Wednesday, April 11, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

Lots of stuff going on in the coming weeks, with art, biking, walking, Earth Day and more.

East Bay Bike Party: Under the Sea - Friday, April 13. The monthly East Bay Bike Party won't be in Oakland this time, but
they'll be raising money for Richmond Spokes and having fun with a theme of Under the Sea.

Earth Day at the Zoo - Saturday, April 14, 10am-3pm. Celebrate Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo. (incl. with admission)

Oakland Urban Paths walks - Saturday, April 14, Laurel to the Redwoods. Saturday, May 6th, Jane's Walk: Exploring Oakland’s History on Foot. A couple of great walks with Oakland Urban Paths coming up. Note that Laurel to the Redwoods will be a strenuous walk—be prepared! (free)

Red, Bike and Green - Saturday, April 14, noon. Red, Bike and Green kicks off the 2012 season with rides in Oakland, Chicago and Atlanta, encouraging African Americans to ride for health, the environment, and economics. (free)

10 Connect :: group art show - April 13-May 25. Exhibition of the remarkable work of ten artists who helped pave the way for a distinctive, flourishing arts community in Jingletown. Opening reception April 13. (free)

Learn to Curl: Students, Families & Educators - Saturday, April 14, 2:30-5pm. Introduction to curling lessons open to all ages and abilities, as well as a specific clinic for local teachers, students, and athletic coaches, at the Oakland Ice Center. ($15)

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)

looking further ahead:

Earth Day - Saturday, April 21. There are dozens of Earth Day events around Oakland, from a cleanup of Willow Park in West Oakland to a neighborhood cleanup in East Oakland with the East Oakland Boxing Association, and numerous park, neighborhood and creek cleanups in between.

4th Annual 24 Hour Film Challenge - April 21-22. The East Bay Express' annual 24 hour film challenge. Teams pick up the topic, then have 24 hours to shoot, edit and produce the film. Sponsored by Actual Cafe, Trumer Pils, and the Oakland Underground Film Festival.

Herbal First Aid - Sunday, April 22, 1-3pm. Learn bike-portable first aid remedies for common biking-related ailments. Two hour workshop at Homespun Bikes ($20-$30)

Montclair Village Restaurant Walk - Tuesday, April 24, 6-8:30pm. Sample local restaurants and support local schools with the annual Montclair restaurant walk. ($25)

Healthy Choices Community Fair - Saturday, April 28, 10am-noon. United Lutheran Church of Oakland sponsors a community health fair. (free)

C.O.R.E. Emergency Response Exercise - Saturday, April 28. A city-wide exercise of CORE, Citizens of Oakland Respond to Emergencies. You can help by volunteering to act as a disaster victim, making up other "victims" (moulage), and a number of other tasks, and help ensure you and your neighbors survive the next disaster. (free)

California Preservation Conference - May 3-6. The California Preservation Foundation's annual conference is being held in Oakland this year. There are ton of related tours and events of interest to historians and Oaklanders alike.

Bike to Work Day - Thursday, May 10. Whether you already bike to work every day or this will be your first time, Bike to Work Day is a lot of fun and a great alternative to driving. (free)

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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