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Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing January 8

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email info@lighthouse-sf.org. This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at: www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com.
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Audio described movie listings by geographic area:

EAS T BAY:
AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive
Emeryville
510-457-9006
Now playing in auditorium 5:
“Avatar”

Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
510-528-8759
Now playing
“It’s Complicated”  and “Sherlock Holmes”
Separate admissions for each show

SAN FRANCISCO:
AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
415-369-6201
Now playing in auditorium 8:
“Avatar”

AMC Van Ness 14:
1000 Van Ness Avenue
415-674-4630
Now showing in auditorium 5:
“Avatar”

SOUTH BAY:
AMC Cupertino Square 16:
North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek
Cupertino
408-252-5960
Now playing in auditorium 3:
“Sherlock Holmes”

AMC Mercado 20:
311 Mission College Blvd.
Mercado Santa Clara Center
Santa Clara
408-919-0285
Now playing in auditorium 8:
“Sherlock Holmes”

AMC Saratoga 14:
700 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose
408-871-2277
Now playing in auditorium 10:
“Sherlock Holmes”
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Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by Broadway San Jose
“Avenue Q”
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
211 W. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose
January 16    2:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website www.broadwaysanjose.com .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.
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Live Performances described by Visual Voice:
“Daddy Long Legs”
Presented by Theater Works
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St., Mountain View
February  12     8:00pm
February 13    8:00pm
February 14    2:00pm
The times above are the show times. For descriptions of costumes and set arrive 25 minutes earlier.  Be sure to mention Visual Voice at the box office.
***

Live Described Performance:
Presented by SHN
”Wicked”
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco
This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

RECREATION:

Sierra Regional Ski for Light:
March 13-March 15
Tahoe-Donner
Want to have a weekend getaway in early spring, yet enjoy one last blast of winter fun?  Why not join Sierra Regional Ski for Light (SRSFL) at Tahoe-Donner in the High Sierras for cross country skiing and or snowshoeing.  Enjoy good food, pleasant surroundings and friends.

Experienced skiers and snowshoers and novices are welcome.  Trained Guides will be available to assist.  For details on this three day event as well as information on one day events contact Cindy Quintana at 510-483-2948 or visit the www.srsfl.org
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Thursday Evening Dance Class:
Every Thursday  5:30pm to 7:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
Every month will feature a different dance style. Gene Russo, the instructor, has a versatile range of expertise from the traditional ballroom styles like the Tango to Latin styles like Salsa. You are encouraged to come in a group, but no partner is required. Everyone will be rotating around to build a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.  Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org
***
Thursday Evening Hatha Yoga Class:
Every Thursday  6:00pm to 7:30pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the entire body, mind, and spirit.  Drop in students are welcome. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org.
***

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):
Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at www.borp.org
***
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:
Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit: WWW.BAADS.org

OF COMMUNITY INTEREST:

Peer To Peer Support Group:
January 9  1:00pm-3:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.
***
Support Audio Descriptive Movies at the 9th District Court of Appeals: January 13, 9:30 AM
Federal Courthouse
95 Seventh Street
Courtroom 2 3rd Floor
San Francisco
Come and represent the blind community at the presentation of oral arguments in this case.
The appeal challenges a 2008 District Court decision out of Arizona holding that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require theaters to install descriptive video equipment. The federal district court in Arizona also ruled that captioning is not required for deaf or hard of hearing movie patrons. Harkins Theaters is the movie chain being sued for refusing to provide captioned and audio described films. For more information please contact Lisamaria Martinez, Public Affairs Coordinator at: 415-431-1481 or via email: info@lighthouse-sf.org
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Guide Dogs For The Blind Graduation:
Guide Dogs for the Blind Campus
January 23:        1:30pm
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael
Phone: 415 499-4000
Attending a graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the best ways to really get acquainted with the guide dogs program.  Tours of the campus will follow the graduation ceremony.
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Mega Self-Defense for the Visually Impaired:
January 23   3:00pm-6:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
This program was developed specifically for the visually impaired. It began in London, England, and has been featured on the BBC radio program “InTouch”. Every workshop will cover physical techniques along with discussion of laws and self-defense theory that specifically affect the blind/visually impaired community. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org.
***

