October 27th General Meeting

Come join the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association for our general meeting. This Thursday at the Korean American Center at 745 Buchanan Street between Grove and Hayes.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Come find out about some great volunteer opportunities for the Holiday Season.

Liszt Concert and Celebration

200th Birthday Anniversary
Concert and Celebration
Pianist William Kirkpatrick
on our Bosendorfer Imperial grand 1933.

Saturday October 22nd
Salle Pianos and Events
1632C Market Street (by Zuni)

NEW:7 pm European wine tasting sponsored by: The Wine House Ltd

Program:The most soulful darkest works of Liszt.Truly amazing.
After concert Hungarian goulash, Salad, La boulange desserts (much) more house wine and champagne ….and jazz, ragtime by the same pianist.

Donation: $25-30
Please RSVP:

or 415 240-2181

Free Noontime Dance at U.N. Plaza

FREE Noontime Dance at U.N. Plaza
Shake a tail feather to Latin and Caribbean beats
All classes will take place Tuesdays from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Learn from these master performers and join in on the fun!

When: Tuesday, October 25, November 1, and November 8 at noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: U.N. Plaza, Market Street between 7th and 8th streets

The ARTery Project presents a lively series of interactive dance and musical performances created in partnership with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. For three consecutive Tuesdays this fall, the public is encouraged to head down to U.N. Plaza where everyone can enjoy delicious bites courtesy of Off the Grid and shake a tail feather to Latin and Caribbean beats. Tuesday, October 25 features high-energy Brazilian dance and live percussion by Fogo na Roupa; on Tuesday, November 1, former Carnaval SF Queen Elizabeth Soberanes will teach her popular Latin Dance Grooves class, featuring a variety of Latin rhythms; and on Tuesday, November 8, folks can enjoy live Haitian drumming and dance with the Afoutayi Dance Company. All performances will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!

Dancer Bios:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (RSVP here)
Metzi Henriquez is a graduate of San Francisco’s School of the Arts Dance Department; After years of formal and classical training, Metzi found inspiration in dances of the African Diaspora, primarily Afro-Latin dances and began training in Afro-Brasilian dance and folklore with Mestre Carlos Aceituno and performing with Fogo Na Roupa performing company. Currently she is co-artistic director and choreographer of Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco and teaches weekly classes at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 (RSVP here)
Elizabeth Soberanes emigrated with her family from Mexico to San Francisco’s Mission District in 1973. She began to pursue dance as a way of life in 1985 at Rhythm and Motion Dance Center. She holds a BA in Dance Ethnology and has studied Dunham Technique, Afro-Haitian, Brazilian, Cuban, Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz Dance. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved in dance as a performer, arts educator, administrator and producer for prominent organizations such as Performing Arts Workshop, World Arts West, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnaval San Francisco, where she was crowned Carnaval SF Queen in 2001. she created Latin Dance Grooves in 2008 as a way to share her love of Latin dance with others.

Elizabeth has traveled to Brazil and Cuba to study dance and participate in their Carnaval celebrations and regularly travels to New York and Miami to study dance and fitness. She believes that dance is a healing force for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and hopes to inspire students to lose themselves in the joy of dance!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 (RSVP here)
Haitian-born Djenane Saint Juste is an accomplished choreographer, dancer, actress and vocalist specializing in authentic Haitian folkloric dance. Through spiritual practice she continues to refine, protect and preserve the Haitian dance tradition. Djenane has dedicated herself to the research, development, and promotion of traditional Haitian dance, song and storytelling. In 2009, she co-founded Afoutayi Dance, music and Arts Company with her mother Florencia Pierre, a renowned choreographer, singer, actress and educator, and Mambo priestess, and her brother and gifted drummer, Jeff Pierre. Afoutayi was founded to provide awareness and education about Haitian culture. Locally they have performed at Stanford University, MOAD, SF State, Occidental College, Dance Mission Theater and Bollyhood Café.

What We Take For Granted

If you are reading this, you have a computer or web enabled device, access to the Internet, and the skills to know how to use them. Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without any of these skills and resources?

The people that Community Technology Network (CTN) serves know first hand how difficult life is without the skills and resources of our wired society.

CTN trains hundreds of volunteers to go out into our communities to provide hands-on computer and Internet instruction for our under-educated and ever growing low-income and marginalized Bay Area neighbors. Our volunteers engage learners in a small class setting that allows for one-on-one individualized assistance – the kind of attention that adult learners benefit the most from. Our volunteer’s change lives!

Each CTN volunteer has an assortment of amazing stories about a learner who now has computer skills, online access and the confidence to find online health resources, state or federal assistance, long lost family members, and can benefit from the amazing online resources we use every day.

Arielle is one of our volunteers that works at the Tenderloin Tech Lab, in the heart of the notorious Tenderloin district of San Francisco, here is one of her stories.

“During my Introduction to Facebook class, I worked with a middle-aged man through the entire process. I guided him through each profile page and brainstormed about what might be appropriate to include or exclude. I also helped him set-up the privacy settings that he felt most comfortable with. He had recently quit smoking and was inspired to share his success with the hope that it would encourage others to quit.

