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Meet the Author(s)
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Peter Hardeman Burnett: California’s Forgotten First Governor

Join reporter, editor and Western historian Greg Nokes for a rousing discussion about the life and times of Peter Burnett, California state’s first governor.

Members & Public Free
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Activities
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 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.

Members Only; Free
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Activities
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

This House Supports a Ban on the Development of Autonomous AI-Controlled Weapons

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 & Public $5
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Activities
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 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 28, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Investment Information on the Web

Financial Literacy Series

Learn how to access investment research, analysis and buy/hold/sell recommendations for publicly traded companies.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Laying the Seeds for the GGIE

70 years before the Golden Gate International Exposition and its theme of Pacific Unity, San Francisco’s Mechanics' Institute began reaching out to the Pacific Rim with its Industrial Expositions that displayed and promoted the products of local entrepreneurs and inventors.

Members & Public Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

Gun Crazy (1950)

March 2019 -- Just Say No(ir)

A bored femme fatale leads her sharpshooting partner into a life of crime in this primeval, formative noir.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 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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No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 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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No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 6:30pm

National Poetry Month: Poets Zack Rogow, Irreverent Litanies and Jasmin Darznik, Song of a Captive Bird

Cosponsored by Poetry Flash

Poet Zack Rogow and novelist Jasmin Darznik read and discuss their works exploring both spiritual, intellectual and physical freedom and the role of the poet.

Members FREE
Public $15
Poetry Flash Readers FREE

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Pope's Daughter

by Dario Fo

Dario Fo champions Lucrezia's skill in administering a thriving city. Was she the femme fatale that rumors have suggested? Or was she the world's first modern woman?

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 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, April 04, 2019 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

GGIE 80th Anniversary Lectures

Join us for a full day of lectures explaining, honoring and enjoying the Golden Gate International Exposition!

Members & Public $5

Activities
Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

GGIE 80th Anniversary Evening Party

Join the Mechanics’ Institute and Treasure Island Museum for a snazzy cocktail party with music provided by Lovin’ Harmony Trio. Enjoy appetizers, wine, and craft liquor tastings while celebrating the 80th anniversary of San Francisco's last world's fair.

Members & Public $25

Classes
Friday, April 05, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Pitch a Publisher! Insider Secrets to Getting a Book Deal

From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of "comp titles," how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking.

Members $35
Public $45

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 05, 2019 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: American Madness

Silver Screenwriting

In the midst of the Great Depression, a populist banker must deal with a robbery, a run on deposits and his wife.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

19th Imre Konig Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 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 07, 2019 - 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, April 09, 2019 - 12:00pm

The WPA Model of San Francisco and the Long History of Little Cities

With Gray Brechin and Patrick Ellis

The Works Progress Administration employed 300 people to construct an enormous wooden relief model of San Francisco which offers a 3-D freeze-frame of what the city looked like just before Pearl Harbor.

Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Fabulous Clipjoint

by Frederic Brown

Ed Hunter does not want to end up like his father, a drunk Linotype operator, but when his father is murdered, the eighteen-year-old teams up with his carny uncle to dredge through Chicago's underworld to detect the killer.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 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.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 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, April 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

National Poetry Month: America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience

Cosponsored by Poetry Flash

Poets and readers including Dan Bellm, Susan Griffin, Ken Haas, Dawn McGuire, Dean Rader, Murray Silverstein and Susan Terris read from this provocative collection that inspires our highest values and aspirations.

Members FREE
Public $15
Poetry Flash Readers FREE

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: The Life of Emile Zola

Silver Screenwriting

This powerful biopic spotlights the French writer’s outspoken opposition to l’affaire Dreyfus.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

2019 April Scholastic Tournament

4 round swiss, USCF rated.

