Did you know Mayor Quan’s newsletter maintains a HUGE list of Oakland events about town? You can read it here, or just glom on to it via Oakland Local:


  Cambodian Journeys Night, Thursday, May 23, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Suite 290. 

Featuring a book reading of Asian Refugees in America, the opening of our Mapping Morsels exhibit, and a film screening of “Rice Field of Dreams.

For more info:  www.oacc.cc

 Rod & Custom Car Show, Saturday, May 25, 10am-4pm, Jack London Square.
More than 65 classic cars from the 1920s to 1960s will be on display throughout Jack London Square including:  1932 Fords, 1951 Mercurys, 1954 Chevys, Model A’s, Roadsters,1936 Fords and Thunderbirds!  Enjoy live music, food and fun! It will be running throughout the whole of Jack London Square.For more info: 645.9292



Ghost Investigation, Saturday, May 25. 7pm-12am, Pardee Home Museum, 672 Eleventh St.   pardee house ghosts

Join Karen Zimmerman, a professional ghost investigator and author, and her fellow investigators in searching for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. During several investigations here, she has recorded several EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon).  Volunteers will serve a wonderful array of food and drinks to the participants midway through the event.   All of the money from ticket sales will go to benefit the Pardee Home.For more info: http://www.pardeehome.org/


Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum with Off the Grid Food Trucks, every Friday, 5-9pm, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St.   
Join OMCA and Off the Grid Food trucks on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a museum Fri nite festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, open studios with the Customizers-in-Residence from the  we/ customize exhibition, and much more. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine!  Or visit the Blue Oak Cafe where Ron Crotty, the original bassist of the Dave Brubeck Trio, plays on Fridays and Sundays 12 to 2 pm.

COST: Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

For more info, click here.  


$5 Movie Day Every Sunday & Tuesday, Regal Cinema Jack London 100 Washington St.

Tired of shelling out $10 – $12 for movies in a theater? Then take advantage of the Regal, Jack London’s all day $5 movie deal!

For more info: www.regmovies.com


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The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

658-7900 or www.thenewparkway.com

If you haven’t yet been to this movie theater, you really must go. Comfy (clean) couches, good food, and all sorts of themes. Check the website for all the specifics, but here’s a general list of themes by day of the week.

Baby Brigade, Mondays

is an opportunity for parents of young children to come to the movies. Instead of having to get a babysitter for your baby in order to do adult things, why not just bring your baby to the movies? We’ll show some of our regular features, only we’ve got changing tables set up and an audience that understands if there are a few screams or whimpers along the way.

Doc Night, Tuesdays

Weekly showing of one or more documentaries, often accompanied by a community discussion. Some of the screenings are one off presentations while others are part of a larger series. Always engaging, always pertinent, and almost always $6.

Afterschool Special, Wednesdays

OUSD schools get out early on Wednesdays so they have an afternoon showing for students (and anyone else who wants to attend). Never R- rated, these teen-friendly titles at 2 for 1 prices are the perfect study break. They always offer $1 student discounts but bring a friend and it’s half-price instead.

2 for 1 Wednesdays

Two people for the price of one, all day Wednesdays, for all of our offerings. The name says it all!

Senior Special, Wednesdays

Part of our 2 for 1 Wednesdays, we try to pick one of our features that might be well-suited to the senior crowd. Perhaps some of our more mature titles, though no maturity required, and you’re never too old to have fun with a whole range of movies.

Parkway Classics, Thursdays

Cult favorites, party flicks, and rarely screened revivals from the relatively recent past, selected by Will “The Thrill” Viharo.

Family Classics, Fridays at 4pm, Saturdays at 12:30pm

This time slot is geared towards the whole family with titles that are perfect for kids, tweens, and teens but also hopefully engaging for adults.

Spectrum Queer Media, Sundays

Produced by Spectrum Queer Media, this weekly series is dedicated to the best of LGBTQ feature films and documentaries, often accompanied by speakers and/or discussion.

Thrillville Theater, Sundays

Classic “indoor” drive-in movies from the vintage voodoo vaults of pop cinema history, programmed by Will “the Thrill” Viharo.




Weekly Co-Ed Basketball Clinic, Saturdays, April 27 thru May 25, 12-2pm, Ira Jenkinsboys playing bball Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Ave.

Weekly basketball clinic for elementary, middle and high school students, ages 7 to 16. The clinic will give participants a chance to learn and work on their dribbling, passing, shot form, offense (catch and shoot, jumpshot, set-shot, drop step, etc.) and defense (footwork, zone rotation, man-to-man, shot blocking, etc.). Each week, participants can stop by to sign up while spots are available.