Insights Art Exhibit:
Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.
Through January 15
Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place
Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street
An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.
***
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco
The exhibit offers 50 objects from the tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or tbrown@famsf.org for applications and more information.
***
Follow the LightHouse on Facebook and Twitter:
Get daily updates about LightHouse activities, community events, new products and even job postings. If you are not a member of these sites, it is easy to join!  Click on the following links, sign up and you will automatically be connected to LightHouse buzz! Twitter http://twitter.com/lighthouse_sf Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/LightHouse-for-the-Blind-and-Visually-Impaired/104069923114?ref=mf

LightHouse Events: Thursday Evening Dance Classes!

Back by popular demand… the LightHouse is bringing back dance classes starting in January 2010 on Thursday evenings. Every month will feature a different dance style. Gene Russo, the instructor, has a versatile range of expertise from the traditional ballroom styles like the Tango to Latin styles like Salsa!

The class is for all levels so you are welcome even if you have two left feet or have been featured on the television show Dancing with the Stars. We encourage you to come in a group, but no partner is required. Everyone will be rotating around to build a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. There is a monthly tuition for each month, and scholarships are available.

January’s theme: The Nightclub 2-Step

When: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

January 7th, 14th, and 28th

Where: The LightHouse, 214 Van Ness Avenue

Cost: $30

For more info contact Philip from the LightHouse.

Call 415-694-7372 or email pkum@lighthouse-sf.org

LightHouse Event: Mega Self-Defense Workshops December 19, 2009

Hello Everyone,

We are officially kicking off the Mega Self Defense Program at the LightHouse. This series of workshops was developed specifically for people with a visual impairment. How would you ensure your safety from an attacker if you are unable to get away swiftly? What laws and issues affect and protect you? Learn the physical techniques and discuss topics that pertain to you and your safety. Check out the attached flyer or the information below.

Come to the next workshop on Saturday December 19th from 3pm to 6pm

-Philip

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Mega Self-Defense Workshops

The LightHouse is proud to host The Mega Program: Self-Defense for the Visually Impaired. This program was developed specifically for the visually impaired. It began in London, England, and has been featured on the BBC radio program InTouch. Every workshop will cover physical techniques along with discussion of laws and self-defense theory that specifically affect the blind/visually impaired community.

The series of workshops will cover:

Threat Recognition – Mental State – Body Posturing – Tonal Indication

Substance Abuse – Threat Analysis – How serious is the threat?

Threat Response – The Law – Common Sense in self-defense

Involvements with the police – Witness Statement

Recording an Incident – How do people perceive you?

How do you want people to perceive you?

Principles of aggressive behavior – Physical self-defense techniques

Next Workshop:

When: Saturday, December 19th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: The LightHouse, 214 Van Ness Avenue

Cost: There is a suggested donation of $5

For more info contact Philip from the LightHouse.
Call 415-694-7372 or
email pkum@lighthouse-sf.org

Sunday Goalball starting January 3, 2010 at CSB

From Richard Rueda:

Hello fellow Goalball fans. I was just notified by the administration at the California School for the Blind (CSB) that we have the green light to go forth with using the CSB gym starting Sunday’s in January 2010.  Both CSB and USABA are to be thanked for assisting us all in providing a gym and insurance to make this happen.  So in 2010 be sure to support CSB’s 150th birthday celebration and Parents and Friends fundraisers to support student field trips and USABA for it’s support of the blind community in competitive sports development.

Here’s a few things to know:

Unless persons strongly object, I’d like to go for Sunday Goalball development and practice on the first and third Sunday of each month.  When a fifth Sunday is calendared on any given month,  we can practice then too.  Therefore the first few Sundays that we will be playing will be January 3rd, 17th, 31st, February 7th, and 21st.

It is required for all who intend to play, assist in the development and/or coach the Goalball practice to be a current paid USABA member.  You may be asked to have documented proof of this at any given practice.  Please know that this is being done for insurance and liability coverage.  To become a member of USABA or to renew your annual membership, please use this website (www.usaba.org)

There are numerous walking and transit options to CSB, which is located at 500 Walnut Ave.  It’s a short 12 minute walk from the Fremont BART station.  It’s a three minute bus ride on AC Transit lines #99 and #217, or a $6 taxi ride.  Both east bay and Outreach Paratransit service this location.

