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Wednesday, May 18

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, May 18 – 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 ...

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, May 18 – 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, May 19

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 and 3rd Thursdays at 6 pm for vinyasa flow yoga. Bring your ...

Friday, May 20

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, May 21

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Spring & All Things Winged | Los Altos
Saturday, May 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Spring & All Things Winged | Los Altos
Come explore, learn, discover, and share the wonder of nature with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Join in for a day of fun in the beautiful Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to enjoy the spring and the beauty ...
MakerSpace: 3D Printers, Robots & Sewing Machines | South SF
Saturday, May 21 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
MakerSpace: 3D Printers, Robots & Sewing Machines | South SF

The South San Francisco Public Library will be hosting all ages MakerSpace sessions on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Their MakerSpace and technology learning center will provide the community with the use of a wide range of creative software, 3D printers, a Silhouette Cameo ...

“Island City Waterways” Arts Festival | Alameda
Saturday, May 21 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
| Near the Fruitvale Bridge
Celebrate the birth of the Island City of Alameda, California, with a free public art event open to all ages. Audiences will be taken on a guided journey to four sites along the water’s edge — between the Fruitvale and the Park Street bridges — ...
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, May 21 – 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 ...

Free DIY Workshop: Felted Soap | East Bay
Free DIY Workshop: Felted Soap | East Bay
Use colorful wool roving to make bars of soap that are felted right into their own exfoliating washcloths. Striped or solid, plain or fancy–you decide. We’ll provide everything you need to make one felted soap bar, but if there’s a special soap you want to use, ...
“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, May 21 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a nonprofit community clothing swap with a do-it-yourself workshop in which attendees explore the process of reuse and collective creativity together. Every third Saturday of the month (except for May when they’re at the Maker Faire), they host a meetup where they encourage beginners to experts alike to ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, May 21 – 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, May 21 – 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. ...

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Saturday, May 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights from 8-9:30 pm. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra ...

Sunday, May 22

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Sunday, May 22 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Peace Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland

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, ...

“Extraordinary Rendition” Author Discussion | Oakland
Sunday, May 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Diesel, A Bookstore
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Chana Bloch, Christina García, and Jane Hirshfield to the store to discuss their contributions to Extraordianry Rendition: American Writers on Palestine on Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm. Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine brings together the work of sixty-five prominent ...

Monday, May 23

Ukulele Song Workshop & Jam | Mountain View
Monday, May 23 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration appreciated but not required.
| Mountain View Public Library
Ukulele Song Workshop & Jam | Mountain View

Would you like to learn some fun songs on the ukulele? Beginners and ukulele enthusiasts are welcome to come out to the Mountain View Library on the fourth Monday of every month to sing and play together. Bring your own uke, or use one of theirs. This ...

Tuesday, May 24

“Healthy Food-Healthy You” Nutrition Workshop & $5 Farmers Market Bucks | South SF
Tuesday, May 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South SF 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 ...

Thursday, May 26

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 ...

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 ...

Monday, May 30

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-Healthy You” Nutrition Workshop & $5 Farmers Market Bucks | South SF
Tuesday, May 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South SF 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 ...

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 ...

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; ...

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.

Saturday, June 11

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, June 11 – 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 ...