He was so appreciative of my advice – he said that no one had ever explained it to him in a way that made sense.

It was a moving experience to know that I could help someone reconnect with friends and family, locate professional groups and local resources – and all he really needed was some direction and basic computing skills to help him achieve his goals. I found that working with CTN learners has helped me gain profound insight into the obstacles people face in our modern world – obstacles that we take for granted.”
Don’t take your skills and resources for granted by making a gift to CTN. Your gift helps us recruit, train and support volunteers like Arielle. Your gift to CTN makes a real difference in the lives of so many. Click here  to join us in our efforts.

Kami Griiffiths
Community Technology Network
Executive Director

Harvest Market Fair this Saturday

Harvest Market is a benefit fair for the SF LGBT Center.  Local artisans, jewelers, craft folk, and general DIY-ers will be selling their goods and wares at the Center.

Here’s what you need to know:

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: SF LGBT Center @ 1800 Market St. SF
Cost: Free to all attendees

Event website:

The event will be held in the Ceremonial Room in the SF LGBT Center, on the 4th floor. Admittance is open to all ages, with a $5 donation suggested at the door. This also gets you 10 raffle tickets upfront. Inside raffle tickets will be sold $1 a ticket. Proceeds will go to the SF LGBT Center.
Keep updated on our ever growing vendor list and sponsor donations by following our blog!

Oh…and did we mention there would be food? Yeah, you know you want to come by.

You can still register to Vote!

How To Register

If you or a member of your family is not registered to vote, you have until next Monday, October 24th to submit a voter registration card. American citizens 18 years of age and older who live in San Francisco are eligible to vote in this year’s municipal election. (The law prohibits those who are in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, or those who have been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent from registering to vote.)

You can register to vote by mailing in a voter registration card (no postage necessary), which you can pick up at the Department of Elections (City Hall), local public library branches, some City and County offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and U.S. Postal Service stations. You can also electronically complete a voter registration card by clicking here.

Please note that you must re-register to vote if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you registered.

SF Green Film Festival Fundraiser

October 27 // 7pm – 10pm
// Buck Tavern, 1655 Market Street //

SFGFF brings you our first round of trivia, music and munchies. We’ll take you on a hilarious journey of all things green (and maybe even some not-so-green).

Start the Halloween madness at 7pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Buck Tavern. Bring your friends, your thinking caps and a little cash and enjoy a night of drinks, food and some good green competition. We’ll have great prizes such as tickets to the festival opening night party on March 1, tickets to films at the festival, and cool festival merch, plus a few spooky prizes too.

Come dressed as your favorite green character (come on, everyone in this town loves a costume) and you’ll be eligible for special tickets to the festival.

Tickets to 2012 Opening Night!


$40 for a team of four people, or $10 for an individual ticket.


This is a group event and we encourage you to bring 3 friends so you have a full team! Book your team table early – space is limited!

This event is a fundraiser for the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Ticket sales and bar proceeds go towards supporting our mission to present forward-thinking programs of films and discussions that inspire environmental action and advocacy. Your support helps SFGFF reach its fundraising goal to bring back top-notch films and events in 2012!

Reclaim Market Street.

Featuring the Imagination Playground and screening by
Rick Prelinger and Melinda Stone

Saturday, October 15
1-5 pm playspace/7-9 pm film screening
UN Plaza (Market Street, between 7th and 8th Streets)

In 2015, Market Street will be remade as the culmination of a four-year public process called the Better Market Street Project. Reclaim Market Street!, created by the Studio for Urban Projects, augments this ongoing community program by staging a series of interventions that engage the public in changing the street. Accompanying these events is an exhibition at the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) that provides context for these pilot projects by highlighting the many ways in which cities, nationally and internationally, are engaged in reimagining their public spaces through experimental urban planning.

This one-day event will transform UN Plaza into a play space for children, parents and friends, and will feature a ilm screening in the evening.

By day, UN Plaza will feature the Imagination Playground kit by David Rockwell. It asks if children can be better integrated into the life of the street, learning to become citizens through their participation in the city. The event examines ways in which plazas may be made more dynamic by serving different age groups and interests over the course of a day.

By night, this space will host a public screening of the 1906 film A Trip Down Market Street and its 2005 remake by Melinda Stone and Liz Keim. Archivist Rick Prelinger will show films from his collection focusing on the history of Market Street as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers.

Food will be provided by Off the Grid. This event is part of the exhibition Reclaim Market Street! created by the Studio for Urban Projects and exhibited at SPUR. Please visit the exhibition at 654 Mission Street, San Francisco.

The plaza intervention has been created with the support of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The Imagination Playground is on loan from the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA. Special thanks to Karen Mauney-Brodek, Dana Ketcham, Lisa Beyer, Brianna Cutts and Jennifer Caleshu. Reclaim Market Street! is made possible through the generous support of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

This events is free and open to the public. Help us gauge the expected turnout by Registering here >>. Donations appreciated.