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Sunday, December 15

2019 Family Chanukah & Shadow Puppets w/ Daniel Barash | Berkeley
Sunday, December 15 – 10:00 am | Cost: $15*
*$15 general admission; $8 kids
| JCC East Bay
2019 Family Chanukah & Shadow Puppets w/ Daniel Barash | Berkeley
Join educator and longtime East Bay Jewish community member and artist Daniel Barash for an event that invigorates Jewish holiday traditions through the ancient art of shadow puppetry. As shadows are cast upon a lit screen, Jewish stories and folktales from around the world will be brought ...
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, December 15 – 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 ...Monthly

UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, December 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Gill Tract Community Farm
UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany

Join the Farm for the monthly (3rd Sunday) gathering to work together growing organic vegetables and herbs. Harvest for the weekly Sunday farm stand, prepare beds, plant seedlings, weed, mulch and enjoy our green oasis in the heart of the East Bay. Get your hands ...Monthly

2019 “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Sunday, December 15 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Nile Hall (Preservation Park)
2019 "Wintersongs" Community Sing-Along | Oakland
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, join Kitka in an inclusive, family-friendly, celebratory circle of song. Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European and Eurasian seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung by many voices in community. Free, but ...

Monday, December 16

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Monday, December 16 – 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

Final Show for 2019: Free Nerd Nite Party, Trivia, Prizes & Fun | Oakland
Monday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required. The event is for 21+
| Club 21
Final Show for 2019: Free Nerd Nite Party, Trivia, Prizes & Fun | Oakland

Nerd Nite had a good 2019, with great crowds and excellent speakers. They are taking December off from their regular show format but they will be back with regular events in Jan 2020. But first, they want to celebrate 2019. On Monday, Dec 16th, Nerd Nite ...Monthly

Wednesday, December 18

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, December 18 – 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

Free Astronomy Lecture | Castro
Wednesday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Randall Museum
Free Astronomy Lecture | Castro

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 19

“Make” Summer Parklet Art Party | SF
Thursday, December 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*This summer parklet party is free for all ages. Paid admission required to visit the museum.
| Museum of Craft and Design
"Make" Summer Parklet Art Party | SF

On the third Thursday of each month stay out late with the Museum of Craft and Design and collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and rethink materials through creative design projects. Enjoy hands on takeaways that preview the upcoming shows, including Macon Reed ...Monthly

Friday, December 20

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, December 20 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
"Block Fest" Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF

Every first and third 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 ...Monthly

Saturday, December 21

Free Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020
Free Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020

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 ...Every Saturday

Mission Science Workshop: Free Hands-on Science Saturday | SF
Saturday, December 21 – 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 21 – 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 21 – 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

3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland
Saturday, December 21 – 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

Christmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF
Saturday, December 21 – 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, in a candlelight service of Advent and Christmas carols. You will have lots of opportunity to sing and enjoy both familiar and not so familiar carols. This is a fun ...

Tuesday, December 24

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, 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

Friday, December 27

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, December 27 – 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 ...Monthly

Saturday, December 28

Free Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020
Free Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020

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 ...Every Saturday

Tuesday, December 31

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, December 31 – 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. presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...Monthly

New Year’s Eve Fire Ceremony & Meditation | SF
Tuesday, December 31 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Donations are accepted.
| Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
New Year's Eve Fire Ceremony & Meditation | SF
Ring out the old and ring in the new with meditation, games, live music, refreshments, words of wisdom, and “Letting go of the Old” fire ceremony to usher in the new year on December 31, 2019. Free, but an RSVP is required. The Fire Ceremony is led by guided meditation ...

Wednesday, January 1

Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day | Napa
Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day | Napa

Come and walk-in every first Wednesday of every month from 3-5 pm in the spring, summer and fall, and from 2-4 pm in the winter. Ranch First Wednesday Open Community Day Every First Wednesday Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road, Napa FREE (RSVP requested but not required) $5 ...Monthly

“Rainbow Family Night”: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley
"Rainbow Family Night": LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley

LGBTQ parents are invited to join their facilitated support group to connect, share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to their families, while kids have a great time playing in the Habitot Children’s Museum. Rainbow Family Night takes place on the first Wednesday of ...Monthly

Friday, January 3

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, January 3 – 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; ...Monthly

Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz
Friday, January 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Normal price admission is $10.
| Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz)
Free First Friday Tour at the Museum of Art & History | Santa Cruz

Come experience the 3rd Annual Sculpture on Wheels Car Show at the MAH as a stop on the First Friday Art Tour, beginning August 2, 2019. Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour for three floors of exhibitions, live music, and ...Monthly

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

Every first and third 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 ...Monthly

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, January 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen
"Batch Made Market" Artisan Food | SF

This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs are 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 ...Monthly

Workshop First Fridays | SF
Friday, January 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Workshop (SF)
Workshop First Fridays | SF

Every first Friday, WorkshopSF hosts an open house, party with DIY, art, fun and community. It’s a chance to preview classes, see the space, and just hang out with neighborhood peeps. All are welcome. Workshop First Fridays Every 1st Friday | 7 pm Workshop, 1798 ...Monthly

Saturday, January 4

Free Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020
Free Union Square Ice Skating Lessons: Every Weekend | 2019-2020

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 ...Every Saturday

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, January 4 – 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 ...Monthly