OK, there’s a wine cruise this week where you may learn absolutely nothing, but then again, what might you learn about your fellow attendees? In vino, veritas, after all. If tipsy confessions are not your thing, though, absolutely everything here promises to tell you plenty that you didn’t know before you went–and yes, jazz counts (sometimes very strangely). Enjoy!

Friday, August 30

Summer of Science: Exploring Urban Nature with the East Bay Regional Park District at OMCA
2 – 5 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Join the East Bay Regional Park District in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences to learn about the great outdoors right here in the Bay Area! Create nature crafts, observe a live snake and demonstration, and join a 30-minute guided tour of the OMCA Garden. Guided tours depart at 3:30 and 4:30 pm from the Redwoods section of the Gallery.

For more information, visit http://museumca.org.

Final Fridays Films of Solidarity and Resistance Presents Negroes with Guns: Robert Williams and Black Power
7 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

Negroes with guns: Robert Williams and Black Power tells the story of Robert F. Williams, who helped to form and build the Black Power Movement and the New Afrikan Independence Movement. He was a strong advocate for armed self-defense and united with the Black people of Monroe, North Carolina to fight off the Ku Klux Klan and defy and eradicate the statutes of Jim Crow. His story begins in his homegrown town, moving to being exiled in Cuba and China and becoming the first President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika and a tireless advocate for self-determination. Donations accepted.

For more information, visit www.eastsideartsalliance.org.

Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway

Salsa will be the final dance lesson of the summer! Kick up your heels and enjoy a free dance lesson provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. Each week has featured 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 Muziki Roberson
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

Muziki Roberson is a gifted, inspired jazz pianist and composer, who for the last two decades has thrived in some of the most challenging and creative environments the Bay Area jazz scene has to offer. For years, he was the keyboardist for the brilliant jazz/funk/Latin/poetry group, Mingus Amungus. For 12 years, Roberson was keyboard player and music director for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Musicians are Muziki Roberson, piano; Heshima Williams, bass; Dave Ellis, saxophone; and Peppe Merolla, drums. Admission is $15.

For more information, or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, August 31

Raimondi Park Workday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1800 Wood Street

Ernie Raimondi Park is one of West Oakland’s crown jewels. Raimondi uniquely serves the local neighborhood, as well as the greater Oakland community. The Park’s sports fields are the most widely used in Oakland: home to youth soccer, football and baseball.

Registration will begin at 8:30am at the 18th Street entrance. Enjoy energizing breakfast refreshments, and then OPC members will find assignments that suit everyone’s skills. OPC will supply the tools, but a good pair of gloves and small pruning clippers or a weeding tool are good to bring for those who prefer their own, and a water bottle is recommended (plenty of water for refills will be available).

It will help OPC’s planning to have an idea of how many people to expect, so please RSVP to oaklandparkscoalition@gmail.com.

Phat Beets Class: Making Spicy Pickles With Fruit
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 942 Stanford Ave

This is a great way to preserve and add value for those who like things spicy!

For more information, click here.

Author Reading: David Tobis at the Lakeview Branch of the Library
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
550 El Embarcadero

David Tobis, Ph.D. discusses his book From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System. The number of children in foster care in New York City decreased from almost 50,000 in 1992 to fewer than 13,000 today as a result of parents whose children were in foster care organizing for the first time in history to bring about the changes. Dr. Tobis will share his wealth of information regarding changing child welfare systems for the good of children and their families.

For more information, click here.

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

Marlon Green became fascinated with the happy, solid rhythms of marching bands when he was just a boy. This fascination prompted Green to put aside his study of the saxophone and concentrate wholly on playing drums. His career with music spans over a forty-year period and his expertise covers many genres, including R&B, gospel, rock, blues and jazz. Musicians are Rodney Burge, keyboards; Craig Browning, organ; Sue “Suki” Kay, percussion; Marlon Green, drums; and featuring Joyce Grant, vocals.

For more information, or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, September 1

Wine Cruise on the Bay
Board at 7:30 p.m., Cruise 8 – 11 p.m.
Celebrations on the Bay, Jack London Square

Enjoy a delicious dinner paired with wines from Story Winery at a special reduced price of $80 per person (includes tax and service). Cruise the scenic San Francisco Bay when the weather is at its most beautiful! Kick back and also enjoy a full no-host bar stocked with favorite cocktails and beverages.

Visit www.celebrationsonthebay.com or call (510) 499-4229 for more information or to book tickets.

Monday, September 2

CoCap: The Community Capital Symposium
12 – 5 p.m.
East Bay Community Foundation, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza

Interested in how communities can invest their money in local, social, and sustainable businesses? Wondering how social capital supports thriving local communities? Join the East Bay Community Foundation for lunch and an afternoon of stimulating presentations and conversations!

CoCap is dedicated to empowering community ventures and locally-focused investors to build thriving communities together. We will be exploring the emerging world of Direct Public Offerings, local investing clubs and networks, crowdfunding, and other ways that communities can unlock previously inaccessible sources of local, grassroots capital. This event will bring together community capital leaders from around the country to share their successes, challenges, and accumulated wisdom.

To get tickets ($25), visit http://cocap.eventbrite.com/.

Tuesday, September 3

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: http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/.

For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ 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 or visit http://www.oaklandheritage.org.

Bike Path Tour of the New Bay Bridge with EBBC
6 – 9 p.m.
Meet at West Oakland BART

Join the East Bay Bicycle Coalition for a ride out on to the world’s longest bike pier, the new bike path of the East Span. The new East Span of the Bay Bridge is getting ready to open over Labor Day weekend, and the new bike path will open at the same time. A temporary bike path will provide access through a construction zone out onto the new bridge. MTC is closing the old bridge starting August 28 and expects the new bridge to open to traffic Tuesday morning, September 3. Your Bicycle Coalition is ready to check it out. Join them for a Day 1 bike tour of the new bridge and its path, with pizza and drinks at Hot Italian afterwards. RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, September 5

Oakland City Council Rules and 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: http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/.

For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

Indie Film Night
5:30 p.m.
Liege Spirits Lounge, 481 9th Street

Indie Film Night is where Bay Area filmmakers, performers, videographers and production crews showcase their work. Enjoy all night drink specials!

For more information, click here.

Longfellow Community Association
7 p.m.Oakland Military Institute (OMI), in the Library at 890 39th Street.

This public meeting consists of residents of the Longfellow community working together to enhance its beautiful, dynamic, and diverse community, and nurture a friendly, safe and attractive neighborhood that everyone can be proud of. Committees include Transportation and Land Use, which deals with such issues as traffic calming and speed bumps; and the Neighborhood Safety Committee, which addresses the creation of neighborhood watch groups. For more information, please email longfellowcommunityassociation@gmail.com.

For more information, visit http://longfellowcommunityassociation.org/.

Would you like to add a listing to the upcoming calendar post for September 6 – 12? Email the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, September 3.

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