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Saturday, December 10

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.

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 | Sausalito
Sunday, December 11 – 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 | 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.
360 Development On Cutting Edge Platforms with Beer & Pizza | SF
Tuesday, December 13 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Brightcove SF
360 Development On Cutting Edge Platforms with Beer & Pizza | SF
Interested in using 360° content on mobile or in a VR headset? There are unique challenges for each platform. In this meetup, first they’ll give you a taste of working with 360 degree video in iOS. The founder of Pie  will give a developer-focused presentation ...

Friday, December 16

East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland

East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, learn and have fun. The East Bay Burner Social takes place monthly in the run-up to the festival and ...

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. 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 ...

Saturday, December 17

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (Oakland)
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland

Every third Saturday, the Oakland Art Murmur presents a free guided walking tour based on a different theme each tour. Tours take place on the third Saturday of each month and are led by prominent Oakland gallery directors, curators, writers, and artists.

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for drop-ins. ...

Wednesday, December 21

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza

Wondering how to prepare the beautiful produce that our local farmers are growing and selling at the Farmers Market? Come check out a live demonstration of how to sauté a featured vegetable at the Heart of the City Farmers Market with Biblio Bistro, the Library’s mobile ...

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 21 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley

Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Their work—including action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours—gives you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global ...

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, December 21 – 7:00 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, December 22

Exploratorium After Dark: Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop | Pier 15
Make your own mechanical sculptures—known as automata—by tinkering with cardboard, craft foam, and other familiar materials.  You’ll use simple mechanisms to make objects move up and down, turn around, or jump back and forth. Design a scene that you imagine, then build a simple machine to ...

Friday, December 23

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, December 23 – 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 ...

Monday, December 26

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, December 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
| 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 ...

Saturday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Fire Ceremony & Meditation | SF
Saturday, December 31 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required and donations are accepted.
| Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
New Year's Eve Fire Ceremony & Meditation | SF
Celebrate ringing out the old and ringing in the new with meditation, games, live music, refreshments, words of wisdom, “Letting go of the Old” fire ceremony to usher in the New Year on December 31, 2016. Free, but an RSVP is required. This event is free and no prior meditation ...

Sunday, January 1

Free Ashtanga Vinyasa Morning Yoga Flow | 1st and 3rd Sundays
Sunday, January 1 – 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 ...