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Friday, November 28

Black Friday Night at OMCA: Hard French DJs & Live Swing Band | Oakland
Black Friday Night at OMCA: Hard French DJs & Live Swing Band | Oakland

What to expect on November 28:

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 and the OMCA Store open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly …

Saturday, November 29

Epicurean Exchange Seasonal Cooking Demo | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, November 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Epicurean Exchange Seasonal Cooking Demo | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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 ...

2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: Puppet Show | Berkeley
Saturday, November 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: Puppet Show | Berkeley

Come see the Caterpillar Puppet Show for free on Fourth Street 11/29 and 11/30. Two shows daily at 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Musical accompaniment by Paul Anderson and the dulcimer.
Since 1976 Joe and Ronna Leon have been performing in Bay Area schools, libraries, theatres, …

Final “NaNoWriMo 2014″ Write-In at the Library | South SF
Saturday, November 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South SF Main Library
Final

National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, for short) is a mad sprint to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The event had over 700,000 participants in 2013, and this year, the South San Francisco Public Library would like to invite local participants to ...

City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF
Saturday, November 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Main Post (Presidio)
City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF

Please note, the event is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Presidio Parade Grounds in the Presidio, San Francisco.

Monday, December 1

2014 World AIDS Day Reflection, Connection & Dancing | Golden Gate Park
Monday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| National AIDS Memorial Grove
2014 World AIDS Day Reflection, Connection & Dancing | Golden Gate Park

Gather in Golden Gate Park for the 21st annual World AIDS Day Observance in the National AIDS Memorial Grove for a recognition of leaders in AIDS activism.
2014 World AIDS Day Observance
Monday, December 1, 2014 | 5:30 pm
National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park
FREE, but an RSVP …

Tuesday, December 2

Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Tuesday, December 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Hopmonk Tavern (Novato)
Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato

Hang out with smart people and learn some stuff while drinking beer at the Nerd Nite North Bay held on the first Tuesday of the month at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato.

Wednesday, December 3

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, December 3 – 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) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov. ...

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, December 3 – 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, December 4

Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports
Thursday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required to climb@outdooradventureclub.com
| Lombardi Sports
Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports

Come to Lombardi Sports on any first Thursday of the month for a free intro to rock climbing, taught by the professional guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Free, but RSVP is required. Lombardi Sports has a 25′ high indoor climbing wall inside their store. The Outdoor ...

Wild for Winter NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Wild for Winter NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Looking for a reason to escape winter hibernation? Make good use of these longer, darker nights by heading to NightLife’s official winter kick-off party (cozy sweaters and warm drinks encouraged).

See African Hall transform into Hibernation Zone while Brilliant Elixirs serves up a wintry menu of …

Friday, December 5

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 ...

Final Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa
Friday, December 5 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*One free parol per person. Additional parol materials are $6-8 each.
| Bayanihan Community Center
Final Parol-Marking Workshop: Beautiful Filipino Lanterns | SoMa

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade by making beautiful Filipino lanterns with The Bayanihan Community Center (BCC) every Friday, October 24-December 5, 2014 (excluding Friday, November 28). The Parol Lantern Festival & Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and is a memorable evening ...

Saturday, December 6

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, December 6 – 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, December 6 – 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 ...

2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: SF Chorus Carolers | Berkeley
Saturday, December 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: SF Chorus Carolers | Berkeley

Sing your favorite holiday carols and hymns with SF City Chorus. Bring your friends and family for an old fashioned sing-along.
Rain? The chorus and singers will be awning hopping.

Sunday, December 7

Ninja Rolling & Falling Workshop for Cyclists | Mission Dist.
Sunday, December 7 – 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, December 7 – 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 ...

Tuesday, December 9

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, December 9 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lotus Cuisine of India
Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael

At Marin Green Drinks, green is the reason, and drinks are the excuse. Relax, mingle and network with local sustainability enthusiasts who are living and working as green as they can. Every second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm, Marin Green Drinks meet for conversation and complimentary ...

Win Tix: Pulitzer Winning “Guns, Germs & Steel” Author in Conversation | Castro Theater
Tuesday, December 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Castro Theatre
Pulitzer Winning

Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday.
Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring …

Thursday, December 11

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 11 – 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.

Friday, December 12

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, December 13

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, December 13 – 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 ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, December 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The School Farm
Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF

Come join a volunteer work party at The School Farm every second Saturday from noon to 4 pm to lend a hand and learn about farm work. All skill levels and abilities are welcome, even for moral support and comic relief. They will provide some ...

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, December 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location
Free Beginner Parkour

SF Parkour hosts a free Beginner’s Parkour Class at noon on the second Saturday of each month. It is geared towards first timers and lasts 1.5 hours. Location: Each month the location rotates through Sunnyvale, UC Berkeley and the Embarcadero in SF. Please check the ...