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August 2014

 

Tai Chi:
Learn the long form of Yang-style Tai Chi with Patrick Lau and improve health, fitness, balance, flexibility, coordination and posture, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (advanced beginner), 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. (beginner), free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

GoGo Craft:
Teens can learn how to transform an old pair of jeans into a cross-body bag, Presidio Branch Library, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2 - 4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

Big Play Date:
Children can play games that promote sensory, auditory and spatial explorations to encourage language skills, ages 3 and older, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5. For more information, call (415) 355-2880.

Origami:
Children ages 4-12 are invited to a special program with origami artist Shinta Arifin, reservations requested for groups of five or more, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3-5 p.m. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

Learn How to Write a Will:
Stuart Bronstein, an estate planning and probate lawyer in San Francisco for more than 30 years, will help participants create fully-functional wills, bring a blue ink, non-erasable pen, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, registration required. For more information, call (415) 355-5770 or e-mail psimgr@sfpl.org.

Our Future's So Bright:
The Aquarium of the Bay will offer a workshop where students observe how humans have affected the balance of natural cycles on Earth, and then explore through play how new innovations, such as solar power and other alternative energy options, gives humankind the opportunity to return balance to the environment (program is for ages 4-7), Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Youth Talent Show:
Calling those who can sing, dance, tell jokes, recite poetry or play an instrument - share special talents by performing in front of friends and family at the library, for children and teens, sign-up in advance with a librarian by calling (415) 355-5770, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Saturday, Aug. 9, 3-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770.

Kids' Clothes Swap:
Get ready for school by cleaning out the closets and picking up some "new to you" items as well, bring clean, gently-used children's clothing to exchange with your neighbors (donations are not mandatory to participate), Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 11:15 a.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Discussion Group on Three Poems by Emily Dickinson:
The Great Books Council of San Francisco is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide the opportunity for people to discover, discuss and learn from outstanding works of writing, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., 6:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12. For more information, call (415) 387-2125 or e-mail jimsrhall@earthlink.net.

Marble Machine Tinkering:
Participants can roll a marble down a contraption of their design, built from everyday materials, for kids ages 6 and older, sign-ups are required (program held in partnership with the Exploratorium), Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13. For more information or to register, call (415) 355-5770 or e-mail leslie.kanno@sfpl.org.

Dahlia Exhibition:
The Dahlia Society of California will hold its annual show to celebrate San Francisco's official flower: the Dahlia, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission. For more information, visit the website at www.sfdahlia.org.

Bike Repair Assistance:
The Bay Area BikeMobile will offer free help fixing bikes at the Ortega Branch Library, youth will be prioritized, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2-5 p.m., 3223 Ortega St., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Button Down for Teens:
Teens can celebrate going back to school by making buttons using recycled magazines and comics or by drawing a picture or bringing one in (buttons are 1-1/2 inches in diameter), for ages 8 and older, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 3-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770.

Chinese Computer Classes:
This class will help adults and seniors learn the basics of computers (instructed in Cantonese/ Mandarin), Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808.

Heart and Mind Meditation:
A 45-minute beginner, basic meditation break led by Don Narin, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 12:15-1 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Songs about Books:
Join Elizabeth Hubbard, author of "Everything in Pen," while she sings about various topics and authors and learn about songwriting, Merced Arts and Culture Salon, Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2825.

Square Dancing:
Smile brighter and live longer while learning how to square dance in an introductory session with the Caper Cutters Square Dance Club, St. Paul's Church Hall, 1399 43rd Ave., Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 751-3105.