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This weekend in Oakland

on April 8, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 8 – 10.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, April 8

8 Days of Anarchy
12 – 7 pm
Various locations, Oakland and San Francisco

8 Days of Anarchy is a time honored spring tradition in San Francisco, and this year runs from Tuesday to Tuesday, April 5 to April 12.  The week includes study groups, film nights, workshops, and book readings.  An Anarchist event, times and locations are vague and vary – you can find a bit more information here.  Day Four is all about Soapbox Speeches, with the group meeting at the Fruitvale BART station at noon.  The group will be at the Berkeley BART station at 2 pm, the Embarcadero BART station at 4, and the Civic Center BART station at 6.  Public speeches will be given ala Anarchists on milk crates from the earlier 20th century.  Example speeches will be provided.  More info here.

Community Forum: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s First 90 Days
12 – 2 pm
Everett & Jones Barbeque: 126 Broadway, Oakland

Mayor Quan will discuss her first 90 days in office with members of Oakland’s community.  Cost: $25. More info here.

7:30 pm (also on Saturday: 9 am)
Temple Sinai: 2808 Summit Street, Oakland

Temple Sinai is having a special Friday night Shabbat Service.  The service will include a wine tasting, community Havdalah, a potluck dinner, and a speech by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner.  Saturday morning there will be a special Torah study.  More info here.

En Vogue
8 pm and 10 pm (also on Saturday: 10 pm; Sunday: 7 and 9 pm)
Yoshi’s: 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

The R&B quartet – originally from Oakland – are returning home this weekend.  Their 2010 show a huge success, they are hoping for a repeat performance.  Cost: $50.  More info here.

Free Tax Help for Low to Moderate Income Households
12-6 pm
Eastmont Town Center, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Oakland.

Volunteers will provide free tax preparation to people who meet one or more of the following criteria for the 2010 tax year: made $49,000 or less, are active military personnel who made $58,000 or less, or who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The event will also include a resource fair that will feature local organizations including the Peralta Community Colleges, the Workforce Collaborative, Earn it! Keep it! Save it! and the Bank of Oakland.


Cal Lacrosse vs. Oregon
1 pm
Witter Rugby Field: Centennial Drive and Stadium Rim Way, Berkeley

More info here.

Cal Women’s Tennis vs. Washington
1:30 pm
Hellman Tennis Center: Oxford Street at Frank Schlessinger Way, Berkeley

More info here.

Off the Grid: Friday Night Food Truck Party
5 – 10 pm
Fort Mason: Marina and Laguna, San Francisco

After a four-month break, this weekly food fete is back!  Every Friday, a diverse group of 30 different food vendors gathers in the Fort Mason Center parking lot to serve the masses with great food.  Alembic Bar and Magnolia Brewery will be running the bar and there will be live music from 6 – 10 pm.  New vendors for 2011 include: Wow Truck, JapaCurry, Brass Kuckle, Zombie Curry, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Sataysfied and Masubi Kings.  More info here.

No Exit
6 pm (also on Sunday)
315 Wheeler Hall: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley

This year, The UC Berkeley English Undergraduate Association’s annual spring play is No Exit. All donations will go to support the English Undergraduate Association’s future activities.  More info here.

Steven T. Jones: “Tribes of Burning Man”
7 pm
Books Inc: 1344 Park Street, Alameda

Author Steven T. Jones discusses his new book, “Tribes of Burning Man: How An Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture.”  More info here.

Darryl Brock: “Havana Heat”
7 pm
Books Inc: 1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley

“Havana Heat” tells the story of former Giants pitcher Luther “Dummy” Taylor – one of baseball’s first deaf players – visit to Cuba and how it changed his life.  Author Darryl Brock will be on hand to discuss his book and sign copies.  More info here.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o
7 pm
Revolution Books: 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley

Ngugi wa Thiong’o is an exiled Kenyan author, who will be reading from and signing his new book, “Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir.”  More info here.

Asian American Talent Showcase Go Ohana!
7:30 pm
Le Pena Cultural Center: 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

The African Connection presents Afro-Peruvian percussionist Pedro Rosales – along with a number of other acclaimed musicians – all coming together to create a unique new sound.  More info here.

8 pm (also on Saturday and Sunday)
Garage Gallery: 3110 Wheeler Street, Berkeley

FACT/SF , one of San Francisco’s most inventive contemporary dance companies will be performing at the Garage all weekend for their home season.  The group will also perform next Friday – Sunday.  More info here.

