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

Events in January 2023

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

    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 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Happy (Half) Hour
    6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Chapter Meeting

    To RSVP, contact President Bobbi Pompey at or 336-988-6375.

    *Please note, this group is not afflicted with LightHouse.

  • California Council of the Blind Chapter Meeting San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)

    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 or 510-846-4080.

  • Hands-On With Two New accessible Phones in 2023 (in-person)

    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 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 call 415-694-7339.

  • LightHouse CEO Welcome Reception (in-person)

    LightHouse CEO Welcome Reception (in-person)

    Jan 27

    On behalf of the Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired Board of Directors, I cordially invite you to celebrate and welcome our new CEO, Sharon Giovinazzo, at a Welcome Reception on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 4-6PM at Lighthouse Headquarters, 1155 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. I hope to see you on the 27.

    Warm Regards,

    Sharon Sacks, Lighthouse Board Chair

    Please RSVP by January 24 to Carin Elman at or 415-694-7681.

    Surpassing Sight Private Film Screening (in person)

    Surpassing Sight Private Film Screening (in person)

    Jan 27

    On January 27, shortly after the Welcome Reception with new LightHouse CEO Sharon Giovinazzo, LightHouse will be hosting a free private movie screening of the documentary Surpassing Sight which follows two blind men, Jack Chen and Dan Berlin, who completed the Race Across America, a road cycling race across the United States. There will be a Q&A with Jack and film writer and producer Lukas Behnken.

    What: Surpassing Sight Private Film Screening with Audio Description and Q&A
    When: Friday, January 27 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Where: LightHouse San Francisco, 1155 Market St. 10th Floor
    RSVP: Get free tickets for Surpassing Sight at LightHouse San Francisco.

    Directions to LightHouse San Francisco

    Watch a trailer of Surpassing Sight with audio description.

    Visit the Surpassing Sight website.

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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