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This Weekend in Oakland

on October 4, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 4-6, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!


Friday, October 4

Pollinator Party

12:30 – 3 p.m.

Children’s Fairly, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Children’s Fairyland hosts a celebration of butterflies, bees and other pollinators in its new pollinator garden. There’s an education speaker at noon and hands-on activities for kids until 3 p.m. More information here.


Group Exhibition

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

California College of the Arts, 5221 Broadway, Oakland

The CCA presents a group exhibition by Alexandra Phelps, Mariel Eplboim, Liam Sanborn-Patterson and Caroline Gorman. It continues through Saturday. More information available online.


Art Murmur

5 – 10 p.m.

Telegraph Avenue between 19th and 27th Streets, Oakland

It’s an art walk, a festival, and a throw down. The monthly First Friday event features receptions and openings, and live music at 30 galleries and other venues. For more information visit the Art Murmur online.


Friday Nights @ OMCA

5 – 9 p.m.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The Oakland Museum of California partners with Off the grid to present family-oriented activities, tunes from DJ Adam Poe, a dance class, live music by the Future Perfect Band, and a slew of local food and beverage offerings. Half-price gallery admission for adults. Children 18 and under are free. More information online.


Sing-Along Cinema


Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland

Little Shop of Horrors will be screened as part of the outdoor Sing-Along Movie series. No charge. More information online.


First Friday Follies

7 p.m.

The Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The Stork Club presents its monthly First Friday Follies with live music from Insufficient Funds. More info at The Stork Club online.


Say it Loud!

7 – 10 p.m.

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Disco Volante hosts a funky soul-jazz happy hour with bassist Pat Les Sache. No cover. More information online.


Guitar Virtuoso Earl Klugh

8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland,  Oakland

Yoshi’s presents grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh. For more information, visit Yoshi’s online.


Hurray For the Riff Raff & Spirit Family Reunion

7:00 p.m.

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Hurray For the Riff Raff and Spirit Family Reunion play folk and country at The New Parish. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.


Matt Nathanson at the Fox

8 p.m.

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The Fox Theater presents San Francisco-based singer songwriter Matt Nathanson with special guest Joshua Radin. Tickets are $29.50. For more information visit the Fox online.



Saturday, October 5


Open House at MOCHA

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Museum of Children’s Arts, 1625 Clay Street, Oakland

MOCHA celebrates the opening of its new location. The event is free and will feature activities led by MOCHA’s staff of teaching artists. More information online.


Artist Talk with Margo Majewska

2 p.m.

Kroswork, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Kroswork Video and Photography Gallery and Project Space presents an artist talk with Margo Majewska. More information at Kroswork online.


Tashi from Tibet

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

Children’s Fairy Land, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Children’s Fairyland hosts a puppet show about a boy in Tibet. More information here.


Nesruddin’s Donkey

12:30 and 3p.m.

Children’s Fairy Land, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Children’s Fairyland hosts a storytelling session about a wise fool who bumbles his way across the continents. More information here.


Art Murmur Saturday Stroll

11 a.m. –  6 p.m.

On and around Telegraph Avenue, between 19th and 27th Streets, Oakland

The Saturday Stroll is a calmer sequel to the First Friday Art Murmur. Many of the same galleries will open their doors. For more information visit the Art Murmur online.


Guitar Virtuoso Earl Klugh

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Yoshi’s Oakland,  Oakland

Yoshi’s presents grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh. For more information, visit Yoshi’s online.


Ships in the Night

9:00 p.m. – Late

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

The New Parish hosts a queer dance party. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit the New Parish online.


Twin Steps

9:00 p.m.

The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The Twin Steps play indie hits form their album, Serial Parade, in the courtyard at the Uptown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. No cover. For more information visit The Uptown online.



10 p.m.

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Disco Volante presents Soulglo, with DJ Lucio, DJ Miles Green. It’s a samba dance party. Cover is $5. More information online.


Ton of Bricks

10:30 p.m.

Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Café Van Kleef presents live music by Ton of Bricks. More information online.



Sunday, October 6


Temescal Farmers’ Market

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

5300 Claremont, Oakland.

‘Nuff said. More info here.


Free Hoop Dancing with Lucas Hooping


Jack London Square, Oakland.

Free hula-hooping in front of Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. More info.


Free First Sundays at the Oakland Museum

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

Free entry to the Oakland Museum of California. Free. More info here.


Argentine Tango Classes

12 p.m.

Lake Merritt Dance Center, Hall 2, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in Argentine Tango. Classes throughout the afternoon starting at 12pm. Guided practice starts at $6. More info here.


Rockridge Out and About Street Festival


Rockridge BART Station, Oakland.

A chef stage, food courts, a wellness area, and kid’s activities and vendors. More info here.


Black Radical Imagination: A Filmed Transmission


Betti Ono Gallery and Shop, 1427 Broadway, Oakland

A program of futurist short films curated by artist/filmmaker Amir George and filmmaker Erin Christovale. $8-10 suggested donation. More information here.


Sambafunk Dance and Drum Class

4-6pm. $

Malonga Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland.

A dance and drum class is offered for $12 per session, $10 with class card. More info here.


White Zombie and Night of the Living Dead Screening

5 p.m.

New Parkway Theatre.

474 24th St., Oakland.

This is a screening of White Zombie and Night of the Living Dead. $12. More info here.


Opening Ceremony for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project

7:30 p.m.

2025 Broadway, Oakland.

President Carter and Mrs. Carter will be present at this event to benefit Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. Tickets start at $35. More info here.


The Mad Hatter’s Ball

6:30 p.m.

3rd St., Oakland,

A Cheshire Rock Opera event with a contest for the best hat. Event at 8pm. $10. More info 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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