You counted 26, didn’t you? It’s OK, one of the events goes on for two days. But sure, go twice anyway — it’s insanely cool! Speaking of which, that’s more like it, Oakland! You made calendar editors nervous for a few weeks, there, but there’s plenty going on this week, boy howdy! Enjoy!

Friday, January 10

North Oakland Peace ‘n’ Justice Walk
6 p.m.
Meet at Bethany Baptist parking lot, 5400 Adeline

Join Rev. Leggett of Bethany Baptist Church, members of St. Columba Church, Memorial Tabernacle Church, Phat Beets Produce, the PLACE for Sustainable Living, Growing Together and many others for this monthly peace ‘n’ justice walk in North Oakland. We will be stopping by the Bottom of the 9th Bar, where there was a recent shooting, then 54th and MLK, where Gary King, Jr. was killed in 2007 by OPD, and finally we will be stopping by the Children’s Hospital Oakland to hold space for community healing. The purpose of these monthly walks, which visit sites of recent violence or conflict, is for neighbors to meet each other, build community and feel safe outside at night in Oakland. The organizations and neighbors involved aim to build a multi-faith / -class / -race neighborhood movement to address violence through community-initiated restorative justice work. Free hot drinks will be provided by Phat Beets Produce and neighbors like you. To RSVP for the walk, please click here.

Potluck for Media Makers
6 – 7:30
Tech Liminal, 555 12th Street, Suite 110

Bring a dish and a sample work (video, audio, or photography). We’ll eat, talk, laugh, and celebrate our work together! The organizers are C.B. Smith-Dahl and Michael Yip. RSVP here.

The Crucible’s Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire
7 – 11 p.m.
1260 7th Street

The Crucible’s fiery fusion of fashion design and industrial art returns with two nights of wearable art, flame effects, performances, music, dance and more! Click here for these must-have tickets!

Saturday, January 11

Three Corners Neighborhood Group Saturday Neighborhood Cleanup
9 – 10 a.m.
The corner of 66th and San Pablo

It’s the second Saturday of the month: time for a Saturday Neighborhood cleanup! Join neighbors to walk the block and pick up the trash that’s accumulated. Bring a pair of gloves and a trash bag and meet up. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and make things cleaner, too! For more information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ThreeCornersNeighborhoodgroup/cal.

Rose Pruning Demonstration
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Morcom Rose Garden, 700 Jean Street

Join the Dedicated Deadheaders, City of Oakland’s Park Services staff and the East Bay Rose Society for this free public demonstration. A free bare root rose, courtesy of Star The Knock Out® Family of Roses, will go to each of the first 200 people. For more information about the Friends of Morcom Rose Garden, visit their Facebook page.

Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Workshop
10 a.m. – noon
DeFremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline Street

Learn basic rules of the road, how to share the road with cars on busy streets, how to equip your bicycle, lock your bike, fit your helmet, and avoid crashes by riding predictably, visibly, and communicating with other road users by your actions and signals. This free class is for adults and teens, with no bike needed. Every attendee will receive a free reflective vest for participating. Click here to register.

OHA Tour: “Lampwork Lofts Revisited”
10 a.m. – noon
1614 Campbell Street

Visit or revisit the Lampwork Lofts adaptive use project with Oakland Heritage Alliance! Frank Flores, Development Director, will give a tour of Madison Park Financial’s conversion of the historic four-story brick Mazda Light Bulb Factory into 92 for-rent live/work residential units. The building was originally built in 1919 and served as the manufacturing facility for General Electric’s Mazda Lamps. The building also has the distinction of being the first industrial facility on the West Coast to employ women. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2014. If you attended OHA’s tour of the building when work began in the fall of 2012, you must return to see the progress! If you’ve never visited the Lampwork Lofts project, attend this tour and discover how thoughtful development can adapt historic buildings for reuse! Register for this tour online.