Please bring your own padding and gear.  I have two Goalballs in fair condition that we can use.

Please share this Goalball announcement with others who may wish to join in the fun, development and practices.

Contact Richard Rueda at richardrueda@sbcglobal.net

LightHouse Saturday Yoga: Balance and Energy II

Saturday Yoga: Balance and Energy II

This month we continue with a second workshop on balance, energy, and the chakras.  Learn and practice Pranayama, the science of yoga breath control. Nancy and Gabbriella Yates guide you through exercises that improve the flow of oxygen to the body and brain. Learn to balance the Seven Chakras. Balance of these energy centers improves your emotional, psychological, and physical health.

Everyone will be able to participate in this workshop!

When: Saturday, December 12th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: The LightHouse: 214 Van Ness Avenue between Hayes and Grove Streets. Near Civic Center BART and MUNI

A suggested donation of $5 is asked.

Sign up with Philip from the LightHouse

Call 415-694-7372 or

email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org

visit

www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com/events/

Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing December 4

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email info@lighthouse-sf.org. This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at: www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com.
***
Audio described movie listings by geographic area:

EAS T BAY:
AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive
Emeryville
510-457-9006
Now playing in auditorium 5:
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
510-528-8759
Now playing
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

SAN FRANCISCO:

AMC Van Ness 14:
1000 Van Ness Avenue
415-674-4630
Now showing in auditorium 5:
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
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Live Performances described by Visual Voice:
“Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” Presented by Theater Works Lucie Stern Theatre 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
December 26     8:00pm
December 27    2:00pm
The times above are the show times. For descriptions of costumes and set arrive 25 minutes earlier.  Be sure to mention Visual Voice at the box office.
***
Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by Broadway San Jose
“Riverdance”
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
211 W. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose
January 2    2:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website www.broadwaysanjose.com .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.
***
Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by Broadway San Jose
“Avenue Q”
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
211 W. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose
January 16    2:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website www.broadwaysanjose.com .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.
***
Live Described Performance:
Presented by SHN
”Wicked”
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco
This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

RECREATION:
Thursday Evening Hatha Yoga Class:
Every Thursday  6:00pm to 7:25pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the entire body, mind, and spirit.  Drop in students are welcome. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org.
***
Interested in Goalball?
Richard Rueda is looking to form a Goalball team at the California School for the Blind in Freemont. The team will begin playing on Sundays in January.  Talk to Richard via phone 510-825-4106 or via email richardrueda@sbcglobal.net.
***
Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:
The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:
tandemsacrossthebay@gmail.com
***
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):
Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at www.borp.org
***
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:
Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit: WWW.BAADS.org

OF COMMUNITY INTEREST:

