Childrens Services Fund As a collaborative between Wu Yee Childrens Services, Whitney Young Child Development Center and Childrens Council of San Francisco, the San Francisco Vendor Voucher Program assists San Francisco low-to-moderate income families in paying for licensed childcare for children 0 - 13 years old. It is designed to serve single-parent families who are working or have been offered employment, and two-parent families, of which either parent is working and offered employment and the other parent is working or enrolled in school or job training. Through the program, parents will be free to choose any licensed childcare provider, as well as receive child-care counseling. Registration is on-going and enrollment is based on availability of open slots. For more information and application forms, call Wu Yee Childrens Services, 415-391-8993.
Computer Classes Free after-school computer classes for low-income children in the Tenderloin, Mission, Chinatown and Western Addition are available through the Career Resources Development Center in San Francisco. For more information, call 415-775-8880.
Free Pre-School Openings Kai Ming Head Start has openings for free pre-school for low-income children ages three through five at its various centers throughout San Francisco. Free childrens activity packs will be given to the first 50 new enrollees. Centers are located in the Richmond, north Beach, Chinatown and Polk Gulch/Tenderloin districts. Please call 415-982-4777 for more information.
Paid Research Subjects Needed Project CHAMPS invites you to participate in a research study. All participants will receive up to $30. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are conducting a study to examine how culture, health and mood may influence smoking habits. The information will help investigators design more effective smoking cessation programs to serve the community. Participation will involve completing questionnaires, an interview, and providing breath and saliva samples. Study procedures can be completed at the time and location that is convenient for you. You must be over 18 years old and have smoked at least 5 cigarettes in the past seven days in order to participate. The questionnaires and interviews are available in both Chinese and English. For further details, please visit the study Web page at www.ucsf.edu/smoke or call our research staff at 415-476-7319.
The Crissy Field Center Experience the exciting blend of programs at the Crissy Field Center, located in the Presidio. Children, youth, families, adults and seniors will find an array of activities at the Center including: a state-of-the-art Media lab, an Arts Workshop, an Urban Ecology Lab and free concerts and much more. For more information about the Center and its summer programs, please call 415-561-7752. Scholarships are available.
SAN FRANCISCO COLLEGE ACCESS CENTER The SFCAC is a Cal-SOAP project that provides free college advising targeting low-income first generation college students and parents. SFCAC is located on the 3rd floor of the San Francisco Main Library. The center is open Sundays, 12 - 5 p.m., Mondays - Thursdays, 3 - 8 p.m., Fridays, 3 - 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 - 6 p.m. For more information or to set up an appointment with a multilingual advisor, please call 415-202-7944.
San Mateo Pre-school Programs The San Mateo County Head Start, Early Head Start and State Pre-school programs offers free, comprehensive child and family development services for low-income pregnant women and parents with children ages 0 to 5, including children with special needs. For enrollment information, call 650-871-5613.
Bonsai Enjoy the art of Bonsai while viewing over 150 magnificent tress, some as old as 350 years. One of the largest shows in the country, it offers free demonstrations, tours and door prizes. A large sales floor features trees and tools, pots and related bonsai materials. The event is presented by the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, please call 707-823-8385, or visit www.rebsbonsai.org.
China Town Night Market Fair China Town Night Market Fair is open every Saturday from 6 to 11p.m. Bring friends and family to enjoy traditional lion dancing, Chinese opera, musical performances, painting, fortune tellers, feng shui and more. Night market validation parking available at Portsmouth Square or St. Marys Garage. For more information call the China Town Neighborhood Association at 415-397-8000.
Come Together 2001 San Francisco Bay Area Nikkei singles and friends are invited to the 9th Biennial National JACL Singles Convention, Come Together 2001 at Torrance Marriott Hotel. Workshops, seminars, mixer with line dancing, luncheon, dinner dance, brunch, golf, bowling, trips to little Tokyo, JANM, Getty Center, Las Vegas scheduled as part of the weekend. Call the hotel for special convention rate at 1-800-228-9290. For registration, call 310-559-4024. For more information visit www.singlesconvention.net.
Discuss New Elementary School Construction The public is invited to attend a meeting to discuss the Oakland Unified School Districts plan to construct a new elementary school at the Batarse site, located at 105th Ave. and International Boulevard. The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Elementary School auditorium, 9860 Sunnyside St, Oakland. Children are welcome to attend. For more information, please call OUSDs Facilities Planning & Management hotline at 510-879-8325.
Fly a Kite Come fly a kite in Golden Gate Parks renovated West End on Saturday, Aug. 4 as part of the 5th Annual Friends of Recreation & Parks Multi-Cultural Kite Festival. This event takes place from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields. The celebration features free kites, live music by the Latin jazz band Mazacote, guided tours of the park and refreshments. For more information, please call 415-750-5105, or visit www.sfparks.org.
