This weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of December 16 – December 18, 2011. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday December 16, 2011

Bike Lane Victory Celebration
10:30 – 11 AM
Broadway at Webster

Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the mayor and city staff celebrate improvements to the city’s bike lane system. Coffee from Bicycle Coffee Company and snacks by MUA restaurant will be served. More info here. 

Pop Up Hood
Noon– 9 pm
9th and Washington, Old Oakland

Pop Up Hood offers a homegrown shopping fix with a number of local vendors including Manifesto Bicycles, Sticks+Stones, and Marion&Rose’s Workshop. Neighboring restaurants will be there with lots of tasty local food and drink. Continues all week. More info here.

Volunteer Orientation
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Learn more about Rock Paper Scissors and sign up to volunteer. Online signup and more info here. 

Winter Fairyland Celebration
noon – 7 pm
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Featuring live holiday performances, puppet shows, free holiday treats, and, of course, Santa and the Festival of Lights parade. Continues throughout the weekend. More info here.

The 26th Annual Christmas Revels
Fridays at 8 pm, weekends at 1 and 5 pm
Oakland Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

An annual theatrical event that combines the winter solstice, Arthurian legend, performance and music. Continues throughout the weekend. More info and ticket pricing here. 

ZooLights
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The Oakland Zoo comes alive at night with hundreds of thousands of LED lights, holiday-themed rides, music around stands of Christmas trees, and a meadow light show that is festive and fun for the whole family. 5:30 – 9 pm. Continues nightly. More info here.

Nightschool: Home Ec
7 – 11 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Learn about DIY projects and kitchen science, and get full access to the telescopes, Planetarium show, film screenings and more. Ages 18 and over, $15 general admission or $5 for members. More info here.

Decompression Sessions
5 – 8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Weekly get-together featuring music, popcorn, ice cream, and beer, this week featuring a rotating crew of deejays. More info and prices here.

Tori Amos
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Singer-songerwriter and pianist Tori Amos performs, special guest Thomas Dybdahl. Tickets $45-55. More info here.

5th Annual Jazz & Blues Holiday Concert
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Nicolas Bearde, John R. Burr, Ruth Davies and Deszon Claiborne. Tickets $20. More info here.

Pinback
Doors at 8:30, show at 9:30
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Tickets $18-$20. More info here.

45 Sessions
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

All music played on 7″ vinyl. More info here. 

She Beards, Das Haus Band, Bronze Masters, 77 pops
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Idol’s Plague, Aberrant Phase, Hemorage, Morning Ablaze
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Spyro Gyra
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jam-style jazz. Show continues Friday – Saturday. Tickets $25. More info here.

Christmas Toy Drive Show
9:30 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring The City, Sister Grizzly and special guests. Admission $8. More info here. 

Saturday December 17, 2011

Acta Non Verba’s First Annual Elmhurst Community Holiday Craft and Health Faire
Tassafaronga Community Center, 975 85th Ave. Oakland, CA 94621

A fair featuring local craftspeople selling their work and DJ Odiaka, organized by youth urban farming organization Acta Non Verba. More info here. You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage of Acta Non Verba here.

Deaf Youth Arts Theatre Workshop
10 am – 1 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A workshop for kids ages 8-12 to explore introductory theater techniques. Limited to 12 participants. Free. More info here.

OMCA Member Mornings: Walk in the Wild Private Viewing Hours and Talk
9 – 11 am
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Sarah Hodgdon, director of conservation for the Sierra Club, leads a talk for museum members during private viewing hours of the exhibit A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey. More info here.

Weekend Holiday Workshop
1 – 4 pm
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Kids can make candle holders, luminaries and “pseudo stained glass.” $8 per child, free for adults and museum members. Continues Saturday – Sunday. More info here.

25th Street Collective Holiday Sale
2 – 8 pm
477 25th Street

Holiday sale featuring locally made crafts and gifts. More info here. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage of the 25th Street Collective.

Oakland Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll
1 –  5 pm
Uptown District along the Telegraph Avenue Corridor

A quieter, more art-focused weekly stroll highlighting the artwork in the galleries of the Uptown District. Click here for more information about participating galleries and the geographic area covered by the Saturday Stroll.

Howie Gelb, Tracy Shedd

Doors at 8:00, show at 9:00
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Tickets $16-$20. More info here.

Hot Einstein
9:00 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Admission $5. More info here. 

Feral Depravity, Star Destroyer, HemoRage, Cultural Warfare
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

AMA Evolution, Thieves of Malta, Thumper
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Hella Gay
9:00 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

DJ Dance party. Admission $7. More info here. And even more detailed info here.

Robby Eichman & Leviathan
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Folk rock. More info here.

The Michael Zilber Piano Trio
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz piano trio. Tickets $15, $10 for students and seniors. More info here.