Fantomas 100th Anniversary Celebration
8 pm
Secret Location

Frenchmen Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain created the character of Fantomas 100 years ago.  The villain is thought to be the inspiration for many a James Bond evildoer.  To celebrate the anniversary, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers are putting on “An Elegant Threat: a performance piece and soiree” by Janaki Ranpura.  The event is to be held at a secret location in San Francisco.  If you wish to attend, you must pick up an invitation – available at City Lights Booksellers in North Beach.  The invitation will provide you with the much-needed site.  More info here.

Primavera Latin Jazz Band: CD Release Party for Tocando Juntos
8 pm
Jazzschool: 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Jazzschool is celebrating the release of Primavera’s new CD, Tocando Juntos.  The CD features songs by Cal Tjader, Clare Fischer, Tito Puente, and Chick Corea.  More info here.

High Sierra Music Festival
9 pm
Starry Plough: 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

It is true Americana with the bands River City, The Brothers Comatose, and Emily Bonn & the Vivants.  Cost: $8.  21 and up only.  More info here.

Saturday, April 9

East Oakland Summit on Human Trafficking
9 am – 12 pm
Allen Temple Baptist Church: 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland

The Summit will include workshops, training and discussion.  Nola Brantley, executive director of MISSSEY – Motivating, Inspiring, Serving and Supporting, Sexually Exploited Youth – and Melissa Farley, executive director of Prostitution Research and Education in San Francisco will both give lectures.  More info here.

Rhododendron Flower Show 2011
10 am – 4 pm
Lakeside Garden Center – Lake Merritt: 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Hundreds of Rhododendrons – including rare, unusual, and fragrant varieties – will be on display for the flower show.  There will be miniature versions, shrubs with football-sized flowers, and trees with huge leaves.  There will also be a plant doctor on hand to help with any of your horticulture queries.  The plant sale begins at 10 am and the flower show starts at noon.  More info here.

Spring into the Garden
11 am – 2 pm
West Oakland Middle School: 991 14th Street, Oakland

OBUGS – Oakland Based Urban Gardens – are hosting the community-planting event, which will also feature demonstrations, a fruit salad making station and face painting.  More info here.

Obscura Day: Victorian Era By Candlelight
2:30 – 5:30 pm
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park: 2465 34th Avenue, Oakland

Obscura Day is an international day – occurring at 80 different sites around the world – of expeditions, back-rooms tours and hidden treasures.  The Peralta Hacienda will be offering free behind the scenes candlelight tours of the Victorian farmhouse and a chance to meet the ghost of Maria Peralta herself.  There will be tamales and sangria for anyone who wants a snack.  More info here.

Obscura Day: Cocktails and Steampower
4 – 9 pm
Kinetic Steamworks: 2525 Mandela Parkway, Oakland

Obscura Day is an international day – occurring at 80 different sites around the world – of expeditions, back-rooms tours and hidden treasures.  Kinetic Steamworks is a collective dedicated to steam powered machines and will be delighted to demonstrate and discuss the prized machines with you on Saturday afternoon.  A cocktail mixer – with drinks provided by Hendrick’s Gin – will follow the demonstration.  RSVP here.  More info here.

Ruta Sepetys
7 pm
A Great Good Place for Books: 6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland

Ruta Sepetys will read from and sign copies of her new novel, “Between Shades of Grey.”   More info here.

Punks Vs. Hipsters
9 pm
East Bay Rats Clubhouse: 3025 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Those of the punk music genre will face off against those of the hipster side in a grand battle of the bands.  Cost: $5.  More info here.


Fifth Annual Shortest Triathlon Ever
8 am
Emeryville City Hall: 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville

The event includes a 100-yard swim, a 2.5-mile bike ride and a 2.1-mile run.  There will also be a health and wellness fair, breakfast, and an awards ceremony.  The race – presented by the Bay Area Orthopedic Sports and Spine Foundation – begins and ends at Emeryville Hall.  Registration opens at 6:30 am.  Cost: $35-$55, Emeryville students are free.  All proceeds go to support health and fitness programs for Emeryville Unified School District.   More info here.

Artisan Organic Cheese Tour of Marin
9 am – 6:30 pm
David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Visit local dairies and learn about cheesemaking from actual cheesemakers.  Bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable shoes.  Cost: $85.  More info here.   

Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade
10 am – 12 pm
Dolores Park: 566 Dolores Street, San Francisco

The parade – now in its 11th year – will end with the 24th Street Fair.  Cesar Chavez represents the values of service, sacrifice, self-determination, non-violence and community. The Parade will assemble at 10 am, on 19th Street between Dolores Park and Guerrero.  The Parade begins at 11 and goes all the way to 24th Street.  More info here.

16th Annual Anarchist Book Fair
10 am – 6 pm (Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm)
County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco

8 Days of Anarchy is a time honored spring tradition in San Francisco, and this year runs from Tuesday to Tuesday, April 5 to April 12.  The week includes study groups, film nights, workshops, and book readings.  An Anarchist event, times and locations are vague and vary – you can find a bit more information here.  Day Five hosts the San Francisco Bay Anarchist Book Fair.  There will be booksellers, independent presses and political displaying everything from pamphlets to art at the event.  There will also be an art show, free bike valet parking and over 30 different speakers.  More info here.

Saturday’s speakers include: Jim Miller, Larry Bob Roberts, Jeff Conant, Andrej Grubacic, Dominque Demetrea Stevenson: Eddie Conway, Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Dennis Cunningham, Penelope Rosemont, Allan Ruff, Cal Winslow, Ken Knabb, and Rebecca Solnit.
Sunday’s speakers include: Andrew Cornel, Annie Danger, Critical Resistance, Diane Di Prima, Sumner Brenner, Jeffrey St. Clair, Michael Harris, Sin Soracco, Tery Bisson, Nick Mamatas, and Crimethnc.

Obscura Day: Expedition to Mount Olympus
11 am – 1 pm
Mount Olympus: Clayton Street and 17th Street, San Francisco

Obscura Day is an international day – occurring at 80 different sites around the world – of expeditions, back-rooms tours and hidden treasures.  Mount Olympus used to be home to Adolf Sutro’s grand statue, “The Triumph of Light.”   While the statue is long gone, the pedestal it stood on still remains, and for those who make it to the top of Mount Olympus a talk about the famous piece of art – along with juice and cookies – awaits.  More info here.

Typewriter Haiku Flash Mob & Origami Performance
11 am – 5 pm
NPC Lot, Japantown: Buchanan and Post, San Francisco

SOMArts Cultural Center is taking this mobile exhibit to the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown.  The exhibit includes hanging scroll etchings by Seiko Tachibana, origami lessons with a member of the Bay Area Rapid Folders, an interactive “scent piano,” tea-bowl making workshops, and a haiku flash mob led by Silvi Alcivar.  More info here.

SFO’s New Terminal 2 Open House
12 – 5 pm
San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2: 275 South Airport Boulevard, San Francisco

SFO is celebrating the unveiling of it’s newest Terminal – Terminal 2 – with a party and open house.  Terminal 2 will be the new home of Virgin America and American Airlines.  The day’s activities include the T2 Skytracker Eco-Challenge, a meet and greet with the artists whose work adorns the walls of T2, aviation information galore, and live entertainment.  There will also be a ton of food and beverages available.  The event is free, but timed tickets are required.  More info here.

Cal Women’s Tennis vs. Fresno State
12 pm
Hellman Tennis Center: Oxford Street at Frank Schlessinger Way, Berkeley

More info here.

Stanford “FanFest” & Spring Football Game
12 – 4 pm
Kezar Stadium: 670 Kezar Drive, San Francisco

After winning the Orange Bowl last year, Stanford’s football team is looking good.  To celebrate this year’s squad, the team will playing in the free intersquad “Cardinal and White Spring Football Game” at Kezar stadium – once home to the Oakland Raiders.  New coach David Shaw and Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck, as well as members of the band and cheerleading squad will be at the event.  The FanFest will be from 12 – 1:45 pm and will include a beer garden, music, activity stations, face painting, and autograph opportunities.  Kickoff is at 2 and immediately after the game there will be another meet and greet session with the 2011 Stanford players.   More info here.

Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Festival
12 – 6 pm
24th Street in the Mission: 24th Street and Alabama Street, San Francisco

The Holiday Festival, like the parade, is also in its 11th year and is the largest event in Northern California honoring Chavez.  The festival will be especially focused on youth.  Activities include, a teach-in about Chavez’s life and work, live music, a classic car show, arts and crafts, and numerous community service and information booths.  More info here.

44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
12 – 6 pm (also on Sunday, as well as Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17)
Japantown: 1759 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The festival will be held on Post Street, between Laguna and Fillmore.  There will be food vendors, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, and the annual Queen Program.  The Grand Parade will be held next Sunday, April 17th.  More info here.

