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This weekend in Oakland

on June 10, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 10 – 12.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 10

Bites on Broadway
5:30 – 8:30 pm
45th and Broadway, Oakland

Mobile food, live local music, and lawn games. Continues every Friday through October 21. More info here.

Local Ink East Bay Tattoo Art & Style opening
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Tattoo-inspired art by local artists, plus music by DJ Lifeone. More info here.

O Zone at OMCA: Gold!
5 – 11:45 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

An evening of all things gold — gold panning, gold bling, “miner’s photo op” photo booth, plus deejays from Amoeba Records, sing-along gallery tours and a whiskey and beer garden. More info here.

Dancing Under the Stars: Cha Cha
8:30 – 1o pm
Jack London Square

A weekly free outdoor dance lesson followed by a dance party. More info here.

East Bay Bike Party: Skirt Party
Meet at 7:30 pm, ride leaves at 8 pm
Meet at Ashby BART

Guys and girls alike, wear your skirt for this one. The after-party will benefit Spokeland bike shop. 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.

Still Black, Still Proud, An African Tribute to James Brown
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

An afro-funk tribute starring Pee Wee Ellis, Vusi Mahlesa, Cheik Lo and more. Info on ticket prices and times here.

Locura, with Bang Data
Doors at 8:30, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Afro-Latin fusion and Latin hip-hop. More info and ticket prices here.

The 5th Annual Crash and Burn Fest
6 am – 12 am
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring Chronic Narcosis, MC Meathook and the Vital Organs,  Radio Revolt, Skin and Bones, and more. Tickets $5. More info here.

Damon & the Heathens
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Punk-funk. More info here.

Mighty Irie
1o pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Reggae and hip hop with DJs rocker-T, Smoke 0ne and Irie Dole. More info here.

Saturday June 11

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 11-12. Click here for more info about participating artists and galleries.

Uptown Body & Fender Open Studios
11 am – 6 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 11-12 from 11 am – 6 pm.

A Random Party for Random Acts
1 – 5 pm
Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street, Oakland

A fundraiser for Oakland Fire Random Acts of Kindness, featuring the fire department’s parade truck and color guard, as well as local food and beer. Admission $10. More info here.

Spokeland Public Art Tour
10 am – 1 pm
Meet at San Leandro BART station

An approximately 20-mile bike tour of East Bay public art that ends at the Spokeland bike shop in Oakland with a four-course lunch. RSVP required; tickets $25-50 to benefit Spokeland. More info here.

Piedmont Architectural Hike
9:45 am – 5 pm
Meet at Piedmont Elementary School lawn at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Echo Street, Oakland

A slow-paced walk past architecturally significant homes, including some designed by Julia Morgan, led by the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Bring money for a dinner after the walk. More info here.

Julianne Wallace Sterling: Pushing Fairy Tales
artist’s talk 2 pm, opening reception
6-9 pm
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

A solo show by Bay Area painter Julianne Wallace Sterling about women’s lives. Exhibition runs through June 25. More info here.

Compound Annual Group Show and Open Studios
Opening reception 6-9 pm
The Compound Gallery: 1167 65th Street, Oakland

The gallery celebrates its third anniversary with the works of 20 artists. Exhibit runs through July 17. More info here.

3rd Annual Cupcake Bakeoff
2 – 5 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Help score the 10 competing cupcakes and enjoy crafts, a photo booth and more. Admission $5. More info here.

Jan Steckel and Marc Hofstedter
7 pm
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

Poet and short story author Jan Steckel joins poet and essayist Marc Hofstedter for an in-store reading. More info 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.

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park cleanup
10 am – noon
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park: 2465 34th Avenue, Oakland

Volunteers can help pick up trash, pull weeds, clean graffiti. Refreshments served. More info here.

Deep East Oakland Speak Out
Allen Temple Baptist Church: 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland

A public forum and discussion on neighborhood issues. A free lunch will be served.

Extra Action Marching Band with special guests
Doors 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With the Itchy-O Marching Band, The Something Experience, Bitter Lover and DJ JunkDrawer. Tickets $15. More info here.

BlueBone Express and Hot Pink Feathers
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans style jazz and blues, with burlesque by the Hot Pink Feathers. More info here.

Little Bridges and Trails
7-10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Acoustic indie rock. More info here.

Sunday June 12

S.O.S. Save Our Songs fundraiser
7 – 10 pm
La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

A fundraiser for music and reading programs at Oakland’s Cleveland Elementary School. Performers include Allegra Bandy and the Feel Good Ensemble, spoken word poet Josh Healey, jazz guitarist Alex Pinto and more. $10 – 50 sliding scale donation requested; $5 for students. More info here.

The Art of Photography and GZ | Soulye Gallery opening
Reception 2 – 8 pm
2615 Magnolia Street, Suite D, Oakland

The opening of a new Oakland art gallery, as well as a photography exhibit by emerging local photographers and gallery co-owner Curtis Jermany. More info here.

Pride and Pentecost BBQ Potluck
11:30 am
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Bring a side dish for a potluck following the morning service. More info here.

Soul-full Glow
8 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJ aebldee plays soul music. More info here.

Sandy Perez y su Lade
7:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Afro-beat and salsa. 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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1 Comment

  1. annalee allen on June 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    free walking tours every Saturday and every Wednesday, Oakland Tours Program. reservations recommended but not required, 238-3234.

    If Oakland North could post these tours, it would much appreciated. Thanks. And keep up the good work!

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