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Events in April 2021

  • Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


    Apr 1

    To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

    Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
    What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
    When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

    Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club: The One and Only Ivan

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    Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club: The One and Only Ivan


    Apr 1

    To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

    Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
    What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
    When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    Apr 2

    Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

    LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

    You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

    To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

    On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

    When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

    This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

    Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

    This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

    Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

    Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

    Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

    Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

    Getting to Your Appointment

    The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

    The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

    The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

    LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

    You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

    Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

    The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

    Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

    After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

    The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

  • Harry Potter Club

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    Harry Potter Club


    Apr 3

    Grab your wands, cauldrons, and your Harry Potter knowledge and join your Lighthouse friends for our new student driven Harry Potter Club. This monthly gathering of happy Harry Potter enthusiasts will gather during the afternoon of the first Saturday of each month for all sorts of Harry Potter awesomeness.

    In January we will start the club off right with a kick-off party!  Where we will learn more about our Harry Potter friends by taking part in some house sorting and house competitions. Followed by a presentation from our friends at the Talking Books and Braille Center at the San Francisco Public Library about one way you might be able to access the Harry Potter book series. In February we will start watching the Harry Potter movie series and compare each of the movies and books in order. We will continue in this fashion with another installment of the Harry Potter series each month with a short break for summer. To best prepare for each month’s program we ask that you read the corresponding book before we watch the movie.

    Don’t have the book?  Don’t worry! There are options. First is the NLS free braille and talking book library service. If you are not signed up with the NLS please start the process at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-library-service-for-the-blind-and-print-disabled/about-this-service/?cid=loc-ppc_s=google_c=talking-book-library_ag=talking-book_kw=library-of-congress-talking-books.You may also subscribe to Learning Ally, who has audio versions of all the Harry Potter books. To create an account with Learning Ally, please visit - https://learningally.org/About-Us/Join. Join us for the kick-off event in December to learn more and ask questions.

    2021 Dates

    January 2 – Club Kick-off Party!

    February 6 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    March 6 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

    April 3  – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

    May 1  – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

    June, July & August – Summer Break

    September 4th – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

    October 2 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

    November 6 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

    December 4 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

    Who: Blind and low vision youth from all over that are under 18 or that are still in high school. Families should be aware the Harry Potter Books are for youth that are at least in 5th or 6th grade, however a couple of the Harry Potter movies are rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for all.

    What: Harry Potter book and audio description movie club

    When: 1:00 pm of the first Saturday of the month (see dates above)

    Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    Anti-Discrimination Statement: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not support discriminatory or hateful speech in any form. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community and all fans who found a home in the Harry Potter series and will work to provide a safe space for fans.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Harry Potter Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • Not So Bored Game Night (online)

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    Apr 6

    Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

    Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
    What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
    Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Apr 7

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both 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 comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

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

  • Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


    Apr 8

    To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

    Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
    What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
    When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    (All day)
    Apr 9

    Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

    LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

    You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

    To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

    On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

    When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

    This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

    Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

    This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

    Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

    Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

    Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

    Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

    Getting to Your Appointment

    The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

    The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

    The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

    LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

    You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

    Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

    The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

    Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

    After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

    The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

  • Meet the 2019 Holman Prize Winners and Virtual Chocolate Tasting

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    Meet the 2019 Holman Prize Winners and Virtual Chocolate Tasting


    Apr 10

    Meet our three 2019 Holman Prize winners from around the world as they talk about their projects and what they have accomplished this year. Then stay for a personal and artisanal organic chocolate tasting with Dr. Hoby Webler, and learn about the nuance a these particular chocolates. It will be delicious!

    To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. Registration deadline is April 1, 2021. For more information regarding this event contact events@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Monthly Mentor Mondays: Planning for What’s Next

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    Monthly Mentor Mondays: Planning for What’s Next


    Apr 12

    Monthly Mentor Mondays Second Monday of the month @ 7:00pm

    Lighthouse Youth Program knows how important connecting with peers and mentors that also happen to be blind or low vision can be on the students we work with. To help the youth connect with our community of excellent mentors and allow time for them to ask questions that can help them along their journey we host our Monthly Mentor Monday’s series, in which Lighthouse staff lead a panel of young blind leaders through a conversation about topics important to the success of youth that are blind or have low vision. Each month a new group college-aged and young adult mentors will share their thoughts, stories and advice about that month’s topic and address any questions that the youth might have. Topics of our monthly panel will include subjects such as advocacy, career exploration, social interaction, self-determination, assistive technology and recreation and leisure with a focus on the additional experiences we encounter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    2021 Dates & Themes

    January 11 – Setting Goals and Problem Solving: In our January meeting we will talk about how other blind and low vision student set and achieve their goals and more importantly how we resolve any issues that come up during our journey.

    February 8– Advocating your needs and addressing other people’s misperceptions: With Valentine’s day just around the corner we invite you to join our panel as we talk about how we as blind or low vision students can interact successfully with our pears and loved ones. Our February panel will also discuss how they educate our communities about any misperception’s others may have about us as blind or low vision students.

