Be honest: you count every time there’s a number attached to one of these things, don’t you? Did you count 28? That’s because the awesome Art & Soul festival covers two days, and is posted twice in this format. It’s OK, gentle reader: it warrants posting twice, we promise.

Friday, August 2

Dinner, a Movie and the Universe at Chabot
5 p.m. AND 7:15 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Drive

Join Chabot for a full-course dinner in one of the exhibits, enjoy the live-narrated planetarium show Fast and Curious: A Cosmos 360 Live Production, and view the night sky through telescopes (weather permitting). Surrounded by the majestic redwoods, stars in the sky, and Chabot’s beautiful facility, DMU is the ideal destination for a first date or 50th, family gathering, or rendez-vous with friends.

To make a reservation (strongly encouraged), visit

Fight For Light’s Illumination Evening with Van Jones
5:30 – 8 p.m.
HUB Oakland, 1423 Broadway

Fight For Light will be hosting a fundraising event entitled “Illumination” at HUB Oakland with guest speaker Van Jones. During this event, Fight For Light will discuss the need to increase diversity within the Green Movement and showcase its vision to illuminate the path for thousands of young leaders attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country.

During this event, Fight For Light will launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 for the Brianna Ford Fellowship Program, which is a two-year student leadership development program designed to prepare students from HBCUs to take leadership on social, environmental and economic issues, while simultaneously putting them on a fast track toward social impact careers.

The cost of this event is $20. For more information, visit

Gallery Opening and Reception for Emma Webster’s “kate, this is about us: paintings of when we were close”
6 – 9 p.m.
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street

Emma Webster’s free and sporadic mark-making charges the pastoral, wild spaces with a sense of comfort within anxious, and at times menacing, scenes. By incorporating notes, written backwards with her non-dominant hand, old family photographs, and home videos, through dozens of layers of paint, ink, and washes, Webster presents the intricate complexities of people and their connections to one another.

For more information, visit

Jack’s Night Market
6 – 10 p.m.
Palm Plaza

In celebration of Oakland’s First Friday, enjoy a captivating evening filled with merriment and verve! The main attraction is an evening outdoor market and shopping bazaar showcasing the best of the region, from Oakland crafters, artisans and designers, to local vegetable and fruit purveyors. Delight in an eclectic and surprising array of music and quirky performers. Food, goodies and libations are available, of course! Beer and wine sales will benefit the Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown.

For more information, call (510) 645-9292.

Dancing Under the Stars: Electric Slide 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 features a different type of dance followed by a dance party to practice what was learned.

For more information, call (510) 645-9292.

57th Street Gallery Presents Clifford Lamb
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

Clifford Lamb was born in New York City and began his classical piano studies at the age of 5. By the age of 18, the music of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea inspired him to complete four years of jazz studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A professional musician for over 20 years, Lamb recently released his debut Jazz CD, One. The album features both solo works and trio arrangements with drummer Darrell Green and bassist Ron Belcher — both of whom are playing at this performance.

Admission is $15, with reservations recommended. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 3

Powerful Parenting Conference: Successfully Raising Young Black Men
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Abyssinian Baptist Church, 528 33rd Street

The third annual Successfully Raising Young Black Men Parenting Conference promises to offer even more tools to help parents who are struggling with their children’s desire for independence and their need for guidance. Dr. Kevin D. Barnes, Sr., in collaboration with other pastors and community leaders, founded the Parenting Conference to help parents facing very real dangers as their sons and daughters grow into young men and women.

Speakers will include Reverend Chuck Stecker, founder and director of A Chosen Generation, Bishop Frank Pinkard from Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, James Steiner, CEO of Men’s Ministry Catalyst and coordinator of Iron Sharpens Iron, and Dr. Gerald Agee, President of the Pastors of Oakland Friendship Christian Center. Topics  include:

  • Showing genuine love: Hugs prevent thugs
  • Taking authority
  • The importance of education
  • Character development

A $25.00 donation includes lunch and a copy of Barnes’ Successfully Raising Young Black Men.

