market: Richmond District residents are invited to sell and swap used, vintage and craft items while enjoying live music, barbecue and getting to know their neighbors in a fun, family-friendly setting. Neighborhood Center at 741 30th Ave., May 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Individuals interested in selling their goods should contact Naomi Hui at naomi@richmondsf.org. For more information and updates, attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2178447178865465/.

Great Books Discussion Group: Discover, appreciate and learn from great writings and great authors. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Saturday, May 18, 1-3 p.m., free. To obtain a copy of the reading, contact Clifford at (415) 750-1786 or clifford.louie@sbcglobal.net.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: What do stuffed animals do at the library at night? Bring your favorite stuffed animal friend for a library sleepover to find out! After reading a bedtime story and making a craft, tuck your stuffed friend in and say goodnight. Come back the next day (or on the weekend) to pick up your friend and a photo book of their overnight adventures. For children ages 3 and up. Space is limited. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free. To sign-up, contact Hillary at (415) 355-5700 or hillary.sartin@sfpl.org.

Memorial Service: Attend a service to honor the sailors and marines killed in action during the naval battle of Guadalcanal. USS San Francisco Memorial, Lands End, Sunday, May 26, noon-1:30 p.m., free. For more information, visit http://www.usssanfrancisco.org.

Memorial Day Commemoration: The Presidio Trust, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the City of San Francisco invite you to be part of the official Memorial Day observance. This year marks the 151st anniversary of the Presidio’s participation in the annual ceremony which will honor the one million Americans killed while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Pershing Square, San Francisco National Cemetery, Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, Monday, May 27, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 561-4323.

Heart/Mind Meditation: Join us for a 45-minute break from your busy life. Periods of silence interspersed with words of encouragement. This very basic class is led by Don Narin. All are welcome. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Tuesday, May 28, 12:15-1 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Sticky Fingers: Author of “Sticky Fingers,” Sophie Maletsky leads a hands-on workshop in creations with duct tape. All supplies will be provided.  This program welcomes children ages 8 and up with good dexterity, scissors skills and who can complete tasks independently. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Wednesday, May 29, 4-5 p.m., free. Space is limited. Call (415) 355-5717. to reserve your spot.

Spring Festival and Silent Auction: Presented by the Salvation Army and the Pinehurst Women’s Auxiliary. 2685 30th Ave. (at Vicente), Sat., June 1, noon-4 p.m., free.

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