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This weekend in Oakland

on January 14, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of January 14-16.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday January 14

art of death/art of life by Keith Bowers
5 – 7 pm
Actual Café: 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Photography and sculptures by Keith Bowers will on display.  There will also be an opening reception.  More info here.

Haiti Beyond Disaster: One Year After the Earthquake, a panel discussion
7 pm
East Side Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Panelists including Pierre and Ayana Labossiere from the local Haiti Action Committee chapter will talk about the hard work Haitians are doing to rebuild their country.  More info here.

Golden State Warriors vs. LA Clippers
7:30 pm
Oracle Arena: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland.
More info here.

Paramount Movie Classic: Disney’s “Fantasia” (1940)
8 – 10 pm
Paramount Theater: 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Doors open one hour before the show.  All tickets $5.  Along with the movie, there will be live organ music and audience participation.  More info here.

Indie Dancerock Night
9 pm
Shattuck Down Low: 2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Cover Charge: $5.  The Hundred Days, Little Bridges, and Manatee will be performing.  More info here.

Saturday, January 15

New Dog Play Area Grand Opening
11 am – 2 pm
Grove Shafter Park: Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at 37 St., Oakland

District 1 City Council member Jane Brunner will attend the leash-cutting ceremony at 11:45, to open the new dog play area in Grove Shafter Park.  There will also be face painting, balloons, and a visit from an Oakland fire truck and the Oakland police canine unit.  More info here.

“The Find” Vintage and Gift Fair
11 am – 5 pm
Jack London Square Pavilion: 98 Broadway Avenue, Oakland

Over forty vendors will be set up to sell jewelry, estate items, furniture, clothing and more.

Art Celebration with Matthew Kowalaski
3 – 6 pm
4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Matthew Kowalaski, homeless for 25 years, uses found objects, and surplus paints and inks to create his art.  Come celebrate his work.  More info here.

Autococoon, and Information Meeting on the Honduras Accompaniment Project
7 pm
Mama Buzz: 2318 Telegraph, Oakland

Harlem Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals
7:30 pm (also Sunday, January 16 at 2 pm)
Oracle Arena: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
More info here.

Mission District Scavenger Hunt Night
9 – 11:59 pm
3202 Mission Street, San Francisco

Cost: $5.15 if you register online or $10 at the door.  The California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters (CLASH) meets every Saturday night at bars in San Francisco to hold a scavenger hunt.  Just show up and you will be placed on a team.  Your team will then have one hour to complete as many tasks as possible, taking pictures as proof.  Everyone’s pictures will be projected at the bar afterwards and points awarded.  The winners get free pizza.  More info here.

Sunday, January 16

Lecture Series: “Breaking the Silence – Dr. Martin Luther King”
2 pm
Niebyl Proctor Library: 6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

There will be two lectures in the series.  Al Sargis will give, “Resistance to Racism of African-American Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors During the Vietnam War,” and Gary Hicks will present, “Against Militarism, Racism, and Exploitation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the National Security State.”

In the Name of Love: 9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute
7 pm
Scottish Rite Center: 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Musical performances by Goapele, Linda Tillery & Terrance Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and the Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Oaktown Jazz Workshops. General admission $12, children 6-12 $5, under age 6 free. More info here or by calling (800) 836-3006.

Cal Men’s Basketball vs. University of Washington

7:30 pm
Hass Pavilion: UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Monday, January 17

The 2011 MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration
9 am – 5 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: 701 Mission Street, San Francisco

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Sustaining the Dream: Through Community and Service.”
Schedule of Events:

9 am – 4:30 pm: Mind, Body and Soul Festival in The Forum
9 am – 4:30 pm: San Francisco Literary and Children’s Reading Festival in the Grand Lobby
10 am – 5 pm: Free museum entry at Contemporary Jewish Museum and Museum of the African Diaspora
11 am: March and Parade.  The parade begins at the Caltrains Depot and 4 St. and Townsend Ave. and ends at the Yerba Center
12:15 – 2 pm: “King in Five Vignettes” special presentation in the Novellus Theater

More info here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings


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.

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.


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

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. Call (510) 523-4361 for more information.

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