While looking toward fall often means a return to less frivolous events, this week, meetings are still outnumbered by music, fun and great local food. Enjoy!

Friday, September 6

Drawn Together
6 – 9 p.m.
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue

Join dozens of the Bay Area’s most exciting artists for an evening of live art-making, music, food, and Fairyland magic. Participating artists will be drawing, painting, and even making finger puppets live and in person at this adults-only event at Children’s Fairyland.

The art that they make will be available for a fixed, accessible price, and all proceeds benefit Fairyland’s outreach program, which provides free field trips and crucial social programs to local low-income kids.

For more information, and to purchase tickets ($15), visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/437446.

Jack’s Night Market
6 – 10 p.m.
Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero

This is the last Jack’s Night Market of summer! This special evening will light up the waterfront with an eclectic mix of entertainment, including a fortune teller, outer-body virtual experience, free-walking beast, pinball machines, stilt walkers roaming the market, hula hoopers, hip hop dancers, DJs spinning live music and more. Night market-goers will also enjoy local artisans, fine crafts, food and drinks.

For more information, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.

Old Parkway Outdoor Movie: Coraline
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
The Old Parkway, 1841 Park Boulevard

Come and enjoy outdoor movie nights in front of the Old Parkway Theater. Coraline is a movie about an adventurous girl who finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Every month the Park Boulevard Business District builds a temporary parklet and converts a couple of parking spaces into a seating area where neighbors can enjoy music, art, and films. Bring chairs and warm clothing and come ready to enjoy outdoor entertainment with neighbors.

For September, EBBC is providing free bike smoothie samples, and the Bike Mobile is doing free bike repairs, so bring your bike that needs some love. RSVP on Facebook.

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

Born in New York and now hailing from Oakland, Nile has inspired thousands around the world, weaving African- and Latin-influenced sounds, singing soul, jazz, blues, samba, house, and world music at venues ranging from Yoshi’s, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and de Young Museum in San Francisco to spaces in Nikolsdorf, Austria and the Oste Weste Jazz Festival in Nuremberg, Germany. Daria is the featured vocalist of Idris Ackamoor’s albums Portrait, Centuria, and Homage to Cuba. Through countless performances, Daria Nile graces the stage with melodic tongue and animated spirit, creating a memorable, intimate connection with her audience. Musicians are Daria Nile, vocalist; Michael Jones, bass; Grant Levin, piano; and Leon Joyce, Jr., drums.

Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, September 7

5th Annual Volunteer Fair with Volunteering for Oakland
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lakeview School Auditorium, 746 Grand Avenue

Learn how to volunteer to help Oakland students and youth. This free event offers a “one-stop” solution that makes it easy to find a volunteer program that matches your interests, schedules and abilities.

For more information, visit http://www.volforoak.org/volunteer-fair/.

Phat Beets’ Food ‘n’ Justice Series Workshop: “Wilde Fermentation”
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 942 Stanford Avenue

Bring veggie and fruit scraps, leftovers, and anything you want to preserve! Prepare for adventures in DIY home fermentation with Chef Andy Renard!

For more information, visit http://www.phatbeetsproduce.org/.

The Crucible’s Fall Open House: Tools to Table
12 – 5 p.m.
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street

At its Fall Open House, The Crucible aims to delight the most discerning locavores and foodies. They’ve invited Oakland’s best home-grown food vendors such as Fist of Flour, Tina Tamale and small-batch artisans from the food business incubator, Kitchener Oakland, to cater to artisanal food lovers. Get an inside look at how artisan tableware is made, from cups in the glass department to silverware straight from the smithy. Open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible’s 56,000-square-foot studio where furnaces roar and sparks fly.

For more information, visit http://thecrucible.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/209649465860205/.

57th Street Gallery Presents The Carl Garrett Quartet
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph

The Carl Garrett Quartet is the performing outlet for saxophonist / composer / arranger Carl Garrett. The current version of the Band consists of Carl Garrett on tenor saxophone, Muziki Roberson on piano, Greg German on drums, and Mark Williams on bass. Garrett spends a substantial part of his time teaching private lessons on the saxophone, music theory as it relates to jazz, jazz performance, and composing/arranging.

Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, September 8

Poetry Flash with Maxine Hong Kingston, Jean Valentine, and Fred Marchant
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Maxine Hong Kingston’s new book is a memoir-in-verse entitled, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. Her previous memoirs and works of both fiction and nonfiction include The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book — a novel — and The Fifth Book of Peace. She is also the editor of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, an anthology of writings from more than a decade of writing-and-meditation workshops she’s led for Vietnam veterans and others to heal themselves through art. Among her honors are the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, PEN West Award in Fiction, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fred Marchant’s latest book of poems is The Looking House. Ilya Kaminsky says, “In a time of lies and mediocre ironies in literature, here is the voice that is never afraid to say what matters. This is the poetry of home, yes, but many doors and windows in this book first and foremost ‘teach the heart how to be a heart.'” The author of three previous collections, including Full Moon Boat, Marchant was one of the first Marine officers to be honorably discharged as a conscientious objector during the war in Vietnam.

Jean Valentine’s latest book of poems — her eleventh — is Break the Glass. Library Journal says of it, “As elliptical and demanding as Emily Dickinson, Valentine consistently rewards the reader.” It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She recently co-translated, with Ilya Kaminsky, Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the great Russian poets of the early twentieth century. Her honors include a National Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award.

For more information, visit http://www.dieselbookstore.com.

Monday, September 9

The Consortium of Oakland Providers (Co-OP) Emergency First Aid Training
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Family Paths’ Main Office, The Grove Building, 1727 MLK Jr. Way

The Co-OP is honored to feature a training from The People’s Community Medics (PCM), a grassroots organization that teaches basic emergency first aid skills free of charge. PCM was founded in the summer of 2011 by Sharena Thomas and Lesley Phillips.

“As members of the Oscar Grant Committee, we learned that the BART police refused to call an ambulance for 20 minutes for fatally-wounded Oscar Grant, despite the passionate pleas for medical help from his friends who were detained at the Fruitvale station by the police. That experience, as well as our knowledge that 911 calls often do not result in an ambulance arriving in a timely manner to Black, Brown and poor neighborhoods, largely inspired us to teach our people basic emergency first aid, so that we can help one another until an ambulance arrives. We conduct trainings on sidewalks, in parks, in communities, because no one should die waiting for an ambulance. We all can learn to save a life. We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.”

Please RSVP to kcohnwilks@familypaths.org.

Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

For additional information, please call (510) 238-3941 or visit http://www.oaklandheritage.org. It is recommended to confirm the date and location.

Tuesday, September 10

City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room One

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. Most of the Committees of the City Council (such as this one) usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (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/.

10:30 a.m.: Public Works Committee
noon: Finance & Management Committee
2 p.m.: Community & Economic Development Committee
4 p.m.: Life Enrichment Committee
5:30 p.m.: Public Safety Committee

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

F. M. Smith Park Advisory Council Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
F. M. Smith Park, 1969 Park Boulevard

Have questions or want more information? Contact Lisa at lisamhire@yahoo.com or Center Director Lois Gomes at lgomes@oaklandnet.com.

For more information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/15X_NCPC/cal.

Wednesday, September 11

AC Transit Board of Directors Meetings
times listed below
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, 1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is the third-largest public bus system in California, serving 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AC Transit has been serving the East Bay since 1960, taking over from the Key System and its predecessors, which carried passengers via buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries over the previous 100 years. AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous, and reliable transit service.

3 p.m.: Operations Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m.: External Affairs Committee Meeting
6 p.m.: Board of Directors Meeting

For more information, visit http://www2.actransit.org/main.wu.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
4:30 p.m.
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission reports and makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council on Office of Parks and Recreation policies. It consists of 11 seats, appointed by the Mayor and Council to represent the citizens of Oakland. The public is welcome to attend the Commission’s monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month except for August. Please call the Director’s office, (510) 238-7532, to confirm meetings in case of cancellation or change of venue.