For more information, visit

Workday at Cleveland Cascade
9 a.m. – noon
Cleveland Cascade

This is the regular monthly workday at Cleveland Cascade. Volunteers will help maintain the famous stairs by sweeping, removing overgrown plants, watering, pruning redwood undergrowth, and some weeding. Everyone can help, even if only for an hour — children included! Wear clothes that are good for climbing around and getting dirty, and gloves if desired.

Call Barbara at (510) 763-4406 with any questions.

Oakland Heritage Alliance Summer Walking Tour: Butters Canyon
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Butters Drive and Joaquin Miller Road

Join the OHA in Butters Canyon for an exploration of the headwaters of Peralta Creek. Participants will learn the history of the Creek, which the Peraltas, the East Bay’s first European settlers, called home. This moderately difficult hike will take a close look at the geology of the surrounding Oakland Hills and other nearby watersheds that played a role in Oakland’s history. The tour will also get a close-up view of the Butters Canyon Conservancy on this hilly walk.

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

Phat Beets Produce’s 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, visit

Seed Collecting Class
11 a.m.
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue

Learn how to prepare plants for seed collecting, the process of collecting, and how to store dry seeds. This class is led by permaculturist Maria del Carmen Cortez.

For more information, call Rebekah Eppley at (510) 482-7844.

Art & Soul Festival (day 1 of 2)
12 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Oakland

This event bills itself as “two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.” It also features family fun and dancing. The extensive lineup, multiple stages, and street closures may be accessed at the event website,

East Bay Wine Melee at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
3 – 7 p.m.
388 9th Street, Suite 290

This event is hosted by Les Tso, and it benefits OACC. Bring a bottle of $15+ wine, and taste up to 300 bottles of wine from vendors and other wine fans!

For more information, visit

57th Street Gallery Presents Rhonda Benin
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

Vocalist Rhonda Benin sings jazz, blues, R&B, big band, pop, African-American folk songs, and makes it all look easy. With a voice described as caramel sweetened with honey, Benin has earned a reputation for not just a good voice, but showmanship, a magnetic stage personality, humor, and of course, her great dancing. Musicians are Rhonda Benin, vocals; Peter Horvath, piano; Ron Belcher, bass; and Darrell Green, drums.

Admission is $15, with reservations recommended. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 4

Oakland Heritage Alliance Summer Walking Tour: “Fruitvale: The Second Downtown”
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fruitvale BART Station

Named for its orchards, Fruitvale began as a garden suburb with fabulous mansions and its own industrial district below the tracks. Street railways in the 1890s, the 1906 earthquake, and annexation in 1909 soon made it Oakland’s “second downtown.” Explore the cultural mix that defines Fruitvale today through its buildings, people, and food.

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

Introduction to Permaculture
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street

Permaculture is an ecological design system that guides people to work with nature to integrate human and natural systems creatively in ways that encourage abundance beyond sustainability.

Participants will explore the core principles, ethics, process and strategies of applying permaculture design to their lives. Possible topics include:

  • Theory and practice of ecological design
  • Where and how to get started growing food in the city and design a site
  • How to capture, conserve and reuse water
  • Energy supply and conservation strategies through appropriate technologies
  • Ways to change waste into resources
  • Local resources to create social networks and creative activism

This group will engage in group discussions and small group exercises, and look at some images of permaculture design techniques and strategies in the Bay Area. It will also do some hands-on application of techniques and strategies. This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people, create community and have a good time!

For more information, visit

Free First Sunday at the Oakland Museum: Reading Celebration
12 – 4 p.m.
Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak Street

OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Join the OMCA and the Oakland Public Library in the Museum gardens for the annual Summer Reading Celebration, “Reading is So Delicious!” Activities include performances, story time, and hands-on arts and crafts. Children who have completed the Summer Reading Program will receive special certificates of achievement.

