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Friday, January 30

Groovy Funk Jazz & Food Trucks | Friday Nights at OMCA
Groovy Funk Jazz & Food Trucks | Friday Nights at OMCA

What to expect on January 30:

5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials
5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 pm: OMCA & SFMOMA Member Mixer with …

Saturday, January 31

Bodysurf at Ocean Beach: Catch Waves & Learn Tips| SF
Saturday, January 31 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Balboa)
Bodysurf at Ocean Beach: Catch Waves & Learn Tips| SF

Brrrrr… this freezingly awesome event comes from Julian, one of our fantastic Funcheap readers:
Come join us for a bodysurfing meet up. We’ll catch some waves, talk technique and try out gear (I’ll bring the wide collection of handplanes I’ve collected).
If people are into this idea we …

Peace Corp Festival of Cultures: Global Food, Fashion & Storytelling | Palo Alto
Saturday, January 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ohlone Elementary School
Peace Corp Festival of Cultures: Global Food, Fashion & Storytelling | Palo Alto

Join returned Peace Corps Volunteers from around Northern California and the Ohlone Elementary School Global Awareness team for a free festival to celebrate, learn, and share experiences from over 100 countries.
Come and experience:

Exciting presentations from returned volunteers on a dozen exotic, far off places including Namibia, …

BootCampSF Mind, Body & Wellness Talk | SF
Saturday, January 31 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Bryant St.)
BootCampSF Mind, Body & Wellness Talk | SF

Boost your New Years resolutions with a 4-part Nutrition Lecture Series with Molly Molofsky and BootCampSF. Discussing the fundamental principals of nutrition, you will learn ways to better your fitness performance, moods, sleep, energy levels and overall wellbeing. Free, but an RSVP is required. Getting ...

Y.U.M. Chefs: Free Seasonal Cooking Demo | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, January 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Y.U.M. Chefs: Free Seasonal Cooking Demo | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Leah Brooks is the founder of Young Urban Modern Chefs (Y.U.M. Chefs), a San Francisco cooking school for kids. Y.U.M. Chefs holds classes, summer camps,  and birthday parties for hundreds of children a year in its kitchen/classroom in  the Mission District. Their focus is on …

DIY Morse Code Messages & Jewelry | Presidio
Saturday, January 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
DIY Morse Code Messages & Jewelry | Presidio

The Army communicated through Morse code during the 1906 earthquake.
Learn how to send your own message by making some Morse code jewelry.
Free, but an RSVP is required.

“Saturday Unplugged”: Cocktails & Campfire Songs | SF
Saturday, January 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | JCCSF Jewish Community Center

Meet up and unplug for a family playdate remixed to spark memories of summer camp. Leave behind your bug spray and bring your camp cheer. Tie dye optional. Unplug and meet up with family and friends for a screen-free afternoon of fun activities and celebratory cocktails.
Live …

Gene Kelly Story: Evening w/ the Dancer’s Wife & Biographer | Presidio
Saturday, January 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Presidio Officers' Club
Gene Kelly Story: Evening w/ the Dancer's Wife & Biographer | Presidio

Legendary dancer, director, and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to his movies. In this unique and very personal evening, Patricia Ward Kelly — his wife and biographer — brings you his story.
Free. Reservations are not required but please help plan for space by registering …

Sunday, February 1

Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.
Sunday, February 1 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Yoga
Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.

Learn how to dive, survive, and return quickly to your feet (like the ninja you are) if you are ever unlucky enough to eat it while biking around town. This free two-hour workshop will teach you to do just that every first Sunday of the month at ...

