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Dec 3
Dec 4(1 event)

9:30 am: 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

Dec 5(2 events)

2:00 pm: Tech Together: December 2023 (online)


Dec 5

Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

December 5: What's New with JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion 2024 with Ian Ramos
The LightHouse Access Technology team is honored and delighted to welcome back Ian Ramos of Access Ingenuity. Ian will be joining us to discuss new features in the latest releases of JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion.
RSVP online for What's New with JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

December 12: Tech Wish Lists
What's on your access technology wish list this year? Join the AT team and we'll all discuss the devices, gadgets and accessories we'd like to get our hands on for the holidays.
RSVP online for Tech Wish Lists or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7684.

No other Tech Together until January 16, 2024

7:00 pm: 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.

Dec 6(4 events)

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


Dec 6

We offer a series of short, meditation-based practices each Wednesday morning for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for 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 comfo rtable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

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

11:30 am: 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.

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


Dec 6

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.

7:00 pm: EHC Virtual Campfire (online)


Dec 6

These fun-filled evenings will consist of Enchanted Hills Camp updates, songs, alumni check-ins and LightHouse information and resources. All are welcome to join.

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

 

Dec 7(6 events)

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Dec 7

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!

11:00 am: 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.

 

11:00 am: OrCam Demo Day (in-person)


Dec 7

Location
San Francisco Lighthouse For the Blind

1155 Market St 10th floor, San Francisco

OrCam MyEye and OrCam Read are discreet AT devices that help people with vision and reading challenges access the printed word, and more.

Experience for yourself how OrCam can help you or someone you know to be more independent!

The event will begin with a live demo, and following the demo, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the technology firsthand by trying out the devices. Our experts will be available to answer all your questions and help determine if OrCam can help you or your loved one gain greater independence.

To learn more about OrCam, visit www.orcam.com

Additionally, light refreshments will be served and you will have an opportunity to visit LightHouse’s Adaptations Store to pick up any blindness products you might need.

What: OrCam Demonstration
Where: LightHouse for the Blind, 1155 Market St. 10th floor, San Francisco
When: Thursday, December 7 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
RSVP: To vicki@sterlingadaptives.com

2:00 pm: 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

6:00 pm: Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Winter Concert


Dec 7

For the fourth year in a row, alumni staff of Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) wish to show their appreciation for the LightHouse community by hosting a free virtual EHC Alumni holiday concert. These are performers who have served as program staff over the years and will join current LightHouse and EHC staffers to celebrate the spirit of EHC past, present, and future.

This year’s performers are Hanna Clemenson, Christina Daniels, Derek Dittmar, Rachael Grider, Mariana Sandoval and Masceo Williams.

Camp Director, Tony Fletcher says, “When we enter the cold and dark days of late fall and prepare for winter, many of the alumni of EHC truly look forward to any opportunities for us to gather and celebrate one of our favorite locations on earth. One of the special gatherings is the Virtual Holiday Concert. All the performers have deep connections to EHC as staff members, and for many, as former campers. This is a show built around gratitude. This year we focus on saying thank you to the many generous donors that supported Giving Tuesday for the LightHouse’s Little Learners Program that uses Enchanted Hills for a family camp weekend.

“We hope listeners will enjoy not only the music, but also the chance to hear and see the performers that have been their counselors and area leaders at EHC over the years.”

What: EHC Virtual Alumni Holiday Concert

When: Thursday, December 7, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Enchanted Hills Camp Facebook page, no Facebook account is necessary to view the live-streamed concert.

8:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Club for Teen and Young Adult: Stranger Things (online)


Dec 7

Are you looking for a thrilling escape into the world of science fiction and mystery? Look no further! The Reel Escape Audio Description Club is back this fall, bringing together blind and low vision teens and young adults for an exciting social gathering over an audio-described TV show.

We'll be embarking on an unforgettable journey into the 1980s with the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. This captivating show revolves around a group of kids in a small town, facing supernatural mysteries, government conspiracies, and the enigmatic powers of a mysterious girl with psychokinetic abilities.

Every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm, join us via Zoom to watch the latest episode of Stranger Things and connect with your LightHouse and EHC friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of excitement and adventure while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

Check out the official Stranger Things trailer.

Parents, Please Take Note: Stranger Things is rated TV-14 for horror elements and language, which may not be suitable for kids under 17. While Seasons 1-3 were rated TV-14, Season 4 received a TV-MA rating. For more detailed information, you can check the Stranger Things Parental Guide. If you are under 18 and wish to join this series, we kindly request your parent or guardian to contact a LightHouse Youth Team member with written permission for your participation.

