Calendar

LightHouse will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday.

Events in June 2024

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May 26(1 event)

(All day): LightHouse at KublaCon (in-person)

(All day)
May 24 May 27

Where: Hyatt Regency SFO Main Hotel @ 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010

What: KublaCon is dedicated to bringing people together from all walks of life to congregate in a magical place where games of every imaginable kind can be played as a joyous community.

Why: Because tabletop games bring are a blast, and KublaCon has proudly partnered with LightHouse to bring light to the world of accessible games!

More details to come!

Register for your badge at kublacon.com.

May 27(1 event)

(All day): LightHouse at KublaCon (in-person)

(All day)
May 24 May 27

Where: Hyatt Regency SFO Main Hotel @ 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010

What: KublaCon is dedicated to bringing people together from all walks of life to congregate in a magical place where games of every imaginable kind can be played as a joyous community.

Why: Because tabletop games bring are a blast, and KublaCon has proudly partnered with LightHouse to bring light to the world of accessible games!

More details to come!

Register for your badge at kublacon.com.

May 28(1 event)

11:00 am: Tap Dance at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


May 28

This class is $40 a month.

This is a beginning and intermediate tap dance class. The instructor verbally describes each movement, demonstrates the sounds the taps make, and works with each person individually to insure their understanding of the step or combination. The focus is balance AND spatial awareness, knowledge of the tap steps, while in a fun supportive environment. Facilitated by Denise.

For more info call 707-523-3222.

May 29(3 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


May 29

We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction for beginners and advanced practitioners. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial into Zoom, find a comfortable position. Instructor Ellen Simpson has 50 years of meditation experience. After raising a family and retiring from a career in women's health, she became a resident at San Francisco Zen Center.

RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

1:00 pm: Gratitude VIBES: May 2024 (online)


May 29

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

May 8: Do you have a cherished saying from your childhood in any language? Share it with us in our upcoming gathering as we reminisce about the wisdom and nostalgia encapsulated in these treasured phrases. Let's celebrate the diverse linguistic tapestry of our memories together.

May 15: Legacy of Caesar Chavez. Join us as we explore his life, achievements, and enduring influence on social justice movements.

May 22: It's Music Appreciation Week, where we celebrate the power of music to evoke gratitude. Share your special song and the reasons behind your gratitude as we elevate spirits in our Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions.

May 29: We'll dive into the characters of the 1977 movie, "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" and reflect on people in our lives who share similar traits. From the wisdom of Owl to the bravery of Christopher Robin, we'll celebrate the diverse qualities that enrich our relationships. Let’s cultivate gratitude for the special individuals who bring joy to our adventures.

RSVP online to Gratitude VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

6:30 pm: Goalball with BORP (in-person)


May 29

Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

May 30(1 event)

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


May 30

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

May 31(2 events)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


May 31

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

12:00 pm: Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)


May 31

“Meet me in the kitchen,” is a five-week course designed to empower LightHouse students with the non-visual techniques needed to prepare and present delicious meals independently. This course is created and taught by Bobbi Pompey, a Independent Living Skills Specialist with a passion for cooking and teaching. Each week you will learn non-visual kitchen skills, general cooking tips and tricks, and prepare a snack or meal.

Skills You Will Learn Include:

  • Organizing, labeling, and preparing your kitchen and work space
  • Measuring wet and dry ingredients
    Using knives, kitchen appliances, blindness/low vision gadgets and other “tools of the trade”
  • Understanding how to build flavor profiles, decipher lingo used in recipes, and determine the doneness of food
  • Serving, garnishing, and presenting meals with multiple dishes to friends and family, and other guests

    Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: May 10 - Welcome and Course Overview
    This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, a tour of the kitchen, and an introduction to basic techniques for navigating a kitchen. Class will conclude with a lesson on pouring and spreading and the preparation of a snack.
  • Session 2, May 17 - Cracking the Code
    By the end of this session, you will understand how to decipher common recipe lingo, develop delicious flavor profiles with spices stock a pantry with basic staples, and shop for groceries independently. Techniques for measuring will be used to create a spice rub and/or basic sauce.
  • Session 3: May 24 - Getting the Job Done
    Knife skills are the main focus of this session. Students will make a simple one-pot soup and learn to determine when food is done.
  • Session 4: May 31 - Learning to Spin All the Plates
    This class marks the transition into the more advanced portion of the course. Labeling, organizing, blindness devices, kitchen gadgets, and the use of small appliances will be covered as ways to add efficiency to meal preparation. You will prepare a three part meal during this session.
  •  No class June 7
  • Session 5: June 14 - Putting On the Finishing Touches
    Taking all the skills of previous classes you will learn to; serve yourself, serve others, set a table, and decorate and/or garnish a meal.

