It seems only fitting that the week where Oakland students go back to school is full of so many educational opportunities. Go to pretty much any of these events (including one two-day one, making 20 events for the 21 entries–oh yeah, we know you’re counting), and you’re bound to learn something this week, whether you meant to or not. Enjoy!

Friday, August 23

Hack City’s “Powering the People”
7 p.m.
Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway

This event is an evening to connect with Bay Area community leaders, entrepreneurs and neighbors, discuss the impact of environmental sustainability on everyday living, and name community-wide pain points in order to create real change.

We’ll also explore the ways that technology–and more specifically hacking–can be leveraged to that end, and ways to get involved.

All attendees are encouraged to contribute to a visual display of community needs to be exhibited in Betti Ono Gallery after “Powering the People.”

To RSVP and find out more, visit http://hackcity-efbevent.eventbrite.com/.

Salsa with Juan Salsa and Bachata Social
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Linden Street Dance Studio, 130 Linden Street

This event features the most supportive Salsa and Bachata community in the Bay Area. Even beginners need not worry: hosts and hostesses are also available to get everyone on the dance floor. It’s time to get your dance on!

For more information, visit http://www.salsawithjuan.com.

Dancing Under the Stars: Night Club 2-Step
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway

Kick up your heels and enjoy a free dance lesson provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. Each week will feature a different type of dance followed by a dance party to practice what was learned.

57th Street Gallery Presents First Edition
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

First Edition (a jazz trio) is the outcome of a dynamic collaboration between pianist Damu Sudi Alii, bassist Alexander Smith, and drummer Michael Spencer. As the rhythm section for Hanif and the Sound Voyagers and the Larry Douglas Alltet, the trio has evolved into a musical force of tremendous depth in their own right. Alternately soulful, funky, and progressive, but always rhythmical and melodious, Alii, Smith, and Spencer combine to create a spectrum of sound.

Appearing with the trio in their upcoming debut performance at the 57th Street Gallery will be San Francisco native and popular jazz vocalist Tonye Scott. Pianist, composer, and rapper Jabari Alii will be making a guest appearance performing one of his original compositions in the genre of “conscious rap.” Don’t miss this special night of soul-stirring sounds and good vibrations featuring original compositions by pianist Damu Alii, and the spicy, smooth vocals of the dynamic Ms. Tonye Scott.

Admission is $15. For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, August 24

Community CPR Class
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
81st Avenue Library, 1021 81st Avenue

Would you be able to help in an emergency? Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This class is sponsored by the Neighborhood Services Division and the Oakland Fire Department. Everyone 12 years old and older is welcome to take the class, and the certificate is good for 2 years.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Neighborhood Service Coordinator Edith Guillen to register at (510) 238-7159 or eguillen@oaklandnet.com.

Community Language Meetup at the Oakland Public Library
10 – 11 a.m.
César Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th Street

The library is setting up time bank exchanges for those who want to receive or offer tutoring in English, Spanish, or other languages. Call (510) 725-5484.

For more information, visit http://www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour: Oakland’s Airport / North Field
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Business Jet Center, 9351 Earhart Road

Old Oakland Airport (North Field) was dedicated by Charles Lindbergh and often visited by Amelia Earhart. One of the nation’s most historic aviation sites, its original facilities—five hangers, an administration building, and a hotel, built between 1927 and 1929—are largely intact. Afterwards, participants may wish to visit the Western Aerospace Museum.

For more information about Oakland Heritage Alliance events, call the OHA office at (510) 763-9218, email info@oaklandheritage.org, or visit www.oaklandheritage.org.

Oakland Chinatown StreetFest
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
a large swath of Chinatown

On August 24 & 25, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will present its 26th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Snake, the Chinatown StreetFest will attract thousands of people from all over the Bay Area to come savor the taste of Asia, and to experience the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatown has so diligently preserved.

The two-day event is free to the public. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year, small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts and crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a cultural village presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

For more information, visit http://www.oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com/.

The Spirit of West Oakland Back to School Celebration and Peace Festival
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street

Presented by the West Oakland Alliance Foundation, Alternatives in Action, and Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, the Spirit of West Oakland features performances by local bands, food, family fun and resources for students and parents. A new addition to the event is the youth-led anti-violence Pass the Peace Festival. Pass the Peace was envisioned by students participating in the YOLO program as a means of creating a safe, multigenerational, community-centered space that encourages members of West Oakland to take a stand against violence. Admission is free.

For more information, visit http://westoaklandalliance.org/Alliance_Foundation/Events.html.

Al Empezar: Malaquias Montoya and the 60s/70s Chicano Arts Movement
5 p.m. reception with the artist, 7 p.m. panel discussion
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

The panel discussion, “Chicano Art and Liberation: Then and Now” is with Malaquias Montoya and Carlos Montes (Brown Berets), and moderated by Terezita Romo. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.eastsideartsalliance.org.

57th Street Gallery Presents Lady Sunrise
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

Arising and arriving from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Lady Sunrise brings her bright, sparkling personality, warm engaging vibration and a multi-octave range of tones and emotions to each song she interprets. A passionate performing artist, Lady Sunrise attributes the depth of her artistic development to the rich artistic culture, tutelage and artist associations of the Bay Area. Musicians are Lady Sunrise, vocals; Glen Pearson, piano; Michael Jones, bass; and Leon Joyce, drums.