    March 8th – Cooking, Nutrition and Living Independently: During our March gathering we will be talking about food, cooking and living independently as blind or low vision students. Join us as this month’s panel shares recipes and wisdom about how to access the food you want that will keep you a happy and healthy student.

    April 12 – Planning for what’s next: Join us in April as our panel of blind and low vision students share their insights and answer your questions about how to set oneself up for success in the next academic year.

    May 10 – Recreation and getting involved: As summer approaches join our May panel to learn about ways other blind and low vision mentors found their hobbies/interest and how they made their recreation accessible.

    Who: students in middle or high school that are blind or have low vision

    What: monthly panel of successful mentors that are blind or have low vision

    When: second Monday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP with Jamey Gump by 5:00 pm the Friday before the event
    If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the Monthly Mentor Mondays, please contact, Jamey Gump at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

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

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


    Apr 13

    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 Christina Daniels at ms.christina.daniels@gmail.com.

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

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

    College Spaces From Different Places: Effective Study Environments

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    College Spaces From Different Places: Effective Study Environments


    Apr 13

    College Spaces from Different Places
    Meeting 5: Effective Study Environments: from Stations to Systems

    When: Tuesday, April 13, from 7:00-8:30 PM

    Continue to join us for the next installment of College Spaces from Different Places! We will swap tips on how best to create and access an effective study environment including systems, platforms, and equipment. This month, our very own, Gene Kim, will facilitate this interesting and practical conversation.

    College Spaces from Different Places is a peer led student organization which cultivates connections and community for all undergraduate college students. College Spaces from Different Places is a group designed by and for low vision and blind students to have fun, build community, and share in our struggles and accomplishments. Many undergrads are currently missing out on forming social connections on their own college campus. Therefore, joining College Spaces from Different Places will give you an opportunity to come together with others from across the state. Leave your books and syllabi behind and join us!

    If you have any questions or would like to be part of future College Spaces from Different Places gatherings, contact Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Manager at akwong@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone/text at 415-484-8377 to learn more. Please RSVP by April 9, 2021 to 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.

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    Apr 13

    Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

    Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
    What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
    Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Apr 14

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both 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 comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

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

  • Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


    Apr 15

    To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

    Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
    What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
    When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    (All day)
    Apr 16

    Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

    LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

    You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

    To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

    On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

    When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

    This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

    Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

    This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

    Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

    Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

    Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

    Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

    Getting to Your Appointment

    The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

    The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

    The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

    LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

    You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

    Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

    The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

    Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

    After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

    The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

    2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute


    Apr 16

    2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute
    Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th

    With the CTEBVI convention going virtual, the Youth Institute will be doing the same, opening the door for many of the youth who might not have been able to attend an in-person conference to join us and gain the experiences of learning about the many resources, connections and new equipment that come together at the CTEBVI annual conference. The Youth Institute is your ticket as a blind and low vision student to learning about all of this and everything else the conference has to offer while having fun with your blind and low vision peers.

    Our modified virtual schedule will allow you to learn, connect, and enhance your CTEBVI conference experience without spending your entire Saturday on zoom. Programming starts Friday evening with a kick-off event at 5:30 p.m. PDT. This will include an introduction and appropriately themed happy hour and social for both youth and parents. Our Saturday program will be broken up into age groups, with elementary and middle school youth in the morning and teens in the afternoon. Below you will find information about the agenda and the program options you will be choosing from when you register for the event in the below Google Form. Please be sure to sign-up by Friday, April 2nd so that our friends at Braille Institute have time to mail you a bag of program supplies and conference gifts.

    2021 Youth Institute registration form: http://bit.ly/ctebvi21-youthinstitute

    2021 Youth Institute Program Agenda
    Friday, April 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT – Youth Institute Kickoff Event (All ages)
    - Welcome & Introductions, Keynote Speakers, and Happy Hour Breakout Rooms!
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Two available Sessions: Student Success Panel and Simple Cooking at Home.
    - Student Success Panel – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong will lead a panel of students discussing the challenges and success other blind and low vision students and their teachers have had during distance learning.
    - Simple Cooking at Home – Students will learn about and make simple and tasty recipes they can make by themselves at home from blind and low vision mentors.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Three Available Sessions: App Swap, Art Swap, and Talent Swap.
    - App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
    - Art Swap – Sculptures, Painters and creators of all types are invited to take part in our virtual origami lesson taught by blind mom, life coach and artist, LisaMaria Martinez. After our accessible art lesson students will get a chance to take part in a show and tell, where they can share all the awesome art they have created at home.
    - Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Two available Sessions: College Success Panel and Interview Basics.
    - College Success Panel – LightHouse’s Youth Program Assistant, Daisy Soto and leaders from the College Spaces Different Places program will lead panel discussion addressing their experience in college during covid-19 and how youth can best prepare for the future.
    - Interview Basics – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong leads an interactive conversation about interview strategies before students get the chance to participate in mock interviews with other students.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Three sessions available. App Swap, Talent Swap, and Shopping and Fashion Swap.
    - App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
    - Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
    - Shopping and Fashion Swap – Students will learn about alternative techniques that other blind and low vision mentors use to access the stores they want, while looking good.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT -- Social Hour with Music Trivia (all ages)
    - To wrap up the Youth Institute we will host a social hour where youth can connect with your blind or low vision peers or challenge your new friends in some awesomely amusing music trivia.

