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For Ears Only: LightHouse Listenings presents podcast ‘The World According to Sound’ on March 8th and 9th

Ever wondered what bridges sound like? Or ants? In a new event at LightHouse, we’re offering an opportunity to relax, join friends for a drink and simply enjoy the act of listening. On March 8th and 9th, the LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco will host its first-ever LightHouse Listenings — a live listening party for ears only — featuring San-Francisco based podcast The World According to Sound. When: Wednesday, March 8th and Thursday, March 9th at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco Cost: $10 in advance. $15 at the door ...
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Creative Director Renae Davidson takes portrait photographs in the LightHouse Fitness Studio.

Stride Into Valentine’s Day with Professional Photos and a New Workshop from LightHouse

This February, LightHouse is feelin’ the love! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and even if your “new year, new me” mantra isn't quite sticking, we want to give you the shine and swagger you deserve. On Thursday, February 9, we'll open up a pop-up portrait studio at the LightHouse for those interested in adding a fresh new photo to their personal or professional profiles. The studio will be open prior to our World of Sex workshop, which is led this month by Life Coach Jan McClain and LightHouse’s Laura Millar. This month's theme is all about confidence, so what better time to join us for a ...
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A gooey chocolate cake sprinkled with almonds.

LightHouse Kitchen Recipe of the Month: Julia Child’s Reine de Saba Cake

To give you a little taste of what we're cooking in our Betty Ruhland Teaching Kitchen, we've decided to publish monthly recipes that you can come learn to bake in one of our two-day cooking classes.  We're coming up on Valentine's Day, which seems as good a time as any to treat your sweetheart (or yourself) to something delicious. Here's Julia Child's Reine de Saba (French for Queen of Sheba, and a luscious chocolate cake) to motivate you and your tastebuds to stop by the LightHouse Kitchen in February. We'll be baking this recipe at our February What's the Scoop? Measure and Mix Class on February 14 ...
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The Summer 2017 Enchanted Hills Camp Schedule is here!

For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath, 2017 Enchanted Hills Camp registration is now open! See the full schedule of sessions below and follow the links for descriptions of each. We’re also offering a  few new adult sessions in February and March, including our Adult Music Session in mid-February and an additional Woodworking with Wurtzel session in March, to accommodate the folks who missed out on the February session. Adult Music Session – February 16 - 19 Woodworking with Wurtzel – February 16 - 19 (FULL) Woodworking with Wurtzel  – March 16 -19 Baking with Dan – March 16 -19 Cycle for Sight – ...
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The facade of the Asian Art Museum lit up with a gigantic PRIDE banner, above a lively and colorful crowd.

The LightHouse Community to Join the 47th Annual PRIDE Parade

We're excited to announce that LightHouse will march in the 47th annual San Francisco Pride parade on June 24th and 25th! On February 18th, we invite you to join us at the LightHouse headquarters at 6:00 p.m. to participate in a community led effort, get to know each other, share dinner together and discuss how we want to be represented in the parade, and the events leading up to Pride. The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation. The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to ...
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A preview of the Spotlight App shows the program's high contrast and large print features. The image shows a sample text of Shakespeare's Henry V.

LightHouse to Provide Apple Technology for Students with Low Vision

 Reading is a simple pleasure; it’s also an educational necessity and a human right that millions of people with low vision are denied worldwide. Today, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is pleased to announce an initiative that will put new technology into the hands of students with low vision, ensuring they have easy, continuous access to books. Partnering with LightHouse Guild and the San Francisco-based American Academy of Ophthalmology, the LightHouse will train qualifying low vision students to instantly access over half a million books and read text with a whole new comfort level. Each student ...
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Have a heart and give blood at LightHouse this Valentine’s Day!

Forget greeting cards and chocolate boxes this Valentine’s Day — give the gift of life in 2017: donate blood at LightHouse for the Blind for the 5th annual Bay Area Blind Community Blood Drive, in collaboration with the American Red Cross. When: February 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: LightHouse for the Blind, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco, California 94103 Stop by and spread the love on February 14 at the LightHouse Headquarters with other blind students, supporters, board members, staff, 1155 Market Street residents and anyone else — all are welcome! Although you are welcome to walk in the ...
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Tim Tonachella sits at his desk surrounded by his own black and white photographs.

Street Photography – By and For the Blind

Tim Tonachella's voice is unmistakable. I've learned its texture, its subtle turns and the meaning behind the sounds. It's got some gravel in it; it throws stones playfully. Over several phone calls with the Michigan photographer this past year, though, when we talked about his life, his approach and his raw, explorative photography – the main thing ringing in my ears was that he didn't want the first bullet point to be that he's blind. We talked a lot about how describing things affects how they're perceived, and my intention was not to congratulate him for being the first legally blind guy to pick up a camera (he's not, ...
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The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition over an image of a person with a cane silhouetted against a starry sky.

LightHouse Announces the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition

“The Holman Prize is not meant to save the world or congratulate someone for leaving the house. This prize will spark unanticipated accomplishments in the blindness community. You will see blind people doing things that surprise and perhaps even confuse you. These new LightHouse prizes will change perceptions about what blind people are capable of doing.” — Bryan Bashin, CEO at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Meet The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition – LightHouse's new initiative to support the ambitions of blind and low vision people worldwide. Beginning in 2017, The Holman Prize will announce an annual set of awards funding projects in ...
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Join Sexual Health and Disability Advocates and Researchers for a Conversation on Sex, Intimacy and Disability

Join us at LightHouse for the Blind on January 12 at 6:30 p.m. for an open community discussion about sex, intimacy and disability. Through this conversation, we hope to challenge the common misconception that having a disability diminishes one’s sexuality. This panel will create a safe place for people of all abilities to come together and proudly claim that having a disability is a natural and normal enhancement of the human experience. Who: Members of disability communities and their loved ones, disability rights advocates and allies, members of the professional communities who serve the disabled (e.g. educators, health care professionals, social ...
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