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This Weekend in Oakland

on September 13, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 13 – 15, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, September 13

Pro Arts @ Latham Square: Phil McGaughy
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Latham Square, 1611 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Check out this free exhibition in the Latham Square lobby where Phil McGaughy explores the minerals and materials around us. Admission is free. More information here.

Coffee with the Director
11 a.m. – noon
Cafe Teatro, 300 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Pro Arts Gallery director Margo Dunlap will be available to meet and talk with you. Stop by and give him your suggestions! This event is free. More information here.

PROJECT: James Shefik
All day
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Come check out James Shefik’s most recent work, I’ve Not Had Enough Of You, an interpretation of surveillance paraphernalia in American culture. This event is open to the public. More information here.

Artists in Libraries
3-5 p.m.
Elmhurst Library, 1427 88th Ave., Oakland
Check out a free art workshop with a MOCHA teaching artist in Elmhurst. Admission is free. More information here.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5-9 p.m.
10th Street, Oakland
Enjoy a family-friendly night market on 10th Street, hosted by OMCA and Off the Grid. Expect quilt lessons, stiltwalking shows, DJ Dotmatic and much more entertainment for everyone. Gallery admission is half-price for adults, and kids 18 and under get in free. More information here.

Night Hike
6-9 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland
Take a 4-5 mile night hike and observe the Gibbous moon. Stay afterwards to check out the Telescope Makers Workshop. Tickets are $10. More information here.

Words of Resistance VIII
7 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Enjoy a night of revolution-based poetry at the Rock Paper Scissors Collective. This event is free, but donations are welcome. More information here.

Movies in the Park: Back To The Future
7:19 p.m.
Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland
Take a trip to the 80’s with your family – come watch Back To The Future with the Redwood Heights community. The movie starts at sunset. More information here.

Freestyle Dance Party
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland
For dancers only! This event features special guest performances and happens every second Friday of the month. More information here.

Phil Perry and Kim Waters Band
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Fill your Friday night with this R&B and Jazz combo. Perfect for a date! Tickets are $33. More information here.

Saturday, September 14

Take Charge of your Health presentation
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oakland Tech High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland
Alameda County officials will host this free presentation on health care and the Affordable Care Act. Event is free and lunch will be included. More information and RSVPs here.

Teddy Bear Tea
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
Children and their favorite stuffed animal are invited to the zoo for morning snacks, lemonade and learning about bears in the wild. Children will receive a gift bag and personal thank you letter from the bears. More information here.

Latham Square Community Design Workshop
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Latham Square, Intersection of Telegraph Ave. and Broadway, Oakland
Give input into the permanent design of Latham Square. More information here.

Opening Reception of Town Business
1 – 8 p.m.
Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street, Oakland
Town Business, an exhibition exploring the current state of the Oakland Art Market, will feature the entrepreneurship of emerging artists. More information here.

Spokeland Binx Garage: Women and Trans Hours
1 – 4 p.m.
1121 64th Street, Oakland
This regular event is a workshop geared toward women, children, transgendered and the LGBT community. More information here.

Vessel Gallery Artist Talk Series with Christy Kovacs and John Ruszel
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland
Meet the artists who took part in “The New Bay Bridge” exhibit and hear about the inspiration for their work. Tours of the show will take place after the discussion. More information here.

Artist’s Reception for New Drawings
4 – 6 p.m.
Studio Quercus, 385 26th Street, Oakland
This event will honor artists John Fadeff and Sam Vaughan, as well as celebrate the five-year anniversary of Studio Quercus. There will be live music, refreshments and raffle prizes. More information here.

The Mortified Sessions: Angst Written
6:30 p.m.
Spoken Word/Comedy. Listen to people sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts in front of strangers. Tickets start at $15. More information here.

8 p.m., 10 p.m.
Jazz. Tickets $34 for 8 p.m. show; $28 for 10 p.m. show. More information here.

Reggae Gold
10 p.m.
Reggae dancehall. Tickets $10 before 11 p.m. with RSVP email. Event is 21+. More information here.


Sunday, September 15

Oakland on Two Wheels
10 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
The annual OMCA bike tour will wind through downtown Oakland for two hours while learning the local history, architecture and community stories. More information here.

Pirates’ Weekend
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

In celebration of Raiders Spirit Week, anyone wearing Raiders gear will get $1 off park admission. Children are also eligible for free giveaways. This event is also on Saturday. More information here.

Open Cockpit Day
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakland Aviation Museum, 8252 Earhart Road, Oakland
The last Open Cockpit Day for 2013 – check out the planes and hear from guest speakers. More information here.

The Summer of Science: The Great Sunflower Project
1 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Learn about bees and how they are crucial to our survival. Included in price of museum admission. More information here.

LGBT history tour
2 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Take a tour of Oakland’s LGBT history as part of Oakland Pride Month. Meet at entrance to the History Gallery. Included in museum admission. More information here.

Poetry Flash with Maxine Hong Kingston, Fred Marchant and Jean Valentine
3 p.m.
Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland
Bring your family to listen to a memoir-in-verse and books of poems from these talented writers at Diesel. This event is free. More information here.

mikO Tolliver and Kittie Perm
6 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th St, Oakland
Come check out this California-based electro-pop singer-songwriter and guitar player. This event is 18 and over. Tickets are $5. More information here.

Core Meeting
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
A PLACE For Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland
Want to get more involved in A Place for Sustainable Living? Come to a Core Meeting every other Sunday to learn more about opportunities available. More information here.

East Bay Bike Party
7:30 p.m.
Start: Coliseum BART Station, End: Jack London Square, Oakland
Celebrate Friday the 13th on your bike! Bikers meet up at 7:30 p.m. and roll out at 8 p.m. More information here.

8 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Check out this Grammy-nominated group, mixing Jazz, pop and rock with traditional Japanese folk music and instruments. More information here.

PROJECT: James Shefik
All day
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Come check out James Shefik’s most recent work, I’ve Not Had Enough Of You, an interpretation of surveillance paraphernalia in American culture. This event is open to the public. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Urban Hunting: Squirrel Season
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland
August 15 – September 21

Julie Alvarado’s paintings, developed after a field trip to Cabella’s Sporting Goods Store in Nevada and hearing stories of human-squirrel interactions, will be on display. More information here.

In the Grid
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland
August 15 – September 21

Kerry Vander Meer’s colorful “network systems” made of pipe cleaners, velvet papers and other odds and ends will be on display. The creations represent how our lives are influenced by maps, repetition and grids. More information here.

This Tilting World
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland
August 15 – September 21

Joan Weiss’s oil paintings explore the line between deep space and the picture plane. More information here.

The New Bay Bridge
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland
August 27 – September 28

See artwork by Christy Kovacs and a sculpture installation by John Ruszel. More information here.

Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
July 20 – January 26

Black and white photographs dating back to the 1930s, when the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge were being constructed. More information here.

Above and Below: Stories from our Changing Bay
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
August 31 – February 23

Media like oral histories, interactives and community voices take center stage in this exhibition exploring how human engineering and natural forces have changed the Bay Area over time. 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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