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LightHouse will be closed from Thursday, December 21, 2023 through Tuesday, January 2, 2024 for the Winter Holiday break.

Events in November 2023

  • Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    (All day)
    Nov 1

    This November, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company, will release the on-demand screening of SKETCH 13: Lucky. Offered in four parts, we will release a dance work every Wednesday. Each work includes an audio description and will be available to view for 14 days.

    Grab a blanket and your favorite beverage, and enjoy these strikingly different ballets from the comfort of your home.

    November 1- 14, 2023 Blooming Flowers and The Full Moon by Natasha Adorlee
    November 8-21, 2023 - Visual Language by Trey McIntyre
    November 15-28, 2023 Gilded by Hélène Simoneau
    November 22-Dec 5, 2023 - How it Feels by Amy Seiwert

    Pay-what-you-can tickets are available through Eventbrite and will give you 14-day unlimited access to on-demand screening for each work.

    For more information visit: asimagery.org/sketch-on-demand-ad

     

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)


    Nov 1

    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.

    Gratitude VIBES (online)

    Gratitude VIBES (online)


    Nov 1

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Elevate your senses and uplift your spirits in our awe-inspiring sessions! Dive into a heartwarming series of student showcases, individual check-ins, and heartwarming gratitude-closers. Here's what we have lined up for you:

    November 1: Dive into the World of Audio Description with guest speaker, John Gray, Founder and CEO of Wadjet
    November 8: Sounds of Appreciation - Share your happy tunes with us and let the melody of gratitude play!
    November 15: Savory & Sweet Holiday Food Recipes - Relish and share your recipes of the festive season!
    November 22: No Class Today - Take a moment to self-reflect and cherish personal gratitude!
    November 29: The Four Agreements: Don't take anything personally. Empower your life with wisdom!

    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)


    Nov 1

    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)


    Nov 1

    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.

     

  • Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Nov 2

    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 Art Class (in-person)

    Create In Community Art Class (in-person)


    Nov 2

    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 moth 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.
    During the months of November and December, let’s explore projects that celebrate gratitude and gifting culture, ranging from gratitude stones to stitched ornaments, pop-up cards to simple journals and more.

    Walk-ins are welcome. But you can also RSVP to Maia Scott at  Mscott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Nov 2

    Take your travel to the next level with Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding. Join Kacie Cappello and Fernando Macias from the Access Technology department, and Orientation & Mobility Specialists extraordinaire, Jennifer Huey and Jenna Whitelaw, to explore the tools and techniques for navigating safely and confidently through our opening, changing world.

    We’ll discuss how native iPhone functionality like Siri and the Compass app can help you orient to your surroundings. You will learn route-planning strategies using Apple Maps and Google Maps, and how to get public transportation information from apps like Moovit and LiveBart. You will hear accessible apps like BlindSquare in action and try features out for yourself.

    Whether you’re rediscovering your favorite coffeeshop, or preparing for your next great adventure, you’ll be ready to boldly go where you’ve always wanted to go!

    This class runs Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 and November 2 & 9, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    RSVP by October 2 to AT@lighthouse-sf.org
    or 415-431-1481.

    POSTPONED: LightHouse + Vision Zero: Autonomous Vehicle Forum (hybrid)

    POSTPONED: LightHouse + Vision Zero: Autonomous Vehicle Forum (hybrid)


    Nov 2

    Please note: The event has been postponed.

    LightHouse is once again partnering with Vision Zero to bring conversations and efforts to increase pedestrian safety in San Francisco in the limelight! Next month, on Thursday, November 2, join LightHouse CEO Sharon Giovinazzo and Autonomous Vehicle experts as we discuss pedestrian safety and the future of safer transit options for San Francisco visitors and residents. This will be a hybrid event; participants may attend in person at the LightHouse HQ or virtually. For those who would like to attend virtually, a link to access the forum will be emailed the day prior.

    This forum is made possible by generous funding from the San Francisco Public Health Foundation and the City and County of San Francisco.

    Tecnologia para Todos: November 2023 (online)

    Tecnologia para Todos: November 2023 (online)


    Nov 2

    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: JColon@lighthouse-sf.org or by calling 415-694-7323.