For more info: Renee Tucker, Recreation Leader, 615-5959




Weekly Soccer Clinic, Saturdays through May 25, 11am-12noon, Ira Jinkins Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Ave.
The weekly Soccer clinic is an opportunity for energetic youth, ages 5 to 12, to learn and develop fundamental soccer techniques and teamwork while making new friends.

For more info: Renee Tucker, Recreation Leader, 615-5959


malonga center logo Creative Dance Classes for Kids with All Abilities!

Mondays thru June 17, 4-5pm, Malonga Center, Studio D, 1428 Alice St.
What would childhood be without the chance to express ourselves through dance? AXIS is one of few programs offering children with disabilities the opportunity to explore their “inner dancer” in a structured environment with professional, disabled dancers as role models. We will focus on positive body awareness, natural creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, personal expression, discipline, and self-control. Children ages 6-12 with and without disabilities are welcome.

Cost: $10/class (no one turned away for lack of funds)

For more info and to register: Education Director Annika Presley, 625-0110 or kids@axisdance.org



zoo elephants Celebrating Elephants Day, Saturday, May 25, 10am-3pm.

Oakland Zoo presents its 17th annual Celebrating Elephants Day. Festivities will feature Circus Finelli, an animal free circus, elephant learning stations, and a unique elephant research camp. Join the elephant keepers for a tour of the elephant barn and an up-close view of how the keepers care for the elephants.

Cost: All activities included with regular Zoo Admission,

Optional Elephant Barn Tours: $5 per person.


Wildlife Theater at the Zoo, Saturdays, 11:45am & Sundays, 1:45pm

Every Saturday, hear a story and meet an animal with the Oakland zoo staff. On Sundays, there are more animals to meet and a chance to learn cool nature facts.

For more info: www.oaklandzoo.org

AT FAIRYLAND — this weekend, May 18 & 19 fairyland.org


Regular Events green key
11am, 2pm, & 4pm: Puppet Show: The Elves & The Shoemaker — The shoemaker has a problem. Every time he leaves leather on his workbench to make shoes the next morning, someone beats him to it during the night. Who can be making these wonderful shoes? Join the Shoemaker, Cinderella, The Prince, Puss in Boots and the Witch of the North from Oz as they try to find out. Based on the popular Grimms’ tale.

12pm-2pm: The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center  is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1pm-1:20pm: Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30pm & 2:30pm: Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation.

Special Event

MUSE Orchestra of Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Music for Excellence (MUSE)

Saturday, May 25, 12noon

The after-school MUSE Orchestra of Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Music for Excellence (MUSE) program will perform their Spring Program with special guest emcee maestro Michael Morgan.






10000 Skyline Blvd. 

For more info, click here.


Future Prom 3000, Friday, May 24, 7-11pmfuture prom

Prom is back! This year’s theme: Alien. Come dressed to the nines or dressed as the most dapper alien of all time. The night is fueled by music, dancing, and the only drinks outside of Chalmun’s Cantina served by an alien bartender. Photos snapped, prizes for futuristic costumes given, and a King and Queen crowned. Don’t let the high school kids have all the fun, party it up for prom, without the curfew!

Adults 21+

Cost: $17 General Admission / $8 Members



CSSC moonlight hikeFull Moon Hikes, Friday, May 24

6-9pm: 5 mile moderate; 7-9pm: 3 mile easy

Hike through the redwoods in the beauty of the full moon on either of two hikes. After the hike, stay and view the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

Cost: $10 (does not include admission into the Center)


Dinner, a Movie, and the Universe, Friday & Saturday evenings.

CSSC dinner movie universe The perfect date night experience is back! By popular demand, our unique after-dark offering has returned. Join us for a full-course dinner in our Skyline Bistro, enjoy our live-narrated Planetarium
show Cosmos 360, and view the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting). Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged.

Costs (includes Admission, Dinner, and Planetarium Show)

Guests: $23 Adults / $16 Children

Members: $15 Adults / $11 Children

*Dinner only walk-ins welcome: $17 Adults / $13 Children

*Price does not include admission to the Center

For more info, click here.






