Do you love the summer weather? Can’t get enough? Delightful: go on some walks and runs, plan a fall garden, enjoy! Can’t deal with it? No worries: only go outside at night or to get from a vehicle and to air-conditioned building. There are fun things to do in either case.

Saturday, July 6

OHA Walk: The Legacy of “Poet of The Sierras” Joaquin Miller
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Joaquin Miller Park Ranger Station, 3590 Sanborn Drive

Explore the legacy of “Poet of the Sierras” Joaquin Miller on a 3.5-hour tour of the Woodminster area and Monument Loop Trail. Along the way, learn about the role of legendary writers like Jack London and poet / librarian Ina Coolbrith, plus the contributions of later poets, government officials, architects, and workers who made Miller’s dream today’s reality. A hilly walk.

For more information, visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance’s website:

Phat Beets Food ‘n’ Justice Workshop: Urban Resilience: Crop, Plant, and Homemade Food Swap and Garden Clinic
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market , 942 Stanford Avenue

Share seeds, produce, plant starts, homemade foods, cultured food starters (kombucha, kefir, sourdough, etc.), eggs, honey, skills, information, inspiration, desperation, perspiration and community survival skills.

For more information, click here.

BustingOut Storytelling presents: Sh*t Creek
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Layover Bar, 1517 Franklin Street

The sign said “Stay Out,” and you read “Enter Here.” Sh*t happens. Call in sick and run into your boss’ wife at the A’s opening game? Borrow your roommate’s car while he’s out of town and it disappears in the Target parking lot? Make direct eye contact with the cops at the wrong time? Sometimes life looks darkest brown right before the dawn. We’ve all stepped in it and tried to swim out of it. But it sure is fun to hear about it — when it’s not you! Suggested attire: brown.

For more information, visit

Sunday, July 7

5K AASK Family Fun Run
9:00 a.m.
Lake Merritt

This is a non-competitive 5K family run / walk around beautiful Lake Merritt, starting at the bandstand. All proceeds go to AASK: Adopt a Special Kid, which is celebrating its 40th year of placing over 3,400 kids from the foster care system into loving, permanent homes.

For more information, visit, or call (510) 553-1748, x11.

OHA Walk: Mountain View Cemetery
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue

Walk into the past, in California’s most historic cemetery, to meet some of our state’s early movers and shakers, and see the monuments that preserve their memories. Charles Crocker, Domingo Ghirardelli and Samuel Merritt are among those you will encounter. A hilly walk.

For more information, visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance’s website:

Memorial Fruit Tree Planting and Community Barbecue Potluck
2 – 5 p.m.
Dover Street Park and Healthy Hearts Garden, 57th and Dover

The Dover Street Neighborhood Group, Phat Beets Produce, and the Growing Together Project invite the community to a memorial fruit tree planting and free community barbecue potluck (please bring something for the grill).

Fruit trees will be planted with the family of Donitra Henderson, a young woman who was murdered on 54th and Dover in April of this year, to honor Donitra’s life, as well as the many others who have lost their lives to gun violence in North Oakland. Donations to support her 4-year-old son will also be collected.

For more information, please visit, email, or call 510-250-7957.

Free First Sunday at OMCA
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Experience the entire Museum for the first time since undergoing its transformation by exploring the newly-reopened Gallery of California Natural Sciences, as well as the Galleries of California Art and California History. Hang out in the sun in OMCA’s beautiful terraced gardens. Come join the Architecture Tour at 1 p.m., tour the Gallery of California Art at 2 p.m., or grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak Café.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, July 10

“Cops & Kids” Ice Cream Wednesday
2 – 4 p.m.
Merritt College Track (PAL Track Team Practice)

Come for free ice cream cones, floats, and lots of sprinkles! This event is sponsored by the Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) and The Oakland Police Foundation, with special thanks to Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream.

For more information on The Oakland Police Foundation, click here.

Planning Your Fall Garden
6:30 p.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Plan your fall garden with renowned local author and instructor Pam Peirce. In our climate, we can grow an entire second garden of greens, beets, turnips, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli into the fall and winter. July is the perfect time to start the plants that will go into your fall garden. Come and explore the possibilities. Pam will also be selling and signing copies of her book, Golden Gate Gardening.

Register online.

Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip: Bat Viewing at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
5 – 10 p.m.
Meet at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

You’ve seen the pictures of thousands of bats coming out at sunset in the evening to forage for insects. (You haven’t? Scroll up and enjoy!) This is your chance to see it live! The Yolo Basin Foundation leads trips to this wildlife area in the summer to view the emergence of the bats from under the I-80 causeway.

Our trip will commence at the Oakland Museum of California. We will bus to the Yolo Basin Foundation headquarters for a presentation, and then go on to the wildlife area to await sundown and the emergence of thousands of bats. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share at a potluck dinner in the wildlife area.

The cost is $50 and includes bus, entrance fees, dessert, coffee and tea. For more information about this event, contact Rita at

Download the reservation form here.

Thursday, July 11

Immigration Panel with St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
6 – 8 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Downtown Oakland Campus, 675 23rd Street

The topic is immigration and its effects on our community. This is a hot topic, especially this week with the passage of an immigration bill in the Senate. Panelists include: Rev. Deborah Lee, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Laura Lopez, Street Level Health Project; and Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

For more information, visit

District 3 Redistricting Community Meeting
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ozawa Plaza, Hearing Room #3

As mandated by the City Charter, every 10 years, the City of Oakland must review and revise City Council district boundaries to equalize each district’s population according to U.S. Census data. Click here to use the City’s interactive mapping software to analyze the population of Oakland’s 7 districts and submit your suggested redistricting map.

For more details, call (510) 238-7003.

Hal Hughes and George Killingsworth present “Bits of Beckett”
7 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland, 5433 College Avenue

In their collaborative piece, performance artists Hal Hughes and George Killingsworth perform short pieces by Samuel Beckett, including Rough for Theatre I, a scene from Endgame, “Sucking Stones” from Molloy, and Ohio Impromptu. This event is free and open to the public.

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