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LightHouse will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Events in January 2023

  • Create in Community Art Class (in-person)

    Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


    Jan 5

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space 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.

    Square off for the new year with origami creations throughout January. Learn or relearn how to fold a crane, explore modular origami, make a lotus flower and more.

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

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

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


    Jan 5

    Tecnología para Todos, es un espacio en donde los usuarios comparten sus conocimientos y experiencias. Cada mes conversamos sobre distintos servicios, aplicaciones y dispositivos disponibles para personas ciegas y con baja visión. ¡Te esperamos!

    Para registrarse, contacten a Jeffrey Colon JColon@lighthouse-sf.or o 415-694-7323.

    Join our 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.

    RSVP to Jeffrey Colon at JColon@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7323.

  • Creators' Share Space (in-person)

    Creators' Share Space (in-person)


    Jan 6

    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@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

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

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


    Jan 10

    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.

  • Create in Community Art Class (in-person)

    Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


    Jan 12

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space 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.

    Square off for the new year with origami creations throughout January. Learn or relearn how to fold a crane, explore modular origami, make a lotus flower and more.

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

  • Create in Community Art Class (in-person)

    Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


    Jan 19

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space 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.

    Square off for the new year with origami creations throughout January. Learn or relearn how to fold a crane, explore modular origami, make a lotus flower and more.

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

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

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


    Jan 19

    Tecnología para Todos, es un espacio en donde los usuarios comparten sus conocimientos y experiencias. Cada mes conversamos sobre distintos servicios, aplicaciones y dispositivos disponibles para personas ciegas y con baja visión. ¡Te esperamos!

    Para registrarse, contacten a Jeffrey Colon JColon@lighthouse-sf.or o 415-694-7323.

    Join our 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.

    RSVP to Jeffrey Colon at JColon@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7323.

  • California Council of the Blind Chapter Meeting San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)

    California Council of the Blind Chapter Meeting San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


    Jan 21

    The San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind meets on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

    For more info, contact Vita Zavoli by at VZavoli@gmail.com or 510-846-4080.

  • Lighthouse Goes Rock Climbing (in-person)

    Lighthouse Goes Rock Climbing (in-person)


    Jan 22

    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.

    We will be meeting at Lighthouse San Francisco at 1155 Market at 11:00 am and heading over on BART as a group. The event starts at noon.

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

  • Hands-On With Two New accessible Phones in 2023 (in-person)

    Hands-On With Two New accessible Phones in 2023 (in-person)


    Jan 24

    This is an in-depth look at the RealSam Pocket and the BlindShell Classic 2, two uniquely different mobile phone offerings designed for those who are blind or have low vision. Bari Azmann and his team from BlindShell USA, and Anat Nulman of realthing.ai will present their devices, answer questions, and offer those interested, a chance to try both devices first hand to see if they might be an appropriate fit. Packed with apps and gaining new features all the time, BlindShell Classic 2 is a phone containing buttons with spoken feedback.RealSAM Pocket, on the other hand, is a phone operated exclusively by voice. It really is as easy as touch and talk. Join us as we dive in and learn about what’s new with these devices in 2023.

    RSVP to Raquel Gomez at RGomez@lighthouse-sf.org call 415-694-7339.

    Audium: Artists in Residence Soundscape Works-in-progress (in-person)

    Audium: Artists in Residence Soundscape Works-in-progress (in-person)


    Jan 24

    Wind your way past immersive sound sculpture and installations, then settle in your seat amidst a dome covered in over one hundred fifty speakers, including beneath your feet. During this casual visit to the Audium in San Francisco, we will have the opportunity to hear works in progress created by their artists-in-residence. Audium provides opportunities for sound designers and musicians to push their limits by experimenting and shaping sound using Audium's incredible sound system and technology.

    Our group will be treated to a montage of concepts certain to be surprising, thought provoking and a wonder to behold.

    Audium is located at 1616, Bush Street in San Francisco. The nearest cross street is Franklin.

    RSVP by January 19 to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    Toastmasters Demonstration (online)

    Toastmasters Demonstration (online)


    Jan 24

    Toastmasters is a place to practice public speaking, improve your communication and build leadership skills. It's a place to develop skills of self-empowerment. Is Toastmasters right for you? Join us as we host a demonstration meeting.

