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Wednesday, May 25

“Audible Cities” A Lecture on History and Sounds | SF
Wednesday, May 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
What can sounds tell us about the geography, people, and politics of a particular place? This panel explores the role sounds play in our everyday lives as well as how they can attune us to below-the-radar experiences and often “off the map” histories of the urban. Discover the intersection between ...

Thursday, May 26

2016 Small Business Week: 40+ Workshops | SF
Thursday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Advanced registration required for each seminar and mixer.
| All Over San Francisco
2016 Small Business Week: 40+ Workshops | SF
Small Business Week 2016 present a whole day of over 40 business workshops covering everything from email marketing and brand building, to franchises and doing business in Asia. Whatever your business, or idea, you’ll find a workshop to help you in your journey on Thursday, ...

Burning Mensch for Lag B’Omer: Archery, Fire Festival & Live Music | Palo Alto
Thursday, May 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Burning Mensch for Lag B'Omer: Archery, Fire Festival & Live Music | Palo Alto
Celebrate the spring holiday of Lag B’Omer with a spectacular fire festival and party, filled with fun, creativity and meaning. This is Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday marking the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot, as you’ve never ...
Theatre Criticism Meets the 21st Century: Expert Panel | SF
Thursday, May 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MAGIC theatre
Theatre Criticism Meets the 21st Century: Expert Panel | SF
Past era films such as “All About Eve” and “Valley of the Dolls” had parts of the plot with the cast waiting for the morning papers to come out so they could read the reviews the very next day after opening night? Then there came to ...
A Wedding Planned With Technology | SF
Thursday, May 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | General Assembly (Bush Street)
A Wedding Planned With Technology | SF
Technology has changed the way brides and grooms plan their big day. Join the conversation with a panel of experts on everything from venue design to floral arrangements, for a discussion around opportunities, trends and how technology can help you plan a stress-free big day.
Win Tix: Cultivate Your Entrepreneurial Spirit w/ Stella & Dot CEO | SF
Thursday, May 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: WIN | The Commonwealth Club (SF)
Are your tired of your terrible, dead end job? Don’t you wish you could pursue your dreams or turn your passion into a career? No, this isn’t a commercial for ITT, it’s an actually opportunity. CEO, writer, and all around smart cookie, Jessica Herrin, is ...
Campout Cooking Party: Dinner, S’mores & Camp Cocktails | SF
Thursday, May 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Ticket price covers dinner, drinks, and dessert for the night.
| Alite Outpost
Campout Cooking Party: Dinner, S'mores & Camp Cocktails | SF
Want to learn some new tasty recipes and how to cook them up on your next big camping trip? Join for an evening of camp cooking tutorials, food, drinks, and fun with Fireside Provisions. This hands-on workshop led by the pros at Fireside Provisions will be ...
“Time Lapsed” Past & Present Photographic Exploration | SF
Thursday, May 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Residence/SF
Please join on Thursday May 26th from 8-10 pm for projections of a photographic exploration of the Past & Present 24th Street.  Christina Marie Klein’s 24th Street Archive is a reactivation of San Francisco’s visual history with nightly projections along storefronts of 24th street today. The project’s goal ...

Friday, May 27

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, May 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
| Alley Cat Books
Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF

Don’t spend yer Friday sittin’ at home, chewin’ tobacco all on yer lonesome. C’mon down to the ole book place; bring yer dancin’ legs. Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting the Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance from 7-9 pm every 4th Friday night. All dances are ...

Saturday, May 28

2016 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
2016 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Golden Gate Park

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in Golden Gate Park to enjoy the sun, learn to yo-yo, and be witness to some of the world’s best players as they compete in the yo-yo championship in Spreckels Temple of Music Bandshell. Over 100 of the top ...

“Emperors’ Treasures” Educational Talk with Docent Pauline Tsui | SF
Saturday, May 28 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Library Branch
The Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will give an educational talk on the coming special exhibition “Emperors’ Treasures”; more than 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Learn about this treasure trove of emperors’ ...
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, May 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | 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 ...

Monday, May 30

SF City Guides Memorial Day 2016 | 16 Free Guided Walking Tours
Monday, May 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| All Over San Francisco
SF City Guides Memorial Day 2016 | 16 Free Guided Walking Tours
If you have the day off on Memorial Day, why not spend part of your day learning something new about the city you love. San Francisco City Guides will be offering eight free guided walking tours on Memorial Day Monday. All tours are free and open to the public, ...
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, May 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Club 21
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, May 31

Healthy Food Workshop & $5 Farmers Market Bucks | South SF
Tuesday, May 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South SF Main Library
Healthy Food Workshop & $5 Farmers Market Bucks | South SF

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 ...

Win Tix: Sex, Jews & Videotape | JCCSF
Tuesday, May 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
You may have never considered Jews as deeply sexual people, if you’re outside the twelve tribes. But movies have broadened all of our views on sex, Jew and Gentile alike. In this fun, and revealing talk, film curator Peter L. Stein will explore how Jewish ...

Wednesday, June 1

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, June 1 – 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, June 2

Free Yoga Class Among Stained Glass | SF
Free Yoga Class Among Stained Glass | SF

Engage in an ancient practice in a sacred space – a church sanctuary. People of all faiths, perspectives, age, and yoga experience are are invited to join teacher Erin Mariani, on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Thursdays at 6 pm for vinyasa flow yoga at ...

SF Politics: What The Bleep Is Going On? | SF
Thursday, June 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Laborers Local 261
SF Politics: What The Bleep Is Going On? | SF
SF is one hell of a political spider web: Mayor, Board of Supes, Senate, Assembly, DCCC – what does it all mean and what’s going on? Join them for a fun evening of cheap beer and food as they learn the intricacies of the City, have ...

Friday, June 3

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, June 3 – 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; ...

Dancing Under the Stars: Do the Hustle | Jack London Square
Friday, June 3 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Do the Hustle | 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 half-hour lessons followed by a dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2016 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, June 2016 | ...

Saturday, June 4

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, June 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | 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 ...

Sunday, June 5

Free Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | 1st and 3rd Sundays
Sunday, June 5 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| Shala Santosha Yoga
Free Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | 1st and 3rd Sundays

Primary Series Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga , flowing through breath and sequence of postures that uplifts and energizes the mind, body and spirit. Come and unroll your mat to an invigorating practice that jumpstarts your Sunday. All levels welcome. Bring your yoga mat, face towel, water and your positive ...

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, June 5 – 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, June 6

BlueCart’s “The Dinner Table” Foodie Talk Series | SF
Monday, June 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
BlueCart's

The Dinner Table is a monthly event series hosted on the first Monday of every month by BlueCart to bring friends, experts, and colleagues together family-style around the proverbial Dinner Table, to discuss a wide array of food industry topics. Join them for a drink, ...

Tuesday, June 7

Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Tuesday, June 7 – 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, June 8

Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours

Follow the footsteps of Oakland’s famous literary son Jack London and see some of his favorite haunts. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour begins at 10 am at ...

Friday, June 10

Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa | Jack London Square
Friday, June 10 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa | 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 half-hour lessons followed by a dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2016 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, June 2016 | ...

Saturday, June 11

Photography Meetup: Tips About Photography | SF
Saturday, June 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Samys Camera SF
Photography Meetup: Tips About Photography | SF

Saturday Meet-ups are informal gatherings at Samy’s where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about how to take that special photo, get tips on the basics of photography and camera settings. Each week will feature a “Special Topic Discussion” with knowledgeable ...