Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events – August, 2019

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, Aug. 3, 9-11 a.m. For more information, call (415) 751-6600.

Family Story Time: Books, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10:30-11 a.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

National Night Out: Join your neighbors, firefighters and police officers at the Richmond District Police Station’s Safe Night Out gathering. The family-fun event will include arts and crafts, hot dog cart, police vehicles, fire engine, mounted police and a station tour. 461 Sixth Ave., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 4-7 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 666-8000.

Financial Planning Day: Take advantage of this opportunity to access free, objective, no-strings-attached financial advice from certified financial planning professionals. Attendees will meet with volunteer planners on a first-come, first-served basis. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

The 26th annual “Fun Day”: Children and adults with developmental disabilities are invited for a day of bowling and a free lunch. Uniformed police and fire personnel from Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, San Francisco and San Bruno volunteer their time to ensure everyone has a safe and exciting day. Participants and volunteers from the Bay Area are invited to register. Classic Bowling Center, 900 King Drive in Daly City, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, email Cindy Blackstone at

LEGO and Magna-Tiles Free Play: All the pieces you will need to make vehicles, robots, castles and more are provided. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 4-5:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

District Attorney Debate: Hosted by Stop Crime SF. All are welcome but there will be a focus on the concerns of westside residents. Co-sponsors include SHARP, ISPN and the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association. Brief speeches by candidates for sheriff will follow. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Spaghetti and Marshmallo Engineering: What kinds of things do architects, construction workers and engineers have to think about when they are making a building? Let’s find out and build some cool structures with spaghetti and marshmallows. For ages 5 and up. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770.

Senior Power!: “Brain Health: Reducing the Risks.” Anna Chodos, M.D., MPH, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital will discuss prevention strategies to reduce risks and avoid the onset of symptoms related to dementias by leading a brain-healthy lifestyle. Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Ave., Aug. 8, l0 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact M. Graf at or call (415) 652-4751.

Herb Gardening: Youth Engaged in Library Leadership team (YELL) has been working hard all summer to prepare a surprise community event. Support your local high school teens. We will experiment with growing basil and mint. Materials provided include a clay pot you paint yourself. For ages 5 and up. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Friday, Aug. 9, 3-4:30 p.m., free. Sign up required, contact: Dorcas at or (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, Aug. 10, 5-7 p.m. Free wine and snacks as well as open mic poetry. Artisans of San Francisco, 2549 Irving St. For more information, call (415) 921-0456.

Sunset Beacon Meet and Greet: Meet Michael Durand, the new editor and publisher of the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers and the website. Bring your story ideas, feedback, suggestions, questions, calendar items and advertising inquiries. We are also welcoming new writers and photographers to find out about freelance opportunities. One Richmond storefront, 802 Clement St. Every second Tuesday of the month. Aug. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. RSVP on our Facebook page: SFRichmondReview.

Painted Rocks: Use as decorative touches in your home or garden. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., free. Space is limited. Call (415) 355-5770 to register starting Aug. 6.

Sunset Flea Market: Every second Sunday, April to November. The family-friendly monthly flea market features vintage finds, local crafts, live entertainment, family fun and food all surrounded by the unique shops and eateries of the Inner Sunset. The August flea market celebrates “Dog Days of Summer” featuring The Animal Connection Pet Zone filled with games, pet supplies, rescue dogs and “Pet Pageant.” Irving Street between Ninth and 10th avenues, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-4.p.m. For more information, visit or call (415) 465-2475. 

Mae Macau Art Exhibition: A Macanese-inspired group art show, Aug. 10–Oct. 1. CIQ Gallery, 3423 Balboa St., opening event on Sunday, Aug. 11, noon-5 p.m., free, all ages welcome. For more information, visit

Movie Night – “Dumbo”: A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus. Directed by Tim Burton, starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. Rated PG, 112 minutes, 2019. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Wednesday, August 14, 6-8 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Learn About Ocean Plants: “The Curious World of Seaweed: Stories from the Pacific Coast” by Josie Iselin (Heyday Books) intertwines art with science to tell the natural and cultural history of 16 iconic kelps and seaweeds from our coast. 

Her artwork is on view at Autographed copies will be available. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

Monthly Book Club: Meet every third Saturday of the month, alternating fiction and nonfiction. This month we discuss “The Sun Does Shine,” by Anthony Ray Hinton. Newcomers always welcome. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-noon, free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Health Lecture: There are lifestyle habits we can adopt at any age to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. 

No advance registration necessary.  Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717.

West Portal Book Club: We meet the third Wednesday of every month. This month we will discuss “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free. For more information, call  (415) 355-2886.

Third Annual Senior Citizens Day Celebration: Celebrate the lives and accomplishments of seniors on the day that commemorates the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklyn D. Roosevelt. Richmond Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Ave., Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. RSVP is not required.

Kathy Mata Ballet Presents: End of Summer Celebration, Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., Saturday, Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m., free (donations welcome). Tickets: For more information, email, call (415) 756-0591 or visit  

Artist’s Reception and Exhibit: Jessica Dunne opens her art exhibit with a reception and a talk about her paintings and prints: “Joy in Repetition.” Far Out Gallery, 3004 Taraval St., Saturday, Aug. 24. Reception 1-5 p.m., talk at 2 p.m. Exhibit runs through Sept. 29. For more information, call (415) 463-5537 or visit

Make Pesto and Salsa: Work with fresh, local, organic, seasonal ingredients: tomatoes and basil. Tasting to follow. Space is limited for this adult program. Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2-3:30 p.m., free. To register or for more information, call (415) 355-5717.

National GORP Day: Taste, test, and vote on our favorite trail mix combination.

GORP (good old raisins and peanuts trail mix) is a healthy and nutritious combination of granola, nuts, dried fruit and sometimes chocolate that is lightweight, easy to store and provides an energy boost. Please be aware of food allergies. Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2-3 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Free Square Dance Introduction: St. Paul’s Presbyterian, 1399 43rd Ave., Monday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. For more information, email, call (650) 549-5273 or (415) 751-3105 or visit

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