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Tuesday, December 6

Home Buyer’s Bootcamp: First Time Buyer’s Basics | SF
Tuesday, December 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | First Republic Bank
Home Buyer's Bootcamp: First Time Buyer's Basics | SF
They’ve partnered up with First Republic Bank to bring you a beginners seminar for buyers. This meet-up will cover: Quick meet and greet Financing your first home. Worksheet, information The home buying process. Offer, transaction, & close.

Wednesday, December 7

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | 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. Space ...

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, December 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cafe Valparaiso
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
East Bay Science Cafe – This is your brain on stress with Daniela Kaufer Stress is an inevitable part of our life, and understanding the biology of the stress response is relevant to each of us. In this month’s Cafe, Professor Kaufer will talk about the ...
Divided We Fall: A Discussion on Immigration & Scapegoating | SF
Wednesday, December 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Divided We Fall: A Discussion on Immigration & Scapegoating | SF
Moments of hysteria in history have shaped your feelings toward immigration—either on a local or global scale—from anti-Chinese sentiments leading to decades of the Exclusion Act to events like Pearl Harbor and 9/11, to witnessing thousands of unaccompanied children arriving from Central America, they discuss the ...

Thursday, December 8

Last Minute Tax Saving Strategies for 2016 | Mountain View
Thursday, December 8 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Last Minute Tax Saving Strategies for 2016 | Mountain View
At this workshop, you will learn the latelst updates to the tax law. You may be able to save on your taxes if you make the right moves before the end of the year, but you need to act before December 31st. For example, this workshop ...
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a marketplace curated by SF Bazaar. NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local crafters, makers and merchants.
We’re All Terminal: End of Life Issues for The Pets & Ourselves | SF Main Library
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
We're All Terminal: End of Life Issues for The Pets & Ourselves | SF Main Library
Most people think of the San Francisco SPCA when they are looking to adopt, train or get health care for their pets. But they’re here to celebrate and provide support for all stages of a pet’s and human life including illness, death and bereavement. Join them as ...

Friday, December 9

Founder’s Friday: Free Co-working Pass | SF
Friday, December 9 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Startup Basecamp
Founder's Friday: Free Co-working Pass | SF
Finding a comfortable coworking space can be a daunting task – doing this in the Silicon Valley can seem almost impossible. Startup Basecamp is offering startup founders & entrepreneurs its cool coworking space for free every Friday. Ticket is required, please RSVP if you are ...
Know Your Sewing Machine Workshop | South SF
Friday, December 9 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Know Your Sewing Machine Workshop | South SF
Bring your sewing machine and learn how to change a bobbin, thread the machine and sew a straight line. This is the class for the absolute beginner. Some troubleshooting might occur during the process for older machines. Most people can sew on their own by ...
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
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: ...
Win Tix: AIDS Icon Cleve Jones: A Life In Activism | JCCSF
Friday, December 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | JCCSF Jewish Community Center
Cleve Jones conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has become the world’s largest piece of community folk art. He also co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which has grown into one of the largest and most influential People with AIDS advocacy organizations in ...

Saturday, December 10

2016 Dance Hack Day: Dance Meets Cutting Edge Tech | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for Dancers & Hackers with RSVP; $10 for observers
| CounterPULSE
2016 Dance Hack Day: Dance Meets Cutting Edge Tech | SF
Join the forefront of collaborative innovation between the Bay Area’s vibrant art and tech communities at Kinetech Arts’ annual Dance Hack Day, a non-profit event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies. Combining a traditional hackathon with a dance ...
Dewey Decimal System Day | South SF
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Dewey Decimal System Day | South SF
Stop by the library to celebrate Dewey Decimal System Day in honor of Melvil Dewey’s Birthday. Dewey was one of the founders of the American Library Association and created the Dewey Decimal System which is used to organize materials in libraries in over 150 countries ...
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $15-25 per attendee per event.
| Martin Griffin Preserve
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Celebrate the season and winter solstice at ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve. Create beautiful arts & crafts, observe winter water birds, and get inspired with nature-based entertainment for families and people of all ages. Enjoy hot tea, coffee, and apple cider and do your holiday shopping ...
Crafting at the Library: Winter Mini Maker Fair | Hayward
Saturday, December 10 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Hayward Public Library (Main Library)
Crafting at the Library: Winter Mini Maker Fair | Hayward
This month, Crafting at the Library is going to help you power through your gift list (especially if you haven’t picked anything out for yourself yet) by showing you how to make four different mini-DIY projects that you can finish in half an hour or ...
Interactive Collage Workshop | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Branch Library
Interactive Collage Workshop | Oakland
Aspiring and established artists of all ages are invited to join them for an interactive collage workshop. Bring items or photographs you might want to include, or just use their supplies to make something all your own. The workshop will be led by Lea del Pomo and ...
Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 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 ...

