The biggest assortment of things to do, via Mayor Quan’s newsletter:


 Movie Night in the Temescal, Thursday nights from June 13 to July 18, 49th & Telegraph.

Enjoy a free movie. Get there early to enjoy live music and local food vendors before the film and to stake out a spot before the crowds arrive. Movies range from feature-length documentaries to nationally acclaimed films.For more info:

$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:


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The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

658-7900 or

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.


yoga poseYoga for Stress Reduction, Mondays, 5:30-7pm. Tassafaronga Recreation Center, 975 85th Ave.
Weekly Yoga classes will be taught by UC Berkeley graduate student and Yoga instructor Maya Weir. Yoga is a practice that connects the mind and body through physical movements, breathing work and meditation. The classes will assist participants with decreasing stress and anxiety, increase flexibility, protect and prevent arthritis and back pain, improve posture and relieve back and neck problems.

For more info: Cynthia Armstrong, Recreation Center Director, or 615-5764

Tuesday Toastmasters with Warehouse416 artists and friends, Tuesdays, 7-8am, and NEW TIME: 6:30pm, 416-26th St. 

Plenty of parking is available. Anyone who needs a parking place can get one here, enjoy an hour of fun, then walk to work. All you need is a job in the area. You are welcome to visit, just to see what it is like.

For more info: Ron Scrivani, or

bike grp standingSaturday morning bike ride with Warehouse416 artists and friends, every  

(dry) Saturday, 8:45am (doors open at 8am), 416 26th St.


This is a flat, short ride designed to provide new or returning riders with a way of getting started. We will guide you back to the start early, based on your needs. Our full ride is 30 miles and returns to 416 26th by 12:30pm.  For more info: Ron Scrivani, or



Regular Events — Saturday & Sunday Fairyland general
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:  Buki the Clown and her way cool magic show is here to make you laugh and giggle at her crazy antics!



10000 Skyline Blvd. 

For more info, click here.


Member Movie Nights, Sunday, July 7, 5:30pm

FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

July’s members-only movie is the action adventure The Avengers. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation. Seats are limited.

For reservations: email no later than Friday, July 5, by 4pm. Include your name and # in your party. Questions? Call Lori Hunter at 336-7379.

We Are Aliens — An all new full dome show  – narrated by Rupert Grint

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Limited Run: now thru December 15

Ever since the two men in black showed up, summer means ALIENS and Chabot is right on board with a new planetarium show! We Are Aliens, narrated by Rupert Grint, journeys through the galaxy searching for evidence of life. This animated piece is great for all ages as scientists explore the vast universe asking the question that has sparked curiosity and inspired exploration for generations: are we alone? Colorful and fun, intriguing and exciting, this full dome experience appeals to the kid in all of us.

Tickets are included with general admission (Chabot members always enjoy free admission)

Check for Showtimes or call the Box Office at 336-7373.

X-15, Aerospace Mutation, Friday, June 28, 7- 8pm

The X-15 was truly one of the most cutting edge ideas ever to come from drafting tables. Scientists say that there was a first sea creature that took an evolutionary leap out of Earth’s ocean to become the ancestor of all land animals. The X-15 is the first primitive spacecraft to retain its hereditary vestiges from aviation; like legs on fish carrying its wings into space where they serve no purpose. This test vehicle left Earth’s atmosphere to become the evolutionary link to all manned spacecraft.

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

CSSC dinner movie universeThe 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.


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At the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street 

For more info: 



Free First Sunday, Sunday, July 7, 11am-5pm

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 pm or tour the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café.

Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip — Bat Viewing: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Wednesday, July

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You’ve seen the pictures of thousands of bats coming out at sunset in the evening to forage for insects. 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.  The trip will start at OMCA. You 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.

Cost: $50 — includes bus, entrance fees, dessert, and coffee/tea.

For more info: Rita,

Hard Times in the OC

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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.




First Thursday Art Walk, Every First Thursday of the Month, 6-9pm, Grand Avenue 

from LakePark to Piedmont border. The Grand Avenue Business District hosts a monthly art event with special discounts from merchants and galleries.

For more info, click here.

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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.


Summer ReadingOPL summer reading

Join us for a summer of fun as the Oakland Public Library launches its annual Summer Reading Program, with separate reading programs for kids, teens, and adults. This year’s theme is “Reading is Soooo Delicious!” and the library calendar will feature many food- and reading-related programs all summer long. Summer Reading concludes August 10.