    LightHouse Board Meeting Open to the Public (hybrid)

    LightHouse Board Meeting Open to the Public (hybrid)


    Nov 2

    Members of the public are invited to attend the Thursday, November 2nd meeting of the Board of Directors of San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This meeting will be a hybrid meeting and runs from 5:30 pm to 9:00 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, November 1st to be included in the agenda.

    If you wish to attend this meeting in person, it will be held at LightHouse San Francisco headquarters at 1155 Market St. 10th Floor, San Francisco.

    Get directions to LightHouse San Francisco.

    If you are attending virtually, please fill out the LightHouse Public Comment and RSVP Sing 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 Teen and Young Adult: Stranger Things (online)

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


    Nov 2

    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.

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

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Nov 6

    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

    Vision: Peer-led Support Group (online)

    Vision: Peer-led Support Group (online)


    Nov 6

    Vision is a solutions-based, 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).

    November 6: Chapter 12, titled "A Whole Person Again," emphasizes self-trust and the power of familial empowerment. It accentuates the role of teamwork in overcoming challenges and underscores the significance of seeking personal and professional assistance when dealing with vision loss. The chapter also addresses strategies for job retention and showcases the therapeutic benefits of engaging in charitable or civic work as a way to regain purpose and identity amidst adversity.

    1. The final session for 2023 is on November 6. We'll resume in January 2024. More details to follow.

    RSVP online for Vision: Peer-led Support Group or contact Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

  • Tech Together: November 2023 (online)

    Tech Together: November 2023 (online)


    Nov 7

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

    November 7: What's New With iOS 17
    With a new iOS version and a new iPhone lineup comes new features and changes to the iOS experience, but what does this mean for access technology users? How do you make updates to Siri's speech settings? What is an action button, and how do you use it? What is the one true meaning of "Rah-paw-sed?" You'll find out when we discuss the ups and downs of iOS 17.

    November 14: V.I.E.W: Visual Independence Enhancement Wearables
    Smart glasses are an emerging technology that can increase access to information. Can they increase one’s independence as well? Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the features and capabilities of wearable devices such as Envision glasses, Seleste glasses, and Orcam products.

    November 21: Talk Shopping
    Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the apps and services you can use to buy all your favorite things. Whether you're checking off items on a grocery list, shopping for a special occasion, or just indulging in a little retail therapy, we’ll highlight accessible ways to shop with confidence.

    November 28: Smarten Up Your Home
    From lights, to locks, to speakers, to appliances, join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the virtual assistants and devices you can use to make your home more connected and more accessible.

    RSVP online for Tech Together November 2023 (this link works for all four classes) or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)


    Nov 7

    LightHouse invites our students and community members to join us virtually Tuesdays in November to watch the Netflix limited series ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE tells the story of two teenagers during World War II, one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army. With this story not only being about a blind teenager, but also played by a blind actress, the LightHouse Community Services team would like to invite our friends and community to join us for our latest intergenerational series of our Reel Escape Audio Description Club.

    The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is open for all ages.

    What:  ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE audio-described four-part series
    When:  November 7, 14, 28 & December 5 at 7:00 pm (There is no screening on November 21, which is during the week of Thanksgiving.)
    Where: Online
    RSVP: By 5:00 pm the day before each showing to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372

    View the ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE trailer.

    For more information about ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE’s TV-MA rating, please visit the parental guide.

  • Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    (All day)
    Nov 8

    This November, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company, will release the on-demand screening of SKETCH 13: Lucky. Offered in four parts, we will release a dance work every Wednesday. Each work includes an audio description and will be available to view for 14 days.

    Grab a blanket and your favorite beverage, and enjoy these strikingly different ballets from the comfort of your home.

    November 1- 14, 2023 Blooming Flowers and The Full Moon by Natasha Adorlee
    November 8-21, 2023 - Visual Language by Trey McIntyre
    November 15-28, 2023 Gilded by Hélène Simoneau
    November 22-Dec 5, 2023 - How it Feels by Amy Seiwert

    Pay-what-you-can tickets are available through Eventbrite and will give you 14-day unlimited access to on-demand screening for each work.

    For more information visit: asimagery.org/sketch-on-demand-ad

     

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)


    Nov 8

    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.