Experience all three galleries of the Museum, open this summer for the first time since undergoing a major multi-year transformation. Join the Architecture Tour at 1 p.m. or tour the Gallery of California Art at 2 p.m. Grab lunch or a snack at the Blue Oak Café.

For more information, click here.

Art & Soul Festival (day 2 of 2)
12 – 6 p.m.
Downtown Oakland

This event bills itself as “two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.” It also features family fun and dancing. The extensive lineup, multiple stages, and street closures may be accessed at the event website,

Spice Skills from Eastern Africa
2 – 4 p.m.
Brundo Ethiopian Culinary Studio, 1960 Mandela Parkway

Join Slow Food East Bay for the next jaunt in their “Spice Journey” series. Brundo founder and author Fetlework Tefferi will lead participants through the history and development of Ethiopian cuisine and the spices used to make it unique.

Participants will taste berbere and learn how it differs from the spice mixtures of other countries, hear the secrets behind clarified butter and the importance of it as a flavoring agent, and much more. After a demo of a variety of cooking styles and recipes, participants can enjoy samples that showcase the flavors of Ethiopia.

In addition, they will hear directly from Fetlework as she gives a reading from her new book, Ethiopian Pepper & Spice (a copy of which is included in the price of the class) and answers questions about Ethiopia and the cuisine.

Come out for an afternoon of education and inspiration, and walk away with ideas, a book, and a palate tingling with new flavors!

Total cost is $60, $5 of which goes to Slow Food East Bay and the work they do in the local sustainable food community. Tickets can be purchased online. To pay by paper check, email Willow at for details.

To register, visit

Tuesday, August 6

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, call (510) 238-7370 or visit

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, or visit

National Night Out
6 – 9 p.m.

National Night Out is the nation’s night out against crime. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, residents are encouraged to join with their neighbors to have neighborhood block parties, ice cream socials or other outdoor events to build neighborhood spirit and unity. Research shows that when neighbors know each other and look out for each other, crime goes down.

Contact neighborhood groups to see where neighborhood events are being held. For more information, visit

Thursday, August 8

Local Clean Energy Alliance Meeting
call for time
Central Historic Building, 436 14th Street

The LCEA has open meetings on the second Thursday of every month, featuring informative speakers on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and related efforts.

For more information, and for meeting times, visit or call (510) 834-0420.

Oakland City Council Rules & Legislation Committee Meeting
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 at:

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

Adults and Teens Learn-to-Ride Class with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition
1 – 4 p.m.
Laney College parking lot, East 8th and Fallon Streets

This is a class for adults or teens who have either not yet learned how to ride a bike, or learned a long time ago but want a refresher on the basics of balancing, pedaling and steering. Our trained instructors are friendly, patient, and will help participants get off to a great start in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

A working bicycle and helmet are required in order to participate in this class. For those who do not have their own and are unable to borrow them, the nearby Bay Area Bikes shop in Jack London Square rents both bikes and helmets for the day, inexpensively. Details are available at

Participants may register for the class here.

Temescal NCPC Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Presbyterian Church, 49th and Webster

Everyone is welcome at the monthly Steering Committee meetings of the Temescal Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council.

For more information, please visit its website, or email

Rockridge NCPC Meeting
7 – 9 p.m.
Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue

The Greater Rockridge Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council combines beats 12Y and 13X under a single NCPC and operates under its own by-laws. Monthly steering committee meetings consist of officers, committee chairpersons and volunteers, a Neighborhood Services Coordinator (NSC) from OPD, and Problem-Solving Officer (PSO): a specifically-designated OPD patrol officer. Any resident community member who wishes to attend regularly and participate in meetings is welcome to join. For more information, please visit the website below, or email

For more information, visit

Waterfront Flicks: Skyfall
8 p.m.
Jack London Market Lawn

Enjoy free outdoor movies on the beautiful waterfront. Grab dinner at any Jack London Square restaurant or pack a picnic. Movies begin at sundown, but the fun begins earlier with trivia questions and prizes. New Belgium beer sales will benefit the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

For more information, visit

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