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This weekend in Oakland

on July 7, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of July 8-10.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday July 8

The Last Blast: Final Space Shuttle Launch
7:30 am, but time and date may change based on weather conditions

Watch the final Space Shuttle launch on the large screens at Chabot, and hear observatory staff talk about the science and significance of the space program. Launch time and date subject to change if NASA delays the launch. More info about times and ticket prices here.

Spirit of the Rainforest
1 pm
Piedmont Avenue Branch Library, 160 41st Street, Oakland

Part of the Summer Reading Program for kids, “One World, Many Stories.” Learn about the people, plants and animals of the rainforest. More info here.

Paramount Movie Classics presents “National Velvet”
Box office opens at 6 pm, show at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor star in the classic film about a girl and her horse. More info here.

East Bay Bike Party Goes Monochromatic
Meet at 7:30 pm, bike ride starts at 8 pm
Meet at the Lake Merritt BART station, ride ends at the Parkway Lounge, 1850 Park Boulevard

A group ride through Oakland and Alameda — pick a color, and make sure you and your bike are monochromatic! More info here.

8 pm
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

Woodminster Summer Musicals presents the classic Dickens tale. The show runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through July 17. More info on tickets and show dates here.

Urban Indi-go-go
5-8 pm
Urban Indigo, 3339 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland

The design shop hosts its second annual Indi-go-go Vintage Party. More info 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.

Staff Art Show Opening
5 – 1o pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Actual Cafe staff members display their artwork and read from their published work. Also featuring music from DJ’s K-Tel and Credo, as well as music by Caroline Parsons, Taylor Landry, Bradley Cruz and more. More info here.

Hazel White and Jaime Robles
7:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Avenue, Oakland

Poets Hazel White and Jaime Robles read from their recent work. More info here.

Comedy Off Broadway
8 pm
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland

Comedy featuring Kevin Camia. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

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

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

Friday Evening Jazz featuring the Roger Glenn Jazz Ensemble
8 – 11 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Dinner and jazz; admission $15 plus $5 for dinner. Reservations recommended. More info here.

Widespread Panic
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Jam band Widespread Panic begins a two night stand at the Fox. More info here.

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons
Doors at 9 pm, show at 10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Power rock band Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons begin a two-night stand at The New Parish. Second show on Saturday. More info and ticket prices here.

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

Oakland punk-funk. More info here.

Michael Franks
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz singer and songwriter Michael Franks begins three nights of shows at Yoshi’s. Shows continue Saturday and Sunday. More info here about times and ticket prices.

Old Man Markly, Blag Dahlia, Jesse Morris and the Man Cougars
Doors at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Bluegrass/punk, $10 cover. More info here.

Mighty Irie
10 pm
Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Reggae and dancehall with DJs rocker-T, Smoke-0ne, and Irie Dole. Admission $10.  More info here.

Realization Orchestra, Stupid Man Suit
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Garage/prog/free jazz. More info here.

Saturday July 9

Barn Yard Sale
9 am – 3 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Bring your used clothing, fabric, craft materials and kitchen, garden and electronic gear in good condition to sell at a benefit for A PLACE for Sustainable Living, and come by later in the day to shop. Donation drop off 8 – 10 am. More info here.

Bookmaking with Recycled Paper
10 am – noon
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Bookmaker Juliayn Coleman teaches a workshop on bookmaking using recycled materials. Sliding scale $5 to $25 donation. More info here.

Clothes Upcycling Workshop
noon – 2 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

B. Spoke Tailor owner Nan Eastep teaches a workshop on upcycling your clothes. Sliding scale $5 to $25 donation. More info here.

Women and Transgender Bicycle Repair Workshop
2 – 5 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Spokeland Bicycle Co-op offers a bike repair workshop for women and transgender people; donations appreciated. More info here.

Peralta Hacienda Park Clean-Up
10 am – noon
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park: 2465 34th Avenue, Oakland

Volunteers can help remove trash, weeds and graffiti. More info here.

Golden State Lily Society Show and Sale
noon – 5 pm
The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Show continues on Sunday. More info here.

100th Year Celebration at deFremery Recreation Center
1-4 pm
deFremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

Vendors, guest speakers and exhibits to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the park. More info here and even more info here.

A Voyage to Kenya
Martin L. King Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland

Part of the Summer Reading Program for kids, “One World, Many Stories.” Learn about Kenya with stories and crafts. More info here.

What is Matter?
3 – 5 pm
Main Library, Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Learn about the different states of matter with speakers from the Lawrence Hall of Science. More info here.

Diane Ehrensaft
6 pm
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

Author and psychologist Diane Ehrensaft discusses her book “Gender Born, Gender Made; Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children.” More info here.

Comedy Off Broadway
8 pm
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland

Comedy featuring Rodger Lizaola. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

70’s Soul Jam
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Starring the Dramatics, the Stylistics, Heat Wave and the Delfonics. More info and ticket prices here.

Widespread Panic
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Jam band Widespread Panic concludes a two night stand at the Fox. More info here.

Animals as Leaders, Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance to Reason and Evan Brewer
7:o0 pm
Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

All ages show. More info and ticket prices here.

Turbo Negra, Plan 9, Descendage
7:00 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Punk rock tribute bands covering Turbonegro, the Misfits and the Descendants. More info here.

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

Brass band and burlesque dancing. More info here.

Saturday Evening Jazz featuring the Calvin Keys Trio
8 – 11 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Dinner and jazz; admission $15 plus $5 for dinner. Reservations recommended. More info here.

The Rumblestrippers, the Tomorrowmen, the Meat Sluts
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Americana/rockabilly, $8 cover. More info here.

Vanessa Lowe and Kathy Sparling
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Two singer-songwriters perform. More info here.

Ugly Kids, Mind Martian Collective, Death Medicine, Boats
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Punk and bluesy garage rock. More info here.

Sunday July 10

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

A street festival featuring music, crafts, food and activities for kids including a climbing wall and kid-friendly performers. More info here.

Belly Dance Fantasy Festival
noon – 8 pm
Humanist Hall: 390 27th Street, Oakland

Belly dance performances and live music. More info here.

Bass Brunch
noon – 8:30 pm
Mosswood Park at the intersection of MacArthur and Broadway

A brunch in the park on the second Sunday of every month all summer, featuring dancing and live performances by deejays and electronic musicians. More info here.

The Oakland Standard: Forage
1 – 3 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A special event about foraging food, including a bike tour with Ayisa Wadud of Oakland’s wild produce, a map of secret forage spots by artist Kacie Smith, and a tasting with foraged foods prepared by local chefs, and more. Free with museum admission or for museum members. More info here.

Poetry Flash
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Poets Atsuro Riley and Alexandra Teague read their work. More info here.

Oakland Municipal Band
1 – 3 pm
Edcoff Memorial Bandstand, Lake Merritt Park, Oakland

Conductor Troy Davis leads the band in a selection of traditional tunes. More info here.

Jazz on Sundays
3 – 6 pm
Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featured artist Robert Steward performs, plus Randy Moore lectures on the history of jazz, followed by an open jam session. More info here.

All Day Party and BBQ
Doors at 1 pm, bands at 3 pm
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Triptych, the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, The Singing Knives, the Barbary Ghosts and more. More info 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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