Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing August 7, 2009

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This list is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at:
Audio described movie listings by geographic area:


Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
Now playing
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
Now showing in auditorium 8:
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“(500) Days of Summer”
Separate admission for each show.

AMC Cupertino Square 16:
North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek
Now playing in auditorium 3:
“Julie & Julia”
Separate admission for each show.

AMC Mercado 20:
311 Mission College Blvd.
Mercado Santa Clara Center
Santa Clara
Now playing in auditorium 8:
“Funny People” and “Julie & Julia”

AMC Saratoga 14:
700 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose
Now playing in auditorium 10:
“Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince”
Live Performances described by Visual Voice:
“Tinyard Hill”
Presented by Theater Works
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
August 7 8:00pm
August 8 8:00pm
August 16 2:00pm
The times above are the show times. For descriptions of costumes and set arrive 25 minutes earlier.  Be sure to mention Visual Voice at the box office.
Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by SHN
”August: Osage County”
Curran Theatre
445 Geary St.
San Francisco
August 29: 2PM

To charge tickets and reserve one of the 20 receivers for the show call 415-551-2027 and request Audiovision tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office,1192 Market Street, San Francisco. Tickets purchased in person at the Orpheum Box Office have no convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.
Live Described Performance:
Presented by SHN
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco
This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Yoga Workshop:
August  8
3:30pm to 5:30pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
For more information and to register call Phillip Kum at 415-694-7372. or via email

Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:
The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:
Bowling Team Now Forming:
The LightHouse Bowling Team is looking for members who can meet a few hours once a week to bowl together and have a good time. Transportation will be provided from the Lighthouse to the bowling alley.  All skill levels welcome.  If you are interested please call Theresa Navarro at 415-694-7334 or via email:
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):
Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:
Departs  every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit:

Peer To Peer Support Group:
August 8  1:00pm-3:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired
Take Flight For Kids:
Sponsored by Valley Medical Foundation
August 8  9:00am-5:00pm
San Jose Reid Hillview Airport
2500 Cunninghame Drive, San Jose
75 private airplane pilots will provide free 20 minute airplane rides for up to 750 passengers, including young people with disabilities, their friends and family.  During the flights participants are encouraged to take the controls and experience the joy of flying. For more information contact Dean McCully or call 209-614-4650
Family Concert:
August 16 2:00pm-3:00pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Osher Salon
50 Oak Street
San Francisco
Bring your family to a concert especially for kids.  Ayaka Isono, a concert pianist who lost her vision several years ago, and her musician friends will host.  Listen to the music, touch the instruments, and ask the musicians questions. You don’t need to sit still!  Children of all ages are welcome.  This is a free event but donations will be accepted. To RSVP, please call 510-323-4934
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
December 21       9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
February  27, 2010    6:00p.m. to  8:00 p.m.
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco
The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or for applications and more information.
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