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Tuesday, May 12

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, May 12 – 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 ...

Yoga and Meditation Class | SF
Tuesday, May 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Yoga and Meditation Class | SF
Come partake in yoga and meditation led by Danielle Barnett geared toward people seeking a new job or career direction. The intention of this class is to help job seekers visualize what they are looking for, all the while stretching and opening the body, calming ...

Intro to Urban Bicycling Class | Mountain View
Tuesday, May 12 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Intro to Urban Bicycling Class |  Mountain View
Has it been a long time since you’ve ridden a bike or are you simply looking for a refresher? Come learn the basics of bicycling at our Urban Bicycling Workshop, hosted by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. The course is a one-hour presentation covering many of ...
Win Tix: “The Healthy Mind Cookbook” Culinary Conversation | East Bay
Tuesday, May 12 – 6:30 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $25 each.
| Lafayette Library
Healthy eating tends to focus on keeping our bodies physically fit, but what about improving the health of our minds? In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz takes cutting-edge brain research on improving cognition, memory and mood and applies it directly to the plate through ...
Climate Change And Consumer Ethics Conversation | Berkeley
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required through Eventbrite. Seats are limited.
| Impact Hub Berkeley
Climate Change And Consumer Ethics Conversation | Berkeley
In a time when temperatures are reaching new heights and weather is increasingly erratic, we’re pressed to critically examine our climate change crisis. Beginning in spring 2015, Impact Hub Berkeley will examine issues and trends in global commodity markets, water scarcity, and the growing economic ...

Wednesday, May 13

Secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism History Talk | Mountain View
Wednesday, May 13 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but please register at computerhistory.org/events.
| Computer History Museum
Secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism History Talk | Mountain View
In 1900, sponge divers off the coast of the tiny Greek island of Antikythera made an astonishing discovery: the wreck of an ancient Roman ship lay 200 feet beneath the water, its dazzling cargo spread out over the ocean floor. Among the life-size statues and amphorae ...
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Wednesday, May 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
Please note: The tour starts at 2 pm and not noon as was originally posted.
‘Plumbing California: Past, Present, and Future’ Public Talk | SF
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | 518 Valencia
'Plumbing California: Past, Present, and Future' Public Talk | SF
Governor Jerry Brown is determined to build the Delta Tunnels through the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. The once-and-future Peripheral Canal is the latest plumbing scheme to follow the damming and diking of rivers and swamps which began with intensive Chinese manual labor in the 19th ...

Thursday, May 14

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 14 – 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, May 15

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 ...

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com ...

Saturday, May 16

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, May 16 – 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 ...

Free Caribbean Dance Class for SF Carnival | Oakland
Saturday, May 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| New Karibbean City
Free Caribbean Dance Class for SF Carnival | Oakland

Join Sistas-Wit-Style for free Caribbean dance classes to get you ready for San Francisco Carnival held annually on Memorial Day weekend. Free, but an RSVP is required and you must have an intention to participate in SF Carnival. Class is $10 for those interested in only attending the classes. ...

Monday, May 18

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, May 18 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Please note, the tour is limited to 25 people.
| Secret Location (SF)
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...

Tuesday, May 19

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, May 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Presidio - Observation Post
Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio

Once monthly, the SFAA hosts distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines and they present to SFAA Members the latest developments from cutting-edge scientific programs. Held in the Presidio, Observation Post / Building 211 on the third Tuesday ...

Wednesday, May 20

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, May 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $8 | Rickshaw Stop
Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop

What happens when geeks take over a rock club for an evening of drinking and presentations? Find out at Nerd Nite, 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 ...

Thursday, May 21

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Thursday, May 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 21 – 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.

Win Tix: The Upside of Stress: How to Use It To Your Advantage | Palo Alto
Thursday, May 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Cubberley Theatre
We’ve all heard stress can make us sick, but can it be a good thing? Kelly McGonigal (Author of The Upside of Stress; Health Psychologist; Lecturer, Stanford University) debunks stress myths and shares how it can make us stronger, smarter and happier. So stop losing sleep ...

Friday, May 22

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 ...

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, May 22 – 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 23

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, May 23 – 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 ...

Sunday, May 24

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, May 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, ...

Monday, May 25

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, May 25 – 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 26

SF History Night: San Francisco History Association
Tuesday, May 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night: San Francisco History Association

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. Monthly presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...

Thursday, May 28

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Thursday, May 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 28 – 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, May 29

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, May 30

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview
Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview

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 ...