Your heart is so full, Oakland! There is so much that Oaklanders are passionate about, so much we love, and there are so many opportunities to join together with that lovin’ feelin’ this week. We love animals, the spirit of resistance, music, “classic” media like print and vinyl, our work, gardening, our city and making it even better, making and creating, the people in our lives… so much to love and celebrate. Keep it going around, Oakland! Enjoy!

Friday, May 30

Funktown Kittens Benefit Concert
7 p.m.
Rooz Cafe, 1918 Park Boulevard

Featuring Chairman Meow and the HepKatz, Beryl “Guided By Kittens” Baker, and Feral, this is a benefit for the Island Cat Resources and Adoption (ICRA), the group that will be saving the Funktown Kittens’ eyes! A pair of feral kittens with eyelid agenesis were born this spring in Funktown Farm, a community garden near Lake Merritt. Without surgery or ointment applied to their eyes multiple times a day, they were destined to go blind — but science (and super-generous donors) to the rescue! An Indiegogo campaign has already raised enough money for ICRA to fix their eyes and get them adopted, but there are other kitties out there who are not so lucky. Come hear some great music and support a great organization. Admission is a $5 – 20 donation, with no one turned away. Click here for more information.

Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity Presents Electro Chaabi
7 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

If feature-length documentaries such as Buena Vista Social Club helped introduce world audiences to the lost golden melodies of Cuban music, director Hind Meddeb is bringing the furious, sweaty rhythms of downtown Cairo to global ears with Electro Shaabi. While the beats are designed to get your feet moving, the lyrics, often laced with revolutionary fervor, offer insights into the mindset of today’s restless Egyptian youth. This is unlike anything you’ve seen (or heard) before. For more information, visit www.eastsideartsalliance.org.

SuperAwesome Salon: Zines & Print Culture
7 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Explore edgy and emerging cultural intersections in this exclusive salon series during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Explore a mashup of culture presented in spring exhibitions SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot and Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. In these salons, art, music, food, and film all mix to bring you a sensory experience where you can share, talk, taste, and listen to your heart’s content. Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 31

On Fire Again!: Reigniting Lifework Purpose and Passion
9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland – Waterfront, 1103 Embarcadero

In limbo with direction for a more true and fulfilling career? You know the old work path isn’t enough anymore, and you’re certain there’s more true and fulfilling work for you, yet you’re uncertain about a way forward. Discover how to find a next lifework that’s really your calling! In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn: how to avoid the 3 biggest mistakes that can keep you stagnant and stuck; a natural process to gain powerful clarity about your unique talents and purpose, so you can start moving toward a life that’s brilliantly you; how to get the missing support and acknowledgement that’s essential for moving forward; and how to use your current situation, no matter how bad, as a launchpad for finding a work and life you love. Imagine feeling on track and confident again, with a clear sense of what you can do now to discover and live a lifework that fully taps into your gifts, and is both more fulfilling and successful than ever. Visit bit.ly/OnFireAgain for program and registration information.

Oakland Answers Write-athon and Hackathon Event
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway

Last year, Open Oakland held an event to collaboratively build a web app that helped people find the simplest and clearest answers to their common questions about the City of Oakland. They launched the site at answers.oaklandnet.com and received great coverage and even an award from the White House for this collaboration. This year, Open Oakland is once again hosting an Oakland Answers write-athon and hackathon event for the National Day of Civic Hacking. This event is open to anyone in the community, regardless of technical expertise. City of Oakland staff and members of the community will collaborate on answers to common civic questions, such as “When can I park at a yellow curb?” or “How do I get a business license?” For more information or to get tickets, click here.

Pollinate Farm and Garden First Anniversary Celebration
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Help Pollinate celebrate their first year in the Fruitvale! Refreshments and a variety of classes and garden-centric activities will be provided. Click here for a schedule of events and more information.

5th Annual Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Avenue

At Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the nation’s largest free pet adoption event, the goal is to find loving homes for 10,000 homeless dogs and cats in two days. Maddie’s Fund has earmarked $10 million to give the participating organizations, donating up to $2,000 per adopted dog or cat. Oakland Animal Services (OAS) will take part Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1. During this nationwide event, sponsored by Maddie’s Fund, dog and cat adoptions will be free to qualified homes. This year’s event will feature special activities, including face painting, live music, and gift bags. This nationwide event includes hundreds of shelters and helps thousands of animals find their loving, forever homes each year. In addition, each successful adoption will earn the shelter a generous donation from Maddie’s Fund, a family foundation working to achieve a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through its grant giving, hands-on animal care, and research and education. The money earned during this event is essential to the OAS operating budget for the almost 7,000 animals that the shelter cares for each year.

First-Ever Make San Leandro
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
451 Davis Street, San Leandro

The first-ever event of its kind in San Leandro is connecting makers from around the Bay Area (including some Oakland entries)! It launches at the 105th anniversary of San Leandro’s Cherry Festival. The Cherry Festival itself will be the biggest in years, with a 100-entry parade including multiple art cars, a musical stage that will include Tony, Toni, Tone, food trucks, and Bistro at the Casa, and an outdoor café featuring a variety of local wines and beer. They stream interviews with exhibitors and by special guests live, in addition to the 12,000 square feet of exhibition space with dozens of exhibitors and makers, including Mobile Fab Lab, 3D printers, puppet making, robotics, an art wall you can paint on, paper air rockets, and more!

