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This weekend in Oakland

This Weekend in Oakland

on October 25, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 25-27 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, October 25

Puppet Show: Tashi, A Boy from Tibet

11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland

A puppet show featuring Tashi, who takes care of animals and others around him. Follow his adventures as he saves a village. $10. More information here.


Spooky Treats

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland

Transform Oreo cookies, licorice and other goodies into creepy spider cookies. Free.

More information here.


Friday Nights @ OMCA

5 pm – 9 pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

This family-friendly night festival includes live music and a drop-in art workshop. Gallery admission is half-price for adults and free for children under 18. More information here.


The Artists Are Present

6 pm – 9 pm

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Enjoy drinks, music and art at Pro Art’s Fall fundraiser. $30. More information here.


Sinful Science

6 pm – 10 pm

Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

Learn the benefits and motivation of vices while enjoying wine, beer and music. $12 in addition to Center admission. More information here.


Creeps & Ghouls Screening

7 pm – 9 pm

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Catch the Oakland screening of Sam Hinsvark’s film, “Don’t Let Our Yooth Go to Waste.” More information here.


Ragged Wing Ensemble: Buried in the Body


Uptown ArtPark, Between 19th & William St and Telegraph and Rashida Muhammad St, Oakland

Ragged Wing Ensemble present the play “Buried in the Body.” Following the performance, audience members can participate in interactive art installations. Free. More information here.


Marcus Stephen’s Markstep Trio

9:30 pm

Lungomare, 1 Broadway, Oakland

The trio’s music is based on organ trios from the 50’s and 60’s. 21+. Free. More information here.


The Naked and Famous

8 pm

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

New Zealand-based alternative rock band, The Naked and Famous, bring their synthpop sound to the Bay Area. $29.50. More information here.


Clipd Beaks

9 pm

The Night Light, 311 Broadway, Oakland

Clipd Beak’s E.P. release party. Rock. $7. More information here.


Sweetwater Black 

9 pm

The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Rock trio Sweetwater Black will perform. $8. More information here.


Saturday, October 26

Comet Viewing 

4:30 am

Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

Rise and shine early to see Comet ISON through telescopes and hike into the redwoods at dawn. More information here.


Boo at the Zoo 

10 am – 3 pm

Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Come in costume for the zoo’s annual Halloween event. Features a spooky costume parade, train rides, face painting and treat collecting. Through Sunday. Free with zoo admission. More information here.


Community Tree Planting  

10 am – 2 pm

1018 Stanford Ave., Oakland

Urban Releaf invites people of all ages and gardening experience levels to plant trees in this North Oakland neighborhood. Free. More information here.


Jack o’Lantern Jamboree  

10 am – 4 pm

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland

Children’s Fairyland’s festival includes parades, pirate school, costumed fairy-tale characters and treat stations for kids. Through Sunday. $10. More information here.


Coast to Coast Oakland Bully Walk

10:30 am

Lake Merritt, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland

Pit bull lovers are invited to walk around Lake Merritt in solidarity for National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Free. More information here.


United Nations Parade and Flag Raising

11 am – 1 pm

Jack London Square, 466 Water St., Oakland

A flag raising ceremony and international flag parade for the United Nations anniversary.  Free. More information here.


Argentine Tango

1 pm – 3 pm

3301 E. 12th St., Oakland

Learn about the passionate dance through a multimedia presentation by Jurek Mazur and special live tango performance. Free. More information here.



4 pm

Latham Square, Telegraph Ave. at Broadway St. Oakland

This folk rock band with bluegrass influences will perform in Latham Square. Free. More information here.


Brazilian Family Halloween Ball

5 pm – 8pm

1901 San Pablo Avenue

Thriller tribute dance mob, costume contest, games and more. All ages welcome.

More information.


Soul Congregation Dance Party 

9 pm

The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Rare funk and soul music with DJ Aware, DJ Donavan and Juan Data.. 21+. Free. More information here.


Seth Augustus Band 

9:30 pm

Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Bay Area-based blues and rock singer will bring his original and surreal songs to Café Van Kleef. 21+. Free. More information here.



Sunday, October 27­­

Meditations in Needle Felting

A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Learn how to make flowers, animals and more with wool. $25. More info here.


Days of the Dead Community Celebration

12 pm – 4:30 pm

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

OMCA’s 19th annual event brings the community together with food, dance and music for the Days of the Dead tradition. Free with museum admission. More information here.


Halloween on College Ave.

12 pm – 2 pm

College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Ave., Oakland

Join the costume parade and trick or treat at participating shops from Alcatraz to Broadway. More information here.


Oakland Color Haunt

1 pm

Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland

This three-mile, timed paint race allows participants to be tarted by ghosts, goblins and ghouls. $10-$50. More information here.


Silkscreen for Beginners

1 pm – 3 pm

Faultline Artspace, 850 42nd Ave., Oakland

Learn silkscreening basics at Faultline Artspace. $50. More information here.


Food Day Pop-up & Beer Garden

3 pm – 7 pm

La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop, 582 7th Street, Oakland

Meet local food artisans and food justice groups while celebrating local sustainable food and beer. $10-$50. More information here.


Creative Writing Workshop

7 pm – 9:30 pm

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Writers ages 16 and older will learn how to develop writing talents. Sliding Scale. More information here.


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

6 pm

474 24th St., Oakland

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein and Bela Lugosi as Dracula in the 1948 comedy horror film. $8. More information here.


Sacred Economics

7 pm – 9:30 pm

1423 Broadway, Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland co-founder Lisa Chacon and author Charles Eisenstein will discuss ecology, economy and miracles. Sliding scale. More information here.


Feather Bright

9 pm

The Night Light, 311 Broadway, Oakland

Psychedelic rock from Oakland-based Feather Bright. $7. More information here.


Ongoing Art Exhibits

Carol Inez Charney

October 17-November 23

SLATE contemporary 473 25th Street, Oakland

Carol Inez Charney’s artwork is inspired by photography of the Seattle Public Library’s architecture. More information here.


In the Landscape

October 17-November 16

PHOTO 473 25th Street, Oakland

Dana J Wan’s photography captures people’s relationships with their environment. More information here.


Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay

July 20 – January 26

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

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

August 31 – February 23

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

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.  Call510-652-7000 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. roy@ dance school chesterfield on October 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Oops! I missed the Tashi’s Puppet Show.

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