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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25

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 event calendar for Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24  as well as Monday, May 25. Gather online for storytime, learn how to make your own herbal salve or join a Carnaval celebration — all from the comfort of your couch.

Herbalism 101: Salve Your Problems with Cleban & Daughters

Photo: The Assembly

Join sisters Liana and Roxane Pekelharing, co-founders of Cleban & Daughters and makers of plant medicine, for an herbalism workshop. You'll learn about the guiding principles of herbalism, and then apply them to make your own herbal salve. 

Grab a roommate or the kids and meet the duo in your kitchen. The event is organized by Mission-based community gathering space The Assembly. Check their website for the ingredients you'll need.

When: Saturday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.

How to join: Via The Assembly's website

Price: $10

Journey to Pinchamayurasana

Photo: Christie Pitko/Facebook

Build the foundation for achieving Pinchamayurasana, an advanced yoga pose involving forearm balance and core strength, with this workshop organized by Divisadero studio Yoga Garden.

Teacher Christie Pitko will guide students through a sequence designed to open shoulders and hamstrings while strengthening the back and entire core. Expect a dynamic, alignment-based flow. Pitko will guide students through the different phases of the pose and give support and feedback.

All levels welcome, but some experience with inversions is recommended.

When: Sunday, May 24, 12 p.m.

How to join: Via Mindbodyonline

Price: $10

No Fascist USA! Hilary Moore, James Tracy, and Walidah Imarisha

Image: City Lights Books/Facebook

In this talk organized by City Lights Books, join authors Hilary Moore and James Tracy as they talk about their new book "No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements," with writer and activist Walidah Imarisha. 

In June 1977, a group of white anti-racist activists received an alarming letter from an inmate at a New York state prison calling for help to fight the Ku Klux Klan's efforts to recruit prison staff and influence incarcerated people. Their response was to form the first chapter of what would eventually become a powerful, nationwide grassroots network, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, dedicated to countering the rise of the KKK and other far-right white nationalist groups. No Fascist USA! tells the story of that network.

When: Sunday, May 24, 1 p.m.

How to join: Via Crowdcast

Price: Free

Carnaval San Francisco live stream 2020

Photo: Cheryl Guerrero/Hoodline

San Francisco’s annual Carnaval celebration was canceled this year, but organizers are bringing music, dance, and costumes from Latin America and the Caribbean straight to your home via live stream. This year’s celebration will raise funds to help feed 6,000 families in the Mission, where COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Latinos.

"Our community needs to stay strong, and in order to persevere it needs to stay healthy​,” ​said Carnaval San Francisco co-founder and artistic director Roberto Hernandez in a statement. “We welcome everyone to take an introspective look at their mental, spiritual, and physical health, and seek balance and well-being, particularly in tumultuous times.”

When: Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m.

How to join: Via Latinlife

Price: Free

Storytime: Sweet Stories with SFPL

Image: SFPL

Storytimes are the cornerstone of the San Francisco Public Library's early literacy programming. Every week, children, caregivers and librarians gather for storytimes, creating cherished moments to sing, read, dance and learn something new.

In that spirit, you can now press play on the library’s "Sweet Stories with SFPL" at home, featuring short videos of songs, rhymes and a story to enjoy with young children.

The series streams live on Instagram at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays at 10 a.m., the library offers stories in Spanish. The entire archive is also available on YouTube.

When: Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. and Monday, May 25, 2 p.m.

How to join: Via Instagram Live

Price: Free

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