Community Calendar: November 2017

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CatVideoFest 2017 will feature footage of your favorite internet felines. Photo: Courtesy of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

November 2 – Community:  Annual Festival of Altars
Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to ancestors, honoring death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that’ve passed away. Bring flowers, candles and mementos of loved ones to place on public altars, 4 to 11 p.m., Garfield Park, 26th and Harrison streets. Procession begins 7 p.m. at 22nd and Bryant. This is an alcohol free event. For more information:

November 2 – Music: Amalgamation
Amalgamation performs a stripped down set of Americana/Blues/Alt-Country tunes consisting of vocals, duo acoustic guitars, harmonica, and kick drum for the beats. Think foot-stomping tunes inspired by the likes of Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Johnny Cash and Rosetta Tharpe. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

November 3 – Community: Timbuk2 Free Factory Tour
Born in San Francisco, Timbuk2 has been making high quality bags in the heart of the Mission District since 1989. Visit the Timbuk2 factory and headquarters for a 60-minute behind-the-scenes look at product design, marketing, and the office gong, disco ball, and kegerator. 11 a.m., first Friday of the month. Tours limited to 20 people. Free; but tickets required. Timbuk2 Factory Store, 587 Shotwell Street. For tickets and more information:

November 4 – Community: Potrero Hill History Night
Join neighbors for dinner and a program featuring longtime Potrero Hill residents. Pizza and desserts for sale; proceeds benefit Downtown High School. Enjoy presentations by Eileen Bray (“Six Generations on Mississippi Street”) and Jon W. Smith (“Sixty-Two Years on Wisconsin Street”). Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Free Program: 7 to 9 p.m.  Downtown High School, 693 Vermont Street. Parking available in schoolyard on Kansas Street between 18th and 19th streets. For more information: 415.863.0784.

November 4 – Health:  Bay Area Food Allergy Walk 2017
The FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Food Allergy “Heroes Walk” recognizes the courage and determination of food allergy families. Through fundraising and walks across the country, thousands of families unite behind their commitment to FARE’s mission, and raise funds for research, education, advocacy, and awareness. Check-in and activities: 9 a.m. Walk starts: 10 a.m. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City. To register a team, and for more information:

November 7 – Art: Free Admission Day at Museum of Craft and Design
Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2569 Third Street. For more information:

November 7 – Photography: Ivan Bajinov
This art opening will showcase Ivan Baginov’s photographs of City life. 7 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

November 8 – Music: Daniel Berkman
Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora, a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

November 9 – Music: Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers
Live music by Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers, who play original tunes in the Honky Tonk country vein. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

November 10 – Fundraiser for Victims of Recent Disasters in The North Bay and Puerto Rico
Dancing music by Sang Matiz; Afro Latin funk. Food and drink specials. 5 to 9 p.m. Recommended donation $10 to $20 at the door. The Ramp Restaurant, 855 Terry A Francois Boulevard. For more information: 415.621.2378

November 11 – Books:  San Francisco Public Library’s $1 Book and Media Sale
Pickup choice books and media at unbeatable prices, just one dollar each. Sale proceeds support the San Francisco Public Library. The Book Donation Center, 1630 17th Street. Every second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information:

November 11 – Gardening: Plants Sale
Learn about sustainable living, feed the goats, meet the roosters, bring your kids, and start a garden. Fall is the start of planting season for drought-resistant native vegetation. Bay Natives Nursery, 10 Cargo Way. For more information:

November 11 – Science: Discovery Day at AT&T Park
AT&T Park will be transformed into a science wonderland for the seventh annual concluding event of the Bay Area Science Festival, a free extravaganza. In 2016, more than 30,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, everyone can find something that’ll unleash their inner scientist. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. AT&T Park, San Francisco. For more information:

November 11 – Art: Introduction to Encaustic Collage
Join instructor Ann Brinkley for an introduction to encaustic painting and working with beeswax medium.  12:30 to 4:30 p.m. $135. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. Class size limited. For more information and to register:

November 12 – Film: CatVideoFest 2017
CatVideoFest 2017 will feature 80 minutes of footage of your favorite internet cat videos on Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ big screen. Arrive early to partake in cat-themed activities. Stay afterward for their Happy Meow-hour. CatVideoFest was founded by filmmaker Will Braden, creator of YouTube sensation Henri, le Chat Noir and curator of the popular Internet Cat Video Festival.  A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. $12. 2 p.m. YBCA, 701 Mission Street. For more information and to purchase tickets:

November 14 – Community: San Francisco Public Library Service Hours
The Library is undergoing a required five-year assessment of its accessibility, with 11 public hearings; translators and closed captioning available. 6:30 p.m. Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch, 5075 Third Street. For more information:  415.557.4277 or visit

November 16 – Art and Science: Cooking Contraptions
How does food inspire you? Do you find artistic vision in vegetables, or enjoy the science behind sous-vide? Encounter an array of cooking-inspired presentations and gain a deeper understanding of the tools in your kitchen. Play with your food, experiment with modernist inventions, and explore tricks of trompe-l’oeil, automata, and edible art. 6 to 10 p.m. Adults 18+ only. $17.95 advance; $19.95 at the door. Exploratorium, Pier 15. For more information:

November 17 – Holiday: Embarcadero Building lighting
Enjoy a winter fireworks display and a free Disney on Ice performance  on the outdoor ice rink in Justin Herman Plaza during Embarcadero Center’s 31st Annual Building Lighting Ceremony, when more than 15,000 lights illuminate the San Francisco skyline. Free.  4 to 7 p.m. Justin Herman Plaza. For more information:

November 18 – Books: L’Appart: The Delights & Disasters of Making My Paris Home
Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-patriot life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one’s life. Includes dozens of new recipes. Lebovitz will speak for a few minutes and sign books purchased at Omnivore. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street. For more information:

November 18 – Art: Relief Block Printing
Learn the art of relief printmaking with Megan Adie, create a set of finished prints, and be ready to take on new printing projects. 1 to 4 p.m. $65. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. For more information and to register:

November 18 – through December 17  – Theater: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
“The Surprising Tale of Baron Munchausen and Mopsa the Fairy: or how Munchausen, Jack and Mopsa the Fairy, defeat evil Queen Edwina Picklewurst and save Fairyland,” will play at the Victoria & Albert Bijou Music Hall at the Dickens Fair during The Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls. For details on show times, ticket prices and other information, visit the Dickens Fair website:

November 19 – Music: 2017 Bay Area Records Fair

The 2017 Bay Area Record Fair is a celebration of the unique music scene in the Bay Area. Free entry after noon. $5 Early Bird Tickets gets you into the record fair at 11 am, an hour early, so you can be the first to dig through the crates without the wait and crowds. 2174 Market Street. For more information and early entry tickets:

November 22 – Health: American Red Cross Blood Drive

Give blood. Help save lives. Streamline your donation experience by visiting to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. Identification required. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Office, 1667 Market Street. For more information regarding eligibility to donate blood:  1.866.236.3276. To schedule your appointment:

November 22 – Thanksgiving: Community Dinner
Join Community Awareness Resources Entity (C.A.R.E.) for its fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Barbeque Cookoff with C.A.R.E. and Bayview Station officers. Food, face-painting, music, bouncy house, friendly neighbors and good old-fashioned fun. No alcohol or dogs. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street. For more information: 415.658.7203; 415.368.4436.

November 28 – Fundraiser: Ready, Set, Go: Riders in Motion!
A fundraising event on the bay for San Francisco Transit Riders. We’re the voice of the rider, working for affordable, efficient, and growing transit in San Francisco. This event will celebrate successes of 2017 and unveil our plans for 2018. 5:30 pm happy hour; 7 pm program. $25 and up. Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club, 405 Terry A. Francois Boulevard. For more information, contact Cat Carter To purchase tickets –

November 29 – Music: Soul Delights
Come for a lively performance. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

December 2 – Holiday: Deck the Dogpatch
Enjoy holiday cheer at this self-guided shopping, food and drink tour of Dogpatch, with popups throughout. 10 am to 6 pm. From Third and 19th to Indiana and 26th streets.