Prisoner Rights for Transgender Community The National Lawyers Guild and the SF Human Rights Commission will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9, for the transgender community to present findings from their study of how county jails affect transgender people. The Guild and Commission will also present for public comment their proposed recommendations for change. The Guild and the Commission invite members of the transgender community to attend this public meeting to voice their concerns and to comment on the proposed recommendations. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Rm L58 A & B, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.
Story Time at Strybing Arboretum Calling all parents of children ages four to eight: bring your child on Aug. 5 and 19, 10:30 a.m., and curl up together in the Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Helen Crocker Russell Library to listen to stories from childrens books with gardening themes. Explore Plant Lore from Around the World is the theme for August. After the stories, take a guided walk designed especially for families in the Garden. For more information, visit www.strybing.org or call 415-661-1316.
The Impact of Globalization in El Salvador Salvador Duarte, veteran labor leader from El Salvador, will be featured at a public forum on Saturday, Aug. 11. Duarte will address the neo-liberalism and free-trade intensifying the social misery in this Central American country. The program will include a slide show by Moisés Montoya of his recent trip to San Salvador where he met with trade unionists and women workers leading a new movement to improve their working and social conditions. The event will be held at New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St., San Francisco, at 7:30 p.m. A Salvadorian dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. for a $6.50 donation. Door donation is $2. Spanish translation is available. For more information, call 415-864-1278 or email email@example.com.
Womens Rights Day Radical Women will hold its second annual Fiery Feminist Fredomfest on Aug. 25 to celebrate Womens Rights Day and the 81st anniversary of American women winning the right to vote. Program highlights include performances by noted poets Nellie Wong and Merle Woo, spoken word artists Eighth Wonder, musicians Pam Pam and Veronica Black and more. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Womens Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco. Door donation is $5, and summer supper will be served. All are welcome. For more information, please call 415-864-1278.
Acupuncturist, Haight/Ashbury Free Medical Clinic Are you a licensed acupuncturist? You can help members of diverse communities during all stages of HIV. Provide acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment on a weekly basis and help maintain the acupuncture clinic. Contact Scott Wallin at 415-487-5638 x123.
Asian Womens Shelter Opportunities exist to provide emotional and practical support for residents. Volunteers can assist clients with basic needs, accompany residents to appointments and organize activities for children. Bilingual and bi-cultural skills are helpful. For more information, call 415-751-7110.
Asians over age 55 needed Connect with your community and join a team of older adults serving children in San Francisco to help out in classrooms, provide homework assistance, read one-on-one, supervise recreational activities, or run after-school programs. Make a difference by giving children in our neighborhoods caring Asian adult role models. A monthly tax-free stipend of $150 is available for volunteers who serve 15 hours per week. No prior experience is necessary. For more information, call Lori Byer at 415-759-3690.
Child Advocacy The San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (SFCASA) seeks community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Represent a childs best interests in Juvenile Dependency Court and develop a supportive mentoring relationship. Men and people of color are especially needed. Call now for information at 415-398-8001 x104 (833 Market St., Suite 1004, San Francisco. www.sfcasa.com).
Chinatown YMCA Lightwaves Mentorship Program is looking for adult volunteers to commit for 10 months. Mentor spends one-on-one time with a middle school student weekly, and participates in group activities monthly. Coordinator will provide training. Emphasis on individual relationships as well as community projects. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early. Call Jessica Mah at 415-576-9622.
Chinatown YWCA The organization is looking for volunteers to tutor children in its after-school program Monday through Friday. Volunteers are especially needed to facilitate an English conversational hour for immigrant elementary school-age children. A 3 - 4 hour per week commitment is required. For more information about volunteering, call Tina or Judy at 415-788-5437.
Citizenship Class Teacher San Francisco-based On Lok needs people who can help guide elderly clients to become citizens. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 415-550-2230.
Hospice Volunteer Opportunities Come and help provide emotional support to persons facing life-threatening illness in nursing facilities and private homes. Receive specialized training and on-going support. Please call Home Health Plus at 408-986-1801 x248.
Special Children Need Special Advocates The San Francisco Unified School District is actively recruiting volunteers to make a difference in the education of special needs children. Individuals needed to serve as a childs surrogate parent for educational rights; to help children when parents cannot be located or when juvenile court has specifically limited the right of a parent or guardian to make educational decisions; to represent exceptional needs children in identification, assessment, instructional placement, reviewing and revising individual education programs; and in other matters relating to a free, appropriate education. Orientation and training will be provided to interested individuals and groups. Call 415-920-5165 and ask about being a surrogate parent volunteer.
