Calendar

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

Events in January 2023

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Jan 1
Jan 2
Jan 3
Jan 4(2 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reeducation & Meditation (Virtual)


Jan 4

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.

1:00 pm: Gratitude Vibes (online)


Jan 4

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. This solutions-based support group can help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. Previous sessions included demonstrations of poetry, music, drumming, visualization, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, self-care, and forgiveness. These are followed by individual check-ins.

Our January 2023 theme is: New Beginnings.

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

Jan 5(3 events)

10:00 am: Meditative Movement (in-person)


Jan 5

Join us in the fitness room for a merging of meditative processes, breath work, modified yoga, sounding, mantra and structured improvisation prompts to create a gentle body wisdom practice suitable for every body whether you choose to practice from a chair, on a cushion, mat or standing. Wear something comfortable. Shoes are optional.

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

11:00 am: Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


Jan 5

Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space to explore a different art process, style or media each moth while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

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

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

2:00 pm: Tecnologia para Todos (en línea)/Technology for All (online)


Jan 5

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

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

Join our monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

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

Jan 6(2 events)

5:30 pm: Creators' Share Space (in-person)


Jan 6

Artists, Makers, Creatives and thinkers; do we have the perfect Friday Night for you. Join together with other artists, writers, musicians, artisans and anyone who enjoys creative process to share works in progress and completed creations in a laid back and friendly vibe. Give and receive feedback about shared work if it's desired and support our community as they press forward to complete projects for festivals, shows or personal growth. Whatever you're making, bring it!

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

8:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Friday Evening Daredevils (online)


Jan 6

We all need an escape at times, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. With the success of the first two seasons of Daredevil, we thought it would only be wise to continue the Marvel series with season three. Daredevil is at TV series about a blind attorney by day and vigilante by night. There will be time to watch each week’s episode and connect with your EHC and LightHouse friends.

Parents Please Note: The Daredevil TV Series has adult content and is rated TV-MA and contains the following: crude indecent language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), and graphic violence (V). Read a Parental Guide for Daredevil. If any youth under the age of 18 wish to join this program, they must have a parent or guardian contact a LightHouse youth team member with written permission for their child to participate.

RSVP to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

 

 

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Jan 8
Jan 9
Jan 10
Jan 11(2 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reeducation & Meditation (Virtual)


Jan 11

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.

1:00 pm: Gratitude Vibes (online)


Jan 11

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. This solutions-based support group can help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. Previous sessions included demonstrations of poetry, music, drumming, visualization, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, self-care, and forgiveness. These are followed by individual check-ins.

Our January 2023 theme is: New Beginnings.

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

Jan 12(2 events)

10:00 am: Meditative Movement (in-person)


Jan 12

Join us in the fitness room for a merging of meditative processes, breath work, modified yoga, sounding, mantra and structured improvisation prompts to create a gentle body wisdom practice suitable for every body whether you choose to practice from a chair, on a cushion, mat or standing. Wear something comfortable. Shoes are optional.

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

11:00 am: Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


Jan 12

Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space to explore a different art process, style or media each moth while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

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

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

Jan 13
Jan 14
Jan 15
Jan 16
Jan 17
Jan 18(2 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reeducation & Meditation (Virtual)


Jan 18

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.

1:00 pm: Gratitude Vibes (online)


Jan 18

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. This solutions-based support group can help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. Previous sessions included demonstrations of poetry, music, drumming, visualization, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, self-care, and forgiveness. These are followed by individual check-ins.

Our January 2023 theme is: New Beginnings.

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

Jan 19(3 events)

10:00 am: Meditative Movement (in-person)


Jan 19

Join us in the fitness room for a merging of meditative processes, breath work, modified yoga, sounding, mantra and structured improvisation prompts to create a gentle body wisdom practice suitable for every body whether you choose to practice from a chair, on a cushion, mat or standing. Wear something comfortable. Shoes are optional.

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

11:00 am: Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


Jan 19

Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space to explore a different art process, style or media each moth while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

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

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

2:00 pm: Tecnologia para Todos (en línea)/Technology for All (online)


Jan 19

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

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

Join our monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

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

Jan 20(1 event)

8:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Friday Evening Daredevils (online)


Jan 20

We all need an escape at times, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. With the success of the first two seasons of Daredevil, we thought it would only be wise to continue the Marvel series with season three. Daredevil is at TV series about a blind attorney by day and vigilante by night. There will be time to watch each week’s episode and connect with your EHC and LightHouse friends.

