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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF & Oakland: Tuesday, July 28

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 San Francisco and Oakland online event calendar for Tuesday, July 28. Discuss how San Francisco might look like post COVID-19, hear about Tenderloin legend Vicki Marlane, learn how to recycle your food waste, and more.

Teen Tuesdays: Turn Your Food Waste Into a Plant

Photo: normanack/Flickr

The Bay Area knows all about composting, but did you know you can turn some food waste back into full-grown plants?

As part of Oakland Public Library's virtual Teen Summer Passport Program, join Teen Tuesdays for a tutorial about recycling food waste, and growing your own food while you're sheltering in place at home.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 11 a.m.

How to join: Via Instagram

Price: Free

Knit Happens Online

Photo: Eliza/Flickr

Later on Tuesday, tune in along with other crafty participants to an online knit session, hosted by the Mechanics' Institute. Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff over Zoom. All skill levels are welcome.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 5:30 p.m.

How to join: Learn how to join on the Mechanics Institute's website.

Price: You must be a member to join – memberships are $65 per year.

Forever's Gonna Start Tonight

Photo: Tenderloin Museum/Facebook

Adjacent to Aunt Charlie’s, the Tenderloin District’s last working-class drag bar, there’s a little-known name tucked away on the Turk Street sign (between Jones and Taylor): Vicki Mar Lane.

The street is named for Vicki Marlane, a legendary drag queen and frequent performer at Aunt Charlie's, who performed well into her seventies. Now, the Tenderloin Museum, the Glide Legacy Committee, and the Save Aunt Charlie’s Collective are proud to present "Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight," a film chronicling Marlane's life.

100% of proceeds from the event go to support staff of Aunt Charlie's experiencing financial fallout from the pandemic.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: Free, donations are welcome

Manny's + The Frisc: The Rearrangement of San Francisco

Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

Join Mission-based community space Manny's and news publication The Frisc for a discussion about the city's recovery plan. What will downtown neighborhoods offer? Will tourists return? What will tech companies do with empty offices? And can San Francisco's neighborhoods and small businesses lead the city's recovery?

Hear about what San Francisco might look like in the coming years from Kristy Wang, community planning policy director at the nonprofit SPUR.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: Free, donations are welcome

July Book Club: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Image: Perdita

Tune in to Divisadero corridor gift store Perdita's all-genre book club. This time, participants will discuss Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new book, "Mexican Gothic."

Set in 1950s Mexico, the novel features a young socialite who departs the glamor of Mexico City, responding to a mysterious letter from a cousin asking her for help. She finds herself in a forbidding countryside mansion full of dark secrets.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free

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