 Sunday December 18, 2011

Fire Ruin Renewal

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A special screening of Margaretta Mitchell’s film about how she and her family restored their home after the 1991 hills fire. Screenings of the 25-minute film begin at 2 pm. Price included in museum admission. More info here.

Alexa Weber Morales
7 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Oakland jazz, funk and salsa artist Alexa Weber Morales and her band celebrate the release of their CD “I Wanna Work for You.” Admission $15. More info here. 

Tortured Soul, DJ Cecil
Doors at 9:00, show at 9:30
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 18 and over. Tickets $17. More info here.

Actual Jazz Series
5 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz. More info here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A new interactive exhibit opens August 6 and highlights the legacy of the famous California naturalist and combines, art, science and natural history. Exhibit continues through January 22, 2012. Museum admission required. More info as well as museum hours and ticket prices here. To read Oakland North’s coverage of the exhibit, click here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Get ‘er Done Day and Community Potluck
Sundays noon – 6 pm, 6 – 8 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Volunteers can work on a variety of tasks including carpentry, seed planting, plumbing work and more to benefit the center. Followed by a “Souper Sunday” community potluck dinner; bring a vegetarian dish or something to add to the “stone soup.” More info here.

Wildlife Theater
Saturdays at 11:45 am and Sundays at 1:45 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Every Saturday, hear a story and meet an animal with the Oakland zoo staff.  On Sundays, there are more animals to meet and a chance to learn cool nature facts.

Toddler Storytime

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 am
Oakland Main Library, Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland
and Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland

Every Saturday, children ages three and under can listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy family play time. More info here.

Piedmont Avenue Branch Knitting Group
Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm
Piedmont Ave. Branch, 160 41st Street, Oakland

Weekly knitting get-together and help session.

Open Spinning/Knitting Gathering
Every second Saturday of the month, 10 am – 1 pm
A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A free get-together to work on knitting, spinning or fiber arts projects, with complimentary coffee and tea. More info here.

Scrabble Club
Third and First Saturday of every month, 1 – 4 pm
It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies: 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The club meets two to three times a month and hold a monthly tournament.  Cost: $1 to join the club and $25 for six games at the tournament.  More info here.

MTC Community Garden Hoe-Down
Saturdays 9 – 11 am
Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland (enter through the driveway)

Come join the weekly garden work party!  Whether you are a novice or an expert, all levels of gardening are welcome. Bring your gloves and gardening tools.

MTC Let’s Walk Together program
Second and fourth Saturdays, 8 am – 10 am
Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland

A twice-monthly group walk through different Bay Area parks and trails. Meet at the church and carpool to the week’s location. More info here.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Sundays 8:30 – 10 am, Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus, Merritt Pavilion
350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, in the “Fir Room.”

A program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, weigh-ins, or fee, but pre-registration for this free program is required. The program is provided through Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. Call (510) 523-4361 for more information.

Chemical Dependency Workshop
Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s MPI Treatment Services: 3021 Summit Street, 5th Floor, D Wing, Oakland

Whether you are dealing with alcohol or drug abuse yourself, or helping a family member or friend through the addiction, everyone is welcome at Alta Bates’ Dependency Workshops.  Call 510-652-7000 for more information.

Farmers markets

Old Oakland Farmers Market: 9th Street between Broadway and Clay, Oakland

Fridays 8 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Farmers Market: 3801 Howe Street, Oakland

Fridays 10 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Grand Lake Farmers Market: Splash Pad Park at Grand Avenue and Lake Park Avenue

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm, year round.  More info here.

Phat Beets Produce Market: 5717 Market Street, Oakland

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm.  More info here.

Temescal Farmers Market: 5300 Claremont Avenue, Oakland (at the DMV)

Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Jack London Square Farmers Market: Webster & Water Streets, Oakland

Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time, and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland to staff@oaklandnorth.net.

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  1. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Grupo Samba Rio Presents
    * Festa de Fim de Ano*
    Brazilian Holiday Party

    Sun. Dec. 18   
    4:00pm – 10:00pm
    at FICA Oakland
    2513 Magnolia St., west Oakland, CA
    $10 door  

    Grupo Samba Rio hosts a big year-end-celebration, Brazilian style, featuring:
    • Roda de samba with master Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabe and guests
    • Bateria show with Grupo Samba Rio bateria nota 10
    • Performance by Samba Rio Dancers
    • Samba Afro/Samba Reggae performance with special guest Wagner Profeta
    and more!!

    Plus:
    • Delicious Brazilian dishes! including salgadinhos (coxinha de galinha, emapada, risole),
    plus other refreshments available

    For more info:
    deborah@gruposambario.com; 510-601-7244;
    http://www.facebook.com/events/298088890212403/
    http://www.gruposambario.com  and  www.jorgealabe.com

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