    Gratitude VIBES (online)

    Gratitude VIBES (online)


    Nov 8

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Elevate your senses and uplift your spirits in our awe-inspiring sessions! Dive into a heartwarming series of student showcases, individual check-ins, and heartwarming gratitude-closers. Here's what we have lined up for you:

    November 1: Dive into the World of Audio Description with guest speaker, John Gray, Founder and CEO of Wadjet
    November 8: Sounds of Appreciation - Share your happy tunes with us and let the melody of gratitude play!
    November 15: Savory & Sweet Holiday Food Recipes - Relish and share your recipes of the festive season!
    November 22: No Class Today - Take a moment to self-reflect and cherish personal gratitude!
    November 29: The Four Agreements: Don't take anything personally. Empower your life with wisdom!

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

    SFPL: Talking Books and Braille Center Reopening

    SFPL: Talking Books and Braille Center Reopening


    Nov 8

    Please join the San Francisco Public library for the reopening of the newly renovated Talking Books and Braille Center (TBBC) at the Main branch. 

    The TBBC is located on the 2nd floor of the Main branch Public Library at 100 Larkin St. in San Francisco.

    Celebratory remarks and an opening bell ringing will be followed by light refreshments and music. Attendees can explore and enjoy the Center. Email publicaffairs@sfpl.org to RSVP

    About the TBBC: The newly renovated Talking Books and Braille Center (TBBC) will be a gathering space for Blind, Low-Vision and Print Disabled communities in San Francisco to engage in the joys of literacy, explore technology and enjoy library programming. The TBBC was created in 1971. It is located on the second floor of the Main Library, built in 1996. The TBBC is part of the National Library Service administered by the Library of Congress and is a beloved fixture of the Blind and Low-Vision community.

    Museum of Craft & Design: Access After Hours (in-person)

    Museum of Craft & Design: Access After Hours (in-person)


    Nov 8

    Join the Museum of Craft & Design for a free and inspiring Make Art evening of art making and viewing in the Museum of Craft & Design's comfortable gallery spaces. Walk through the exhibit to learn about and unpack a selection of works on view. Move from table to table and try out different materials and techniques used by the artists and adapted for an enjoyable tactile experience. Socialize with other arts enthusiasts over light refreshment. All tied together, it Makes for an uplifting experience.
    Museum of Craft & Design is located at 2569 3rd Street, right on the T line in San Francisco.

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

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Nov 8

    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.

  • Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Nov 9

    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 Art Class (in-person)

    Create In Community Art Class (in-person)


    Nov 9

    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 moth 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.
    During the months of November and December, let’s explore projects that celebrate gratitude and gifting culture, ranging from gratitude stones to stitched ornaments, pop-up cards to simple journals and more.

    Walk-ins are welcome. But you can also RSVP to Maia Scott at  Mscott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Nov 9

    Take your travel to the next level with Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding. Join Kacie Cappello and Fernando Macias from the Access Technology department, and Orientation & Mobility Specialists extraordinaire, Jennifer Huey and Jenna Whitelaw, to explore the tools and techniques for navigating safely and confidently through our opening, changing world.

    We’ll discuss how native iPhone functionality like Siri and the Compass app can help you orient to your surroundings. You will learn route-planning strategies using Apple Maps and Google Maps, and how to get public transportation information from apps like Moovit and LiveBart. You will hear accessible apps like BlindSquare in action and try features out for yourself.

    Whether you’re rediscovering your favorite coffeeshop, or preparing for your next great adventure, you’ll be ready to boldly go where you’ve always wanted to go!

    This class runs Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 and November 2 & 9, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    RSVP by October 2 to AT@lighthouse-sf.org
    or 415-431-1481.

    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)


    Nov 9

    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.

  • 2023 Northern CAOMS Conference/Hands-On Introduction to Reading Tactile Maps Using TMAP (in-person)

    2023 Northern CAOMS Conference/Hands-On Introduction to Reading Tactile Maps Using TMAP (in-person)


    Nov 12

    The 2023 Northern California Association of Orientation & Mobilty Specialists (CAOMS) Conference takes place November 10 through 12 in person in Monterey California.
    LightHouse's Media and Accessible Design (MAD) Lab will hold a workshop at the conference, led by MAD Lab employees Frank Welte and Greg Kehret, who will be joined by map enthusiast Jerry Kuns for hands-on exercises focusing on TMAP tactile street maps. Participants will learn techniques for reading tactile graphics in general and tactile maps in particular - skills essential to developing tactile graphics literacy and location literacy.
    HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH audio-described performance & haptic tour (in-person)

    HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH audio-described performance & haptic tour (in-person)


    Nov 12

    Shotgun Players in Berkeley is presenting an audio-described performance and pre-show haptic tour of their production of the musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.

