WORD WEEK 2017 Schedule of Events

Word Week is Noe Valley’s annual literary festival. This is our 11th year! Events have been set for March 19-26, 2017 all across Noe Valley. A run down of events is detailed below. All events are FREE!

Friends of Noe Valley would like to thank Martha & Bros. Coffee Company, the OFFICIAL sponsor of Word Week.

TALE SPIN: Poetry, Songs, Storytelling, and Open Mic

Sunday, March 19, 7pm-8:30pm
Charlie’s Corner, 24th St. at Castro St.

In Tale Spin, four women performers experiment with words through improvisation, gesture, text, melody, and story. They surf through the day-to-day of these tsunami times with poetic collaborations, songs, and stories. They attempt to untwist and untangle language weaving in and out of the personal and the political, engaging the audience with their fierce honesty and delightful artistry. They offer prayers, love, and humor, as they nurture our collective resilience to garner our humanity back. Susan Dambroff is a poet, performer, and teacher. Elizabeth Summers is a playwright, actor, teacher and a founding member of the Brava Theatre Center. Chris Kammler is a writer, director, performer, and drama therapist working in a psychiatric hospital. Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter and educator. A free Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

A Jane Austen Celebration

Monday, March 20, 7pm-8:30pm
Umpqua Bank, 3938 24th St.

Jane Austen lived and wrote 200 years ago, but her books are still avidly read and her plain life studied today. What is it about her novels and Jane herself that continue to fascinate readers? Danine Cozzens, co-chair of the Jane Austen Society, Northern California Region, will speak to this point at Word Week’s A Celebration of Jane Austen. In addition, four local authors will read from some of Jane’s finished work. New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Cara Black and Mary McNear will read from Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice, poet and novelist Marylee McNeal from Mansfield Park, and short story author Richard May from Persuasion. Jane Austen inspired door prizes will be awarded, and Netherfield punch will be served. A free Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Cleve Jones in Conversation With Wayne Goodman

Tuesday, March 21, 7pm-8pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St.

Noted LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones will discuss his memoir When We Rise and his life in “The Movement” (as he calls it) with local author and event host Wayne Goodman. This will be Jones’s first public appearance following the broadcast of the television mini-series based, in part, on his work. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. He worked with slain Supervisor Harvey Milk and was an aide to Mayor Art Agnos when he was in the California State Assembly. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A free Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Double Vision: Immigrant Writers on Embodying Two Cultures at Once

Wednesday, March 22, 7pm-8pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.

How do immigrant writers navigate multiple cultural and geographical perspectives? In this reading and panel discussion, Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Andrew Lam, and Juliana Delgado Lopera will share how they encapsulate two—or more—sometimes radically different cultural identities in their work and the complications and opportunities that arise when those identities intermingle on the page. Moderated and co-hosted by Kirstin Chen. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for sale and signing. Free refreshments! This event is in the Library Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Noe Valley Library. A free Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Summer of Love

Thursday, March 23, 7pm-8pm
Cliché Noe Gifts + Home, 4175 24th St.

50 years ago, young men and women put flowers in their hair and headed to San Francisco for the Summer of Love. San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury (Arcadia Press) by local author Katherine Powell Cohen, Ph.D., chronicles this and other events in the history of San Francisco’s grooviest neighborhood. Cohen compiled vintage images and stories from individual sources, public collections, and from interviews she has conducted as a columnist for the Haight Ashbury Beat newspaper. The author will appear at our event and read from and discuss her book. A book signing follows. Free admission and free refreshments. A Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Katherine Powell Cohen, Ph.D., is an English professor at San Francisco State and Golden Gate Universities and has lived in the Haight-Ashbury for over 20 years. She is the author of several other books on local history.

Night of the Graphic Novelists

Friday, March 24, 6pm-7pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St.

For all you graphic novel fans, Noe Valley Word Week and Folio Books are sponsoring an amazing panel of ultra-talented, nationally-famous graphic novelists. Imagine having Paige Braddock author-illustrator of the Stinky Cecil series, together with Beowolf series author-illustrator Alexis Fajardo and Judd Winick, author-illustrator of the Hilo series. So much talent in the same room! Join us as they share insight as to what inspires their characters and storylines. It will be an action-packed presentation, with plenty of time for you to ask your favorite novelist some questions. A book signing will follow. Free admission and free refreshments. A Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco

Friday, March 24, 7pm-8pm
The Peaks Bar, 1316 Castro St.