Summer Reading for Kids

The kids’ program rewards young readers (ages 0-14) with raffle prizes, entertainment, and fun activities. Click here for program details,

Teen Passport Program

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Teens (ages 12-18) can participate in the Teen Summer Passport Program, which encourages young people to read, participate in Library activities, and explore Bay Area cultural sites. Click here for program details.


Adult Summer Reading

Adults (18 and up) can qualify to win raffle prizes by reading, sharing book reviews, and by utilizing library services. Ask any librarian for info.



urban sketchersLake Merritt Draws! Sketching the Lake’s New and Historic Attractions, Saturday, July 6, 3-5pm, Main Library, Bradley C. Walters Community Rm, 125 14th St. 

Join the Urban Sketchers Movement! This worldwide movement, founded in 2007, has a Bay Area chapter that is about to swarm Lake Merritt and the surrounding parks. Representatives will be on hand to chat about this exciting new community project, which promises to, shall we say, “draw” the local Urban Sketching community together. This event is a rallying precursor to the July 14 West Coast Urban Sketch Crawl, which is not technically an OPL event but is sure to “draw” a large crowd of sketchers into our midst! Examples of the Urban Sketchers’ Lake Merritt-inspired work will be on display throughout the Main Library during the month of July.

Fix Your Resume with 1-on-1 Review and Advice, Tuesday, July 2, 5pm, Elmhurst Branch. 

Get help getting your resume into shape!

To sign up: 615-5727

Artist Reception for Laurie Rothman, Saturday, July 6, 12-2pm, Lakeview Branch.

Reception for artist Laurie Rothman, whose exhibit Impressions is on view at Lakeview Branch in July.

Growing Readers Gardening Workshops, Tuesday, July 2 & Thursdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 3pm, Main Library, Children’s Room. 

Learn about soil, seeds, bugs, weeds, and more! Click here to jump to more info in GREEN section.

East Bay Chronic Pain Group, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 3-5pm, Rockridge Branch upstairs meeting room, 5366 College Ave.

A place where we speak the language of pain and embrace the language of hope.

Portraiture Class with Artist Extraordinaire, Tuesdays in July, 5-6:45pm, Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill Blvd. 

Learn from a trained artist how to draw people. Each session will focus on drawing a different feature: eyes, nose, mouth, face. No experience necessary, materials provided.

Make Butter in a Jar, Friday, July 5, 1pm, Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave.  

Make butter in community while singing and listening to stories. Then spread it on bread and enjoy!

Oakland ZooMobile at the library, Tuesday, July 9, 7pm, Piedmont Avenue Branch, 80 Echo Ave. 

Bringing animal ambassadors to you! An educator will bring small animals, and help you learn what you can do to be an animal steward in your own neighborhood.



FIRST FRIDAY First Fridays takes place the first Friday of every month throughout Oakland.  Oakland First Fridays Arts Festival is open from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and is centered around Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th street. Primarily featuring Oakland made, artisans, galleries, interactive art, pop-up venues, street vendors, food vendors, art cars, and entertainment – in the heart of Oakland, CA

The Art Murmur, Every First Friday year-round, 5-9pm: Various art galleries in Uptown.

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


FYI: about MOCHA

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Thanks to Winifred Walters, who caught this and brought it to our attention:

As posted on their (nice new) website, MOCHA’s last day open to the public at their current location, 538 9th Street, was May 18th. MOCHA will reopen at 1625 Clay on August 3rd, with new on-site programming, interactive exhibits, workshops and classes, as well as summer camp, art parties, field trips, and open studios. They are currently running summer camp out of an alternate site.

Have questions? Want to help with their big move? Contact: or 465-8770.


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


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:


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 nitefestive 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.

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Bites Off Broadway — Mobile Food and Family Fun,  

Fridays, now thru October 11, 5:30-8:30pm,
in front of Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street.

Featuring affordable and delicious food from rotating trucks, such as Fist of Flour, Tina Tamale, Taco Evangelist, Roderick’s BBQ, Annakoot, Suzie Q’s Lunch Box, Sanguchon, Go Streatery, Doc’s of the Bay, Two Mammas Vegan Kitchen, Blue Saigon, Sunrise Deli and more.  Lawn seating: bring a chair or a blanket plus your friends, family and neighbors. Hula-hooping, ping pong, live music and movies at dusk.

For more info: 

temescal street fair
10th Annual Temescal Street Fair,

Sunday July 7.
A premier cultural event featuring delicious food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and more. Looking to cool off? Head to Lake Temescal to bask in the sun and take a dip in the lake.

For more info:



dancing under the starsDancing Under the Stars, Friday evenings, 8:30-10pm, Jack London Square, 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.


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