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Wednesday, November 15

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, November 15 – 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, November 15 – 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, November 15 – 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 ...

“Language Between God & the Poets” Lecture | Berkeley
Wednesday, November 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zaytuna College
“Language Between God & the Poets” Lecture | Berkeley

Come and attend Zaytuna College 2017 Fall Lecture Series. On selected Wednesdays, listen to lectures that are relevant now more than ever. All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Hatem Bazian | Provost | Zaytuna College | “Immigration Crisis: The Collapse ...

Thursday, November 16

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 ...

BiteLife NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, November 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
BiteLife NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Sink your teeth into BiteLife, their annual event celebrating all things edible. Just in time for Thanksgiving, gather ‘round for demos and workshops on how to make the most of your Thanksgiving meal. Stay tuned for full event details.
Presidio Dialogues: Movies Filmed at the Presidio | SF
Thursday, November 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Presidio Dialogues: Movies Filmed at the Presidio | SF
Since the earliest days of motion pictures, the Presidio has been one of Hollywood’s favorite film locations, shaping the popular image of both the post and the park. Using stills and clips, presenter Brad Rosenstein takes us on an exhilarating time-traveling journey through some of ...

Friday, November 17

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, November 18

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, November 18 – 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, November 18 – 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. You may check their website ...

Sunday, November 19

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, November 19 | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square

With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, year ...

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, November 19 – 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, November 20

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

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, November 21 – 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 ...

Friday, November 24

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, November 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 ...

Sunday, November 26

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, November 26 | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square

With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, year ...

Tuesday, November 28

SF History Night | Noe Valley
Tuesday, November 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night | Noe Valley

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 ...

Wednesday, November 29

“Captivity, Confinement & Resistance in Mudejar & Morisco Literature” | Berkeley
Wednesday, November 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zaytuna College
“Captivity, Confinement & Resistance in Mudejar & Morisco Literature” | Berkeley

Come and attend Zaytuna College 2017 Fall Lecture Series. On selected Wednesdays, listen to lectures that are relevant now more than ever. All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Hatem Bazian | Provost | Zaytuna College | “Immigration Crisis: The Collapse ...

Thursday, November 30

Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Art Attack SF
Maker Thursdays: Handmade Artwork Right in Front of You | SF

Maker Thursdays is a monthly event series organized by Jen Peterson (co-host of Sketch Tuesday) and Art Attack SF Gallery. Here’s how it works: Every month, on the last Thursday they will select a group of 6-8 artists to join them at the gallery to ...

Friday, December 1

First Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours Winter 2018 | Presidio
Friday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Must enter the lottery to win a free reservation spot.
| Fort Point
First Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours Winter 2018 | Presidio

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and the stars on an evening tour with a park ranger as your guide. Candlelight tours are available most Saturday evenings typically around 6:30 pm from November to February. Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era of ...

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, December 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, December 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 ...

Sunday, December 3

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, December 3 | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square

With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, year ...

Final Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours Winter 2018 | Presidio
Sunday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Must enter the lottery to win a free reservation spot.
| Fort Point
Final Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours Winter 2018 | Presidio

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and the stars on an evening tour with a park ranger as your guide. Candlelight tours are available most Saturday evenings typically around 6:30 pm from November to February. Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era of ...

Kabuki on Film: Free Screening & Kabuki Expert Talk | San Mateo
Sunday, December 3 – 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 ...

Tuesday, December 5

Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland
Tuesday, December 5 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
| Merrit Ceramics
Free 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland

Hey Clay Friends. Merritt Ceramics is hosting a donation based clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month. Free Clay Workshop Every 1st Tuesday | 6:30 – 9:30 pm Merritt Ceramics, 527 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA FREE It’s an art party and neighborhood gathering.#MC1stTuesdays are ...

Wednesday, December 6

Product Management 101 | SF
Wednesday, December 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Product School (SF)
Product Management 101 | SF
Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a Product Manager? This is an exclusive Q&A session to give you a chance to ask every question you’ve ever had, with Ron Lai, Product Manager at Square. He will discuss what it’s like to work in this ...
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, December 6 – 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 ...

Saturday, December 9

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, December 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 ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, December 9 – 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 ...