Wednesday, April 18, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

As usual, lots of interesting stuff going on in Oakland this week. The big event this weekend is the annual Earth Day celebration, with cleanups and celebrations all over Oakland. Let me know of other interesting events in the comments.

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.

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza - Saturday, April 21, 10:30am-12:30pm. Hear "Peter and the Wolf" on the 5298-pipe organ and narrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, followed by a pizza lunch. ($5 per person)

Learn to Curl: Students Only! - Saturday, April 21, 2:30-5pm. Introduction to curling lessons open to students, at the Oakland Ice Center. ($15)

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.

Bueno Eats Pop-Up - Sunday, April 22, 9:30am-2:30pm. Bueno Eats is doing a brunch pop-up at one of my favorite places, Caffe 817 in Old Oakland.

DIY Day at the Jack London Square Farmers’ Market - Sunday, April 22, 9am-2pm. An interactive Earth Day Fair featuring an array of special DIY activities, speakers, demonstrations and exhibits to get you thinking about sustainability and greener living. (free)

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)

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)

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:

Celebrate Oakland's 160th Birthday - Friday, April 27 - Friday, May 4. A week of events celebrating Oakland's incorporation May 4th, 1852. Different events will feature arts, games, music and history. (free)

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

DIY Coffee Bean Roasting - Saturday, April 28, 1-2pm. A workshop on how to roast your own coffee, put on by popup market Marion and Rose. ($25)

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.

JLS Night Market - Friday, May 4 from 6-10pm. During the First Friday Art Murmur, the Farmers Market at Jack London Square will be holding a night-time farmers market.

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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