It’s sort of hot out. You’ve been reading our features and now you have way too many strawberries. You secretly hate that twirly frosting on cupcakes that’s supposed to be so awesome right now. It’s all good, gentle reader. You can still leave the house and have a good time — and/or a meaningful experience. Here are some options for the next weekend, Friday, June 28 through Thursday, July 4.

Late-breaking bonus event, tonight, June 27!

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Sweet Bar Bakery, 2355 Broadway

StorySlam is a free open mic event hosted by Julie Soller. Mani Niall and the crew at Sweet Bar will be on hand to serve up pizzas, cupcakes, beer and wine, while Oaklanders entertain each other with true stories along a theme: “Dating Stories: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”

For more information, call (510) 788-4997, or visit

Friday, June 28

Dancing Under the Stars: “Swing” Lesson
8: 30 – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway

It’s back: the incredibly popular dancing event! 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 information, call (510) 645-9292 or visit this site.

57th Street Gallery presents Ray Obiedo
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Ray Obiedo had an eclectic musical background during his youth, spent in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Here, the sounds of Miles Davis, Henry Mancini, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the imported soul and pop of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sound was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique.

Musicians are Ray Obiedo, guitar; Melecio Magdaluyo, sax & flute; Peter Horvath, keys; Marc van Wageningen, bass; and Billy Johnson, drums.

Admission is $15. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit www. or call (510) 654-6974.

Saturday, June 29

Phat Beets Produce Food ‘N’ Justice Series Workshop
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 942 Lowell Street

Please join Phat Beets Produce for the free Food ‘N’ Justice Series workshop, “Mushroom Maestros Return: Learn How to Use Wheat Straw to Grow Mushrooms in Your Back Yard.” Participants will do just that, using an old discarded cooler, hot water (which can be heated on the kitchen stove if they don’t have an outdoor heat source) and ordinary plastic or burlap bags.

For more information, visit

First-Ever San Pablo Stroll with SPAGGIA
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
San Pablo Avenue

Come out and support local merchants, get special SPAGGIA (San Pablo Avenue Golden Gate Improvement Association) deals and discounts, and meet neighbors! Enjoy live music, food, and fun all day and night! Come meet your new City Council member, Dan Kalb, and his new crew!

SPAGGIA will be hosting the first-ever San Pablo Stroll along the Avenue and around the Golden Gate District, celebrating all the new merchants, galleries, and eateries, plus all of our favorites. A raffle with lots of wonderful prizes will be held at Actual Cafe at 2 p.m.

Check out for more details and map.

57th Street Gallery presents CHELLE! and Friends
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

CHELLE! and Friends are made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. CHELLE! and Friends perform music that is vibrant and alive with the driving voices of Michelle Jacques, artistic director and founder Rhonda Crane, Jay Lamont, Bryan Dyer, Donna Viscuso, Eric Swinderman on guitar, Sam Bevan on bass, and Bob Scott on drums.

Admission is $15. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit www. or call (510) 654-6974.

Sunday, June 30

OHA Oakland “Scottish Rite Revealed” Building Tour
10 a.m. – noon
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive

Join the Oakland Heritage Alliance for what is sure to be an interesting tour of Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center. The Scottish Rite Masons can trace their Oakland roots back to 1883. Learn about the history of the intriguing organization that created this lovely architectural gem built in 1927. Take in the beauty of the building, from its hand-carved ceilings and opulent furnishings, to the 1400-seat auditorium.

The facility went green in 2005. It now operates entirely on solar energy and has the largest private solar electrical co-generation system in the entire city. Photos will be permitted on this tour.

Admission is $20 for OHA members, and $25 general. Advance registration is available at

For more information, call the OHA office at (510) 763-9218, or email

Monday, July 1

East Bay Permaculture Guild Meeting
7 p.m.
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street

We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of amazing and inspiring permaculture projects. The people behind those projects, and anyone interested in permaculture, can come together here and find new ways to connect, collaborate, discuss and share resources. Please bring questions, announcements, ideas, stories, and visions — and ideally, a dish for the potluck, produce, or seeds to share.

For more information about a PLACE for Sustainable Living, visit

Tuesday, July 2

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 at:

For more information, visit, 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. For more information, visit

Wednesday, July 3

“Cops & Kids” Ice Cream Wednesday
2 – 4 p.m.
PAL Center, Verdese Carter Park

Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) and The Oakland Police Foundation are sponsoring Ice Cream Wednesdays in July to promote interactions among kids, teens and police. Come for free ice cream cones, floats and lots of sprinkles!

For more information about the Oakland Police Foundation, click here.

Thursday, July 4

July 4th Family Fun Festival
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Throughout Jack London Square

Celebrate Independence Day on the Oakland waterfront at Jack London Square’s July 4th Festival of Family Fun. This festive day will pack the Square with interactive activities and performers for both parents and children to enjoy, including: bubble wranglers, jugglers and magicians, Uncle Sam stilt walkers, a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, hula hoopers, puppet shows, bike rentals, craft making, fire engine trucks, Circus Spire Youth Troupe performances, kinetic play rivers for children to enjoy, and Conscious Carnival eco-games.

Free to attend, the July 4th Festival of Family Fun will also feature tasty treats, drinks, music and much more! For more information, visit

The BluesBurners
2 – 4 p.m.
Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero

The BluesBurners bring an eclectic mix of music to the July 4th Festival of Family Fun. The band covers hit songs from Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and more, as well as mixing in original tunes. A longtime Bay Area favorite, The BluesBurners features powerhouse lead singer, and former Queen of Oakland’s Fairyland, K.C. Camarillo; rhythm guitarist, and retired Oakland firefighter, David Camarillo; drummer Marlin “Iron Cobra” Weitzel; bassist Jim Allen and lead guitarist Dave Ray Burke. The band will perform live throughout the day from the festival stage at this free 4th of July event.

To find out more about this dynamic musical act, visit their website at

July 4th Dinner & Fireworks Cruise
Board at 7:30 p.m., Cruise 8 – 11 p.m.
Bay Celebrations

Enjoy live music with Raya Zion and her group, along with a gourmet dinner, no-host bar and lots of fun! The cost is $75 per person for adults and $37.50 for children 10 years old and under.

For more information and to register online, visit or call (510) 499-4229.

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