For more information, visit http://www.oaklandnet.com/parks/news/prac.asp.

Oakland Board of Education General Meeting
5 – 7 p.m.
Paul Robeson Building, 1025 2nd Avenue, Board Room

The Governing Board, commonly called the Board of Education, is the elected policy-making body of the public education system within the City of Oakland. The Governing Board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that every student served by the District is well educated and demonstrates high academic achievement.

For more information, visit http://bex.ousd.k12.ca.us/.

Manzanita 18Y NCPC Meeting
6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Salvation Army, 2794 Garden Street

For more information, please contact NSC Edith Guillen at (510) 238-7159 or eguillen@oaklandnet.com.

Thursday, September 12

Local Clean Energy Alliance Meeting
call for meeting 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, please visit http://www.localcleanenergy.org/ or call (510) 834-0420.

Bay Area LadyFest Begins
Multiple times and venues

Bay Area Ladyfest is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit event that aims to create opportunities for minorities to become empowered through event organizing, performance and education. While each Ladyfest is unique, the commonality is its commitment to empowering groups that are often under- or misrepresented in the arts scene. Ladyfest features music, visual and performance art, film, poetry, zines, spoken word, workshops and vendors who are predominantly trans, queer or womyn. Performances and events are designed to promote the work of women / womyn / trans / POC / queer / young folk, but everyone is invited to attend the festival. All events are all-ages and entry is a sliding-scale donation, with no one turned away for lack of funds.

The latest information is available here: http://www.facebook.com/LadyfestBayArea.

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.

“Mystery on the Vine” Discussion with Author and Wine Expert
6 – 8 p.m.
Oakland Public Library, 125 14th Street, Bradley Walters Community Room

Come and meet Edward “Doc” Feinstein, internationally renowned wine expert. Doc will discuss his recently published mystery novel, Pinot Envy. He will also talk about recent trends in the wine industry and answer questions about all things wine-related. As an expert on rare wines, he has traveled the world to judge wines and appraise rare bottles, so he has fascinating tales to tell.

For more information, visit http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/events.

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 the website below, or email temescalfamilies@yahoogroups.com.

For more information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TemescalNeighborhood.

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

The Greater Rockridge Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council was officially established in April 2002 to respond to the newly reorganized Community Policing Program of the City of Oakland Police Department. It 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 our Problem-Solving Officer (PSO): a specifically-designated OPD patrol officer. Any resident community member who wishes to attend regularly and participate in meetings is also welcome to join. For more information, please visit the website below, or email chair@rockridgencpc.com.

For more information, visit http://www.rockridgencpc.com/.

Meir Schneider discusses and signs Vision for Life
7 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

In Vision for Life, Meir Schneider presents exercises for a natural health eye routine that will help restore damaged tissue and remedy existing problems, including near- and far-sightedness, lazy eye, cataracts, glaucoma, optic neuritis, detached retinas, macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Born with cataracts in his eyes and significant vision problems, Meir Schneider was officially pronounced legally blind after a series of unsuccessful surgical attempts that left his eyes filled with scar tissue. At the age of 17, he came across the Bates Method of eye improvement and began to practice with unparalleled diligence. Within eighteen months he could read without glasses, and nowadays he holds an unrestricted California driver’s license. His success led to the creation of the “Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement,” a non-medical, holistic health prevention and rehabilitation system and the founding of the School for Self-Healing located in San Francisco.

For more information, visit http://www.dieselbookstore.com/.

Sing-Along Cinema Series: Mamma Mia!
Jack London Ferry Lawn, Harrison and Water Street

Enjoy an evening of song, dance and cult movie classics on the waterfront with free outdoor screenings of popular musicals as part of Jack London Square’s Sing-Along Cinema. This lively film series screens fan favorites on special evenings at sundown, along with a theatrical troupe as they sing and dance with the movie. Cinemagoers are invited to show up in costume dressed as their favorite characters and sing along to their favorite songs. Pre-event festivities include costume contests, games, prizes and more!

For more information, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.

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