Members & Public $35

Classes
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Nailing the 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction – Talk and Q&A

With C. S. Lakin

This 2-hour slide talk and discussion will go deep into your concept with a kicker, protagonist with a goal, conflict with high stakes, and theme with a heart.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 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, April 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Workshop Your 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction

With C. S. Lakin

In this afternoon session, we'll dig deep into your four pillars, helping you brainstorm your ideas in small group critique sessions along with instructor feedback.

Members $69
Public $79

Classes
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 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 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Pope's Daughter

by Dario Fo

Dario Fo champions Lucrezia's skill in administering a thriving city. Was she the femme fatale that rumors have suggested? Or was she the world's first modern woman?

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 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, April 18, 2019 - 6:30pm

Rising Writers Series: The Boatbuilder Author Daniel Gumbiner in conversation with writer Kevin Smokler

Cosponsored by McSweeney’s

Daniel Gumbiner’s novel, long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, deals with a young man coping with addiction and finding a new path.

FREE to All

Activities
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Writers Lunch

The Truth of Historical Fiction

Join historical fiction author and speaker, Ona Russell, in exploring this timely and entertaining subject.

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: The Great McGinty

Silver Screenwriting

A crooked politician experiences an uncharacteristic flash of integrity in this caustic comedy of corruption. 

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 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 21, 2019 - 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, April 22, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir

A film screening and discussion with Michael M. Conti

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The film discusses the connection nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of John Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now. 

Members & Public $12

Activities
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir

A film screening and discussion with Michael M. Conti

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The film discusses the connection nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of John Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now. 

Members & Public $12

Activities
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 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, April 25, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tech and the City: Digital Equity in San Francisco: What is it? Why is it Important?

Moderated by Emy Tseng, BroadbandUSA, (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce

SF City Hall experts Alex Banh, Digital Equity Manager and Brian Roberts, Policy Advisor discuss digital equity, infrastructure and inclusion. 

MI Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit: The Whole Town’s Talking

Silver Screenwriting

Hijinks ensue when a meek clerk is mistaken for a vicious gangster.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

How to Write Stunning Sentences with Nina Schuyler

What sentences do you craft to capture anxiety? Thought? A reminiscent narrator? What kind of sentence creates a feeling of euphoria? Of exhaustion? By the end of this class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.

Members $60
Public $75

Classes
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 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 28, 2019 - 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, May 01, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Vagabond

by Colette

It has been three years since her divorce and Rene Néré is a struggling Parisian music-hall performer. When a new suitor enters her life, the thirty-three-year-old must reconcile love, loneliness, aging, and her independence.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 02, 2019 - 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 04, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

19th Charles Powell Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 04, 2019 - 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 05, 2019 - 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 05, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

13th Annual Steve Brandwein / Ray Schutt / Jay Whitehead Memorial Blitz

Come and pay tribute to old friends!

6 Double Round Swiss

Members & Public $10
Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, May 09, 2019 - 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.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Thursday, May 09, 2019 - 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, May 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

The Tenderloin District of San Francisco Through Time with Peter Field

Join historian Peter Field for a brief history of the Tenderloin district's beginnings.

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 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 12, 2019 - 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, May 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Raven Black

by Ann Cleaves

Ravens circle the strangled body of a teen on a cold Shetland morning. A simpleton is believed by locals to be the killer, but when detective Jimmy Perez from the mainland insists on a thorough investigation, everyone is under suspicion.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

Lincoln's son, Willie, is sick upstairs in the White House. Despite an optimistic prognosis, tragedy strikes. Lincoln begins a series of visits to the crypt to hold the body of his eleven-year-old son. 

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 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
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

2019 CalChess Senior State Championship

3-Day: G/90 +30, 2-Day: G/61 Rounds 1,2, G/90 +30 rounds 3-5. Participants must be 50 years or older when the program starts. 

