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This weekend in Oakland

on June 17, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 17-19.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 17

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.

Decompression Sessions: “HEAD” movie edition
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Weekly get-together featuring music, popcorn, ice cream, beer and a movie. 8 pm showing of “HEAD,” a movie starring The Monkees. More info and prices here.

Dancing Under the Stars: Rumba
8 – 10 pm
Jack London Square

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

Coffee with the Stars
7 – 10 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Stargaze from the observatory’s decks and keep warm with coffee. 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.

Vusi Mahlasela

Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

South African singer, poet and guitarist Vusi Mahlasela plays the New Parish. More info on times and ticket prices here.

Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

West African singer and percussionist Youssou N’Dour headlines performs with West African pop artist Angelique Kidjo. More info on times and ticket prices here.

The Bellrays, Damon & the Heathens, Jonny Manak & the Depressives
Doors at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie punk. $10 cover charge. More info here.

Carmen Lundy
Showtimes vary
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Carmen Lundy performs with Anthony Wonsey on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass and Jamison Ross on drums. More info on tickets and showtimes here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago blues. More info here.

Full Spectrum
10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJ mere plays hip-hop and old school. $10. More info here.

Saturday June 18

Juneteenth Celebration and Art Show
9 pm – 2 am
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Featuring music by Erk tha Jerk, D. Bledsoe, Vell4Short and more, plus art. More info on times and ticket prices here.

Ride to Save Oakland Libraries
11 am – 3 pm
Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway

A ride to several Oakland library branches to support them. More info from the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

Freeform Collage
4-6 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Two hours of doing collage as a meditative exercise. Bring newspapers, magazines or other paper materials that you are willing to share and cut up. More info and registration here.

Zarif Soulye Signature Shoe Party
2-6 pm
GZ | Soulye Gallery, 2615 Magnolia Street, Suite D, Oakland

Mingle and shop for women’s footwear. More info here.

Succulent container workshop
4 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Avenue, Oakland

Leslie Piels from Toad’s Potted Plants leads a workshop on planting a terracotta succulent container. More info on fees and registration here.

Redwood Regional Park Hike
11:30 am – 5 pm
Redwood Regional Park

The San Francisco Bay Area Sierra Club leads a hike through the redwoods, followed by a BBQ/potluck. More info on meeting points and other requirements here.

Cascada de Flores
10:30 am
Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland

A presentation on Mexican music, dance and culture. More info here.

Campfire Time
12 pm
Martin L. King Jr. Branch, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland

Scary stories, singalongs and s’mores for kids ages 5 and up. More info here.

Henna Tattoos
2 – 3:30 pm
Piedmont Ave. Branch, 160 41st Street, Oakland

A presentation on the art of henna, with free temporary henna tattoos, for teens age 12-18. More info here.

45 Sessions
9:15 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A night of deejaying using only 7″ vinyl records. More info here.

Matt & Kim
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Two-piece indie rock band Matt & Kim headlines, with the Thermals and Autobot from Flosstradamous. More info here.


Doors at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Legendary punkers T.S.O.L headline, with Civet and Hounds & Harlots. $12 cover. More info here.

The Height and Broken Cities
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Rock and post-rock. More info here.

Kickin’ the Mule
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues and R&B. More info here.

Sunday June 19

Community Clean Up
noon – 3 pm
San Pablo Avenue between 65th and 67th Streets

A PLACE for Sustainable Living and the Golden Gate Community Alliance host a volunteer clean up to remove litter, weed, and mulch trees along San Pablo Avenue. Bring your own gloves and meet at Tribu Cafe at noon. Followed by a potluck dinner afterwards. More info here.

Church of Craft
noon – 1 pm Sunday School, 1 – 5 pm crafting
Rock Paper Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Drop-in crafting — bring your own DIY project. More info here.

Oakland on Two Wheels
10 am – noon
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A bike tour of the area around the museum led by museum docents. For bikers age 12 and up. Bring your bike, helmet and repair kit. More info about registration and meeting place here.

The Oakland Standard: Felt
1 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A special day focusing on felt and where felt comes from — sheep. Event includes sheep shearing and wool carding demonstrations and a screening of Sweetgrass, a documentary about a sheep drive. Free with museum admission or for museum members. More info here.

Open Cockpit Day
noon – 4 pm
Oakland Aviation Museum, 8252 Earhart Road, Oakland

The museum hosts some special interactive exhibits, including the chance to sit in a Korean War MiG-15 cockpit and a Navy A-6 simulator trailer. More info here.

Father’s Day BBQ
noon – 2 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A BBQ lunch for dad, followed by a day at the observatory and science center. More info and ticket prices here.

Actual Jazz Series curated by Cory Wright
5 – 8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

A free evening of jazz music featuring the Noah Phillips/Chuck Johnson Duo and Bristle. More info here.

Fresh Steps
9 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Live emcees perform with dj aebldee as he spins soul music. More info here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Talks, Meetings and Groups

Oakland Walking Tours
Saturdays at 10 am

Free 90-minute walking tours through Oakland’s downtown, offered May through October. Reservations recommended. For more information, including details of the 8 itineraries available, click here.

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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