Boy, that is some newsletter Mayor Quan’s team is putting together! It has more than 10 pages of news and events, all right here in Oakland.  And if you are the plan ahead type, the team has suggestions for things coming up in June and even July:


Friends of Montclair Library Book Sale, Saturday, June 1, 10:30am-3pm, Montclair Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd. 

Stock up for summer reading! Choose from an excellent selection of recent fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, children’s books, and more.  Find great deals all day and fill-a-bag discounts starting at 2pm. All proceeds directly benefit the Montclair branch of the Oakland Public Library.

For more info, click here.

Register Now icon East Bay Rowing Club Offering Free Learn to Row Class,
Saturday, June 1, 10am-1pm, Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero Ave. 

East Bay Rowing Club (EBRC), a competitive and recreational rowing club, will offer a free Learn to Row class on National Learn to Row Day (June 1). EBRC will open its doors for a free intro to rowing in a fun and inspiring environment.   EBay Rowing Club

Participants can expect to:

  • Tour the boathouse and get acquainted with rowing terms
  • Learn the basics of the rowing stroke on an erg (indoor rowing machine)
  • Understand basic boat handling
  • Apply new skills with a short row in our barge and get a taste of rowing on the water
  • Learn about opportunities to join our men’s and women’s teams

Class size is limited, so register now. Send your contact info to

Drop-ins and all fitness levels are welcome.  This event is designed for adults; however, if youth are interested in this program, please contact us for special arrangements.  Wear comfortable but tight-fitting clothing, hat, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses and bring a bottle of water.

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A Celebration of the Music of Dave Brubeck, Saturday, June 1, 8pm,  Oakland East Bay Symphony, 2201 Broadway. 

Special benefit concert honoring the late legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck!

For more info:


OSA REEL 0613 REEL LIFE — A special screening to benefit OSA Digital Media students, Sunday, June 2, 12pm, The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St.

Don’t miss this special screening to showcase the history of inspired film and animation created by students in the OSA School of Digital Media. This one-time screening will feature fresh picks of the newest works by current students, as well as deep cuts from the OSA Digital archives. Come, get inspired, and show your support of youth media in Oakland. Food, drinks, Raffle and more.

Cost: $10 at the door

For more info: , 658-7900,

hairspray osa 0613OSA presents HairSpray! 2013 All-School Musical, June 4, 7pm; June 5, 11am & 7pm, Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr. 

HAIRSPRAY — the Broadway Musical, with over 100 students taking part in this epic production. The June 4, 7pm show will offer ASL interpreting services.  Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical and inspired the 2007 blockbuster feature film.  This is a family-friendly musical with lots of laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

Click here for tickets.  Group Rates: 20+ tickets purchased receive $5.00 off each General Admission seat

For more info:  or Denise Booker,  or 873-8807

Dimond Night Out,” 

Tuesday, June 4, 6-8:30pm,

centered at MacArthur Blvd & Fruitvale Ave, just north of I-580.

This is an evening stroll in the Dimond Business District featuring samples from 24  Dimond restaurants and merchants offering delicious food or goodie bags to residents and visitors. There will be a Jumpy House for children, and entertainment by the GroWiser Band.  Sponsored by the Montclair Lions Club, this event is designed to preview the variety of merchants in the district.

Proceeds benefit the organizations that sell the Passports (tickets) and two local entities: The Senior Center at Fruitvale Presbyterian and the new “I Love Dimond” mural by local artist Debbie Koppman.

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are $20 each and available from:
  • Dimond Café, 3430 Fruitvale Ave.
  • Flavor Brigade, 3540 Fruitvale Ave.
  • Kelly’s Corner, 2029 MacArthur Blvd.
  • Paws & Claws, 3446 Dimond Ave.
  • the Dimond Improvement Association
  • 22X NCPC
  • the Montclair Lions Club
  • the Senior Center at Fruitvale Presbyterian
  • Artist Debbie Koppman

Contact for more information about groups selling Passports.

For more general info: Howard Neal, 339-0233 or  or 842-3200.
Dancing Under the Stars, Friday evenings beginning June 7, 8:30-10pm, Jack London Square, dancing under the stars foot of Broadway.

The incredibly popular dancing event returns to Oakland’s waterfront. 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.For more info: 645-9292.

slumber with the stars Slumber with the Stars at Chabot, Friday, June 7, 6pm-10am, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Spend a night under the stars or with some really cool exhibits. Join us for Slumber with the Stars, Chabot’s family night out. An overnight in our Center that includes games, exhibit exploration, hike in the Redwoods, a live planetarium show and viewing through our renowned, large telescopes (weather permitting). An experience your family will remember for a lifetime. Ages 5+

Advance reservations required: 336-7373

“Feeding the Artist Within” series in collaboration with J.Posh Design Studio, 3824 Telegraph Ave.  June 7: “An Evening of Prosperity and Poetry” 

The series is a call for all creative persons who have blocked their creativity because it wasn’t profitable. It is also for those who used to be into theater, writing or singing, but grew up and use their gifts less and less. It’s for the people looking for an outlet to express their divine creative gifts. It is also for folks looking to be inspired and surrounded by artists alike.

