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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Wednesday, April 22

5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Wednesday, April 22
Image: Exploratorium/Facebook
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on April 21, 2020.

The Bay Area's shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We're aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 


Here's your SF and Oakland events calendar for Wednesday, April 22. Join a virtual Earth Day celebration, listen to Secretary Madeleine Albright or tune in to a children's storytime session  — all from the comfort of your couch.

Reading: Meet Me at the Moon by Gianna Marino

Photo: Story Time with Mr. Limata/Facebook

With schools closed during shelter-in-place, a first-grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School in Oakland is bringing his "Story Time with Mr. Limata" online. For Earth Day, he will read from the book "Meet Me at the Moon" by Gianna Marino, a story of a mother's love and assurance.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.

How to join: Via Facebook Live

Price: Free

Virtual Earth Day Celebration

Photo: Screenshot Exploratorium/Facebook

Continue celebrating Earth Day and tune in to an online session hosted by the Exploratorium. Learn about earth science in your kitchen, including some activities you can do in and around your home, as well as the environmental benefits of sheltering in place, and whether exponential growth is always good. 

When: Wednesday, April 22, 1 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free

Secretary Madeleine Albright: Hell and Other Destinations Book Talk

Photo: Manny's/Facebook

Over at Manny's, hear from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on her new book, "Hell and Other Destinations". She will talk about what it was like to be Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton and how she traveled the world representing the United States. The book will be available for pre-purchase.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 1 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free, donations are welcome

The Forum Online with Randy Hollerith: The Cathedral and COVID

Photo: Grace Cathedral/Facebook

Join Grace Cathedral's flagship conversation program online with the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral, the second-largest Episcopal cathedral in the United States and seat of the bishop of Washington.

Grace Cathedral's Dean Malcolm Clemens Young and Dean Hollerith will reflect together on a cathedral’s unique role in a time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free

Virtual: Reading at a Distance / Laura Mullen and Ploi Pirapokin

Photo: The Booksmith/Facebook

The Booksmith and the Headlands Center for the Arts are holding a series of distanced literary readings with Headlands Artists, curated by Emily Wolahan. Join Laura Mullen and Ploi Pirapokin for the kickoff event of the series.

Mullen is the author of eight books and the McElveen Professor of English at Louisiana State University. She has received the Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Rona Jaffe Award for her poetry.

Pirapokin has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Kundiman and others. She also holds an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via Facebook Live

Price: Free

Midday break

Learn how you can create a campsite at home or take a look at the UC Berkeley peregrine falcon nest cam.