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Sep 24
Sep 25(3 events)

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


Sep 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 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 SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-760

10:00 am: Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


Sep 25

Come join the Access Technology department of the LightHouse for the Blind for this exciting class.

What it is: Receive a Victor Reader Stream 3 and attend a four-day class on how to use it. The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest model in the Victor Reader product line from HumanWare.

How it benefits you: The Stream allows you to connect to book services such as NLS BARD, NFB Newsline, and BookShare and download directly to the player.
You can also download podcasts and stream internet radio. The Stream 3 features 2.4 and 5 G WiFi connection and Bluetooth capabilities.

When: September 25, 26, 27, & 29 (no class September 28). There will be a one hour lunch break each day from noon to 1:00 pm.

Where: LightHouse headquarters building at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco

RSVP: Send an email to AT@lighthouse-sf.org no later than September 19.

5:00 pm: Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


Sep 25

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 from 5 PM-7:30 PM.

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

Sep 26(2 events)

10:00 am: Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


Sep 26

Come join the Access Technology department of the LightHouse for the Blind for this exciting class.

What it is: Receive a Victor Reader Stream 3 and attend a four-day class on how to use it. The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest model in the Victor Reader product line from HumanWare.

How it benefits you: The Stream allows you to connect to book services such as NLS BARD, NFB Newsline, and BookShare and download directly to the player.
You can also download podcasts and stream internet radio. The Stream 3 features 2.4 and 5 G WiFi connection and Bluetooth capabilities.

When: September 25, 26, 27, & 29 (no class September 28). There will be a one hour lunch break each day from noon to 1:00 pm.

Where: LightHouse headquarters building at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco

RSVP: Send an email to AT@lighthouse-sf.org no later than September 19.

2:00 pm: Tech Together: September 2023 (Online)


Sep 26

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

Sep 27(4 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)


Sep 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 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 SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

10:00 am: Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


Sep 27

Come join the Access Technology department of the LightHouse for the Blind for this exciting class.

What it is: Receive a Victor Reader Stream 3 and attend a four-day class on how to use it. The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest model in the Victor Reader product line from HumanWare.

How it benefits you: The Stream allows you to connect to book services such as NLS BARD, NFB Newsline, and BookShare and download directly to the player.
You can also download podcasts and stream internet radio. The Stream 3 features 2.4 and 5 G WiFi connection and Bluetooth capabilities.

When: September 25, 26, 27, & 29 (no class September 28). There will be a one hour lunch break each day from noon to 1:00 pm.

Where: LightHouse headquarters building at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco

RSVP: Send an email to AT@lighthouse-sf.org no later than September 19.

2:00 pm: Meet You At The House (online)


Sep 27

Pull up a comfy chair and join Community Outreach Specialist Sheri Albers in the LightHouse virtual living room to talk about all things LightHouse! Have you been experiencing changes in your vision that have been affecting your daily life, but did not know who to talk to? LightHouse in San Francisco may have the solutions you have been looking for. This is a safe place to bring the questions that you have been wanting to ask. As always, Raqi from the Adaptations Store will be on hand to let us know what is new in the world of low vision and blindness products.

RSVP to Sheri Albers at SAlbers@LightHouse-sf.org or 415-694-7331.

6:30 pm: Goalball with BORP (in-person)


Sep 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.

Sep 28(3 events)

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Sep 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!

5:00 pm: 1155 Performance Salon (in-person)


Sep 28

Come up to the tenth floor of 1155 Market St. for stellar community, refreshment and performance. Enjoy one headliner for an hour after five 5-minute warmup acts.

For our first of six salons, we will be treated to the vibrant Latin Jazz of Jorge Ellington and the Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble. Plus, warm up for the main act with a curated selection of five five-minute works by blind and disabled performers, ranging from spoken word and comedy to music and movement.

About Our Headliner:
Jorge Ellington is a local musician, singer and song writer of the Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble. The band was started in 1978. The original band consisted of 14 members and was called Esentia, then Orq Esencia. The band has evolved through the years undergoing changes in composition and name.

Today, the band now called The Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble, is a smaller version of the original orchestra. The band led by Jorge Ellington, has shared the stage with many performers including Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Tito Puente, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, La Lupe, and many more. The group has performed at many venues locally and abroad.

Jorge Ellington and his band have recorded and released 2 albums Esencia and Fuerza Positiva. They are currently working on a third album.

Warm-Up Acts:
If you are interested in performing five minutes or less of your work near the beginning of the salon, please send an email to MScott@lighthouse-sf.org with a description of what you would like to perform and a sample of your work or call 415-694-7608.

Plus, an accessible art display.

Before and during the performance and while you enjoy some refreshment and good company, check out the work of blind photographer, Ted Tekachi whose work was displayed in the building lobby before and during the pandemic. This special showing allows for a much more up close and personal look at the work complete with QR code access to audio descriptions in the artist’s own voice.

The 1155 Performance Salon is made possible thanks to a City and County of San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development grant.

8:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teen and Young Adult: Stranger Things (online)


Sep 28

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.

Sep 29(2 events)

10:00 am: Victor Reader Stream 3 Immersion (in-person)


Sep 29

Come join the Access Technology department of the LightHouse for the Blind for this exciting class.

What it is: Receive a Victor Reader Stream 3 and attend a four-day class on how to use it. The Victor Reader Stream 3 is the latest model in the Victor Reader product line from HumanWare.

How it benefits you: The Stream allows you to connect to book services such as NLS BARD, NFB Newsline, and BookShare and download directly to the player.
You can also download podcasts and stream internet radio. The Stream 3 features 2.4 and 5 G WiFi connection and Bluetooth capabilities.

When: September 25, 26, 27, & 29 (no class September 28). There will be a one hour lunch break each day from noon to 1:00 pm.

Where: LightHouse headquarters building at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco

RSVP: Send an email to AT@lighthouse-sf.org no later than September 19.

1:00 pm: Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)


Sep 29

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, bpompey@lighthouse-sf.org 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 BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613.

Sep 30

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.

The LightHouse is scent-free. Please abstain from wearing colognes, perfumes, or other scented products. Additionally, coffee must be securely lidded at all times and citrus should not be peeled on the premises. Thanks for supporting our efforts to respect chemical sensitivities!

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