    Winner of four Tony Awards, HEDWIG is an “internationally ignored song stylist,” a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess. This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (played by actress Pangaea Colter - she/her) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the Bay Area’s Skip the Needle, a Black Dyke Rock band.

    “This production takes place here in Berkeley, CA at a dive bar,” Director Richard A. Mosqueda says. “This is a story about a person stepping into her own self and going on a journey of self-completion,” Mosqueda reveals.

    The performance takes place on Sunday, November 12. The haptic tour begins at 4:00 pm and the performance at 5:00 pm. The runtime is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. Ashby Stage is in Berkeley at 1901 Ashby Ave., just across the street from the northwest corner of the Ashby BART parking lot.

    Buy tickets online for HEDWIG or call the Shotgun Players box office: 510-841-6500 ext. 303.

    For more info, visit Shotgun Players HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH webpage.

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

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Nov 13

    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

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


    Nov 13

    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.

  • Tech Together: November 2023 (online)

    Tech Together: November 2023 (online)


    Nov 14

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

    November 7: What's New With iOS 17
    With a new iOS version and a new iPhone lineup comes new features and changes to the iOS experience, but what does this mean for access technology users? How do you make updates to Siri's speech settings? What is an action button, and how do you use it? What is the one true meaning of "Rah-paw-sed?" You'll find out when we discuss the ups and downs of iOS 17.

    November 14: V.I.E.W: Visual Independence Enhancement Wearables
    Smart glasses are an emerging technology that can increase access to information. Can they increase one’s independence as well? Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the features and capabilities of wearable devices such as Envision glasses, Seleste glasses, and Orcam products.

    November 21: Talk Shopping
    Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the apps and services you can use to buy all your favorite things. Whether you're checking off items on a grocery list, shopping for a special occasion, or just indulging in a little retail therapy, we’ll highlight accessible ways to shop with confidence.

    November 28: Smarten Up Your Home
    From lights, to locks, to speakers, to appliances, join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the virtual assistants and devices you can use to make your home more connected and more accessible.

    RSVP online for Tech Together November 2023 (this link works for all four classes) 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)


    Nov 14

    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.

    *Please note, this group is not afflicted with LightHouse.

    College Spaces from Different Places: Welcome & Welcome Back! (online)

    College Spaces from Different Places: Welcome & Welcome Back! (online)


    Nov 14

    Are you a blind or visually impaired college student looking to make new friends, and reunite with old ones? Would you like to increase your leadership, advocacy, and networking skills over fun and informative activities and outings with peers? Are you looking to get out in the community and explore new places?

    Well then, look no further. College Spaces from Different Places is coming back for its third year! College Spaces from Different Places is a hybrid program for all college students who are blind or visually impaired from across the state.

    For our first meeting, we will be focusing on getting to know each other and cultivating community with new and old friends over a series of icebreakers, games, and maybe a few debate competitions. We will finish off the evening by discussing ideas about the future of College Spaces, from leadership to outings, speakers and beyond. Bring your friends and some friendly competition, and we’ll see you there!

    If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Daisy Soto at DSoto@LightHouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328.

    Note: Please RSVP by Friday, November 10 to ensure you receive the Zoom link.
    Note: The Zoom link to join will be distributed the morning of the meetup. All blind/low vision college students are welcome, and you DO NOT need any authorizations from the DOR to join.

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)


    Nov 14

    LightHouse invites our students and community members to join us virtually Tuesdays in November to watch the Netflix limited series ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE tells the story of two teenagers during World War II, one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army. With this story not only being about a blind teenager, but also played by a blind actress, the LightHouse Community Services team would like to invite our friends and community to join us for our latest intergenerational series of our Reel Escape Audio Description Club.

    The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is open for all ages.

    What:  ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE audio-described four-part series
    When:  November 7, 14, 28 & December 5 at 7:00 pm (There is no screening on November 21, which is during the week of Thanksgiving.)
    Where: Online
    RSVP: By 5:00 pm the day before each showing to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372

    View the ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE trailer.