“Wine and Canvas” Painting Workshop
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Unleash your creative side! Chabot is hosting “Wine and Canvas,” a painting class with cocktails. Use the beautiful Chabot setting in the redwood forest with some of the best views in the Bay Area of the night sky as inspiration to create your own masterpiece. An artist will instruct you step-by-step to recreate a featured space-inspired painting. At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that you created. Chabot provides the aprons, easels, paints, artist instruction and 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvas. No experience necessary! Click here for tickets and more information.

The Crucible’s Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire
7 – 11 p.m.
1260 7th Street

The Crucible’s fiery fusion of fashion design and industrial art returns with two nights of wearable art, flame effects, performances, music, dance and more! Click here for these must-have tickets!

Sunday, January 12

Chang-Rae Lee discusses and signs On Such a Full Sea
3 p.m.
Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Lee’s latest novel leaves behind his previous territory of the historical and realistic past, and steps into a boldly imagined future where a long-declined America has become a society blatantly stratified by class. Abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as high-walled, self-contained labor colonies whose inhabitants (descendants of those brought over en masse from environmentally ruined provincial China) provide produce and fish to the elite satellite charter villages ringing the colonies. Beyond these settlements lies the lawless Open Counties, where crime and anarchy run rampant. In the relative safety of B-Mor settlement (once a city on America’s eastern coast), Fan is a fish tank diver, trying to find identity and purpose. But when the man she loves disappears, Fan takes off in search, braving the dangers of life outside the walls, on a journey that will become legendary. For more information, visit www.dieselbookstore.com.

Monday, January 13

Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

For additional information, call (510) 238-3941 or visit www.oaklandheritage.org. It is recommended to confirm the date and location at: www.oaklandnet.com.

Too Smart for Our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind
7 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street

Our ecologically disruptive behavior — which is tied to our explosive technological know-how — is rooted in the nature of Homo Sapiens. Humankind’s development consists of an accelerating movement from situations of scarcity to technological innovation, to increased resource availability, to increased consumption, to population growth, to resource depletion once again — in a vicious circle from the dawn of humanity and continuing today. Author Craig Dilworth amasses enormous evidence to prove that technology is our undoing. $5 donations are accepted. For more information, visit humanisthall.net/wp.

Tuesday, January 14

West Oakland Job Resource Center Orientation
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline Street

Job seekers will receive information about jobs in the construction industry, information on the trades, unions and their requirements, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training opportunities, and job placement assistance on construction projects in the area. Job seekers can pre-register to attend the orientation by calling (510) 419-0509 or report to the Job Resource Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited. Visit eastbayjobdevelopers.org for more information on East Bay Job Developers.

Oakland City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. 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 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 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 here.

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

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

F. M. Smith Park Advisory Council Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
F. M. Smith Park, 1969 Park Boulevard

Have questions or want more information? Contact Lisa or Center Director Lois Gomes, or visit groups.yahoo.com/group/15X_NCPC/cal.

Wednesday, January 15

East Bay Green Drinks
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Awaken Café, 1429 Broadway

East Bay Green Drinks started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, education, media, communications, construction, clean energy and more. It’s fun, it’s inspiring, it’s informal, it’s friendly, and it’s where we come together for the most important thing we need to sustain our work and community. It’s where we connect.

Allendale Park NCPC Meeting
7 p.m.
Allendale Recreation Center, 3711 Suter Street

This month’s meeting features a workshop on burglary and robbery prevention. The Oakland Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Division will be on hand to discuss measures residents can take to make their homes more secure, including more secure doors and locks, alarms and security camera options. For more information about this organization’s meetings, or to get on its mailing list, please email allendale_ncpc@yahoogroups.com.

Golden Gate NCPC 10X Monthly Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Recreation Center, 1075 62nd Street

This monthly meeting of the Golden Gate Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council recurs on the third Wednesday of each month, except for December. For more information, or to get in touch with the organization, visit groups.yahoo.com/group/NCPC-10X/cal.

