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This Weekend in Oakland

on November 30, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of November 30-December 2, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, November 30

Weekday Drop In


MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Creative weekly themed event in Little Studio that is free for adults and $8 for children over 18 months. Held every week, Wednesday through Friday.

Holiday Pop Up at Jack London Square


Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland

A gathering of local Oakland merchants selling holiday gifts, clothing, home décor, art and kids’ items. More information here.

X-Over Music Series


Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
Live music event featuring East Bay artists ranging from musicians to poets. More information here.

Jack London Square Lights Up for the Holidays


Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland
Annual tree lighting ceremony with live music, holiday arts and crafts and a visit from Santa. The 57-foot tall fir tree will be lit at 7 pm. More information here.

ZooLights at Oakland Zoo


Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The Oakland Zoo kicks off its annual holiday light show and LED light display known to be the largest such display in the Bay Area. Admission $8 for adults and $6 for children, and event runs through December 31. More information here.

Jingletown Winter/Holiday Art Walk


4:20 Gallery, 420 Peterson Street, between Ford and Glascock Streets, Oakland, 94601.

Dozens of artists will showcase their work, and visitors can tour open studios. A parade, food trucks and drinks are also highlights of this event. More information here.

Midnite Snaxxx/MTBA


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

Benefit show for Matteo Chiesara, who was recently deported. $7, 21 and over. More information here.

Miracle on 34th Street
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
The latest event in the Paramount Movie Classics series, $5. More information here.

Oakland Carnival with Boca do Rio


The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
SambaFunk, Brothers Calatayud, DJ Nix Glass, DJ Kadence, tickets $7-15. More information here.

Saturday, December 1

Oakland Community Organizations’ 35th Anniversary Holiday Party


Snow Building, Oakland Zoo,

9777 Golf Links Road

Oakland, CA

The OCO will be celebrating the many contributors to the organization of the past 35 years.

Contact: Barabara (510) 638 1444

See more info here.

“Citycamp” to “Re-imagine how technology will shape the future of Oakland”


Hosted by Oakland Code for America Brigade

City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Contact: (415) 625-9633

This project is meant to bring the community together to brainstorm ways to make the City of Oakland more open source.

For more info see here.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Bazaar


Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth St. Suite 290

Contact: (510) 637 0455

This event will feature new and old collectibles made by local artists and craftsmakers.

For more info see here. 

Opening Day for the Dunsmuir-Hellman Houses Annual “A Holiday Tradition”


Dunsmuir-Hellman House

2960 Peralta Oaks Court



Contact: Deborah Cooper: (510) 238-3052

Visitors can tour the house and there will be pony rides, face painting and more for the kids.

For more info see here.

Grand Opening Celebration for Oakland’s Re-located Piedmont Avenue Branch Library

On the grounds of Piedmont Avenue Elementary School

80 Echo Ave.


Contact: Mary Schrafer (510) 238 3670


The grand opening will include refreshments, balloon art and humor.

For more info see here.

Concert by jazz legend Denny Zeitland


Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Avenue (at 18th Street), Oakland CA
Admission: $20

An Evening of American Song Book & Jazz Standards, Original Compositions,
and Free Improvisation, featuring selections from his new Sunnyside CD: “Wherever You Are–Midnight Moods For Solo Piano”

For more info please click here

Holy Names University Music Department Presents: A Winter Choral Concert

7:30  pm

Mclean Chapel

3500 Mountain Blvd. (at Redwood Rd)

Oakland, CA 94619

Will include The HNU Chamber Singers. Expect to see cello duets, shape note tunes, sing-along carols, and more…

For more information, go to, call
510-436-1404, or send an email to

The 4th Annual Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday  Stroll
Festivities begin at 5-7pm at Key Route Plaza
(Piedmont Avenue &  41st Street)

A thousand or more people attend this event every year in which a Santa ceremoniously lights the Christmas tree and local school children give a performance. Santa will stay around for free photographs with children after the ceremony.
For more information go to or email

Merrily on High Candlelight Concert

7:30 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 114 Montecito Ave.


Contact: 510-834-4314

See the Piedmont East Bay Children choir at this annual event.

For more info see here.

Bill Payne and Gabe Ford

8-10 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

$15, $25

Contact: 510-238-9200

For more info see here.

Sunday, December 2

Free First Sunday


Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The new Gallery of California History will be open, and a building tour is offered at 1 pm, followed by a docent-led tour of the new Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. More information here.

Children’s Theater Holiday Program

12:30 and 3pm

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Annual winter show that transcends all holidays.

Poetry Flash
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Ben Bloch and Kirsten Casey will read some of their work at this event.

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines


Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Blues. The group will play songs from their recently released CD, admission $15. More information here.

Electric Sunday Bear Party


White Horse Inn

6551 Telegraph Ave.


DJ Sir Ellis will be spinning electro, house and dance remixes.

Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble

7 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland

510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Contact: 510-238-9200


For more info see here.

Expect to experience classic, folkloric, and contemporary music.

Songs for a Starry Night


Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

900 Fallon St., Oakland


Contact: 510-466-7368

This performance will be by the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Choir

For more info see here.

John Schott

5 pm

Actual Cafe

6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland


Contact: 510-653-8386

For more see here.

Open Mic BBQ


2330 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, California 94612

United States


Contact: (510) 444-6174

GG Tanaka will be hosting.

See more info 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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