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


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 My 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.

Buy Tickets Below:
Instructions: You will receive an e-mail ONE WEEK before the Garden Tour with a LIST OF GARDEN ADDRESSES. Please present or print your PayPal payment confirmation at any of the garden locations during the actual Garden Tour. The greeter will then provide you your ticket(s).

Garden Tour 2015 Tickets

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.

Garden Tour Saturday, June 7th – Read all about it!

Garden Tour set for Saturday, June 7th 

The annual Friends of Noe Valley Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, June 7th from 10am to 4pm. Ten private gardens are open that day for you to see with 4 of the gardens side by side sharing fences. This year the gardens featured include a Zen garden, a palm garden, a drought tolerant garden, an outdoor room, an artist’s garden, a garden for entertaining, a vegetable and chicken garden, and a garden enhanced with found objects. Also on the tour, and back by popular demand, is a container gardening demonstration all day from 10am to 4pm, conducted by Charmain Giuliani at the On Lok Senior Center located on 30th Street.

The Garden Tour theme this year is “Secret Gardens”.  Ticket prices are $18-Adult, $15-Senior. You can also volunteer to be a Garden Greeter and receive a FREE ticket. Garden Greeters take a shift at one of the gardens to welcome visitors, check for tickets and sell tickets as need be. To volunteer, send an email to Shifts are 9:30am-12noon, 12noon-2pm and 2-4pm.

You can buy tickets on Saturday mornings at the Noe Valley Farmers Market on 24th Street. Tickets come with a map and guide. Merchants selling tickets include Cliché Noe Gifts, Hortica, Independent Nature Garden Store, Just For Fun, Olive This Olive That, Omnivore Books on Food, Folio Books, Rabat Shoes and Small Frys. Proceeds from the garden tour are donated each year towards neighborhood beautification projects. This year’s beneficiary is the 22nd Street Jungle Stairs Project. You can read about this community project at

So mark your calendar, buy your tickets, lace up your walking shoes and get ready to see gorgeous, good-looking, grand gardens on Saturday, June 7th. AND everyone who checks in at all 11 gardens gets to vote for Noe’s Favorite Garden. See you there!

Online Ticket Sales are now closed. Please purchase tickets at participating merchants or at the Noe Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, June 7 from 9am-12pm.

Read All About it – Word Week 2014 Schedule is Set

Word Week is Noe Valley’s annual literary festival. Dates for 2014 are Sunday, March 16th through Sunday, March 23rd. This is our 9th year. We feature local authors and all of the gatherings are held in and supported by businesses located in Noe Valley. Events are spread daily and nightly throughout the eight days. There are readings and book signings for all ages, toddler to adult. All events are FREE!

We also provide neighbors several ways to get involved! NEW to Word Week this year is a BOOK SWAP which will kick off Tuesday night and a children’s book drive to benefit the CHILDREN’S BOOK PROJECT which will last all week. Start collecting your already read books to donate or to swap. And on Friday night there will be an OPEN MIC night. It’s your chance to be a star!

If you are an author you will want to participate in the AUTHORS FESTIVAL on Saturday and if you are an author of children’s books join the CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHORS & FANS MIXER at the Sunday Word Week kickoff.

Check out the schedule for more details on all the Word Week events.


Sunday, March 16th

A Day Of Noe Valley Children’s Book Authors
Folio Books
3957 24th Street

1:30pm – Storytime with Maria van Lieshout
Author of Catching Kisses, Flight 1-2-3, Hopper & Wilson and more.

Join us at Folio Books for a very special storytime with Maria van Lieshout. A native of the Netherlands, Marie now lives in a creaky 100-year old yellow Victorian in Noe Valley with her husband Peter and their son Max Pelle. Marie will be reading her latest book, Catching Kisses. Catching Kisses is a journey of the heart, as readers young and old follow a handful of kisses around the United States. From San Francisco to New Orleans to New York City, the text and stylized artwork celebrate all the ways kisses are shared. FREE.

