Sweet and spooky, "Hearts" and Halloween are happening in our 'hood!
SF General Hospital Foundation Nominations are being sought for the 5th annual Heroes & Hearts Awards Lunch (February 2010) which recognizes individuals who live or work in San Francisco and have demonstrated exceptional and inspirational behavior such as, saving a life or via creative policy ideas which reap community-wide benefits. Nominations will be accepted now through Mon., Nov. 2. For complete information and rules or to download a nomination form, visit. Or call, (415) 206-5928.
Pig Hunt It’s (almost) Halloween and the Red Vic Movie House hosts a special screening (Oct. 30-Nov. 3) of this locally-shot, 2008 indie intellecto-horror flick created by SF author Robert Mailer Anderson and director Jim Isaac. This “darkly comic” film of “cinematic punkabilly” was recently named Best Horror Feature 2009 by the Royal Flush Film Festival in Manhattan; Isaac was heralded as Best Director at the 2009 Chicago Horror Film Festival. Anderson and Isaac present the evening shows on Friday and Saturday. Don’t be scared! Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco. 415-668-3994.
The San Francisco Garden Club Designer Ron Morgan is the keynote speaker at the club's Autumn Floral Fete luncheon and silent auction in support of the Conservatory of Flowers as well as City College of San Francisco's Alice Eastwood Horticultural Scholarships and the Awards of Excellence in Landscape Design at UC Berkeley. Honorary chairwoman: Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Event chairwoman: Lisa Harris. 10:30 a.m. Wed., Oct. 28. Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., San Francisco. Tickets: $130. $300 and $500 (sponsor tickets); $1,300, $3,000 and $5,000 (sponsor tables). (415) 771-0282.
Enterprise for High School Students The annual Preview Party of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) raises funds for Enterprise student programs; with sneak peeks of the loan exhibition, "Egyptomania," as well as first dibs on exquisite goods from international dealers and a McCall Associates cocktail buffet. Honorary co-chairs: Egyptian Consul General Hesham Elnakib and Mrs. Hesham Elnakib. Event chairwoman: Michele Goss. 7 p.m. Wed, Oct. 28. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Tickets: $200. $600 (two tickets for 6 p.m. admission); $1,000 (two tickets for 5 p.m. admission); $2,750 and $5,000 (two tickets for 4 p.m. admission). (415) 989-9019.
Tipping Point CommunityW Magazine and Hugo Boss host a special night of shopping in support of this organization dedicated to fighting poverty in the Bay Area. The Fall 09 Collection is featured and 20% of sales will be donated to TPC. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 29. Boss Store, Westfield Center, 845 Market St., Suite 181, San Francisco. (415) 348-1240.
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service Former Mayor Willie Brown leads The Breakfast Club which features a lively conversation with prospective 2010 California gubernatorial candidates. 8 a.m. Tues., Nov. 3. Moscone West, Fourth and Howard streets, San Francisco. Tickets: $100. $1,000 (tables of 10). (415) 773-0500.
SFMOMA Artist Bill Fontana is honored at the annual Treasure Lunch hosted by the museum’s Modern Art Council. Event chairwoman: Candace Cavanaugh. Noon. Tues., Nov. 3. St. Regis Hotel, 125 Third St., San Francisco. Tickets: $350. $500 and $750 (Benefactor tickets). (415) 618-3263.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy The Cliff House Centennial Gala celebrates 100 years of history and fun at the historic Lands End. The black-tie (or vintage) evening features a cocktail buffet, Beach Blanket Babylon performance, dancing, historic exhibits, a special show of period-style gowns crafted from recycled Cliff House menus a live auction of Cliff House memorabilia and photographs which raise funds for the Conservancy and Lands End visitor services. Honorary co-chairs: Dr. Cynthia Soyster (a descendent of Lands End pioneer Adolph Sutro) and GGNPC Executive Director Greg Moore. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Cliff House, Lands End, San Francisco. Tickets: $175. (415) 666-4005 or at the Cliff House online store.
Northern California Cancer Center Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is the keynote speaker at the center’s 35th anniversary celebration dinner in support of cancer prevention. The evening also honors the work of Hilary and Geoff Callan (PlumpJack/Link Golf Tournament), and Prof. Alice Whittemore (Stanford University School of Medicine). Event chairwoman: Laura King Pfaff. 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 4. Bonhams & Butterfields, 220 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco. Tickets: $200. $2,000 (tables of 10). (510) 608-5003.
American Ireland Fund of San Francisco Ambassador Anne Anderson, representative of Ireland to the United Nations, is the speaker as the annual Women’s Luncheon. Event chairwoman: Maryon Davies Lewis. Lunch co-chairs: Eileen Murphy, Pauline Ryan, Suzi Tinsley. 11:30 a.m. Thur., Nov. 5. Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., San Francisco. Tickets: $125. $500 (individual donor ticket). $1,750, $2,500 and $5,000 (sponsor tables). (415) 564-3846.
