Once again the Friends of Noe Valley has been invited to attend the SF Symphony’s All San Francisco Concert. This is a special program for service and neighborhood organizations. You will not find it on the Symphony calendar.

We have the opportunity to purchase a LIMITED number of tickets at $10 each. If you would like to attend please email and let us know how many tickets you would like. Your request MUST be received by June 30th. Requests will be processed first-come, first-served until we have filled our allotment. Make sure to include your name and a good phone number so we can contact you to get the tickets to you.

Date:Thursday, August 20th
Program: Pianist Yuja Wang with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Orchestra

Thank You Sponsors!

The Friends of Noe Valley would like to give a standing ovation to the the following individuals and businesses who very generously sponsored the 2015 Garden Tour! We could not have done it without their help!

Hill & Co as our lead sponsor!

Dani Sheehan-Meyer from Cliché Noe
Dennis Otto from Pacific Union
Duncan Wheeler from Vanguard Properties
Mel Murphy from Murphy and O’Brien Real Estate
Stephanie Johnson from Zephyr Real Estate
Vince Hogan from the Valley Tavern

BJ Droubi Real Estate
Dirty Hoe Landscaping
Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals
Sloat Garden Center
The Urban Farmer
Umpqua Bank
Zephyr Real Estate

Garden Tour Volunteers Needed!

The Garden Tour needs YOU!

Volunteer to be a Garden Greeter on one of three shifts: 9:30am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm. You will have plenty of time to see all of the gardens before or after your shift. It’s a fun way to give back to the community and support neighborhood beautification!

Garden Greeters welcome visitors, answer questions, check for tickets and sell tickets as need be. All Garden Greeters receive a FREE ticket. In addition, there is a Volunteer Reception for all Garden Greeters on Thursday, June 11th. Please reach out to Michelle Echenique at if you would like to be a volunteer Garden Greeter. She’s waiting to hear from you!

2015 Garden Tour – Saturday, June 13th

Online ticket sales are closed. You can purchase tickets at Noe Valley Farmer’s Market (3861 24th Street) on Saturday, June 13 from 9am-12pm


Get ready! Get Set! Get involved! Get your ticket! Get your friends! Get your walking shoes! Get going! It’s the Noe Valley Garden Tour 2015!

Friends of Noe Valley presents the 10th annual Noe Valley Garden Tour on Saturday, June 13th. The Garden Tour theme this year is “How Green is Our Valley?”. The 2015 tour has nine private gardens that will be open from 10am-4pm. The gardens are all owner designed. Show-stopping gardens include the 30th Street Senior Center volunteer garden, a quietly meditative zen garden with a lovely water feature, a spectacular botanical style garden, a drought resistant succulent garden – with a view, a sweet cottage garden, a garden with a mural, two mature floral gardens and a tiered front yard garden. Your ticket comes with a map and guide. A donation from the proceeds of the tour is made each year to a neighborhood beautification project. The beneficiary this year is the 30th Street Senior Center volunteer garden.

In addition to viewing the nine gardens, J. Charmain Giuliani, noted local horticulturist and professor of Environmental Horticulture at CCSF, will discuss container gardening at 11:00am and 12:30pm. Ms. Giuliani will give a brief presentation (45 minutes to 1 hour), a demonstration on creating a container garden followed by a Q&A. At 2pm Suzanne Bontempo of Our Water our World will be talking about natural pest controls that keep our water system cleaner and safer. These practices can help to create a healthy, beautiful, vibrant yard while conserving water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our air and local rivers. All programs will be held at the 30th Senior Center.

We are currently looking for volunteers to be Garden Greeters on one of three shifts: 9:30am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm. Garden Greeters welcome visitors, answer questions, check for tickets and sell tickets as need be. All Garden Greeters receive a FREE ticket. In addition, there is a Volunteer Reception for all Garden Greeters on Thursday, June 11th. Please reach out to Michelle Echenique at if you would like to be a volunteer Garden Greeter. She’s waiting to hear from you!

Tickets will be sold on Saturday mornings at the Noe Valley Farmers Market on 24th Street – just look for the friendly Friends of Noe Valley ticket agents. Merchants selling tickets include Cliché Noe Gifts, Just For Fun, Olive This Olive That, Omnivore Books on Food, Folio Books and Small Frys. Tickets can also be purchased ONLINE at Ticket prices are $18 General, $15 Senior and Children are free.

Stern Grove on the Road – May 10, 2015

Celebrate Mother’s Day with
Free Mobile “Pop Up” Arts Festival,  Family Activities & BBQ
Presented by Stern Grove Festival Association
Sunday May 10th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Stern Grove Festival Association at one of its popular Grove on the Road mobile “pop up” arts festivals on Sunday May 10th from 11 am to 3 pm at Noe Valley Town Square (24th and Sanchez Streets). These admission-free afternoon events are held throughout the city, where the Festival experience is delivered directly into diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Grove on the Road mobile festival days bring concert performances by local artists, interactive arts education programs, and an overall community “block party” atmosphere to urban spaces that have not traditionally been used as arts venues. In addition to the performances, Grove on the Road offers family-friendly hands-on arts programs, instrument exploration stations, and interactive workshops, creating an integrated community experience, and a fun all-ages event.