Extreme Plants: Desert Gardens for Kids
1 – 2:30 pm
University of California Botanical Garden: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

A mini-tour of the Arid House and Desert collections will start off the day and refreshments will be provided.  Cost: One adult and one child, members $17; non-members $20; $12 for each additional child.  More info here.

Chris Williams: “Ecology and Socialism”
5 – 7 pm
Ecology Center: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

Chris Williams, activist, chemistry professor and author, discusses the subject of his new book, “Ecology and Socialism,” with Anuradha Mittal, executive director of The Oakland Institute.  More info here.

Philharmonia Baroque
8 pm (also Sunday: 7:30 pm)
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will present The Creation by Franz Josef Haydn, at its last concert of its 30th anniversary season.  Cost: $25 – $80.  More info here.

Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Flash Mob
9 pm
The Cat Club: 1190 Folsom Street, San Francisco

In honor of Janet Jackson’s upcoming April 20th concert at the Bill Graham Civic Center, the Bay Area Flash Mob organized a party, Rhythm Nation: The Best of Janet Jackson and the Ladies of the 80s.  The flash mob will be performing two dance routines: Rhythm Nation and a Janet Medley, which includes Miss You Much, Escapade, and All for You.  The club opens at 9 pm and doesn’t close until 3 am on Sunday morning.  Cost: free before 9:30 pm, $5 before 10, and $8 after.  There will also be $1 well drinks before 10.  21 and over with ID only.  More info here.

Burlesque Night
9 pm
Pops Bar: 24th Street and York Street, San Francisco

The legendary Dottie Lux will be performing to DJs Eva Von Slut and Rick Eusey’s tunes.  There will $2 PBRs all night long.  21 and over only.  More info here.

Sunday, April 10

Pamela Weisberger: “Cadastral Maps and Landowner Records: New Horizons for Genealogists”
12:30 – 4 pm
Oakland Regional Family History Center: 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland

Pamela Weisberger – a genealogy expert – will discuss recent advances in her field.  More info here.

Susie Bright
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore: 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Susie Bright is known for sex.  The co-founder of the first every female-focused sex magazine, On Our Backs, discusses her memoir, “Big Sex Little Death.”  More info here.

Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings
6 pm
Oracle Arena: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

It the last game of the season for the Golden State Warriors and possibly the last game ever for the Sacramento Kings – rumored to be looking to move to southern California.  Cost: $15 – $1500.  More info here.


Macy’s 65th Annual Flower Show
All day
Macys Union Square: 170 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco

The entirety of Macy’s Union Square store will be covered in flowers and decorative greenery.  The show will remain open until April 10.  This year’s exhibitions include: Enchanted Garden (Cosmetics Department), Whimsical Topiary Garden (Fragrance Department), Rooftop Garden (Watch Department), Tropical Rainforest (Handbag Department), and a Zen Garden (Jewelry Department).  If you bring your Flower Show brochure to the 6th floor Visitor Center you can receive 10% off for the day.  For daily events, click here.  More info here.

8 Days of Anarchy
10 am – 6 pm
UC Berkeley Davis Hall: Berkeley, CA

8 Days of Anarchy is a time honored spring tradition in San Francisco, and this year runs from Tuesday to Tuesday, April 5 to April 12.  The week includes study groups, film nights, workshops, and book readings.  An Anarchist event, times and locations are vague and vary – you can find a bit more information here.  Day Six is The BASTARD – Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research and Development – Conference.  More info about the conference, here.  More info about 8 Days of Anarchy, here.

Symposium: Poverty and Homelessness in Alameda County
10 am – 4 pm
Maude Fife Room: 315 Wheeler Hall, Berkeley

There will be presentations, discussions, and breakout sessions discussing various issues surrounding poverty and homelessness.  More info here.

Symposium: Music of Andrew Imbrie
11 am – 1:30 pm
125 Morrison Hall: UC Berkeley, Berkeley

The symposium will celebrate the life and work of composer Andrew Imbrie.  More info here.

“Thread” Indie Fashion Show
11 am – 6 pm
Meteron Shopping Center: 101 4th Street, San Francisco

The shopping center will be displaying the work of numerous local fashion designers.  There will be vendor booths, live crafting, a Thread Man-Cave, designer giveaways, free manicure and pedicure samples, as well as signature cocktails and snacks.  Cost: $5 with RSVP – click here – and $10 at the door.  More info here.

