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Monday, August 31

A Life in Letters With The Jeffers By James Karman | SF
Monday, August 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*free: RSVP to programs@bccbooks.org with your name and the number of tickets required
| The Book Club of California
A Life in Letters With The Jeffers By James Karman | SF
Robinson Jeffers, one of California’s most celebrated poets, met and married his wife Una amidst passion and scandal in the early 1900s. The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers, tells the story of their two remarkable creative lives. In this ...
Occupy Forum: Who Killed Sandra Bland? Historical Context & Future Vision | SF
Monday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations accepted, no one turned away for lack of funds.
| Local 2 Action Room
Occupy Forum: Who Killed Sandra Bland? Historical Context & Future Vision | SF
On July 13, Sandra Bland became the latest casualty in the war on black lives and bodies. Pulled over for the minor infraction of changing lanes without signaling, Sandra Bland was brutalized, arrested, and three days later found dead in her Texas jail cell. Her ...

Airbnb + SoFi: The Financial Benefits of Hosting | SF
Monday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Airbnb HQ
Airbnb + SoFi: The Financial Benefits of Hosting | SF
With over 18 million visitors this year, San Francisco remains one of the top travel destinations in the world. And who better to give travelers a real, local San Francisco experience than you? Come join us for an evening dedicated to learning more about the financial ...
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, August 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Club 21
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Nerd Nite in August. Cool off the dog days of summer with a refreshing beverage and some crisp education. They’ll teach you about your cognitive biases through cool optical illusions, all about the controversial beauty of Lake Merritt, and give huge depth around one of ...

Tuesday, September 1

Access Class: Dance for Life |SF
Tuesday, September 1 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Access Class: Dance for Life |SF
Discover the transformative power of dance by joining this movement class for adults and seniors of all abilities. Using energetic music, the class begins seated, warming up both body and mind. As the class progresses participants can stand or stay seated as we continue to ...
Textile Tuesdays: Discovering Sewing Machines | SF
Tuesday, September 1 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Textile Tuesdays: Discovering Sewing Machines | SF
The South San Francisco Public Library is excited to announce our new sewing lab. In connection with our LibLab MakerSpace we are pleased to share this great new resource that includes five Singer 7258 Stylist Award-Winning 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machines, a Brother 400 Embroidery Machine, and ...
Humphry Slocombe & Anchor Steam Beer Ice Cream Social | SF
Humphry Slocombe & Anchor Steam Beer Ice Cream Social | SF
We all scream for ice cream and Anchor Steam are in the house at The Chapel. Come hear how Jake and Sean started Humphry Slocombe and what inspires them. Learn how to make beer ice cream, enjoy an Anchor Steam ice cream float, and more. The event ...
Parents for Public Schools | SF
Tuesday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP through Eventbrite
| San Francisco Main Library
Parents for Public Schools | SF
Enrolling in a Public Elementary or Middle School? Let Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco help! Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco (PPS-SF) hosts this popular workshop to help families understand their elementary and middle school options. Learn how to navigate through the public ...
Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Tuesday, September 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Hopmonk Tavern (Novato)
Nerd Nite North Bay | Novato
Nerd Nite North Bay #11: Indie Baseball, Free Law and Hamilton Airfield FunnyBall Experiments and Business in Independent Baseball Hear how the local Sonoma Stompers ended up on NPR, fulfill (and crush) baseball dreams, and learn about the day to day work reality needed to juggle business ops ...
Beginning Square Dance Class | Sunnyvale
Tuesday, September 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: 0-7*
*First night is free then $25.00 per month or $7.00 per night.
| Murphy Park
Beginning Square Dance Class | Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale Squares invites Singles, Couples and Former Dancers to Learn Modern Western Square Dancing. No partner is needed. This event is open for participants who are 18 years old and above. It is fun exercise set to music, with Rich reel as your instructor. Presented by Sunnyvale ...