St. Anthony Foundation Have you wondered what you could do to make a difference in the lives of people who are poor or homeless? St. Anthony Foundation needs volunteers for several of its programs, including people to serve lunch in the free dining room. St. Anthonys serves 2,000 meals a day, 365 days a year. For more information, please call 415-241-2600, or visit www.stanthonysf.org.
Survivors International The group seeks a volunteer activity guide for two or more hours a week to help refugees master English and become familiar with parks, museums, banks, post offices, public transportation and free cultural activities in the Bay Area. For more information, contact Tracy Deskin at 415-765-6999.
Chinese Martial Arts The Chinese Cultural Center presents a six-week summer session for high school and college students that touches upon the physical and moral aspects of Chinese martial arts. The curriculum includes an introduction to Wing Chun Kung Fus sensitivity drills, Shaolin Qin-na grappling, San Shou mixed hand and feet techniques, and basic throws of Shuai Jiao wrestling. Going from July 10 to Aug. 17, the class will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. Participation is limited to 10 students, so please register early. Tuition for the six-week program taught by Christopher Kang is $100 for CCC members, $120 for non-members. For more information, please call Sandra Li at 415-986-1822.
English Classes The Chinatown YMCA offers free morning English classes with bilingual counselors to help Cantonese speakers with limited English skills. Enrollment is open. For more information, call 415-928-4419.
Everything to do with Parenting Parents Place is offering workshops for families with children of all ages. All groups and workshops are held at Parents Place, 3272 California St., San Francisco. To register, call 415-563-0335 x122 or register online at www.jfcs.org/pplgroup2000d.html. Call 415-563-1041 for general information.
Free Counseling for Seniors Do you or someone you care for need support with a difficult life transition? Get help from one whos been there. Senior Peer Counseling trains volunteers over 55 to assist fellow seniors through emotional support, problem solving and compassionate listening. All services are voluntary and free of charge. For information or referral, call Family Service Agency at 415-474-7310 and ask for Nancy Alpert.
Free Legal Clinic Legal consultation for seniors is available for general legal rights, immigration and naturalization, housing and eviction, and public benefits. Services provided by Khin Mai Aung, staff attorney from the Asian Law Caucus, at Self-Help for the Elderly. No appointments. For more information, contact Northeast Senior Center at 415-438-4800. (407 Sansome Street, 4th floor, San Francisco)
Free Naturalization Workshop The Asian Law Caucus conducts free naturalization workshops to assist individuals who want to assess their eligibility for naturalization, or who are eligible and want to submit a citizenship application. Cantonese and Mandarin language assistance will be available. These workshops are held on the first and third Saturday morning of each month until the end of 2001. To schedule an appointment, please call 415-445-2597.
Free Traditional Chinese Music Lessons The Chinese Cultural Center is pleased to announce the commencement of ongoing workshops and lessons in traditional Chinese music, taught by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Hong Wang, the artistic director of Melody of China, Inc. Beginning and intermediate classes will be held on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Advanced classes for music teachers are on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The registration fee is $15, but all classes are free. Please bring your own instruments. For more information, call 415-986-1822. (Chinese Cultural Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco)
Language and Computer Classes at IIC Sign up at the Intercultural Institute of California (IIC) for classes ranging from Web design, Excel and Word to English as a Second Language and Korean language classes. IIC also offers training to be a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA). Increase skills, marketability and income. Enter a high-demand job market with tremendous growth opportunity. IIC also offers a masters program in Korean Studies. Some classes taught online. For more information, call the Intercultural Institute of California at 415-441-1881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (IIC, 1362 Post St., San Francisco.)
Life After Placement Family Caregiver Alliance offers a new, free, monthly drop-in support group for families and friends dealing with the stress of placing a loved one in a nursing home or other care facilities. The group is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of each month, beginning Aug. 16, at the Family Caregiver Alliance, 690 Market St., Suite 600, San Francisco. Attendance is free. For more information, contact Troy Kindy at 800-445-8106 x303.
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Student Exchange Program The American International Youth Student Exchange Program is a non-profit high school foreign exchange program in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. At present, AIYSEP seeks host families for 25 students from high schools in Europe and other countries for the coming school year. Students will arrive in the United States in late August, attend local schools and return home in late June next year. The students, all fluent in English, have been screened by their school counselors and will receive medical insurance and spending money. AIYSEP is also seeking American high school students, ages 15-19, who would like to spend a high school semester or year with a European family or to participate in a 4- or 6-week family stay abroad in the summer. Interested students and families are asked to please contact the AIYSEP International Headquarters: Office of the Director, 200 Round Hill Road, Tiburon, CA 94920; 1-800-347-7575; www.aiysep.com; email@example.com.
Psychiatric Abuse If you have ever been harmed or abused by psychiatric or other mental health treatments, please call the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at 1-888-738-2247.
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