    For more information about ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE’s TV-MA rating, please visit the parental guide.

  • Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    (All day)
    Nov 15

    This November, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company, will release the on-demand screening of SKETCH 13: Lucky. Offered in four parts, we will release a dance work every Wednesday. Each work includes an audio description and will be available to view for 14 days.

    Grab a blanket and your favorite beverage, and enjoy these strikingly different ballets from the comfort of your home.

    November 1- 14, 2023 Blooming Flowers and The Full Moon by Natasha Adorlee
    November 8-21, 2023 - Visual Language by Trey McIntyre
    November 15-28, 2023 Gilded by Hélène Simoneau
    November 22-Dec 5, 2023 - How it Feels by Amy Seiwert

    Pay-what-you-can tickets are available through Eventbrite and will give you 14-day unlimited access to on-demand screening for each work.

    For more information visit: asimagery.org/sketch-on-demand-ad

     

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)


    Nov 15

    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.

    Gratitude VIBES (online)

    Gratitude VIBES (online)


    Nov 15

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Elevate your senses and uplift your spirits in our awe-inspiring sessions! Dive into a heartwarming series of student showcases, individual check-ins, and heartwarming gratitude-closers. Here's what we have lined up for you:

    November 1: Dive into the World of Audio Description with guest speaker, John Gray, Founder and CEO of Wadjet
    November 8: Sounds of Appreciation - Share your happy tunes with us and let the melody of gratitude play!
    November 15: Savory & Sweet Holiday Food Recipes - Relish and share your recipes of the festive season!
    November 22: No Class Today - Take a moment to self-reflect and cherish personal gratitude!
    November 29: The Four Agreements: Don't take anything personally. Empower your life with wisdom!

    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)


    Nov 15

    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.

  • Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Nov 16

    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!

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

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


    Nov 16

    The Museum of Craft & Design (MCD) returns for a series of monthly artmaking sessions featuring projects, processes and prompts inspired by their latest exhibitions. Whether you craft, build, paint, garden, sew or sculpt at any level experience, MCD's Mobile Make art activations are sure to push your envelope or meet you in your happy place. Come to the craft room on the 11th floor of Lighthouse San Francisco HQ for good times with great people.

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

     

    Tecnologia para Todos: November 2023 (online)

    Tecnologia para Todos: November 2023 (online)


    Nov 16

    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: JColon@lighthouse-sf.org or by calling 415-694-7323.

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)


    Nov 16

    Into The Dark is a new ensemble work instigated by Jess Curtis in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of Blind, Low Vision and Sighted performers, addressing the physical, subconscious, and literal effects of western culture’s binary mythologizing of darkness and light. A significant period of the piece takes place in total darkness. House staff will be available to escort anyone out of the theater if they should need to leave for any reason. All audience members are given ‘glow sticks’  which they can activate to signal their desire to leave.

    The performance lasts approx. 75 minutes. Pre-boarding (early seating) will be offered for people with mobility impairments. There will be no late seating once the show has begun.

    This production runs Thursday - Sunday from November 9 – November 19, 2023 at CounterPulse SF located at  80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    Audio Description by Gravity Access Services is available for every show.

    Haptic Access Tours will take place one hour before every show. The duration of the tour is approx. 20-30 minutes. Audio Description + Haptic Access Tour by Europa Grace of Gravity Access Services. Register for headsets and tour at: michael@jesscurtisgravity.org

    CouterPulse is an ADA accessible venue.

    All seating for Into the Dark is on one level, there is no limit to the number of spaces for wheelchair users who reserve tickets and arrive on time for pre-seating. There is no late seating.

    Deaf Access -  Our Deaf advisors and friends have let us know that the amount of darkness central to this performance is not comfortable for most Deaf people. Deaf audience members who might be interested in attending in spite of the darkness may contact us to discuss individual accommodations such as touch-based Sign Language Interpretation.

    For more details visit Gravity’s website.

    Tickets are $0-$50 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

    Get tickets to Into the Dark here.

    For questions email info@jesscurtisgravity.org.

    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)


    Nov 16

    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.

  • 30% and Growing (in-person)

    30% and Growing (in-person)


    Nov 17

    Join us for 30% and Growing this month as we visit the Fermentation Lab at 1230 Market St in San Francisco! The Fermentation Lab is only a five-minute walk from Lighthouse headquarters as well as Civic Center Bart. Come out and enjoy food, drinks and comradery with others who are blind and low vision in different stages of their career. We will be gathering at 6:00 p.m.

