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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Activities
Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The 54th Arthur Stamer Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Ted Weinstein—Book Proposal Boot Camp

Learn how to write the most powerful, effective proposal for your nonfiction book.

Members & Public $105

Activities
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
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No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Mighty Franks

Author Michael Frank in conversation with Wendy Lesser, founder and editor of The Threepenny Review

Former Los Angeles Times Book Critic Michael Frank portrays his real life family -- the dramas, dynamics and big personalities -- set against the back drop of his hometown Hollywood.

Members Free
Friends of Michael Frank/Threepenny Review Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Every Second Thursday of the Month

Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or have other internet-related questions.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Crooks Tour - The Barbary Coast with Paul Drexler

Experience the infamous Barbary Coast and learn why it was called "The wickedest place in the west."

Members $17
Public $17

Activities
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Writers Studio Reading, Book Launch, and Mixer

The Writers Studio turns 30 this year and the San Francisco branch turns ten! Join them for an afternoon of reading, networking, and refreshments.

Members & Writers Studio Students Only; Free

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

The Tiger in the Smoke

by Margery Allingham

Meg Elginbrodde's wedding plans with millionaire Geoffrey Levett stop dead when she begins receiving snapshots of a man who could be her husband - if he hadn't been killed at war five years before...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. An informal discussion will follow the viewing.

Members Only; Free
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Activities
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

Think & Drink: The Future of Cannabis

Moderated by Walter Thompson, Hoodline with Amanda Conley, Brand and Branch LLP; former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan; and Andrea Unsworth, StashTwist

How will communities and individuals manage the economic and social impacts of the new Green Rush? We'll talk to cannabis activists and entrepreneurs to get their take on some of the issues facing the nascent industry.

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Richard II

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Richard II presents a momentous struggle between Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Richard is the legitimate king; he succeeded his grandfather, King Edward III, after the earlier death of his father Edward, the Black Prince. Yet Richard is also seen by many as a tyrant...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Group Activity

Bring a knitting or crochet project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch: Travel Journalism with Jules and Effin Older

Jules and Effin will show and tell and answer burning questions about the only profession that's as romantic as it sounds — travel journalism.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Annual Bloomsday Celebration

Dinner, Concert, and Community Readings

Eat, Read, Drink, and Walk on the Wild Side of Dublin!

Members & Public $20

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am

The 17th William Addison Memorial

6 Round Swiss - One Day G/30,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Encrypting Your Digital Life

Web Exploration Series

Learn tips for making sure the information you want to keep private, stays private. We’ll talk about passwords, hard drive encryption, texting versus email, and avoiding trackers as you browse the web.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

Activities
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Every Third Wednesday of the Month

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

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Mergent Intellect

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

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using Ancestry

Web Exploration Series

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

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

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

The Internet Archive and Its Wayback Machine

Web Exploration Series

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

Members Only; Free

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

The Noise of Time

by Julian Barnes

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

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

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

ValueLine Resource Center

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

Members Only - Free

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

Transforming SF: The Future of The City

Moderated by Jennifer Jones, Executive Director, AIA SF

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

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

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

Mr. Campion's Fox

by Mike Ripley

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

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

by GB Edwards

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

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Activities
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

by GB Edwards

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

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

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

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

Dwelling Dreamers Discussion Group

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

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

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

Indie Publishing Working Group

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

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.