2:30pm  – Noe Valley Children’s Book Authors & Fans Mixer

Are you a local author of children’s books? Or a children’s book enthusiast? Then this mixer is for you. All are welcome, young and old, to join us for an afternoon of tea, cookies and merriment. If you are a local author in Noe Valley and plan on joining us please contact Folio Books by emailing by February 28th so that we can be sure to have copies of your titles on hand for you to discuss and share with others!

4:30pm – Crafty Show-and-Tell with Mike Adamick
Author of Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Superhero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families

Join us at Folio Books to hear local author Mike Adamick talk about his favorite projects as well as providing craft goodie bags for event attendees. He will also bring samples of recent projects for a show-and-tell. Attendees are encourage to bring their own projects to share and can ask Mike questions about techniques or roadblocks they have encountered. FREE.

Monday, March 17th

Irish Literature at Odd Mondays
Folio Books
3957 24th Street

With guidance from Odd Monday organizers Ramon Sender and Judith Levy-Sender come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Irish Literature read by local authors! We’ll raise a glass or pint as Noe neighbors read passages from their favorite Irish lit. A rollicking good time will be had by all!

Local authors read from Irish literature in the genre they write in:

  • Novels: Scott Hutchins, author of A Working Theory of Love 
  • Nonfiction: Mary Jo Maconahay, Maya Roads
  • Short Stories: Richard May, Ginger Snaps: Photos & Stories
  • Poetry: Dan Richman, Farming in San Francisco
  • Folktales: Michelle Cannon Diaz, Ben Not a Puppy

In addition, Wayne Goodman & Peggy Cling will read a scene from the 1963 Irish play The Year of the Hiker by John B. Keane

The readers’ books and the Irish books they read from available for sale and signing. Irish refreshments and homemade Irish soda bread will be available. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your neighbors. FREE.

Tuesday, March 18th

8:30-9:30am – Author Visit by Prudence Breitrose
Alvarado School

Prudence Breitrose, author of Mousenet (2011), Mousemobile (2013)  and Mouse Mission (due out in 2015), grew up in the part of England where Winnie-the-Pooh once roamed. She now lives in the Bay Area, where  she worked as a health-education writer until she had a dream that confused computer mice with the real thing!

Mousenet and its sequel Mousemobile tell how mice evolved into a species just as smart as humans, and are now using those smarts to slow down the rate of climate change. It all began when mice watched young geeks working in Silicon Valley. But using human computers was a pain. The mice desperately needed a computer their size, one they could use behind the walls. The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, launched a search – and a clan in Cleveland, Ohio, reported the great news: an inventor and his ten-year-old niece had just made the world’s smallest computer. The rest is history!

This presentation for 3rd-5th grade students is sponsored by Books, Inc. bookstores.

3-5pm – Children’s Story and Olive Oil Tasting
Olive This Olive That
304 Vicksburg Street

written by Italian olive oil professional and writer, Orietta Gianjorio, is a story about a little lost olive girl from Italy on a journey of discovery.This beautifully illustrated storybook introduces children to olive varietals and stimulates their sensory reactions to olive oil aromas. Illustrator, Nathelie Fabri, will be share her original illustrations with the children.

7-9pm – A Tasty Book Swap
Olive This Olive That
304 Vicksburg Street

Find a lovely home for those books you’ve already read and find a fresh new book to take with you. While browsing titles, enjoy light refreshments and olive oil tastings. Test your olive oil IQ with a fun quiz and win a prize for the most correct answers. Books may be dropped off throughout the day and picked up throughout the week.

Wednesday, March 19th

LGBT Books Panel
Cliche Noe Gifts
4175 24th Street

Four LGBT authors read from their books and discuss the Queer creative process.

  • Mark Abramson, For My Brothers memoir
  • Tyler Cohen, Primahood comics on raising children
  • Bud Gundy, The Averston Salt historical novel
  • Dorian Katz, Safe Sex Bang: Buzz Bense Safe Sex Poster Collection

Wine and cheese reception, book sales and signing.  FREE.

Thursday, March 20th

10:15-10:45am and 11:00-11:30am – Toddler Tales
Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library
451 Jersey Street

The Community Room of the Noe Valley Library is the place to be for a busy, bubbly, bustling literary scene for the toddler set in Noe Valley! Come join children’s librarian, Catherine Starr, for stories, rhymes and movement especially designed for those 16 to 36 months old and the folks who take care of them.

