Calendar

Events in March 2024

  • Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 1

    Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

    Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

    The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

    Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

      • Read mail
      • Read a bill
      • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
      • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
      • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

    Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

    Prerequisites:

    • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
    • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
    • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

    RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

  • Three-Day Ski Event for Adults (in-person)

    Three-Day Ski Event for Adults (in-person)

    (All day)
    Mar 2 Mar 4

    The 2024 Serria Regional Ski for Light (SRSFL) three-day cross-country ski event will be held in Truckee, CA from Saturday, March 2, to Monday March 4. SRSFL provides a cross-country skiing experience for people who are blind and visually impaired. Lodging will be at the Best Western Hotel in Truckee. Skiing will be at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

    Cost: $350.00, including equipment rental and $260 if you bring your own skis or snowshoes. These fees include two nights lodging (double occupancy) in Truckee, breakfasts and dinners, and trail passes for all three days. Note: Please add $200 if you wish to have a private room. You are on your own for lunches in Truckee. Tahoe Donner has a lunch menu, which does include vegetarian items.

    For those coming from out of town, Friday, March 1, 2024, lodging will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 10745 Gold Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Phone: 916-858-8680. The cost is an additional $90.00 and a double $ 180 single (includes continental breakfast). SRSFL will hold an informal meet and greet from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. with a salad and pizza dinner. We will depart at 7:15 am. Saturday, March 2 from the Fairfield Inn for Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

    TRIP FEES: Your trip fees are due by the sign-up deadline of February 16. To receive a refund, cancel on or before February 16. There will be NO refunds after this date.

    Note:  Because of many generous donations to SRSFL, these fees are heavily subsidized.

    For more information and details contact: Cathy Campbell, Skier Coordinator at autumncathy@gmail.com or call or text at 916-705-7913

    Mail checks for payment to Jean Snuggs, 609 42nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Contact Jean at snuggsj@gmail.com for information on how to pay online with Zelle.

    2024 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge (in-person)

    2024 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge (in-person)


    Mar 2

    Save the Date! The California School for the Blind (CSB) is excited to announce that they will be hosting the 2024 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday, March 2! Mark your calendars for this engaging event showcasing the talents of our students. Please see the linked Braille Challenge brochure for more information regarding the challenge and how to register your student.

    WHAT – the 2024 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge
    WHEN – From 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
    WHERE – California School for the Blind
    500 Walnut Ave. Fremont, CA 94536

    More info on the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge.

    Register your student for the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge..

    Smuin Ballet Audio Described Performance & Haptic tour (in-person)

    Smuin Ballet Audio Described Performance & Haptic tour (in-person)


    Mar 2

    Where: Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 700 Howard St. near 3rd.

    Haptic Access Tour begins at 12:30 pm (Meet in theater lobby at 12:30 pm; tour begins at 12:45 pm)

    Performance begins at 2:00 pm and lasts around two hours.

    Celebrating Michael Smuin includes two ballets, ZORRO! and FLY ME TO THE MOON.

    About ZORRO!

    A true swashbuckler, ZORRO! has not been performed since 2006. ZORRO! adapts the legend of the folk hero, setting the story at a movie theater in the 1950s.  Sensory alert: ZORRO! includes strobing lights and loud noises from whips.

    About FLY ME TO THE MOON

    FLY ME TO THE MOON, revived now for its 20th anniversary, is quintessential Michael. This beloved tribute to Frank Sinatra has both the pointework and pizzazz you expect from Smuin.

    For more information, to purchase tickets, to book a spot in a Haptic Access Tour, or to reserve a headset please call the Smuin box office at 415-912-1899 or email boxoffice@smuinballet.org.

  • Three-Day Ski Event for Adults (in-person)

    Three-Day Ski Event for Adults (in-person)

    (All day)
    Mar 2 Mar 4

    The 2024 Serria Regional Ski for Light (SRSFL) three-day cross-country ski event will be held in Truckee, CA from Saturday, March 2, to Monday March 4. SRSFL provides a cross-country skiing experience for people who are blind and visually impaired. Lodging will be at the Best Western Hotel in Truckee. Skiing will be at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

    Cost: $350.00, including equipment rental and $260 if you bring your own skis or snowshoes. These fees include two nights lodging (double occupancy) in Truckee, breakfasts and dinners, and trail passes for all three days. Note: Please add $200 if you wish to have a private room. You are on your own for lunches in Truckee. Tahoe Donner has a lunch menu, which does include vegetarian items.

    For those coming from out of town, Friday, March 1, 2024, lodging will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 10745 Gold Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Phone: 916-858-8680. The cost is an additional $90.00 and a double $ 180 single (includes continental breakfast). SRSFL will hold an informal meet and greet from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. with a salad and pizza dinner. We will depart at 7:15 am. Saturday, March 2 from the Fairfield Inn for Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

    TRIP FEES: Your trip fees are due by the sign-up deadline of February 16. To receive a refund, cancel on or before February 16. There will be NO refunds after this date.

    Note:  Because of many generous donations to SRSFL, these fees are heavily subsidized.

    For more information and details contact: Cathy Campbell, Skier Coordinator at autumncathy@gmail.com or call or text at 916-705-7913

    Mail checks for payment to Jean Snuggs, 609 42nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Contact Jean at snuggsj@gmail.com for information on how to pay online with Zelle.