The May 10 Mother’s Day celebration features art workshops, an instrument exploration station, and performances by Lila BlueMental 99, the Mosswoods, and Hot Club of San Francisco. Detailed schedule included below and more information available at

Grove on the Road at Noe Valley Town Square is presented by Stern Grove Festival in partnership with Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, Noe Valley Association, Friends of Noe Valley, Residents for Noe Valley Town Square, and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Grove on the Road is all about the re-imaging of cultural spaces, taking the performance experience out of the concert hall and out to the streets, inviting communities to look at everyday spaces as possible cultural venues. Grove on the Road, presented by Stern Grove Festival Association, is made possible with support from the James Irvine Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and Google.

Mother’s Day Grove on the Road

When: Sunday, May 10 from 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Noe Valley Town Square at 24th and Sanchez Streets
What:  11:00 am – Art workshops and instrument exploration station
11:15 am – Lila Blue performs
12:00 pm – Mental 99 performs
12:45 pm – The Mosswoods perform
2:00 pm – Hot Club of San Francisco performs

About the Artists:

Lila Blue:
At the young age of 14, local artist Lila Blue’s rich vocals and prolific songwriting talent belie her young age. Inspired by artists like Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, and Regina Spektor, Lila started writing songs at the age of eight. Lila plays the ukulele, bass and guitar and released her first album, Lucille, in October 2014.

Mental 99
San Francisco’s Mental 99 is an instrumental rock duo consisting of guitarist Joe Gore and drummer Dawn Richardson. Employing “live looping” into their performances, they conjure vast, layered panoramas of sound.

The Mosswoods
The Mosswoods are a six-piece country soul band from Oakland. The Mosswoods reimagine the classic country hits of Hank Williams and Porter Wagoner, among others, as if they came through the hit factories of 1960s Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

Hot Club of San Francisco
The Hot Club of San Francisco continues the tradition of fine French Gypsy Jazz performed on string instruments. The group has performed in the Bay Area, across the country, and abroad for more than 11 years.

WORD WEEK – March 16th through March 21st

Word Week is Noe Valley’s annual literary festival.  This is our 9th year! Events have been set for March 16-21, 2015 all across Noe Valley. A run down of events is detailed below. All events are FREE!


Word Wit–Noe Valley Comedy Night

Monday, March 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
Caskhouse Bar and Bites on 24th Street

The headliner is Tom Ammiano, who had a career in standup comedy before becoming a city Supervisor and state Assembly member.  Marilyn Pittman of KLAW fame, Noe Valley’s own comedian Michael Capozzola as well as Wayne Goodman and Peggy Cling will also perform. Read more on our Facebook page.

Contemporary Irish Literature Celebration 

Tuesday, March 17, 7-9 p.m.
Folio Books on 24th Street  

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your Noe Valley neighbors and friends. Bay Area Irish and Irish-American writers will read—and sing—from their work. Readers are Renee Gibbons, Byddi Lee, Noe Valley’s Mary Jo McConahay, Ethel Rohan, and Eddie Stack. Free Irish music, food, and adult drink. Read more on our Facebook page.

Pop-Up Book Club

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Folio Books on 24th Street 

Noe Valley will read The Department of Speculation, a novel by Jenny Offil.  It’s a New York Times Best Book and best seller. This is a great opportunity to discuss plot, characters, setting, tone and to voice your opinions and thoughts about this engaging book that charts the course of a marriage. Paperback copies of the novel are available at Folio Books. Start reading! Read more on our Facebook page.

Preview Copies 

Thursday, March 19, 7:30-9 p.m.
Noe Valley Library on Jersey Street

Ever wonder what authors are working on now?  Find out what novelists Joshua Mohr -Fight Song, Janis Cooke Newman - Mary, and Ruhama Veltfort - Strange Attractors are about to publish. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more on our Facebook page.

Bookworms Club

Friday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Folio Books on 24th Street 

Middle school readers will talk about the Samantha Sutton series, written by Noe Valley’s Jordan Jacobs. Pizza will be served! If you plan to attend PLEASE RSVP so enough pizza can be ordered! Read more on our Facebook page.

Queer Words

Friday, March 20, 7-9 p.m.
Noe Valley Ministry on Sanchez Street
Come hear readings by LGBTQ authors.  Readers are Gr Keer, Vincent Meis, Courtney Moreno, Monica Nolan, and Noe Valley’s Rob Rosen. Read more on our Facebook page.


Peanut Butter or Jelly

Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, and 12:30 p.m.
Folio Books on 24th Street
Noe Valley resident Deborah Kelson reads from her delightful book Peanut Butter or JellyDeborah will read, conduct a real-time Peanut Butter and Jelly verses Jelly and Peanut Butter voting session, and lead an art project for kids to create their own Peanut Butter and Jelly characters to take home. Lunch, and good times, will be served! Read more on our Facebook page.

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

Saturday, March 21, 3-4 p.m.
Omnivore Books on Food on Cesar Chavez Street, near Church Street.
Word Week winds up with Jack Bishop, executive editor and device demonstrator extraordinaire from “America’s Test Kitchen”.  Bishop will discuss his new book, The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. Read more on our Facebook page.