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

The week's events

  • Lighthouse Goes Rock Climbing (in-person)

    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 or 415-694-7642

  • Audium: Artists in Residence Soundscape Works-in-progress (in-person)

    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 or 415-694-7608.

    Toastmasters Demonstration (online)

    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 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.

  • Create in Community Art Class (in-person)

    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 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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