There are so many healthy things to do in Oakland this week: body, mind, soul, creativity, community, finances, security, gardens, political, environmental… Everything in one’s life can get a tune-up this week and get a little better. You can even toast that health at the end of it. Enjoy!

Friday, September 20

Port Trucker Resource and Health Fair
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2505 West 14th Street

This is a resource and health fair providing timely regulatory information, loan and equipment options, and health services to our truckers. There will also be food, music, and some giveaways.

For more information, visit

Show and Tell at Rock Paper Scissors Collective
7 p.m.
2278 Telegraph Avenue

Did you love show and tell as a kid? Miss the anticipation as you wait to share all the significance of some personal treasure? Love hearing other people tell stories? Well then, come on out to Show and Tell! We want to hear your stories and the objects that trigger those stories. We want you to Show and Tell! Bring a meaningful object you want to share a story about, or just be part of the audience.

Doors open and signup begins at 7 p.m., stories begin at 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

BustingOut Storytelling Presents “Lessons Learned”
7:30 p.m.
The Den at the Fox Theater, 1912 Telegraph Avenue

Some people learn the easy way, some people learn the slap-upside-the-head way. Maybe you thought you were smarter than the average bear. Posting those pics online would never get you an Internet creeper. No one else would ever put up with your girlfriend because, “for God’s sake, she loves Barry Manilow.” Your boss really doesn’t mind that you define “sick leave” as “Tahoe Time.” Right?

This is a 21+ show of true stories, told live. Food is not available at this venue, but Rudy’s Can’t Fail restaurant is right next door and it may be brought in. Happy Hour is 5 – 7 p.m. The Den will have a DJ following the show, and there’s a cover — but NOT for BustingOut Storytelling folks! Plan to hang out afterwards.

Tickets are 2 for $20 in advance online at, or 1 for $20 at the door.

57th Street Gallery Presents Lloyd Gregory
8:30 – 11 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Lloyd Gregory is a well-established classic jazz guitarist whose style is smooth, soulful, melodic, flowing and immediately likeable. A master of both acoustic and electric guitar, what makes his approach distinctive is that it evokes unique hints of his extensive R&B roots. Raised in Cleveland in a musical family, Gregory is now primarily based in San Francisco and has been a popular entertainer on the Bay Area music scene for several decades. Musicians are Lloyd Gregory, guitar; Janice Maxie Reid, keys/vocals; Troy Lampkin, bass; Tommie Bradford, drums; James Henry, percussion; and Richard Howell, saxophones.

Admission is $15. For more information, or to make a reservation (recommended), visit

Saturday, September 21

Creek to the Bay Day
various activities, times and locations

This event is part of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. Volunteers will pick up litter, remove invasive plants, plant California native species and clean up creek beds. Groups of all ages are welcome to participate in this community event. Complete event information, including volunteer locations, is available at

Love Your Neighbors — Help End Gun Violence
multiple times throughout the day
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Street

Come learn what is being done and how you can help to end gun violence with workshops, action-planning and resource materials, refreshments and lunch. RSVP at Peace, Justice and Hunger Commission by calling (510)893-8630 or emailing

Lake Merritt Weed Warriors
9 a.m. to noon
Meet beside the Lake Merritt Channel Marsh

Join volunteers from the Lake Merritt Institute in removing flotsam from the marsh and trash nearby, pulling invasive weeds in the native plant zone, and planting some Alkali Bulrush, a native marsh plant. This is a great opportunity to learn about native plants and birds that inhabit marshlands, and assist in the early stages of restoring the marsh.

Meet beside the new tidal marsh at the Lake Merritt Channel to sign in. The tidal marsh is just downstream from Lake Merritt Boulevard, and upstream from 10th Street. Gloves and tools will be provided by the City’s Public Works Agency, but if you have favorite gardening tools (gloves, trowels, etc.), please bring them for your use. You may want to wear boots suitable for getting a bit muddy.

For more information, please contact Jennie Gerard at or (510) 238-7023.

