Calendar

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The week's events

  • Lighthouse Goes Rock Climbing (in-person)

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    Lighthouse Goes Rock Climbing (in-person)


    Nov 27

    Discover the sport of rock-climbing with the always fun and supportive volunteers of ParaCliffHangers. There is no better way to get moving and stay active, than hanging off the side of a rock wall. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and no prior experience is needed. Equipment can be rented upon arriving for $5.

    We will be meeting at Lighthouse HQ at 11:00 am the day of and heading over on BART as a group. The event starts at noon.

    The cost is $10.

    Location: Pacific Pipe, 2140 Mandela Parkway, Oakland

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

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

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


    Nov 28

    What does it really mean to be a person who is blind or has low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead 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. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair, and call in to chat about the business of blindness.

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

  • Book Discussion: There Plant Eyes with author Leona Godin (online)

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    Book Discussion: There Plant Eyes with author Leona Godin (online)


    Nov 29

    The LightHouse will host author M. Leona Godin at our November 29th online discussion of Godin’s non-fiction book, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness

    From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of Braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight. There Plant Eyes probes the ways in which blindness has shaped our ocularcentric culture, challenging deeply ingrained ideas about what it means to be “blind.” For millennia, blindness has been used to signify such things as thoughtlessness (“blind faith”), irrationality (“blind rage”), and unconsciousness (“blind evolution”). But at the same time, blind people have been othered as the recipients of special powers as compensation for lost sight (from the poetic gifts of John Milton to the heightened senses of the comic book hero Daredevil). “[A] thought-provoking mixture of criticism, memoir, and advocacy.” —The New Yorker

    Leona Godin is a writer, performer, and educator who is blind. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times; Playboy; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Catapult, where she writes the column, “A Blind Writer’s Notebook.” She was a 2019 Logan Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced two theatrical productions: The Star of Happiness, based on Helen Keller’s time performing on vaudeville, and The Spectator & the Blind Man, about the invention of Braille.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

  • Holiday Celebration with the Elks (in-person)

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    Holiday Celebration with the Elks (in-person)


    Nov 30

    The weather is cooling down while holiday cheer is warming up. The Elks have cordially invited Lighthouse students to attend a festive holiday luncheon in their 3rd floor Ballroom at the Kensington Park Hotel, at 450 Post St. located near Union Square and the Powell St. Station in San Francisco. The doors open at 11:30 am with an offering of refreshment and lunch served at noon. After your delicious meal, dial up the cheer by singing along to holiday favorites at their piano or contributing jokes or stories during open mic.

    Please plan to go directly to the Kensington and let the good times roll.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607. Space is limited.

    Goalball with BORP (in-person)

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    Goalball with BORP (in-person)


    Nov 30

    Bay Area Outreach Recreational Programs is once again hosting BORP Goalball Practice every Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley. Practice is open to all, no experience necessary. Whether you’re a goalball pro or new to the game, you now have the chance to get exercise and meet new people.

    Created in 1946 as a way to help blind and low vision veterans rehabilitate, participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. If anyone playing the game has some level of vision, they wear a blindfold.

    The practice is designed for all ages and experience levels and is free of charge. If you do not have your own goalball equipment, you’ll be provided with elbow pads, knee pads, and eyeshades.

     

    For more details, please contact Brandon Young at brandon@borp.org. Please note: Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

  • Create In Community Art Making (in-person)

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    Create In Community Art Making (in-person)


    Dec 1

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space to explore a different art process, style or media each moth wile connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert. It's December. Need a last-minute holiday card? Drop in to create a variety of card options including Braille blind, pop-up cards and more. Take them home complete with an envelope ready for giving.

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

  • Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Campfire (online)

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    Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Campfire (online)


    Dec 2

    Join a fun-filled evening that will consist of all your favorite real campfire traditions, including camp’s traditional opening campfire ceremony rituals, special guest performances, and singalongs. Campfire attendees will also be informed of rebuild updates and all other camp related program offerings.

    To register for the event and get the Zoom link for the virtual campfire, please contact Andrew Martinez at AMartinez@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7642.

    Friday Salon Creatives' Share Space (in-person)

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    Friday Salon Creatives' Share Space (in-person)


    Dec 2

    Artists, Makers, Creatives and thinkers; do we have the perfect Friday Night for you. Join together with other artists, writers, musicians, artisans and anyone who enjoys creative process to share works in progress and completed creations in a laid back and friendly vibe. Give and receive feedback about shared work if it's desired and support our community as they press forward to complete projects for festivals, shows or personal growth. Whatever you're making, bring it!

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

  • The Art of Listening (virtual)

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    The Art of Listening (virtual)


    Dec 3

    Join blind poet and memoirist Stephen Kuusisto as he talks about what it means to be a “literary listener.” Kuusisto writes: “Starting in the 1920’s creative writers turned to the image as the means for conveying immediacy in literature. The idea was to be as clear as news photos. These talks will instead focus on sound as a tool of the imagination. Igor Stravinsky said: “Hearing has no merit. A duck hears also.” Our goal is to explore the art of active listening. “ We’ll explore opera arias, steamboat whistles, the chance music of what happens around us, conversations overheard, the sound of a baseball cracking off a bat, water coursing, Chet Baker’s trumpet, Beethoven’s old piano—in short talk about stretching our ears. The aim is to promote great listening, literary invention, and yes, fun.

    December 3 (Session One): “Who Are the Great Literary Listeners?”

    Kuusisto talks about literary listening: why is it different from just hearing things? From John Keats to Tillie Olson, from Hemingway to Toni Morrison the best writers have had a true felicity for deep listening and have conveyed it in their work. One outcome is that you’ll appreciate the auditory imagination when reading.

    December 10 (Session Two): The Practice of Active Listening”

    Kuusisto provides exercises (many drawn from his own life of blind travel) that will sharpen the skills of anyone who wants to not only listen with attention, but also put that experience into writing.

    RSVP the Friday before each session to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

     

     

    Music Makes a Village - CANCELLED

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    Music Makes a Village - CANCELLED


    Dec 3

    It is with deep regret that, due to unforeseen weather conditions, we must cancel Saturday, December 3’s Flying High Music Makes a Village event at Enchanted Hills Camp. When it is safe (and dry) to reschedule, we look forward to welcoming you all back to camp for a day of fun, food and music. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for our festivalgoers.

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!