The week's events

  • The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    Sep 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 many 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 Cole or to Sabrina Bolus at or 415-694-760

    Vision: Peer-led Support Group (online)

    Vision: Peer-led Support Group (online)

    Sep 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.” We discuss different topics and share our experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. Reading is not required. However, if you would like topic details beyond our discussions, please refer to the book which is available on NLS BARD (DBC11619).

    9/4 LightHouse is closed/No group meeting
    9/18 Independent Socializing (Chapter 9)
    “When to Change Your Operating System: If you have gone to events with a companion till now, going alone can be quite a shock! It can seem as if you suddenly lost a lot more sight. No one is standing beside you, interpreting the scene or finding your friends.”

    RSVP online for Vision: Peer-led Support Group or contact Sabrina Bolus at or 415-694-7607.

  • Tech Together: September 2023 (Online)

    Tech Together: September 2023 (Online)

    Sep 19

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

    September 5: Stream on with Video Streaming Services
    Join the Access Technology team in a discussion all about video streaming apps. We will talk about popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and more! We will also discuss different video resolutions.

    RSVP online for Stream on with Video Streaming Services or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684

    September 12: All About Video Gear Part 1: iPhone Camera and Accessories
    Join the Access Technology team as we explore how to use the iPhone to record and edit your videos. We will talk about considerations before starting the recording, apps you can use for editing, and peripheral accessories that can enhance your videos.

    RSVP online for All About Video Gear Part 1: iPhone Camera and Accessories or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684

    September 19: All About Video Gear Part 2: Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories
    Join the Access Technology Team as we continue our discussion on video recording gear. We will talk about DSLR cameras, GoPros, and a host of other dedicated video recorders. We will also discuss lenses, filters, mounts, and more.

    RSVP online for All About Video Gear Part 2: Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684

    September 26: Vlogging in View
    Join the Access Technology team as we discuss how to upload your videos for the world to see. We’ll discuss the different platforms available and accessibility considerations.

    RSVP online for Vlogging in View or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684

  • Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Sep 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 Jeffrey Schneider has more than 40 years of meditation and teaching experience. It is a virtual class using the Zoom platform—everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfo rtable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP online to Stress Reduction and Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at or 415-694-7607.

    Gratitude VIBES: September 2023 (online)

    Gratitude VIBES: September 2023 (online)

    Sep 20

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations. Individual check-ins and gratitude-closers follow presentations.

    September 6: Poetry Readings from Writers' Lane Workshop participants and other works.
    September 20: Guest, DeAnna Quietwater Noriega, author of Fifty Years of Walking with Friends

    RSVP online for Gratitude VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at or 415-694-7607.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Sep 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

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

  • Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Sep 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 or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

    Tecnologia para Todos (en línea)/Technology for All (online)

    Tecnologia para Todos (en línea)/Technology for All (online)

    Sep 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: or by calling 415-694-7323.

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teen and Young Adult: Stranger Things (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teen and Young Adult: Stranger Things (online)

    Sep 21

    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 or 415-694-7372.

  • Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)

    Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)

    Sep 22

    This class runs Fridays in September from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    “Meet me in the kitchen” is a five-week course designed to empower LightHouse students with the non-visual techniques needed to prepare and present delicious meals independently. This course is created and taught by Bobbi Pompey, an Independent Living Skills Specialist with a passion for cooking and teaching. Each week you will learn non-visual kitchen skills, general cooking tips and tricks, and prepare a snack or meal.

    Skills You Will Learn Include:

    Organizing, labeling, and preparing your kitchen and workspace
    Measuring wet and dry ingredients
    Using knives, kitchen appliances, blindness/low vision gadgets and other “tools of the trade”
    Understanding how to build flavor profiles, decipher lingo used in recipes, and determine the doneness of food
    Serving, garnishing, and presenting meals with multiple dishes to friends and family, and other guests

    Spots in this fun and educational course are limited, so secure your participation by contacting Bobbi Pompey, or (415) 694-7613 by August 25th.

    Course Schedule:

    Session 1: September 1 -  Welcome and Course Overview
    This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, a tour of the kitchen, and an introduction to basic techniques for navigating a kitchen. Class will conclude with a lesson on pouring and spreading and the preparation of a snack.

    Session 2: September - Cracking the Code
    By the end of this session, you will understand how to decipher common recipe lingo, develop delicious flavor profiles with spices stock a pantry with basic staples, and shop for groceries independently. Techniques for measuring will be used to create a spice rub and/or basic sauce.

    Session 3: September 15 - Getting the Job Done
    Knife skills are the main focus of this session. Students will make a simple one-pot soup and learn to determine when food is done.

    Session 4: September 22 - Learning to Spin All the Plates
    This class marks the transition into the more advanced portion of the course. Labeling, organizing, blindness devices, kitchen gadgets, and the use of small appliances will be covered as ways to add efficiency to meal preparation. You will prepare a three part meal during this session.

    Session 5: September 29 - Putting On the Finishing Touches
    Taking all the skills of previous classes you will learn to; serve themselves, serve others, set a table, decorate and/or garnish a meal.

    This course takes place at LightHouse San Francisco at 1155 Market St. 10th Floor.

    RSVP by August 25 to Bobbi Pompey at or 415-694-7613.

The events for the upcoming week are read aloud on our event hotline every Friday, which can be accessed by calling 415-694-7325. For more information about visiting the Adaptations Store, head to our shop page.

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