Wednesday, September 2

Free Guided Shuttle Tour: History, Nature & Hidden Nooks | Presidio
Wednesday, September 2 – 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 ...

How-to-Convert Spray Irrigation to Drip Lecture | Mountain View
Wednesday, September 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
How-to-Convert Spray Irrigation to Drip Lecture | Mountain View
This class will demonstrate water-conserving irrigation strategies and how to evaluate your irrigation system for upgrades. Learn basic drip irrigation design and installation, component selection, watering techniques, and the proper system maintenance for your landscaping. Register on BAWSCA’s website.
Win Tix: The Greatest Startups & New Tech for 2015 | SF
Wednesday, September 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Commonwealth Club (SF)
For a tech-tastic night of information about trends, innovations, and the future of the industry, join Robert Scoble in “Scoble on Startups 2015: Context, Cloud and Bleeding Edge Tech,” geez, the title sounds less like a tech lecture and more like a tech fight club. ...
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, September 2 – 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 ...

DIY Terrariums Workshop | SF
DIY Terrariums Workshop | SF
Terrariums are easy to make and take care of, and brighten any room. Please bring your own glass container (no higher than 5″) and we will provide the rest of the materials. Space is limited to 12; call 355-5707 or send an email to nvamgr@sfpl.org to ...
Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose
Wednesday, September 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Adira Dance & Costume
Free Michael Jackson Thriller Dance Classes | San Jose

In preparation for their attempt to set the Guinness World Record with their version of Thrill the World, Adira Dance & Costume will be offering free Thriller dance classes at their dance studio in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood from 7-8 pm every Wednesday from September 2 to October 21, ...

Thursday, September 3

Understanding Medicare | SF
Thursday, September 3 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Understanding Medicare | SF
Join us for our continuing Medicare program. We will be featuring a four-part series presented by HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program). At each program an authorized counselors will discuss the different sections of Medicare benefits. HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides ...
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 3 – 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.

“Outbreak NightLife” & Disease Pub Trivia| California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Fermentation Stations (African Hall) 6:00-10:00 pm, Get a close-up look at yeast strains by viewing cultured slides with Cal researchers Brittney Nguyen, Julie Choe, and Matt Olm and take a whiff (or two) at a yeast smelling station with students from the Michael Eisen Lab. Meet the team ...
“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville
Thursday, September 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville

Enjoy the sizzle of festive Latin dance parties and Catch the Fever” this summer at Bay Street on Thursday evenings with free Latin dance lessons. Two-time Latin Dance Champion Tytus Bergstrom and Professional Dancer LiWen Ang will heat up Thursday evenings with free dance lessons, followed by a ...

Friday, September 4

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, September 4 – 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
What to expect on September 4: 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 ...

Saturday, September 5

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 5 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berekely 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 ...

Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015
Jack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015

Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October for 2015. The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, September 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Pläj, an innovative concept from Swedish born Owner/Chef Roberth Sundell, is where California fare and Scandinavian flavors become one. Pläj is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cuisine. Pläj embodies the soul of Scandinavia, ...
Creative Family Fun: Splendid Beach Scene Crafts | The Presidio
Saturday, September 5 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP appreciated but not required
| Presidio Officers' Club
Creative Family Fun: Splendid Beach Scene Crafts | The Presidio
Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend. The Presidio is home to many beaches, including Baker Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Baker Beach is a beautiful place to spend a warm day in San Francisco. Come ...

Sunday, September 6

Free Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | SF
Sunday, September 6 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| 640 STANYAN STREET SAN FRANCISCO CA 94117
Free Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | SF

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 ...

Yoga and Ayurveda Workshop | San Leandro
Sunday, September 6 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Please RSVP, but not required
| Badarikashrama
Yoga and Ayurveda Workshop | San Leandro
We live in a time where sickness and disease is so common. Either we are sick with one condition or the other or we know someone with the same. It is very frustrating and at times unbearable. This is a common feeling but it doesn’t ...
Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, September 6 – 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, September 8

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, September 8 – 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 ...