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Wednesday, March 06, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, March 06, 2024 - 6:00pm
Join us for an intimate evening of readings featuring members from our writers' groups at Mechanics' Institute.
Members Free, Non-Members/Public $10
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, March 07, 2024 - 6:00pm
International Women's Day Event
Members Free, Non-Members $10
Activities, Club Events
Friday, March 08, 2024 - 5:00pm
New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute
Free
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 12:00pm
with author Katherine Turk in conversation with Professor Deirdre English
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Non-Member/Public $10
Activities, Club Events
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 10:00am
Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library
Members Free, Public Free
Activities, Club Events
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 1:00pm
Let's brew the magic of education together!
Members - Free, Non-Members/Public - $5
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 12:00pm
Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director joins the Institute to explore how Berkeley Rep became an international leader in innovative theatre.
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Non-Member/Public $10
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Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 6:00pm
Come celebrate this 10-book series with Dr. Susie Wise and Carissa Carter!
Members Free, Non-Members $10
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Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 6:15pm
Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!
Members Free, Non-Members $5
Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 6:00pm
with author and political theorist Dr. Juliet Hooker
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Non-Member/Public $10
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Wednesday, April 03, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Thursday, April 04, 2024 - 6:30pm
with Lee Herrick, California Poet Laureate, Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate, and Ayodele Nzinga, Oakland’s Inaugural Poet Laureate
Members $5, Non-Members $15
Activities, Club Events
Friday, April 05, 2024 - 5:00pm
Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month
Free
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 7:00pm
Music at Mechanics': Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann
Members $15, Non-Members $25
Activities, Club Events
Friday, April 12, 2024 - 5:00pm
New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute
Free
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Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 10:00am
Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library
Members Free, Public Free
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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 6:15pm
Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!
Members Free, Non-Members $5
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Wednesday, May 01, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Friday, May 03, 2024 - 5:00pm
Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month
Free
Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Friday, May 10, 2024 - 5:00pm
New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute
Free
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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 10:00am
Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library
Members Free, Public Free
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Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Activities, Club Events
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 6:15pm
Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!
Members Free, Non-Members $5
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Wednesday, June 05, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Friday, June 07, 2024 - 5:00pm
Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month
Free
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Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Friday, June 14, 2024 - 5:00pm
New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute
Free
Activities, Club Events
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:00am
Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library
Members Free, Public Free
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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, July 03, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Friday, July 05, 2024 - 5:00pm
Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month
Free
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:00am
Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library
Members Free, Public Free
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Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Friday, August 02, 2024 - 5:00pm
Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month
Free
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Wednesday, August 07, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Saturday, August 17, 2024 - 10:00am
Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library
Members Free, Public Free
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Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Wednesday, August 28, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Activities
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Writers Read! (Spring 2024 Edition)

Join us for an intimate evening of readings featuring members from our writers' groups at Mechanics' Institute.

Step into the world of literary enchantment at Mechanics' Institute – an evening where our writers' words come to life. This intimate evening of readings feature members from our writers' groups.

 

Members Free
Non-Members/Public $10

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 07, 2024 - 6:00 pm

The Power and Progress of Women's Voices

International Women's Day Event

Join us for a night of readings and conversation in celebration of women writers, artists, and changemakers for International Women’s Day.

Members Free
Non-Members $10

Activities
Friday, March 08, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Mechanics' Institute Evening Tour

New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute

Join a tour of the Institute to learn about our historical landmark building, our history and mission, and our current services and benefits of membership. Light refreshments will be available during the welcome reception and complimentary beverages will be shared.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 12:00 pm

The Women of NOW

with author Katherine Turk in conversation with Professor Deirdre English

Join author Katherine Turk in conversation with writer, editor, and professor Deirdre English on Turk’s new book, The Women of NOW: How Feminists Built an Organization that Transformed America.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Non-Member/Public $10

Activities
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Family Story Hour in the Library

Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library

Gather 'round as a family to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the Library of the Mechanics' Institute! We’ll read 2-3 stories appropriate for children age 8 and younger plus make a fun craft to take home. Family Story Hour takes place on the 2nd floor in the Library. All are welcome!

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Teacher Tea: Revolutionary Care

Let's brew the magic of education together!

Don't miss the chance to sip knowledge and inspiration at our upcoming Teacher Tea - let's brew the magic of education together!

Members - Free
Non-Members/Public - $5

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 12:00 pm

The Making of a Season with Johanna Pfaelzer

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director joins the Institute to explore how Berkeley Rep became an international leader in innovative theatre.

Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer will discuss the current season including Cult of LoveThe Far Country, Galileo, and Mother Road.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Non-Member/Public $10

Activities
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 6:00 pm

Stanford d.school's Design and Creativity Book Series

Come celebrate this 10-book series with Dr. Susie Wise and Carissa Carter!

Come celebrate the Stanford d.school's ten-guide series with Dr. Susie Wise (author of Design for Belonging) and Carissa Carter (author of The Secret Language of Maps and co-author of the upcoming Assembling Tomorrow).

Members Free
Non-Members $10

Activities
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Monthly Storytelling Showcase with Corey Rosen

Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!

Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!

Members Free
Non-Members $5

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 6:00 pm

Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss

with author and political theorist Dr. Juliet Hooker

Join author and political theorist Dr. Juliet Hooker in conversation on her new book, Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics of Loss.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Non-Member/Public $10

Activities
Wednesday, April 03, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 04, 2024 - 6:30 pm

Celebrating National Poetry Month

with Lee Herrick, California Poet Laureate, Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate, and Ayodele Nzinga, Oakland’s Inaugural Poet Laureate

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a trio of poet laureates Lee Herrick, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Ayodele Nzinga at Mechanics' Institute.

Members $5
Non-Members $15

Activities
Friday, April 05, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Monthly Chess Social

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Music at Mechanics': Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann

Music at Mechanics': Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann

Join Rebecca Rust, an American cellist, and Friedrich Edelmann, a German bassoonist, for a night of music across the ages.

Members $15
Non-Members $25

Activities
Friday, April 12, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Mechanics' Institute Evening Tour

New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute

Join a tour of the Institute to learn about our historical landmark building, our history and mission, and our current services and benefits of membership. Light refreshments will be available during the welcome reception and complimentary beverages will be shared.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Family Story Hour in the Library

Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library

Gather 'round as a family to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the Library of the Mechanics' Institute! We’ll read 2-3 stories appropriate for children age 8 and younger plus make a fun craft to take home. Family Story Hour takes place on the 2nd floor in the Library. All are welcome!

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Monthly Storytelling Showcase with Corey Rosen

Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!

Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!

Members Free
Non-Members $5

Activities
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Friday, May 03, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Monthly Chess Social

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Friday, May 10, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Mechanics' Institute Evening Tour

New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute

Join a tour of the Institute to learn about our historical landmark building, our history and mission, and our current services and benefits of membership. Light refreshments will be available during the welcome reception and complimentary beverages will be shared.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Family Story Hour in the Library

Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library

Gather 'round as a family to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the Library of the Mechanics' Institute! We’ll read 2-3 stories appropriate for children age 8 and younger plus make a fun craft to take home. Family Story Hour takes place on the 2nd floor in the Library. All are welcome!

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Monthly Storytelling Showcase with Corey Rosen

Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!

Join a monthly evening of laughter and storytelling as local author & host of "The Moth," Corey Rosen, returns to Mechanics' Institute!

Members Free
Non-Members $5

Activities
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Friday, June 07, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Monthly Chess Social

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Friday, June 14, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Mechanics' Institute Evening Tour

New, long-time, and prospective members are invited to tour the Mechanics' Institute

Join a tour of the Institute to learn about our historical landmark building, our history and mission, and our current services and benefits of membership. Light refreshments will be available during the welcome reception and complimentary beverages will be shared.

Free

Activities
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Family Story Hour in the Library

Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library

Gather 'round as a family to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the Library of the Mechanics' Institute! We’ll read 2-3 stories appropriate for children age 8 and younger plus make a fun craft to take home. Family Story Hour takes place on the 2nd floor in the Library. All are welcome!

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Friday, July 05, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Monthly Chess Social

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Family Story Hour in the Library

Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library

Gather 'round as a family to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the Library of the Mechanics' Institute! We’ll read 2-3 stories appropriate for children age 8 and younger plus make a fun craft to take home. Family Story Hour takes place on the 2nd floor in the Library. All are welcome!

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Friday, August 02, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Monthly Chess Social

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month

Join the Chess Room for Chess Socials on the first Friday of each month.

Free

Activities
Wednesday, August 07, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event

Activities
Saturday, August 17, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Family Story Hour in the Library

Gather round to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the 2nd Floor Library

Gather 'round as a family to hear stories and make crafts nestled in the Library of the Mechanics' Institute! We’ll read 2-3 stories appropriate for children age 8 and younger plus make a fun craft to take home. Family Story Hour takes place on the 2nd floor in the Library. All are welcome!

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

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Activities
Wednesday, August 28, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In-Person 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.

Support This Event