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This weekend in Oakland

on January 21, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of January 21-23.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday January 21

Sea Lion Walking Tours: 21st Anniversary
Through Sunday, January 23: 11 am – 4 pm
Pier 39: The Embarcadero and Beach Street, San Francisco

In honor of the 21st anniversary of the sea lions’ arrival at Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay Naturalist will lead free sea lion walking tours at the top of the hour from 11 am – 4 pm all weekend.  You can meet the guides at the Sea Lion Statue by Pier 39’s Entrance Plaza.  The tour lasts about 30 minutes.  More info here.

F3 at the Cotton Mill
6 – 10 pm
Cotton Mill Studios: 1091 Calcot Place, Oakland

Come see a showcase of resident artists’ work, as well as live art demonstrations.  There will also be a fashion bazaar/sample sale of local designers’ pieces.  Artists will hang their work on the fourth floor.  Jewelry and other work will adjoin the museum lobby on the first floor and studio tours will be conducted throughout the evening.  More info here.

OMCA Artist Talk: Mike Henderson
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 100 Oak Street, Oakland

An informal conversation with painter, sculptor and blues musician Mike Henderson and museum curator Phil Linares. Talk included with price of museum admission. More info here.

Oakland Public Library’s Fridays with MOCHA
3:30 pm
Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero

Artists from the Museum of Children’s Art are spending afternoons at public libraries. Kids are invited to come create with them. More info here.

An Evening With Symbiotic Farmer: Joel Salatin
7 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley: 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Joel Salatin, an alternative farmer from Virginia will be giving two talks and taking questions.  His first talk will be about sustainable farming and eating, followed by a second talk about how Joel’s faith relates to his farming.  More info here.

Celebrate 1973: ‘70s Dance Party to Celebrate Roe v. Wade
8 pm
Element Lounge: 1028 Geary Street, San Francisco

In honor of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Element Lounge is throwing a 70s theme party.  Free admission all-night and free drink tickets for the first 100 guests.  More info here.

“Match Game” Live On Stage 1970s Game Show
8 – 11:59 pm
CELL Space: 19th and Bryant, San Francisco

In “Match Game,” contestants try to match answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with the answers of local celebrities.  In this San Francisco version, the local celebrities participating are: Chris Daly, Natasha Muse, Johnny Funcheap, Sister Roma, Blank DeCoverly, and Kairi$$ian.  More info here.

Zion-I at the New Parish
579 18th Street, Oakland

Special guests Foreign Legion and D.O. DAT. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 18 and over show. More info.

Steve Freund at Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA

Chicago blues. More info here.

Saturday, January 22

Ascend School’s 11th Annual Winter Exposition of Student Learning
11 am – 3 pm
3709 E. 12 Street, Oakland

Ascend School’s first through seventh grade students will be showcasing their work.

2011 Edwardian Vendor Bazaar
12 – 6 pm
The Regency Ballroom: 1270 Sutter Street, San Francisco

A hall of vendors for all those looking for that great Edwardian outfit or accessory.  Admission is free and there will be at full bar for 21+ with ID.  More info here.

Beginning Bicycle Outing
1 – 3 pm
Martin Luther King Shoreline Park: Doolittle Drive and Swan Way, Oakland

Meet-up with recreational staff at the Tidewater Boating Center at MLK Jr. Shoreline to head out on a 4.5-mile bike ride along the Bay Trail.  A limited number of loner bikes and helmets are available.  More info here.

Cal Women’s Basketball vs. UCLA
2 pm
UC Berkeley, Hass Pavilion: Bancroft Way and Dana Street. More info here.

Participate in Art: Uncomfortable Zones of Fun
8 – 11 pm
Temescal Art Center: 511 48 Street, Oakland

Bring your passions and musical instruments and participate in some performance art from shaman performance artist Frank Moore.  More info here.

Reptet at Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA

Seattle jazz sextet. More info here.

Sunday, January 23

Oakland’s first Restaurant Week
January 23 – 29
Various restaurants, Oakland

Come taste the fine cuisine offered by Oakland restaurants during Oakland’s first restaurant week.  A number of Oakland’s top restaurants will be offering special prix fixe dinner menus from $20 to $40 dollars.  Reservations are recommended.  More info here.

Creating Change One Cup at a Time
5 – 8:30 pm
Awaken Cafe, World Assembly Multipurpose Community Center, 410 14th Street, 2nd floor, Oakland

Speakers include Julia Butterfly Hill, Joel Makower, Jeff Greenwald, Marcia Crosby and Denise Jolly. Ticket prices and other info here.

Progressive Opportunities Career Fair
2 – 6 pm
David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

A fair focusing on jobs that aim to provide both fiscal and emotional satisfaction.  There will be seminars and workshops, as well as food and entertainment.  More info here.

Science and Engineering Festival
11 am – 3 pm
UC Berkeley – Sutardja Dai Hall: Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, Berkeley

Come enjoy some science activities – Earthquakes in Your Backyard, Optical Illusions, and a Live Brain Exhibition – that are made for the whole family.  More info here.
11 am: Science Talk, “How Attention Affects What You See”
1 pm: The Banana Slug String Band performs
2:10 pm: Science Talk, “How Stars Are Made”

Kabuki Film Screening “Sukeroku”
2 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center: 388 9 Street, Oakland

Free and open to the public.  The movie will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.  More info here.

Dear Indugu Acoustic Concert
5 pm
Nomad Café: 6500 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland

Come listen to a free acoustic performance by the local indie rock band.  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.

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.

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.

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 January 28 and January 30 to

1 Comment

  1. Becky on January 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    There’s also family storytime (aimed at ages 5 and under) at the Lakeview branch on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

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