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Activities
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 5:30pm
Author Peter G. Platt in conversation with Philippa Kelly, Dramaturg, California Shakespeare Theater, cosponsored by California Shakespeare Theater
Members of Mechanics' Institute and California Shakespeare Theater Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sampling-montaigne-from-hamlet-to-the-tempest-on-zoom-tickets-141213355949
Activities, Club Events
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Nina Amir
Support This Program
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-craft-a-book-that-sells-tickets-145538346111
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 6:00pm
April 2021 CinemaLit: Wonderful William Wyler
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-discussion-of-wuthering-heights-1939-106-minutes-registration-143882062121
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities, Club Events
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:00pm
a reading and celebration of National Poetry Month
Support This Program
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/no-poetry-no-peace-a-celebration-of-national-poetry-month-tickets-142611108665
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards
Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-mechanics-institute-tickets-151115814469
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
by L. P. Hartley
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 5:30pm
Author Jasmin Darznik in conversation with Journalist Elaine Elinson, on Zoom
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10, Membership Library Friends Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bohemians-on-zoom-tickets-141208960803
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00pm
April 2021 CinemaLit: Wonderful William Wyler
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-discussion-of-the-little-foxes-1941-117-minutes-registration-144102371071
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, May 01, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities
Thursday, May 06, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, May 06, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, May 07, 2021 - 6:00pm
May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-of-the-seventh-seal-1957-98-minutes-registration-148678606715
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, May 08, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
by L. P. Hartley
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:00pm
author Janet Skeslien Charles in conversation with MI Events Director Laura Sheppard, Cosponsored by the American Library in Paris
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10, Membership Library Friends Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-paris-library-on-zoom-tickets-146512915073
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 12:00pm
wih Dr. Nancy J. Taniguchi
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-matter-james-king-of-william-and-san-franciscos-1856-vigilantes-tickets-140920369619
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-of-whale-rider-2002-102-minutes-registration-148679802291
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:00pm
with Nick Wright
Support This Program
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stepping-into-the-past-early-san-francisco-panoramas-with-nick-wright-tickets-141498021391
Activities
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities, Club Events
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 12:00pm
with David Colin Carr and Matthew Félix
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-lunch-ask-the-experts-with-david-colin-carr-and-matthew-felix-tickets-150629365487
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 6:00pm
May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-of-leona-2019-97-minutes-registration-148680285737
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities, Club Events
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 5:30pm
Members Free
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
by V. S. Naipaul
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:30pm
With authors Damon B. Akins and William J. Bauer, Cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature
Members of Mechanics' Institute and CICAN Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-are-the-land-a-history-of-native-california-on-zoom-tickets-149065489893
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, May 28, 2021 - 6:00pm
May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-of-legend-of-the-mountain-1979-193-minutes-registration-148680927657
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 4:00pm
Check out the Chess Department offerings
Members may join free or for a registration fee., Most are open for public for a registration fee.
Activities
Thursday, June 03, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Friday, June 04, 2021 - 12:00pm
with author Corey Rosen and Steve Rosen
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-story-well-told-with-author-corey-rosen-and-steve-rosen-tickets-149041534241
CinemaLit Films, Club Events
Friday, June 04, 2021 - 6:00pm
A CinemaLit Author Event, cosponsored by Heyday Books
Members Free, Public Sliding Scale Free to $10, Heyday Books Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dream-state-california-in-the-movies-a-cinemalit-salon-author-event-tickets-151140580545
Classes, Club Events
Monday, June 07, 2021 - 3:00pm
Learn about your ancestors!
Members Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/familysearch-research-wiki-learn-about-your-acestors-tickets-148279956341
Book Group Meetings, Club Events, World Literature
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 - 7:00pm
by James Baldwin
Members Free
Activities
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities, Club Events
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Polly Campbell
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-recharge-with-polly-campbell-tickets-147007089161
Activities
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 5:30pm
with author Annalee Newitz, cosponsored by Goethe-Institut and Gray Area
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-lost-cities-on-zoom-tickets-149790376047
Activities
Thursday, July 01, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Activities
Thursday, July 08, 2021 - 11:00am
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-now-a-virtual-drop-in-writing-session-registration-105019686710
Classes, Club Events
Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Sheryl Bize-Boutte and Joan Gelfand
MI Members $15, Public $25
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-storyboard-to-narrative-tickets-141485044577
Activities, Club Events
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 12:00pm
with Scott Newstok
Support This Event
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-think-like-shakespeare-lessons-from-a-renaissance-education-tickets-147661901723
Activities
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Classes
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Events for Kids

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Classes - Clubs - Camps - Tournaments

If you wish to get updates on our online offerings, including classes, camps, and tournaments,
please fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/ZDhJB9cQHZkEo4h86

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 5:30pm

Shakespeare's Essays: Sampling Montaigne from Hamlet to The Tempest, on Zoom

Author Peter G. Platt in conversation with Philippa Kelly, Dramaturg, California Shakespeare Theater, cosponsored by California Shakespeare Theater

Author Peter G. Platt argues that the Essais of Montaigne were a crucial factor in the composition of later Shakepearean drama. Cosponsored by California Shakespeare Theater

Members of Mechanics' Institute and California Shakespeare Theater Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Activities
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

How to Craft a Book that Sells

with Nina Amir

The average book today sells only about 250 copies per year and 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book before you write a word. As you do, you develop an Author Attitude, craft a marketable book idea, and evaluate your idea and yourself through an acquisitions editor’s lens. Learn how to determine if your book is not only a great creative idea but also marketable product—a viable business venture.

