This weekend in Oakland
on April 22, 2011
Community events and activities for the weekend of April 22 – 24. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!
Friday, April 22
Paramount Movie Classics: “His Girl Friday” (1940)
8 – 10 pm
Paramount Theatre: 2025 Broadway, Oakland
The famous Art Deco movie palace boasts over 3,000 seats, period newsreels, cartoons, previews, live music from the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and the audience game “Dec-O-Win.” Doors open 60 minutes prior to the show. Cocktails, beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase. The feature film begins at 8:30 pm. Cost: $5. More info here.
Bay Area National Dance Week
The country’s largest dance week returns to the Bay and runs for 10 days, from Friday April 22 – Sunday May 1. There will be over 400 free dance events – including tango, hip-hop, and clogging – throughout the Bay. For a complete schedule, click here. More info here.
Earth Day Celebration
11 am – 1 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens: Mission and 4th Street, San Francisco
Gerber Daisies will be given out to park visitors in honor of the 41st Earth Day. There will be arts and crafts – how to make newspaper hats – gardening, and eco-system, animal, and recycling education. More info here.
Flash Mob Kick-Off: Bay Area National Dance Week
12 – 1 pm
Union Square: Post Street and Stockton Street, San Francisco
It’s Bay Area National Dance Week! To kick off the week, a flash mob will perform a synchronized dance to the Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (Dirty Bit).” Anyone is welcome to join in the dancing, but if you want to practice the routine, click here. 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.
Brooklyn Circus Spring Trunk Show
5 – 9 pm
The Brooklyn Circus: 1521 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
The Brooklyn Circus is once again hosting its annual trunk show of fun and unique clothing. You can shop until 9 pm and refreshments will be provided. More info here.
Celebrate Carnaval with the Mayor
San Francisco City Hall: 1 Carlton B Goodlett Place, San Francisco
Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco
7 – 9 pm
The Booksmith: 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
The Booksmith is hosting a two-part talk on homelessness. Sociologist Teresa Gowan will talk about living with 38 homeless men for 1,700 hours, and Khristine Jones and Mary Howe will talk about how they gave disposable cameras to homeless youth in Haight Ashbury and the 2,500 pictures they got back. More info here.
Saturday, April 23
24th Annual Lakeshore Easter Parade and Derby
10 am – 3 pm
Lakeshore Baptist Church: 3534 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland
All week, neighborhood kids have been decorating derbies, little plastic hats, for the Easter Parade. And on Saturday, the Easter Bunny will lead the kids – decked out in their derbies – down the merchant street. After the parade there will be prizes for the best derbies, Easter egg dying, and face painting. More info here.
3rd Annual Inner Peace Festival
10:30 am – 5 pm
The Pergola at Lake Merritt: 599 El Embarcadero, Oakland
Walk through the labyrinth, meditation on the deck or enjoy one of the numerous free treats. More info here.
Oakland Mosswood Easter Egg Hunt
1 – 4 pm
Mosswood Park: 3612 Webster Street, Oakland
Over 1000 lunches will be provided to participating kids, aged 1 – 14, at this annual event. There will be tons of candy and even 20 bicycle giveaways. More info here.
Free Tree Day at Lowe’s
If you can get there early enough on Saturday, you might be able to snag one of the million trees Lowe’s is giving away for Earth Day. More info here.
National Park Week 2011
Muir Woods National Park, CA
From April 16 – April 24, the National Park Service is waiving admission and parking fees for all its national parks. Participating parks in California include: Cabrillo, Death Valley, John Muir, Joshua Tree, Lassen Volcanic, Lava Beds, Muir Woods, Pinnacles, San Francisco Maritime, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Whiskeytown, and Yosemite. More info here.
Earth Day Celebration and Community Clean Up
10 am – 2 pm
Dolores Park: 18th Street and Church Street, San Francisco
If you want to lend a helping hand this Earth Day, head to Dolores Park and pick up some trash. From 10 am – 12 pm, volunteers will be picking up trash and debris. At noon a free bag lunch will be provided and from 1 – 2 pm volunteers will be handing out free recycled bags to park visitors. If you want to volunteer, please RSVP to Robert@doloresparkworks.org. More info here.
El Cerrito Spring Egg Hunt
Arlington Park: 1120 Arlington Boulevard, El Cerrito
Come early, as the hunt starts promptly at 10 am and is over in minutes. The event is geared towards kids under 12 years old. More info here.
Earth Stroll 2011
10 am – 3 pm
Crissy Field Center: 1199 East Beach in the Presidio, San Francisco
The Earth Stroll, in its 10th year, is an official National Park Week event. There will be animals, parachute games, and a bike rodeo. More info here.
Earth Day 2011 Festival
10 am – 6 pm
Civic Center Plaza: 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco
The largest Earth Day event in the Bay Area – there will be music, sustainable living educators, and keynote speakers, such as Wade Crowfoot of the Environmental Defense Fund. More info here.
