Wednesday, April 17, 2013

upcoming Oakland events

Monday is the start of Oakland Veg Week. It's a great time to try eating vegetarian! This week there are a variety of interesting events, including the Oakland Heritage Alliance: Great Estates in April tour, celebrating the Cambodian New Year at Peralta Hacienda, Earth Day cleanups, and more. Let me know other events by leaving a comment.

For a complete list of Earth Cleanup events, check out


What I Hear, I Keep: Stories from Oakland's Griots - Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm. Visual and audio art installation at Peralta Hacienda based on African American stories of modern-day Oakland, with local residents telling about their lives and exploring their identities. (with $5 admission)

Vintage porcelain at the Pardee Home - Wednesdays, 2nd Saturdays, 2nd Sundays. View the historic Pardee Home and the collection of porcelain collected by the globe-trotting Mrs. Pardee. You can take the tour for $5 or have the tour and tea for $25. Read more at World of Mailman. Read about the tea service on the East Bay Express. ($5/$25)


Fruitvale Night Market - 3-8pm, Friday, April 19. Join The Unity Council for an evening of fun in the Fruitvale. Live music, activities, and vendors. (free)


OHA: Great Estates in April - Saturday, April 20. The Oakland Heritage Alliance house tour features Tudor and Mediterranean revival style homes Claremont Pines and Upper Rockridge, which emerged as suburban garden developments in the first decades of the 1900s. You can either tour the homes, or tour the homes and partake in a gourmet meal, with sunset views of the bay. ($30+)

Earth Day Cleanup - 9am-noon. Join other Oaklanders in helping clean up Oakland! Cleanups will be at Lafayette Square, Jefferson Square, and the African American Museum and Library of Oakland. There will be a live performance by the Oakland Spirit Orchestra at 10am. (free)

Earth Day Cleanup at Peralta Hacienda - 9am-noon. Help cleanup the park around historic Peralta Hacienda. Stay and celebrate the Cambodian New Year. (free)

Celebrate Cambodian New Year at Peralta Hacienda - Saturday, April 20, 10am-3pm. Join Peralta Hacienda in celebrating the Cambodian New Year.

Paintings by Robert Akeley - A Retrospective - Saturdays, 11am-5pm. See an exhibition of paintings by long-time resident Robert Akeley at the Rise Above Gallery.

The Big Painting Show - Saturdays, 1-5pm. See paintings by 8 established Bay Area artists at the Gray Loft Gallery in Jingletown. The Big Painting Show: Layers of Abstraction features the work of Rick Arnitz, Mark Ashworth, Suzy Barnard, Jamie Brunson, Betty Jo Costanzo, Carol Lefkowitz, Simone Simon, and June Yokell. (free)


Oakland Veg Week - April 22-28. The second annual Veg Week in Oakland. Features vegetarian food events, including a popup at Kitchner, vegi food trucks at Off the Grid, and specials at restaurants all over Oakland. Read more in the East Bay Express.

ongoing events:

looking further ahead:

25th Annual Heart of the Home Tour - Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. Tour beautiful homes and support the work of the Children's Support League of the East Bay. Includes the Harrow Mansion in Piedmont, designed by noted Oakland architect Julia Morgan. ($47+)

Waste Not - with St. Vincent de Paul Society - Saturday, April 27, 10am-3pm. Support the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society by bringing your electronic waste to their warehouse for recycling. (free)

Celebrate the Paramount Theatre - Saturday, April 27. Join the Art Deco Society to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of the Paramount Theatre. ($100+)

A Taste of Spring - May 2, 5:30pm. A fundraiser supporting Oakland park projects and helping underserved kids attend great OPR classes and camps.

Bites off Broadway - Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm. Beginning May 10th. My favorite food truck event returns for 2013. Read more about Bites off Broadway. (free)

Glenview Cottage Industries Show - Saturday, May 11, 10am-5pm. Featuring local artists and craftspeople in Glenview.

Measure DD Celebration - Sunday, June 9. Come celebrate the work accomplished as part of Measure DD, improving the areas around Lake Merritt.

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