AC Transit Community Meeting
10:30 a.m. – noon
Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th Street

AC Transit is currently conducting outreach around the updates to their Title VI Civil Rights and Environmental Justice Policies. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The AC Transit Board of Directors is considering new policies to ensure full and equitable distribution of its bus services and to ensure all members of the public can participate in the decision-making process. AC Transit is offering a number of ways for the community to be involved in this process, and everyone is invited to attend.

Donors 4 Peace
2 – 5 p.m.
Everett & Jones BBQ, 125 Broadway

Join Peacemakers, Inc. for an amazing afternoon of music, food and friends to support the first annual Donors 4 Peace Fundraiser in Jack London Square, at Q’s Lounge, inside Everett and Jones Barbeque. Councilmember Lynette McElhaney will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are available at www.peacemakersinc.us.

The Supper Club at Chabot: Love Missions
6:15 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Take your sweetheart on a memorable date with dinner under the stars and a simulated space mission to the Red Planet! You and your date will be transported to a world of space travel inside Chabot’s interactive onsite mission control and spacecraft simulator. The adventure includes romantic music, hands-on assignments, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Seating is limited for this 21+ event. Click here for reservations.

57th Street Gallery Presents: First Edition Plays the Songs of Umoja
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

First Edition 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 that covers the gamut of what Bay Area jazz fans have come to expect on the local jazz scene. Musicians are Damu Sudi Alii, piano; Alexander Smith, bass; Michael Spencer, drums; special guests classical pianist/composer Jabari Alii; Larry Douglas, trumpet; and M.B. Hanif, alto and soprano saxophone.  For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thstreetgallery.com.

Sunday, June 1

5th Annual Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Avenue

At Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the nation’s largest free pet adoption event, the goal is to find loving homes for 10,000 homeless dogs and cats in two days. Maddie’s Fund has earmarked $10 million to give the participating organizations, donating up to $2,000 per adopted dog or cat. Oakland Animal Services (OAS) will take part Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1. During this nationwide event, sponsored by Maddie’s Fund, dog and cat adoptions will be free to qualified homes. This year’s event will feature special activities, including face painting, live music, and gift bags. This nationwide event includes hundreds of shelters and helps thousands of animals find their loving, forever homes each year. In addition, each successful adoption will earn the shelter a generous donation from Maddie’s Fund, a family foundation working to achieve a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through its grant giving, hands-on animal care, and research and education. The money earned during this event is essential to the OAS operating budget for the almost 7,000 animals that the shelter cares for each year.

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
11 a.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

New to beekeeping or just want to understand more about what’s involved before plunging in? Curious about all the buzz, why bees need our help and how you can get involved? Join Pollinate for an Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Alameda County Beekeepers Association member and local hobbyist beekeeper and bee breeder Alan Kramer. Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping in this popular class! Topics include common hive types, tools and safety equipment, hive maintenance and a hands-on hive inspection. Participants will have an opportunity to taste local honey and receive 10% off our basic safety accessories starter kit. Buy tickets online.

Tuesday, June 3

Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Agency Meeting
5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Third Floor, 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. The City Council meets 2 – 3 times per month, on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays. A downloadable agenda is available here. For more information, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

Oakland Heritage Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
PGA Building, 444 17th Street

For details, please call the OHA at: (510) 763-9218 or visit www.oaklandheritage.org.

Wednesday, June 4

Plant Breeding 101: What You Need to Know About Food Plant Genetics
6:30 p.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

What do the terms “heirloom,” “open pollination,” “F1 hybrid,” “GMOs” and “open source seed” really mean? Join Pollinate and explore the world of plant biology! Learn the fundamentals of plant reproduction and the role it plays in food security and in the food we eat. Learn about the differences in breeding strategies and the mechanisms employed to achieve them. The class will also explore how these strategies are employed in large-scale seed companies as well as in the backyard breeder’s garden, and discuss how the current political structure embraces certain strategies as a means to an end. Learn hands-on breeding practices to employ in your own backyard garden. Bring your questions! Buy tickets online.

Oakland District 2 City Council Candidates Forum
7 p.m.
Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Avenue

Grand Lake Neighbors and Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church are sponsoring a District 2 City Council Candidates Forum with candidates Kevin Blackburn, Abel Guillen, Dana King, Sokhom Mao and Andrew Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the candidates discuss the issues and answer questions. Submit your questions in advance via email, or submit your questions at the event.

Thursday, June 5

Oakland Leaders Self-Care and Resiliency Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street

Do you often feel stressed out by the daily pressures of modern life? Do economic, social, or environmental adversities sometimes overwhelm you? Would you like to learn skills to better manage your own response to difficulties in ways that lead to greater personal health, confidence, and effectiveness, and that help the people you work or associate with do the same? If so, the Leaders Self-Care and Resiliency Workshop that is part of the Transformational Resilience (TR) Program can benefit you. This highly interactive workshop will help community leaders from Oakland learn how to use simple self-care resilience skills to increase their capacity to cope with ongoing life and work-related stresses, as well as acute traumas, in ways that enhance personal and collective wellbeing. Register here.

Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee
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, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

Longfellow Community Association
7 p.m.
NOOCS (North Oakland Charter School), 1000 42nd Street

This public meeting consists of residents of the Longfellow community working together to enhance its beautiful, dynamic, and diverse community, and nurture a friendly, safe and attractive neighborhood that everyone can be proud of. Committees include Transportation and Land Use, which deals with such issues as traffic calming and speed bumps; and the Neighborhood Safety Committee, which addresses the creation of neighborhood watch groups. For more information, please email longfellowcommunityassociation@gmail.com or visit longfellowcommunityassociation.org.

To list an event for June 6 – 12, email the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, June 3.

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