Whether biking, taking a walking tour, vibrating with sugar and delight at a celebration of ice cream, waving at the Jumbo-tron, or just sitting through a meeting, we bet you can’t hold still this week. And why would you, Oakland? Enjoy!

Friday, July 18

Social Media for Small Businesses by Oakland Digital
9:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, Council Chambers, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Presented by Oakland Digital (ODALC) and co-sponsored by the City of Oakland and the Office of the Mayor, Social Media for Small Businesses is an annual symposium that introduces practical and emerging social networking platforms to help educate and empower small businesses to succeed in the digital economy. SMfSB is an accelerated three-hour event that serves as a neutral, educational and learning platform for local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Register today to hear from the leaders of tech: Instagram, Google, Constant Contact, Wix.com and Oakland Digital. Break social media down into easy-to-understand parts to use digital tools and technology as a platform to grow your small business.

West Oakland Neighborhood One-Stop Career Center Open House
10 a.m. to noon
West Oakland Library, second floor, 1801 Adeline Street

The PIC and WIB invite everyone to an open house to celebrate the opening of the One-Stop Career Center and the West Oakland Job Resource Center. Please RSVP to Robin Raveneau at (510) 768-4402 or Robinr@oaklandpic.org. A light breakfast will be served.

Pop-up Talk: Carrie Hott On Whales
6:30 – 7 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Join artist Carrie Hott in the Gallery of California Art for a brief pop-up talk in relation to a new display of objects from the OMCA collection about whales and whaling. Hott’s work explores phenomena including natural and artificial light, blackouts, whales, and the human ability to understand these. Her practice includes drawing, sculpture, prints, installations, tours, presentations, and classes. This in-Gallery pop-up talk takes place during Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring half-off Gallery admission, Off the Grid food trucks, live music, and more.

Talk, Play, and Sip: The Art and Allure of the Record Album with Boing Boing and Noise Pop
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Decades after records were declared dead media by the mainstream, the vinyl revival has broken through to popular consciousness. But for many musicians, visual artists, designers, and fans, vinyl’s visceral power has never disappeared. In this energetic panel discussion, presented in collaboration with Boing Boing and Noise Pop, Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz and a panel of legends from the worlds of art, design, and music will discuss why we still yearn to put the needle on the record. Guests include: Nick Harmer, bassist, Death Cab for Cutie; Winston Smith, legendary punk artist for Dead Kennedys, Green Day and Alternative Tentacles; and Lawrence Azerrad, designer of iconic albums by Wilco, Miles Davis, and the Beach Boys.

Lottie’s Ghosts: A Solo Performance by Shakiri
8 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 East 14th Street

Set in 1960s Oakland, this play follows the life of Lottie, a quiet, unassuming librarian who paints the ghosts that crowd her life. When Lottie’s son gets into trouble, she is finally forced to act, revealing her greatest fear. Visit www.eastsideartsalliance.org for more information.

Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway, Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars! Dancers will kick up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme. Lessons begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a dance party at 9 p.m. to try out all the new moves. For more information, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.

57th Street Gallery Presents The Ways and Means Committee
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

The Ways and Means Committee is a “Boppish” collective that embraces the new and less familiar stories of jazz. Influenced by the voices of Miles, Wayne, Herbie, Mulgrew, Kenny, Jerry and Roy, the Ways and Means Committee (the most important committee in either house), fashions contemporary tunes through a cohesive self-styled voice for your aural pleasure. Musicians are Terence Elliott, keyboards; David Ferrazares, tenor saxophone; Michael Bush, alto saxophone; Gary Bean, trumpet/brass; Joe McKinley, bass; and Ajayi Jackson, drums. For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thstreetgallery.com.

Saturday, July 19

OHA Walking Tour: Shepherd Canyon and Tales of the Tunnel
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Shepherd Canyon and Paso Robles Drive

A walking tour on the Montclair Railroad Trail will chronicle the changes in Shepherd Canyon in the 20th century, ending at the west portal of the railway tunnel to Contra Costa County. Images of the construction, location, and interior views, post-abandonment of the tunnel, and west portal will be featured. Click here for more information.

Oaktown Barbecue Bike Tour
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet at Everett & Jones, 126 Broadway

Join Bike East Bay Advocacy Director Dave Campbell on a barbecue bike tour of East Bay low and slow joints and savor some of Oaktown’s best ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Participants will stop by and sample great treats from: Everett & Jones, Phat Matts and other tasty local barbeque restaurants. Participation is limited to 25 riders, so get your tickets today!

East Bay SPCA 6th Annual Pet Adopt-a-thon
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Throughout Jack London Square

The East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) partners with Jack London Square to find forever homes for furry friends. On this special day, the waterfront will welcome friendly dogs, adorable kittens, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, birds and reptiles from several East Bay pet adoption agencies. Potential pet owners are invited to meet these shelter animals seeking new homes. Come to Jack London Square and adopt a new pet from over 50 pet adoption agencies. Make friends with puppies, kittens, and rabbits.

