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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe?

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Andrew Connolly talks about the large amounts of data being collected about our universe. Discussion to follow.

Members Only - Free
No registration required
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Activities
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Annual Book Sale

Holiday shoppers—come and select the perfect gifts for friends, family, colleagues or significant others!

Members and Public Free
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Classes
Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Value Line Investment Survey: New Platform, New Content

Value Line’s redesigned platform is a dynamic, digitally-based product with many new features and new content to assist in making investment decisions. Learn how the new design makes greater usage of lists for site navigation, and indicates more clearly the factors that users are most interested in.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bi-Annual Members’ Meeting

Join us for our bi-annual Members’ Meeting! Meet our new Executive Director Ralph Lewin and celebrate the Institute’s 160th year with a special lecture on MI’s founding and first five years by Librarian Taryn Edwards.

Members and Their Guests - Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, December 05, 2014 - 6:00pm

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

Anjelica Huston: “Watch Me !”

Huston plays the villainous stepmother in a wittily feminist take on the fairy tale, set in 16th-century France.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, December 08, 2014 - 12:00pm

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

by Sara Gran

When Claire DeWitt's ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas.

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Classes
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Email Drop-In Help

Come to one of our drop-in sessions for one-on-one help with all of your email-related questions. We can answer questions about most email providers, including Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.

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Classes
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Email Drop-In Help

Come to one of our drop-in sessions for one-on-one help with all of your email-related questions. We can answer questions about most email providers, including Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.

Members Only - Free
No registration required
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Classes
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Excel Basics

Whether you are seeking to learn spreadsheet skills or trying to upgrade to a new version of Excel, this class will provide you with the basic tools to start using Excel immediately.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Annual Holiday Gathering

Join members and friends for some holiday cheer and lively conversation while relaxing to musical interludes. Enjoy gourmet cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, and tempting libations! 

Members and Their Guests - $10

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:00pm

Potpourri of Favorites

Our annual Potpourri of Favorites meeting is our members’ chance to share their favorite fiction titles from the previous year. Bring one or two of your favorite fiction books and be prepared to give a short synopsis of what makes the book a favorite of yours!

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Book Group Meetings - Literature in Brief - Short Stories
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 5:30pm

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Díaz

A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.

Members Only - Free

Classes
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Hoovers: Search the World’s Largest Business Directory

Looking for timely business information, developing a list of key contacts for sales or as a potential employer, researching competitive intelligence, or grasping industry developments? Discover the resourcefulness of Hoovers in handling these topics.

Members Only - Free

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Emporium Department Store

An evening with author Anne Evers Hitz

Anne Evers Hitz discusses her book Emporium Department Store.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Writers’ Mixer

Are you interested in joining a writers' group or connecting with other Mechanics' Institute writers? Come to this networking hour and learn about the writers' groups that are currently looking for new members and meet other writers that are interested in forming a group.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Panorama: Tales From San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition

An evening with author Lee Bruno

Join us and Mechanics' Institute member author Lee Bruno in our first PPIE Centennial event. Mr. Bruno will present his new book Panorama, a collection of essays on the Exposition's key players, celebrities, and guests

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, The Code of Beauty

An evening with author Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra, author of the international bestseller Sacred Games, offers his distinctive view of aesthetics and high tech in this nonfiction debut about the surprising overlap between writing and computer coding.

Members Free
Public $15