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This weekend in Oakland

on December 17, 2010

Community events and activities for the weekend of December 17 – 19. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday 12/17

10000: A Skyline Party
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

A special night with live music from The Different Folks, a jazz/hip hop crossover combo, plus $4 beer and wine drink specials. Ticket price includes admission to one Planetarium and one MegaDome show, plus the new Bill Nye’s Climate Lab exhibit. Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for students, $8 for members.

Horse Feathers at the New Parish
Doors 8:30
578 18th Street, Oakland

Tickets $9 in advance, $12 at the door. 18 and over show.

The Hot Toddies at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Doors 9 pm

Tickets $8 or $5 with a can of food to donate.

Marco Benevento at the Piedmont Piano Company
8 pm
1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

$10 donation requested. Tickets can be reserved by calling (510) 547-8188.

ZooLights Christmas Light Show

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

ZooLights runs from December 3 through January 2, except for December 24 and 25.  The zoo boasts over 120 lighted animal structures along with the Snowball Express – a miniature steam engine train – giant toy soldiers, and oversized candy canes, lollipops, and gingerbread cookies.  Cost: adults $7.50, kids and seniors $5.50

The Crèche Festival – A Nativity Tradition

Three-day festival runs December 17-19: see the schedule and pricing information here.
The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland

Events throughout the three-day festival include cathedral tours, lectures and workshops on creche making, a performance by the San Francisco Boys Chorus, the Bay Brass Ensemble Concert, and religious services.

Saturday 12/18

1st Annual Claus Crawl in Downtown Oakland
6 pm – 9 am

Presented by East Bay Loop, a pub crawl through downtown Oakland stopping at venues including The Layover (1517 Franklin Street), Bar Three Fifty Five (355 19th street), 2002 (2002 Telegraph Avenue), Ozumo restaurant (2251 Broadway Avenue) and Pican restaurant (2295 Broadway Avenue.) Bring your Santa suit; unwrapped gifts can be donated to The Family Giving Tree.

MOCHA Holiday Workshop: Box It, Bag It, and Wrap It to Go!
1-4 pm
538 Ninth Street, Oakland
Kids can use stamps, stickers, stencils and other printmaking techniques to design their own gift bags and wrapping paper. Cost $8 per child, free for museum members.

OMCA GIVE White Elephant Sale Donation Day
10 am – 4 pm
333 Lancaster Street (at Glascock), Oakland

Clean out your closet and donate items to be sold at the museum’s spring White Elephant sale, which benefits the Oakland Museum of California’s exhibits and educational programs.

Webster Street Holiday Pet Parade and Market
9 am – 1:30 pm
Along Webster Street

Pet and costume contests, a parade, and a gift market. See the Yelp listing for more info.

Hella Gay Oakland Dance Party at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Doors 9 pm. $7 cover charge.

Sunday 12/19

Renegade Craft Fair
11 am – 7 pm
Concourse’s East Hall, 620 7th Street, San Francisco

Alternative craft fair.

OMCA Family Explorations “You’ve Got a Friend in Us!”
1-4 pm
Matthew Luhn of Pixar speaks about the making of Toy Story, and hands-on crafts and music activities will be available. Included with cost of museum admission. More info about museum hours and admissions here.

Church of Craft
Rock, Paper, Scissors 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
12 – 5 pm

Bring snacks and any craft projects you are working on to this get-together. Sunday School 12 -1, crafting from 1-5.

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 between December 24-26 to by 9 am Friday, December 24.


  1. Doug on December 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Friday: The Wondercommon presents: A Wintercommon Wonderland Soulstice

    7pm – 10pm
    204 Ridgeway Avenue
    Oakland, CA

    featuring the soulful musings of:

    Quinn Deveaux
    Ash Reiter
    RF Maston (los angeles)

    with fireside, sweet refreshments and gift exchange (bring one to get one)

    Sunday Underground Farmers Market at Soundwave in West Oakland 11-4

    Sunday 2pm DnD cross bicycle race at the Albany Bulb. $5, proceeds to benefit Spokeland

  2. Amy on December 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes are Special at Oakland Animal Services!

    Until 1/1/11, you can add one of our many wonderful chihuahuas (or chi-mixes) to your family for only $25! This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, exam, and microchip. You can see photos of many of the available dogs at OAS is at 1101 29th Avenue, Oakland. Open 12-5 both Saturday and Sunday.

    • Tim Anderson on December 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      Wow! That’s a great deal. Those Chihuahua’s at the Oakland Animal Shelter are SO adorable!

  3. Deborah Cogan on December 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Grupo Samba Rio presents:

    * Festa de Fim de Ano! *
    Brazilian Holiday Party

    Sunday, December 19 · 4:00pm – 10:00pm
    at FICA Studio (Capoeira Angola)
    2513 Magnolia St.
    Oakland, CA

    * Pagode de Mesa (authentic samba music)
    with Jorge Alabe, Claudinho Sorriso, Brian Moran, Tony do Pandeiro, and more
    * Bateria show (percussion band)
    with Grupo Samba Rio bateria nota 10!
    * Samba dance performance
    * DJ Fausto with Brazilian beats
    * Tasty fresh Brazilian food!
    salgadinhos including coxinha de galinha, empada de camarao,
    empada de galinha, risole de galinha, plus other refreshments available

    Just $5 door

    Don’t miss the big end of year party!

    More info:; 510-601-7244;;

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