Spots in this fun and educational course are limited, so secure your participation by contacting Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by April 26.

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Jun 3(2 events)

11:00 am: Technology Club at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 3

This is a blended meeting which means you may attend in person on campus or by phone.
Overview of adaptive technology, learning about devices and apps with staff Cathy, and Jacques. To join the Technology email mail list call EBC main office: 707-523-3222.

6:00 pm: Vision, Peer-led Support Group (online)


Jun 3

Vision runs on a 12-week cycle of topics based on Hannah Fairbairn’s 2019 book, When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery. We discuss different topics and share experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. We are people with similar experiences who genuinely want to support one another in all aspects of living independently with our changing vision. Each week the topics are independent, so you can join the group at any week. Reading is not required. However, if you would like topic details beyond our discussions, please refer to the book which is available on Braille and Audio Reading Download (DB C11619).

June 3 Chapter 5 guides individuals through accepting and adapting to vision loss, emphasizing the importance of vision rehabilitation training for regaining independence. It covers timing for training, available options, and essential skills such as communication, home management, orientation and mobility, and social interactions.

June 17: Chapter 6 Learning to be Assertive with Sight Loss: Assertive speech is vital for communicating needs and securing assistance. Building self-esteem and self-compassion is crucial for restoring identity and confidence. Educating helpers and practicing assertiveness help maintain autonomy and manage interactions confidently.

RSVP online for Vision Peer-Led Support Group to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

Jun 4(3 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 4

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

11:00 am: Tap Dance at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 4

This class is $40 a month.

This is a beginning and intermediate tap dance class. The instructor verbally describes each movement, demonstrates the sounds the taps make, and works with each person individually to insure their understanding of the step or combination. The focus is balance AND spatial awareness, knowledge of the tap steps, while in a fun supportive environment. Facilitated by Denise.

For more info call 707-523-3222.

7:30 pm: LightHouse Youth Listen and Lounge (online)


Jun 4

Are you a teen or young adult who is blind, visually impaired, or low vision? Are you searching for an enjoyable and meaningful way to connect with peers who share your experiences? Look no further! Join The LightHouse Youth Program for our monthly social gathering over Zoom, where blind and low vision youth come together for an unforgettable evening of connection and camaraderie.

Each month, we curate an exciting lineup of virtual activities, including games, trivia challenges, karaoke sessions, and more! But our gatherings are about more than just having fun; they're about fostering genuine connections within the blind and low vision community. Additionally, our events may feature special guest mentors or presenters who offer valuable insights and experiences, enriching our discussions and supporting personal growth.

Most importantly, it's an opportunity for youth to connect with other blind and low vision individuals who understand their journey. Whether you are a trivia aficionado, a karaoke enthusiast, or simply eager to meet new friends, our monthly gatherings offer something for everyone.

Mark your calendars for the First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, and RSVP with the LightHouse Youth team by emailing Youth@lighthouse-sf.org. Join us as we come together to laugh, learn, and forge lasting connections. Your seat at the virtual table awaits – we can't wait to meet you!

Who: Blind and Low Vision Teens and Young Adults
What: Monthly social gathering over Zoom where blind and low vision youth connect over games, trivia, karaoke, and other virtual activities, fostering lasting connections in the blind and low vision community
When: First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (May 7th, June 4th, July, 2th, August 6th)
Where: Anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: through our online RSVP form or by emailing the Youth Team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

If you're interested in our Listen and Lounge series, have questions about our Youth Programs, or would like to sign up for LightHouse services, please don't hesitate to reach out to our youth team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jun 5(4 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Jun 5

We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction for beginners and advanced practitioners. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial into Zoom, find a comfortable position. Instructor Ellen Simpson has 50 years of meditation experience. After raising a family and retiring from a career in women's health, she became a resident at San Francisco Zen Center.

RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

10:00 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (hybrid) **Registration Closed***


Jun 5

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The virtual portion of the course is six classes over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory class with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour classes which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists. Included in the course: a pre-course assessment one week prior to the start of the course, ongoing support during the course, one in-person half-day group lesson, and one individualized lesson for a total of 8 lessons.