Build Your Own Website:
December 4, 2009
Panel Presentations: 1–3 p.m. PST
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco,
Want to promote your business online? Maybe you are a job seeker who needs to really stand out on the internet. Why not create a site to post your résumé and highlight your skills? Maybe you are an artist seeking to create a snazzy online niche for your portfolio? If so, come to our quarterly tech seminar to get the lowdown on hosting, coding and designing your own website.
You can participate through one of the following:
•    Tune in to live audio stream on our website.
•    Dial in with our telephone conferencing service.
•    Attend in person and get the most out of live demos!
To RSVP call 1-888-400-8933 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org. Conference call and live stream instructions will be provided.
***
Peer To Peer Support Group:
December 5  1:00pm-3:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.
***
National Federation Of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Holiday Party/Fund Raiser
December 5        2:00pm-4:00pm
A.G. Ferrari 686 Mission Street
San Francisco
Wine and cheese pairings provided by A.G Ferrari.  A.G. Ferrari will donate 10% of all purchases made during the party to The NFB San Francisco Chapter. An auction and raffle are  also planned.  Call Jim Blacksten at 415-543-3727 or via email jim1021@sbcglobal.net.
***
California School for the Blind Winter Concert
December 9     1:30pm
December 10    7:30pm
California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Ave
Freemont
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Contract Management Support (CMS) Training:
The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking motivated legally blind individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program.
CMS services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up.
The LightHouse and National Industries for the Blind are partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management.  This is a 10 Week program and consists of four online courses and one on-site class.  Tuition is free to participants who are eligible for this training. In order to be considered for this program, candidates must:
•    Be a U.S. Citizen
•    Be legally blind
•    Have Bachelor’s degree, or 24 semester hours in a combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
•    Be proficient using adaptive technology such as Zoomtext and/or JAWS
For more information please contact Sam Rodriguez, Assistant Director Business Services, at 415-694-7360 or send resume to srodriguez@lighthouse-sf.org
***
Insights Art Exhibit:
Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.
Through January 15
Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place
Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street
An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.
***
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
December 21             9:00am to 1:00pm
February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco
The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or tbrown@famsf.org for applications and more information.
***
Follow the LightHouse on Facebook and Twitter:
Get daily updates about LightHouse activities, community events, new products and even job postings. If you are not a member of these sites, it is easy to join!  Click on the following links, sign up and you will automatically be connected to LightHouse buzz! Twitter http://twitter.com/lighthouse_sf Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/LightHouse-for-the-Blind-and-Visually-Impaired/104069923114?ref=mf
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Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing November 13

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email info@lighthouse-sf.org. This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at: www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com.
***

Audio described movie listings by geographic area:

EAS T BAY:
AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive
Emeryville
510-457-9006
Now playing in auditorium 5:
“2012”

SAN FRANCISCO:
AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
415-369-6201
Now playing in auditorium 8:
“The Fourth Kind”

AMC Van Ness 14:
1000 Van Ness Avenue
415-674-4630
Now showing in auditorium 5:
“A Christmas Carol”

SOUTH BAY:
AMC Cupertino Square 16:
North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek
Cupertino
408-252-5960
Now playing in auditorium 3:
“2012”

AMC Saratoga 14:
700 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose
408-871-2277
Now playing in auditorium 10:
“The Fourth Kind”
***

Live Described Performance:
Presented by SHN
”Wicked”
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco

This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

RECREATION:
Thursday Evening Hatha Yoga Class:
Every Thursday  6:00pm to 7:25pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco

The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the entire body, mind, and spirit.  Drop in students are welcome. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: richardrueda@sbcglobal.net.
***
Interested in Goalball?
Richard Rueda is looking to form a Goalball team at the California School for the Blind in Freemont. The team will begin playing on Sundays in January.  Talk to Richard via phone 510-825-4106 or via email richardrueda@sbcglobal.net.

Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:
The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:
tandemsacrossthebay@gmail.com
***
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):
Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at www.borp.org
***
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:
Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit: WWW.BAADS.org

OF COMMUNITY INTEREST:

Peer To Peer Support Group:
November 14  1:00pm-3:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.
***
Build Your Own Website:
December 4, 2009
Panel Presentations: 1–3 p.m. PST
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco,

Want to promote your business online? Maybe you are a job seeker who needs to really stand out on the internet. Why not create a site to post your résumé and highlight your skills? Maybe you are an artist seeking to create a snazzy online niche for your portfolio? If so, come to our quarterly tech seminar to get the lowdown on hosting, coding and designing your own website.

You can participate through one of the following:
•    Tune in to live audio stream on our website.
•    Dial in with our telephone conferencing service.
•    Attend in person and get the most out of live demos!
To request accommodations or RSVP call 1-888-400-8933 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org. Conference call and live stream instructions will be provided.
***
National Federation Of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Holiday Party/Fund Raiser
December 5        2:00pm-4:00pm
A.G. Ferrari 686 Mission Street
San Francisco

Wine and cheese pairings provided by A.G Ferrari.  A.G. Ferrari will donate 10% of all purchases made during the party to The NFB San Francisco Chapter. An auction and raffle are  also planned.  Call Jim Blacksten at 415-543-3727 or via email jim1021@sbcglobal.net.
***
California School for the Blind Winter Concert
December 9     1:30pm
December 10    7:30pm
California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Ave
Freemont

Contract Management Support (CMS) Training:
The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking motivated legally blind individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program.