Support This Program

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Wuthering Heights (1939) – 106 minutes

April 2021 CinemaLit: Wonderful William Wyler

Wyler beautifully adapts Emily Brontë's novel of the doomed passion between Heathcliff, the young stable-hand, and the free-spirited Cathy.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes & Tournaments for Adults

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Online ClassesEvents & Tournaments, and Services

Monday 4-5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30-8:PM: Game Review Class with FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5-6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30-8PM: The Art of Defense with FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM-12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Activities
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

No Poetry No Peace

a reading and celebration of National Poetry Month

"Poetry provides pathways for creative and cathartic human expression and peace." Join us in celebration of National Poetry Month for a reading of poems from No Poetry No Peace, a collection written by Sheryl Bize-Boutte and her daughter Dr. Angela Boutte; and a selection of local poets.

Support This Program

Activities
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

Knit Happens Online

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics' Institute? Knit happens, but we'd love to see your crochet too! Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff over Zoom. Knit Happens bimonthly: every second and last Tuesday. All skill levels welcome — join us!

Members Free

Activities
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Virtual Tour of the Mechanics' Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Go-Between

by L. P. Hartley

Discuss The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley with fellow members. This is the first of two meetings covering The Go-Between.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Classes
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Events for Kids

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Classes - Clubs - Camps - Tournaments

If you wish to get updates on our online offerings, including classes, camps, and tournaments,
please fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/ZDhJB9cQHZkEo4h86

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 5:30pm

The Bohemians: a Novel

Author Jasmin Darznik in conversation with Journalist Elaine Elinson, on Zoom

Author Jasmin Darznik discusses her new novel about iconic photographer Dorothea Lange with journalist Elaine Elinson, on Zoom.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
Membership Library Friends Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - The Little Foxes (1941) – 117 minutes

April 2021 CinemaLit: Wonderful William Wyler

Wyler's chilling adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play about a ruthlessly mendacious southern family.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, May 01, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes & Tournaments for Adults

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Online ClassesEvents & Tournaments, and Services

Monday 4-5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30-8:PM: Game Review Class with FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5-6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30-8PM: The Art of Defense with FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM-12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Activities
Thursday, May 06, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Classes
Thursday, May 06, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Events for Kids

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Classes - Clubs - Camps - Tournaments

If you wish to get updates on our online offerings, including classes, camps, and tournaments,
please fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/ZDhJB9cQHZkEo4h86

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 07, 2021 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - The Seventh Seal (1957) – 98 minutes

May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film

A weary knight, slogging home from the Crusades, encounters death and challenges him to a game of chess.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, May 08, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes & Tournaments for Adults

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Online ClassesEvents & Tournaments, and Services

Monday 4-5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30-8:PM: Game Review Class with FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5-6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30-8PM: The Art of Defense with FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM-12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Go-Between

by L. P. Hartley

Discuss The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley with fellow members. This is the second of two meetings covering The Go-Between.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:00pm

The Paris Library, on Zoom

author Janet Skeslien Charles in conversation with MI Events Director Laura Sheppard, Cosponsored by the American Library in Paris

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together.

 


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Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10
Membership Library Friends Free

Classes
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Events for Kids

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Classes - Clubs - Camps - Tournaments

If you wish to get updates on our online offerings, including classes, camps, and tournaments,
please fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/ZDhJB9cQHZkEo4h86

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Words Matter: James King of William and San Francisco’s 1856 Vigilantes

wih Dr. Nancy J. Taniguchi

Award-winning historian Nancy J. Taniguchi, the author of Dirty Deeds: Land, Violence, and the 1856 San Francisco Vigilance Committee, will discuss the life and tragic death of outspoken journalist James King of William and how he, a group of wealthy merchants, and a couple of committed historians shaped San Francisco’s history!

Members & Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Whale Rider (2002) – 102 minutes

May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film

A young Maori girl believes she is destined to be the next chief of her tribe.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes & Tournaments for Adults

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Online ClassesEvents & Tournaments, and Services

Monday 4-5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30-8:PM: Game Review Class with FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5-6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30-8PM: The Art of Defense with FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM-12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Activities
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Stepping into the Past: Early San Francisco Panoramas

with Nick Wright

Please join Nick Wright on a journey back in time to experience ultra-high-resolution views of Gold Rush San Francisco.