  • Three-Day Ski Event for Adults (in-person)

    Three-Day Ski Event for Adults (in-person)

    (All day)
    Mar 2 Mar 4

    The 2024 Serria Regional Ski for Light (SRSFL) three-day cross-country ski event will be held in Truckee, CA from Saturday, March 2, to Monday March 4. SRSFL provides a cross-country skiing experience for people who are blind and visually impaired. Lodging will be at the Best Western Hotel in Truckee. Skiing will be at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

    Cost: $350.00, including equipment rental and $260 if you bring your own skis or snowshoes. These fees include two nights lodging (double occupancy) in Truckee, breakfasts and dinners, and trail passes for all three days. Note: Please add $200 if you wish to have a private room. You are on your own for lunches in Truckee. Tahoe Donner has a lunch menu, which does include vegetarian items.

    For those coming from out of town, Friday, March 1, 2024, lodging will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 10745 Gold Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Phone: 916-858-8680. The cost is an additional $90.00 and a double $ 180 single (includes continental breakfast). SRSFL will hold an informal meet and greet from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. with a salad and pizza dinner. We will depart at 7:15 am. Saturday, March 2 from the Fairfield Inn for Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

    TRIP FEES: Your trip fees are due by the sign-up deadline of February 16. To receive a refund, cancel on or before February 16. There will be NO refunds after this date.

    Note:  Because of many generous donations to SRSFL, these fees are heavily subsidized.

    For more information and details contact: Cathy Campbell, Skier Coordinator at autumncathy@gmail.com or call or text at 916-705-7913

    Mail checks for payment to Jean Snuggs, 609 42nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Contact Jean at snuggsj@gmail.com for information on how to pay online with Zelle.

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 4

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)


    Mar 4

    Meditation truly is a way to nurture oneself. It provides a sacred time to pause, destress and realign oneself with one’s true inner dialogue. There is no wrong or right way to meditate and it is very simple! Meditation stimulates the brains parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and reset” system in our body. In pausing together we can find abundance in our stillness, and relaxation in the permission to let go.

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. \

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. For more information, contact Patricia Jefferson at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-479-832,

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Mar 4

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607

    Vision, Peer-led Support Group (online)

    Vision, Peer-led Support Group (online)


    Mar 4

    Vision is a peer-led drop-in support group that runs on a 12-week cycle of topics based on Hannah Fairbairn’s 2019 book, “When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery”. Every first and third Monday of the month, we meet to discuss different topics and share our experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. We are people with similar experiences who genuinely want to support one another in all aspects of living independently with our changing vision. Each week the topics are independent, so you can join the group at any week. Reading is not required. However, if you would like topic details beyond our discussions, please refer to the book which is available on BARD (DBC11619).

    March 4: Book Introduction: “How do you recognize a friend if you can’t see her face? How will you get to the store if you can’t drive? How do you know which medication to take if you can’t read the label? When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes is a self-help book for people losing good sight.” This week, we will delve into the book's introduction, outline our approach to studying the book, and get to know each other by sharing brief insights into our visionary journeys.

    March 18: Begin “part one: Believing the Unbelievable: Facing Trauma at the hospital and Back at Home. Most people who lose vision or have a diagnosis of future significant vision loss have a problem believing it. (You may feel the same, but then you wouldn’t be reading this book!) They know perfectly well that their vision is blurred, becoming contracted, or obscured, but just can’t make it fit with their experience of life.”

  • The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 5

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 5

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

    March 5: Make the Most of Screen Magnification
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of Windows and Mac computers. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Make the Most of Screen Magnification, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 12: Magnification on Mobile Devices
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of our smartphones and tablets. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Magnification on Mobile Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 19: Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices
    Join the Access Technology team for a discussion on standalone magnification solutions. We'll dive into desktop and portable devices, and zoom in on the options that will optimize your visual experience.

    RSVP online to Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 26: Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products
    The LightHouse Access Technology team is honored and delighted to welcome Justin Wesson of Irie AT, producers of the CloverBook digital video magnifiers, to discuss the functions and features of these outstanding and versatile devices.

    RSVP online to Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation

    Stress Reduction & Meditation


    Mar 6

    We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices each Wednesday morning for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners, and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Ellen Simpson will be leading. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 6

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

    March 6: Author Thomas Dana, Looking Through the Prism: Navigating Life with a Visual Disability, in conversation with Tony Fletcher
    March 13: The History of the United Nations (call Dirk) TBD
    March 20: Sounds of Appreciation - Let the melodies of gratitude play!
    March 27: The Tao of Pooh, the book offers a refreshing and lighthearted perspective on life's journey. The Tao of Pooh is about “how to stay happy and calm in all circumstances.” Benjamin Hoff uses the characters and stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to explain this concept. We will discuss a different character from the book on the last Wednesdays of the month

    RSVP online for Gratitude-VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Mar 6

    Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

    When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

    For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

    Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

    EHC Virtual Campfire (online)

    EHC Virtual Campfire (online)


    Mar 6

    These fun-filled evenings will consist of Enchanted Hills Camp updates, songs, alumni check-ins and LightHouse information and resources. All are welcome to join.

    RSVP to Andrew Martinez at AMartinez@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7642.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 7

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Mar 7

    Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

    For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

    EBC Vision Group at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)

    EBC Vision Group at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


    Mar 7

    EBC Vision Group meets on EBC campus in Room 3 and via your phone on the first and third Thursday of the month.

    In the instructor-led class we introduce ourselves to each other and share information or ask questions about our experiences with sight loss. Examples of topics of interest for our group discussion include accessible equipment such as the BTBL player or BARD, CTAP free phone services; NFB news line phone number services; shopping from catalogs such as Maxi aids and LSS for vision and hearing loss; food shopping online at local stores and arranging for deliveries.

    The group may also discuss topics including how to remain independent in our homes; use of the latest adaptable technology and magnification devices such as hand-held optical lenses, and electronic portable and electronic desktop models. We may want to understand the local Paratransit system or ride share programs such as Uber or Lyft driver programs. In addition, we regularly review the schedule of other classes, activities and events available at EBC that may be of interest to our group members.

