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This weekend in Oakland

on June 3, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 3 -5.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 3

Temescal Summer Art Hop
6 – 9 pm
Telegraph Avenue corridor in the Temescal District

Over twenty Temescal galleries, cafes and shops open their doors for an evening art stroll. You can collect stamps on your “passport” at many of the shops — collect 10 to enter a free raffle. More info here.

Uptown Body & Fender Open Studios
Preview reception Friday 6-9 pm
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland

20 East Bay artists exhibit work in a range of media including drawings, ceramics, printmaking, and jewelry.  A portion of the proceeds from sales at the opening reception will benefit the Gubbio Project, which serves homeless people. Exhibit continues June 4-5 and 11-12 from 11 am – 6 pm.

Oakland Art Murmur
6-9 pm
Uptown Oakland arts corridor between Telegraph and Broadway, and between 23rd and 26th Streets

A monthly First Friday art walk during which participating galleries open their doors to the public. Street performances and food trucks will be available nearby. More info here.

Femme Cartel: Girly/Urban Art Opening
8 – 11 pm
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

A showing of low-priced, girl-centric arts, crafts, fashion and jewelry, featuring live deejays. More info here.

Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter
Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th Street (ground floor of the Fox Oakland Building), Oakland

TheatreFIRST presents the story of an Iraq war veteran who returns to California after losing a leg in combat and struggles to rejoin the community. The show runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 19. More info about show times and ticket prices here.

Snap Judgment Live
8 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A live taping of NPR show Snap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington, featuring storytelling and a live band. Show tapes both June 3 and 4. Tickets $18. More info here.

Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Festival
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland

Outdoor bluegrass festival featuring The Brothers Comatose, Marley’s Ghost, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, the Kathy Kallick Band, The Tuttles with AJ Lee, Arann Harris and the Farm Band. Concert continues June 3-4. Overnight camping permitted.  More info here.

Little Wings, Blank Tapes, Pancho-san, Whisperman
Doors at 6 pm, show 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative and folk rock. More info here.

Anthony David
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Neo-soul singer and songwriter Anthony David performs. More info and ticket prices here.

Bachaco, Los del Kumbiaton, Pata de Perro & Codigo
Doors at 7 pm
Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Cumbia and reggaeton. More info here.

10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJs Spair and Mere of the Oakland Faders play hip-hop and R&B. Admission $10. More info here.

First Friday Follies Burlesque
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Music, comedy and burlesque, hosted by MC Juicy D. Light. More info here.

Saturday June 4

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon
Times and locations vary

The nonprofit Maddie’s Fund is sponsoring a “free fur all” adoption weekend at over 40 local animal shelters — adoption fees for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies will be waived, and the fund will donate $500 to $1,500 to the shelter for each animal adopted. (The larger amounts will be donated for the adoption of older animals or those with medical needs.) The event continues June 4-5. Read more about the adoptathon on Oakland North, or get a list of participating shelters and event times here.

East Bay Open Studios
11 am – 6 pm, various locations

Over 400 artists exhibit works in a variety of media in galleries throughout the East Bay. The event runs June 4-5 and 11-12. Click here for more info about participating artists and galleries.

Arts and Music in the Gardens
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

More than 50 artists will showcase and sell work, acoustic musicians will perform, poets will read their work and muralist Dan Fontes will lead a painting event. There will also be gardening talks and demonstrations as well as a zine exchange. Admission is free. Event runs both June 4-5. More info here.

Sierra Singles California Trails Day Trail Work Service Trip
8:30 am

Volunteers will help with trail work in Oakland’s Sibley Regional Preserve. Registration required, more info and contact information here.

Stitch Kitchen for Kids
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Designers and sewing instructors Nan Eastep and Ingrid Good will teach a series of sewing workshops for kids over the four Saturdays in June. Students will learn clothes recycling and repair, sewing machine use, applique and basic techniques. More info on times, prices and materials here.

MPACT — Moving Parents and Children Together
9 – 10 am
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland

Free dance class for children and parents. RSVP to 510-428-1155. More info here.

81st Avenue Children’s Reading Festival
11 am – 3 pm
81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland

Author and illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez will discuss her books, the Lawrence Hall of Science will offer educational experiments, and the Prescott Circus Theatre will perform. More info here.

Stone Soup Improv June Show
8 pm
Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland

An evening of improvisational comedy held on the first Saturday of each month. Tickets are $10/$7 students and seniors, $1 in advance. More about Stone Soup Improv from Oakland North. More info about the show and tickets here.

Fishbone plus special guests
Doors at 8:30, show at 9:30
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ska-funk-punkers Fishbone play an all-ages show. More info and ticket prices here.

The Dickies, Turbonegra
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Punk and new wave. More info here.

Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco joins guitarist Rick Zunigar and drummer Ramon Banda for a series of performances June 4-5. More info here about times and ticket prices.

Smoove Saturday
10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Classic hip-hip and neo-soul with JAMO and WISDOM. Admission $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. More info here.

The Vultures, The Jaded Optimists
7 – 1o pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Acoustic roots rock. More info here.

Sunday June 5

Temescal Street Fair
noon – 6 pm
Telegraph Avenue between 45th and 51st, Oakland

UPDATE: POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 10 BECAUSE OF WEATHER. A street fair with entertainment for both kids and adults, featuring music, a capoeira performance, a magic performance, kids’ carousel rides and a climbing wall. More info here.

Free Bike Adjustments with Bike Man Dan
2 – 3 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Local bike shop owner Bike Man Dan will be outside of the cafe on the first Sunday of every month to answer questions or help you work on your bike. More info here.

Free First Sundays at the Oakland Museum
11 am – 5 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The first Sunday of every month is free at the museum, including building tours and access to the special exhibit Michael C. McMillen: Train of Thought. More info here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Talks, Meetings and Groups

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.

Piedmont Avenue Branch Knitting Group
Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm
Piedmont Ave. Branch, 160 41st Street, Oakland

Weekly knitting get-together and help session.

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.

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.

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.

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