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Classes
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Funding for Creative Writers

This workshop will appeal to writers who are considering applications for — or wish to learn about — writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies.  

MI Members $85
Public $100

Classes
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 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, January 21, 2018 - 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, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

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.

MI Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

SFDebate: An open forum for discussing the issues of the day

Topic: This House Supports Banning Abortions after 20 Weeks Except for Exceptional Cases

Learn the ancient art of rhetoric and verbally explore the issues that are shaping our world with SFDebate, a privately organized, bi-monthly event open to the Mechanics' Institute community.

Members Free
Public $5
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 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, January 25, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Mergent Intellect

Financial Literacy Series

Looking for timely business information? Developing a list of key contacts for sales or as a potential employer? Researching competitive intelligence or exploring industry developments? Through sample searches, class attendees will discover the breadth of information that can be retrieved using Hoover's Mergent Intellect – a powerful upgrade from Hoover's basic database offering.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Grow Your Family Tree: Ancestry Library Edition

Library Databases

The Ancestry database 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. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop, iPad, or similar WiFi-enabled device.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

California Fights Back: The Golden State in the Age of Trump (Heyday)

Author Peter Schrag in conversation with Carla Marinucci, Senior Writer, POLITICO California Playbook

Journalist Peter Schrag argues that California’s role in the era of Trump is to act as a leader in the resistance to the current administration, and to be held up as an alternative to the course pursued in Washington.

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

Classes
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 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, January 28, 2018 - 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, January 30, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

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. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

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

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 6:30pm

The California Field Atlas (Heyday)

With author Obi Kaufmann

This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings.

Member of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friend of Heyday Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 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, February 02, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ghost World (2001)

February 2018 - Sisters in Arms

This poignant comedy of friendship, alienation and empathy centers on a pair of cynical outcasts fresh out of high school.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Henry Gross Memorial Tournament

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 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, February 04, 2018 - 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
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Emperor Norton's 200th Birthday Bash

Tonight we’re going to party like its 1859! Join us for cake and a glass of bubbly to celebrate the 200th birthday of Joshua Abraham Norton, the San Francisco businessman who one day in 1859 proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States and (in 1862) Protector of Mexico.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

The Tin Drum

By Günter Grass

On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.

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

Classes
Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

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

Activities
Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 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, February 09, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thelma and Louise (1991)

February 2018 - Sisters in Arms

Best friends ditch their responsibilities for a short trip—and discover that escape is an illusion.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 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, February 11, 2018 - 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, February 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Murder in Thrall

By Ann Cleeland

Can London's most elusive killer elude the keen minds of Scotland Yard's most unlikely pair of detectives?

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

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Discussion Group

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. The group will view a TED Talk together and an informal discussion will follow the viewing.

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

Activities
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 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, February 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Investment Info on the Web

Financial Literacy Series

Attendees will learn how to access free and authoritative investment information focused on publicly traded companies, covering stocks, mutual funds, and industry surveys.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Ransoming Pagan Babies: The Selected Writings of Warren Hinckle (Heyday)

A Panel Discussion

Heyday publisher Steve Wasserman moderates a panel with William R. Hearst III, Publisher, The Journal of Alta California, journalist Robert Scheer, writer and editor Deirdre English, and others.

Member of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friend of Heyday Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers’ Lunch Researching, Writing, Publishing and Promoting Non-Fiction Stories

with Monika Trobits
Members Free
Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Clueless (1995)

February 2018 - Sisters in Arms

This sharp, funny take on ‘90s Beverly Hills high school students is based on Jane Austen’s Emma.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Here’s to Your Career Change! Resume Makeover Clinic for Career Transitioning

Members & Public Free

Classes
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 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, February 18, 2018 - 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.

Classes
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Fundamentals of Microsoft Excel

Digital Literacy Series

This class will share some of the basic ways to organize and format data in the almighty Excel spreadsheet. We'll be learning how to create and edit a worksheet, to use formulas within a cell, and to format and design your spreadsheet for your information needs.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. 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.

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

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Misfts, Merchants & Mayhem

Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849–1934 with Lee Bruno

Join us and MI member author Lee Bruno for an exploration of nearly a century of waterfront history, ranging from the Gold Rush to the Jazz Age.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

The Tin Drum

By Günter Grass

On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.