    We welcome anyone with sight loss to attend our support groups, you do not need to be a current client of EBC. We value our connections with each other and the lively discussions. Each group is led by an EBC instructor.

    Please contact our main office at 707-523-3222 for more information.

    Museum of Craft & Design MAKE Art Activation (in-person)

    Museum of Craft & Design MAKE Art Activation (in-person)


    Mar 7

    Nearly every month, the Museum of Craft and Design brings their Mobile Make Art programming direct to Lighthouse HQ, at 1155 Market, 11th floor in San Francisco, featuring projects inspired by their latest exhibition on view at their Third Street museum and adapted for eyes-free crafting. This season, two new exhibits will be on view, including one exploring robot assisted art and artworks from the Pacific Northwest. Visit each month’s MAKE activation to discover a new project every time.

    RSVP to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 7

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Art Experience Class – Sari Silk Cordage at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Art Experience Class – Sari Silk Cordage at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 7

    The class is designed to show us how to make cordage from sari silk strips; we will take home a necklace, bracelet, or ankle bracelet, or more.

    We will decorate our cordage with beads, silk tassels, or an ornament of our choice.

    Twist the silk strips and overlap. Easy!  Fun!  Beautiful!

    Materials cost: $20.00 per person. You may also pay it forward for another participant.

    Location: Classroom 3 on EBC campus

    Contact: Patricia 707-479-8321 to RSVP

     

    Tecnologia para Todos (online)

    Tecnologia para Todos (online)


    Mar 7

    Join the LightHouse’s monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

    This event will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you rsvp by email to Fernando Macias at FMacias@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7670

    LightHouse Board Meeting Open to the Public (virtual)

    LightHouse Board Meeting Open to the Public (virtual)


    Mar 7

    Members of the public are invited to attend the Thursday, March 7th meeting of the Board of Directors of San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This meeting will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom and runs from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Pacific.

    30 minutes will be reserved for public comment, and members of the public will have up to three minutes to comment. If you would like to reserve a slot to speak, please complete the LightHouse Public Comment and RSVP Sign Up form. Please submit your comments as far in advance as possible. Comments must be received before noon Pacific on Wednesday, March 6th to be included in  the agenda.

    If you would like to attend the virtual meeting, please fill LightHouse Public Comment and RSVP Sign Up formWhether you plan to have a public comment or not, you will need to fill out this form to get the Zoom info.  Zoom information will be emailed to you closer to the date of the board meeting.

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teens and Young Adults: Stranger Things (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teens and Young Adults: Stranger Things (online)


    Mar 7

    Are you looking for a thrilling escape into the world of science fiction and mystery? Look no further! The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is back this fall, bringing together blind and low vision teens and young adults for an exciting social gathering over an audio-described TV show.

    We'll be embarking on an unforgettable journey into the 1980s with the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. This captivating show revolves around a group of kids in a small town, facing supernatural mysteries, government conspiracies, and the enigmatic powers of a mysterious girl with psychokinetic abilities.

    Every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm, join us via Zoom to watch the latest episode of Stranger Things and connect with your LightHouse and EHC friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of excitement and adventure while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

    Check out the official Stranger Things trailer.

    Parents, Please Take Note: Stranger Things is rated TV-14 for horror elements and language, which may not be suitable for kids under 17. While Seasons 1-3 were rated TV-14, Season 4 received a TV-MA rating. For more detailed information, you can check the Stranger Things Parental Guide. If you are under 18 and wish to join this series, we kindly request your parent or guardian to contact a LightHouse Youth Team member with written permission for your participation.

    RVSP to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

  • Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 8

    Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

    Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

    The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

    Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

      • Read mail
      • Read a bill
      • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
      • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
      • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

    Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

    Prerequisites:

    • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
    • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
    • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

    RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

  • Create a Sacred Space Toolkit: A Collaboration with Root Division (in-person)

    Create a Sacred Space Toolkit: A Collaboration with Root Division (in-person)


    Mar 9

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco 11th floor craft room

    What makes space sacred for you? Is it a place for meditation, feeling a sense of love and belonging, a place that informs deep memory or a connection to the earth?

    Interdisciplinary artist and labyrinth facilitator Maia Scott will share some of her favorite art, writing and movement prompts to help you create a portable resource for opening or holding sacred space.  You will take home a held meditation labyrinth and a book full of collected and shared ideas like; a middle fold altar, poems or invocations for setting intentions, movement mantra processes to embody your intention, plus additional ideas shared and generated by our creative circle.

    Afterward, walk around the block to Mission near seventh to experience Crip’d Ecologies, an art show exploring the juxtaposition of disability and environmental justice where Maia has an installation which includes elements created by Lighthouse students.

    RSVP to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 11

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)


    Mar 11

    Meditation truly is a way to nurture oneself. It provides a sacred time to pause, destress and realign oneself with one’s true inner dialogue. There is no wrong or right way to meditate and it is very simple! Meditation stimulates the brains parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and reset” system in our body. In pausing together we can find abundance in our stillness, and relaxation in the permission to let go.

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. \

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. For more information, contact Patricia Jefferson at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-479-832,

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)


    Mar 11

    This class runs from March 11-15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

    Where:
    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
    1155 Market Street

    Course Description:
    The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Fernando Macias and Gabriel Griffith to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, and access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

    Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

    Course Prerequisites:

    To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:

    1. Live in San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
    2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
    3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
    4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
      1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
      2. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
      3. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

    How To RSVP:
    To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registrations close on Friday, March 8.