Thursday, January 16

Oakland City Council Rules and 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 here. For more information, visit www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil or call (510) 238-7370.

Oakland Food Policy Council Meeting
5 – 7:30 p.m.
1000 Broadway, 5th Floor, Room A or B

The mission of the Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) is to establish an equitable and sustainable food system in Oakland. It strives to: ensure access to healthy, affordable food within walking distance of every Oakland resident; bring underserved neighborhoods to the food policy table and increase “food literacy” among Oakland residents; put food, hunger, and food systems on the City of Oakland’s agenda and contribute to the national dialog on food policy; and turn the Oakland food system into an engine for local economic development and involve local and regional agricultural communities.

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 4

Oakland’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) committee was chartered in 1995 to advise the City on the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and related issues. Two-hour meetings are held in City Hall the third Thursday of the month. Members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of any BPAC meeting.

Teach Tomorrow In Oakland Raza Recruitment Event
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, 1470 Fruitvale Avenue, #7

Teach Tomorrow in Oakland (TTO) is seeking to increase the number of Latinos in Oakland’s teaching workforce. The organization’s leadership believes there is a correlation between Oakland’s high dropout rate and only 2% of its teachers being Latino. TTO is working to build Oakland’s educator recruitment and development pipeline so students of color see and connect with adults with common experiences. In its continued effort to diversify the teaching workforce in Oakland, TTO hosts teacher recruitment fairs like this one for individuals who are looking to change careers, and those who have recently earned their Bachelor’s degrees (or soon will) to consider teaching as a career. Registration is free.

OSD Advisory Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Hunter Hall, Paul Robeson Administrative Building, 1025 2nd Avenue

Representative parents, staff, students and community members make up the District Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC provides a community perspective to the Board of Education and the District leadership on important educational issues. They also assure the District and individual schools are in compliance with state accountability laws. Each school appoints a representative to the DAC.

OHA Lecture: “Oakland Resources of the Bancroft Library”
7 – 8 p.m.
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue

Former University of California Archivist Bill Roberts explores the Bancroft Library collections during an illustrated talk, highlighting how to find historical resources on the city of Oakland. To learn more and register online, visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance’s event page. Admission for this event can also be purchased at the door without advance registration. For more details about future OHA events, visit www.oaklandheritage.org/events.html.

Melrose High Hopes NCPC Beat 27X Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Horace Mann School, 5222 Ygnacio

The NCPC is the main organizing group for the neighborhood. The Steering Committee, which is the NCPC leadership team, makes decisions about monthly meeting agendas and major events (e.g., speakers, priorities for OPD, elections, and projects like the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Annual Block Party, Courtland Creek Rejuvenation Project, support for our neighborhood school, redevelopment on Foothill, and the like). The monthly meetings at Horace Mann School are a great opportunity to let the designated City Council Member and Community Policing Officers know about neighborhood concerns and engage them in helping the neighborhood. Visit www.ncpcbeat27x.org for updated agenda items, general information, or to get on the mailing list for future meetings.

BustingOut Storytelling: “Hot Mess!”
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Den at the Fox Theater, 1912 Telegraph Avenue

BustingOut Storytelling offers true stories, told on stage, without the approval of your mother. This event features Brittney-Spears-shave-your-head crazy to I-married-her-the-night-we-met-at-a-dog-park crazy: stories of “Hot Mess!” Sometimes it’s a Crock Pot full of Zoloft and Paxil paired with a fine whine of, “What was I thinking?” Sure, it might be just a blurry tattoo inked by a nearsighted, over-caffeinated chap who learned the trade behind bars, or perhaps a career path orchestrated to impress the cute redhead who works at Peet’s Coffee, but the results are the same: Hot. Mess. This event is 21+. Tickets are 2 for $20 in advance, or 1 for $20 at the door.

To list an event for the week of January 17 – 23, send the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, January 14.

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