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Sunday, August 2

Free Modern Belly Dance Class | Berkeley
Sunday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free Modern Belly Dance Class | Berkeley
Come shake, shimmy and slither as Sports Basement in Berkeley hosts a free one hour Introduction to Modern Belly Dance – emphasizing posture, body awareness, rhythm and control, this class will wear you out even as you enjoy yourself. Free, but an RSVP is required. Pairing ancient movements ...
An Awesome One-Day Lego Camp for Kids | SF & Marin
Sunday, August 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with code FUNCHEAPSF (normally $39)
| Make School
An Awesome One-Day Lego Camp for Kids | SF & Marin
Why waste time playing with Legos, when you can learn how to do it right! This special event for kids 6-13 will teach special engineering techniques from a Lego Master builder (yeah we didn’t know there was such a thing either). But it’s not about ...

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, August 2 – 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 ...

Monday, August 3

Win Tix: “A Beacon for Jazz” Legendary KCSM DJ Sonny Buxton | Commonwealth Club
Monday, August 3 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Commonwealth Club (SF)
A beacon for jazz since the 1960s, KCSM Jazz 91’s Sonny Buxton has been a spokesperson for how and why music matters throughout his career as a musician, nightclub impresario, talk show host, jazz historian, archivist and advocate. > Buy Tickets ($20 adults, $7 students) Renowned as ...

Tuesday, August 4

Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Tuesday, August 4 – 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.

Win Tix: The Neuroscience of Love | Palo Alto
Tuesday, August 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection for someone or something, but why does it mean so much more to us? Why does who we are and who we become depend on whom we love? > Buy Tickets Dr. Thomas Lewis, Assistant Clinical Professor ...

Wednesday, August 5

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, August 5 – 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 ...

The Real Deal with the California Drought | SF
Wednesday, August 5 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Matter of Trust Ecocenter
The Real Deal with the California Drought | SF
What is the real deal with the current water crisis in California? We’ll spend the evening discussing root causes, implications for the Bay Area and opportunities for individual and collective action with two local experts: Elizabeth Dougherty: Founder of Wholly H2O, a water-progressive nonprofit that engages ...
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, August 5 – 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, August 6

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 6 – 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, August 7

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, August 7 – 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; ...

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 ...

Dancing Under the Stars: Line Dance | Jack London Square
Friday, August 7 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Line Dance | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Saturday, August 8

Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Outer Sunset
Saturday, August 8 – 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. You’ll learn about the history of wastewater treatment ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, August 8 – 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, August 8 – 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 ...

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Presidio
Saturday, August 8 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain Lake (Presidio)
Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Presidio

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays is a lively series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to the San Francisco natural wonder, Mountain Lake, and its ecological restoration. On the second Saturday from May to October, gather at the lake to hear researchers from a variety of disciplines ...

Sunday, August 9

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, August 9 – 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, August 9 – 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, August 10

Belly Dance Interactive Workshop | Mountain View
Monday, August 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Belly Dance Interactive Workshop | Mountain View
Learn all about the Beautiful Art of Belly dance with Regine. What is the origin of belly dance? Why is it called belly dance and why is it rapidly gaining in popularity all over the world (for both women and men)? This interactive workshop will introduce ...

Tuesday, August 11

Free Wakeboarding for Marin County Residents | Woodland
Free Wakeboarding for Marin County Residents | Woodland

Beat the summer heat (and escape the Bay Area summer fog), at Velocity Island Park, a cable wakeboarding park in Woodland, offering two free hours of wakeboarding to residents of Bay Area counties. To celebrate their one-year anniversary, residents of Bay Area counties (who have not yet ...

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, August 11 – 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 ...

Wednesday, August 12

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 20 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour ...

Thursday, August 13

Adult Crafts: Buttons & Badges | Mountain View
Thursday, August 13 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Register for seats.
| Mountain View Public Library
Adult Crafts: Buttons & Badges | Mountain View
All things buttons! Relax with other grown ups and get your craft on. Design your own political button! Make a statement! Create a name tag! Put a bird on it! Space is limited and registration is required.
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, August 13 – 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, August 14

Community Reiki Clinic: Relaxation & Balance | Mission Dist.
Friday, August 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Clinic is by donation.
| Flourish Studio
Community Reiki Clinic: Relaxation & Balance | Mission Dist.

Curious about Reiki? This free clinic is open to anyone who would like to learn about and experience the benefits of Reiki.  The goal of Reiki is to promote deep relaxation and balance through hands on touch. The immune response lives in the skin and white blood ...

Dancing Under the Stars: East Coast Swing Triple Time | Jack London Square
Friday, August 14 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: East Coast Swing Triple Time | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Saturday, August 15

Basic Training: Full-body Workout | SF
Saturday, August 15 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Basic Training Hayes Valley
Basic Training: Full-body Workout | SF
Join fitness experts from Basic Training, SF’s popular outdoor fitness company, at the Hayes Valley Pop-Up Fitness Hub on Saturday, August 15 from 10am-11am for a free experience in outdoor urban exercise. Engage with your city in a brand new way, as instructors teach you ...
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, August 15 – 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 ...

Lecture: Explore Solar Energy and Climate Science | SF
Saturday, August 15 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Model Visitor Center
Lecture: Explore Solar Energy and Climate Science | SF
Aquarium of the Bay’s BayMobile is coming to the Bay Model! What makes life on earth so great? Lots of things, including our magnificent atmosphere that helps keep our planet just the right temperature. Join us for a lesson in climate science and solar energy ...