    RSVP to Andrew Martinez at AMartinez@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)


    Nov 17

    Into The Dark is a new ensemble work instigated by Jess Curtis in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of Blind, Low Vision and Sighted performers, addressing the physical, subconscious, and literal effects of western culture’s binary mythologizing of darkness and light. A significant period of the piece takes place in total darkness. House staff will be available to escort anyone out of the theater if they should need to leave for any reason. All audience members are given ‘glow sticks’  which they can activate to signal their desire to leave.

    The performance lasts approx. 75 minutes. Pre-boarding (early seating) will be offered for people with mobility impairments. There will be no late seating once the show has begun.

    This production runs Thursday - Sunday from November 9 – November 19, 2023 at CounterPulse SF located at  80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    Audio Description by Gravity Access Services is available for every show.

    Haptic Access Tours will take place one hour before every show. The duration of the tour is approx. 20-30 minutes. Audio Description + Haptic Access Tour by Europa Grace of Gravity Access Services. Register for headsets and tour at: michael@jesscurtisgravity.org

    CouterPulse is an ADA accessible venue.

    All seating for Into the Dark is on one level, there is no limit to the number of spaces for wheelchair users who reserve tickets and arrive on time for pre-seating. There is no late seating.

    Deaf Access -  Our Deaf advisors and friends have let us know that the amount of darkness central to this performance is not comfortable for most Deaf people. Deaf audience members who might be interested in attending in spite of the darkness may contact us to discuss individual accommodations such as touch-based Sign Language Interpretation.

    For more details visit Gravity’s website.

    Tickets are $0-$50 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

    Get tickets to Into the Dark here.

    For questions email info@jesscurtisgravity.org.

  • CCB San Francisco Chapter Monthly Meeting (hybrid)

    CCB San Francisco Chapter Monthly Meeting (hybrid)


    Nov 18

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

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

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)


    Nov 18

    Into The Dark is a new ensemble work instigated by Jess Curtis in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of Blind, Low Vision and Sighted performers, addressing the physical, subconscious, and literal effects of western culture’s binary mythologizing of darkness and light. A significant period of the piece takes place in total darkness. House staff will be available to escort anyone out of the theater if they should need to leave for any reason. All audience members are given ‘glow sticks’  which they can activate to signal their desire to leave.

    The performance lasts approx. 75 minutes. Pre-boarding (early seating) will be offered for people with mobility impairments. There will be no late seating once the show has begun.

    This production runs Thursday - Sunday from November 9 – November 19, 2023 at CounterPulse SF located at  80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    Audio Description by Gravity Access Services is available for every show.

    Haptic Access Tours will take place one hour before every show. The duration of the tour is approx. 20-30 minutes. Audio Description + Haptic Access Tour by Europa Grace of Gravity Access Services. Register for headsets and tour at: michael@jesscurtisgravity.org

    CouterPulse is an ADA accessible venue.

    All seating for Into the Dark is on one level, there is no limit to the number of spaces for wheelchair users who reserve tickets and arrive on time for pre-seating. There is no late seating.

    Deaf Access -  Our Deaf advisors and friends have let us know that the amount of darkness central to this performance is not comfortable for most Deaf people. Deaf audience members who might be interested in attending in spite of the darkness may contact us to discuss individual accommodations such as touch-based Sign Language Interpretation.

    For more details visit Gravity’s website.

    Tickets are $0-$50 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

    Get tickets to Into the Dark here.

    For questions email info@jesscurtisgravity.org.

  • Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)

    Jess Curtis/Gravity Access Presents: Into the Dark (in-person)


    Nov 19

    Into The Dark is a new ensemble work instigated by Jess Curtis in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of Blind, Low Vision and Sighted performers, addressing the physical, subconscious, and literal effects of western culture’s binary mythologizing of darkness and light. A significant period of the piece takes place in total darkness. House staff will be available to escort anyone out of the theater if they should need to leave for any reason. All audience members are given ‘glow sticks’  which they can activate to signal their desire to leave.

    The performance lasts approx. 75 minutes. Pre-boarding (early seating) will be offered for people with mobility impairments. There will be no late seating once the show has begun.