“Healthy Food, Healthy You” Healthy Eating Series | SSF Library
Saturday, December 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library

Healthy Food/Healthy You is a five-part series on healthy eating presented by Fresh Approach. Each class will focus on a different aspect of choosing or preparing foods that are affordable, fresh, and delicious. Fresh Approach is dedicated to helping families gain the knowledge and skills ...

Free “Santa Baby” Choreography Dance Class | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| The Working Body
Free
Celebrate the Holidays at the WB by learning basic dance choreography to “Santa Baby” at this Free Community Workshop. Holiday accessories are suggested. All levels are welcome. Come wearing your most festive Christmas outfit. Free but an RSVP is required.
2016 Christmas at Sea: Living History, Ornament Making & Nautical Santa Claus | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Adults are $10; the event is free for kids ages 15 and under.
| Hyde Street Pier
2016 Christmas at Sea: Living History, Ornament Making & Nautical Santa Claus | SF
Bring the whole family to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for a festive event celebrating the winter holidays. “Celebrations at Sea,” will take place on the pier and aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha. The event will feature live music, refreshments, ornament making, costumed ...
Neon Signs & Their Influence: Films, Lectures & Book Signings | SF Main Library
Saturday, December 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Main Library
Neon Signs & Their Influence: Films, Lectures & Book Signings | SF Main Library
How have neon signs influenced the landscape of your city? How does a unique neon sign evolve from advertising to art? Join them for an afternoon exploring these questions with San Francisco Neon authors Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan plus special guest speaker Avery Trufelman ...

Sunday, December 11

“The Value of Public Art” Talk | Grace Cathedral
Sunday, December 11 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
Every year, they offer a residency to an artist (or artists) who creates work that illuminates the cathedral’s annual theme, amplifying the cathedral’s vision, mission and goals–they believe in the power of art to inspire people and they want to make art accessible to everyone. At this ...
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars | Sausalito
Sunday, December 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars | 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 | Mountain View
Sunday, December 11 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Masonic Lodge

“Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More” is the motto for Sunday Assembly Silicon Valley (SASV), an international community movement that celebrates life. The radically inclusive SASV is a secular and service nonprofit that celebrates life, welcomes all people and supports everyone fulfilling their potential. It aims ...

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Sunday, December 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Please note, this event has been moved to December 11, 2016. There will not be event on November 20th nor on December 18th.
Menorah Building Workshop | Petaluma
Sunday, December 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Orchard Supply Hardware (Petaluma)
Menorah Building Workshop | Petaluma
Get into the Chanukah spirit with this fun, hands-on Menorah building workshop for kids. Grab a hammer, pass a paintbrush, and bring out that tape measure. Build your own menorah out of wood and decorate it! Music & refreshments Fun for the whole family Parental supervision is required
AGU Public Lecture: How To Chose A Landing Site on Mars | SF
Sunday, December 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Moscone South
AGU Public Lecture: How To Chose A Landing Site on Mars | SF
Today you know Mars to be a vast beautiful planet that in many ways is like the American Southwest. It has sweeping vistas and huge mountains with long and wide valleys. In its past Mars had an enormous ocean with a significant atmosphere and it is ...
Free Pilates Mat Class | Oakland
Sunday, December 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you must register for the class in advance
| The Working Body
Free Pilates Mat Class | Oakland
This free Pilates mat class is designed as an introduction to the holistic system of exercise known as Pilates. They will explore the foundation principles of breath, concentration, centering, precision, control, and flow and apply them in action to selected exercises from the Pilates repertoire ...

Tuesday, December 13

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, December 13 – 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 ...

Essential Oils Workshop | SF
Tuesday, December 13 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Entry with RSVP only to kjlinsf@hotmail.com
| Sunset Branch Library
Essential Oils Workshop | SF
Join celebrated author KJ Landis as she shares with you the scientific and historical facts about essential oils for healing. This is a hands-on workshop where you will go home with your own oil that you make yourself.