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This Weekend in Oakland

on October 19, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 19-21, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, October 19

Community Harvest Party

11 am to 3 pm

Verdese Carter Park, 9600 Sunnyside Street, Oakland

There will be music, and games at this event. There will also be a selection of child Halloween costumes available.

See here for more information.

Service day for East Bay Regional Park

11 pm to 2 pm

East Bay Regional Park, 5737 Oakport St., Oakland

Help clean up the Martin Luther King Regional Park this saturday.

For more information click here.

Community Fish Fry

3 pm to 8 pm

Memorial Tabernacle Church, 5801 Racine Street, Oakland

This community fish fry will include snapper, green beans catfish, fresh bread and more.

See here for more information and donation requests.

MOCHA Art Workshop


Elmhurst Library Branch, 1427 88th Avenue, Oakland

Click here for more information.

The Haiti Action Committee celebrates their 20th Anniversary

7 pm

Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, Oakland

The Haiti Action Committee was founded in response to the coup of President jean-Bertrand Aristide. The event will include a presentation and food. There is a $10-25 fee but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information see here.

Box Art Benefit Auction

6 pm

150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

This benefit features art made from recycled material. Drinks and food will be provided.

For more information see here.

Movies in the Park: Madagascar 3

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Arroyo Viejo Park, 7701 Krause Avenue, Oakland

This free event will include a movie in an outdoor setting. It is recommended that you bring your own chair and come prepared for chilly weather.

See more information here.

Major Lazer

8 pm

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Watch Major Lazer perform, along with Kingdom and Team No Sleep, at the Fox Theater for $29.50. They will be coming out with their new album, Free The Universe, in February.

Click here for more information.

The Seshen

9 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

The New Parish’s doors open at 8pm for The Seshen, a Bay area-based band that plays with electronic elements for a distinct sound. Tickets for the show are from $9 to $12.

Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 20

Sweet Classic Car Jam

10 am

Jack London Square

Enjoy an array of classic cars this weekend in Jack London Square on Saturday. There will be live music by Four and More and The Back Pages.

Click here for more information.

United Nations Parade & Flag Raising

11 am to 1 pm

Jack London Square, at Foot of Franklin

The event celebrates the anniversary of the United Nations and will include a parade with flags from around the world.

See more details here.

ReCreate Art

1 pm

Brookfield Branch, 9255 Edes Ave, Oakland

This project involves taking reused material and making it into art. Fifteen prizes will be given out to winners of the competition. Anyone from K-12 can enter to win.

For more information see here.

Guided Walking Tour

2 pm to 4 pm

Farley’s Cafe, 33 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Meet at 2 p.m. at Farley’s Café for a walking tour of five Oakland Art Murmur galleries, led by Stan Peterson of Creative Growth.

See here for more information.

Ms. Single Mom Parenting Workshop

2 pm to 4 pm

African American Museum and Library, 659 14th Street, Oakland

This is a free event for single moms by Robbie Butler, author of “Ms. Single Mom: Yes, You Can!” including a book signing and single mom workshop. The event will be held at the African American Museum and Library.

See here for more information.

Clowns On A Stick Present To Bury A Cat: A Clown Show

8 pm

385 26th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

A funny show about a woman trying to bury her dead cat and let go of it. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages six to ten.

See here for more information.

Marti Brom, Rosie Flores, The Rumble Strippers

9 pm

The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue Oakland

The doors open at 9 p.m. for a night of country at The Uptown Nightclub. Tickets for this event are from $12 to $15.

See here for more information.

Peligro Social, Born/Dead, Kicker

7 pm

Opera Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

This show at the Oakland Metro Operahouse is open to all ages and costs $10. The show ends just before midnight.

Click here for more information.

Hot Einstein

9 pm

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Hot Einstein describes itself as a mix of rock, soul, rhythm and blues. Cover for this event is $5.

Click here for more information.

Oakland Foodie Treasure Hunt

3 pm to 8 pm

Meet at Le Qui Vive Gallery, 1525 Webster St., Oakland

Join this treasure hunt through downtown Oakland. Every discovery will result in a tasty treat.

For more information click here.


Sunday, October 21

Chavez Teen Advisory Board

11 am to 12 pm

Chavez Library, 3301 East 12th St., Ste. 271, Oakland

The Chavez Library invites young people to join an advisory session to help improve the library’s services. Snacks will be provided

See here for more information.