    This production runs Thursday - Sunday from November 9 – November 19, 2023 at CounterPulse SF located at  80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    Audio Description by Gravity Access Services is available for every show.

    Haptic Access Tours will take place one hour before every show. The duration of the tour is approx. 20-30 minutes. Audio Description + Haptic Access Tour by Europa Grace of Gravity Access Services. Register for headsets and tour at: michael@jesscurtisgravity.org

    CouterPulse is an ADA accessible venue.

    All seating for Into the Dark is on one level, there is no limit to the number of spaces for wheelchair users who reserve tickets and arrive on time for pre-seating. There is no late seating.

    Deaf Access -  Our Deaf advisors and friends have let us know that the amount of darkness central to this performance is not comfortable for most Deaf people. Deaf audience members who might be interested in attending in spite of the darkness may contact us to discuss individual accommodations such as touch-based Sign Language Interpretation.

    For more details visit Gravity’s website.

    Tickets are $0-$50 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

    Get tickets to Into the Dark here.

    For questions email info@jesscurtisgravity.org.

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

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Nov 20

    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

  • Tech Together: November 2023 (online)

    Tech Together: November 2023 (online)


    Nov 21

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

    November 7: What's New With iOS 17
    With a new iOS version and a new iPhone lineup comes new features and changes to the iOS experience, but what does this mean for access technology users? How do you make updates to Siri's speech settings? What is an action button, and how do you use it? What is the one true meaning of "Rah-paw-sed?" You'll find out when we discuss the ups and downs of iOS 17.

    November 14: V.I.E.W: Visual Independence Enhancement Wearables
    Smart glasses are an emerging technology that can increase access to information. Can they increase one’s independence as well? Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the features and capabilities of wearable devices such as Envision glasses, Seleste glasses, and Orcam products.

    November 21: Talk Shopping
    Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the apps and services you can use to buy all your favorite things. Whether you're checking off items on a grocery list, shopping for a special occasion, or just indulging in a little retail therapy, we’ll highlight accessible ways to shop with confidence.

    November 28: Smarten Up Your Home
    From lights, to locks, to speakers, to appliances, join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the virtual assistants and devices you can use to make your home more connected and more accessible.

    RSVP online for Tech Together November 2023 (this link works for all four classes) or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

  • Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (online)

    (All day)
    Nov 22

    This November, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company, will release the on-demand screening of SKETCH 13: Lucky. Offered in four parts, we will release a dance work every Wednesday. Each work includes an audio description and will be available to view for 14 days.

    Grab a blanket and your favorite beverage, and enjoy these strikingly different ballets from the comfort of your home.

    November 1- 14, 2023 Blooming Flowers and The Full Moon by Natasha Adorlee
    November 8-21, 2023 - Visual Language by Trey McIntyre
    November 15-28, 2023 Gilded by Hélène Simoneau
    November 22-Dec 5, 2023 - How it Feels by Amy Seiwert

    Pay-what-you-can tickets are available through Eventbrite and will give you 14-day unlimited access to on-demand screening for each work.

    For more information visit: asimagery.org/sketch-on-demand-ad

     

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)


    Nov 22

    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.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Nov 22

    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.

  • Thanksgiving Holiday (LightHouse Closed)

    Thanksgiving Holiday (LightHouse Closed)

    (All day)
    Nov 23 Nov 24

  • Thanksgiving Holiday (LightHouse Closed)

    Thanksgiving Holiday (LightHouse Closed)

    (All day)
    Nov 23 Nov 24

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

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Nov 27

    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

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


    Nov 27

    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.

  • Giving Tuesday: Supporting LightHouse Little Learners

    Giving Tuesday: Supporting LightHouse Little Learners

    (All day)
    Nov 28

    Every year, nonprofits and other charitable organizations across the globe participate in Giving Tuesday–a day to give to the people and places that do impactful and inspiring work which gives back to our communities and environment and contribute to making our world better. This year, Giving Tuesday is on November 28.

    LightHouse has participated in Giving Tuesday for several years now and are always grateful and humbled by the donations given to us by our community. Last year, for the first time ever, we chose our Little Learners program to be the recipient of all Giving Tuesday donations. The outpour of love and support we received for our brand-new program was tremendous, receiving just over $77,000 in donations! The impact of last year’s Giving Tuesday has been reflected in the expansion of resources we have been able to provide to families of blind, low vision and Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) babies and toddlers all across the state.

