Friday, February 8, 2008

Year of the Rat/February Calendar

Chinese New Year Celebration - Reception held by Mayor Gavin Newsom at City Hall last night. Lavish celebration, entertainment, food, beautiful costumes, music, dancing - tons of people. Claudine Cheng chaired the event and introduced Supervisor Carmen Chu who introduced Mayor Newsom. Police Chief Heather Fong spoke along with Assessor Phil Teng. The Consul General of China in San Francisco spoke.

February 8, 2008 - Friday

*Lunar New Year Celebration- State Senator Leland Yee
- Celebrate San Francisco's diversity and learn more about the rich cultural traditions at the Chinese Lunar New Year Cultural Performances Program 2008 Year of the Rat, 12 to 2 p.m. State Building auditorium. San Francisco, Ca.

"Love on Wheels"
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Love on Wheels. Come see the original 70's style dating game for cyclists. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street (between Van Ness and Franklin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Game at 7 p.m. free for SFBC Members Non members $10. Free valet bike parking. Lovelorn lovebirds each quiz three possible dates (hidden from their view) and choose one to ride off with, on a date provided by one of the Bicycle Coalition. All volunteers get a free movie ticket from the Balboa Theater. . Information:

Tango the Night Away at the Ferry Building - Ferry Building Milonga, an Argentine tango dance party to be held at the Ferry Building, Market Street at the Embarcadero from 5:30 to 8p.m. 100 dancers in the main hall to re-create the atmosphere of the grand dance halls that exist to this day in Buenos Aires. Information: 45-990-8135 Terence Larke

February 9, 2008 - Saturday

15th Annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest -
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. AT&T Park. Player autograph booths, clubhouse and dugout tours and Q&A stages with Giants players. Interactive baseball games, baseball exhibits. Attendance and parking in Lot A is free.

Celebrate Camp Mather- Friends of Camp Mather (FOCM) will present a special introduction to Camp Mather. You can also register for the Mather lottery. The event will feature music, Mather inspired art show and sale, a silent auction, lunch, kid's talent show and an astronomy program, a nature walk in the park and crafts project. 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at County Fair Building (9th Avenue and Lincoln Blvd). Free. Information: Claudia Reinhart at 831-6895 or

Noe Courts Playground Celebration - (24th and Elizabeth Streets) Valentine's event and Lunar New Year celebration. This event is in honor of recent improvements at the park. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by City and County of S.F., Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, SFRPD and Noe Valley Neighbors. Information: 415-831-2728

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. , Mission YMCA, 4080 Mission Street Center, S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

All Over Coffee -Book Signing at Warming Hut with Paul Madonna , Presidio Bldg. 983 - end of Crissy Field. 2 to 4 p.m. Information: 415-561-3040 or

February 11, 2008 - Monday

SPUR - The County in the City: Greening the Bay Area
- Richard Walker, Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley, has a new book that tells the story of how the Bay Area got its green groove: "The County in the City". 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 312 Sutter St, Fifth Floor Bring your lunch. $5. for non-members Information: 415-781-8726

Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting 6 p.m. One Rincon Hill Sales Center, 511 Harrison Street. Representatives from the Redevelopment Agency and the Planning Department to discuss the Transbay Transit Center and the Rincon Hill development plans. Information: www.rinconhillneighbors.cor

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 6 to 8 p.m. Castro , SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 6 to 8 p.m. West of Twin Peaks, Miraloma SWR Annex, 3150 20th Avenue, S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club - Supervisor Sean Elsbernd - 6:30 to 8 p.m. LGBT Community Center on Market at Octavia. Information: 415-707-2010

February 12, 2008 Tuesday

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - 2008 Annual CityBeat luncheon
- Hilton San Francisco, 333 O'Farrell St. Theme: Build a sustainable San Francisco:. Topics include capitalizing on emerging opportunities for growth and economic sustainability in high-speed rail, the Transbay Terminal, the build-out of Candlestick Point and Hunters Point shipyard, and "green" development. Guest speakers included Mayor Gavin Newsom, Quentin Kopp, chairman of the State High-Speed Rail Authority; Christine Robisch, Chief Executive of Kaiser Permanente's S.F. Medical Center; and Kofi Bonner, President of Lennar Corp.'s urban land division in San Francisco. 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m $150. Information: 415-352-8858

*2008 We Connect Event - Join Maria Shriver at the 2008 Connect Event. 3 to 7 p.m. Louis B. Mayer Lounge at UC Hastings, 198 McAllister Street, S.F. Ca. Information: 1-888-369-7338

Women Who Could Be President Gala Reception - League of Women Voters of San Francisco. 5:30 to 8 p.m., City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street. $150. for non-members (includes one year San Francisco League membership). Chandra Friese and mc'ed by Cheryl Jennings celebrating Five Women: Elmy Bermejo, immediate past chair of the California State Commission on the Status of Women; Kimberly Brandon, past president, San Francisco Port Commission and senior VP with Morgan Stanley; Clothilde Hewlett, partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis; Adrienne Pon, CEO of Zeum; Dr. Elisa Stephens, President, Academy of Art University . Information: 415-989-VOTE

*Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, S.F.

