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Classes
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using Ancestry

Web Exploration Series

The Mechanics' Institute subscribes to the Ancestry database for libraries, which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. This class will provide tips on searching, how to download records, and plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

Classes
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Internet Archive and Its Wayback Machine

Web Exploration Series

The Internet Archive provides access to millions of open source files. Come learn how to find and download free ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, artwork, software, and even video games. We’ll also be learning how to use their Wayback Machine to digitally transport back to the internet of yesteryear.

Members Only; Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Noise of Time

by Julian Barnes

In 1936, Shostakovich, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, executed on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, various women and wives, his children—and all who are still alive themselves hang in the balance of his fate.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

ValueLine Resource Center

Attendees will explore the proprietary content of digital stock reports displayed on ValueLine's dynamic platform.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

Transforming SF: The Future of The City

Moderated by Jennifer Jones, Executive Director, AIA SF

San Francisco's top architects talk about what's on the horizon including the development of Treasure Island and the latest in sustainable buildings and mixed use housing.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
AIA SF Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Saturday, July 01, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 6:30pm

Gold Rush Tales: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck (Heyday)

With author Gary Noy

This volume explores the human stories of the California Gold Rush.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Friends of Heyday Free
Public $15

Classes
Saturday, July 08, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 09, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Mr. Campion's Fox

by Mike Ripley

Ripley's reboot of Margery Allingham's Mr. Campion will be discussed during this meeting. In typical Allingham fashion, the Danish Ambassador has requested Albert Campion’s help on ‘a delicate family matter’ and Mr. Campion notes some decidedly odd behaviour on the part of the up-and-coming photographer before finding a body in the lagoon...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

by GB Edwards

Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. This is the first of two meetings discussing this book.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Every Second Thursday of the Month

Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or similar tech- and internet-related issue.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Marie Antoinette (1938)

July 2017: Summer of Love and Death

The lavish MGM costume drama traces the turbulent life of the teenage Austrian princess and wife of Louis XVI.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Every Third Wednesday of the Month

Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Writers' Lunch: Writing True Crime with Crime Journalist Paul Drexler

Writing True Crime with Crime Journalist Paul Drexler
Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Love and Death (1975)

July 2017: Summer of Love and Death

Set in czarist Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, this anarchic comedy salutes and spoofs Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (and Eisenstein)

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the 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.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

A Celebration of Bay Area Literary Magazines

Moderated by Kevin Smokler

Join our Bay Area’s literati for a lively conversation on the mission and vision of three long lived literary journals and the state of the arts in San Francisco.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Friends of Threepenny Review Free
Friends of Zoetrope Free
Friends of ZYZZYVA Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

by GB Edwards

Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. This is the second of two meetings discussing this book.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Across the Universe (2007)

July 2017: Summer of Love and Death

35 Beatles songs provide the soundscape for the trippy ‘60s love affair between an upper-class American girl and a broke Liverpudlian artist

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The Author Website: Building a Site That Works

Presented by Linda Lee, web designer and founder of WordPress Bootcamp

Learn the basics and how to improve what you already have—featuring WordPress.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

WordPress Bootcamp: Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It

Presented by Linda Lee, web designer and founder of WordPress Bootcamp

Each attendee will be given a WordPress test site, set up with plugins and ready to use, so the class will be able to learn at the same pace. You will have access to your WordPress test site for 90 days after class to continue to practice or refresh what you will learn.

Members $119
Public $139

Classes
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics' Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute & San Francisco Writers' Conference: A Swell Party and Celebration

At this festivity, meet other writers, talk with conference directors including literary titan Michael Larsen, and network with instructors, literary luminaries and people in the business of writing and publishing while enjoying tasty treats and libations.

 

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 6:30pm

Mission (Heyday)

With photographer Dick Evans

A celebration in photos, poetry and prose about this colorful and historic SF neighborhood.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Friends of Heyday Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, August 04, 2017 - 6:00pm

Medium Cool (1969)

July 2017: Summer of Love and Death

This landmark film blends fiction and reality in its story of a TV reporter confronting his conscience during the Days of Rage in Chicago in 1968

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Writers’ Lunch: The Right Writers' Group for You

Three writers share their experiences forming successful writers' groups.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics' Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 6:00pm

"Beneath Yon Moonlit Dome" -- The 160th Anniversary of the Mechanics' Institute's First Industrial Fair

Come celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Mechanics' Institute's first fair with this illustrated lecture by Institute Librarian Taryn Edwards and presentations by some of San Francisco's heritage companies that exhibited at the fairs.

Members & Public Free

Classes
Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Circling the Square: A Walking Tour of The Union Square Area

Join veteran tour leader Monika Trobits for an exploration of the heart of the Union Square area, its development and its transformation over the last century and a half.

Members $35
Public $40

Classes
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Secrets of The Perfect Pitch and the Quintessential Query

Laurie McLean will unveil the secrets of the perfect pitch and the quintessential query in an information-rich 2-hour class.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Workshopping Your Perfect Pitch and the Quintessential Query

This is a hands-on workshop for your specific pitch and query.

Members $99
Public $119

Classes
Sunday, October 01, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

Join our informal monthly club for Mechanics' Institute members of all ages who want to improve their living environment.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:00pm

Memoir Writing with master memoirist Adair Lara

$240 MI Members, $280 Public
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
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Classes
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Activities
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
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Activities
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Classes
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Activities
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.