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Monday, February 18

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

Wednesday, February 20

“Biblio Bistro” Farmers’ Market Cooking School | UN Plaza
Wednesday, February 20 – 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, February 20 – 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, February 20 – 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, February 20 – 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, February 21

Make: Monthly Artist Happy Hour & Local Vendors | Dogpatch
Thursday, February 21 – 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

Lunar New Year NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, February 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Lunar New Year NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Kick off the Year of the Pig with lion dancers, masked performers, martial arts and pigs.
MAKE: Design15 Launch Party w/ Ceramic & Self Portrait Making | SF
Thursday, February 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*Free with admission.
| Museum of Craft and Design
MAKE: Design15 Launch Party w/ Ceramic & Self Portrait Making | SF

On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects. MAKE: Design15 Launch Party January 17, 2019 | 6 pm – 9:30 pm Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd St, SF FREE ...Monthly

Friday, February 22

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

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, February 22 – 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, February 23

Tax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF
Saturday, February 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Tax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF

It’s still early in the tax season, but if you file early, not only will the IRS love you and send you flowers (not really), but you’ll get your refund early. The volunteers of Tax Aid will help you file your tax return, so long ...

Monday, February 25

Free Drop-In Tax Help | Oakland
Monday, February 25 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
Free Drop-In Tax Help | 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 Feb 6, 2019 – April 14, 2019. The Main Library is a drop-in site ...

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, February 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, February 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, February 26

SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Tuesday, February 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

Friday, March 1

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, March 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; ...Monthly

“Block Fest” Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF
Friday, March 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| CounterPULSE
"Block Fest" Tenderloin Arts Festival & Free Art Making | SF

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 ...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, March 1 – 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

First Friday “Winter Market” | SF
Friday, March 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Workshop (SF)
First Friday "Winter Market" | 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. For December, WorkshopSF are hosting a holiday vendor show with a ...Monthly

Saturday, March 2

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, March 2 – 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

Wednesday, March 6

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, March 8

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

San José Neighbor Nights: Free Activities Every Second Friday | 2018
Friday, March 8 – 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, March 9

Tax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF
Saturday, March 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Tax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF

It’s still early in the tax season, but if you file early, not only will the IRS love you and send you flowers (not really), but you’ll get your refund early. The volunteers of Tax Aid will help you file your tax return, so long ...

Eco SF School Farm Volunteer Work Day | SF
Saturday, March 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 ...Monthly

Free Beginner Parkour “Urban Ninja” Class
Saturday, March 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location
Free Beginner Parkour "Urban Ninja" Class

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 ...Monthly

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF
Saturday, March 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| Monument
"Sketchboard": Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | SF

Join in at the Monument (140 9th St), for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians. Everyone is welcome, we are a mix of seasoned artists, students, and first timers. Poses range from 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. There will be easels provided and ...Monthly

Sunday, March 10

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, March 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...Monthly