It is a comprehensive skills training course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the 6 virtual classes, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Class 7 is a half-day, in-person Group Adaptive Devices and Strategies Demonstration at the San Francisco LightHouse Headquarters. Thereafter, participants are eligible for Class 8, an individualized Low Vision Therapy lesson.

The six virtual classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing (independent Zoom video skills required for all virtual classes), best viewed on a large screen tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

Week of April 29: Course Introduction and Pre-Course Assessment by Zoom video call

Six online classes Mondays & Wednesdays: May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22, from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm

In-person class Wednesday, June 5 at LightHouse Headquarters in San Francisco from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Group Adaptive Devices and Strategies Demonstration. There will be a hour break for provided lunch and further peer interaction.

By June 26: In-person individualized follow-up low vision skills lesson tailored to the unique needs of each participant

If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

The registration for this course is currently closed. All interested parties need to have a Low Vision Evaluation completed within one year prior to the start of any low vision course. Please contact Esmerelda Soto at 415-694-7323 or by email at ESoto@lighthouse-sf.org for any questions and planning for a LightHouse Services Orientation and Assessment day. Any appropriate Low Vision course referrals will then be placed on our waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

1:00 pm: Gratitude-VIBES: June 2024 (online)


Jun 5

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

June 5: The History of Magic Throughout Mankind and Its Application to Society.
June 12: Game Day! Be My Eyes App Meets Pictionary with Jamey Gump.

RSVP online to Gratitude VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

6:30 pm: Goalball with BORP (in-person)


Jun 5

Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

Jun 6(4 events)

9:00 am: LightHouse & Xfinity Comcast Roundtable Discussion on Latest Accessibility Trends (in-person)


Jun 6

Please join us for an opportunity to meet Tom Wlodkowski, VP of Accessibility at

Comcast, during his visit to California. We'll be discussing the latest accessibility trends along with our efforts for greater digital inclusion and access with LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco. All Access Tech enthusiasts are welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

When: Thursday, June 6, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: LightHouse HQ at 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco 94103
RSVP: To attend this free event, please email Jon Koriel at jon_koriel@comcast.com

This event is brought to you by Xfinity Comcast and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 6

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Jun 6

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

5:30 pm: LightHouse Board Meeting Open to the Public (online)


Jun 6

Members of the public are invited to attend the Thursday, June 6, meeting of the Board of Directors of San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This meeting will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom and runs from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Pacific.

30 minutes will be reserved for public comment, and members of the public will have up to three minutes to comment. If you would like to reserve a slot to speak, please complete the LightHouse Public Comment and RSVP Sign Up form. Please submit your RSVP as far in advance as possible. RSVPs and requests to speak must be received before noon Pacific on Wednesday, Jun 5, to be included in  the agenda.

If you would like to attend the virtual meeting, please fill out the LightHouse Public Comment and RSVP Sign Up formWhether you plan to have a public comment or not, you will need to fill out this form to get the Zoom info.  Zoom information will be emailed to you closer to the date of the board meeting.

Jun 7(1 event)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 7

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older. Interested in learning more about using AI apps on your iPhone or Android? The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing AI App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing AI App to:

  • Read mail
  • Read a bill
  • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
  • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
  • Identify what currency you are handing a cashier

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you, such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing AI app downloaded on iPhone or Android
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Jun 8(1 event)

(All day): 2024 Sea Kayaking and Overnight Camping with ETC (in-person)

(All day)
Jun 8 Jun 9

Saturday, June 8, from 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 am

Calling all blind and low vision teens and young adults! Embark on an unforgettable journey with LightHouse friends from Environmental travel Companions ETC as we explore the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay through an exhilarating sea kayaking excursion followed by an overnight camping experience on a scenic beach. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with nature, learn new skills, and make lasting memories with fellow adventurers! Reserve your place today!

