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Cable Car Ride and Museum Tour on November 23

Join the LightHouse for the Blind Youth Program on our next adventure. We will be traversing some of San Francisco’s most epic hills and unique neighborhoods via Cable Car as we make our way to the historic Cable Car Museum. At the museum, participants will learn about the history of cable cars and how they work. The Cable Car Museum houses an extensive collection of historic cable cars, photographs, mechanical displays and other cable car memorabilia.Powell and Market Cable Car

The Lighthouse Youth Program will meet at the Cable Car turntable located at the Powell and Market Street intersection near the Powell Street Transit Station at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd. Once gathered, we will board a Cable Car and travel to the Cable Car Museum located in the historic Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse. After visiting the museum, we’ll return to the Powell Street Transit Station by 4:00 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372 or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Who: Blind and Low Vision Youth Ages 8-18
What: Cable Car Ride and Tour of the Cable Car Museum
When:  November 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Cable Car Ticket Stand above the Powell Street Transit Station
Transportation: We will be using the San Francisco Cable Car system to get from the Powell Street Transit Station to the Cable Car Museum and back.
Cost:  The Cable Car Museum is free. The Cable Car ride is free to participants with a monthly Muni pass.  Participants without a monthly Muni pass will need to bring $12.00 in cash for the Cable Car ride to and from the museum.
Waiver: A LightHouse Liability Waiver Form must be filled out and submitted for each participant, if not done so already.

Space is limited to 10 participants. Please register by November 20th! Snacks provided.

Things to Bring:
Bottle of water
Hat or visor
Cane or other necessary adaptive device
Jacket or hoodie
Signed waiver

LightHouse for the Blind Youth Program Presents: A Day at the Exploratorium

On Sunday, November 17, the LightHouse Youth Program will be heading over to the world famous Exploratorium for an afternoon of fun and exploration. We’ll begin our day by meeting at the LightHouse and taking the F-line to Pier 15 where we’ll have our bagged lunch by the bay before entering the Exploratorium.

The Exploratorium describes their museum as:

…a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.

If you would like more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372 or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org. Space is limited and participants must RSVP by November 12!

Who: Blind and Low Vision Youth Ages 8 – 18
What: Exploratorium Trip
When: Sunday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pier 15 – The Exploratorium
Transportation: Meet at the LightHouse in San Francisco and take the famous MUNI F line to the Exploratorium. We will Depart PROMPTLY at 11:30 a.m. – please be on time!
Private Transportation: Participants are welcome to meet us at the Exploratorium, however, to receive the discounted entry rate, participants must register with Jamey Gump by November 12!
Cost: $5.50 per participant includes entry to the Exploratorium and round trip Muni fair. Participants must bring their own bagged lunch.
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program waiver form, if they have not done so for a previous event.
RSVP: Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7372. Space is limited to 10 participants. Please register by November 12!

Things to Bring:

  • Bottle of water
  • Bag lunch
  • Cane or other necessary adaptive device
  • Signed LightHouse waiver
  • Jacket or hoodie

What do Pumpkins, Old Ships and Ghosts Have in Common?

Answer: The LightHouse for the Blind Youth Program

Over the next few autumn-laced weeks, the LightHouse Youth Program will venture out into the city for some autumn-type fun including:

Don’t miss out on the fun! Please check our more detailed blog postings for deadlines to sign-up.

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LightHouse for the Blind Youth Program Presents: Halloween Costume Party & Social

Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches, warlocks, and wannabe celebrities!

It’s that time of year to put on your scariest, funniest, or most outrageous costume for a haunting good time at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired! Come join the LightHouse Youth Program for a fun-filled evening of Halloween-themed games, contests, treats, and other festive activities for all ages.

