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This Weekend in Oakland

on April 26, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 26-28, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, April 26

MOCHA at the Library

3 – 4:30 pm

Elmhurst Library Branch, 538 9th Street, Oakland

A teaching artist will be on hand at the library for an art lesson.

More information here.


Dinner, a Movie and the Universe

5 pm

Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Bring your date to Chabot for a full dinner and narrated movie. Reservations recommended. Tickets $11 and up.

More information here.


Latin America, Africa and Obama

6:30 pm

The Forum, Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland

A talk by Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman, as part of a book launch tour for “Ain’t Nothing Like Freedom.”


Oakland A’s vs. Orioles

7:05 pm

Oakland Coliseum

Watch some baseball! The Oakland A’s face off against the Orioles all weekend.

More information here.


Movies in the Park: A Diary of a Wimpy Kid

7:55 pm, or sunset

Redwood Heights Recreation Center, Oakland

All movies begin at dusk, so the movie starts when it is dark enough to see it on screen. Dress warm and bring a lawn chair or blanket. Popcorn, hot chocolate and hotdogs will be sold. No dogs, alcohol or drugs.  More information here.


Paramount Movie Classics: The Maltese Falcon

8:00 pm

The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

A showing of the 1941 classic, The Maltese Falcon. Box office opens at 6:00 pm, doors open at 7:00. All tickets are $5.00. More information here.


Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum of California/Off the Grid

5 – 9 pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Food trucks, a live reggae band and extended gallery hours are all part of this weekly event. A family-friendly workshop on how to make your own headdress will also be available. Half price gallery admission for adults, free for children under 18. Admission for members is free.

More information here.


Cub Scouts Overnight

7 pm – 10 am Saturday

Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Visit the zoo at night and see the animals in the dark. Spend the night in the Education Center and enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning. $45 for boys, $45 for adults.

More information here.

Saturday, April 27

April Extravaganza: Mutant Toys

All day

MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Bring your old toys and make mutant new ones! No cost.

More information here.


ZooKids: Skins and Scales

9:30 am – noon

9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Bring your kids to the zoo to learn about reptiles and amphibians, and how to protect them. Program Fee: Members $23.00 / Non-Members $26.00.

More information here.


Oakland Symphony Chorus Discovery Day

10 am – noon

St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave, Oakland

A day to familiarize the public with the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. You will have a chance to sing exampels of his work. Tickets are $30.00 in advance online, and $35.00 at the door.

More information here.


Community Spring Tea

11 am

Carmen Flores Recreation Center, 1637 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Wear your favorite dress and bonnet for all-you-can-drink tea, sandwiches, photos, crafts and a raffle. More information here.


Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

10 am – 2 pm

Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is partnering with the DEA. The public will have an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially-dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Bring medications for disposal to the Alameda County Family Justice Center. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

More information here.


Jo Ann Biagini: Nature In Translation

4 pm – 6 pm

Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

See new works on paper by Bay Area artist Jo Ann Biagini. No cost.

More information here.


X-Over Music Series

7 pm – 10 pm

The Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Live music the last Saturday of every month. Free, quirky and unpredictable.

More information here.


Oakland A’s vs. Orioles

7:05 pm

Oakland Coliseum

Watch some baseball! The Oakland A’s face off against the Orioles all weekend.

More information here.


Crystal Castles

8:00 pm

The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

An experimental electronic band from Canada, the Crystal Castles are playing in concert with guests Doldrums and Buried Child. Tickets are $39.50. More information here.


Brazilian Piano Night

8 pm

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Four Bay Area pianists—Stephanie Ozer, Marcos Silva, Anne Sajdera and Fred Weed present an evening of Brazilian music. Tickets are $15. More information here.

Sunday, April 28

Opening Day on the Bay

9:30 am – 2 pm

Jack London Square

Come witness the opening of yachting season. Call 510.627.1215 for tickets.

More information here.


Puppet Show: Grandpa Bunny’s Egg-citing Day!

11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Come enjoy Grandpa Bunny’s exciting adventure painting eggs for kids using nature’s beautiful colors.

More information here.


OMCA Family: Fun with Paint Drop-In Workshop

noon – 3 pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Participate in a painting workshop for all ages. No reservation required and the museum entrance fee covers the workshop.

More information here.


Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu


Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Discover more about the process and inspiration of artist Hung Liu at a free public docent-led tour of her work.

More information here.


Oakland A’s vs. Orioles

1:05 pm

Oakland Coliseum

Watch some baseball! The Oakland A’s face off against the Orioles all weekend.

More information here.


Screening of Girl Rising

5 pm

Regal Jack London Theatre, 100 Washington St, Oakland

A screening of Girl Rising, a film on the struggles faced by underprivileged girls across the world. $10.00 per ticket. More information here.


Literary Readings

5 pm – 8 pm

The Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Readings by Maw Shein Win, Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Steve Gilmartin. Fiction and poetry from three authors. More information here.


Member Movie Night

5:30 pm

Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Bring a date or your family to watch The Rocketeers in the MegaDome Theater. Open to members only.

More information here.


Steve Carter Group & Student Benefit Concert

6:00 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A modern funky jazz band in concert with the Oakland School for the Arts jazz bands. This is a student benefit with raffles, prizes and food. Tickets are $10 to $15. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits


Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

February 9 – June 2

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.


Interpreted Landscapes

March 28 – April 27

Slate Contemporary, 473 25th Street

This exhibition features paintings of two-dimensional, fictional environments by Andreina Davis, Eve Arbel and Adam Cardello.

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. Kerby on May 8, 2013 at 1:38 am

    LAST WORD: The OSA Literary Arts Spring Showcase

    Saturday May 11th, 6pm 
    @ The New Parish (579 18th St, Oakland)

    Please join us as some of the East Bay’s finest young writers take the stage to present original poetry, spoken word, theatrical scenes, songs, stories + more!

    Handmade ‘zines and books will be on sale too!

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