Demos by Moveable Type

12 pm to 3 pm

Marion and Rose’s Workshop, 461 9th St., Oakland

An art truck will be coming through Oakland and you are invited to make “centric prints” with the organizers of the project.

See more information here.

Day of the Dead Event

12 pm to 4 pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Oakland Community Art Project

1 pm to 3 pm

Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland

This is a free art class for children ages 4 to 10.

See here for more information.

Share Your Stories / Compartir Sus Historias

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Cesar Chavez Branch, 3301 East 12th St., Ste. 271, Oakland

The local public radio station, KALW 91.7 FM wants to hear your stories and memories. You’re welcome to bring friends.

See more information here.

The Clarences Show

1 pm

Norge Laundry & Cleaning Village, 3908 Grand Avenue, Oakland

The Clarences will perform their regular Saturday show this weekend.

See here for more information.

Kongoisms…Sons of the River

7 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A part of the fifth annual Breaking the Silence Congo Week, this is a benefit concert featuring two Congolese artists, Jacques Ibula and Kevin Mfinka. Tickets are from $15 to $25.

See here for more information.

King of Kings

10 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

This is a 21 and older event that costs $10 at The New Parish.

See here for more information.

The Mob, Sickoids, Rank/Xerox, Crimson Scarlet, The New Flesh

7:00 pm

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Click here for more information.

New York Rifles, Big Shadows, The Connies, The Rinds, Dead Princess Black Unicorn

7:30 pm

Eli Mile High, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland

Click here for more information.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

In Stasis

MacArthur B Arthur: 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland

An exhibition about intermediary space and waiting, featuring works by work by Johanna Billing, Liam Everett, Roza Janiszewska, Bob Linder, Anna Sagström, and Joseph Thomas. Runs through September 30. More information here.

Hidden Agenda

Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Paintings by Rose Anne Critchfield and sculpture by Alex Abajian & J. Lin-Hsien Kung, Luke Heimbigner, Wayne Shaffer, and Cyrus Tilton. Exhibit runs through September 29. More information here.

Phoenix Risen: The Art of Cartoonist David Brown

African American Museum & Library at Oakland, 659 14th Street

An exhibit of the work of cartoonist and publisher David Brown. Exhibit continues through October 20. More information here.

From One Thing to Another—The Art of Recycling

Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, Third Floor, Oakland

A group show presenting work by more than a dozen artists who have used recycled materials to create jewelry, furniture, collage, sculpture and more. Exhibit runs through November 19. More information here.


Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Artists Christina McPhee (multimedia) and Ryan Chard Smith (photography) have put together an exhibition that explores the idea of boundaries, travel and distance. Exhibit runs through October 13. More information here.

Oakland Under $100

Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A pop-up gallery series curated by Emily Coker showcasing affordable art made by local artists. Each piece is on sale for no more than $100. Exhibit runs through October 11. More information here.

Glimmer in the Grit

Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Artist Jill McLennan presents works based on her observation of daily life in Oakland. Exhibit runs through October 20. More information here

Abstraction: Pull and Sway

Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Five artists take on the concept of “abstraction” using works in painting, sculpture, foam and fabric.  Exhibit runs through October 20. More information here.

Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A black-and-white photography exhibit showcasing the lives of farm workers in the Central Valley. Exhibit runs through December 31. More information here.

The 1968 Exhibit:

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Explores the social, political and economic history of the Bay Area counterculture during 1968. Exhibit runs through November 25. More information here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Classic Cars West Beer Garden

Saturdays from 2 pm til dusk

Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

Featuring grilled sausages, craft beer, music, art and vintage cars. More info here.

Get ‘er Done Day and Community Potluck

Sundays noon – 6 pm, 6 – 8 pm

A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Volunteers can work on a variety of tasks including carpentry, seed planting, plumbing work and more to benefit the center. Followed by a “Souper Sunday” community potluck dinner; bring a vegetarian dish or something to add to the “stone soup.” More info 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.

Open Spinning/Knitting Gathering

Every second Saturday of the month, 10 am – 1 pm

A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A free get-together to work on knitting, spinning or fiber arts projects, with complimentary coffee and tea. More info here.

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.

MTC Community Garden Hoe-Down

Saturdays 9 – 11 am

Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th 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.

MTC Let’s Walk Together program

Second and fourth Saturdays, 8 am – 10 am

Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland

A twice-monthly group walk through different Bay Area parks and trails. Meet at the church and carpool to the week’s location. 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.

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.

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: 942 Stanford Avenue, 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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