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Mar 11

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607

    Music and Poetry at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)

    Music and Poetry at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


    Mar 11

    Music and Poetry Group is offered on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

    If you wish to have your favorite music, song, poem or an original work, presented at the group, celebrating all styles and eras, please submit your selection to Patricia 4 days prior to the group.   We will ask for a brief introduction to your choice, we will all listen together with time for discussion.

    There is a $20.00 fee each month with payment due prior to the 2nd Monday of each month. Please register online or call our office at to register.

    Music and Poetry class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for music and poetry. To RSVP, please contact Patricia at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-523-3222.

     

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


    Mar 11

    LightHouse Visionaries provides blind and visually impaired people with a supportive and fun environment to develop public speaking and leadership skills, empowering us to enhance our personal and professional lives.

    Toastmasters is a place to develop skills of self-empowerment. It's a place to practice public speaking, improve communication, and build leadership skills. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

    RSVP online for Toastmasters, or contact Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

  • Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)


    Mar 12

    This class runs from March 11-15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

    Where:
    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
    1155 Market Street

    Course Description:
    The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Fernando Macias and Gabriel Griffith to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, and access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

    Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

    Course Prerequisites:

    To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:

    1. Live in San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
    2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
    3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
    4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
      1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
      2. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
      3. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

    How To RSVP:
    To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registrations close on Friday, March 8.

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 12

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 12

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

    March 5: Make the Most of Screen Magnification
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of Windows and Mac computers. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Make the Most of Screen Magnification, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 12: Magnification on Mobile Devices
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of our smartphones and tablets. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Magnification on Mobile Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 19: Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices
    Join the Access Technology team for a discussion on standalone magnification solutions. We'll dive into desktop and portable devices, and zoom in on the options that will optimize your visual experience.

    RSVP online to Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 26: Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products
    The LightHouse Access Technology team is honored and delighted to welcome Justin Wesson of Irie AT, producers of the CloverBook digital video magnifiers, to discuss the functions and features of these outstanding and versatile devices.

    RSVP online to Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    National Federation of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)

    National Federation of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


    Mar 12

    The National Federation of the Blind is a nationwide community of members that believe blind people can live the lives they want. We meet online via Zoom with the following schedule:

    6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Happy (Half) Hour
    6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Chapter Meeting

    To RSVP, contact President Bobbi Pompey at bobbipompey@gmail.com or 336-988-6375.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 13

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)


    Mar 13

    This class runs from March 11-15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

    Where:
    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
    1155 Market Street

    Course Description:
    The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Fernando Macias and Gabriel Griffith to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, and access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

    Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

    Course Prerequisites:

    To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:

    1. Live in San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
    2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
    3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
    4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
      1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
      2. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
      3. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

    How To RSVP:
    To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registrations close on Friday, March 8.

    Stress Reduction & Meditation

    Stress Reduction & Meditation


    Mar 13

    We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices each Wednesday morning for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners, and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Ellen Simpson will be leading. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 13

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

    March 6: Author Thomas Dana, Looking Through the Prism: Navigating Life with a Visual Disability, in conversation with Tony Fletcher
    March 13: The History of the United Nations (call Dirk) TBD
    March 20: Sounds of Appreciation - Let the melodies of gratitude play!
    March 27: The Tao of Pooh, the book offers a refreshing and lighthearted perspective on life's journey. The Tao of Pooh is about “how to stay happy and calm in all circumstances.” Benjamin Hoff uses the characters and stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to explain this concept. We will discuss a different character from the book on the last Wednesdays of the month

    RSVP online for Gratitude-VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Mar 13

    Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

    When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

    For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

    Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 14

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)


    Mar 14

    This class runs from March 11-15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

    Where:
    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
    1155 Market Street

    Course Description:
    The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Fernando Macias and Gabriel Griffith to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, and access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

    Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

    Course Prerequisites:

    To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:

    1. Live in San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
    2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
    3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
    4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
      1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
      2. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
      3. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

    How To RSVP:
    To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registrations close on Friday, March 8.

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Mar 14

    Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

    For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

    Create In Community Arts Classes (in-person)

    Create In Community Arts Classes (in-person)


    Mar 14

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco 11th floor craft room

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space at LightHouse San Francisco at 1155 Market to explore a different art process, style or media each month while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

    This March, we will create small but mighty as we make postcard sized and smaller art works to gift and trade through Free Little Art Galleries (FLAGs) in the Bay Area.  This thriving art movement makes art accessible to many people but may be challenging for our community to access since the little galleries (much like the little libraries) are located randomly and spread out. A FLAG in Oakland will trade with us so we can experience the joy of gifting culture with like-minded strangers.

    RSVP not required. If it’s your first time or if you have questions, contact Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 14

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teens and Young Adults: Stranger Things (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teens and Young Adults: Stranger Things (online)


    Mar 14

    Are you looking for a thrilling escape into the world of science fiction and mystery? Look no further! The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is back this fall, bringing together blind and low vision teens and young adults for an exciting social gathering over an audio-described TV show.

    We'll be embarking on an unforgettable journey into the 1980s with the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. This captivating show revolves around a group of kids in a small town, facing supernatural mysteries, government conspiracies, and the enigmatic powers of a mysterious girl with psychokinetic abilities.

    Every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm, join us via Zoom to watch the latest episode of Stranger Things and connect with your LightHouse and EHC friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of excitement and adventure while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

    Check out the official Stranger Things trailer.

    Parents, Please Take Note: Stranger Things is rated TV-14 for horror elements and language, which may not be suitable for kids under 17. While Seasons 1-3 were rated TV-14, Season 4 received a TV-MA rating. For more detailed information, you can check the Stranger Things Parental Guide. If you are under 18 and wish to join this series, we kindly request your parent or guardian to contact a LightHouse Youth Team member with written permission for your participation.

