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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Thursday, July 30

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 online event calendar for Thursday, July 30. Join a foil printing workshop, experience a night full of stars (and planets) or learn more about the environmental justice challenges in your back yard.

Shelter in Studio tour with Mary Laird of Quelquefois Press

Image: San Francisco Center for the Book/Facebook

Join nonprofit bookbinding and letterpress studio San Francisco Center for the Book for a weekly series of studio visits with staff and instructors. This week, grab a sandwich and stop by via live stream to hear from board member and teacher Mary Risala Laird of Quelquefois Press in Berkeley.

According to her website, Laird has published letterpress books since 1969, and is inspired by "poetry, jazz, painting, drawing, the mystics of all traditions and participating in long silent retreats all over the country."

When: Thursday, July 30, 12:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: Free

Foil Printing: Online Workshop with Colleen Conley

Image: International Art Museum of America/Facebook

Join the International Art Museum of America virtual youth program for a foil printing workshop. Under the guidance of art teacher Colleen Conley, learn how to make a monoprint heart on foil. You'll need a couple of rags and paper to cover the table surface, cardboard or foam core, aluminum foil, paint (acrylic or tempera), a brush stick or chopstick and lightweight blank paper.

When: Thursday, July 30, 1 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom (meeting ID can be found in the Facebook event)

Price: Free

Storytime: Sweet Stories with San Francisco Public Library

Image: San Francisco Public Library

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

In that spirit, press play on the library’s storytime right in your home. Tune in for a short video of songs, rhymes and a story to enjoy with your young children.

When: Thursday, July 30, 2 p.m.

How to join: Via Instagram

Price: Free

After Dark Online: Environmental Justice

Photo: Exploratorium/Facebook

The impacts of climate change and environmental policies don’t affect all communities equally. In the evening, join the Exploratorium for an examination on how environmental inequities and environmental racism are embedded in the landscape, locally and beyond.

Hear from Margaret Gordon, co-founder and co-director of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, as well as Teresa E. Munoz, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Climate Health Now in Point Richmond.

When: Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free, recommended for ages 18+

Virtual NightLife: Space

Image: California Academy of Sciences‎/Facebook

Get ready to mix your cosmopolitans with the cosmos when the Morrison Planetarium team at the California Academy of Sciences‎ hosts a night full of stars. Learn about baby exoplanets with Diana Powell, PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, or go on a galactic archaeology dig with Mia de los Reyes, a PhD student at Caltech.

Then, take a tour of the constellations with planetarium presenter Mary Holt, and face the truth about your astrology sign before listening to some rare astronomy records as Mike Smail of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium shares highlights from his well-curated collection.

When: Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free

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