J. K. Dineen is the author of High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco. The book leads readers on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood pub crawl in search of the city’s most remarkable nightspots. Atmospheric photographs accompany descriptions of each bar’s colorful history, unique architectural features, idiosyncratic owners, and quirky clientele. J. K. is a guy who can tell a great story. Drop by The Peaks Bar for a drink with J.K. and hear a few of them! Maxine Einhorn will talk with J. K. about his book and his fave bars in different San Francisco neighborhoods.

Dineen is also a metro reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, writing about real estate development, the waterfront, housing, neighborhoods, and planning. He lives in San Francisco with his family. Free admission. A Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Noe Valley Authors Festival

Saturday, March 25, 2pm-5pm
Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.

The third Noe Valley Authors Festival includes an author exhibit hall and book readings throughout the afternoon. Meet local authors and discuss their books with them. All genres and all ages. Some of the authors who have confirmed they will be on hand include David Hathwell, Erika Atkinson, Warren Rothman, Marylee McNeal, Laurie Barkin, Ann Miller, Michael Aleynikov, Ramon Sender, Judith Levy-Sender, Wayne Goodman, Michael Helquist, Bill McBride, Eveline Kanes, and Keven Bellows. Admission to all events is free. A Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Story Time Crawl

Sunday, March 26, 1pm-3pm
All along 24th Street

Ready for an adventure? Then, join the Story Time Crawl for a treasure hunt through downtown Noe Valley. Start by picking up your secret treasure map at any of the Story Time locations, follow the map to various themed story times, and collect a sticker at each stop. Surprises await! Story times run in 15-minute loops with 10-minute intermissions so you can see them all. Free admission to all readings. A Word Week 2017 event. Read more on our Facebook page.

Participants include:

Folio Books, 3957 24th Street
Meet the Author/Illustrator: Jim Averbeck, One Word From Sophia

Small Fry’s, 4066 24th Street
Noe Valley Neighborhood: Shops & Stories. Explore the people and places that make Noe Valley unique. A special surprise awaits the first ten guests.

Charlie’s Corner, 4102 24th Street
Spanish Fiesta: Stories & Snacks

Cliché Noe, 4175 24th Street
Call of the Wild: Nature & Animals
Emma Bland Smith, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West

The Rabbit Hole, 800 Diamond Street
Curtain Call: Theatrical Stories
Reading A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker and Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, with costumes, face painting, crafts, and theater games.

WORD WEEK 2017 and Authors Festival Request to Exhibit

Word Week is Noe Valley’s literary festival, produced annually by Friends of Noe Valley, the neighborhood association.  2017 is the 11th year for Word Week. Noe Valley’s annual literary festival is held the 3rd week of March from March 19th through March 24th. Words are celebrated, whether written, spoken or sung. All genres welcome!

Friends of Noe Valley would like to acknowledge and thank Martha & Bros. Coffee Company as the official sponsor for Word Week.

As part of Word Week the third Noe Valley Authors Festival will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. The festival includes an author exhibit hall and book readings throughout the afternoon. Admission to all events is free. Apply for exhibit space and a reading slot by emailing wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com.

Up to 40 exhibit spaces will be available. Each space is 3 feet long and 30 inches wide (half of a six-foot table). Table space and one chair will be provided. The fee is $35 for reservations received and paid for by February 28th and $45 after February 28th.

Exhibitors may also read for 12 minutes each at moderated 45-minute book readings, including Q&A, starting at 2:15pm, 3:15pm, and 4:15pm. The fee is $25. Readers will be grouped in panels of 3 by the organizers. You can also read with two other exhibitors of your choosing for $45 total. Readings will be held in a separate room, concurrent with the author exhibit.

Exhibitors are expected to handle their own sales by cash or credit card. Free wifi is available. Please be aware that children are likely to be present.

Questions and requests to exhibit and read can be addressed to wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com.

Garden Tour Wrap-up

Garden Tour Wrap-up

The Friends of Noe Valley would like to give a great big Noe Valley shout out to all the wonderful people who made the 2016 Garden Tour a HUGE success! The weather cooperated, the turnout was great and the gardens were magnificent! A donation will be made to Fairmount School for their outdoor Science and Garden program.

First off let’s hear it for the gracious garden hosts who shared their impressive gardens with us this year.

Elizabeth and Michael Shaefer
Fran and Kathllen Schlier
Jane Phillips
Jessica Bridges Mikesell
Mark Larvo
Mike and SA Underhill
Sarah Burbridge
Susan Floore
30th Street Senior Center

We also want to thank again and again and again the wonderfully generous Noe Valley individuals and businesses who sponsored the Garden Tour. Seriously, we couldn’t do it without them!

