Wednesday, March 14, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

Don't let the return of rainy weather keep you from enjoying and supporting Oakland. As always, let me know of other interesting events in the comments!

volunteer with Oakland Public Libraries - Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm at the main library and Saturday, March 17, 10:15am at the Rockridge branch. OPL will host information sessions for anyone interested in volunteer opportunities at the libraries, including Second Start Adult Literacy and the Bookmark Bookstore. (free)

Creative Growth Fundraiser - Friday, March 16, 6-9pm. "Beyond Trend". A gala fundraiser for the Center for Creative Growth, with DJ music, a silent auction, and tasty-sounding food. (more info)

Sundays by the Lake - Sunday, March 18, 1-4pm. The historic Camron-Stanford House kicks off its new Sundays by the Lake program with a visit from Heidi Wyckoff and Annalee Allen who will be signing their beautiful book, Oakland Landmarks.

looking further ahead:
Tulip Exhibition - Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25. It's time for the annual tulip exhibition at Mt. View Cemetery. The already beautiful grounds come alive with color for spring. You can check out the tulips any time, but Friday through Sunday there will be special exhibitions in the Tower Chapel. (free)

Oakland Running Festival - Sunday, March 25. Whether you're running the 5K or the full marathon, or (like me) just volunteering, the Oakland Running Festival is a fun blast of Oakland love. The marathon and relay go all over Oakland, so check it out. (website)

Dinner and Bikes - Wednesday, March 28, 7:30-9pm. Join East Bay Bike Coalition for an evening of dinner and bicycle inspiration at Arbor Cafe in Temescal. ($5-$10)

Beyond Emancipation fundraiser Wednesday, March 28, 5-9pm Dine out and help foster youth succeed and thrive. Italian Colors will generously donate a percentage of your dinner bill to support Beyond Emancipation's programs for current and former foster youth in Alameda County.

Book Sale by FOPL - Thursday, April 5 - Sunday, April 8. Books 50% off for members on Thursday (you can join that morning), and 30%-50% off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (website)

Oakland Veg Week - April 15-21. Thought about eating vegetarian? Oakland Veg Week will have a variety of events to introduce people to the idea. (website)

plus the usual events:
Piedmont Avenue Art Walk (3rd Thursday)
Art Murmur (1st Friday)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
Mt. View Cemetery Tours (2nd and 4th Saturdays)

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