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

Dec 8(3 events)

(All day): YES Weekend Workshop: Giving Back and Growing your Community (in-person)

(All day)
Dec 8 Dec 10

Friday December 8 3:00 PM – December 10 12:00 PM, 2023

Volunteerism plays a crucial role in many aspects of college and career journeys. Whether you’re wondering how to add some of those volunteer hours to a college application, hoping to find ways to gain experience as you chose a career path, or want to socialize with others and meet new friends, join us this December to discuss and learn about how to get involved in your community, while giving back to others. Hear from blind and low-vision mentors about various volunteerism endeavors and how they first got involved, ensured things were accessible, and benefited from their experiences. The weekend will culminate with students volunteering themselves to throw a thrilling holiday celebration for their youth program friends. Join us for an exciting weekend of growing independence, giving back, and getting to connect with mentors and peers!

YES (Youth Employment Services) 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.

Students will hear from blind and low-vision mentors about their education and career journeys, and how their varied volunteer opportunities impacted their experiences and growth.

Participants will have opportunities to practice their advocacy skills during conversations and role-playing exercises focused on accessibility barriers when seeking volunteerism opportunities. They will learn new strategies from mentors, talk through concerns they might have about stepping into these new environments, and have time to ask questions.

Students will hone assistive technology skills by researching volunteer opportunities that might be relevant to them, navigate online volunteer applications, and work on putting together updated resumes.

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.

When: Friday December 8 3:00 PM – December 10 12:00 PM, 2023

Who: Blind and low-vision youth between the ages of 16-24

To apply: Contact Daisy Soto at dsoto@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328. Please be sure to include your DOR counselor’s contact details so that updated authorization information can be shared.

*Note: This is a DOR-funded program, and we ask that you please RSVP with us one week prior to the event (December 1).

4:00 pm: Hanukkah Memorial Party for Judith Lesner (hybrid)


Dec 8

You are invited to a Hanukkah party to celebrate the life of
Judith Lesner: December 23, 1942 to August 30, 2023

The celebration is hybrid. The in-person portion takes place Friday, December 8, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at LightHouse San Francisco headquarters.1155 Market Street, San Francisco, 10th Floor

The event will have a Zoom option as well.

The event will be wheelchair accessible.

RSVP by December 1 for the Judith Lesner Hanukkah Memorial Party. You will receive a Zoom link if you indicate that as your preference in the RSVP Form

Accessibility questions? Contact Jacob at jakeoaktown@gmail.com.

Judith's Obituary includes suggestions for honoring her memory.

Read Judith Lesner obituary. 

7:00 pm: 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.

Dec 9(1 event)

(All day): YES Weekend Workshop: Giving Back and Growing your Community (in-person)

(All day)
Dec 8 Dec 10

Friday December 8 3:00 PM – December 10 12:00 PM, 2023

Volunteerism plays a crucial role in many aspects of college and career journeys. Whether you’re wondering how to add some of those volunteer hours to a college application, hoping to find ways to gain experience as you chose a career path, or want to socialize with others and meet new friends, join us this December to discuss and learn about how to get involved in your community, while giving back to others. Hear from blind and low-vision mentors about various volunteerism endeavors and how they first got involved, ensured things were accessible, and benefited from their experiences. The weekend will culminate with students volunteering themselves to throw a thrilling holiday celebration for their youth program friends. Join us for an exciting weekend of growing independence, giving back, and getting to connect with mentors and peers!

YES (Youth Employment Services) 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.

Students will hear from blind and low-vision mentors about their education and career journeys, and how their varied volunteer opportunities impacted their experiences and growth.

Participants will have opportunities to practice their advocacy skills during conversations and role-playing exercises focused on accessibility barriers when seeking volunteerism opportunities. They will learn new strategies from mentors, talk through concerns they might have about stepping into these new environments, and have time to ask questions.

Students will hone assistive technology skills by researching volunteer opportunities that might be relevant to them, navigate online volunteer applications, and work on putting together updated resumes.

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.

When: Friday December 8 3:00 PM – December 10 12:00 PM, 2023

Who: Blind and low-vision youth between the ages of 16-24

To apply: Contact Daisy Soto at dsoto@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328. Please be sure to include your DOR counselor’s contact details so that updated authorization information can be shared.

*Note: This is a DOR-funded program, and we ask that you please RSVP with us one week prior to the event (December 1).

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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