Celebrating our Diversity and a Cultural Renaissance through the Arts, now thru May 31, various hours, Oakland City Hall on the 3rd floor

The City of Oakland, in collaboration with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County and Artists from the Bay Area and International community, is honored to present the first series of Art Exhibitions, “Celebrating our Diversity and a Cultural Renaissance through the Arts” Oakland City Hall Art Exhibit. Artists include: Aldyn Richmond, America F. Jimenez de Lara, Boris Ciudad Real, Gordon Pagnello, Lecy Brito, Letty McGuire, Mary T. Giancoli, Noemi Hernandez, Orlando Flores, TaniaMabel Scroggie, Laura Faya, and Paulo Acosta Cabezas.


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At the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street 

For more info: museumca.org 



Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip: Suisun Marsh Natural History Cruise, Wednesday, Maysuisun trip 0513 22.

Join the Natural Sciences Guild for this cruise around the edge of the Bay-Delta while learning about Suisun Marsh, the largest and most important contiguous brackish marsh in California. On the way to the marsh, voyage under 5 bridges, pass through historic Carquinez Straits and cruise past the historic Mothball Fleet before entering the marsh.  The day includes lunch in Suisun City and a tour of the Suisun Marsh Wildlife Center with a presentation of native rehabbed animals. Bus leaves from OMCA for the Vallejo Marina, where we board the River Dolphin for the cruise.Cost: $125; all expenses are included except parking in the Museum garage.

Click here for more info.



History Guild Day Trip: A Day in the Country: Pleasanton & Livermore, Wednesday, Maypleasanton trip 0513 22, 8:45am-4pm.  Gary Holloway will guide a visit to two of the most historic cities in the Bay Area and the Tri-Valley areas of eastern Alameda County. You will do a short history walk along Pleasanton’s Main Street, and connect with such famous people as Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Max Baer Sr. and John Madden. You’ll walk First Street, looking at historic architecture and an historic tile mural, see the old railroad station and the world’s longest burning light bulb, and visit the History Museum in the classic 1910 Carnegie library building.

Cost: $98 History Guild Member; $103 guests; non-members.

For more info: Helen Tryon 834-2964 or Marlynn Dykstra 339-0371 or click here.

OMCA Community: Conversation and Performance with the Oakland East Bay Symphony,  Friday, May 24, 7-8:30pm

Don’t miss this special performance and curatorial talk during Friday Nights @ OMCA with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Join OMCA Curator of Photography and Visual Culture Drew Johnson and OEBS logo Oakland East Bay Symphony Conductor Michael Morgan in conversation as they discuss the work of composer Dave Brubeck and photographer Ansel Adams. Adams’ striking black-and-white photographs of the natural world provided inspiration for the Grammy-nominated symphonic work Ansel Adams: America, by Dave and Chris Brubeck, which will be performed in full at the Symphony’s Dave Brubeck Tribute Concert on Saturday, June 1. Following the curatorial talk, the Symphony quintet, will perform a selection of Brubeck’s works.

For more info, click here.


Hard Times in the OC

hard times in the oc Now thru April 27, 2014

This installation in the Gallery of California History co-curated with faculty and students at California State University Fullerton focuses on the effects of the 2008 recession in Orange County. It’s the second in the series titled What’s Happening, California?  The exhibition explores the theme of resilience in the face of economic setbacks through a presentation of artifacts, including protest puppets, tools of laid-off workers, and oral history interviews. The resulting exhibition portrays a range of experiences and challenges facing the people of Orange County during the recession, reflecting the Oakland Museum of California’s mission to connect communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California.



Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu 

March 6-June 30, 2013

The exhibition Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is the first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu-one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today.



What do YOU customize? 

For more info, click here.

Through May with different types of events each month. Inspired by maker culture, we/customize, an experimental, participatory, process-oriented outreach project and exhibition, takes the Oakland Museum we customize boy n bike of California outside its walls.


Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series, Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1-4pm.  

Catch Bay Area hackers, makers, and DIYers in action as part of the we/customize Customizer-in-Residence series. Watch the process of expert customizers and participate in transforming objects with clothing mash-ups, toy hacking, music remixing, and more! Visit the open studio to customize something different every week, then see your finished work featured on Flickr and wecustomize.org


Other Exhibits:

California Photography – Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, thru June 30.




O public library logo AT OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Many library events are recurring. Some are highlighted here temporarily, but be sure to check the last section (RECURRING EVENTS) for items no longer listed in this section and click here for a link to all library events.



NOTE: Libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Monday, May 27 — The Main Library will be closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 28 — Branch Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day; the Main Library will be open.



Fix Your Resume, Tuesday, May 21, 6-7:45pm, Piedmont Avenue Branch.

Get your resume into shape in a one-on-one session.