Members & Public $50

Activities
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch

To Blog or Not

Join the MI writing community for a stimulating panel with three authors who will share the pros and cons of blogging. Please welcome novelist Ana Manwaring, Wordpress expert Linda Lee, and non-fiction writer John Lumea of the Emperors' Bridge Campaign.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Writing for Children - "It's a Bunny Eat Bunny World"

Join Penny Warner for an exciting class on children's writing!

Members $59
Public $70

Classes
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 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 19, 2019 - 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, May 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

Independent Publishers Working Group

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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No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

A Is for Anthology: The Creators of Fault Lines Talk About Writing and Publishing Short Stories

The Sisters in Crime NorCal chapter is proud to announce its first anthology in its 25-year history. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how the book was created. 

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 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, May 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 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 26, 2019 - 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 30, 2019 - 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, May 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Productivity Hacks for Authors

Better than Caffeine: Healthy Habits for High Energy Writing

Join the Women's National Book Association (SF Chapter) and learn how to manage your energy for maximum productivity with tools and tricks from author/yoga teachers and holistic lifestyle experts.

Members & Public Free

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 01, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

56th Arthur Stamer Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Saturday, June 01, 2019 - 10:30am

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

Will you be looking for a new job in the new year? Join a group of career changers in an immersive resume makeover clinic with fellow job seekers. We will focus on creative techniques that can power you ahead as you transition to a new job function or industry. In your future job search you will be competing with applicants who have been there, done that, and have won awards doing it. Your successful career transition will require you to do more, and do things differently.

Members & Public Free

Classes
Saturday, June 01, 2019 - 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, June 02, 2019 - 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, June 05, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

Lincoln's son, Willie, is sick upstairs in the White House. Despite an optimistic prognosis, tragedy strikes. Lincoln begins a series of visits to the crypt to hold the body of his eleven-year-old son. 

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 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, June 08, 2019 - 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, June 09, 2019 - 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, June 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Neon Rain

by James Lee Burke

A young sex worker's body lay in the bayou. Detective Dave Robicheaux has a sharp-eye on Big Easy criminals, but his battles with alcohol and post-traumatic stress challenge his good nature in solving this whodunit.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 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.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 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, June 15, 2019 - 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, June 16, 2019 - 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, June 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Waiting Years

by Fumiko Enchi

The Waiting Years is Fumiko Enchi's story of an ill-fated upper-class family during Japan's Meiji period.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 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, June 22, 2019 - 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.

Activities
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Create a Professional Literary Resume

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion?

Members $29
Public $39

Classes
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 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, June 27, 2019 - 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, June 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 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, June 30, 2019 - 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 04, 2019 - 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, July 06, 2019 - 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 07, 2019 - 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 11, 2019 - 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 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Masters of Escape: True Tales from Paul Drexler's San Francisco Notorious: True Tales of Crime, Passion, and Murder

with Paul Drexler

Masters of escape are the rock stars of criminals; the smartest, most creative and daring convicts...

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 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 14, 2019 - 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 18, 2019 - 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, July 20, 2019 - 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 21, 2019 - 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 25, 2019 - 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 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

19th Charles Bagby Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

How to Apply for Creative Writing Grants

This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for--or wish to learn about--writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. 

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 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 28, 2019 - 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 01, 2019 - 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, August 03, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

19th Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 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 04, 2019 - 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 08, 2019 - 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 10, 2019 - 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 11, 2019 - 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 15, 2019 - 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, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

14th Bernardo Smith Memorial Under 2200

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 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, August 17, 2019 - 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, August 17, 2019 - 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, August 18, 2019 - 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 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

Independent Publishers Working Group

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 22, 2019 - 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 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 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 25, 2019 - 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 29, 2019 - 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 31, 2019 - 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 01, 2019 - 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 05, 2019 - 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, September 07, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

19th Howard Donnelly Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 07, 2019 - 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 08, 2019 - 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 12, 2019 - 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 14, 2019 - 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 15, 2019 - 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 19, 2019 - 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 21, 2019 - 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 22, 2019 - 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.