District 6 Community Safety Forum - 6 p.m., 201 Turk Street Community Room. To provide residents and merchants of District 6 a look at the various forms of the criminal system: judicial, prosecutorial, police and probation. This event is being sponsored by a coalition of community groups and merchants. Community Safety Forum Sponsors: Alliance for a Better District 6, Central Market CBD, Chinatown Community Development Center, Grand Liquors, La Voz Latina de La Ciudad Central, Market Street Association, North of Market Planning Coalition, Safety Network, St Anthony's Foundation, Tenant Associations Coalition, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Information: 820-1560

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club PAC Meeting - LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street (at Octavia) 7 p.m. This will be a qualifying meeting to vote at the PAC endorsement vote, members must have attended two of the following three meetings: the January PAC meeting (1/8), January General Membership meeting (1/22), and February PAC meeting (2/12). Information: Catherine Cusic- Vice President PAC

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. , Haight 6 to 8p.m SFCAPC, 1757 Wallter Street S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

February 13, 2008 - Wednesday

SPUR - Transportation at the county line
- The neighborhoods around the Bayshore Caltrain station will soon be home to thousands of new residents and work for thousands of new employees as the bayfill and adjacent lands are developed. Chester Fung, Senior Transportation Planner for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, will present the preliminary proposals for serving the transportation needs of this bi-county area, including a new six-lane highway and freeway interchange, an extension of Geneva Avenue, an additional segment of the T-Third, and a new bicycle path. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter St. S.F. Fifth Floor. Bring your lunch. $5. for non-members. 415-781-8726

State Senator Carole Migden Fundraiser - Spread the Love - Octavia Lounge, 1772 Market Street. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $100. Donation . Sponsors included, Dan Bartley, Linda Blackmore, Stafford Buckley, Michael Colbruno, Charlotte Coleman, Erica Craven, Gary Gielow, Jack Gribbon, Roma Guy, Ada Harrigan, Paul Herman, Whitney Hoyt , Penney Magrane, Rafael Mandelman, Robert Oakes, Mary Ann O'Connor, Mary Sager, Jeff Sheehy, Andrea Shorter, Cheryl Traverse, Paul Weaver and Jeffry Weisman. RSVP Annie Eagan at 650-873-2678 or

National Park Council Monthly Coalition Meeting -Topics: Stopping the Proposed Closure of Candlestick State Park/GGNRA big year. 6 to 8 p.m. Location: The Center, 1800 Market @ Octavia Room Q-11. Information: RSVP 621-3260 or

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 6 to 8 p.m. Mission Women's Building 3543 18th Street S.F. Information: 415-554-8990

February 14, 2008 - Thursday

SPUR - Climate Change and Land Use Planning: A UK perspective -
Join Claire Bonham-Carter, EDAW's Director of Sustainable Development for a UK perspective on planning and climate change. 12:30 to 1:30 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor $5. for non-members Information: 415-781-8726

Supervisor Carmen Chu - Meet Supervisor Carmen Chu, House of Coffee, 1618 Noriega Street (at 23rd Avenue). Stop by to share any suggestions to improve our neighborhood or just to say hello to the Supervisor. Information:

3rd Annual Pillow Fight in San Franciscon on Valentine's Day. Justin Herman Plaza at precisely 6 p.m.