7:30-9pm – New Noe Novels
Folio Books
3957 24th Street

Four Noe Valley authors read from novels just out!

  • Michael Castleman, Killer Weed, an Ed Rosenberg mystery
  • Kirstin Chen, Soy Sauce for Beginners, a foodie love story
  • Rob Rosen, Queens of the Apocalypse, drag queens vs. zombies
  • Bill Yenne, The Fire of Greed, a Bladen Cole western

Noe Valley authors reception, followed by readings, book sales and signing. All local writers and readers are welcome!  FREE.

Friday, March 21st

3:30-5:30pm – Movie Time at the Library! - Akeelah and the Bee 
Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Library
451 Jersey Street

If you want to be a writer – spelling counts! Bring your family and friends to the Community Room of the Noe Valley Library and find out if Akeelah can spell her way into the National Spelling Bee! Cookies donated by the Noe Valley Bakery. FREE.

What the critics are saying:
A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya  who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she’s hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However, Akeelah’s teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school’s spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee, studying for the regionals under the aegis of strict English teacher Dr. Larabee, who consents to act as her coach.  ~ Mark Deming for Fandango

7-9:30pm – Noe Valley Open Mic
Cliché Noe Gifts
4175 24th Street

Spoken word, your own songs.  Here’s your chance for 5 minutes of fame!  Sign up online now at OPEN MIC or at the party (by 7:30pm).  Everyone is welcome to read, sing or cheer.  FREE.

Saturday, March 22nd

Noe Valley Authors Festival
Alvarado School
625 Douglass Street

30+ local authors from Noe Valley and surrounding neighborhoods including Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Twin Peaks, The Castro, The Mission and Bernal Heights will present their books for sale and signing. Offerings range from children’s books to science fiction, serious political and policy discussions.

The Authors Festival intention is to focus spotlights on the considerable writing talent in Noe Valley and the contiguous neighborhoods. Our area is blessed with a multitude of published authors with a great number of books on all subjects, in all genres and all written from the imagination and experience of people right here in the ‘hood. The Authors Festival will give you the chance to meet these talented neighbors, peruse their books and take some home. At the Festival you can meet authors who are ready to say hello and sign their book and to answer your specific questions.

Support your local writers and artists!  FREE admission!  Refreshments available.  Door prizes from local businesses awarded every 30 minutes. Must be present to win.

If you are an author and would like to get more information, please email Or click here for an online application -APPLICATION. The deadline to apply is March 20th.

There will be a small fee to participants to cover the costs of renting the hall.

Sunday, March 23rd

Paris in Noe, a Publication Party
Folio Books
3957 24th Street

Celebrate publication of Murder in Pigalle, the latest Aimee Leduc mystery by Noe Valley’s own New York Times best selling author Cara Black. Cara will read from her 14th novel about the Parisian detective and fierce fashionista and discuss her work with her editor, Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher, Soho Press.  Book sales and signing will follow.  French food, drink & music will be provided.  FREE.

Saturday, March 15th – Sunday, March 23rd

Children’s Book Project Book Drive

  • Cliché Noe, 4175 24th Street
  • Small Frys, 4066 24th Street
  • Folio Books, 3957 24th Street
  • Umpqua Bank, 3939 24th Street
  • DAVIDsTEA, 3870 24th Street

The Children’s Book Project, celebrating their 20th year giving free books to the community, was founded to help build literacy by providing free, new and gently used books to children in shelters, schools, daycare and community centers.

New and gently used children’s books for children of all ages – infants to teenagers – as well as other resources that aid literacy including curriculum materials, magazines, dictionaries, posters, CDs and DVDs are needed. Books intended for adults, textbooks, encyclopedias or old library discards cannot be use.

Please bring in “no-longer wanted” or outgrown books to one of the drop off locations. Remember books are gifts that can be opened again and again! Collection bins can be found up and down 24th Street.

Please note that Folio Books will give a 10% discount for any NEW books purchased for donation!