Wednesday, July 18, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

Awide variety of interesting activities going on. Let me know in the comments if there's other interesting stuff going on.

Healthy Living Festival for Seniors - Thursday, July 19, 8am-2pm. The event will include 70 educational and resource booths promoting healthy living and successful aging, health screenings, Tai Chi, Zumba, and folklorico dancers. Read more at the Oakland Tribune.

Dancing Under the Stars - Friday, July 20, 8:30-10pm. Free dance lessons followed by a dance party. This week's dance: the electric slide! (free)

10,000 Steps: A Profile of Four Squares - Friday, July 20, 8pm. See the film about the 10,000 Steps Project at Swan's Co-Housing. Relax with your neighbors as you enjoy the award-winning local urban exploration film. (free)

Fairyland for Grownups - Friday, July 20, 7-10pm. A chance for grownups to visit Fairyland, with music, food trucks galore, and fun. ($15 - pre-sale only)

theater by Lower Bottom Playaz: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - July 13,14,15 and 20,21,22. Theater season at the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement begins this weekend! In-house troupe The Lower Bottom Playaz will celebrate their 11th season at the Sister Thea Bowmen Memorial outdoor theater. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson.

Downtown Walking Tours - Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am. The walking tours program goes through the summer, rotating through the 8 different tours. They're a great way to get out and see Oakland and learn about its people and history. Coming up: Saturday, July 21 - Churches and Temples. (free)

Oakland Jazz Festival - Saturday, July 21. All-day musical extravaganza at the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate includes headliners such as KEM, Eric Benet, Wayne Wallace, Ledisi and the San Francisco-based jazz-funk-soul quartet, Times 4. Pack a lawn chair and a picnic or enjoy dishes from one of the many food and drink vendors. ($70)

Peace Bicycle Ride - Saturday, July 21, 5pm. Bikes 4 Life holds the annual peace bicycle ride from Lake Merritt to West Oakland. Read more at the Oakland Tribune. (free)

East Bay SPCA Adoptathon - Sunday, July 22, 10am-3pm. Come find a new four-legged (or two-winged) friend amongst cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and reptiles. There will also be crafts for kids, vendors with pet products, and more. Along side the JLS Farmers Market (free)

DIY Day at JLS Farmers Market - Sunday, July 22, 9am-2pm. Learn screen printing, composting, gardening and more. Read more at Oakland Local. (free)

looking further ahead:

Throw Down for the Town - Saturday, July 28. Volunteer to make Oakland better. Organized by the Ella Baker Center.

Community Arts Festival - Sunday, July 29. Art show at Mosswood Park. Music, snacks, art and more. Contact if you'd like to participate.

Art & Soul Festival, Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5. ($5-$10)

Block Party on National Night Out, Tuesday August 7, 7-9pm. (free)

Laurel Street Fair, Saturday, August 11, 11 am-6 pm, MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and 38th Street: Food, music and fun in the Laurel District. (free)

Pedalfest - Saturday, August 18, 11am-8pm. The second annual Pedfalfest at Jack London Square. Last year's Pedalfest was hella fun, for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. (free)

Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge - Saturday, August 25. The 8th annual Faith Fancher breast cancer 5K walk and fundraiser.

Eat Real Fest - Friday, September 2–Sunday, September 4. (free)

Taste of Temescal, Tuesday, September 18, 6- 8:30 pm. A culinary crawl to scintillate your palates: the Taste of Temescal on Telegraph Avenue between 43th and 51st. ($30)

ongoing events:

Bites off Broadway (Fridays)
Piedmont Avenue Art Walk (3rd Thursday)
Art Murmur (1st Friday)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
Mt. View Cemetery Tours (2nd and 4th Saturdays)
OMCA Summer Nights (last Friday of the month)
OHA Walking Tours (Saturdays and Sundays)

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