Calendar

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

Events in December 2023

  • The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Dec 4

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike Cole or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-760

  • Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)

    Netflix's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Miniseries LightHouse Screening (online)


    Dec 5

    LightHouse invites our students and community members to join us virtually Tuesdays in November to watch the Netflix limited series ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE tells the story of two teenagers during World War II, one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army. With this story not only being about a blind teenager, but also played by a blind actress, the LightHouse Community Services team would like to invite our friends and community to join us for our latest intergenerational series of our Reel Escape Audio Description Club.

    The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is open for all ages.

    What:  ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE audio-described four-part series
    When:  November 7, 14, 28 & December 5 at 7:00 pm (There is no screening on November 21, which is during the week of Thanksgiving.)
    Where: Online
    RSVP: By 5:00 pm the day before each showing to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372

    View the ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE trailer.

    For more information about ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE’s TV-MA rating, please visit the parental guide.

  • Elks Holiday Party (in-person)

    Elks Holiday Party (in-person)


    Dec 6

    What: Elks Holiday Party
    When: Wednesday, December 6 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Where: Kensington Park Hotel, at 450 Post St. located near Union Square and the Powell St. Station in San Francisco, 3rd floor Ballroom

    The weather is cooling down while holiday cheer is warming up. The Elks have cordially invited Lighthouse students to attend a festive holiday luncheon. The doors open at 11:30 am with an offering of refreshments and lunch served at noon. After your delicious meal, please join us for some holiday cheer with holiday trivia, singing along to holiday favorites at their piano or contributing gratitude reflections, jokes, or stories during open mic. The party will take place at 450 Post St. San Francisco. Please plan to go directly to the hotel.

    RSVP will be required before attending. RSVP with Andrew Martinez at AMartinez@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7642.

  • Museum of Craft & Design Mobile Make Art Activation (in-person)

    Museum of Craft & Design Mobile Make Art Activation (in-person)


    Dec 7

    The Museum of Craft & Design (MCD) returns for a series of monthly artmaking sessions featuring projects, processes and prompts inspired by their latest exhibitions. Whether you craft, build, paint, garden, sew or sculpt at any level experience, MCD's Mobile Make art activations are sure to push your envelope or meet you in your happy place. Come to the craft room on the 11th floor of Lighthouse San Francisco HQ for good times with great people.

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

     

    Tecnologia para Todos (online)

    Tecnologia para Todos (online)


    Dec 7

    Join the LightHouse’s 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.

    This event will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you rsvp by email to Fernando Macias at FMacias@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7670

  • Intergenerational Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club: Elf (hybrid)

    Intergenerational Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club: Elf (hybrid)


    Dec 8

    It’s time for another intergenerational Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club with your blind and low vision friends of all ages. This time around, our movie club will gather and watch the holiday favorite Elf. Elf is a movie starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.

    Our winter gathering of the Intergenerational Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club will be a hybrid event, with options for guests to join us in person and over Zoom. Guests that wish to join in person will gather on the 10th floor of LightHouse San Fancisco, where we will have hot coco, with or without syrup, and join our friends on Zoom for our featured film. After the film, we will have space to talk about the film or just connect with your LightHouse friends.

    Watch the Elf Trailier.

    Who: Blind and low vision individuals of all ages
    When: Friday December 8, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Where: Either via Zoom or in-person at Lighthouse Headquarters (1155 Market St. 10th floor, San Francisco)
    RSVP or asking questions: To Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or by 45-694-7372.

    A reminder email with Zoom meeting information will be shared day of the program with those that RSVP via email.

  • Life in a Zen Temple: Lecture, Zazen, and Tea with Abbot Kobori Geppo: Session 1 (in-person)

    Life in a Zen Temple: Lecture, Zazen, and Tea with Abbot Kobori Geppo: Session 1 (in-person)


    Dec 9

    Life in a Zen Temple: Lecture, Zazen, and Tea with Abbot Kobori Geppo

    This program takes place at the Asian Art Museum at 200 Larkin St. in San Francisco.

    Experience a moment of inner peace through zazen meditation, savor a bowl of tea, and enjoy a rare glimpse inside the world of a Zen temple with Abbot Kobori Geppo, head of Daitokuji Ryokoin temple in Kyoto, home to the storied paintings featured in The Heart of Zen. This intimate program is your chance to hear directly from Abbot Kobori about the routines and teachings of Zen temple life; to participate as he leads a short session of zazen; and to discover the role of chanoyu (‘the way of tea’) in Zen practice with tea provided by local members of the Urasenke Foundation.

    Dec. 9, Session 1: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
    10:30 am to 11:00 am: Lecture
    11:00 am to 11:30 am: Meditation
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm: Tea served in 3 groups (approx. 30 min. per seating)

    RSVP online for Life in a Zen Temple Session 1.