    RSVP to Sabrina Boluns at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    No Longer Hiding

    by Ashley Nemeth

    (Copied from the Toastmasters International website.)

    Before I joined Toastmasters, I was very shy around those whom I was not comfortable with—basically, anyone other than my family. I had a hard time at work and was very sensitive to anything my boss said to me. I hated going anywhere new and meeting new people.

    I was always hiding a piece of me that I was embarrassed of, even though that piece was not always easy to hide. I am visually impaired. This made it awkward to meet new people because I couldn’t pick up on social cues from their facial expressions.

    Shortly after joining the Indian Head Toastmasters club in 2013, I did a speech on my disability. It felt so good to have somewhere to go where I could be myself and not have to hide. I set a goal to do a speech every week and make it through all 10 projects of the Competent Communication manual.

    During my journey, my vision started to deteriorate even more. Within a few months I quickly went from having fuzzy vision to not being able to see anything except for bright light. This was very hard to deal with, but with the help of Toastmasters I kept giving speeches as a way to help me cope. It made a world of difference to have that safe place to tell my story and have the support of others who never judged me.

    The members of the Indian Head club continue to be there for me. When I got my first guide dog in 2014, they were some of my biggest cheerleaders. They gave me the confidence to be my own advocate. I have made a few public speaking appearances, talking about blindness and guide dogs, and have started a support group for seniors new to vision loss.

    Two years ago I would have struggled to tell you my name was Ashley Nemeth.

    Now I speak confidently and proudly wherever I am.

  • Meet You At The House (online)

    Meet You At The House (online)


    Jan 25

    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.

    To RSVP, contact Sheri Albers at 415-694-7331, or email salbers@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Create in Community Art Class (in-person)

    Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


    Jan 26

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space 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.

    Square off for the new year with origami creations throughout January. Learn or relearn how to fold a crane, explore modular origami, make a lotus flower and more.

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

  • LightHouse CEO Welcome Reception (in-person)

    LightHouse CEO Welcome Reception (in-person)


    Jan 27

    On behalf of the Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired Board of Directors, I cordially invite you to celebrate and welcome our new CEO, Sharon Giovinazzo, at a Welcome Reception on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 4-6PM at Lighthouse Headquarters, 1155 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. I hope to see you on the 27.

    Warm Regards,

    Sharon Sacks, Lighthouse Board Chair

    Please RSVP by January 24 to Carin Elman at CElam@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7681.

    Surpassing Sight Private Film Screening (in person)

    Surpassing Sight Private Film Screening (in person)


    Jan 27

    On January 27, shortly after the Welcome Reception with new LightHouse CEO Sharon Giovinazzo, LightHouse will be hosting a free private movie screening of the documentary Surpassing Sight which follows two blind men, Jack Chen and Dan Berlin, who completed the Race Across America, a road cycling race across the United States. There will be a Q&A with Jack and film writer and producer Lukas Behnken.

    What: Surpassing Sight Private Film Screening with Audio Description and Q&A
    When: Friday, January 27 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Where: LightHouse San Francisco, 1155 Market St. 10th Floor
    RSVP: Get free tickets for Surpassing Sight at LightHouse San Francisco.

    Directions to LightHouse San Francisco

    Watch a trailer of Surpassing Sight with audio description.

    Visit the Surpassing Sight website.

  • Talkin' About Books: Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey (online)

    Talkin' About Books: Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey (online)


    Jan 30

    In a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere, a blind poet shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.

    Stephen Kuusisto was born legally blind—but he was also raised in the 1950s and taught to deny his blindness in order to "pass" as sighted. Stephen attended public school, rode a bike, and read books pressed right up against his nose. As an adult, he coped with his limited vision by becoming a professor in a small college town, memorizing routes for all of the places he needed to be. Then, at the age of thirty-eight, he was laid off. With no other job opportunities in his vicinity, he would have to travel to find work.

    This is how he found himself at Guiding Eyes, paired with a Labrador named Corky. In this vivid and lyrical memoir, Stephen Kuusisto recounts how an incredible partnership with a guide dog changed his life and the heart-stopping, wondrous adventure that began for him in midlife. Profound and deeply moving, this is a spiritual journey, the story of discovering that life with a guide dog is both a method and a state of mind.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-6707.

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

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