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Thursday, July 24

Collectible NightLife: Artifacts, DJ Battle & Rare Gems | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Collectible NightLife: Artifacts, DJ Battle & Rare Gems  | California Academy of Sciences

Collectible NightLife | July 24, 2014
Music by DJs Tanoa & Tom LG
Show us yours and we’ll show you ours—collections that is.
This week, NightLife salutes the time-tested art and science of collecting. From life forms discovered at the darkest depths of the ocean to space objects …

25% Off: “Hops & History” San Francisco Beer Party | The Old Mint
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The second annual Hops and History event will feature Bay Area craft beer tasting, historical talks, a panel discussion, home brewing demos, local food vendors, and an expanded exhibit of rarely seen historical West Coast brewing memorabilia.
Enjoy tastings from Anchor Steam, Magnolia, Triple Voodoo, Speakeasy, …

State of the City Forum: SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia | SF
Thursday, July 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Modern Times Bookstore
State of the City Forum:  SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia | SF

This is the second talk in a new series at Modern Times, State of the City Forum featuring a panel of guest authors and activists discussing the issues of concern to residents of the Mission and citywide in a rapidly changing San Francisco.
San Francisco Poet Laureate …

Cheese Taste-Off & Goat Milking Demos | Berkeley
Cheese Taste-Off & Goat Milking Demos | Berkeley

Local author and homesteader K. Ruby Blume presents an evening of local cheese in celebration of the release of her new book, Everyday Cheesemaking: How to Succeed Making Dairy & Nut Cheese at Home.
There will be goat milking and cheesemaking demonstrations, a Q & A …

Friday, July 25

“Mex I Am” Festival: Fair Trade Bazaar, Live Music & Art Bar | Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday Nights at the de Young: “MEX I AM: live it to believe it”
July 25, 2014 | 6 – 8:30 pm
In partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and LAM, Friday Nights at the de Young joins in launching MEX I AM: …

Friday Nights at OMCA: Dancehall Reggae Lesson & Cosplay Fashion | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Dancehall Reggae Lesson & Cosplay Fashion | Oakland

What to expect on July 25:

5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
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
5–6:30 …

Saturday, July 26

Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset
Saturday, July 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant
Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites you to take a free tour of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to find out how your sewer system works. Free, but an RSVP is required at least two days in advance. Have you ever wondered what happens to the water ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, July 26 – 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 ...

The History of New Orleans Jambalaya, Cooking Class & Free Tasting | South SF
Saturday, July 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*To RSVP, and for more information about this free event, please call (650) 829-3860.
| South San Francisco Main Library
The History of New Orleans Jambalaya, Cooking Class & Free Tasting | South SF

My Treat Personal Catering and South San Francisco Public Library host a demonstration cooking class on the History of Jambalaya. First, learn about the history of New Orleans Jambalaya, and then help cook a pot. Come hungry and plan to have lots of fun.
The first …

Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, July 26 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Halley Hill Observatory
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Sunset is at 8:20 pm, and the gates close at 10 pm.

Sunday, July 27

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, July 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, ...

Sensational Shark Talk w/ Aquarium of the Bay Naturalist | North Bay
Sunday, July 27 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Model Visitor Center
Sensational Shark Talk w/ Aquarium of the Bay Naturalist | North Bay

Did you know that sharks help keep the entire food web in the oceans balanced? Come explore the answer to this, and how these top predators are extreme survivors of our planet.
Learn about their different senses, adaptations, and how researchers study these remarkable animals through …

Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland
Sunday, July 27 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Branch (Oakland Library)
Sunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland

The Oakland Public Library presents a summer jazz, history and jam series on Sunday afternoons from July 13 – August 31, 2014. Summer jazz concerts kick-off with a performance by a featured artist from 3-4 pm, followed by a history of jazz with jazz musician Randy Moore ...

Monday, July 28

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, July 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | The New Parkway
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...

Tuesday, July 29

SF History Night: San Francisco History Association
Tuesday, July 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for general public. Free if you're an SFHA member
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night: San Francisco History Association

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. Monthly presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...

Thursday, July 31

El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May – October
Thursday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
El Presidio Archaeology Excavation | May - October

The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeology in action at Pershing Square from May through October, 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday. Archaeologists are embarking on a long-term research project to excavate El Presidio de San Francisco, the Spanish-colonial archaeological site buried just below the ...

Final Day: 2014 LaborFest: Environmental Art Show | SF
Thursday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Unitarian Universalist Chuch (SF)
Final Day: 2014 LaborFest: Environmental Art Show | SF

The SF First Unitarian Universalist Church presents art by artists who are union members. The show highlights the fact that some union members are also accomplished artists. Two-dimensional art in various media will be presented.
Several artworks chosen for Extraction will be shown at this venue. This …

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

“Changemaker Under 30″ Tech Talk: Adam Goldstein | General Assembly
Thursday, July 31 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
| General Assembly

General Assembly, San Francisco’s tech, business and design education hub, is showcasing young leaders who are part of the engine that keeps our amazing city going, is providing you the perfect opportunity to learn from their entrepreneurial spirit.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
July’s Changemaker Under …

Friday, August 1

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Saturday, August 2

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, August 2 – 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 ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, August 2 – 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, August 3

Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.
Sunday, August 3 – 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 ...

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, August 3 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Mateo Japanese American Center
Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo

San Mateo Kabuki Club is a well-established group that holds classes on the first Sunday of every month, focusing on Kabuki performances on film. Classes are open to the public. The group is led by two very passionate and knowledgeable experts on Kabuki. Films are ...