    If you have any questions about this year’s Youth Institute, please email Jamey Gump at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or call him at 415-694-7372.

  • 2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute

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    2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute


    Apr 17

    2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute
    Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th

    With the CTEBVI convention going virtual, the Youth Institute will be doing the same, opening the door for many of the youth who might not have been able to attend an in-person conference to join us and gain the experiences of learning about the many resources, connections and new equipment that come together at the CTEBVI annual conference. The Youth Institute is your ticket as a blind and low vision student to learning about all of this and everything else the conference has to offer while having fun with your blind and low vision peers.

    Our modified virtual schedule will allow you to learn, connect, and enhance your CTEBVI conference experience without spending your entire Saturday on zoom. Programming starts Friday evening with a kick-off event at 5:30 p.m. PDT. This will include an introduction and appropriately themed happy hour and social for both youth and parents. Our Saturday program will be broken up into age groups, with elementary and middle school youth in the morning and teens in the afternoon. Below you will find information about the agenda and the program options you will be choosing from when you register for the event in the below Google Form. Please be sure to sign-up by Friday, April 2nd so that our friends at Braille Institute have time to mail you a bag of program supplies and conference gifts.

    2021 Youth Institute registration form: http://bit.ly/ctebvi21-youthinstitute

    2021 Youth Institute Program Agenda
    Friday, April 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT – Youth Institute Kickoff Event (All ages)
    - Welcome & Introductions, Keynote Speakers, and Happy Hour Breakout Rooms!
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Two available Sessions: Student Success Panel and Simple Cooking at Home.
    - Student Success Panel – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong will lead a panel of students discussing the challenges and success other blind and low vision students and their teachers have had during distance learning.
    - Simple Cooking at Home – Students will learn about and make simple and tasty recipes they can make by themselves at home from blind and low vision mentors.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Three Available Sessions: App Swap, Art Swap, and Talent Swap.
    - App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
    - Art Swap – Sculptures, Painters and creators of all types are invited to take part in our virtual origami lesson taught by blind mom, life coach and artist, LisaMaria Martinez. After our accessible art lesson students will get a chance to take part in a show and tell, where they can share all the awesome art they have created at home.
    - Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Two available Sessions: College Success Panel and Interview Basics.
    - College Success Panel – LightHouse’s Youth Program Assistant, Daisy Soto and leaders from the College Spaces Different Places program will lead panel discussion addressing their experience in college during covid-19 and how youth can best prepare for the future.
    - Interview Basics – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong leads an interactive conversation about interview strategies before students get the chance to participate in mock interviews with other students.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Three sessions available. App Swap, Talent Swap, and Shopping and Fashion Swap.
    - App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
    - Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
    - Shopping and Fashion Swap – Students will learn about alternative techniques that other blind and low vision mentors use to access the stores they want, while looking good.
    Saturday, April 17, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT -- Social Hour with Music Trivia (all ages)
    - To wrap up the Youth Institute we will host a social hour where youth can connect with your blind or low vision peers or challenge your new friends in some awesomely amusing music trivia.

    If you have any questions about this year’s Youth Institute, please email Jamey Gump at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or call him at 415-694-7372.

    CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting

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    CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting


    Apr 17

    The San Francisco chapter of the California Council of the Blind holds its monthly meetings on Zoom on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. To RSVP, contact Frank Welte by phone at 510-541-1442 or via email at Frank.A.Welte@gmail.com. All are welcome!!

  • Not So Bored Game Night (online)

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    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    Apr 20

    Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

    Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
    What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
    Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Apr 21

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both 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 comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

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

  • Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club

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    Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


    Apr 22

    To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

    Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
    What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
    When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

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    LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    (All day)
    Apr 23

    Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

    LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

    You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

    To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

    On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

    When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

    This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

    Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

    This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

    Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

    Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

    Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

    Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

    Getting to Your Appointment

    The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

    The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

    The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

    LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

    You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

    Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

    The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

    Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

    After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

    The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

  • Not So Bored Game Night (online)

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    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    Apr 27

    Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

    Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
    What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
    Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Apr 28

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both 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 comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

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

    Meet You At The House

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    Meet You At The House


    Apr 28

    Pull up a comfy chair and join me in the LightHouse virtual living room to talk about all things LightHouse! Have you been experiencing changes in your vision that have been effecting your daily life, but did not know who to talk to? LightHouse of 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, Rocci 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 415-694-7331 or salbers@lighthouse-sf.org

  • LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    (All day)
    Apr 30

    Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

    LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

    You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

    To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

    On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

    When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

    This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

    Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

    This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

    Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

    Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

    Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

    Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

    Getting to Your Appointment

    The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

    The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

    The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

    LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

    You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

    Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

    The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

    Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

    After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

    The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

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!