by Barbara Ockel
While all this restoration work was going on last summer, the yard adjoining Third Street was turned into a food education garden complete with live chickens for the Dare to Dream arts program. More than 300 children participated in 20 different arts classes: dancing, modeling and acting, painting, playing music, writing poetry, photography and movie making, gardening and cooking. The program continues now with about 170 after-school and pre-school kids ages 3-18 participating. The program is open to other after-school groups as well as individual kids in Bayview. A special toddler-parent music class takes place every Thursday at 11 a.m. and provides musical fun to the youngest kids and their caregivers.
Adults also have several fun activities to choose from, starting with line dancing and yoga on Mondays, Mary Booker’s Actors Workshop Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the popular Friday Night Jive, a dance hall event, every first Friday. The February event will feature a soul food potluck dinner; please bring a side dish or dessert and dance the night away!
The following weekend is for music lovers with blues guitarist Patricia Wilder and her trio, trumpeter Lester Carnegie’s jazz ensemble, and the Providence Baptist Church Mass Choir singing gospel and spirituals. Also featured will be Mary Booker’s actors’ workshop with excerpts from the play “A Little Piece of God” and several speeches relevant to Black History.
The last weekend will feature another movie night with Kevin Epps and a contemporary jazz concert by the Unidentified Flying Quartet plus special guests. An art exhibit will complement the performances.
Last but not least, on the last Sunday of the month NASA comes to the Bayview with their interactive science fair, which should be fun for kids of all ages.
Please see the SF Bay View Calendar of Events as well as the Bayview Opera House website, www.bvoh.org, for more details on Black History Month events. And please keep in mind that your generous donations help us continue to put on free events for the community. Please go to www.bvoh.org and donate online or call us!
Barbara Ockel, interim managing director of the Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., San Francisco, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.