Monday, February 2

State of the Union: Poverty & Inequality | Stanford
Monday, February 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Koret-Taube Conference Center
State of the Union: Poverty & Inequality | Stanford

On February 2nd, the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality will host the State of the Union Conference on Poverty and Inequality.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
The feature presentation: The Poverty and Inequality Report 2015. Authored by the country’s top experts, the report will compare …

“Housing Politics” Renters Panel Discussion | SF
Monday, February 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Lab

The goal of the SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation is to organize renters (and allies) to agitate for increasing the supply of housing in San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area. If the cause of the shortage is political, so too must be the solution.
RSVP on …

Tuesday, February 3

Spiky Love: DIY Air Plant Valentines | SF
Tuesday, February 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Spiky Love: DIY Air Plant Valentines | SF

Make a one-of-a-kind valentine with Zenaida Sengo, tillandsia expert, artist, and author of the new book Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias.  Known for their spiky shape and extremely low-maintenance needs, air plants are growing increasingly popular for crafting, design, and décor. Sengo, will show how simple …

Circus, Spin & Juggle Jam | SF
Circus, Spin & Juggle Jam | SF

Listen to music while you dance, stretch, and tumble with props during this all level, 14+ spin jam. This is the place to mingle, practice and dance with poi, hoops, staff and other juggling apparatus. Come by and meet other circus folk, find friends to ...

Nerd Nite North Bay: CSI, Stem Cells & Space Biology | Novato
Tuesday, February 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Hopmonk Tavern (Novato)
Nerd Nite North Bay: CSI, Stem Cells & Space Biology | Novato

CSI SVU TV (Can’t Science Instantly, Still Very Unsure: Television)
Find a blood spot. Make a wisecrack. Go to the lab. Conclusively confirm the culprit. Prison. If you’ve ever watched Forensic Files or the three dozen CSI shows, you probably wondered if the DNA analysis presented …

Wednesday, February 4

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, February 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio

Hop on the Presidio Trust’s monthly free guided shuttle tour which introduces visitors to the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Free, but an RSVP is required. Call (415) 561-2793 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Visit ...

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, February 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cafe Valparaiso
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues and is held on the first Wednesday of every month at Cafe Valparaiso in Albany. Join a casual evening of conversation with members of the scientific community presenting different ...

Thursday, February 5

Show-Off NightLife: Vogue & Karaoke | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, February 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Show-Off NightLife: Vogue & Karaoke | California Academy of Sciences

This week, NightLife invites you to step up and show them what you’ve got.

Learn how to deliver standing ovation-worthy presentations with the help of storytelling experts from Speechless in African Hall. You’ll never get tongue-tied again
Then, stick around for a battle of the brains (over beers, of …

Friday, February 6

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, February 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

Live Jazz & Sweater Funk DJ | Friday Nights at OMCA
Live Jazz & Sweater Funk DJ | Friday Nights at OMCA

What to expect on January 30:

5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials
5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 pm: OMCA & SFMOMA Member Mixer with …

Saturday, February 7

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, February 7 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

BootCampSF Mind, Body & Wellness Talk | SF
Saturday, February 7 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Bryant St.)
BootCampSF Mind, Body & Wellness Talk | SF

Boost your New Years resolutions with a 4-part Nutrition Lecture Series with Molly Molofsky and BootCampSF. Discussing the fundamental principals of nutrition, you will learn ways to better your fitness performance, moods, sleep, energy levels and overall wellbeing. Free, but an RSVP is required. Getting ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, February 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF

This waterfront market, run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), has over 120 food, fruit, and vegetable vendors on Saturdays and the entire Bay as its beautiful backdrop. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates year-round from 8 am to 2 pm. On ...

Sunday, February 8

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, February 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | San Jose
Sunday, February 8 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | San Jose Women's Club

Sunday Assembly is an international community movement featuring all the best bits of church without the religion. The radically inclusive Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV) is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life and welcomes all people, with or without faith, and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. ...

Monday, February 9

Outdoor Smarts: Avalanche Awareness Class & Free Snacks | Campbell
Monday, February 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required.
| Sports Basement (Campbell)
Outdoor Smarts: Avalanche Awareness Class & Free Snacks | Campbell

Sports Basement Outdoors guides will be in-store teaching a free Avalanche Awareness class from 7-8 pm on select dates at their Bay Area stores. The guides will be sharing lessons on staying safe in the backcountry from their years of experience. Topics will include avalanche causes, ...