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This weekend in Oakland

on December 21, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of December 21-23 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, December 21

Fairy Winterland
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland

Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays from around the world including, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. The events will include storytelling, crafts, a light show and a visit from Santa. Runs December 14-23. For more information go here.

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

LED lights will light up the sky this weekend at the Oakland Zoo! Member fees are $5 for kids and $7 for adults. Non-member fees are $6 for kids and $8 for adults. More information here.

Lindy Hop classes
Workshop 6-8pm, Dance party 8pm-10pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Learn the dances of the Harlem Renaissance. $15 per class or $50 for all 4 sessions. More information here.

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

Hip hop. Ages 18+ show. More information here. 

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago-style blues. More information here.

Tony! Toni! Tone!
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Oakland’s R&B hometown heroes begin a three-night stand. Shows run Dec. 21-23. More information and ticket prices here.

45 Sessions
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Deejaying with nothing but 7-inch vinyl. Admission $5. More information here.

Animal Super Species, The Fontaine Classic, RX Nightly, Storking Comedy open mic
6:30 – 9 pm
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here. 

The Shants, Steer the Stars, Eight Belles, The Special Effects
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock. More information here.

Saturday, December 22

The Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

The Oakland Ballet Company and the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra perform the holiday classic. Shows run Dec. 22-24. Times and ticket prices here.

MOCHA Winter Extravaganza
1-4 pm
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

A celebration of winter and art. Runs Dec 22-23. More info here.

Sunrise Hike
6:15 am – 9 am
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A moderately difficult morning hike in the redwoods surrounding the observatory. Tickets $10. More information here.

Begin the Baktun!
10 am – 6 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

The observatory celebrates the Maya calendar cycle with planetarium shows, performances, food and more. Included in cost of observatory admission. More information here.

10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Music by DJ Mind Motion and DJ Amen, with live performance by John Hart. Ages 21+ show. More information here.

Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Music from Italy. More information here.

Brothers Amor
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Admission $5. More information here.

Down Dirty Shake, SFGD, We Are the Men, Pet Sounds
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Impatient Youth, Bobby Joe Ebola, Party Animal, Las Malas Pulgas, Under 15 Seconds
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

MC Lars Ugly Sweater Show
8 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring MC Frontalot, Cupcake, Crashfaster and Jake Louis. More information here.

Taylor Eigsti
8 pm

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Solo jazz piano and special guests benefitting KCSM radio. Tickets $20. More information here.

Sunday, December 23

Americana Sundays
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More information here.

Rob and Friends
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Tunebuckets, The Utmost Something, The Backorders
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

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.

Latham Square: Liz Maxwell
Pro Arts, 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The paintings in this exhibition use geometry and color to express impressions of an abstracted reality. Recalling memories of Mexico, Liz Maxwell employs parallel lines, sometimes intersected by slanted ones, to evoke landscapes and architectural forms. Runs through March 1, 2013. More here.

Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the studio art-glass movement in the US. Examines California’s influence on the movement. Runs through March 24, 2013. More information here.

Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Bay Area artists’ works selected by Naomi Beckwith, curator of MCA Chicago. Runs through January 11, 2013. More information here. 

Cautionary Tales
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland
Hours: First Friday of exhibition opening 6-9pm and Sat. 11-5pm

Works by artists Livia C. Stein and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor in paint, drawing and sculpture. Runs through January 19, 2013. More information here.

After The Fall
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

A group show curated by Terryl Dunn. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

Ensembles and Orchestras
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland 

Artists Jerry Barrish, Bryson Bost, Pamela Merory Dernham, Gordon Glasgow and Paola Mirai have created work in a variety of sculptural and collage media inspired by music and sound. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

The Home Show
MacArthur B Arthur, 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Hours: Sundays 1-5 and by appointment

The gallery presents its final show about the relationship between artist and curator and the domestic aspects of a home/gallery space. Showing works by Elizabeth Bernstein, Kevin P. Clarke, Alex Clausen, Carey Lin and Camilla Newhagen. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

The Nerds Save Xmas
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Work by Cori Spence, Maggie Hurley, Kane Lynch, Chloe Crossman, Billy Darr, Madelyn Covey and Beca Irizarry. More information here. 

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings
Call ahead during the holiday season to make sure they are running this week! 

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.

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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