    “My son, Maximiliano, has been seeing LightHouse Little Learner Specialist Kristi since he was 12 months old, and it has been such a blessing,” says Little Learners mom, Natali.

    “He was diagnosed with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome (a rare neurological disorder) at 22 months, which consists of global developmental delays along with various medical complexities. Kristi would work with Max once a week at our home. She even attended an appointment with his pediatric ophthalmologist and advocated for his CVI diagnosis as he was getting ready to transition to the school district. Kristi also educated me and provided various resources to adequately choose the perfect glasses for Max, which has helped tremendously with him keeping them on. Max’s absolute favorite day of the month was playgroup that was put together by LightHouse Little Learners at a local library, which consisted of sensory, color pop, music and inclusiveness at its finest. I will forever be grateful for Kristi—her knowledge, her sweetness, her empowerment to advocate and her presence.”

    This year, we are asking our community to help us exceed last year’s success and reach our goal of $80,000 for LightHouse Little Learners. Every gift received goes towards the education and empowerment of our Littles and their families, and our ability to expand our reach and serve more families in Northern and Central California. Stay tuned for more information about Giving Tuesday and how you can support our Little Learners on November 28!

    Learn more about the LightHouse Little Learners Program.

    Tech Together: November 2023 (online)

    Tech Together: November 2023 (online)


    Nov 28

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

    November 7: What's New With iOS 17
    With a new iOS version and a new iPhone lineup comes new features and changes to the iOS experience, but what does this mean for access technology users? How do you make updates to Siri's speech settings? What is an action button, and how do you use it? What is the one true meaning of "Rah-paw-sed?" You'll find out when we discuss the ups and downs of iOS 17.

    November 14: V.I.E.W: Visual Independence Enhancement Wearables
    Smart glasses are an emerging technology that can increase access to information. Can they increase one’s independence as well? Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the features and capabilities of wearable devices such as Envision glasses, Seleste glasses, and Orcam products.

    November 21: Talk Shopping
    Join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the apps and services you can use to buy all your favorite things. Whether you're checking off items on a grocery list, shopping for a special occasion, or just indulging in a little retail therapy, we’ll highlight accessible ways to shop with confidence.

    November 28: Smarten Up Your Home
    From lights, to locks, to speakers, to appliances, join the Access Technology team and we’ll discuss the virtual assistants and devices you can use to make your home more connected and more accessible.

    RSVP online for Tech Together November 2023 (this link works for all four classes) or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)


    Nov 28

    LightHouse invites our students and community members to join us virtually Tuesdays in November to watch the Netflix limited series ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE tells the story of two teenagers during World War II, one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army. With this story not only being about a blind teenager, but also played by a blind actress, the LightHouse Community Services team would like to invite our friends and community to join us for our latest intergenerational series of our Reel Escape Audio Description Club.

    The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is open for all ages.

    What:  ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE audio-described four-part series
    When:  November 7, 14, 28 & December 5 at 7:00 pm (There is no screening on November 21, which is during the week of Thanksgiving.)
    Where: Online
    RSVP: By 5:00 pm the day before each showing to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372

    View the ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE trailer.

    For more information about ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE’s TV-MA rating, please visit the parental guide.

  • Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)

    Stress Reduction and Meditation (online)


    Nov 29

    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.

    Gratitude VIBES (online)

    Gratitude VIBES (online)


    Nov 29

    Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Elevate your senses and uplift your spirits in our awe-inspiring sessions! Dive into a heartwarming series of student showcases, individual check-ins, and heartwarming gratitude-closers. Here's what we have lined up for you:

    November 1: Dive into the World of Audio Description with guest speaker, John Gray, Founder and CEO of Wadjet
    November 8: Sounds of Appreciation - Share your happy tunes with us and let the melody of gratitude play!
    November 15: Savory & Sweet Holiday Food Recipes - Relish and share your recipes of the festive season!
    November 22: No Class Today - Take a moment to self-reflect and cherish personal gratitude!
    November 29: The Four Agreements: Don't take anything personally. Empower your life with wisdom!

    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)


    Nov 29

    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.

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!

SDS safety dataClick here for our cleaning product safety data sheets (SDS) and ingredient information.

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