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This weekend in Oakland

on April 5, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday April 5th

First Friday with Youth ALIVE!
6 pm to 9pm
401,  26th Street, Oakland.
Join Teens on Target youth leaders and “YA!’s” resident artist Dionne Nicole at Uptown Body & Fender’s monthly art and music show.  More information here.

Grand Opening of the Uptown ArtPark
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
19th and Telegraph, Oakland
Presentation of nine sculptural art pieces created by local artists, with music, tours and food trucks. More information here.

Demos | Youth Fellows
6 pm to 8pm
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Exhibition featuring artwork by young artists participating in the 2013 Youth Fellows program. More information here.

Syd the Kid
Doors 8 pm/ Show 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland
DJ/Hip Hop. Tickets $10 advance/$12 door. More information here.

Stanley Clarke Band
8 pm & 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland
Jazz. $32 (8 pm), $29 (10 pm). More Information here.

The Mallard, plus special guests
Doors 6 pm, Show 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph
Alternative/Indie. No Cover. More information here.

MJ’s Brass Boppers
Show 9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland
New Orleans Second Line Brass Band. Cover $5. More information here.

Vince Wallace Jazz Ensemble
Cafe van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph, Oakland
Jazz. More information here.

Galaxy Express, more
7:00, ends 12:30 am
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 MLK, Oakland
Music. More information here.

Saturday April 6th

The Science of Art” Spring Open House
11 pm to 4 pm
1260 7th Street, Oakland,
Art/Exhibits for kids. Presence of Crucible faculty, guest artists, a curated gallery of exhibits and demonstrations. Projects from local schools as well as special performances, food, and the participation of local art and science related organizations. More information here.

Find Your Family: Intro to Genealogy
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
2201 Broadway, LL2, Oakland.
California Genealogical Society and Library presents an extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS).  More information here. 

Martin Luther King’s Cosmology of Connection
7:00 pm to  10:00 pm
300 Lakeside Dr, Oakland
Film/Theater. To mark the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, the event will assess his legacy, celebrate his vision and explore the relevance of his work. More information here.

Alexandra & The Starlight Band
Show 7:00, ends 12:30 am
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 MLK, Oakland
Music. More information here.

Stanley Clarke Band
8 pm & 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland
Jazz. $35 (8 pm), $35 (10 pm). More Information here.

Dash Rip Rock
Doors 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph
Gospel/Country. $10. More information here.

Ships in the Night
Show 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland
$5. More information here.

Night of Samba
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street Oakland, Oakland
Dance. Cover $5. More information here. 

Orquesta Una Noce
Show 10 pm
Cafe van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph, Oakland
“A night of New York-style Salsa”. More information here.

Sunday April 7th

Spring Break at Chabot
10 am to 5 pm
10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland
More information here.

Loakal Love Day at the Jack London Square Farmers’ Market
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Jack London Square Farmers’ Market
21 local vendors selling apparel, jewelry, accessories, home decor and more. More information here.

Philippine Folk Dance for Youth
12:30 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Oakland.
Philippine Folk Dance for Youth, ages 5-17. More information here. 

Oakland International Film Festival
1:00 pm
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland, CA
More information here.

Smoke and Sausage
2 pm to 4 pm
372 24th St., Oakland
Boucherie Meats. Class covering homemade sausage and various ways to smoke foods. More information here.

Show 3 pm (event ends at 8:00 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland
DJ/Hip Hop. $10. More information here. 

Stanley Clarke Band
6 pm & 8 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland
Jazz. $25 (6 pm), $30 (8 pm). More Information here.

Falcon A/ The Lucky Eeijits/ The Lonely Revolts
Show 7:00, ends 12:30 am
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 MLK, Oakland
Music. 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.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
February 9–June 2, 2013
From rat rods and lowrider bikes to Kinect and Ikea hacks, people are customizing mass-produced objects as part of artistic and personal expression more today than ever before. Inspired by maker culture, the experimental, participatory, process-oriented outreach project and exhibition We/Customize includes multiple phases from taking OMCA outside its walls and inviting the public to participate. Exhibit runs through June 30, 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. 

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
The first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu.  Featuring approximately 80 paintings, as well as personal ephemera such as photographs, sketch books, and informal painting studies from private and public collections around the world, the exhibition celebrates Liu’s career accomplishments and includes work completed in China before the artist arrived in the U.S. 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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  1. Nancy Amaral on April 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Healthy Kids Day

    We will be celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday April 27, from 9am-1 pm, with a free community event that will help families get a Jump On Summer through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being.

    Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest health day for kids, celebrated by more than 1,600 Ys across the country, bringing children and families together and providing the education, activities, and support that encourage healthy habits in children and parents. Families will enjoy activities such as:

    – Youth triathlon (FREE to the public, pre-registration required)
    – Family resource fair
    – Family fitness classes
    – Giveaways
    – Raffle prizes and more!

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