From more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372, or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Who: Low Vision and Blind Youth and their Families and Friends
What: Halloween Party
When: Friday October 25 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; please make your transportation arrangements pick you up no later than 8:00 pm
Where: LightHouse for the Blind | 214 Van Ness Ave. | San Francisco, CA
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program waiver form, if they have not done so for a previous event
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Please RSVP by October 18th to Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7372

Categories for Costume Contest:

  • Best Family Theme Costume
  • Most Original/Creative Costume
  • Most Unrecognizable Costume
  • Scariest Costume
  • Coolest Costume
  • Funniest Costume

Spooky Activities:

  • Scary Dance Off
  • Spooky Food Potluck
  • Zombie Tag
  • Mummy Race
  • Mask Making
  • Costume Parade with Prizes

LightHouse for the Blind Youth Program presents: Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch

Summer has come and gone. Kids are back in school. Leaves are awash in autumnal colors. And, Halloween is just around the corner. To usher in this special time of year, LightHouse invites all blind and low vision youth to join us on our quest for the perfect pumpkin.
The pumpkin hunt begins at 1:00pm Saturday, October 12th. We will meet at the LightHouse at 214 Van Ness Avenue, and take Muni over to Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch where each participant will search for their perfect pumpkin. Once found, we will head back to LightHouse to have a pumpkin carving party with spooky music and treats.
If you would like more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372, or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Who: Low Vision and Blind Youth Ages 8 – 18
What: Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
When: October 12th from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Where: Meet at the LightHouse and head over to Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch at 1620 7th Ave, San Francisco
Transportation: We will be using Muni to get to and from Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch
Cost: Each participant should bring about $15.00. This will cover the cost of one perfect pumpkin and bus fair to and from the activity.
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program waiver form, if they have not done so for a previous outing.
RSVP: Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7372. Space is limited to eight participants. Please register by October 7th.

Things to Bring:

  • Bottle of water
  • Tote bag – strong enough to carry a pumpkin
  • Hat or visor
  • Jacket or hoodie
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cane or mobility device
  • Friends and family

LightHouse for the Blind Youth Program presents: Chinatown Ghost Tour

Of course we’ve all heard a ghost story or two. Perhaps some of you may even have a chilling tale of your own? Well, if goose bumps and ghosts get you going, join the LightHouse Youth Program on November 9th for a ghastly and ghoulish tour of San Francisco’s historic Chinatown.

The SF Chinatown Ghost Tours states,

SF Chinatown Ghost Tours brings to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown’s supernatural past and present, as we lead you on a ghostly tour of Chinatown’s historic and mysterious streets and alleyways. The mystical folklore of this spirited San Francisco enclave will keep you on edge, as you drink in the chilling experiences of the Chinatown inhabitants of both yesterday and today. San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the United States, has been a popular shopping, dining and sightseeing destination for over a century. Yet most outsiders have never experienced the extrasensory realm of vintage Chinatown after dark. Some say that specters from decades of Chinatown history emerge just after twilight. Follow along as we journey through the neighborhood passageways where these lively spirits are said to bide their time. All the while, learn about the reverence still offered to the Goddess Kwan Yin and the hungry spirits, along with the secrets of the magic moon cake. Ancient Chinese mythology and folklore flourish to this day in the oldest and most popular Chinatown in all of North America. SF Chinatown Ghost Tours extends to you a chillingly open invitation to personally experience the unearthly side of Chinatown you never even knew existed.

After the Ghost Tour, attendees will visit a local Dim Sum restaurant for a unique and flavorful dining experience.

If you would like more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator for the LightHouse, at (415) 694-7372 or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Who: Low Vision or Blind Youth ages 6-18
What: Chinatown Ghost Tour and Dim Sum
When: November 9th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Portsmouth Square Park located below Grant Avenue between Washington and Clay Street. Meet in front of the elevators at the Portsmouth Square parking garage at 1:00pm.
Public Transportation: From Montgomery Bart walk one block west to Kearny and then walk north from Market to Sacramento, about 7 blocks(15 min walk). Meet at the elevator to the parking garage in Portsmouth Square between Washington and Clay Street.
Cost: $25.00 per participant
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program waiver form, if they have not done so for a previous event. LightHouse’s Liability Wavier must be filled out and submitted for each participant. Contact Jamey Gump to receive a copy of the waiver.
RSVP: Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7372. Please register by November 1st!