CMS services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up.

The LightHouse and National Industries for the Blind are partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management.  This is a 10 Week program and consists of four online courses and one on-site class.  Tuition is free to participants who are eligible for this training. In order to be considered for this program, candidates must:
•    Be a U.S. Citizen
•    Be legally blind
•    Have Bachelor’s degree, or 24 semester hours in a combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
•    Be proficient using adaptive technology such as Zoomtext and/or JAWS
For more information please contact Sam Rodriguez, Assistant Director Business Services, at 415-694-7360 or send resume to srodriguez@lighthouse-sf.org
***
Insights Art Exhibit:
Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.
Through December 11
Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place
Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street
An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.
***
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
December 21             9:00am to 1:00pm
February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco

The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or tbrown@famsf.org for applications and more information.
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Join the National Park Service in Access Planning!

The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting you to participate in the planning of a very important project in the Presidio.  The NPS is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) and is soliciting public comments on a proposal to improve three miles of the California Coastal Trail within the Presidio of San Francisco.  Please share this information with anyone who may have an interest or may be affected by this project.  We welcome your participation.

Proposed Actions Include:

Construction of a new trail bridge to serve pedestrians and bicyclists that spans the Battery Marcus Miller Covered Way to provide an accessible, multi-use trail from the Merchant Road parking lot to the
Golden Gate Bridge.

Expanded parking at Merchant Road to serve short-term visitors.

Expanded parking at Langdon Court to offset the loss of parking removed from the front of Battery Godfrey for a new overlook and future potential use of the area for an NPS maintenance facility with a visitor
contact facility

Construction of a new accessible, pedestrian-only trail that leaves the Lincoln Boulevard corridor at Battery Crosby Road and switchbacks down to and across Battery Chamberlain Road to Bowley Road.

Reconfiguration of beach access by removing the Sand Ladder Trail from Lincoln Boulevard to Baker Beach in compensation for the new pedestrian trail.

For more information please see the attached one-page flier, or visit the project website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/goga and click on the Project Title (they are in alphabetical order). Public comments can best be incorporated into the final decision if received by December 15, 2009.

Comments may be submitted:

Online at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/goga (click on project title, then document list, select Scoping Flier and click the link to comment and follow instructions)
In writing at the public open house and walks and talks
By email to goga_planning@nps.gov
Or by mail to:
Superintendent
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
Attn: Presidio Coastal Trail EA

This project will be one of the topics being displayed and discussed at the upcoming GGNRA Public Open House, on November 17th, from 4-7pm, at GGNRA Headquarters, Fort Mason Building 201, San Francisco.

Sign language interpreters will be available at the Open House by request at least one week prior to the meeting.  To make a request, please call our TDD phone number at (415) 556-2766.

Announcements in large print, Braille, or audio formats can be made available prior to or at this Open House.  To request these formats and for more information on accessibility assistance, call (415) 561-4733 or the TDD phone number at (415) 556-2766.

Planning Division
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
goga_planning@nps.gov
http://www.nps.gov/goga
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The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA

Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing November 6

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email info@lighthouse-sf.org. This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at: www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com.

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Audio described movie listings by geographic area:

EAS T BAY:

AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive
Emeryville
510-457-9006

Now playing in auditorium 5:

“Where the Wild Things Are”

SAN FRANCISCO:

AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
415-369-6201

Now playing in auditorium 8:

“Where the Wild Things Are”

SOUTH BAY:

AMC Cupertino Square 16:

North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek

Cupertino

408-252-5960

Now playing in auditorium 3:

“A Christmas Carol”

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Live Described Performance:

Presented by SHN

”Wicked”

Orpheum Theatre

1192 Market St.

San Francisco

This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

RECREATION:

Thursdy Evening Hatha Yoga Class:

Every Thursday  6:00pm to 7:25pm

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco

The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the entire body, mind, and spirit.  Drop in students are welcome. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org.

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Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:

The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:

tandemsacrossthebay@gmail.com

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Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):

Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at www.borp.org

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Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:

Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit: WWW.BAADS.org

OF COMMUNITY INTEREST:

Peer To Peer Support Group:

November 14  1:00pm-3:00pm

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco

These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.