    RVSP to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

  • Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)

    Introduction to Access Technology (in-person)


    Mar 15

    This class runs from March 11-15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

    Where:
    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
    1155 Market Street

    Course Description:
    The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Fernando Macias and Gabriel Griffith to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, and access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

    Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

    Course Prerequisites:

    To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:

    1. Live in San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
    2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
    3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
    4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
      1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
      2. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
      3. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

    How To RSVP:
    To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registrations close on Friday, March 8.

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 15

    Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

    Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

    The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

    Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

      • Read mail
      • Read a bill
      • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
      • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
      • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

    Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

    Prerequisites:

    • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
    • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
    • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

    RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

  • California Council of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Monthly Meeting (hybrid)

    California Council of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Monthly Meeting (hybrid)


    Mar 16

    You are invited to the monthly meeting of the CCB San Francisco Chapter. The in-person portion takes place at LightHouse San Francisco at 1155 Market. All are welcome.

    RSVP to Vita Zavoli at VZavoli@gmail.com or 510-846-4080.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 18

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)


    Mar 18

    Meditation truly is a way to nurture oneself. It provides a sacred time to pause, destress and realign oneself with one’s true inner dialogue. There is no wrong or right way to meditate and it is very simple! Meditation stimulates the brains parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and reset” system in our body. In pausing together we can find abundance in our stillness, and relaxation in the permission to let go.

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. \

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. For more information, contact Patricia Jefferson at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-479-832,

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Mar 18

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607

    Vision, Peer-led Support Group (online)

    Vision, Peer-led Support Group (online)


    Mar 18

    Vision is a peer-led drop-in support group that runs on a 12-week cycle of topics based on Hannah Fairbairn’s 2019 book, “When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery”. Every first and third Monday of the month, we meet to discuss different topics and share our experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. We are people with similar experiences who genuinely want to support one another in all aspects of living independently with our changing vision. Each week the topics are independent, so you can join the group at any week. Reading is not required. However, if you would like topic details beyond our discussions, please refer to the book which is available on BARD (DBC11619).

    March 4: Book Introduction: “How do you recognize a friend if you can’t see her face? How will you get to the store if you can’t drive? How do you know which medication to take if you can’t read the label? When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes is a self-help book for people losing good sight.” This week, we will delve into the book's introduction, outline our approach to studying the book, and get to know each other by sharing brief insights into our visionary journeys.

    March 18: Begin “part one: Believing the Unbelievable: Facing Trauma at the hospital and Back at Home. Most people who lose vision or have a diagnosis of future significant vision loss have a problem believing it. (You may feel the same, but then you wouldn’t be reading this book!) They know perfectly well that their vision is blurred, becoming contracted, or obscured, but just can’t make it fit with their experience of life.”

  • The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 19

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 19

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

    March 5: Make the Most of Screen Magnification
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of Windows and Mac computers. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Make the Most of Screen Magnification, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 12: Magnification on Mobile Devices
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of our smartphones and tablets. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Magnification on Mobile Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 19: Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices
    Join the Access Technology team for a discussion on standalone magnification solutions. We'll dive into desktop and portable devices, and zoom in on the options that will optimize your visual experience.

    RSVP online to Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 26: Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products
    The LightHouse Access Technology team is honored and delighted to welcome Justin Wesson of Irie AT, producers of the CloverBook digital video magnifiers, to discuss the functions and features of these outstanding and versatile devices.

    RSVP online to Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation

    Stress Reduction & Meditation


    Mar 20

    We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices each Wednesday morning for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners, and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Ellen Simpson will be leading. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 20

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

    March 6: Author Thomas Dana, Looking Through the Prism: Navigating Life with a Visual Disability, in conversation with Tony Fletcher
    March 13: The History of the United Nations (call Dirk) TBD
    March 20: Sounds of Appreciation - Let the melodies of gratitude play!
    March 27: The Tao of Pooh, the book offers a refreshing and lighthearted perspective on life's journey. The Tao of Pooh is about “how to stay happy and calm in all circumstances.” Benjamin Hoff uses the characters and stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to explain this concept. We will discuss a different character from the book on the last Wednesdays of the month

    RSVP online for Gratitude-VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Mar 20

    Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

    When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

    For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

    Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 21

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Mar 21

    Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

    For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

    Create In Community Arts Classes (in-person)

    Create In Community Arts Classes (in-person)


    Mar 21

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco 11th floor craft room

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space at LightHouse San Francisco at 1155 Market to explore a different art process, style or media each month while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

    This March, we will create small but mighty as we make postcard sized and smaller art works to gift and trade through Free Little Art Galleries (FLAGs) in the Bay Area.  This thriving art movement makes art accessible to many people but may be challenging for our community to access since the little galleries (much like the little libraries) are located randomly and spread out. A FLAG in Oakland will trade with us so we can experience the joy of gifting culture with like-minded strangers.

    RSVP not required. If it’s your first time or if you have questions, contact Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    EBC Vision Group at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)

    EBC Vision Group at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


    Mar 21

    EBC Vision Group meets on EBC campus in Room 3 and via your phone on the first and third Thursday of the month.

    In the instructor-led class we introduce ourselves to each other and share information or ask questions about our experiences with sight loss. Examples of topics of interest for our group discussion include accessible equipment such as the BTBL player or BARD, CTAP free phone services; NFB news line phone number services; shopping from catalogs such as Maxi aids and LSS for vision and hearing loss; food shopping online at local stores and arranging for deliveries.

    The group may also discuss topics including how to remain independent in our homes; use of the latest adaptable technology and magnification devices such as hand-held optical lenses, and electronic portable and electronic desktop models. We may want to understand the local Paratransit system or ride share programs such as Uber or Lyft driver programs. In addition, we regularly review the schedule of other classes, activities and events available at EBC that may be of interest to our group members.