Tree Tour of Cole Valley
La Boulange de Cole: 1000 Cole Street, San Francisco
Cole Valley is one of San Francisco’s most tree-lined neighborhoods, and Friends of the Urban Forest wants to take you on a tour. Matt Ritter – author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us – and Mike Sullivan – author of The Trees of San Francisco – will be leading the two hour tour. Please RSVP to Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org More info here.
Weiner Dog Easter Egg Hunt
Hap Magee Ranch Park: 1029 La Gonda Way, Danville
Dress up your Dachshund to the bunny nines and come join in the hunt – we put treats inside the eggs. More info here.
Vietnamese Film Festival
10:30 am – 9:30 pm
San Francisco State, Fine Arts Building, 101: 1700 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco
“Squid Printing” Book Binding Earth Day Party
11 am – 5 pm
San Francisco Center for the Book, Suite 334: 300 De Haro Street, San Francisco
It’s an Earth Day Extravaganza! Two squids will be available to be used to create prints, as well as book binding lessons, and vegetable carving. More info here.
Free Sailboat Ride Day & BBQ
11 am – 5 pm
Club Nautique, Suite 161: 1150 Ballena Boulevard, Alameda
Come charter one of Club Nautique’s sailboats for the day, or just come for a free ride. There will also be a free BBQ and beverages. More info here.
10,000 Easter Egg Hunt
12 – 1 pm
Park Merced, Juan Bautista Circles: Crespi Drive and Juan Bautista Circle, San Francisco
Berkeley Earth Day Celebration
12 – 5 pm
Civic Center Park: MLK and Allston, Berkeley
Come to test drive an electric car, participate in an ecology workshop or just take a tour of Trumer Brewery. More info here.
2011 Easter Bunny Pub Crawl
1 – 11:59 pm
McTeague’s Saloon: 1237 Polk Street, San Francisco
It’s time for BunnyCon – just like SantaCon, but with Bunnies. The group will be at McTeague’s Saloon from 1 – 3 pm and will then head out to start the crawl. More info here.
Earth Day Celebration at Paxton Gate
2 – 4 pm
Paxton Gate’s Curiosities For Kids: 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Come learn how to make beautiful san art at this Earth Day event. Snacks and beverages will be provided, along with free music. Cost: $5. More info here.
Chicken John’s ‘Puke In’ Food Truck Protest
Dolores Park: Dolores and 18th Street, San Francisco
Chicken John will puke on a trailer this weekend in order to protest the fact that a “commercial entity” – a food truck – will open a store in Dolores Park. John doesn’t want the city’s parks to become profit centers. More info here.
The Indoor Mural Project
7 – 11 pm
941 Geary: 941 Geary Street, San Francisco
Hush, Skinner, Damon Soule, Blek le Rat, Casey Gray, Chor Boogie, and others have covered a 3000 square-foot warehouse in murals. The exhibit has been open since April 1, but will close today – with a closing party from 6 – 9 pm. More info here.
6th Annual Fire Dance Expo
7:50 – 10 pm
Union Square: Post Street and Stockton Street, San Francisco
There will be nearly 30 performances during the two-hour expo, so bring a chair and come on by. More info here.
8 – 10 pm
Café Flore: Market Street and Noe Street, San Francisco
It’s a Middle-Eastern themed celebration in drag. More info here.
Sunday, April 24
The Bay Area Free Book Exchange
9 am – 6 pm (also on Saturday)
10520 San Pablo Avenue: El Cerrito
All books are available completely free of charge. More info here.
10 am – 5 pm
Union Street : Fillmore and Union, San Francisco
The Parade will run along Union Street from Gough to Fillmore. A Quirky Easter Parade will take the same route at 2 pm with everything from roller-blading cows to classic cars. There will be a climbing wall, petty zoo, and pony ride. More info here.
$1 Day: San Francisco Public Library Book Sale
10 am – 6 pm
Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion: Fort Mason, San Francisco
All 250,000 books at the sale will be $1 or less. More info here.
Indie Music Festival and Mechanical Bull Riding
11 am – 6 pm
Telegraph Avenue: Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way, Berkeley
It’s time for LastSundaysFest, a music festival featuring indie music, artisans, and mechanical bull riding. More info here.
Earth Week Free Events
11:30 am – 5 pm
Hayes Valley Farm: 450 Laguna Street, San Francisco
From April 24 – April 29, Hayes Valley Farm is holding tons of free activities in honor of earth week. More info here.
Dolores Park Easter Celebration with Hunky Jesus Contest
12 – 4 pm
Dolores Park: 18th Street and Dolores, San Francisco
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be hosting the 32nd annual Easter Sunday events. Their will an events for kids from 11 am – 12 pm, For the rest of the day there will be events for adults such as the Bonnet and Hunky Jesus Contests. More info here.
Cowgirl Cowhunt: Fun Street Game
Justin Herman Plaza: 1 Market Street, San Francisco
The hunt is game of team tag – inspired by the idea of manhunts – and is set in 1919. The event is a test for future games, so it may not run 100 percent smoothly. RSVP encouraged, click here. More info here.
“Bring Your Own Big Wheel” Race 2011
20th and Vermont: 20th and Vermont Streets, San Francisco
Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings
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.
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.
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.
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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