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

The week's events

  • Youth Employment Series (YES) - Books and Beyond: Balancing Academics with Cooking and Social Relationships

    Youth Employment Series (YES) - Books and Beyond: Balancing Academics with Cooking and Social Relationships

    Sep 13 Sep 15

    Books and Beyond: Balancing Academics with Cooking and Social Relationships

    In September, join the first LightHouse Youth Employment Series (YES) workshop of the 2019-2020 academic calendar as students return to school. This workshop will focus on the importance of achieving success and independence as youth learn to juggle academics, social relationships, living skills, conflicts with future roommates and personal career goals. They collaborate with one another in interactive activities throughout the weekend to prepare for life beyond high school. Students will acquire essential skills in cooking with confidence, conflict resolution, as well as gain an increased understanding of financial aid and college applications.

    YES workshops are monthly weekend-long learning experiences emphasizing the vocational enrichment of low vision and blind youth, increasing and providing access to a multifaceted array of mentorship, employment readiness skills, and alternative accessible techniques.

    The YES Workshop in September will provide students with the tools to improve their interpersonal skills (soft skills), learn the ins-and-outs of meal planning and preparation, participate in a mock student residential life review board, engage in discussions around professional and dating relationships, as well as obtain further understanding of college applications and financial aid. The weekend is spent learning from blind and low vision mentors and engaging in creative hands-on activities which further support youth to explore and achieve their individualized and professional aspirations.

    Workshop Learning Objectives:
    1. Participants will expand their understanding of rights and responsibilities as blind and low vision youth as they explore post-secondary options after high school and prepare for their futures.
    2. Transition age youth will acquire strategies on conflict resolution and effective communication as they implement these concepts using interactive scenarios in different aspects of their lives from school and college, to living with roommates, to work.
    3. Students will participate in interactive activities as they plan, prepare for, and execute goals for confidence building in a variety of settings from academics, cooking, relationships, to employment.
    4. The overnight 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.

    Things to Bring:
    1. A note-taking device or implement (braille notetaker, pen, slate and stylus, phone with keyboard, laptop, etc.). You will be asked to complete activities electronically.
    2. Necessities you may need such as any orientation and mobility tools to travel safely, money for transportation to and from the workshop, or personal medication.

    If you are interested in participating in the September YES Weekend Workshop, please:
    1. Contact your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to discuss workshop attendance and authorization.
    2. Confirm attendance with Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, by email at or by phone at 415-694-7328.

    If you have any questions or would like to pay for your participation in the workshop, please contact Each workshop costs $950 to attend for the entire weekend. Please note, space for this program is limited to 15 students and workshop attendance must be confirmed by September 10.

  • Knitting


    Sep 19

    Every week, our knitters gather to share their purls of wisdom and get in the loop on each other’s latest project, and usually end up in stitches spinning yarns. Whether you knit for pleasure, distraction or just practical economics, or you’ve never done it before and want to give it a try, there’s always room for another loom. Learn, refine, or teach a skill that makes your gift-giving budget lighter weight or support a student-led altruistic project like knitting chemo caps, beanies for babies, lap blankets or other creative applications.

    For more info, needle Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at or 415-694-7316.

    30% & Growing: Hayward

    30% & Growing: Hayward

    Sep 19

    30% & Growing
    Thursday, September 19, 6-8 PM
    World Famous Turf Club
    22519 Main St., Hayward

    Right in the heart of downtown Hayward, just blocks from the Hayward BART station, sits the friendly oasis that is the World Famous Turf Club. We will be waiting for you on their fabulous Tiki patio enjoying a smooth California transition from summer to fall. They've recently started offering a modest menu selection of items from the grill and also welcome you to BYOF--there is Japanese next door at Sapporo, Americana Pizza & Taqueria right across the street, and the highly recommended Cupcake Shoppe next door if you've got a hankering for a sweet treat. Grab some grub and join your 30% crew for this Hayward happening. RSVP to Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at or 415-694-7316.

  • Dinner and Bingo

    Dinner and Bingo

    Sep 20

    Dinner and Bingo

    Enjoy a community dinner and lots of rollicking bingo fun on the third Friday of each month at the LightHouse. RSVP by noon on the Tuesday prior and $7 covers your dinner (RSVP later or not at all and your dinner is $10). Braille and large print bingo cards make bingo accessible for everyone.   Bring a handful or two of coins for small-change competitiveness … we play a couple of nickel games, several dimes games, and after dessert, one quarter gets you three games – good company – good food – good fun! To RSVP, contact Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at or 415-694-7316.

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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