BJ Droubi Team
Cliché Noe Gifts + Home
Climb Realty
Dennis Otto/Pacific Union
Duncan Wheeler/Vanguard Realty
Dirty Hoe Landscaping
Flora Grubb Gardens
Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals
NOVY Restaurant
Umpqua Bank
Sloat Garden Centers
Stephanie Johnson/Pacific Union
Urban Farmer
Valley Tavern
Zephyr Realty

We are already planning for next year’s Garden Tour. If you liked what you saw and/or want to get involved PLEASE email thefriendsofnoevalley@gmail.com. And if you have a garden or know of a garden it’s not to early to let us know! Drop us a line.




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 the program on the Symphony calendar! This year’s concert features Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a program of American and Italian favorites, from Copland to Rossini. Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 8:00pm.

We have the opportunity to purchase a LIMITED number of tickets at $10 each. If you would like to attend please email thefriendsofnoevalley@gmail.com and let us know how many tickets you would like. Your request MUST be received by June 27th. 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.

Energy-Saving Home Upgrade Meeting

Learn How to Improve Home Comfort with Energy-Saving Upgrades

Only in San Francisco do our homes have more microclimates than our city. We’re here to help make your home more comfortable – and more energy efficient. Learn from your San Francisco Department of the Environment how our  Home Upgrade program helps homeowners along the way, from getting rebates (up to $6,800) to connecting you with a contractor you can trust. Please RSVP to join us Saturday, June 25th, 10:30 am at the Noe Valley Library.

Garden Tour – Saturday, May 21, 2016

Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Noe Valley Farmers Market from 9am-1pm.

The Noe Valley Garden Tour 2016 is set and ready to go!

Friends of Noe Valley presents the 11th annual Noe Valley Garden Tour on Saturday, May 21st. The 2016 tour has nine private gardens that will be open from 10am-4pm. The gardens are all owner designed and the owners will be on hand to talk about their plants, show “before” pictures, and answer your questions. This year the gardens are clustered in the southern end of Noe Valley. Show-stopping gardens include:

• a very educational native plant garden with over 40 varieties of native plants,
• a spectacular Victorian English garden like those seen on Downton Abbey,
• a terraced garden on a slope with intricate stone work created by the owner,
• the 30th Street Senior Center volunteer garden with vegetables, trees and plants where you will be greeted by two local Master Gardeners who will talk about what they do,
• a modern Mediterranean garden with a water feature, numerous succulents, and contained bamboo,
• a well established sidewalk garden – one of Noe Valley’s very nicest,
• a south facing front yard garden with a variety of fruit trees, flowers and shrubs,
• two outdoor room gardens that extend indoor living space, are perfect for entertaining and each showing the owners individual flair.

In addition to viewing the nine gardens, 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. Suzanne’s program will be held at the 30th Street Senior Center.

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. This year the donation will be made to Fairmount Elementary School for soil, new vegetable starts, compost, potting soil, and class gardening materials to use in their school garden. Students attend outdoor science class and have many other opportunities to experience all the garden has to offer.

Tickets will be sold on Saturday mornings throughout the month of May, including the day of the Garden Tour, 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 friendsofnoevalley.com. Ticket prices are $18 General, $15 Seniors, and Children are free.

In case you’re feeling lucky, raffle tickets will also be on sale. The lucky winner of the raffle will receive a $300 gift certificate to Sloat Garden Center with 4 man-hours of landscape labor by Manuel Franco Landscaping. A big thank you goes to Stephanie Johnson of Pacific Union Realty for generously donating this prize!  Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10 or 8 for $20. You do not need to attend the Garden Tour to purchase raffle tickets. Look for raffle tickets at the Farmers Market on Saturdays and at the merchants selling Tour tickets.

We are still looking for volunteers to be Garden Greeters on one of three shifts: 10am-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, May 19th. Please reach out to Lisa Erdos at lisa.erdos@att.net if you would like to be a volunteer Garden Greeter. She’s waiting to hear from you!

Friends of Noe Valley would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

Stephanie Johnson/Pacific Union
Umpqua Bank
Hill and Co
Sloat Garden Center
Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association
Droubi Team
Urban Farmer Store
Cliché Noe Gifts + Home
Flora Grubb
Duncan Wheeler/Vanguard Properties
Dennis Otto/Pacific Union
Zephyr Realty
Climb Real Estate

See you on May 21st!