For more info: 922-1447, or their FaceBook page


4th Annual California Music Industry Summit (CMIS) CA music industry 0513

Presented by TraMaí Entertainment

June 13-15, Laney College, 900 Fallon St

An intensive 3-day artist showcase and 2-day music business convention with panels, workshops, and exhibits.  Speakers will provide you with personal one-on-one mentoring, intensive demo, beats and tracks listening sessions, vocal critiques, plus parties and mixers that will entertain you while providing priceless networking opportunities.

Register NOW for the conference here or by phone Monday thru Friday 9am -9pm EST at 888-718-4253

COST: Early Bird Registration until May 1st: $99 ($50 Students)

For more info:

Their FaceBook page


Red Oak Realty Outdoor Movie Night in Montclair -June 15: Willy Wonka and the red oak movies summer 2013 Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder.

Third Saturday’s of the month: June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, 6450 Moraga Ave. Doors open at 6:30, movies start at 7pm.  4 nights this summer, a movie will be projected onto a 26′ screen on the side of Red Oak’s Moraga Avenue office. All are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the parking lot for a free outdoor movie complete with popcorn and previews.

African American Quilt Guild of Oakland’s 2nd Biennial Quilt Show: Preserving Our Past – Designing Our Future, Saturday, June 15, 10am-4pm, Allen Temple Baptist Church Family Life AfAm quilt logo Resource Center, 8501 85th Ave at International

Cost: $10; kids under 12 free.  Free parking

Featuring a wide range of quilt designs created by AAQGO guild members, from traditional pieced blocks to eclectic patterns reflecting our strong African roots. This year’s show will feature quilts of Ancestral Memories, created specifically to recall our memories and to share our history, culture, and stories.

For more info: Amal Johnson, or 534-6159 or


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Walk in the Wild,  Saturday, June 22, 4-10pm, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd.

Walk in the Wild brings together amazing vendors from around the Bay Area. Bakeries, breweries, caterers, restaurants, and wineries gather to support the Oakland Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser. Guests of this unique event will stroll through the Zoo and enjoy delicious cuisine, libations, fabulous entertainment, and dancing under the stars.

For more info, click here.

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Pacific Fine Arts Festivals Returns to Montclair Village

June 28 – 30th: Fine Arts Festival

October 5 – 6th: Arts & Crafts Fest 

A great opportunity to showcase your artwork in Montclair Village. Pacific Fine Arts Festivals produces shows across Northern California, all summer long, including two in Montclair Village.

Learn more and register for your vendor space here . 




Splash Into Summer Open House, Lake M boating Open H 2013

Saturday, July 13, 1-3pm, Lake Merritt Boating Center, Lakeside Park, 568 Bellevue Ave.
Celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month at Lake Merritt Boating Center with free boat rentals, water safety games for kids, and more.

For more info: Sarah Herbelin at , 238-2196, or

Annual “Green T” Golf Tournament

Register Now icon Registration for the Annual “Green T” Golf Tournament will be open until Monday, July 15.

The tournament, to be held at the Metropolitan Golf Course, 10051 Doolittle Drive, is for seasoned and novice players of all ages and abilities. Even if you prefer not to play golf, join us for lunch to support the kickoff of the 2013 Sundays in the Redwoods concert series.

For more info: Karis Griffin, Recreation Supervisor, or 597-5096 or 238-7526


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The Art Murmur, Every First Friday year-round, 5-10pm:
Various art galleries in Uptown.

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Saturday Stroll, Every Saturday, 1-5pm: Uptown Art Galleries:



Jack’s Night Market, First Fridays through September, 6-10pm, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway.

A captivating evening filled with merriment and verve can be enjoyed every first Friday through September. Sample the eclectic mix of artisans, music, food and fun.

For more info:

Piedmont Art Walk, Piedmont Avenue, every 3rd Thursday, 6-9pm.

Enjoy Piedmont Avenue’s rich and diverse collection of art of all stripes: culinary, music, design, photography, fashion, recycled design and upcycled style, among others.

For more info:

CSSC tykes programTyke Explorers Workshop at Chabot Space & Science Center,Tuesdays, 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.  For ages 2.5-5 years. Expand your preschooler’s universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration. For more info and monthly workshop listings, click here.
Saturday Stories: Bringing literature to life in the hands of young artists, Second MOCHA logo Saturday of each month, 12-4pm, MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street, Suite 210. 

MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Art) links literacy with artmaking. First, we read children’s books out loud, then we lead an art activity that highlights the themes of our chosen tales. Refer to the MOCHA Calendar for upcoming stories and art activities.


Cost: FREE with Oakland library card; $8 regular admission

For more info: Amalia Nelson, Museum Registrar, 465-8770 x301,

Click here to see their calendar.



Weekly Art Workshop with MOCHA, various times and locations. 
Join MOCHA artists in this weekly workshop for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a different theme as s/he takes us around the world in art.
  • Wednesday, 2-4pm, Eastmont Branch
  • Wednesday, 2-4pm, 81st Ave. Branch
  • Wednesday, 2-4pm, Main branch
  • Wednesday, 3-5pm, Golden Gate Branch
  • Wednesday, 2-4pm, MLKJ Branch
  • Wednesday, 3-5pm, West Oakland Branch
  • Friday, 3-5pm, Elmhurst branch
  • Thursday, 3-5pm, Cesar Chavez Branch


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