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

Activities
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 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, February 22, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Value Line Resource Center

Financial Literacy Series

ValueLine is one of the most widely-used independent investment information publications. The online version contains information on more than 7,500 publicly traded companies, along with Mutual Fund Survey, Daily Options Survey, and a Special Situations service.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press)

An Evening of Readings and Panel Discussion

Editors Dean Rader and Alexandra Teague are joined by acclaimed Bay Area poets and contributors Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Pastor Michael McBride, National Director of Urban Strategies/ Live Free Campaign and community leaders and advocates.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Hilary and Jackie (1998)

February 2018 - Sisters in Arms

The sisterly rivalry between a cellist and a flautist intensifies as they rise in the classical music world.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 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, February 25, 2018 - 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, February 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

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. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

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

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

How a Mountain was Made: Stories (Heyday)

With author Greg Sarris

Award winning writer Greg Sarris celebrates Native American roots and ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain with sixteen interconnected original stories.

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

Activities
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 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.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

18th A.J. Fink Amateur Championship

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 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, March 04, 2018 - 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
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 6:30pm

What the Hell is a 21st Century Library?

With California State Librarian Greg Lucas

Please join California State Librarian Greg Lucas for a thought-provoking presentation followed by Q&A with attendees.

Members & Public Free with a book donation

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

A High Wind in Jamaica

By Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes's celebrated short novel is a masterpiece of concentrated narrative.

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

Classes
Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

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

Activities
Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 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, March 08, 2018 - 6:30pm

Poison: A Novel (Atria Books)

Author John Lescroart in conversation with Mechanics’ Institute Executive Director Ralph Lewin

In this riveting new book by “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart, attorney Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family. 

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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, March 10, 2018 - 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, March 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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

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

Learn the basics of using a WordPress built website.

Members $119
Public $139

Classes
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 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, March 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

D is for Deadbeat

By Sue Grafton

When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news.

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

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Discussion Group

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. The group will view a TED Talk together and an informal discussion will follow the viewing.

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

Activities
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 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, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Financial Literacy Series

Obtain extensive company news and business/competitor intelligence, plus comprehensive financial overviews and performance ratings in this resource whose coverage is international in scope. We will explore how to access relevant articles published in scholarly journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and newspapers on specific companies, industries, or business topics.

Members Only; Free

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Max Wilkerson Memorial

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 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, March 18, 2018 - 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.

Classes
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. 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.

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

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.

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

Activities
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 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, March 22, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Information Sources on Private Companies

Financial Literacy Series

This tutorial demonstrates resources, both web-based and print, that provide relevant information on private firms.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am

2018 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

This championship will let aspiring young chess players compete for prizes, trophies, and the respect of their peers!

Free

Classes
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 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, March 25, 2018 - 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, March 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

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. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

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

Activities
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 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, March 31, 2018 - 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, April 01, 2018 - 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 - World Literature
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.

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

Activities
Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 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.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Imre Konig Memorial

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 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, April 08, 2018 - 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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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, April 09, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

A Legacy of Spies

By John le Carré

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. 

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Activities
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 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, April 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Character of Plot

with David Corbett

Forget arbitrary plot points and formulaic three-act structure. In this day-long workshop, award-winning writer and teacher David Corbett will guide students in the craft of building compelling plots by focusing on creating and developing strong, complex characters with profound, mutually incompatible needs and desires, and letting those competing longings drive the action.

Members $189
Public $219

Classes
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 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, April 15, 2018 - 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 - World Literature
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Activities
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 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, April 21, 2018 - 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, April 22, 2018 - 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, April 26, 2018 - 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, April 28, 2018 - 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, April 29, 2018 - 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, May 03, 2018 - 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.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Charles Powell Memorial

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 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, May 06, 2018 - 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.

Chess Tournaments
Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

12th Annual Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz

Come and pay tribute to an old friend! There will be a chance to reminiscence about Ray over light refreshments both before and after the event.

6 Double Round Swiss

Members & Public $10
Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs
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Activities
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 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, May 12, 2018 - 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, May 13, 2018 - 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, May 17, 2018 - 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, May 19, 2018 - 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, May 20, 2018 - 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.