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

Events in January 2023

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Jan 1
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Jan 3
Jan 4
Jan 5(1 event)

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.

Jan 6(1 event)

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.

Jan 7
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Jan 10(1 event)

6:00 pm: National Federation of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


Jan 10

The National Federation of the Blind is a nationwide community of members that believe blind people can live the lives they want. We meet online via Zoom with the following schedule:

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Virtual Happy (Half) Hour
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Chapter Meeting

To RSVP, contact President Bobbi Pompey at bobbipompey@gmail.com or 336-988-6375.

Jan 11
Jan 12(1 event)

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.

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Jan 19(1 event)

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.

Jan 20
Jan 21(1 event)

10:30 am: California Council of the Blind Chapter Meeting San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


Jan 21

The San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind meets on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

For more info, contact Vita Zavoli by at VZavoli@gmail.com or 510-846-4080.

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
Jan 26(1 event)

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
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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(1 event)

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(1 event)

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.

Feb 3
Feb 4(1 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.

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