October promises to beВ a very busy and fun month for Bernal Heights residents.
First of all, is running through October 10, with an eclectic program of shorts showing at different locales around the Mission and Bernal. Don't miss the Friday, Oct. 9 program at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, which screens two music-related documentary films in an evening of Old Time Music and Dancing featuring Knuckle Knockers and The Grey Wolves. Screening starts at 7pm. The Outdoor Cinema fest culminates with a screening of singalong Mamma Mia in Precita Park on Oct. 10. Check out www.bhoutdoorcine.org
A literary event on Wednesday, Oct. 14: Author and raconteurВ John Rubino grew up on Banks Street in a Sicilian-American family. He'll be reading from his autobiography,В Yano: From the Prune Ranch to Skyscrapers
, at 6.30 p.m. at Red Hill Books on Cortland (at Bennington). Admission is free, and all are welcome.
And then there's the lively Fiesta on the Hill on Sunday, Oct. 18. This annual event, which raises funds for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, is now in its 21st year. Cortland Ave. is shut between Bocana and Folsom and turns into a daylong street fair. Enjoy music, food and a pumpkin patch. This is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event; check out www.bhnc.org/fiesta/Fiesta2009.
Every Halloween, Cortland business owners make children welcome by handing out treats in the afternoon, making Bernal Heights the place to be for trick or treaters. Ask a merchant about times, and prepare for the 'hood to become a little bit of a madhouse on Saturday, Oct. 31.
I can't help mentioning a unique yoga class at Bernal Yoga on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 1:30-4pm. The Blindfolded Yoga workshop with Kristie Dahlia Home is a transformative Hatha Yoga practice that promises to "empty your mind, fill your heart, and free your body to new delights." Register in advance at www.bernalyoga.com.