Things to Bring

  • Hat or visor
  • Bottle of water
  • Comfortable walking shows
  • Cane or mobility device
  • Jacket or hoodie

Sing, Sing, Sing at Karaoke Night on Friday, September 27

Calling all crooners and divas! Are you more than a shower singer? Are you that star waiting to be born, yearning for the spotlight? Do you secretly want to one-up American Idols? If you answered yes to any of these questions, head over to the LightHouse for the Blind on Friday, September 27 for a fun and entertaining night of karaoke, laughter and pizza.

If you would like more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372, or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Who: Low Vision and Blind Transition Aged Youth (Ages 16 – 24)
What: Karaoke & pizza will be provided
When: Friday, September 27th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please make your transportation arrangements to pick you up no later than 9:00 p.m. DOORS WILL CLOSE AT 9:00 p.m., SHARP.
Where: LightHouse for the Blind at 214 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program waiver form, if they have not done so for a previous event.
Cost: $2.00 (includes admission, food and drink)
RSVP: Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7372

Sign up by September 20 for a Day of Horseback Riding

LightHouse Youth Program Presents Giant Steps Horseback Riding

Please join the LightHouse Youth Program on September 28 for an adventurous day of horseback riding with our friends at the Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. If you’re not familiar with Giant Steps, they are located in a beautiful rural setting on a working horse ranch just north of San Francisco. Giant Steps offers life-changing experiences to people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Their mission is to enrich and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine-assisted activities.

We will meet at the LightHouse and drive to their location in Petaluma.

Space is limited to eight participants. If you would like more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372 or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Who: Low Vision or Blind Youth Ages 8 -18
What: Horseback riding
When: Saturday, September 28 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at LightHouse and go to Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Transportation: Transportation from the LightHouse is limited and by RSVP only
Waiver: Each youth participant must submit two waiver forms, one for LightHouse and the other for Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Spots will only be reserved once payment and the two signed waivers are received.

Cost: The cost of the event will be $25.00 per participant. Spots will only be reserved once payment and two waivers are received.

RSVP to Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7372.  Space is limited to eight participants. Please register by September 20th!

 

Things to Bring
Bottle of water
Hat or visor
Sunscreen
Long pants and closed toe shoes
Cane or mobility device
Two signed waivers (One for LightHouse & the other for Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center)
Jacket (for the unlikely event that it might get chilly)

 

St. Ignatius Sophomores Clean Up Camp

We’d like to express our gratitude to the group of students from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco who came up to Enchanted Hills in July to work in the beautiful outdoors of our camp while earning service hours for school. Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher stands with students from St. Ignatius High School

During their long weekend at camp they worked on a number of projects. They helped with preparation for the July 27 Open House by cleaning up the camp and setting up tables and chairs. The boys went out on the lake in paddleboats to remove weedy plant life. Using wheelbarrows and shovels they made multiple trips across the camp, moving wood chips to the archery area; these chips will help control erosion and provide footing, making our archery area safer and more accessible.

Perhaps more significantly, the boys participated in team-building exercises with a group of blind and visually impaired kids from our Youth Program. Said Camp Director Tony Fletcher, “Anytime you can bring two groups together and with a similar mission it just builds an understanding of each other’s perspectives on a wide range of subjects.”

LightHouse Youth Coordinator Jamey Gump said, “Thank you to the volunteers from St. Ignatius High School for the long hours they worked alongside our Youth Program participants. Our staff and campers truly appreciated the effort these young men made.”

Thanks go to longtime LightHouse supporter Christina McNair, who was instrumental in organizing St. Ignatius’ visit to camp. Christina is a daughter of the late and greatly missed deaf-blind artist Elva Iacono Vergari, herself a major LightHouse supporter and client.