Admission is $15. For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, August 25

Oakland Chinatown StreetFest
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
a large swath of Chinatown

On August 24 & 25, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will present its 26th Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Snake, the Chinatown StreetFest will attract thousands of people from all over the Bay Area to come savor the taste of Asia, and to experience the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatown has so diligently preserved.

The two-day event is free to the public. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year, small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts and crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a cultural village presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

For more information, visit http://www.oaklandchinatownstreetfest.com/.

Yoshi’s Jazzfest
noon – 5 p.m.
Foot of Broadway

Yoshi’s Jazzfest will celebrate all things musical, and fill Jack London Square with an afternoon of live music, tasty treats, jazz festivities and more. A special stage will host performances from several jazz performers, including Salvador Santana, the Julian Coryell Trio, Dos Four and the Oakland Jazz Workshop Performance Ensemble. Don’t miss this afternoon of free jazz on the waterfront! Visitors can bike, ferry or drive to Jack London Square. No tickets or reservations are required for this amazing free event.

For more information, visit www.yoshis.com.

Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour: Historic Downtown Churches
2 – 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 27th and Broadway

Between 1910 and 1925, major religious congregations located at the growing northwest edge of downtown Oakland. Discover seven surviving religious buildings, and their histories and neighborhoods. Some interiors will be included. Discussion will include the adaptation of these institutions as they city has changed around them. The tour route is long, but flat; wear comfortable shoes.

For more information about Oakland Heritage Alliance events, call the OHA office at (510) 763-9218, email info@oaklandheritage.org, or visit www.oaklandheritage.org.

Renee Swindle Discusses and Signs Shake Down the Stars at Diesel
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Piper Nelson’s sister is busy planning her wedding to a professional football player and preparing for a reality TV show, her mother is married to a celebrity evangelist, and her ex-husband’s new girlfriend is pregnant. Everyone around her is moving on, but Piper herself is stuck. Haunted by the tragic loss of her daughter years ago, she moves through her day-to-day existence drinking too much and meeting unsuitable men. She knows she needs to get out of her rut, but how? Fortunately for her, a few new friends are here to teach her how to love and laugh again.

Both light and heavy, funny and poignant, Shake Down the Stars, with its quirky cast of characters and unexpected love interest, brings a fresh breath of air to the typical story of feeling adrift in your own world.

Local author Renee Swindle also wrote the novel, Please, Please, Please. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, where she taught both composition and creative writing.

For more information, visit http://www.dieselbookstore.com.

Tuesday, August 27

Oakland City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland, and consists of eight members who are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland: one representative from each of seven districts, and one at-large representative. The Council sets goals and priorities for the City, as well as approving the City budget, adopting ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appointing members to various boards and commissions. Most of the Committees of the City Council (such as these) usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (although it is recommended to confirm the day and time, as this is subject to change). A downloadable agenda is available at http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/.

10:30 a.m.: Public Works
12 p.m.: Finance & Management
2 p.m.: Community & Economic Development
4 p.m.: Life Enrichment
5:30 p.m.: Public Safety

For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

Wednesday, August 28

AC Transit Board of Directors Meetings
times listed below
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, 1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor

3 p.m.: Planning Committee
3:30 p.m.: Finance & Audit Committee
6 p.m.: Board of Directors

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is the third-largest public bus system in California, serving 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AC Transit has been serving the East Bay since 1960, taking over from the Key System and its predecessors, which carried passengers via buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries over the previous 100 years. AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous, and reliable transit service.

For more information, visit http://www2.actransit.org/main.wu.

Oakland Board of Education General Meeting
5 – 9 p.m.
Paul Robeson Building, 1025 2nd Avenue, Board Room

The Governing Board, commonly called the Board of Education, is the elected policy-making body of the public education system within the City of Oakland. The Governing Board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that every student served by the District is well educated and demonstrates high academic achievement.

For more information, visit http://bex.ousd.k12.ca.us/.

10Y NCPC Monthly Potluck and Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Santa Fe Elementary, 915 54th Street

Come at 6:30 for a casual potluck, or at 7:00 p.m. for the meeting, or both. This event repeats on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Contact NSC (Neighborhood Services Coordinator) Paul Brekke-Miesner at (510) 238-3102, or PSO (Problem-Solving Officer) Trode for additional information.

For more information, call (510) 750-4557.

Burbank Millsbrae NCPC, Beat 29X Meeting
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church, 3200 62nd Avenue

For more information, please contact Chair Nancy Sidebotham at nannystu@pacbell.net or (510) 635-2678, or NSC (Neighborhood Services Coordinator) Araina Richards at arichards@oaklandnet.com or (510) 238-7619.

Thursday, August 29

Rules & Legislation Committee Meeting
10:45 a.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 1

The Rules and Legislation Committee usually meets at this time (although it is recommended to confirm the day and time, as this is subject to change). A downloadable agenda is available at http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/.

For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

Have an event you’d like listed for August 30 through September 5? Email the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, August 27.

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