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Contract Management Support (CMS) Training:

The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking motivated legally blind individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program.

CMS services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up.

The LightHouse and National Industries for the Blind are partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management.  This is a 10 Week program and consists of four online courses and one on-site class.  Tuition is free to participants who are eligible for this training.

In order to be considered for this program, candidates must:

·       Be a U.S. Citizen

·       Be legally blind

·       Have Bachelor’s degree, or 24 semester hours in a combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

·       Be proficient using adaptive technology such as Zoomtext and/or JAWS

For more information please contact Sam Rodriguez, Assistant Director Business Services, at 415-694-7360 or send resume to srodriguez@lighthouse-sf.org

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Insights Art Exhibit:

Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.

Through December 11

Monday – Friday 8am-6pm

San Francisco City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place

Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street

An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.

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Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:

December 21              9:00am to 1:00pm

February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm

De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco

The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or tbrown@famsf.org for applications and more information.

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Get daily updates about LightHouse activities, community events, new products and even job postings. If you are not a member of these sites, it is easy to join!  Click on the following links, sign up and you will automatically be connected to LightHouse buzz!

Twitter
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Facebook
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Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing October 30

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email info@lighthouse-sf.org. This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at: www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com.
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Audio described movie listings by geographic area:

EAS T BAY:

Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
510-528-8759
Now playing:
“Where the Wild Things Are”

SAN FRANCISCO:

AMC Van Ness 14:
1000 Van Ness Avenue
415-674-4630
Now showing in auditorium 5:
“Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”

SOUTH BAY:
Eastridge AMC Mall 15:
1 Eastridge Mall
San Jose
408-223-0262
Now showing in auditorium 9:
“Where the Wild Things Are”
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Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by Broadway San Jose
“Spring Awakening”
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
211 W. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose
October 31     2:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website www.broadwaysanjose.com .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.
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Live Performances described by Visual Voice:
“The Chosen”
Presented by Theater Works
Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
October 30        8:00pm
October 31         8:00pm
November 1    2:00pm
The times above are the show times. For descriptions of costumes and set arrive 25 minutes earlier.  Be sure to mention Visual Voice at the box office.
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Live Described Performance:
Presented by SHN
”Wicked”
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco
This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

RECREATION:
Thursdy Evening Hatha Yoga Class:
Every Thursday  6:00pm to 7:25pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
The weekly class works on a large variety of poses that strengthen and refresh the entire body, mind, and spirit.  Drop in students are welcome. Contact Philip Kum at 415-694-7342 or via email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org.
***
Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:
The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:
tandemsacrossthebay@gmail.com
***
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):
Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at www.borp.org
***
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:
Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit: WWW.BAADS.org

OF COMMUNITY INTEREST:

Peer To Peer Support Group:
November 14  1:00pm-3:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.
***
Contract Management Support (CMS) Training:
The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking motivated legally blind individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program.
CMS services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up.
The LightHouse and National Industries for the Blind are partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management.  This is a 10 Week program and consists of four online courses and one on-site class.  Tuition is free to participants who are eligible for this training. In order to be considered for this program, candidates must:
•    Be a U.S. Citizen
•    Be legally blind
•    Have Bachelor’s degree, or 24 semester hours in a combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
•    Be proficient using adaptive technology such as Zoomtext and/or JAWS
For more information please contact Sam Rodriguez, Assistant Director Business Services, at 415-694-7360 or send resume to srodriguez@lighthouse-sf.org
***
Insights Art Exhibit:
Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.
Through December 11
Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place
Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street
An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.
***
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
December 21             9:00am to 1:00pm
February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco
The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or tbrown@famsf.org for applications and more information.
***
Follow the LightHouse on Facebook and Twitter:
Get daily updates about LightHouse activities, community events, new products and even job postings. If you are not a member of these sites, it is easy to join!  Click on the following links, sign up and you will automatically be connected to LightHouse buzz! Twitter http://twitter.com/lighthouse_sf Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/LightHouse-for-the-Blind-and-Visually-Impaired/104069923114?ref=mf
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