    We welcome anyone with sight loss to attend our support groups, you do not need to be a current client of EBC. We value our connections with each other and the lively discussions. Each group is led by an EBC instructor.

    Please contact our main office at 707-523-3222 for more information.

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 21

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Art Experience Class – Sari Silk Cordage at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Art Experience Class – Sari Silk Cordage at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 21

    The class is designed to show us how to make cordage from sari silk strips; we will take home a necklace, bracelet, or ankle bracelet, or more.

    We will decorate our cordage with beads, silk tassels, or an ornament of our choice.

    Twist the silk strips and overlap. Easy!  Fun!  Beautiful!

    Materials cost: $20.00 per person. You may also pay it forward for another participant.

    Location: Classroom 3 on EBC campus

    Contact: Patricia 707-479-8321 to RSVP

     

    Tecnologia para Todos (online)

    Tecnologia para Todos (online)


    Mar 21

    Join the LightHouse’s monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

    This event will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you rsvp by email to Fernando Macias at FMacias@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7670

  • Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 22

    Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

    Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

    The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

    Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

      • Read mail
      • Read a bill
      • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
      • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
      • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

    Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

    Prerequisites:

    • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
    • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
    • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

    RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 25

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)

    Introduction to Mind/Body Meditation at Earle Baum Center (online)


    Mar 25

    Meditation truly is a way to nurture oneself. It provides a sacred time to pause, destress and realign oneself with one’s true inner dialogue. There is no wrong or right way to meditate and it is very simple! Meditation stimulates the brains parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and reset” system in our body. In pausing together we can find abundance in our stillness, and relaxation in the permission to let go.

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. \

    Meditation class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for meditation along with emerging meditation coach, Mini Sage. For more information, contact Patricia Jefferson at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-479-832,

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Mar 25

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


    Mar 25

    This class runs daily from March 25 through 29, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

    The Access Technology department will be putting on a class explaining and exploring all of the fabulous features of the Victor Reader Stream 3!

    The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest in the Victor Stream series from HumanWare. This lightweight, user-friendly player can be held in your hand, carried in a pocket, or set on the table for easy listening with the built in speaker, connected headphones, or external Bluetooth device. Perhaps best of all, the Stream is operated by tactile-friendly buttons. Every command is easily performed by pressing only a single button at a time.

    You should consider joining us if:
    1. You enjoy listening to audiobooks.
    2. You love podcasts.
    3. You can’t start your day without checking the news while sipping your morning coffee.
    4. You are an avid radio -listener, and love tuning in to stations from next door or around the world.
    5. You are someone who takes notes by recording them in an audio format.

    These are just a few of the things you will learn in this class.
    For more information, or to register, please email us at at@lighthouse-sf.org. Registration closes on Friday, March 15th. Space is limited.

    Music and Poetry at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)

    Music and Poetry at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


    Mar 25

    Music and Poetry Group is offered on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

    If you wish to have your favorite music, song, poem or an original work, presented at the group, celebrating all styles and eras, please submit your selection to Patricia 4 days prior to the group.   We will ask for a brief introduction to your choice, we will all listen together with time for discussion.

    There is a $20.00 fee each month with payment due prior to the 2nd Monday of each month. Please register online or call our office at to register.

    Music and Poetry class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for music and poetry. To RSVP, please contact Patricia at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-523-3222.

     

    Voices of the Community (online)

    Voices of the Community (online)


    Mar 25

    Do you want a voice in planning adult programming at the LightHouse? Your input is crucial for our success. Join our quarterly meeting to help craft programs that suit your interests and needs!

    RSVP online for Voices of the Community or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607

  • Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


    Mar 26

    This class runs daily from March 25 through 29, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

    The Access Technology department will be putting on a class explaining and exploring all of the fabulous features of the Victor Reader Stream 3!

    The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest in the Victor Stream series from HumanWare. This lightweight, user-friendly player can be held in your hand, carried in a pocket, or set on the table for easy listening with the built in speaker, connected headphones, or external Bluetooth device. Perhaps best of all, the Stream is operated by tactile-friendly buttons. Every command is easily performed by pressing only a single button at a time.

    You should consider joining us if:
    1. You enjoy listening to audiobooks.
    2. You love podcasts.
    3. You can’t start your day without checking the news while sipping your morning coffee.
    4. You are an avid radio -listener, and love tuning in to stations from next door or around the world.
    5. You are someone who takes notes by recording them in an audio format.

    These are just a few of the things you will learn in this class.
    For more information, or to register, please email us at at@lighthouse-sf.org. Registration closes on Friday, March 15th. Space is limited.

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 26

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)

    Tech Together: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 26

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

    March 5: Make the Most of Screen Magnification
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of Windows and Mac computers. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Make the Most of Screen Magnification, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 12: Magnification on Mobile Devices
    Join the Access Technology team and we'll take a look at the magnification features of our smartphones and tablets. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

    RSVP online to Magnification on Mobile Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 19: Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices
    Join the Access Technology team for a discussion on standalone magnification solutions. We'll dive into desktop and portable devices, and zoom in on the options that will optimize your visual experience.

    RSVP online to Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    March 26: Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products
    The LightHouse Access Technology team is honored and delighted to welcome Justin Wesson of Irie AT, producers of the CloverBook digital video magnifiers, to discuss the functions and features of these outstanding and versatile devices.