Youth Speaks offers free Poetry Workshops for Teens

Tuesdays, thru June 25, César Chávez Branch.

The spring cycle of Youth Speaks’ after-school writing workshops kicks off April 9 at César Chávez Branch. Led by local artist Dennis Kim, workshops are open to teens 13-19. No registration is necessary.

For more info: 535-5620



Food Stamp Program, 3rd Tuesdays of the month, beginning May 21, 2:30-4:30pm, Asian Branch, 388 9th Street, Suite 190.  Staff from the Alameda County Community Food Bank will help you apply for stamps and connect you to food programs in your neighborhood.

For more info: 238-3400


Lakeview Chess with Marvin Willis, Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm, Lakeview Branch, 550 El chess kids playing Embarcadero. Join chess facilitator, Marvin Willis, learn the fundamentals of Chess and meet new friends. All ages and skill levels are welcome to the Lakeview Chess Club!



It’s Your Move Chess Clinic, Wednesdays May 22 & 29, 1-5pm, West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline. Beginner and intermediate chess clinic for all ages at the West Oakland Branch Library. Adults come from 1-3 and children from 3-5.  Parents are encouraged to participate. Join us for a fun and educational experience. Sign up is mandatory. This is a free event. Hosted by the West Oakland Library Branch and Will Delaney, chess coach.
Lawyers in the Library, Wednesdays, 6-8pm, Main Library, 125 14th St.  

Free legal information and referral presented by the Alameda County Bar Association. Sessions are popular and sometimes subject to change. Call in advance to confirm on the day of the program. Sign-up for lottery starting 5pm until 5:45pm.For more info, click here.




Paws to Read, Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm, Lakeview Branch. 

Kids: come read to our canine friends! It’s a great way to practice reading, spend time with a gentle dog, and have some fun. Sign up soon for a 20-minute time slot – we fill up quickly! This program is best for independent readers in grades 1-7.


Pack your bags — it’s time to travel!, various dates & times, Main Library, 125 14th St, in the Bradley Walters Community Room.  

The Main Library’s Spring Travel Series can help you make your plans for summer, with a host of programs about travel and destinations near and far. airplane

Wednesday, May 22, 6-7:30pm

Touring Singapore — Vanessa Deza is a dedicated food enthusiast who recently moved from the Bay Area to Singapore. We will join her on a virtual tour of this ethnically diverse island nation, visiting food markets, public spaces, and cultural sites. Vanessa will also share insights about challenges and pleasures of living abroad.

Clase de Computadoras para Principiantes en Español (Computer Basics in Spanish), Saturdays, 10am-12pm, César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th St.

Drop in for free computer assistance, in Spanish.

To register: 535-5620



Knitting Club, Saturdays, 2pm, Golden Gate Branch, 5606 San Pablo Ave.

Join the friendly Knitting club to learn how to knit or improve your skills.  For adults & children age 8 and up.  Beginners through experts are welcome!


Brookfield Saturdays Arts & Crafts, Saturdays, 2-3:30pm, Brookfield Branch, 9255 Edes Ave.

Come and join in the fun at Brookfield Saturdays Arts & Crafts! Learn the basics of paper-crafting, clay modeling, beading and more. Expand your creativity, develop your small-motor skills and enjoy an afternoon of arts exploration every Saturday.  All ages are welcome to participate.For more info: 615-5725


Author Talks at the Library

Saturday, May 25, 2:30pm, Temescal Branch.

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor will read from Sugaree Rising, his new novel that offers a glimpse into the unique culture of the Gullahs, inhabitants of the coastal lowlands of South Carolina, who preserved many of the spiritual and social components of life in Africa. The story recalls the determined struggle of African Americans in the South, before the Civil Rights Movement.



Library Offers Free Online Language Learning

On April 1, the Oakland Public Library celebrated a year of offering library card holders free access to Transparent Language Online, a language learning program via the library’s website. Transparent Language Online provides instruction in over 80 languages plus English. It’s designed to help users learn basic language skills or dive into more extensive language instruction – all at a self-determined pace. The program can be used from any computer with Internet access, and free companion mobile applications for Apple and Android devices are available. To access the system, click here. (New users can sign up on this page.)

For more info: Andrew Demcak, Acting Collection Management Librarian, 238-4704



MOCHA logo Weekly art workshops with MOCHA

Join OPL and MOCHA artists in this weekly workshop for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a different theme as she or he takes us around the world in art. Times and locations are in our recurring events section at the end.


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