Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing September 3

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This listing is compiled by the Information 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 a meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list, please email This list will be updated every Thursday. Information for each Thursday’s listing must be submitted one week prior to publication.

Happening at the LightHouse:

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at 214 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco.  For more information or to reserve a space at any of the following events, contact: Philip Kum at 415-694-7372 or

·       Dance Class:

September 9, 16, 23,& 30:

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gene Russo returns to the LightHouse.

He is Director of Connecting through Dance. A program which provides trained sighted dance guides to partner and assist blind dancers.

  • Peer- to – Peer Support Group:
    September 11: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired, and discussions are in a comfortable, confidential setting.

·       California Council of the Blind, San Francisco:

September 18:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

·       National Federation of the Blind, San Francisco Chapter:

September 18:  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact Eric Holm at 415-425-5613 or via

·       Yoga Workshop:

September 18:  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

·       Age Related Macular Degeneration, Vision Education Seminar:

September 24:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This seminar is part one of Be Informed, Making Choices to move forward! Vision Education Seminars for older adults (55 and over) who are facing a change in life due to significant decrease in vision, and, are looking for options and choices in taking steps to move forward.

Join Dr. Robert Greer, O.D., Chief of Low Vision at UC Berkley Low Vision Clinic as he engages the audience in dialogue about Age Related Macular Degeneration and therapies available.   Come in person or listen over the internet, or via a toll free conference call.  To RSVP email or call 415-694-7326.

·       Braille Notetakers Interactive Workshop:

September 25:  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn how Braille notetaker consumers are utilizing their devices.  The new generation of notetakers can get on the web, read MP3 and daisy files, give directions using GPS and much more.  Come see a variety of notetakers.  Attend in person or via live stream at

RSVP and details at 1-888-400-8933 or

·       Mega Self-Defense for the Visually Impaired:

September 25:  3:00p.m. to  6:00 p.m.

This program was developed specifically for the visually impaired. Each workshop will cover physical techniques along with discussion of laws and self-defense theory that specifically affect the blind/visually impaired community.

·       Adaptations The LightHouse Store to open on Saturdays:

To meet customer demand for weekend shopping, Adaptations will be open for business on September 18 and October 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  For more information call the Adaptations hotline 415-694-7301 or send an email to

  • Evening Hatha Yoga Class:
    Thursdays:  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the body, mind, and spirit.  Drop-in students are welcome.

Audio Described Movies by County:

Alameda County:

¨   “Salt”

AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Street

Contra Costa County:

¨   “Eat, Pray, Love”

Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito

Fresno County:

¨   “Vampires Suck”

Regal Manchester Stadium 16

2055 E. Shields Ave.

Placer County:

¨   “Vampires Suck”

UA Olympus Pointe 12:

520 N. Sunrise Ave.



Santa Clara County:

¨   “Eat, Pray, Love”

AMC Saratoga 14:
700 El Paseo De Saratoga

Solano County:

¨   “Vampires Suck”

Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16:

1549 Gateway Blvd.

Audio Described Theatre:

¨   “Dream Girls”

Presented by SHN
September 25:   2:00 p.m.
Curran Theatre

445 Geary St.,  San Francisco
To charge tickets and reserve one of the 20 receivers available call:  415-551-2027 and request Audio vision tickets.  Tickets can be purchased without a convenience fee at The Orpheum Theatre Box Office, 1192 Market St., San Francisco.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

·       “The Light in the Piazza”

Presented by Theater Works

Described by Visual Voice

September 17:  8:00 p.m.

September 18:  8:00 p.m.

September 19:  2:00 p.m.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

500 Castro Street

Mountain View

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.  Tickets can be purchased by calling: 650-463-1960.

·       “Burn the Floor”

Presented by Broadway San Jose

Described by Audiovision

September 26:  1:00p.m.

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

255 S. Almaden Blvd.

San Jose

Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or via the web .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset

Community Events in the Bay Area and Beyond:

·       Chevy’s Fundraiser:

September 23:  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

590 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco

Please help support the San Francisco Chapter of California Council of the Blind’s Alice Chavez Pardini Education Advancement Grant

25 percent of your meal cost will be donated to the to the grant fund.  For reservations, call Chevy’s at 415-621-8200.  For additional information, please contact Liz Klein at 650-576-9354 or Peter Pardini at 415-990-9202.

·       Access Advisors’ Open House & Disability Arts Festival:

October 2:  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

deYoung Museum

50 Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco

An art studio will be set up for the day, where participants can see artists at work and create their own museum piece.  Docents will give tours of the museum, including tours on which blind and visually impaired visitors may touch certain three-dimensional works of art on exhibition. There will be ASL interpretation and extra blue-space parking provided. This event is

free to people who make a reservation before September 27.  To make a reservation for yourself or your guest, or request additional information or specific accommodations, contact Tish Brown, Accessibility Coordinator at the de Young: 415.750.7645 or

  • 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 visit
  • 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
  • Bowling:
    Moonlight Lanes
    2780 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara
    Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
    Contact Tom Keiser 408-249-1721

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