    RSVP online to Zooming In on the CloverBook Pro Products, or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 27

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Stress Reduction & Meditation

    Stress Reduction & Meditation


    Mar 27

    We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices each Wednesday morning for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners, and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Ellen Simpson will be leading. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


    Mar 27

    This class runs daily from March 25 through 29, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

    The Access Technology department will be putting on a class explaining and exploring all of the fabulous features of the Victor Reader Stream 3!

    The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest in the Victor Stream series from HumanWare. This lightweight, user-friendly player can be held in your hand, carried in a pocket, or set on the table for easy listening with the built in speaker, connected headphones, or external Bluetooth device. Perhaps best of all, the Stream is operated by tactile-friendly buttons. Every command is easily performed by pressing only a single button at a time.

    You should consider joining us if:
    1. You enjoy listening to audiobooks.
    2. You love podcasts.
    3. You can’t start your day without checking the news while sipping your morning coffee.
    4. You are an avid radio -listener, and love tuning in to stations from next door or around the world.
    5. You are someone who takes notes by recording them in an audio format.

    These are just a few of the things you will learn in this class.
    For more information, or to register, please email us at at@lighthouse-sf.org. Registration closes on Friday, March 15th. Space is limited.

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)

    Gratitude VIBES: March 2024 (online)


    Mar 27

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

    March 6: Author Thomas Dana, Looking Through the Prism: Navigating Life with a Visual Disability, in conversation with Tony Fletcher
    March 13: The History of the United Nations (call Dirk) TBD
    March 20: Sounds of Appreciation - Let the melodies of gratitude play!
    March 27: The Tao of Pooh, the book offers a refreshing and lighthearted perspective on life's journey. The Tao of Pooh is about “how to stay happy and calm in all circumstances.” Benjamin Hoff uses the characters and stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to explain this concept. We will discuss a different character from the book on the last Wednesdays of the month

    RSVP online for Gratitude-VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Mar 27

    Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

    When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

    For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

    Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Mar 28

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Mar 28

    Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

    For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


    Mar 28

    This class runs daily from March 25 through 29, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

    The Access Technology department will be putting on a class explaining and exploring all of the fabulous features of the Victor Reader Stream 3!

    The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest in the Victor Stream series from HumanWare. This lightweight, user-friendly player can be held in your hand, carried in a pocket, or set on the table for easy listening with the built in speaker, connected headphones, or external Bluetooth device. Perhaps best of all, the Stream is operated by tactile-friendly buttons. Every command is easily performed by pressing only a single button at a time.

    You should consider joining us if:
    1. You enjoy listening to audiobooks.
    2. You love podcasts.
    3. You can’t start your day without checking the news while sipping your morning coffee.
    4. You are an avid radio -listener, and love tuning in to stations from next door or around the world.
    5. You are someone who takes notes by recording them in an audio format.

    These are just a few of the things you will learn in this class.
    For more information, or to register, please email us at at@lighthouse-sf.org. Registration closes on Friday, March 15th. Space is limited.

    Create In Community Arts Classes (in-person)

    Create In Community Arts Classes (in-person)


    Mar 28

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco 11th floor craft room

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space at LightHouse San Francisco at 1155 Market to explore a different art process, style or media each month while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

    This March, we will create small but mighty as we make postcard sized and smaller art works to gift and trade through Free Little Art Galleries (FLAGs) in the Bay Area.  This thriving art movement makes art accessible to many people but may be challenging for our community to access since the little galleries (much like the little libraries) are located randomly and spread out. A FLAG in Oakland will trade with us so we can experience the joy of gifting culture with like-minded strangers.

    RSVP not required. If it’s your first time or if you have questions, contact Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)

    The Blind Telephone Network (dial-in)


    Mar 28

    Announcing the Blind Telephone Network 2024 program

    The Blind Telephone network, originally founded by blind veterans, now is pleased to welcome all blind and low vision folks to join in phone calls will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

    Tuesdays programs are what we call chit chat and chew the fat. During these sessions, most topics are acceptable; however, we refrain from discussing politics and religion. Prayer requests are acceptable, but will not be done during the call. This is a time for socializing, and sharing our experiences with blindness, in order to help others develop independence and self-confidence.

    On Thursdays, we emphasize education, travel, technology, history, entertainment, and innovative role-models, etc.. These sessions will feature presenters on such topics as: Lewis and Clark expedition, Mt. Rushmore, railroad history and the mob museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.We encourage suggestions for topics or locations from our participants.

    All sessions last for one (1) hour and start on time.

    The call in number is: 605-475-5620, and the access code is: 3789127#. If you plan to save these numbers in your contacts, I recommend inserting two (2) commas between the main number and the access code.

    Those wishing to receive an e-mail reminder for upcoming sessions or links provided by the presenter, should:

    Send an e-mail to Doc Eudaly at deteacha@sbcglobal.net. Please put your full name, phone number, and email address in the body of your e-mail.

    Calls for 2024 will begin on Tuesday, January 9.

    For Thursday, January 11, our initial program will be on the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.  We hope to hear you on these free telephone calls, where you can both learn and contribute

    On behalf of the founding members,

    Douglas “Doc” Eudaly, PH,D

    1-559-999-2625

     

  • Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)

    Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


    Mar 29

    This class runs daily from March 25 through 29, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

    The Access Technology department will be putting on a class explaining and exploring all of the fabulous features of the Victor Reader Stream 3!

    The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest in the Victor Stream series from HumanWare. This lightweight, user-friendly player can be held in your hand, carried in a pocket, or set on the table for easy listening with the built in speaker, connected headphones, or external Bluetooth device. Perhaps best of all, the Stream is operated by tactile-friendly buttons. Every command is easily performed by pressing only a single button at a time.

