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LightHouse will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

The week's events

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Audio Described Performance & Haptic Tour (in-person)

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Audio Described Performance & Haptic Tour (in-person)


    Apr 7

    Shotgun Players in Albany presents an audio described performance and haptic tour of their production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The play follows the warrior queen, Hippolyta, who is compelled to marry her captor, Theseus. A comical group of mechanics decides to gift the couple with a play performed at the wedding. Rehearsals are interrupted by a group of lovers in a chase of one another, heightened by magic juice administered by a mischievous fairy, Puck…and hilarity ensues.

    $10 off Tickets

    Buy tickets online to A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM audio described performance and haptic tour. Use discount code "MAGICJUICE" (in all capitals and without the quotes) for $10 off or call the box office at 510-841-6500 ext 303 and mention the code word “MAGICJUICE” for $10 off.

    After you purchase a ticket for the show, RSVP for the haptic tour and an audio description headset by contacting boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org, or calling 510-841-6500 ext 303.

    Audio description and the pre-show haptic tour are presented in partnership with Gravity Access Services. The haptic tour begins at 4:00 pm and doors open for the tour at 3:45 pm.

    $10 off Tickets

    Buy tickets online to A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM audio described performance and haptic tour. Use discount code "MAGICJUICE" (in all capitals and without the quotes) for $10 off or call the box office at 510-841-6500 ext 303 and mention the code word “MAGICJUICE” for $10 off.

    After you purchase a ticket for the show, RSVP for the haptic tour and an audio description headset by contacting boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org, or calling 510-841-6500 ext 303.

    The stage is located at 1901 Ashby Ave in Berkeley, near Ashby BART station. The show starts at 5:00 pm and the runtime is 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Apr 8

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)

    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


    Apr 8

    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 day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

    RSVP for The Business of Blindness online or contact Andrew Martinez at AMartinez@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7642.

    Music and Poetry at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)

    Music and Poetry at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


    Apr 8

    Music and Poetry Group is offered on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

    If you wish to have your favorite music, song, poem or an original work, presented at the group, celebrating all styles and eras, please submit your selection to Patricia 4 days prior to the group.   We will ask for a brief introduction to your choice, we will all listen together with time for discussion.

    There is a $20.00 fee each month with payment due prior to the 2nd Monday of each month. Please register online or call our office at to register.

    Music and Poetry class at EBC is presented by Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, who has a lifelong passion for music and poetry. To RSVP, please contact Patricia at jefferson@earlebaum.org or 707-523-3222.

     

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)

    Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


    Apr 8

    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.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)

    AARP Tax-Aide Program (in-person)


    Apr 11

    LightHouse is again partnering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program to provide free tax filing support at 1155 Market Street this tax filing season. AARP will be at LightHouse HQ on Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – April 11, 2024 and Wednesdays February 21 and 28 & March 13 and 27. 

    Appointments are required and they can be made for 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. Appointments can be scheduled by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7648 or completing the AARP Tax-Aide at LightHouse RSVP form.

    This is open to anyone who needs support filing their federal and California state tax returns for the tax years 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020. (note: each year requires a separate appointment and we will only be completing 2023 tax returns in February). There is no requirement based on age, income level, or San Francisco residency.

    Please bring with you:

    • Your tax paperwork you’ve received in the mail
    • A copy of your social security card
    • A copy of your photo ID
    • If you are eligible for a refund and would like it deposited directly into your account, please bring a voided check. If you do not have a voided check, your refund check will be mailed to you via USPS.

    Out of Scope:

    If any of these situations apply to you, you may be out of scope for AARP. If you think that you are out of scope, please feel free to call us so that we can confirm.

    • If you do not have health insurance, we cannot prepare your tax return. Apologies, but this is due to the California mandate that requires everybody to have health insurance, which results in tax complications.
    • If you have tax deductible contributions to an HSA account, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law and is complicated.
    • If you have rental income, we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you are in a civil union or married filing separately, we cannot prepare your tax return. This is due to the differences in Federal and California tax law.
    • If you’re self-employed, and want to declare your health insurance premiums as an expense, and are receiving premium tax credits (via CoveredCA), we cannot prepare your tax return.
    • If you have rental property, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you have a dependent child with unearned income subject to the “Kiddie Tax”, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you are self-employed and, due to the pandemic, you deferred paying your Self-Employment tax, have a PPP loan, or took Covid sick leave, we cannot prepare your return.
    • If you own a business with employees and/or inventory, we cannot prepare your return.  You would be wise to hire a professional tax preparer.
    • If you have hobby income or not for profit activity, we cannot prepare your return.

    There are some specific requirements and not all taxes will be able to be completed by AARP volunteers; these will be addressed when the appointments are made.

    If you have any questions, please call 415-694-7648 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)

    Little Learners Playgroup (online)


    Apr 11

    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!

    April is National Card & Letter Writing Month 2024 (in-person)

    April is National Card & Letter Writing Month 2024 (in-person)


    Apr 11

    Do you wish you could send and receive more fun mail in our mailboxes? Did you enjoy writing cards and letters and don’t do it anymore because of your changes in vision or reliance on technology? Do you miss connecting with others through the good ol’ fashioned U.S. Postal Mail? Would you like to brighten someone’s day by sending a heartfelt message to a friend or a loved one?

    Come celebrate! April is National Card & Letter Writing Month 2024 is happening at the LightHouse San Francisco offices. Join us for the fun and functional art and living skills groups on Thursday, April 11 and 18, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Pick up some new tips and techniques for letter writing by learning the benefits of using thick line pens, large print writing, thick line paper, writing guides, and Braille, and hone your art and mail art making skills! Enjoy meeting fellow letter writing and mail art lovers, chat about the histories of postal mail and the letter writing event, and the many ways to send postal mail.

    RSVP online for April is National Card & Letter Writing Month 2024, or contact Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

    Speak Imagery: Faces In The Crowd (online)

    Speak Imagery: Faces In The Crowd (online)


    Apr 11

    The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) present Tour Theme: Faces In The Crowd.

    This virtual tour is led by docents Margaret Grohne & Lani Shepp.

    Museums are filled with portraits of people whose names we know—monarchs, presidents, aristocrats, and members of high society. But other works depict people whose names and stories we will never know. On this tour we will look at works that feature people in everyday situations. We’ll ask what the paintings tell us about their lives and times, and what they share in common with us.

    The Yellow Lampshade by Elmer Bischoff, 1969

    Register in advance at zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ud-6grjgtGNTUgTWYu2GYI6JuwVLRTC5Z. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can log on as early as 11:00 am, but you won’t be admitted until 11:30 am.

    A large colorful canvas featuring a man and a woman in a high rise apartment

    Access After Hours at the Museum of Craft & Design (in-person)

    Access After Hours at the Museum of Craft & Design (in-person)


    Apr 11

    Join us at the Museum of Craft and Design at 2569 3rd St. in San Francisco for an extra fabulous after hours museum visit for haptic and descriptive tours of art works from the current exhibitions, Mr. Roboto and Indiefolk, experiment with crafts using materials inspired by work in on view, have a drink and enjoy good company after your long day of work or play. The event is free with RSVP, and you are most welcome to bring a friend.

    RSVP to Maia Scott at Mscott@lightouse-sf.org or 415-290-6242.

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.

The LightHouse is scent-free. Please abstain from wearing colognes, perfumes, or other scented products. Additionally, coffee must be securely lidded at all times and citrus should not be peeled on the premises. Thanks for supporting our efforts to respect chemical sensitivities!

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