Support This Program

Activities
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Classes
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Events for Kids

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Classes - Clubs - Camps - Tournaments

If you wish to get updates on our online offerings, including classes, camps, and tournaments,
please fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/ZDhJB9cQHZkEo4h86

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Activities
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Writers Lunch: Ask the Experts

with David Colin Carr and Matthew Félix

The Writers Lunch is a casual chat with our writers community on the 3rd Friday of each month. Join us, share, and learn! This month we have an editor and a marketing strategist ready to tackle your questions.

Members & Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Leona (2019) – 95 minutes

May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film

Leona, an insulated young Syrian Jewish woman in Mexico City, faces family disapproval when she dates a non-Jewish man.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes & Tournaments for Adults

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Online ClassesEvents & Tournaments, and Services

Monday 4-5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30-8:PM: Game Review Class with FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5-6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30-8PM: The Art of Defense with FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM-12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Activities
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

Knit Happens Online

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics' Institute? Knit happens, but we'd love to see your crochet too! Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff over Zoom. Knit Happens bimonthly: every second and last Tuesday. All skill levels welcome — join us!

Members Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

A Bend in the River

by V. S. Naipaul

Discuss A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Classes
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Events for Kids

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Classes - Clubs - Camps - Tournaments

If you wish to get updates on our online offerings, including classes, camps, and tournaments,
please fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/ZDhJB9cQHZkEo4h86

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:30pm

We Are the Land: A History of Native California, on Zoom

With authors Damon B. Akins and William J. Bauer, Cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

A history of California centered around the lives and legacies of the Indigenous people who shaped it. Cosponsored by California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

Members of Mechanics' Institute and CICAN Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 28, 2021 - 6:00pm

Zoom Salon - Legend of the Mountain (1979) – 193 minutes

May 2021 CinemaLit: Visions of the Sacred on Film

In eleventh century China, a monk gives a humble copyist the lofty assignment of copying a Buddhist sutra that will liberate trapped souls.

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10

Classes
Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Various Chess Classes & Tournaments for Adults

Check out the Chess Department offerings

Online ClassesEvents & Tournaments, and Services

Monday 4-5:30PM: Chess Cafe
Monday 6:30-8:PM: Game Review Class with FM Paul Whitehead
Wednesday 5-6PM: Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
Wednesday 6:30-8PM: The Art of Defense with FM Paul Whitehead
Sunday 10AM-12PM: Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams

Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

Activities
Thursday, June 03, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, June 04, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Your Story Well Told

with author Corey Rosen and Steve Rosen

Join author Corey Rosen and his brother Steve Rosen for a rousing presentation of Your Story Well Told. The book will teach you the art of telling stories - how to make the sale, land the client, propose a toast, or impress a date. Corey Rosen is an Emmy-award winning writer and actor with years of experience as a skilled storytelling coach. Steve Rosen is a screenwriter and has also worked extensively as a performer on stage and screen.

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, June 04, 2021 - 6:00pm

Dream State: California in the Movies, with author Mick LaSalle, a Zoom salon

A CinemaLit Author Event, cosponsored by Heyday Books

Dream State is a freewheeling journey through several dozen big-screen visions of the Golden State. Author Mick LaSalle will be in conversation about his new book with CinemaLit Curator Matthew Kennedy, followed by a disussion of A Star is Born. Cosponsored by Heyday Books

Members Free
Public Sliding Scale Free to $10
Heyday Books Free

Classes
Monday, June 07, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

FamilySearch Research Wiki

Learn about your ancestors!

Join Library Director, Deb Hunt, for a tour of the FamilySearch Research Wiki --- a free, online genealogical guide.

Members Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin

Discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin with fellow members.

Members Free

Activities
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Activities
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writing Recharge

with Polly Campbell

What happens when we get stuck? When we have no original ideas and everything we write –if we are writing at all—is awful and boring? How do we keep going during those long days when family issues, financial stresses, fatigue, and career concerns, and other tough distractions peck away at our focus and time? You change your focus—process over outcome-- adapt a growth mindset, and seek out the small wins.
 

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Activities
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Activities
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 5:30pm

Tech and the City: Four Lost Cities - A Secret History of the Urban Age, on Zoom

with author Annalee Newitz, cosponsored by Goethe-Institut and Gray Area

Annalee Newitz debunks the myth that “lost cities” were miraculously “discovered” by modern archeologists. Cosponsored by Goethe-Institut and Gray Area

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public Sliding Scale $5 to $10

Activities
Thursday, July 01, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Activities
Thursday, July 08, 2021 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!

A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group
Members of MI - Free

Classes
Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

From Storyboard to Narrative

with Sheryl Bize-Boutte and Joan Gelfand

In this workshop, authors Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte  and Joan Gelfand will guide you from storyboard creation to story narrative.

 

MI Members $15
Public $25

Activities
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education

with Scott Newstok

A lively and engaging guide to vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully

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