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Wednesday, July 15

Telling Your Life Story: Memoir Workshop Series | SF
Wednesday, July 15 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Telling Your Life Story: Memoir Workshop Series | SF

This workshop series is an opportunity to explore where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you’re going. Sharpen your memories, learn more about the meaning of your life, and share your stories with others. Participants will review their lives through a semi-structured topical and group ...

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, July 15 – 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, July 16

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 16 – 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.

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop | Mountain View
Thursday, July 16 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop | 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 ...

Friday, July 17

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 ...

Dancing Under the Stars: 4 Step Hustle | Jack London Square
Friday, July 17 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: 4 Step 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 lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Saturday, July 18

LaborFest 2015: Nuclear Power Educational Conference | SF
Saturday, July 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | ILWU Local 34 Hall
LaborFest 2015: Nuclear Power Educational Conference | SF
There are hundreds of aging nuclear plants in the US and around the world that are becoming increasingly dangerous. The Fukushima plant in Japan continues to release thousands of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific and a growing epidemic of thyroid cancer of children ...
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, July 18 – 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 ...

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, July 18 – 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 ...

LaborFest 2015: Metro Organizing Strategy Lesson | Oakland
Saturday, July 18 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
LaborFest 2015: Metro Organizing Strategy Lesson | Oakland
The dirty secret about higher education is that about two thirds of the faculty are part-time or full-time temporary adjunct professors hired by the class or semester. In the past few years, adjuncts have been organizing, striking and unionizing in record numbers. Many of them ...
LaborFest 2015: 50th Grape Strike Anniversary | SF
Saturday, July 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are requested for this event.
| Manilatown Center
LaborFest 2015: 50th Grape Strike Anniversary | SF
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Grape Strike. The strike was launched on September 8, 1965, in the Filipino Community Hall by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), AFL-CIO, in the small farming town of Delano in the California Central Valley. This strike ...

Monday, July 20

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, July 20 – 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, July 21

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, July 21 – 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, July 22

Telling Your Life Story: Memoir Workshop Series | SF
Wednesday, July 22 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Telling Your Life Story: Memoir Workshop Series | SF

This workshop series is an opportunity to explore where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you’re going. Sharpen your memories, learn more about the meaning of your life, and share your stories with others. Participants will review their lives through a semi-structured topical and group ...

LaborFest 2015: The Future of Taxi Drivers | SF
Wednesday, July 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Redstone Building
LaborFest 2015: The Future of Taxi Drivers | SF
The massive use of communication technology has had a major role in the explosive growth of Uber, Lyft and many other taxi driver apps. This forum will look how this has affected drivers and how this technology has “disrupted” the regulated taxi industry. It will also ...

Thursday, July 23

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, July 23 – 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, July 24

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, July 24 – 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 ...

Dancing Under the Stars: Bachata | Jack London Square
Friday, July 24 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Dancing Under the Stars: Bachata | 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 lessons followed by a dance party in Jack London Square. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the ...

Saturday, July 25

Bike Festival: Drills, Skills & Crafts | Mountain View
Saturday, July 25 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Bike Festival: Drills, Skills & Crafts | Mountain View
Bring your bike to the Mountain View Public Library for drills and skills, crafts and fun. It’s a party and you’re invited. RSVP not required. In the parking lot on Franklin Street.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour | Bayview
Saturday, July 25 – 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 ...

LaborFest 2015: The Building of Treasure Island | SF
Saturday, July 25 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Treasure Island Museum
LaborFest 2015: The Building of Treasure Island | SF
This slide lecture examines the labor required to create an island in the San Francisco Bay during the 1930s. Laborers and unions, tasks and equipment, technologies and labor requirements, sponsoring agencies and corporate enterprises are explored as a matrix within which to understand the challenges ...
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, July 25 – 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 ...

Ruckus n’ Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland
Saturday, July 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Feel the Beet Farmer's Market
Ruckus n' Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland

Come out to lively street party in partnership with Destiny Arts Center celebrating food traditions, resistance, and culture. Free, but an RSVP is requested. Every month features a workshop, DJ and/or live music, free tastings, and a potluck cook-off alongside the farmers market. 2015 Schedule May ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, July 25 – 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 and wine, 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 ...

LaborFest 2015: Profiteering off Education Forum | SF
Saturday, July 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 518 Valencia
LaborFest 2015: Profiteering off Education Forum | SF
From the Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation to Pearson Inc., public education is under attack with charters, testing and the commercialization of our public education system for profit. There is no national campaign by education and public worker unions fighting privatization yet this attack on ...
LaborFest 2015: Puerto Rico – The Fight Against Neoliberalism & Colonialism | SF
Saturday, July 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 518 Valencia
LaborFest 2015: Puerto Rico - The Fight Against Neoliberalism & Colonialism | SF
Puerto Rico has been a US colony since 1898, and its people have resisted and fought back for self-determination and cultural rights through the organized struggle of the working class. Today as a direct result of US economic policy, Puerto Rico is reaching a state of ...

Sunday, July 26

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, July 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Peace Center
Sunday Assembly: 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, July 27

Ukulele Song Workshop & Jam | Mountain View
Monday, July 27 – 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 ...

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, July 27 – 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 ...