Starting from the picturesque Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park, our kayaking adventure will take you through the tranquil waters surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or new to kayaking, our experienced guides will provide the necessary instruction and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. After a day of paddling, we will set up camp on a scenic beach, where you will have the opportunity to unwind, bond with fellow adventurers, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Share stories around the campfire and create memories that will last a lifetime. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of Tomales Bay while building confidence and independence in a supportive environment. Spaces are limited, so secure your place today by contacting us to sign up. Prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime with LightHouse and ETC. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

For more information about the ETC Sea Kayaking Program please visit – The ETC Sea Kayaking Program Page

Who: blind and low vision teen and young adults
What: kayaking and overnight camping trip ETC in Tomeles Bay
When: Saturday, June 8th 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9th 4:30 pm
Where: Kayaking trip will start and end at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Transportation: optional round-trip shuttle from LightHouse Headquarters @ 1155 Market St. to our Kayaking launch site at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Cost: The cost of the trip is $150.00 per student and includes lunch, kayaking equipment, and orientation lessons taught by experienced kayaking guides (limited scholarships available)

RSVP: Students must submit payment and ALL necessary paperwork before one's spot in the trip will be confirmed. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, May 31th.

For more details and to register, please reach out to Jamey Gump by phone: (415) 694-7372 or email: youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jun 9(1 event)

(All day): 2024 Sea Kayaking and Overnight Camping with ETC (in-person)

(All day)
Jun 8 Jun 9

Saturday, June 8, from 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 am

Calling all blind and low vision teens and young adults! Embark on an unforgettable journey with LightHouse friends from Environmental travel Companions ETC as we explore the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay through an exhilarating sea kayaking excursion followed by an overnight camping experience on a scenic beach. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with nature, learn new skills, and make lasting memories with fellow adventurers! Reserve your place today!

Starting from the picturesque Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park, our kayaking adventure will take you through the tranquil waters surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or new to kayaking, our experienced guides will provide the necessary instruction and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. After a day of paddling, we will set up camp on a scenic beach, where you will have the opportunity to unwind, bond with fellow adventurers, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Share stories around the campfire and create memories that will last a lifetime. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of Tomales Bay while building confidence and independence in a supportive environment. Spaces are limited, so secure your place today by contacting us to sign up. Prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime with LightHouse and ETC. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

For more information about the ETC Sea Kayaking Program please visit – The ETC Sea Kayaking Program Page

Who: blind and low vision teen and young adults
What: kayaking and overnight camping trip ETC in Tomeles Bay
When: Saturday, June 8th 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9th 4:30 pm
Where: Kayaking trip will start and end at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Transportation: optional round-trip shuttle from LightHouse Headquarters @ 1155 Market St. to our Kayaking launch site at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Cost: The cost of the trip is $150.00 per student and includes lunch, kayaking equipment, and orientation lessons taught by experienced kayaking guides (limited scholarships available)

RSVP: Students must submit payment and ALL necessary paperwork before one's spot in the trip will be confirmed. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, May 31th.

For more details and to register, please reach out to Jamey Gump by phone: (415) 694-7372 or email: youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jun 10(1 event)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 10

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

Jun 11(4 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 11

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 11

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 11

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

11:00 am: Tap Dance at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 11

This class is $40 a month.

This is a beginning and intermediate tap dance class. The instructor verbally describes each movement, demonstrates the sounds the taps make, and works with each person individually to insure their understanding of the step or combination. The focus is balance AND spatial awareness, knowledge of the tap steps, while in a fun supportive environment. Facilitated by Denise.

For more info call 707-523-3222.

Jun 12(4 events)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 12

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Jun 12

We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction for beginners and advanced practitioners. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial into Zoom, find a comfortable position. Instructor Ellen Simpson has 50 years of meditation experience. After raising a family and retiring from a career in women's health, she became a resident at San Francisco Zen Center.

RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

1:00 pm: Gratitude-VIBES: June 2024 (online)


Jun 12

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Please join us for an inspiring series of student presentations, individual check-ins, and gratitude-closers.

June 5: The History of Magic Throughout Mankind and Its Application to Society.
June 12: Game Day! Be My Eyes App Meets Pictionary with Jamey Gump.

RSVP online to Gratitude VIBES or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

6:30 pm: Goalball with BORP (in-person)


Jun 12

Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

Jun 13(4 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 13

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 13

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Jun 13

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 13

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 14(3 events)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 14

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 14

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

12:00 pm: Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)


Jun 14

“Meet me in the kitchen,” is a five-week course designed to empower LightHouse students with the non-visual techniques needed to prepare and present delicious meals independently. This course is created and taught by Bobbi Pompey, a Independent Living Skills Specialist with a passion for cooking and teaching. Each week you will learn non-visual kitchen skills, general cooking tips and tricks, and prepare a snack or meal.