Parents Please Note: The Daredevil TV Series has adult content and is rated TV-MA and contains the following: crude indecent language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), and graphic violence (V). Read a Parental Guide for Daredevil. If any youth under the age of 18 wish to join this program, they must have a parent or guardian contact a LightHouse youth team member with written permission for their child to participate.

RSVP to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

 

 

Jan 21(1 event)

1:00 pm: Polishing in the Park: LightHouse Student Woodworkers Club at LightHouse SF (in-person)


Jan 21

Polishing in the Park, a wood polishing club for youth, takes place once a month at different parks around the Bay Area. With each gathering, participants will have time dedicated to updating others about their projects and learning a little about that month’s mentor. Most importantly there will be time to polish with your blind and low vision friends. Students who sign up for the program will receive the basic materials and equipment to get started with wood polishing. Those students who remain active in the program and improve their skills will become eligible for additional raw materials that they can turn into art or gifts for loved ones.

Due to winter weather, January’s event will take place at LightHouse San Francisco at 1115 Market Street.

Saturday, January 21, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

RSVP to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372. Light refreshments and polishing supplies will be provided for those students who RSVP by Friday, January 20.

Jan 22(1 event)

11:00 am: Lighthouse Goes Rock Climbing (in-person)


Jan 22

Discover the sport of rock-climbing with the always fun and supportive volunteers of ParaCliffHangers. There is no better way to get moving and stay active, than hanging off the side of a rock wall. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and no prior experience is needed. Equipment can be rented upon arriving.

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

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

Jan 23
Jan 24(3 events)

11:00 am: Hands-On With Two New accessible Phones in 2023 (in-person)


Jan 24

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

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

5:15 pm: Audium: Artists in Residence Soundscape Works-in-progress (in-person)


Jan 24

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

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

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

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

6:30 pm: Toastmasters Demonstration (online)


Jan 24

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

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

No Longer Hiding

by Ashley Nemeth

(Copied from the Toastmasters International website.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now I speak confidently and proudly wherever I am.

Jan 25(2 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reeducation & Meditation (Virtual)


Jan 25

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.

1:00 pm: Gratitude Vibes (online)


Jan 25

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. This solutions-based support group can help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. Previous sessions included demonstrations of poetry, music, drumming, visualization, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, self-care, and forgiveness. These are followed by individual check-ins.

Our January 2023 theme is: New Beginnings.

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

Jan 26(2 events)

10:00 am: Meditative Movement (in-person)


Jan 26

Join us in the fitness room for a merging of meditative processes, breath work, modified yoga, sounding, mantra and structured improvisation prompts to create a gentle body wisdom practice suitable for every body whether you choose to practice from a chair, on a cushion, mat or standing. Wear something comfortable. Shoes are optional.

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

11:00 am: Create in Community Art Class (in-person)


Jan 26

Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space to explore a different art process, style or media each moth while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

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

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

Jan 27(1 event)

6:00 pm: 30% & Growing (In person)


Jan 27

Join us as we go back into the community for good drinks, conversations, and reconnecting with good friends. 30% & Growing is a great place to gather after a long day to converse with other people who are blind or have ow vision in different stages of their career.

We will be gathering at Drake's Dealership, a brewery in Oakland, on Friday, January 27, at 6:00 PM. You can find Drake’s Dealership just a few blocks away from 19th Street BART Station. For those interested, we will be meeting at 19th Street BART and walking over as a group.

To RSVP, contact Andrew Martinez at amartinez@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jan 28
Jan 29
Jan 30(1 event)

7:00 pm: Talkin' About Books: Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey (online)


Jan 30

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

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

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

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

Jan 31(1 event)

12:00 pm: Museum of Craft & Design Descriptive & Interactive Tour (in-person)


Jan 31

Visit the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco for an exclusive tour of current exhibitions including BULL.MELATIC: Proxistant Vision which is the culmination of an innovative, art and technology research project that explores the impact of new aerial imaging technologies and their influence and power in everyday life. Staff members will take us on a descriptive tour of current exhibitions, invite us to hold and touch artifacts created by the exhibiting artists using similar techniques and walk us through an art making experience inspired by the work on display in their galleries.