    Bilingual Bingo & Beaded Book Thong Making (in-person)

    Bilingual Bingo & Beaded Book Thong Making (in-person)


    Dec 9

    Bingo is the Game-o! Cozy up in the Lighthouse HQ board room for some lively competition in Espanol and English paired with snacks, good company and of course, prizes.

    Or, nestle into the conference room next door to bead simple bookmarks that cinch around the spine of a book to give as gifts to those you cherish and to share with Lighthouse students learning Braille.  Craft while enjoying snacks and good company.

    Plus, you can stick around for the 1155 Performance Salon at 4:00 pm and enjoy local talent and the music of Graham Norwood.

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

    Life in a Zen Temple: Lecture, Zazen, and Tea with Abbot Kobori Geppo: Session 2 (in-person)

    Life in a Zen Temple: Lecture, Zazen, and Tea with Abbot Kobori Geppo: Session 2 (in-person)


    Dec 9

    Life in a Zen Temple: Lecture, Zazen, and Tea with Abbot Kobori Geppo

    This program takes place at the Asian Art Museum at 200 Larkin St. in San Francisco.

    Experience a moment of inner peace through zazen meditation, savor a bowl of tea, and enjoy a rare glimpse inside the world of a Zen temple with Abbot Kobori Geppo, head of Daitokuji Ryokoin temple in Kyoto, home to the storied paintings featured in The Heart of Zen. This intimate program is your chance to hear directly from Abbot Kobori about the routines and teachings of Zen temple life; to participate as he leads a short session of zazen; and to discover the role of chanoyu (‘the way of tea’) in Zen practice with tea provided by local members of the Urasenke Foundation.

    Dec. 9, Session 2: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    2:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Lecture
    2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Meditation
    3:00 pm to 430 pm: Tea served in 3 groups (approx. 30 min. per seating)

    RSVP online for Life in a Zen Temple Session 2.

    1155 Performance Salon Featuring Singer/Songwriter Graham Norwood (in-person)

    1155 Performance Salon Featuring Singer/Songwriter Graham Norwood (in-person)


    Dec 9

    Settle in with good company and refreshments for an afternoon of local talent and soulful music. After a curated collage of short works performed by local artists to warm things up, singer songwriter Graham Norwood will take the stage to share his solo work on guitar, featuring melodic poignant melodic works blending genres ranging from folk and rock to a twang of country.  Hear about Graham’s journey as an artist and social worker who has lived in the Bay Area and abroad through his story and song.

    For more information about Graham Norwood, visit: grahamnorwoodmusic.com.

    This event takes places at LightHouse headquarters at 1155 Market St. 10th floor, San Francisco.

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

     

  • The Art of Zen Lecture and Meditation: Session 1 (in-person)

    The Art of Zen Lecture and Meditation: Session 1 (in-person)


    Dec 10

    This program takes place at the Asian Art Museum at 200 Larkin St. in San Francisco.

    Zazen and Lecture on Life in a Zen Temple with Abbot Kobori Geppo
    Experience a moment of inner peace through zazen meditation and enjoy a rare glimpse inside the world of a Zen temple with Abbot Kobori Geppo, head of Daitokuji Ryokoin temple in Kyoto, home to the storied paintings featured in The Heart of Zen. This intimate program is your chance to hear directly from Abbot Kobori about the routines and teachings of Zen temple life and to participate as he leads a short session of zazen in Samsung Hall.

    RSVP online for The Art of Zen Session 1.

    About the Speaker:

    Kobori Geppo is the current abbot (head monk) of Daitokuji Ryokoin temple in Kyoto. When the abbot visited the Asian Art Museum in 2017, he was impressed by the museum collection and the warm welcome he received; he also experienced a deep sense of compassion for the people he encountered in the surrounding neighborhood. Abbot Kobori decided to foster peace and harmony by sharing two treasured artworks attributed to the 13th-century Chinese painter Muqi — Persimmons and Chestnuts — with the city of San Francisco. Thanks to the abbot’s generosity, the Asian Art Museum was able to partner with Daitokuji Ryokoin and the Kyoto National Museum to present The Heart of Zen, offering audiences outside of Japan a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these venerated paintings in person.

    Disney's THE LION KING with Audio Description & Haptic Tour

    Disney's THE LION KING with Audio Description & Haptic Tour


    Dec 10

    11:30 am: pre-show haptic tour

    Show starts at 1:00 with 2.5 hr. runtime with a intermission.

    Where:  Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market St. at 8th St.

    RSVP:  See ticketing information below and let Maia Scott know at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    “Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist…”  Share a good time with friends and family to roll out the holiday season with this 6-time Tony Award winning Disney favorite featuring incredible costumes (yes, we get to touch some), and classic music composed by Elton John and Tim Rice.