*Noah Griffin - Nat Tonight Dear!- A Valentine's Special with Noah Griffin, a tribute to Nat King Cole, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, Ca. 7:30 p.m. General Admission. $30. General Admission $40 Advance Admission. Information: 415-383-9600

February 15, 2008 - Friday

Valentine's Day Dinner Dance and Auction - Ingleside Library Campaign
- 5:30 p.m. buffet dinner and dancing 6 to 8 p.m. St Francis Episcopal Church, 399 San Fernando Way (at Ocean Avenue), S.F. $35. per person. Proceeds benefit the Ingleside Library Campaign. Information: 415-626-7512 ext 101 or Christine Leishman at friendssfplorg

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. Bayview: 4 to 7 p.m . Joseph Lee Rec Center, 1395 Mendell Street. Information: 415-554-8990

February 15th through February 17th - Friday through Sunday -

2008 San Francisco Writers Conference,
Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California Street, S.F.
100 agents, authors and editors. Agenda is eight pages long - Information: 415-866-862-7392

February 16, 2008 Saturday

Pacifica Democrat - Jackie Speier.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Rear meeting room of the Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant (Sharp Park and Francisco Blvds) in Pacifica. Jackie Speier has announced her candidacy for the 12th Congressional seat. A full breakfast is offered for $12; continental breakfast - $6; coffee only - $3. No purchase is necessary to attend. Reservations are recommended. RSVP Barbara Arietta V/P Publicity and Membership at 415-246-0775 or Frank Winston V/P Programs at 738-9400.

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 10 a.m. to noon Sunset AP Giannini Middle School, 3151 Ortega Street, S.F Information: 415-554-8990

Community Conversation in Your Neighborhood - Help set priorities for San Francisco's next 3 year Action Plan for Children @ Youth and Families. : 1:00 to 3 p.m. Treasure Island,
Shipshape Building, 11th Avenue # Ave M. Information: 415-554-8990

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Good Luck Chinese Dinner - 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fundraiser benefiting Chinese Newcomers Service Center. Home of Jane Morrison, 44 Woodland Ave. (one block west of Stanyan, off Parnassus. ) Start the New Year right with the best in Won Ton Soup, Chinese Chicken Salad, Lemon Shrimp, Cashew Chicken, Cha Sil, Toishan Brownies, Don Tot, and munch, munch more...too munch to list! Donor's Choice: $15, $20, $25, $35, $50, $88. $100.
Information: Jane Morrison 564-1482

February 18, 2008 - Monday

Laughing Liberally with Will Durst, Kurt Weitzmann, Heather Gold, Supervisor Tom Ammiano and host Nato Green.
Make Out Room, 3225 22n Street (between Valencia and Mission) 8 p.m. $8. Information:

February 19, 2008 - Tuesday

*Hawaii Caucus and Wisconsin Primary

*SPUR - Made in San Francisco: Supporting the City's "back streets" businesses-
Often forgotten in discussions of economic growth and change are the businesses that inhabit our City's "back streets". These businesses include print shops, laundries, bakeries, warehouses. Some call them PDR. Join Jon Lau from Supervisor Sophie Maxwell's Office, community planner Peter Cohen and SF State Professor Michael Potopan as they share the results of a recent study of the City's backstreet businesses commissioned by Supervisor Maxwell. In addition to their recommendations, they will trace the supply chain of a single meal at a local restaurant and demonstrate the economic ecosystem that supports our leading industries. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, fifth Floor $5. non-members. Information: 415-781-8726

*Helping Me Help Myself - From the Bay Area Beth Lisick will read and sign her new book "Helping Me Help Myself". 7 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, S.F. Information: 415-863-8688

February 20, 2008 - Tuesday

Wade Crowfoot Director of Climate Protection Initiaties in the Mayor's office. Wade will discuss green buildings, the carbon tax and many more initiatives. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor S.F. $5. for non-members. Information: 415-781-8726

*Plan C - "Meet the Moderates" event.
Opportunity to meet and hear from moderate, pro-quality of life candidates who will be running in the open Supervisor races this year. Virtually all of the high profile candidates who have announced thus far will be there - and this is the first time that most of them will be addressing a citywide gathering. 6 to 8 p.m. St. Mary's
Cathedral on Gough/Geary- Room C. Information: 415-990-8014

February 21, 2008 - Thursday

*SPUR - How will local communities address global warming?
Join Joe DiStefano, a Principal with Calthorpe Associates, Alexander Quinn who leads EDAW's sustainable economics practice and Stuart Cohen, executive director of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC). They will discuss pending state legislation that could impact local planning and transportation policy, how regional planning efforts can address climate change and methods for internalizing a project's carbon costs so as to create incentives for more sustainable development. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor Information: 415-781-8726

*SPUR - Win-Win Transportation Solutions - Speaker Todd Litman is the Executive Director of the Victoria transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization in Canada. He has been a part of numerous groundbreaking studies on the true cost of driving, transportation demand management, parking and much more. Special Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 312 Sutter Stree, 5th Floor. Information: 415-781-8726

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