7th Annual Bikes 4 Life Peace Bicycle Ride Around Lake Merritt
2 p.m.
Lakeside Park, 468 Perkins Street

In this incredibly diverse bike ride that has become a Town tradition, as hundreds ride for more peace in the streets. Come meet new friends, enjoy music and food, and stand united for peace. A reception and block party at 1600 7th Street will follow the ride.

Hotter Than July
6 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 East 14th Street

Hotter Than July is a community celebration for the 2014 Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program. This year promises to be hotter than ever! Arab musician and folk dancer Karim Nagi headlines the show. Also performing at Hotter Than July are Raks Africa, Girls Raks 2014 students, Monica Berini, Shabnam Dance Company, Zahara, Andrea Sendek of the Suhaila Dance Company, Basinah, Hala and Raks al Khalil! This show is not be missed!

57th Street Gallery Presents Sheebah Maceo and Friends
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Sheebah Maceo has been in love with singing from a very early age. Her influences include everything from Broadway musicals and Gershwin, to R&B favorites, to the great ladies of jazz legend. Musicians are Sheebah Maceo, vocals; Gaia Schnell, piano; Aaron Cohn, bass; and Ron Marabauto, drums. For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thstreetgallery.com.

Sunday, July 20

Oakland on Two Wheels Bike Tour
10 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Explore Oakland’s diverse and rich patchwork of neighborhoods by cycling through them with an experienced guide from OMCA. On the third Sunday of the month through October, OMCA Docents lead bike tours of this eclectic city. Today, choose from the Downtown Tour or the Brooklyn Tour. Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. For more information and to make a reservation, call (510) 318-8470 or docentcenter@museumca.org.

Fentons Creamery 120th Anniversary Celebration
Noon – 3 p.m.
4226 Piedmont Avenue

Local institution Fentons Creamery is celebrating 120 years of serving up delicious ice cream and sundaes to Oaklanders, and they’re inviting the community to join in! It’s also National Ice Cream Day, in case you needed another reason to indulge in their legendary made-on-premises ice cream. Founded in 1894 by Elbridge Seth Fenton, Fentons is the oldest continuously operating creamery west of the Mississippi. It’s the birthplace of Toasted Almond, Swiss Milk Chocolate, and Rocky Road ice creams, all invented by Melvin Fenton, grandson of E. S. Fenton.

OHA Walking Tour: Uptown Tiles and Terra Cotta
12:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Meet at 337 17th Street

Participants will explore twenty buildings exhibiting a variety of styles whose facades are clad with architectural ceramics. All were built between 1908 and 1931 during a period when fired pottery materials were used on the exteriors of many important structures. The nature of this medium will be examined, and its unique beauty highlighted. Emphasis will be given to its special needs in terms of maintenance, preservation, and restoration. Afterwards, from 3:00-3:30, take an optional tour of the inside of the Howden Building and view historic photos of the buildings seen on the walking tour. Click here for more information.

A’s Game LGBTQ Family Field Trip
12:30 p.m.
Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way

Watch the A’s take on the Orioles! Our Family Coalition has a whole section reserved just for LGBTQ families at a discount rate. We’ll even have a chance to wave to the crowd on the Jumbotron! Meet at 12:30 p.m. near the LL Gate at the end of the BART ramp. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Admission is $15, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Register at www.ourfamily.org.

Tuesday, July 22

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 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 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. For more information, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

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

Locally Inspired, Featuring Xtracycle
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Marc 49, 4915 Telegraph Avenue

Get inspired and learn practical business information from the founder and CEO of one of the Bay Area’s own social impact businesses, Xtracycle. An interview and question-and-answer session with Ross Evans will reveal how they grew their cargo-bike business and founded Worldbike.org, a low-cost bicycle program that increases economic opportunity, improves health outcomes and boosts enrollment and gender equity in secondary school among the rural poor. As always, this Locally Inspired mixer includes time to network with like-minded business leaders who are passionate about community and environment, our trademark Lucy Stand with free advice for your business, plus tasty local food and a no-host bar with local beverages.

Wednesday, July 23

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

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 actransit.org.

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

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 bex.ousd.k12.ca.us.

West Oakland Community Meeting
6 – 7:30 p.m.
935 Union Street, OHA Computer Room

Councilmember Lynette McElhaney invites community members to a discussion with PG&E about the electrical service upgrade project to install subsurface boxes and trenching through West Oakland to provide additional service to the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment. Learn more about the project in progress and find out about future upgrade plans. Space is limited, so please RSVP at http://westoaklandcommunitymeeting-pge.eventbrite.com.

10Y NCPC Monthly Potluck and Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Come at 6:30 for a casual potluck, or at 7 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.

Thursday, July 24

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.

Waterfront Flicks: Despicable Me 2
Movie begins at sundown
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn

Bring blankets and chairs and cozy up on the waterfront this summer for free outdoor screenings of hit movies, as part of the annual Waterfront Flicks series. Waterfront Flicks will host fan favorites at sundown. Moviegoers should arrive early with blankets in hand for pre-film festivities including small eats, trivia and giveaways. For more information, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.

To list an event for July 25 – 31, send the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, July 22.

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