Museum of Craft and Design is located at 2569 3rd Street, right on the San Francisco Muni Bus T Line with stops nearby.

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

Feb 1(2 events)

9:30 am: Stress Reeducation & Meditation (Virtual)


Feb 1

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.

1:00 pm: Gratitude VIBES (online)


Feb 1

Gratitude-VIBES are Visually Impaired Blind Energizing Sessions. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. This solutions-based group can help you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. Previous sessions included demonstrations of poetry, music, drumming, visualization, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, self-care, gardening, and employment journeys. These are followed by individual check-ins.

Our February 2023 theme is Relationships. Students will present on the following topics:

February 1: Relationships between animals and people
February 8: Relationships with friends
February 15: Relationships with people we have not met yet
February 22: Relationships and love

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

 

Feb 2(2 events)

11:00 am: Create In Community Art Class (in-person)


Feb 2

Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space at LightHouse San Francisco (1155 Market) to explore a different art process, style or media each moth while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

This month we will create a variety of painted and textured papers that we will later use as collage materials to create colorful and tactile artworks.

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

2:00 pm: Tecnologia para Todos (en línea)/Technology for All (online)


Feb 2

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

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

Join our monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

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

Feb 3(2 events)

(All day): YES Weekend Workshop: Let's Talk Travel (in-person)

(All day)
Feb 3 Feb 5

Where: LightHouse Headquarters (1155 Market Street in San Francisco)

February 3 at 4:00 pm through February 5 at noon

Whether it’s for work, recreation, or a multitude of other reasons, independent travel is a significant part of the transition student experience. Join us this February for a weekend all about the importance of travel, filled with conversations with mentors and professionals, and plenty of opportunities to try out your independent navigation skills throughout San Francisco.

Youth Employment Services (YES) Workshops are monthly weekend-long learning experiences for youth and young adults who are enthusiastic about realizing their dream careers, emphasizing the vocational enrichment of low vision and blind youth, providing access to a multifaceted array of mentorship, employment readiness skills, and alternative accessible techniques. Each YES workshop focuses on a specific theme and offers an array of self-advocacy, assistive technology, living skills, and soft skills curricula empowering students to strive toward future employment or post-secondary educational success. The weekend is spent learning from blind and low vision mentors, connecting with blind and low vision peers, and engaging in creative hands-on activities which further support youth to explore and achieve their individualized and professional goals.

  1. Hear from blind and low-vision professionals on why strong orientation and mobility skills matter, and how they have utilized them for work as well as fun. Students will get opportunities to ask questions and get advice.
  2. Students will participate in conversations about canes, dog guides, and the benefits of each. They will come away with stronger understandings on what mobility aids they might like to utilize in the future.
  3. Participants will have multiple opportunities to practice route-planning techniques, explore San Francisco’s public transit systems and get hands-on experience of navigating around one of the busiest cities, all with the support of blind and low-vision mentors and staff.
  4. The over-night nature of the YES workshop provides opportunities for students to refine their workplace readiness soft skills including effective social and professional communication and independent living, all while building community with their blind and low vision peers and mentors.

Things to Bring:

  1. A notetaking device or implement (braille note, pen, slate and stylus, phone with keyboard, laptop, etc.). You may be asked to complete activities electronically.
  2. Necessities you may need such as any orientation and mobility tools to travel safely, money for transportation to and from the workshop, or personal medication.

If you are interested in participating in the February YES Weekend Workshop, please:

  1. Contact your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to discuss workshop attendance and authorization. The cost for this workshop is $950 and includes all activities, food, and lodging for the weekend.
  2. Confirm attendance with Daisy Soto, Youth Services Coordinator by email at DSoto@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328. If you have any questions or would like to pay for your participation in this workshop, contact Daisy. Note: Space for this program is limited and workshop attendance must be confirmed one week prior.

Please note: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 plus boosters when applicable is required to join this event.

8:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Club; Wednesday Netflix Series (online)


Feb 3

We all need an escape at times, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. Our weekly gathering takes place Friday evenings at 8:00 pm., where we watch the next episode of our series and connect with your LightHouse and EHC friends. Now that we’ve watched all that we could from the world of Daredevil, our club will be switching things up and will start watching the new series, Wednesday, in early February. For those unfamiliar with the show, check out the trailer.

***Parents Please Note*** Wednesday is rated TV-14 for fear, language, and violence which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 14. IMDB has a parental guide that goes into greater detail about why the show received this rating. Read the Parent Guide for Wednesday.

Who: teens and young adults who are blind or are low vision

What: Wednesday with the Reel Escape Audio Description Club via Zoom

When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 pm

Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

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

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

Feb 4(2 events)

(All day): YES Weekend Workshop: Let's Talk Travel (in-person)

(All day)
Feb 3 Feb 5

Where: LightHouse Headquarters (1155 Market Street in San Francisco)

February 3 at 4:00 pm through February 5 at noon

Whether it’s for work, recreation, or a multitude of other reasons, independent travel is a significant part of the transition student experience. Join us this February for a weekend all about the importance of travel, filled with conversations with mentors and professionals, and plenty of opportunities to try out your independent navigation skills throughout San Francisco.

Youth Employment Services (YES) Workshops are monthly weekend-long learning experiences for youth and young adults who are enthusiastic about realizing their dream careers, emphasizing the vocational enrichment of low vision and blind youth, providing access to a multifaceted array of mentorship, employment readiness skills, and alternative accessible techniques. Each YES workshop focuses on a specific theme and offers an array of self-advocacy, assistive technology, living skills, and soft skills curricula empowering students to strive toward future employment or post-secondary educational success. The weekend is spent learning from blind and low vision mentors, connecting with blind and low vision peers, and engaging in creative hands-on activities which further support youth to explore and achieve their individualized and professional goals.

  1. Hear from blind and low-vision professionals on why strong orientation and mobility skills matter, and how they have utilized them for work as well as fun. Students will get opportunities to ask questions and get advice.
  2. Students will participate in conversations about canes, dog guides, and the benefits of each. They will come away with stronger understandings on what mobility aids they might like to utilize in the future.
  3. Participants will have multiple opportunities to practice route-planning techniques, explore San Francisco’s public transit systems and get hands-on experience of navigating around one of the busiest cities, all with the support of blind and low-vision mentors and staff.
  4. The over-night nature of the YES workshop provides opportunities for students to refine their workplace readiness soft skills including effective social and professional communication and independent living, all while building community with their blind and low vision peers and mentors.

Things to Bring:

  1. A notetaking device or implement (braille note, pen, slate and stylus, phone with keyboard, laptop, etc.). You may be asked to complete activities electronically.
  2. Necessities you may need such as any orientation and mobility tools to travel safely, money for transportation to and from the workshop, or personal medication.

If you are interested in participating in the February YES Weekend Workshop, please:

  1. Contact your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to discuss workshop attendance and authorization. The cost for this workshop is $950 and includes all activities, food, and lodging for the weekend.
  2. Confirm attendance with Daisy Soto, Youth Services Coordinator by email at DSoto@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328. If you have any questions or would like to pay for your participation in this workshop, contact Daisy. Note: Space for this program is limited and workshop attendance must be confirmed one week prior.

Please note: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 plus boosters when applicable is required to join this event.

12:00 pm: Black History, Black Brilliance Event at Macy's (in-person)


Feb 4

Macy's Union Square in San Francisco kicks off a month of instore happenings featuring Black entrepreneurs and artists showcased throughout their multi-level store.  We have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in the basement food court, listen to a panel of artists and entrepreneurs talk about their work, tour some of the art on view with live descriptions, and peruse local vendors selling their wares.

12:00 pm - Lunch in the basemen food court.

1:00 pm - Panel of black artists and entrepreneurs.

2:15 pm - Tour of art and vendor visit.

Let's meet at the main entrance across from the Union Square Plaza.  The address is 170 O'Farrell Street (Nearest Cross Street is Powell and a few blocks walk from Powell Street Station.)

Scent alert - Note that we may be convening in or near areas of the store that feature cosmetics and fragrances.

RSVP to Maia Scott by Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am at: Mscott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608

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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