Antique Japanese Sword Exhibition
12 – 4 pm
National Japanese American Historical Society Office Building: 1684 Post Street, San Francisco

The San Francisco Nipponto Society will be displaying about 30 items, including a 1,000 year old Tachi sword, Kashu Kaga Clan’s Kiyomitsu Wakizashi, the biggest Tanegashima musket gun in the US, and the 3rd longest spear tip in the world: a 450-year old spear tip that is 36 inches long.  More info here.

30th Annual Northern California Book Awards
1 – 4 pm
SF Public Library Main Branch – Koret Auditorium: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

The Northern California Book Reviewers are honoring the best work of 2010 – in six categories: Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Children’s Literature, and Translation.  For a list of all the nominees, click here. The Awards Ceremony will be from 1 – 2:30 pm and will be followed by a special reception with many of the authors available to sign their works.  More info here.

Golden Gate Park Band: Opening Night
1 – 2:45 pm
Spreckels Temple of Music: Music Concourse Drive and Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco

The Golden Gate Park Band is celebrating the opening night of its 129th season.  Sunday’s concert is an all-request concert and will probably include music by Beethoven, Richard Rogers, the Blues Brothers, and the Beatles.  More info here.

Christine Yano: “Airborne Dreams:” ‘Nisei’ Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways”
3 – 4:30 pm
Eastwind Books of Berkeley: 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley

Christine Yano discusses her book, “Airborne Dreams,” and the interviews with Japanese American women recruited to work as flight attendants in 1955.  More info here.

Greek Cultural Parade & Festival
3 pm
Civic Center: Grove and Polk, San Francisco

The Festival starts off with the Hellenic Culture Parade – celebrating the 190th anniversary of Greek independence.  The parade will begin at 5th and Market Street, with participants marching down Market Street till they reach City Hall.  After the parade, there will be a small festival in front of city hall.  The festival will include traditional dance performances, lots of food, and a reception.  More info here.

Ladies Rock Camp Showcase 2011
3 – 6 pm
Starry Plough: 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

The women of Ladies Rock Camp will showcase the musical skills that they have been working on by performing their songs.  The event is a fundraiser for the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.  More info here.

Fire and Ice
3:30 pm
La Pena Cultural Center: 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

The Stagebridge Senior Theater Company is presenting a compilation of stories about the power and majesty of our earth.  Cost: $10 – $12.  More info here.

Panel Discussion: “A Quarter Century of Chernobyl”
4 – 6 pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists: 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Joanna Macy will moderate this panel discussion, organized by the Center for Safe Energy.  Russian anti-nuclear activists Natalia Mansurova, Natalia Mironova, and Tatiana Mukhamedyarova will be apart of the panel.  Cost: $5 – $15 suggested donation.  More info here.

Kelli Stanley and Steven Saylor: Rome Comes to Berkeley!
5 pm
Books Inc: 1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley

Authors Kellie Stanley and Steven Saylor will be discussing their new books, Curse-Make and Empire, respectively.  The authors will also be available to sign copies.  More info here.

Caren Armstrong
8 pm
Freight & Salvage Coffehouse: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Singer/Songwriter Caren Armstrong will be performing with Joe Craven and Joshua Zucker for the taping of her live show.  Cost: $20.50 – $22.50.  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.

Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading
First Saturday of every month, 3 – 5 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge: 1320 Addison Street, Berkeley

All ages are welcome to come participate at the Bay Area Poets monthly open reading.  Each poet or reader has between three and five minutes to present his or her pieces.  Just coming to listen is also fine.  Please only park on the street.  Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location.  More info here.

First Sunday of every month, 3 pm
Auctions by the Bay Theater: Alameda Point Naval Air Station, Alameda

“artiFACTS” is a monthly talk about the art of collecting and a preview of the monthly estate auction, which takes place the following Monday.  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.


LOUD Youth Group
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 4 – 6 pm
Pacific Center: 2712 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

LOUD Youth Group is a drop-in group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth.  Tuesdays focus on arts and crafts, writing, and music.  Thursdays focus on hot topics and guest speakers.  Fridays focus on queer moves and video games.  More info here.

Bay Street Stroller Strides
Fridays 9:30 am
Old Navy: 5625 Bay Street, Emeryville

Come join other mom’s as they incorporate power walking, jogging, body toning, and strength and flexibility training into their morning walks with their babies.  First class is free.  Cost: $120 for a 10-class pass.  More info here.

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.

MTC Community Garden Hoe-Down
Saturdays 9 – 11 am
Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58 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.

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.

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.

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