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This weekend in Oakland

on March 8, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of March 8 to 10, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!


Friday, March 8, 2013


ZooKids: Paws and Claws

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

This is a class for kids to learn about all the different types of paws and claws that animals have. Fee is $23 for members and $26 for non-members.

More information here.



Friday Nights @ OMCA

5 to 9 p.m.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Off the Grid food truck comes to OMCA every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Local beer and wine; DJ and a live band will be playing.

More information here.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

The entire Monty Python crew pitch in to deliver the King Arthur legend. Tickets are $5.

More information here.


East Bay Bike Party: Go Green

8 p.m. to midnight

Meet at West Oakland BART

Join the East Bay’s largest rolling party every second Friday

More information here.


Guitar Player Presents: Jose Feliciano

8 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero, Oakland

Feliciano is a forerunner of Latin guitar in mainstream music. Tickets $54.

More information here.


Dos Four

10 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero, Oakland

Fusion of reggaeton, musica urbana, hip hop, salsa, merengue, rap and other rhythms from both Cuba and the United States. Tickets $15.

More information here.


Robert Glasper Experiment

8 p.m.

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Draws from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock. Tickets start at $30.

More information here.


Sorrow Church

9 p.m.

The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Camille Rose, Dominion, the Ill Repute Go-Go Dancers and more. Guitar with electronic beats. Tickets are $8.

More information here.


Saturday, March 9, 2013


Rosie the Riveter Ride

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Starts at Bay Area Bikes, 2424 Webster Street, Oakland

To celebrate that you can bike to work.

More information here.


Card Making Workshop

1 to 4 p.m.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

This is a free St. Patrick’s Day card making workshop for all ages. Materials will be provided.

More information here.


OMCA In-the-Mix: we/customize

1 to 2 p.m.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Got a question about modification or customization, bring them to the customizer-in-residence series. Bay Area makers, hackers and DIYers will be there for tips and advice on your projects.

More information here.


Women and Trans shop hours

1 to 4 p.m.

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

Learn to fix and maintain your bike in a friendly and supportive environment.


A Dangerously Curious Eye — Photography of Barry Shapiro

1 to 5 p.m.

Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street, Oakland

The friends, family and fellow artists who helped make ADCE a reality talk about Shapiro’s life and the stories behind the images.

More information here.


“Absence” with artist Cyrus Tilton

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Meet Cyrus Tilton and tour his show to learn about what inspired this work. Learn about specific scultures. Tilton is a master of a range of materials. He will discuss how process informs selected mediums chosen for his artworks.

More information here.


Chakra Tuning

3 to 5 p.m.

Namaste Rockridge, 5416 College Avenue, Oakland

The workshop includes a lecture on chakra anatomy and a guided 90-minute vinyasa practice using affirmations and mantras to open and balance each chakra. All levels are welcome. Cost is $35.

More information here.


Jim Messina

8 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero, Oakland

Former member of Loggins and Messina and Buffalo Springfield. Tickets are $27.

More information here.


Flogging Molly

7:30 p.m.

The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Irish punk rock. Tickets are sold out.

More information here.


Jose James Presents No Beginning No End

7 p.m.

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Hip hop and modern jazz. Tickets start at $17.

More information here.


Reggae Gold

11 p.m.

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ever second Saturday in Oakland, this monthly event is a foundation of the Bay Area’s reggae dancehall scene. It’s 8 years old and brings out the masses by fusing together the latest rhythms, soca and hip hop mashups.

More information here.


Sunday, March 10, 2013


Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rosa Parks Elementary School, 920 Allston Way, Berkeley

This month’s route will be in west Berkeley. Bring along snacks to share at our mid-route stop. Helmets required for kids.

More information here.


Puppet Show: The Enchanted Well

11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Tells the story of Bogart, a mischievous Scottish imp that likes to live in a well and echo people who talk into it. Also stop by for arts and crafts, Animal of the Day! and a magic show by Blake Maxam.

More information here.


Paula West

7 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero, Oakland

West is a “jazz-cabaret singer with class.” Tickets are $30.

More information here.


The Start of Something Beautiful, hosted by Devon Black

5 to 8 p.m.

Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A showcase featuring music, dance and the spoken word.

More information here.


Folkeiis, Mauser and Mundo Muerto

7 p.m.

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Featuring bands from Florida, Japan and Los Angeles. Tickets are $10.

More information here.


Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

8 p.m.

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

An American women’s ensemble inspired by traditional sounds and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. Tickets $20/advance and $25/door.

More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Lucky, by Dave Meeker

Mercury 20, 475 25th Street, Oakland

New sculptures by Dave Meeker conceptualize the luck that surrounds us. Meeker is a sculptor who lives in Oakland. Exhibition runs through April 6.

More information here.

Layers, by Robert Ray
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland
The exhibition Layers showcases the art of twenty-five artists from the northern California region who utilize the process of layering, and/or depict layered imagery, in a variety of mixed-media works, paintings, drawings, collage and sculpture. Runs until March 16. 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.

Suburban Dreams
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
California photography by San Francisco artist Beth Yarnelle Edwards exploring the relationship between people, their possessions and the domestic world. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013.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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