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Christmas Festival and Park Meditation: How to Spend a Weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area (Jan 7-9)

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What: Exhibition by Diana Markosyan

When: Friday-Sunday, January 7-9

Where: SFMOMA 151 Third St San Francisco, CA 94103

More: Diana Markosian's Santa Barbara explores the nature of the family and the American dream. Through a series of staged photographs and narrative video, the artist redefines her family history from the perspective of her mother, for the first time treating her as a woman rather than a parent, and resigning herself to the enormous sacrifices her mother made to become an American.

Weaving together the images of the houses where the artist spent her childhood in Moscow and Santa Barbara, the exhibition recreates the last days of the family in post-Soviet Russia and their arrival in the United States. The result is a deeply personal rethinking of her past and an exploration of the interaction between an idealized vision of Californian life and the reality of an immigrant experience.

Cost: $ 0-25


What: Exhibition "Dogs are more than pets"

Photo: Shutterstock

When: Friday-Sunday, January 7-9

Where: East Bay SPCA, Dublin 4651 Gleason Drive Dublin, CA 94568

More: This is an interactive educational exhibition about the world of dogs. It will take visitors about an hour to view the entire exhibition, including interactive stations and hands-on sessions. In addition, everyone will have educational conversations with volunteers and shelter staff, as well as meetings with the animals themselves.

Cost: Free options


What: Christmas service in San Francisco

When: Friday, January 7, from 07 p.m.

Where: 6210 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94121

More: In the main cathedral of the San Francisco and Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow - a pre-Christmas all-night vigil will be held. The early Christmas liturgy will begin at 07:30 on January 7, the late liturgy, led by His Eminence Archbishop Kirill of San Francisco and Western America, at 09:30.

The temple is located in the so-called Russian quarter of San Francisco and is the largest Russian church abroad and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy on the west coast of America.

Cost: Free options


What: Mission District Tour

When: Friday, January 7, from 10 p.m.

Where: Mission San Francisco de Asís 3321 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94114

More: On this Mission District walking tour, explore the frescoes, handicrafts, and murals hidden in the alleys around the area.

Founded in 1776 under the direction of Father Juniper Serra, Mission is the oldest surviving building in San Francisco. Mission has witnessed all of San Francisco's history, including the California Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Inside the chapel, you will see some of the most intricate religious works.

Cost: $ 29


What: Christmas Liturgy in the Church of All Saints

When: Friday, January 7, from 09 p.m.

Where: 744 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010

More: The Orthodox Church of All Saints in Burlingame will host the traditional Christmas litigation.

The solemn service, during which the birth of Jesus Christ is proclaimed, consists of a great vespers with the blessing of bread, matins and the first hour, and both vespers and matins are performed more solemnly and with greater coverage of the temple than on other days.

The Church of All Saints Who Shone in the Land of Russia belongs to the parish of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The service will be conducted by Russian-speaking priests.

Cost: Free options


What: Walk and meditation in the park

Photo: Shutterstock

When: Saturday, January 8, from 10:30

Where: Yoda Fountain 1 Letterman Drive San Francisco, CA 94129

More: In weekly sessions, all participants practice the art of living consciously: letting go of resistance to the present moment and experiencing the present as it is. Bring everything you need for meditation (blanket, rug, pillow, towel, etc.) with you.

Once you arrive, there is a 30-minute meditation session surrounded by beautiful trees. Your instructor will guide you step by step through a meditative adventure that will help your mind and body relax. The session will end with a short discussion of meditation, well-being and personal growth.

Cost: $ 28


What: Christmas Festival in Lviv

When: Saturday, January 8, from 11:00

Where: Online

More: Lviv Festival "Flash of the Christmas Star" is one of the brightest events of the year. Once a year, it takes place on the main streets and squares of the city. Hundreds of Lviv residents and guests of the city will walk along the streets of the city, proclaiming the birth of Jesus Christ. Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovy will meet the bearers of the Christmas stars on the square in front of the Jesuit Cathedral. Together with the festival participants, they will perform Ukrainian Christmas songs.

Cost: Free options


Dear readers! Please note that due to the epidemic of coronavirus infection, some activities may be canceled or rescheduled for other dates. Therefore, before visiting, we recommend checking the information on the sites of the organizers.

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In addition, look for interesting events for every day of the week in our calendar... Come in, find out, share with your friends. Before visiting, check the organizer's websites for details and locations of events, as they may change.

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