    You should consider joining us if:
    1. You enjoy listening to audiobooks.
    2. You love podcasts.
    3. You can’t start your day without checking the news while sipping your morning coffee.
    4. You are an avid radio -listener, and love tuning in to stations from next door or around the world.
    5. You are someone who takes notes by recording them in an audio format.

    These are just a few of the things you will learn in this class.
    For more information, or to register, please email us at at@lighthouse-sf.org. Registration closes on Friday, March 15th. Space is limited.

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)

    Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


    Mar 29

    Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

    Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

    The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

    Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

      • Read mail
      • Read a bill
      • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
      • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
      • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

    Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

    Prerequisites:

    • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
    • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
    • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

    RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

    Egg-stravaganza! Tactile Egg Decorating for the Littles (in-person)

    Egg-stravaganza! Tactile Egg Decorating for the Littles (in-person)


    Mar 29

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco 11th floor craft room

    In preparation for the beeping egg hunt for the littles, magic will happen as our community transforms your average hinged egg into miniature haptic works of art bursting full of fun things.  Watch out, Fabergé, if it’s anything like last year, you’ve got some hot competition.  We created over 100 last year.  Can we break the record?  All the eggs will be carefully transported to Guide Dogs for the Blind’s beautiful campus where the joyous hunt and the real magic takes place.

    RSVP to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    Intergenerational Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club: Hidden Figures (hybrid)

    Intergenerational Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club: Hidden Figures (hybrid)


    Mar 29

    This month we invited LightHouse students of all ages to celebrate Women's History Month by watching the award-winning film Hidden Figures, a film about three brilliant African American women at NASA - Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. They played pivotal roles in launching America's first astronaut into orbit. Their journey vividly illustrates the determination and resilience required to overcome the racial and gender prejudices of the early 1960s.

    Join us in person at LightHouse Headquarters in San Francisco at 1155 Market or by anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting. Guests that wish to join in person will gather on the 11th floor for popcorn. After the film we will have space to talk about the film, the themes it addressed, or just connect with your LightHouse friends.

    Watch the official Hidden Figures trailer

    RSVP: Contact Jamey Gump by email at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372

  • Two-Day Storytelling Workshop with Author M. Leona Godin (in-person)

    Two-Day Storytelling Workshop with Author M. Leona Godin (in-person)


    Mar 30

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco, 11th Floor
    Cost: $100

    Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31

    During this intensive weekend workshop, writer and performer Leona Godin will guide students through writing and performance exercises to craft personal narratives. We’ll consider creative non-fiction for the page and for the stage, for example the personal essay, Moth-style storytelling, and memoir. Students will also be encouraged to prepare a short piece for performance during the public story slam Saturday afternoon.

    About the Instructor: Dr. M. Leona Godin is the author of There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness (Pantheon, 2021), and the founder of Aromatica Poetica, an arts and culture laboratory for the advancement of smell and taste. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, O Magazine, Literary Hub, and others. Her storytelling appearances include: RISK!; Story Collider; The MOTH Mainstage; TALE; and Turn Me Into Gold (Back Pocket Media). Her first storytelling solo show, “SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK!,” Debuted at Under St. Marks Theater in November 2023 and she’s currently performing “Becoming Blind (as a Bat)” at Olfactory Art Keller. As a New York Public Library 2023-24 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellow, she’s working on a series of essays about image description and photography.

    Saturday Schedule:
    • 10:00 AM: check-in, introductions, and notes on short, personal narrative. Beginning, middle, and end, sure, but what else makes a compelling story? How do you make the personal universal? We’ll talk about elements that can guide your choices when crafting a story. What’s the difference between an anecdote and a story? A premise and a story? How do I show, not tell?
    • 12:00 PM: Lunch
    • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Writing is a solitary business, except when it’s not! Oftentimes authors are called upon to read their work. This may present some challenges to some newly low-vision writers. However, whether you are a seasoned public reader or brand-new, whether you’ll be reading your own work or asking someone else to read for you, we’ll talk about how to select and prepare an excerpt. For those who would like to try their hand at Moth-style storytelling, we’ll talk about how to remain loose while still being mindful of the time. Storytelling in front of a live audience is also a great way to gain reader fans. We’ll listen to and discuss some examples.
    • 4:00 - 6:00 PM: Storytelling Slam (see below)
    • 6:30 PM: Dinner

    Sunday Schedule:
    • 8:30 AM: Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM: Spinning out the story. We’ll consider strategies for connecting stories to create longer narratives. We’ll discuss nonfiction forms such as the lyric essay and memoir and consider how different genres allow different facets of a story to emerge. We’ll also talk about publishing: how to submit your work; where to submit your work; how not to be crushed by disappointment. And finally, we’ll talk about how to develop a sustainable and sustaining daily writing practice.
    • 11:30 AM: Pack up and check out of rooms
    • 12:00 PM: Lunch
    • 1:00 PM: Workshop ends

    RSVP online for Two-Day Storytelling Workshop with Author M. Leona Godin or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    1155 Performance Salon: Story Slam featuring author M. Leona Godin (in-person)

    1155 Performance Salon: Story Slam featuring author M. Leona Godin (in-person)


    Mar 30

    Where: Lighthouse HQ, 1155 Market, San Francisco 10th floor multipurpose room

    Experience the thrill of live storytelling at our upcoming Story Slam hosted by Leona Godin and featuring … you! Just put your name in the hat for a chance to tell (or read) a five-minute story. Each storyteller will have five minutes to share their narrative, crafted around a theme specially chosen for the event. With ten coveted performance slots available, five will be drawn from our exclusive weekend storytelling workshop with Leona (see above or LightHouse Calendar), while the remaining five will be selected from the audience. We will announce the theme in our March 2024 Guide to Adult Programs at the LightHouse. 

    RSVP to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

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