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

The week's events

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

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    Sep 25

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike Cole or to Sabrina Bolus at or 415-694-760

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Sep 25

    Toastmasters is a place to develop skills of self-empowerment. It's a place to practice public speaking, improve communication, and build leadership skills. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 5 PM-7:30 PM.

    RSVP online for Toastmasters, or contact Sabrina Bolus at or 415-694-7607.

  • 1155 Performance Salon (in-person)

    1155 Performance Salon (in-person)

    Sep 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Plus, an accessible art display.

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

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

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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