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Monday, November 25

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, November 25 – 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

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, November 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
| 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 ...Monthly

Tuesday, November 26

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, November 26 – 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

Thursday, November 28

2019 Vegan “No Thanksgiving” Protest | SF
Thursday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but please bring along a vegan dish to share for the potluck.
| Delores and 16th Street
2019 Vegan "No Thanksgiving" Protest | SF
While people across the United States celebrate a holiday filled with both historical and continuing violence, Direct Action Everywhere will be hosting a NoThanksgiving event for those who are seeking an alternative. 2019 Vegan “No Thanksgiving” Protest Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 6 pm to 9 pm 26 ...

Friday, November 29

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

Saturday, November 30

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

2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 150+ Vendors | Pier 27
Saturday, November 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 27
2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 150+ Vendors | Pier 27

Etsy comes to life and is bringing the cheer at San Francisco’s popular holiday shopping experience featuring an amazing showcase of handcrafted goods, artisans, designers, emerging brands and unique gifts for the holiday season. 2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium November 30, 2019 | Noon to 6 ...

Sunday, December 1

2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 150+ Vendors | Pier 27
Sunday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 27
2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium: 150+ Vendors | Pier 27

Etsy comes to life and is bringing the cheer at San Francisco’s popular holiday shopping experience featuring an amazing showcase of handcrafted goods, artisans, designers, emerging brands and unique gifts for the holiday season. 2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium November 30, 2019 | Noon to 6 ...

Wednesday, December 4

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

Thursday, December 5

Feel the Force NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Feel the Force NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment inspired by a galaxy far, far away. Costumes encouraged—full event details coming soon! Music presented by Noise Pop. In partnership with DoTheBay and Deep Eddy Vodka. Please note: This event often sells out. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

Friday, December 6

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, December 6 – 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, December 6 – 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, December 6 – 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

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, December 6 – 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, December 6 – 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, December 7

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, December 7 – 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

City Star Party & Telescope Night | The Presidio
Saturday, December 7 – 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 8

“Sunday Assembly” Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View
Sunday, December 8 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Masonic Lodge
"Sunday Assembly" Silicon Valley Community Gathering | Mountain View

“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 ...Monthly

Tuesday, December 10

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, December 10 – 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 11

State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office
State-of-the-Art Green Building Tour | SF Public Utilities Office

Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters (SFPUC), at 2 pm on every second Wednesday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is required. Limited to maximum of 30 guests. Arrive 15 minutes prior ...Monthly

Thursday, December 12

“LINES” Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral
Thursday, December 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and open to all; registration on arrival.
| Grace Cathedral
"LINES" Free Ballet Dance Workshop | Grace Cathedral

A free series of dance workshops hosted by Grace Cathedral and the 2019 Artist in Residence Alonzo King, every 2nd & 4th Thursday from June 13 – August 22, 2019 at 1 pm. Alonzo King LINES Ballet welcomes the PD community with an authentic and ...Monthly

Holiday Bazaar NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Holiday Bazaar NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar. Full event details coming soon!
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Thursday, December 12 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

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 interspersed with periods of ...

Friday, December 13

“Winter Fest” Block Party at OMCA | Oakland
"Winter Fest" Block Party at OMCA | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019
Friday, December 13 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | All over San Jose
San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2019

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 14

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

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, December 14 – 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 ...Monthly