Fun for Meddling Kids Animator Iwao Takamoto, the Hanna-Barbera creative designer who brought the world its first talking and crime-solving Great Dane, describes his career and signs artwork at "An Afternoon of Scooby-Doo." The septuagenarian Takamoto, a Disney veteran who worked on Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmatians, joined Hanna-Barbera in 1960, and went on to design The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and Jonny Quest. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Suspended Animation Gallery, 260 Stockton, S.F. Admission is free; call 433-7787.
World Clique Leaders and intellectuals from all points globally converge locally at the second State of the World Forum. Former Congresswoman Bella Abzug, scientist Jane Goodall, and Professor Betty Friedan join leaders from several countries at the forum's first presentation, "Beyond Beijing: Women in Leadership." Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres, and Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide follow with the discussion "Challenges to Democracy in Times of Turbulence." Talks begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California, S.F. Admission is $20-40; call 392-4400. Goodall also speaks at 9:30 and 11 a.m. (when a blessing of the animals takes place) at Grace Cathedral's Gresham Hall, 1100 California, S.F. Admission is free; call 749-6360. Aristide speaks as well at 7:30 p.m. at King Middle School, 1781 Rose, North Berkeley. Admission is $12-15; call (510) 848-6767, ext. 612. And Dr. Gottfried Wagner, a conference guest, also speaks on "Beyond Wagner and Hitler: Confronting German and Personal History After the Holocaust" at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, S.F. Admission is $5-15; call 751-6040.
Castles in the Sand Teams of blueprint-waving, bucket-wielding architecture firms storm the beach and raise sand-castle-making standards at the Leap Sand Castle Classic. Twenty-five teams will try to beat the clock and thwart the elements while they construct dream homes from sand and beach detritus; public schools and arts education programs benefit. The competition begins at 11 a.m. at Aquatic Park, Jefferson & Polk, S.F. Admission is free although $1-5 donations are suggested; call 861-1899.
Sisters 'N' Arms From Australia to Zimbabwe, the YWCA Week Without Violence aims to educate communities worldwide about violence-related issues like gun accessibility and conflict resolution. The San Francisco YWCA offers its own week of events, beginning with a public conference outside City Hall. The mayor, Supervisors Leslie Katz and Michael Yaki, and YWCA representatives will address local violent crime statistics and introduce the Silent March Against Gun Violence, a collection of victims' shoes with notes inside describing the personal effects of gun violence, and the Silent Witness Campaign, in which life-size plywood figures will represent women murdered by a partner. Schedules of events taking place around town will be available at the conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is free; call 775-6502, ext. 306.
Driving for Dollars What will get people to stop driving alone to work? Lavish gifts? If that's what it takes, RIDES for Bay Area Commuters is ready to put out. The group encourages commuters to help clear the air and the roads by sharing rides, and offers services matching up car and bicycle owners with like-minded commuters. Given recent major construction on local thoroughfares, California Rideshare Week, a 10-year-old statewide tradition, has taken on a whole new significance. Under this year's theme, "Commute for Loot," car- and van-pooling, public transit-using, and bicycle-riding workers who fill out pledge forms become eligible for prizes ranging from a $3,000 gift certificate from AAA Travel to two free tickets on United Airlines, as well as new mountain bikes and cell phones. The event runs through Friday; call (800) 775-POOL for forms and ride-sharing information.
Fast Forward The Third Annual Jewish Video Competition, themed "Community History" and curated by the Judah L. Magnes Museum, offers an abbreviated global tour of Jewish culture, from the story of the oldest synagogue in Mississippi in The Natchez Jewish Experience, to the post-Communist lives of Prague's Jewish women in Mimo (Beyond), to South Philadelphia's original immigrant community in Echoes From a Ghost Minvan. The program, which also features The Land Was Theirs: Jewish Farmers and Their Communities and The Temple, airs at 9 p.m. on Cable Channel 52.
Monk Fest There's modern art and then there's ancient art, the kind with centuries-old roots. The Drepung Loseling Monastery, established in 1416, was Tibet's largest spiritual institution, until the Communist Chinese invasion in 1959, after which many monks relocated to India. Nine Buddhist lamas from the monastery's re-established sacred-arts training program will perform in "The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing." Distinguishing features include the masked and costumed dances of the Skeleton Lords and the Black Hat Masters, traditional instruments like the 10-foot-long dunchen trumpet, and multiphonic songs, in which chantmasters intone three notes at once, creating a complex chord. The show begins at 8 p.m. (a pre-concert talk is held at 7 p.m.) at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $14-26; call (510) 642-9988. The monks will also construct a mandala sand painting the previous Wednesday through Sunday at the University Art Museum, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Admission to the museum is free-$6; call (510) 642-0808.