    Please note the following important details from our BroadwaySF contact, Brett:

    Tickets are $66.50 each plus a $5 service fee for phone and online orders.

    FRONT ORCHESTRA FOR LOW VISION
    D/H 1-3 (2 each)
    F/G/H 1-7 (4 each)
    D-H 2-4 (2 each)

    SEATS GOOD FOR SERVICE ANIMALS:

    Orch R 5-15 (6)
    Orch CC 108-116 (5)

    There are three ways to purchase tickets:

    All ticket buyers will get access to an exclusive pre-show complimentary haptic tour in the Orpheum’s Sunroom.  Doors open at 10:30 and the tour starts at 11:30 am.

    Audio Description:  Disney’s THE LION KING uses GalaPro as their description service. Please make sure to download the app ahead of time at. www.galapro.com or from the App Store or Google Play Store.

    The Art of Zen Lecture and Meditation: Session 2 (in-person)

    The Art of Zen Lecture and Meditation: Session 2 (in-person)


    Dec 10

    This program takes place at the Asian Art Museum at 200 Larkin St. in San Francisco.

    Zazen and Lecture on Life in a Zen Temple with Abbot Kobori Geppo
    Experience a moment of inner peace through zazen meditation and enjoy a rare glimpse inside the world of a Zen temple with Abbot Kobori Geppo, head of Daitokuji Ryokoin temple in Kyoto, home to the storied paintings featured in The Heart of Zen. This intimate program is your chance to hear directly from Abbot Kobori about the routines and teachings of Zen temple life and to participate as he leads a short session of zazen in Samsung Hall.

    RSVP online for The Art of Zen Session 2.

    About the Speaker:

    Kobori Geppo is the current abbot (head monk) of Daitokuji Ryokoin temple in Kyoto. When the abbot visited the Asian Art Museum in 2017, he was impressed by the museum collection and the warm welcome he received; he also experienced a deep sense of compassion for the people he encountered in the surrounding neighborhood. Abbot Kobori decided to foster peace and harmony by sharing two treasured artworks attributed to the 13th-century Chinese painter Muqi — Persimmons and Chestnuts — with the city of San Francisco. Thanks to the abbot’s generosity, the Asian Art Museum was able to partner with Daitokuji Ryokoin and the Kyoto National Museum to present The Heart of Zen, offering audiences outside of Japan a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these venerated paintings in person.

  • The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Dec 11

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike Cole or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-760

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


    Dec 11

    LightHouse Visionaries provides blind and visually impaired people with a supportive and fun environment to develop public speaking and leadership skills, empowering us to enhance our personal and professional lives.

    Toastmasters is a place to develop skills of self-empowerment. It's a place to practice public speaking, improve communication, and build leadership skills. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

    RSVP online for Toastmasters, or contact Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

  • Create In Community Art Class (in-person)

    Create In Community Art Class (in-person)


    Dec 14

    Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space at LightHouse San Francisco at 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.
    During the months of November and December, let’s explore projects that celebrate gratitude and gifting culture, ranging from gratitude stones to stitched ornaments, pop-up cards to simple journals and more.

    Walk-ins are welcome. But you can also RSVP to Maia Scott at  Mscott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

  • SF MOMA Haptic experience and performance: Naama Tsabar's Works on Felt

    SF MOMA Haptic experience and performance: Naama Tsabar's Works on Felt


    Dec 15

    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or SFMOMA, invites the blind and low vision community to experience the synergy of art, sound, and movement in a new performance composed by local musicians Dylan Edrich, Jenna Flohr, and artist Naama Tsabar that engages sculptural works from the artist’s ongoing series Work on Felt. Tsabar subverts our expectations of the seemingly soft sculptures by inserting carbon fiber and epoxy into felt to create a rigid hybrid material that holds its shape as it retains the tension of a piano string tethered to a guitar-tuning peg. These artworks defy the place of felt in instruments as a silencer and become the resonating chamber itself.

    To start the afternoon, join us in the galleries at 3:00 pm for a highlights tour of the What Matters exhibition with Media Arts Curatorial Associate Karen Cheung.

    SFMOMA is located at 151 3rd. Street, San Francisco.

    30% and Growing (in-person)

    30% and Growing (in-person)


    Dec 15

    Join us for our last 30% and Growing of the year! We have had a wonderful time gathering around the Bay Area to network and converse about the workplace. In December we will be gathering at Berkeley Social Club (2050 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704), a great bar and kitchen with drinks and Asian-American food. Berkeley Social Club is only a 5 minute walk from Downtown Berkeley Bart.

    Hope to see you there!

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

  • The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Dec 18

    What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP online for Coffee with Mike Cole or to Sabrina Bolus at SBolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-760

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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