Weekly happenings! 5 events to check out (Week of February 27th)

Volunteer Training with Project Open Hand

When: Wednesday, March 1st at 6 pm

Where: Project Open Hand SF (map)

Calling all volunteers! (or people looking to START volunteering!)

Everyday Project Open Hand prepares 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of aging. 

Project Open Hand relies on more than 125 volunteers every day to help prepare, package and deliver meals with love, and distribute groceries to sick and elderly neighbors. Volunteers also help us staff special events throughout the year.

We offer a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved in San Francisco and the East Bay. CHECK THEM OUT!

Existence As Resistance: a very loud celebration of life

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When: Thursday, March 2nd 8 pm 

Where: Eli’s Mile High Club (map)

Yes, there’s going to be music. Of course, there are going to be awesome people in attendance. And yes there’s a lot of fun to be had. But this event is also about the resistance!

So get involved and participate. Half of the proceeds from the art and zines sold will go to SFILEN - San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network. There will also be a donation jar that will go directly to the non-profit. 

For more information about this funky, groovy event, click here.

Socially SMART - It’s a happy hour, folks

When: Friday, March 3rd 6 pm

Where: Soda Popinski’s (map)

There’s a happy hour that donates proceeds towards students? Hot damn, sign us up!

It's time for the annual Socially SMART Happy Hour! Please come thirsty and bring your friends to Soda Popinski's in Nob Hill on Friday, March 3rd from 6 pm - 9 pm.

A mix of your favorite SMART staff and volunteers will be guest bartending, mixing up your favorite concoctions. The SMART team has been been known to shake a mean martini, so come ready for a great time chatting and connecting with other members of the SMART community.

All tips received at Soda Popinski's during the happy hour will be donated directly to SMART, so be sure to bring your friends. The more folks who show up, the more we can raise to support our Scholars!

For more information about the event, click here

GirlPower! Oakland First Fridays Street Festival

When: Friday, March 3rd 5pm

Where: West Grand Ave and Telegraph, Oakland, California 94612 (map)

Have you ever been to First Fridays in Oakland? It’s a treat. Delicious food, awesome artwork, music that makes your knees start to bend in ways you’ve never experienced; it’s the real deal.

This Friday is an even bigger deal, though. This Friday we’re going to celebrate #GirlPower in honor International Women's HERstory Month! Come on out, bring your friends, and have a grand ol’ time celebrating the lovely women that make this planet all the more beautiful, strong, and fun to reside on. 

Shanti’s 5th Annual Swim for Life

When: Sunday, March 5th 9am-12pm

Where: Hamilton Aquatic Center (map)

And whoever said we only pay attention to swimming during the Olympics? Get outta here!

This Sunday, the Shanti Project will be hosting their 5th Annual Swim for L.I.F.E. Swim-A-Thon. Swim for L.I.F.E. is the annual swim-a-thon benefitting The Shanti L.I.F.E. Program, a self-management, health-enhancement program specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses.

Want to register for the swim? Hell yeah, good for you. Register here.

Are you unable to attend the event but still want to help out? Awesome! Click here to get involved.

The Shanti Project is an amazing organization that works to enhance the health, quality of life and well-being of people with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. They provide many services, including in-home and onsite patient care navigation, emotional and practical support and preserving the human-animal bond. Shanti’s work is incredibly important, and they’re an amazing nonprofit organization for you to get involved with.