Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing January 8

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It 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:

AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive
Now playing in auditorium 5:

Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
Now playing
“It’s Complicated”  and “Sherlock Holmes”
Separate admissions for each show

AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
Now playing in auditorium 8:

AMC Van Ness 14:
1000 Van Ness Avenue
Now showing in auditorium 5:

AMC Cupertino Square 16:
North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek
Now playing in auditorium 3:
“Sherlock Holmes”

AMC Mercado 20:
311 Mission College Blvd.
Mercado Santa Clara Center
Santa Clara
Now playing in auditorium 8:
“Sherlock Holmes”

AMC Saratoga 14:
700 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose
Now playing in auditorium 10:
“Sherlock Holmes”

Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by Broadway San Jose
“Avenue Q”
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
211 W. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose
January 16    2:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.
Live Performances described by Visual Voice:
“Daddy Long Legs”
Presented by Theater Works
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St., Mountain View
February  12     8:00pm
February 13    8:00pm
February 14    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 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.


Sierra Regional Ski for Light:
March 13-March 15
Want to have a weekend getaway in early spring, yet enjoy one last blast of winter fun?  Why not join Sierra Regional Ski for Light (SRSFL) at Tahoe-Donner in the High Sierras for cross country skiing and or snowshoeing.  Enjoy good food, pleasant surroundings and friends.

Experienced skiers and snowshoers and novices are welcome.  Trained Guides will be available to assist.  For details on this three day event as well as information on one day events contact Cindy Quintana at 510-483-2948 or visit the
Thursday Evening Dance Class:
Every Thursday  5:30pm to 7:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
Every month will feature a different dance style. Gene Russo, the instructor, has a versatile range of expertise from the traditional ballroom styles like the Tango to Latin styles like Salsa. You are encouraged to come in a group, but no partner is required. Everyone will be rotating around to build a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.  Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email:
Thursday Evening Hatha Yoga Class:
Every Thursday  6:00pm to 7:30pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the entire body, mind, and spirit.  Drop in students are welcome. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 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:
January 9  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 so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.
Support Audio Descriptive Movies at the 9th District Court of Appeals: January 13, 9:30 AM
Federal Courthouse
95 Seventh Street
Courtroom 2 3rd Floor
San Francisco
Come and represent the blind community at the presentation of oral arguments in this case.
The appeal challenges a 2008 District Court decision out of Arizona holding that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require theaters to install descriptive video equipment. The federal district court in Arizona also ruled that captioning is not required for deaf or hard of hearing movie patrons. Harkins Theaters is the movie chain being sued for refusing to provide captioned and audio described films. For more information please contact Lisamaria Martinez, Public Affairs Coordinator at: 415-431-1481 or via email:

Guide Dogs For The Blind Graduation:
Guide Dogs for the Blind Campus
January 23:        1:30pm
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael
Phone: 415 499-4000
Attending a graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the best ways to really get acquainted with the guide dogs program.  Tours of the campus will follow the graduation ceremony.
Mega Self-Defense for the Visually Impaired:
January 23   3:00pm-6:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
This program was developed specifically for the visually impaired. It began in London, England, and has been featured on the BBC radio program “InTouch”. Every workshop will cover physical techniques along with discussion of laws and self-defense theory that specifically affect the blind/visually impaired community. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email:

Insights Art Exhibit:
Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.
Through January 15
Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place
Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street
An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco
The exhibit offers 50 objects from the 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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