Museum of Performance & DesignCelebrate Rock ‘n’ Roll is the theme of this year’s annual Song & Dance Gala. The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner and performance, emceed by Ben Fong-Torres, with celebrity artists including by members of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Cold Blood and Narada Michael Walden. Event chairman: Michael Barcun. Co-chairwomen: Lisa Grotts, Jan Newman. 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 5. Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. Tickets: $500. $1,500 and $2,500 (sponsor tickets); $5,000 and $10,000 (tables of 10). $125 (9 p.m. DJ dance party). (415) 255-4800.
The Elios Society The Hellenic Charity Ball honors the work of award-winning Greek-Americans: George Chakiris, Michael Chiklis, Nicholas Gage and Marilu Henner. Singer Kalomira receives the Elios Spolight Award and actress Maria Menuounos serves as emcee. The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, awards program and dancing to Dick Bright's SRO as well as music by Mediterranean Soul. 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 7. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., San Francisco. Tickets: $300. $3,000 (table of 10). (415) 561-9214.
North Beach Citizens Food writer-author Peggy Knickerbocker is honored at the North Beach Citizens’ Community Recognition Awards Dinner which benefits this resource center for homeless and at-risk citizens of the neighborhood. Author Armistead Maupin serves as emcee. 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 8. Italian Athletic Club, 1636 Stockton St., San Francisco. Tickets: $150. $500 (individual sponsor ticket). $2,500 and $5,000 (sponsor tables of 10). (415) 772-0918.
St. Vincent de Paul Society The Most Rev. George Niederaurer, Archbishop of San Francisco, is the recipient of the Frank Brennan Award for Service to the Poor at the society’s annual Brennan Award Dinner. Honorary chairman: Glenn Murphy. Dinner co-chairwomen: Sharon McCarthy Allen, Joanne Murphy, Maryanne Murray. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 12. Patrons’ Hall, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Tickets: $150. $500 (two patrons’ tickets). $1,500, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 (sponsor tables). (415) 977-1270, ext. 3018.
Glide Memorial Church Dr. Maya Angelou and Sen. Dianne Feinstein serve as Honorary co-chairwomen for Holiday Festival 2009: From the ‘Hood to the House which celebrates The Rev. Cecil Williams’ 45th anniversary at the helm of this community treasure. The evening features a cocktail buffet and live performances by Dr. Angelou, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, SF Opera Adler Fellows, Glide Ensemble and Change Band, and other special guests. Funds raised support Mo’s Kitchen and Glide’s community outreach programs. Event chairwoman: Amy Errett. 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 12. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets: $500. $5,000-$25,000 (10 premium seating tickets). $50,000 and $100,000 (two premium Opera House boxes of eight). (415) 674-6072. $75-$250 (individual performance only tickets). (415) 864-3330.
Music in Schools Today The annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon features local musicians and media mavens serving up the goods to music-loving patrons during this melodic lunch and live auction that raises funds for music and education programs at Bay Area schools. Honorary co-chairs: Mayor Gavin Newsom, SF Symphony maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, Lisa DeBartolo, Donn Miggs. 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 14. Ana Mandara Restaurant, 831 Beach St., San Francisco. Tickets: $150. $250 (preferred seating); $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 sponsor tables of eight). (415) 392-9010.
Contemporary Jewish MuseumLet the Wild Rumpus Start! is the theme for the museum’s inaugural Family Gala. The evening features a private viewing of the exhibition, There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak; as well as adult and kid-friendly bites and beverages, dancing, music, hands-on art projects and family-friendly performances. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibition and education programs. Event ch-chairs: Sam Hamilton and Jen Chaiken, Julie and David Levine. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 14. Member tickets: $60 (per adult); $40 (per child). Non-members: $100 (per adult); $75 (per child). CJM, 736 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 655-7800.
California Pacific Medical Center FoundationWishes for Wellness 2009 honors the work of Dr. Nadine Burke, Dr. Charles Cobbs and Dr. Lester Jacobson at this awards program and dinner-dance in support of funding critical needs for CPMC’s special medical services, departments and resource programs. Event co-chairs: Sloan Barnett, Sharmin Bock, Carol Bonnnie, Christopher Lenzo and Laura Pfaff. 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 18. Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. Tickets: $500. $1,000 (individual sponsor ticket). $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000 (sponsor tables of 10). $35,000 (two sponsor tables of 10). (415) 600-2766.
SF Conservatory of FlowersTropics, Treasures & Trains is the theme of this gala exhibition and cocktail buffet in support of the Conservatory’s conservation, education and garden programs. The gala heralds the launch of the Conservatory’s Golden Gate Express Garden Railway, a G-scale model train which traverses a miniature SF cityscape. Honorary chairmen: The Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr., Harry Denton, Richard Goldman. Event co-chairs: Laine Buckingham, Hazel Kawaja. 6:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 18. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Tickets: $130. $250 (one Patron’s ticket, 5:30 p.m. entrance); $500 (two Patrons’ ticket, 5:30 p.m. entrance); $1,000 (four Patrons’ ticket, 5:30 p.m. entrance); $2,000 (six Patrons’ ticket, private cocktail reception and tour, 5:30 p.m. entrance). (415) 831-2093.