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This weekend in Oakland

on June 24, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 24-26.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 24

Summer Solstice
9 pm – 1:30 am
827 Washington Street, Oakland

East Bay Loop and This Must Be the Place throw a mid-summer party featuring cocktails plus lounge and dance music from DJ Soul Luciani, donGuapo and Mario Dubbz. More info about reservations and ticket prices here.

Hobos in Oakland
9 pm – midnight
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

The Shark Alley Hobos challenge you to name a sea shanty they can’t play and urge you to come out for what they call “a night of singing and drinking.” $5 cover. More info here, if you dare.

This Twisted Tale, starring the Paper Doll Militia
Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland

A modern fairy tale for adults combining aerial arts, acrobatics, shadow puppetry and more. More info on times and ticket prices here.

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
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Weekly get-together featuring music, popcorn, ice cream, and beer, this week featuring DJs Lifeone and I-tan. More info and prices here.

The Music Man
Doors open at 7, movie at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Paramount Movie Classics presents “The Music Man,” the musical starring Buddy Hackett as singing con man Professor Harold Hill. Tickets $5. More info here.

Conscious Movie Meetup: “Dirt!”
7:30 pm
Center of Light, 2944 76th Avenue, Oakland

A group for people who want to watch movies designed to provoke thought and inspiration. More info here (must join the Meetup group to get event information).

ARRL Field Day
Joaquin Miller Park, Sequoia Arena
Friday afternoon through Sunday morning

The Oakland Radio Communication Association, Oakland’s Amateur Radio (“ham” radio) club, joins up with other groups across North America for a weekend to educate the public about amateur radio as well as practice in-the-field emergency response procedures. In-the-air operations go from 11 am Saturday until 11 am Sunday; the public is invited to listen in as the radio operators contact others across North America. More info here and here.

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

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

Zigaboo Modeliste
Doors at 9, show at 10
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

New Orleans percussionist Zigaboo Modeliste headlines. More info here.

Hugh Masekela
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela ends a two-night stand at Yoshi’s. More info and ticket prices here.

Hella Gay
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Electronica, house, and hip-hop dance party featuring deejays GStar and Astro. More info here.

Saturday June 25

Laurel District’s 6th Annual Summer Solstice Music Festival
9 am – 8 pm
MacArthur Boulevard between 35th Avenue and High Street

Inspired by the French Fete de la Musique when bands take to the streets on the summer solstice, bands from a variety of genres including reggae, hip-hop, jazz, soul, rock, folk and more will play free concerts along the street corners and storefronts of MacArthur Boulevard. You can see a program listing which bands will play at which locations here. More information about the event is here.

Walk in the Wild
5 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The zoo’s annual fundraiser — aka the Oakland Zoo’s 19th Annual Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade — offers sponsors a night of food, drink, dancing and entertainment at the zoo, featuring tasty treats and libations from local companies. Registration required, age 21 and over. More info and ticket prices here.

Barnyard Dance
6 – 11 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

An urban hoe-down, admission $5-20 on a sliding scale. More info here.

CSI Open Lab: Bike It!
11 am – 5 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Bring your bike for hands-on repair demos, a “bike hike” in the nearby redwoods, talk with bike experts and learn how much energy it takes to make a milkshake using a bike-powered blender. Free with museum admission. More info here.

Meg Ray presents Miette Bakery Cookbook
4 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Avenue, Oakland

Oakland chef Meg Ray, owner of San Francisco’s Miette bakery, talks about her new book and brings pastries to share. More info here.

Bookmaking with MOCHA
3 pm
81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland

Kids ages 3 and up can make their own book with the help of artists from Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art. More info here.

Shake it up!
3 pm
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Kids ages three and up can make their own musical instrument from recycled materials. Sign-up required. More info here.

Rubber Souldiers
Gates at 6, show at 6:30
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

As part of the Mashups Summer Music Series, Beatles cover band Rubber Souldiers plays and the family can picnic and dance. Tickets $10, children under 1 free. More info here.

Satin Doll Jazz and the Black Pearl Project
7-10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans-style rhythm and blues. More info here.

Generations in Jazz with Eldar Djangirov and Pat Martino
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Bebop pianist Eldar Djangirov and jazz guitarist Pat Martino pair up to play four shows over the weekend. Shows also continue on Sunday. More info on times and ticket prices here.

Crust Punk/Grind Night
7:30 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring Idol’s Plauge, Not Again and Betty White. More info here.

Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Latin jazz group led by drummer Brian Andres. $5 cover. More info here.

Brett Dennen
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Upbeat pop rock artist Brett Dennen. More info here.

Sunday June 26

Uniquely Yours Creative Writing Workshop
7 – 9:30 pm
Rock Paper Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
A writing workshop for writers of all levels that runs on the fourth Sunday of each month, facilitated by Peggy Simmons. Sliding scale donation of $1 to $25. More info here.

OMCA Family Explorations: Things that Move
1 -4 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Play games, participate in a Lego workshop, and watch artist Donna Kieko Ozawa (aka “Doctor Crank”) make moving sculptures from recycled materials. Included with museum admission or free for members. More info here.

KinderCycle clothing swap
2 – 4 pm
Capoeira Mandinga, 4137 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

A clothing swap for kids’ clothes, sizes newborn – 5 years old. $5 per family if you bring clothes to swap, $10 if you don’t. More info here.

Charles McLeod
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Author (and former Diesel employee) Charles McLeod reads from his new novel, American Weather at this publication party. More info here.

Shotgun Wedding Quintet
Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Show to celebrate the release of the hip-hop-jazz crossover band’s new album “Tales from the Barbary Coast.” More info and ticket prices here.

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

DJ aebldee spins soul. 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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1 Comment

  1. John Rabold on June 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Regarding “Paramount Movie Classics presents “The Music Man,” the musical starring Buddy Hackett as singing con man Professor Harold Hill.” Well, no. Robert Preston starred as Harold Hill, playing opposite Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. Hackett played Hill’s sidekick Marcellus Washburn … the only person in the cast who knew Harold Hill’s real name.

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