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Saturday, April 15

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, April 15 – 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, April 15 – 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 ...

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, April 15 – 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, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. every third Saturday of the month. There will be easels provided and some materials ...

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, April 15 – 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.

Sunday, April 16

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, April 16 – 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, April 17

Final Drop-In Tax Help Day | Oakland
Monday, April 17 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
Final Drop-In Tax Help Day | Oakland

Oakland Public Libraries will be offering free tax preparation help with trained volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program who will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between February 6, 2017 and April 17, 2017. The Main Library is a drop-in site ...

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, April 17 – 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, April 18

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Tuesday, April 18 – 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, April 19

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, April 19 – 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, April 19 – 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, April 19 – 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, April 20

Exploratorium After Dark: Scandium For Everything Matters | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Scandium For Everything Matters  | Pier 15
Come be in your elements with Exploratorium host and scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman. Follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between individual elements and our collective human experience.
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, April 21

2017 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off
Friday, April 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco City Hall
2017 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off

The 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week runs Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip ...

“Virtual Reality In Environmental Films” Workshop | SF
Friday, April 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House
Did you ever think you could dive to the bottom or the oceans or stand with herds of animals? Experience virtual reality for yourself in this hands-on viewing of stunning new VR environmental films.
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 ...

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, April 22

Cal Day 2017 | UC Berkeley
Saturday, April 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley - Sproul Plaza
Cal Day 2017 | UC Berkeley
On Cal Day, the entire UC Berkeley campus once again throws open its doors to the public and presents a full day of over 400 events – free lectures, performances, tours, concerts and more to showcase the campus, its students, and the school’s programs. Cal Day 2017 Saturday, April 22, ...
Sophina Uong Free Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, April 22 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Sophina Uong Free Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Sophina Uong has worked in the finest of restaurants — from the front of the house to behind the kitchen doors — in the Bay Area over ...
Tommy Halvorson Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, April 22 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Tommy Halvorson Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Lyrical Workshop: Emerge With Better Songs | SF
Saturday, April 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Lyrical Opposition
Lyrical Workshop: Emerge With Better Songs | SF

Based in San Francisco, the monthly workshop series runs every 4th Saturday of the month until the end of the year. Over 50 artists in the past couple months have participated in Lyrical Opposition Workshops and Forums, with participants learning valuable artist techniques, strategies and ...

Shaun King Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, April 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Shaun King Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Shaun King has spent years in many of the top kitchens across the United States. Trained by a Japanese master chef, King learned to appreciate the bold, ...
Turfin’ vs. the World Dance Battle Festival | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, April 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
Turfin' vs. the World Dance Battle Festival | Jack London Sq.
The turf-dancing phenomenon that started in Oakland’s inner city will take center stage at Jack London Square, as part of an all-new dance battle event, dubbed Turfin vs. the World Dance Battle. Held on the waterfront by the palm trees featuring 20+ diverse vendors, food trucks, ...
Inspiring Lives: Conversation with Flo Stone | SF Green Film Fest
Saturday, April 22 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | FESTHQ
Inspiring Lives: Conversation with Flo Stone | SF Green Film Fest
2017 Inspiring Lives Award: Where was the seed planted for Green Film Fest? Flo Stone’s work has inspired countless people to environmental activism through the power of cinema. Flo Stone is founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – the longest running US green ...

Sunday, April 23

Meisha Page Free Seasonal Cooking Demo | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Sunday, April 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Meisha Page Free Seasonal Cooking Demo | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Join them at CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland for a cooking demo with Meisha Page of Wisdom by Wisdom featuring the seasonal bounty of the Jack London Square Farmers Market. Meisha Page makes natural, handcrafted soaps and body butters in a wide variety ...
“Tell Your Story In Three Minutes” Workshop | SF
Sunday, April 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | FESTHQ
Meet short filmmakers from this year’s festival and find out how you can create depth and emotion in a small package.
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Antebellum & Civil War San Francisco | Colma
Sunday, April 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Antebellum & Civil War San Francisco | Colma

Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation proudly announces the 2017 Season of its free Sunday Afternoon Lectures. This popular, entertaining and educational lecture series is held one Sunday of each month from January through October. Light refreshments are served. 2017 Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture Series Select Sundays | ...

“How To Distribute Your Film” Discussion | SF
Sunday, April 23 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | FESTHQ
Meet film distributors and hear their insider view on how to make sure your film reaches a wide audience. Discussion with: Suzanne Harle, Founder, Green Planet Films Olivia Humphreys, CEO, Kanopy Kristin Cooney, Managing Director, ro*co films educational

Monday, April 24

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, April 24 – 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, April 25

SF History Night | Noe Valley
Tuesday, April 25 – 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 ...