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LightHouse will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

Events in May 2021

  • Harry Potter Club

    Harry Potter Club


    May 1

    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)

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    May 4

    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)

    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    May 5

    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.

  • LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

    (All day)
    May 7

    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.

  • Monthly Mentor Mondays: Recreation and Getting Involved

    Monthly Mentor Mondays: Recreation and Getting Involved


    May 10

    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)

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


    May 11

    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:

    5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Connections, a semi-structured time to get to know chapter members
    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.

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    College Spaces From Different Places: Let's Talk Living Skills

    College Spaces From Different Places: Let's Talk Living Skills


    May 11

    College Spaces From Different Places
    Meeting 6: Let’s Talk Living Skills

    When: Tuesday, May 11, from 7:00-8:30 PM

    Continue to join us for the next installment of College Spaces from Different Places! We will discuss all things living skills; from cooking tips to cleaning strategies, and everything in between.

    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 Daisy Soto: dsoto@lighthouse-sf.org
    Or call 415-694-7328To learn more. Please RSVP by May 7, 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)

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    May 11

    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)

    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    May 12

    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.

  • CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting

    CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting


    May 15

    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!!

    Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts Club

    Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts Club


    May 15

    Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts Club
    Saturday, May 15th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Do you like making things? Do you have a green thumb with plants? Would you like to have fun with friends creating art that is friendly to our environment? LightHouse might have the perfect virtual gathering for you. Join us for our Eco Arts and crafts club, where we will explore different arts and craft projects with our blind and low vision friends from all over. In January our art project had students making our very own Biodomes. Future projects will range from things we can make out of recycled materials you can find around your house or projects that you can put into nature knowing you will not have a negative impact on our world.

    Our gathering in May will have our class leader Elie Kneer leading LightHouse students of all ages in a DYI Clay making activity. The clay that student will be making can be used to make all sort of creative sculptures. For those that sign up by Wednesday May 5th can sign up to have Lighthouse ship program supplies directly to them.

    Who: LightHouse Students of all ages
    What: virtual arts and crafts lesson over zoom
    When: Saturday, May 15th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    Program Supplies: If you would like us to mail you supplies for the months program, we would need you to sign-up for the program no later than May 5th.

    If you have any questions or wish to signing up for the Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts 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)

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    May 18

    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)

    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    May 19

    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.

    East Bay Regional Park Tour: Three Birds

    East Bay Regional Park Tour: Three Birds


    May 19

    Wildlife in the Bay Area: Three Birds: The sixth program in the wildlife series will focus on three special birds who are uniquely adapted for Bay Area life (and many other parts of California). Learn about the Western Bluebird, Least Tern, and Cooper’s Hawk.
  • Community Bingo Goes Virtual

    Community Bingo Goes Virtual


    May 21

    Bingo is back virtually, so break out those accessible bingo cards and enter our virtual game room for all that bingo fun with Enchanted Hills Camp volunteer Annalisa. Come for the bingo excitement, stay for the prize at the end. If you don't have cards, you can order them online at www.adaptations.org or by phone at 888-400-8933. A limited supply of accessible bingo cards are also available for free loan by contacting Jaclyne Atoigue at jatoigue@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415.694.7618 where you can also direct your RSVP and request for Zoom access details.

  • Not So Bored Game Night (online)

    Not So Bored Game Night (online)


    May 25

    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)

    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    May 26

    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.

  • Una Tarde de Tecnología con Jeffrey Colon - An Evening of Technology with Jeffrey Colon

    Una Tarde de Tecnología con Jeffrey Colon - An Evening of Technology with Jeffrey Colon


    May 28

    Una Tarde de Tecnología con Jeffrey Colon

    Cuando: Mayo 28, 2021 de 4:00 – 5:30 PM
    Donde: por Zoom. Se pueden unir a Zoom, usando su teléfono, tableta, o computadora.
    Tiene preguntas sobre las nuevas tecnologías? Esta interesado en aprender más sobre los diferentes servicios de tecnología que LightHouse ofrece? Entonces acompáñanos este mayo, cuando nuestro propio Jeffrey Colon, especialista de tecnologías de asistencia, va a ser el invitado. Originalmente de Puerto Rico, Jeffrey viene con muchos años de experiencia enseñando estudiantes ciegos y de baja visión a mejorar su entendimiento y confianza con la tecnología. Traigan sus preguntas, amigos, y entusiasmo y pásense una tarde al comienzo de este verano con nosotros y lo que estamos seguros será una conversación excelente!

    Si tienen preguntas o para registrarse, por favor contacten a Esmeralda Soto a esoto@lighthouse-sf.org o 415-694-7323.

    *Por favor regístrense antes del jueves 27 de mayo.*

    An Evening of Technology with Jeffrey Colon

    When: Friday May 28, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
    Where: Via Zoom. You can use your phone, tablet, or computer to join.
    Do you have questions about assistive technology? Are you interested in learning more about what types of tech training the LightHouse offers? If so, join us this May when our own assistive technology specialist, Jeffrey Colon, will be our presenter. Originally from Puerto Rico, Jeffrey has been helping blind and visually impaired students improve their technology skills during both English and Spanish classes for many years. Bring your questions, friends, and enthusiasm, and spend a summer evening as part of what will surely be a great conversation!

    With questions or to RSVP please contact Esmeralda Soto at esoto@lighthouse-sf.org or
    415-694-7323

    *Please RSVP by Thursday, May 27*

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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