Skills You Will Learn Include:

  • Organizing, labeling, and preparing your kitchen and work space
  • Measuring wet and dry ingredients
    Using knives, kitchen appliances, blindness/low vision gadgets and other “tools of the trade”
  • Understanding how to build flavor profiles, decipher lingo used in recipes, and determine the doneness of food
  • Serving, garnishing, and presenting meals with multiple dishes to friends and family, and other guests

    Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: May 10 - Welcome and Course Overview
    This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, a tour of the kitchen, and an introduction to basic techniques for navigating a kitchen. Class will conclude with a lesson on pouring and spreading and the preparation of a snack.
  • Session 2, May 17 - Cracking the Code
    By the end of this session, you will understand how to decipher common recipe lingo, develop delicious flavor profiles with spices stock a pantry with basic staples, and shop for groceries independently. Techniques for measuring will be used to create a spice rub and/or basic sauce.
  • Session 3: May 24 - Getting the Job Done
    Knife skills are the main focus of this session. Students will make a simple one-pot soup and learn to determine when food is done.
  • Session 4: May 31 - Learning to Spin All the Plates
    This class marks the transition into the more advanced portion of the course. Labeling, organizing, blindness devices, kitchen gadgets, and the use of small appliances will be covered as ways to add efficiency to meal preparation. You will prepare a three part meal during this session.
  •  No class June 7
  • Session 5: June 14 - Putting On the Finishing Touches
    Taking all the skills of previous classes you will learn to; serve yourself, serve others, set a table, and decorate and/or garnish a meal.

Spots in this fun and educational course are limited, so secure your participation by contacting Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by April 26.

Jun 15
Jun 16
Jun 17(1 event)

6:00 pm: Vision, Peer-led Support Group (online)


Jun 17

Vision runs on a 12-week cycle of topics based on Hannah Fairbairn’s 2019 book, When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery. We discuss different topics and share experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. We are people with similar experiences who genuinely want to support one another in all aspects of living independently with our changing vision. Each week the topics are independent, so you can join the group at any week. Reading is not required. However, if you would like topic details beyond our discussions, please refer to the book which is available on Braille and Audio Reading Download (DB C11619).

June 3 Chapter 5 guides individuals through accepting and adapting to vision loss, emphasizing the importance of vision rehabilitation training for regaining independence. It covers timing for training, available options, and essential skills such as communication, home management, orientation and mobility, and social interactions.

June 17: Chapter 6 Learning to be Assertive with Sight Loss: Assertive speech is vital for communicating needs and securing assistance. Building self-esteem and self-compassion is crucial for restoring identity and confidence. Educating helpers and practicing assertiveness help maintain autonomy and manage interactions confidently.

RSVP online for Vision Peer-Led Support Group to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

Jun 18(3 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 18

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 18

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

11:00 am: Tap Dance at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 18

This class is $40 a month.

This is a beginning and intermediate tap dance class. The instructor verbally describes each movement, demonstrates the sounds the taps make, and works with each person individually to insure their understanding of the step or combination. The focus is balance AND spatial awareness, knowledge of the tap steps, while in a fun supportive environment. Facilitated by Denise.

For more info call 707-523-3222.

Jun 19(1 event)

6:30 pm: Goalball with BORP (in-person)


Jun 19

Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

Jun 20(4 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 20

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Jun 20

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 20

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

3:00 pm: Adaptive Yoga With Nancy Yates at the San Francisco Public Library (in-person)


Jun 20

The Talking Books and Braille Center (TBBC), is located at 100 Larkin Street on the second floor of the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. TBBC is offering a series of five classes on May 16, June 20, and July 18.

Adaptive yoga is a type of yoga that is inclusive of all body types and abilities. It is accessible to anyone, and various modifications are taught, allowing the poses to be adjusted to specific needs and abilities. Nancy Yates is offering a gentle yoga class, specifically designed for people with low vision or blindness of all age groups and experience levels. Nancy has been practicing yoga for 46 years and teaching since 1996. She has introduced Adaptive Yoga to the SF LightHouse, TBBC, SFVAMC, and other organizations.  The class will move slowly and mindfully to calm the nervous system, stretch the body and build strength and stability. Please bring a blanket if you have one, as it can get chilly.

