July 2015

Community Calendar

July 4th: Celebration: Safe and Sane Fireworks show

Good old fashioned fun begins at dark. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

July 4th and 5th, Family: Outdoor Exploratorium

The public’s last chance to taste, touch and take in the Exploratorium’s temporary exhibitions at Fort Mason. Known as the “Outdoor Exploratorium,” the eight exhibits displayed at Fort Mason are what remain of a 20-exhibit collection that opened in 2009. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the exhibits put a lens on the existing environment, and were created by the Exploratorium in partnership with the National Park Service and the Fort Mason Center. Information: exploratorium.edu. 2 Marina Boulevard. 

July 4 and 5th, Music: Fillmore Jazz Festival

From sunup to sundown visitors can enjoy live music at multiple stages, browse more than 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Free; all ages. Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy streets. 


July 8th: Drag Show: Dream Queens Revue

The Dream Queens Revue is San Francisco’s fabulicious drag show. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, 133 Turk Street. 


July 9th: Etsy Craft Lab: Upcycled Summer Festival Jewelry 

From Coachella to Burning Man, and all the picnics and park days in between, join SF Etsy team lead Katy Atchison to create the perfect custom accessories for all your 2015 festival fashions. We’ll use recycled and donated gems, jewels, and treasures. Bring your own pieces that need new life breathed into them!  7 to 9:30 p.m. $10 non-members, $5 members. Information: www.sfmcd.org. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. 


July 10th: Live Music at Farleys
Matt Bacnis Band and Amanda Markley. Markley is a singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington who mixes a modern sound with her northwest roots to create fun, inspirational music. 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Farley’s 1315 18th Street.

July 11th: MakeArt Workshop: Bottlecap Jewelry and Magnets 


Make tiny, one-of-a-kind collages inside bottle caps. Hang one from a chain to make a necklace or glue it to a pinback, ring blank, or magnet. Bring your own small photographs to personalize your pieces.  $10 or free for members. Information:  www.sfmcd.org. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street.  


July 11, 18, and 25, Art: Life Drawing Workshop Series

Creativity Explored presents a series of three workshops. CE will provide studio space, two instructors and a live model. CE artists will assist with the workshop and plan on attending all three sessions. Participants should bring: pad of 18” x 24” newsprint paper, kneaded eraser, sharpener, vinyl eraser, and a set of pencils with a range of lead softness. $150 for all three sessions. Space is limited to 15 people. E-mail info@creativityexplored.org to reserve space. Creativity Explored second studio,  1 Arkansas Street, Suite E. Information: 415.863.2108


July 14th: Movie: British Movie and Wine Night

Notting Hill will be screened and Alexander Valley Chardonnay will be served as part of this summer film series that happens every Tuesday evening at Top of The Mark Lounge. Begins at 5:30 p.m. Free. 1 Nob Hill.  


July 18th: Dogs: Poochella Festival

Festivities include Pooch Photobooth, Pooch awards for best costume and owner-dog look-a-likes, a local dog pound, food trucks and vendors. 1 p.m. Free, open to the public. Dolores Park, 19th and Dolores streets. 


July 21st: Astrology: Free Lecture

Once a month the San Francisco Astrology Association hosts leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines to present the latest developments in cutting-edge scientific programs. Coffee and light snacks at 7 p.m., followed by a general meeting at 7:30 pm, and the lecture at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. The Presidio, Observation Post, Building 211.

Cutlery: Japanese Whetstone Sharpening

This class is taught by the proprietor of Bernal Cutlery, Josh Donald. Students will be shown the basic techniques for sharpening western style “double beveled” knives and get personalized instruction as they sharpen their own knives. Stones are provided for use in the class and additional sharpening supplies to take home are also offered for sale at Bernal Cutlery. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $75. 593 Guerrero Street.


July 24th: Zen: The Art of Stillness
The San Francisco Zen Center presents an evening lecture with Pico Iyer and Abiding Abbess Furyu Nancy Schroeder. Participants will be asked: how do we keep our balance and our sanity in an increasingly all-over-the-place world? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $30; $27 current SFZC members; $24 limited income. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street.  

July 25 to 28, Film: SF Jewish Film Festival 

Plastic Man will be screened on July 25th, 4:30 p.m., Castro Theater and on July 28, 6:15 p.m., Cine Arts, Palo Alto. Information: sfjff.org. Tickets: 415.621.0523.


July 25th: Facilities Tour: Bayview Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites you to take a free tour of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant to find out how the sewer system works. You’ll learn about the history of wastewater treatment in San Francisco, tips on preventing pollution of the Bay and Pacific Ocean, and go behind the scenes to see how this vital piece of infrastructure works. Visitors must be at least 10 years old to take the tour. Free, but RSVP is required at least two days in advance. Information: sfwater.org. 750 Phelps Street.

July 30 to August 1, Art: Sculpture Exhibition

Sculptures by Jerry Ross Barrish, with an artist’s talk July 30th, 7 p.m. Opening reception August 1, 3 to 6 p.m. Information: STUDIOGallerySF.com or Jennifer Farris, gallery director, 415.931.3130. Free and open to the public. STUDIO Gallery, 1641 Pacific Avenue. 


July 29th: Yoga: Free Laughter Yoga Class

Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body and spirit. Laughter Yoga involves deep breathing, stretching, clapping and laughter exercises. 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Free, but RSVP required. Information: osher.ucsf.edu/. University of California, San Francisco Osher Center, 1545 Divisadero Street, Fifth Floor.

Food: Toast and Taste

SFPDV, San Francisco’s premiere restaurants and event spaces, hosts a festive evening of delectable food and wine, specialty cocktails, musical entertainment, raffles and live and silent auctions benefiting Compass Family Services. 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $40. Jillian’s, 175 4th Street.


July 30th: Mime: SF Mime Troupe Freedomland

In it’s 56th season, The SF Mime Troup presents a story of war and freedom, written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Pay what you can. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. The San Francisco Mime Troupe Studio Space, 855 Treat Avenue. 


July 31st: Garden: Blue Moon Botanical Garden Walk

A rare and wonderful Garden adventure to discover what’s in bloom under a blue moon. Enjoy hot, aromatic tea and cookies at a quiet site in the Garden. Bring a flashlight. Heavy rain cancels. $10/members, $20/non-members, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. 

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