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Tuesday, December 11

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, December 11 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lotus Cuisine of India
Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael

Green is the topic. Drinks the excuse. The San Francisco North Bay comes to this mixer to network with local business folks living and working as green as they can. Check the calendar for their high caliber guest speakers. You’ll love the incredible selection of ...Monthly

Wednesday, December 12

8th Annual “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Wednesday, December 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Nile Hall (Preservation Park)
8th Annual "Wintersongs" Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Join Kitka and a special guest song leader from Bulgaria, Tzvetanka Varimezova, in a celebratory circle of song. Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Balkan seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community. Free, but ...

Thursday, December 13

Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
‘Tis the season to stuff those stockings, shop locally, and enjoy the festivities! This week, NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.

Friday, December 14

KPOP Dance Party | SSF
Friday, December 14 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
KPOP Dance Party | SSF
Come dance to your favorite KPOP songs. Show everyone your moves and challenge yourself by learning some new ones. Snacks and drinks, music, videos, and plenty of space to move are provided. This event is for teens.
Friday Nights at OMCA: Winter Fest | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Winter Fest | Oakland

Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Enjoy storytime with the Oakland Public Library, winter-themed activities, strolling carolers, and a special Balinese dance and music performances. Don’t miss special exhibitions The World of Charles and Ray Eames and Cruisin’ ...Every Friday

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018
Friday, December 14 – 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 ...Monthly

Saturday, December 15

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF
Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in ...

Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, December 15 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Mission Science Workshop (Excelsior)
Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF

Mission Science Workshop is a non-profit community science center that provides hands-on science activities for SF youth and families. Visit their monthly free Saturday open house program, where you can build toys and projects, hold snakes and lizards, and explore the collections of bones, fossils, ...Monthly

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, December 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)
"Science@Cal": Renowned Scientist Lecture | 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 ...Monthly

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, December 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 ...Monthly

Weird Science Fair & Interactive Exhibits | Fremont
Saturday, December 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Town Fair Plaza - Fremont
Weird Science Fair & Interactive Exhibits | Fremont
This Winter event will be featuring interactive exhibits and showcases geared to showing people of all ages the importance of STEM education. This Fair will occur right before Capitol Avenue Night + Market so stick around for food fair as well.
Exploring Liberty Ships & The Lesser Known Facts | Sausalito
Saturday, December 15 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Model Visitor Center
Exploring Liberty Ships & The Lesser Known Facts | Sausalito
A WWII emergency shipyard once operated here in Sausalito. Over the years, Liberty Ships have become an icon of WWII. The shipyards, the Liberty Ships and the people who built them, there is more to this story that has gotten lost in time. Come and join ...
3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, December 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. You may check their website ...Monthly

City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio
Saturday, December 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Presidio Parade Grounds
City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio

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 ...

Sunday, December 16

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF
Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in ...

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, December 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

Our speaker this month will be Noel Navarro, who will talk about The Role of a Humanist Chaplain. Noel was a Humanist Chaplain at the UC Davis Medical Center for two years. His time there was spent providing emotional support for patients, family, and staff. There will be a short ...Monthly

Monday, December 17

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, December 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 ...Monthly

Funk Legend “George Clinton” in Conversation | SF
Monday, December 17 – 3:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Haight Street Art Center
Funk Legend "George Clinton" in Conversation | SF
Ahead of his SOLD OUT show at the Independent, join us for a conversation with the legendary funkmeister who’ll be retiring following this tour. Clinton is promoting his latest album Medicaid Fraud Dog. After the interview we’ll be throwing a year-end/holiday after-party with live music ...

Wednesday, December 19

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, December 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza
"Biblio Bistro" Farmers' Market Cooking School | 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 ...Monthly

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 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 ...Monthly

Nerd Nite: Geeky Lectures in a Rock Club | Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, December 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 ...Monthly

Free Astronomy Lecture | Presidio
Wednesday, December 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Randall Museum
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 Randall Museum Theater on the third Wednesday of every month, ...Monthly

Thursday, December 20

Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch
Thursday, December 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*Free with admission. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students/Senior $6.00.
| Museum of Craft and Design
Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch

Design your night at Make. On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects.  Enjoy hands-on art activities and crafts, artist-led happy hours, films, tours, performances and much more. Each month features ...Monthly

Friday, December 21

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 ...Monthly

Saturday, December 22

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF
Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in ...

Christmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF
Saturday, December 22 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested.
| Incarnation Episcopal Church
Christmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF
Come join in celebrating the joy and the mystery of Advent with the San Francisco Renaissance Voices and organist, Stacy Cullison, in a candlelight service of Advent and Christmas carols. You will have lots of opportunity to sing and enjoy both familiar and not so ...
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Saturday, December 22 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Please note, the new time is from 6:15 pm-6:45 pm.

Sunday, December 23

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF
Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in ...

Monday, December 24

2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day

Join as Black Santa and UWish take over Oakland’s waterfront, Jack London Square from November 23 – December 24, 2018. Come to indulge in holiday cheer and meet the real Black Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take pictures, enjoy some treats — brought to you by ...

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, December 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)
"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley

Join in 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 ...Monthly