Yoga mats will be provided for each class, but space is limited, so please call 415-557-4253 to register.

Jun 21(1 event)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 21

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

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Jun 25(3 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 25

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 25

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

11:00 am: Tap Dance at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 25

This class is $40 a month.

This is a beginning and intermediate tap dance class. The instructor verbally describes each movement, demonstrates the sounds the taps make, and works with each person individually to insure their understanding of the step or combination. The focus is balance AND spatial awareness, knowledge of the tap steps, while in a fun supportive environment. Facilitated by Denise.

For more info call 707-523-3222.

Jun 26(1 event)

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Jun 26

We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction for beginners and advanced practitioners. Everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial into Zoom, find a comfortable position. Instructor Ellen Simpson has 50 years of meditation experience. After raising a family and retiring from a career in women's health, she became a resident at San Francisco Zen Center.

RSVP online for Stress Reduction & Meditation or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

Jun 27(4 events)

9:15 am: Exercise Class at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 27

A routine of exercises for working the whole body is the focus. All exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s level. The class also includes gentle aerobics and breath work. All movements are verbally described and demonstrated.

All are welcome. Facilitated by Denise. Call 707-523-3222 for more info. 

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Jun 27

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 27

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

2:00 pm: LightHouse Day (in person)


Jun 27

In June 2023, the City of San Francisco honored LightHouse with a Proclamation for our commitment to promoting independence, equity, and employment to the blind and low vision community.

This year we are continuing the tradition by honoring another LightHouse enterprise, LightHouse ECO, with a LightHouse Day Declaration by the City of Alameda and reception to follow.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Location: The Siirkin Center, 2175 North Loop Rd., Alameda, CA 94502

To RSVP to LightHouse Day, complete this form

Jun 28(1 event)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 28

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Jun 29
Jun 30
Jul 1(1 event)

11:00 am: Technology Club at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jul 1

This is a blended meeting which means you may attend in person on campus or by phone.
Overview of adaptive technology, learning about devices and apps with staff Cathy, and Jacques. To join the Technology email mail list call EBC main office: 707-523-3222.

Jul 2(1 event)

7:30 pm: LightHouse Youth Listen and Lounge (online)


Jul 2

Are you a teen or young adult who is blind, visually impaired, or low vision? Are you searching for an enjoyable and meaningful way to connect with peers who share your experiences? Look no further! Join The LightHouse Youth Program for our monthly social gathering over Zoom, where blind and low vision youth come together for an unforgettable evening of connection and camaraderie.

Each month, we curate an exciting lineup of virtual activities, including games, trivia challenges, karaoke sessions, and more! But our gatherings are about more than just having fun; they're about fostering genuine connections within the blind and low vision community. Additionally, our events may feature special guest mentors or presenters who offer valuable insights and experiences, enriching our discussions and supporting personal growth.

Most importantly, it's an opportunity for youth to connect with other blind and low vision individuals who understand their journey. Whether you are a trivia aficionado, a karaoke enthusiast, or simply eager to meet new friends, our monthly gatherings offer something for everyone.

Mark your calendars for the First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, and RSVP with the LightHouse Youth team by emailing Youth@lighthouse-sf.org. Join us as we come together to laugh, learn, and forge lasting connections. Your seat at the virtual table awaits – we can't wait to meet you!

Who: Blind and Low Vision Teens and Young Adults
What: Monthly social gathering over Zoom where blind and low vision youth connect over games, trivia, karaoke, and other virtual activities, fostering lasting connections in the blind and low vision community
When: First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (May 7th, June 4th, July, 2th, August 6th)
Where: Anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: through our online RSVP form or by emailing the Youth Team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

If you're interested in our Listen and Lounge series, have questions about our Youth Programs, or would like to sign up for LightHouse services, please don't hesitate to reach out to our youth team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jul 3(1 event)

6:30 pm: Goalball with BORP (in-person)


Jul 3

Bay Are Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Goalball Practice is a fun way to get exercise and meet new people. The practice is designed for beginners and experienced players. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide you with both elbow and knee pads and eyeshades.

When: Wednesdays, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: The gym is located at 2100 Browning St. Berkeley

For more details, please contact Brandon Young brandon@borp.org

Please note - Proof of full vaccination is required and will be checked for new participants.

Jul 4(1 event)

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Jul 4

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

Jul 5
Jul 6

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!

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