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Sunday, May 13

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, May 13 – 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, May 13 – 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 ...

Tuesday, May 15

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, May 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Observation Post at the Presidio
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 16

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, May 16 – 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, May 16 – 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, May 16 – 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 ...

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Skyjam Family Fest: Dance, Live Music & Craft | El Cerrito
Saturday, May 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: $5 | Trinity Evangelical Free Church
Skyjam Family Fest: Dance, Live Music & Craft | El Cerrito
Submitted by the Event Organizer Join them on May 19, 2018 for the 8th annual Skyjam family festival. This year it will be held at Trinity Church in El Cerrito, different place but same happiness. Fun activities includes: Puppet show, Live Music & Dance, Carnival games, Arts & ...
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, May 19 – 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 ...

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, May 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...

Kitten Nursery Shower: Feeding Program & Workshop | Peninsula
Saturday, May 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Kitten Nursery Shower: Feeding Program & Workshop | Peninsula
Join and watch volunteers syringe-feed tiny kittens, ask the Nursery “mom” about the life-saving work, learn about volunteer opportunities, and ask the staff “kitty whisperers” about cat behaviors. Shower gifts for the kittens are appreciated. Kitten Nursery Shower: Feeding Program & Workshop | Peninsula Saturday, May 19, ...

Sunday, May 20

The Truth About Climate Change: Forum With Bishop Marc Handley | SF
Sunday, May 20 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
The Truth About Climate Change: Forum With  Bishop Marc Handley  | SF
Submitted by the Event Organizer The Bishop of California and longtime climate activist discusses the We Are Still In movement and climate action as prayer. About the guest The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Prior to his election ...
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, May 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

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 third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...

Monday, May 21

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

“The Mars Room” Book Author & Novel Discussion | Green Apple Books
Monday, May 21 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Rachel Kushner discusses her new novel, The Mars Room.  “Kushner is a young master. I honestly don’t know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way.” —George Saunders “Kushner is going to be ...

Thursday, May 24

Alcatraz Speaker Series: Former Alcatraz Island Resident Jolene Babyak | SF
Thursday, May 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Parc 55 Hotel
Alcatraz Speaker Series: Former Alcatraz Island Resident Jolene Babyak | SF

Experience the engaging exhibits “Alcatraz: Life on The Rock” and “Alcatraz: The Last Day” (on display in SF through June 28, 2018) that take Alcatraz Island on the road, and learn about the beauty, history, and infamy of the small island in the middle of ...

City Star Party & Telescope Night | Pier 17
City Star Party & Telescope Night | Pier 17

The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers invite you to their next City Star Party, where you can take a gander at our universe through telescopes, socialize with more experienced amateur astronomers, and get some tips about the night sky. Take in the view from San Francisco’s picturesque Land’s End or other ...

Friday, May 25

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, May 25 – 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 28

Popping the ​Science ​Bubble: Conversation w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, May 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)
Popping the ​Science ​Bubble: Conversation w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley

Join for a conversation with scientists from Cal. Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research. With new guest lecturers each month, come learn about interesting ...

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, May 28 – 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 ...

Tuesday, May 29

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Tuesday, May 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
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. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra ...

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, May 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| Congregation Sherith Israel Newman Hall
SF History Night | Pacific Heights

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 ...

Friday, June 1

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, June 1 – 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; ...

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, June 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE

Every first Friday of the month, locally sourced Artist Activators offer up free art making. Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for the local residents, workers, and visitors. From live performance ...

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, June 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen

This is your monthly chance  to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market highlights ...

Saturday, June 2

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, June 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley 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 ...

Annual Epiphyllum Flower Show | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, June 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Golden Gate Park
Annual Epiphyllum Flower Show | Golden Gate Park
The San Francisco Epiphyllum Society is having their Annual Flower Show at Golden Gate Park. Annual Epiphyllum Flower Show Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 10 am to 3 pm Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, SF FREE with RSVP There will be cuttings and plants for sale. Many experts ...

Friday, June 8

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018
Friday, June 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services invites you to the first San José Neighbor Nights. The event will take place every second Friday of the month at community centers throughout the entire city of San José. SJ Neighbor Nights ...

Saturday, June 9

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, June 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location
Free Beginner Parkour

SF Parkour hosts a free Beginner’s Parkour Class at noon on the second Saturday of each month. It is geared towards first timers and lasts 1.5 hours. Location: Each month the location rotates through Sunnyvale, UC Berkeley and the Embarcadero in SF. Please check the ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, June 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument

Join in at the Monument (140 9th St), for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians. Everyone is welcome, we are a mix of seasoned artists, students, and first timers. Poses range from 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. There will be easels provided and ...