Take Charge of Your Health!
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oakland Technical High School Auditorium, 4351 Broadway

This event, which is free and open to the public, features the following:

Panel Discussion: How Health Care is Delivered Today in the East Bay and What it Will Look Like in Five Years
Workshop 1: Small Businesses: When and How to Enroll Your Employees in Obamacare
Workshop 2: Medi-Cal Enrollment: Will I be Eligible in 2014?
Workshop 3: How to Purchase Health Insurance Through Covered California
Workshop 4: Health Care Reform and Medicare: What it Means for You
Workshop 5: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Women

To RSVP, visit

Homeowners’ Rights Fair
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Taylor Memorial Church, 1188 12th Street

This community event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of foreclosures on our city and homeowner protections in the recently enacted California Homeownersʼ Bill of Rights. Speakers and workshops led by experts will address the questions and concerns of underwater homeowners, families threatened with foreclosure who need HUD-certified counseling or legal assistance and first-time home buyers seeking advice. Contact Amy Fitzgerald at OCO at (510) 639-1444, x302 or at

Fall Gardening: Cover Crops, Mulching, Pruning and Planting
12 – 1 p.m.
666 Bellevue Ave (behind Lakeside Garden Center)

This free event contains tips for how to put your garden to bed for winter: cleanup, compost, pruning and feeding. Learn how to plant and integrate a cover crop. Both vegetable and perennial gardens benefit from these practices.

For more information, visit

4th Annual F.A.S.T. (For A Safe Town) Community Festival
12 – 6 p.m.
Verdese Carter Park, 9600 Sunnyside Street

Youth UpRising and Alameda County Social Service present the 4th annual F.A.S.T. Community Festival. This free event will link community members to resources for careers, continuing education, engaging in health and fitness practices, healthy eating, and improving community-police relations.

Over 40 different organizations are coming together to provide information and resources, cooking demonstrations, a farmers’ market, fitness activities for all ages, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, entertainment, and free food. The event will be hosted by KMEL’s Radio Reem and there will be live performances from a number of local youth artists, as well as Oakland natives YSD and Too Short — all performing live with Youth UpRising’s band, Outta Pocket.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page:

Community Potluck, Tree Planting, and Film Screening for World Peace Day
6 p.m.
Healthy Hearts Garden, Dover Street Park, 5701 Dover Street

Growing Together Project is planting 100 fruit trees with communities across Oakland to mark World Peace Day, and will have a closing gathering with Phat Beets Produce. Bring a dish to share and a blanket for the lawn to watch the movie, A Place At the Table. Meet your neighbors and Oaklanders dedicated to building a more equitable Oakland.

For more information, visit!tumblr-feed/cjh0.

57th Street Gallery Presents Jacquie Cole
8:30 – 11 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Jacqui Cole is a Jazz/Blues/R&B vocalist. She is from New Orleans, the very heart of jazz and celebratory soul. Cole brings a confident, well-seasoned vibe to performances both in New Orleans and all over the Bay Area. Musicians are Jacquie Cole, vocals; Clifford Lamb, piano; Mark Williams, bass; and Leon Joyce, Jr., drums.

Admission is $15. For more information, or to make a reservation (recommended), visit

Tuesday, September 24

Oakland City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. 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. 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:

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

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

SNAP Forum
5 – 7 p.m.
Brookins AME Church, 2201 73rd Avenue

The Oakland Food Policy Council and the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee invite you to share your opinions about food stamps. Local leaders are talking about limiting what you can buy with food stamps (CalFresh). Do you think CalFresh should exclude soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks? Do you want to see changes that make it easier to buy healthy food? Make your voice heard! Food and fun provided.

For more information, visit‎.

District 4 Surveillance Camera Meeting
7 p.m.
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue

Come and hear first-hand from neighbors who have taken the plunge, done the research, made the investment, and installed cameras, or paid professionals to do the work. Benefit from their knowledge and experience, and get educated! There will be no vendors at this informative meeting. Find out the answers to questions like:

  • Should I get a Surveillance Camera?
  • What good are cameras?
  • Why so many kinds?
  • What are the costs?
  • What kind camera will meet my needs?
  • Should I get a camera on my property or work with my whole block to find a location?

This event is sponsored by the Office of Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 25

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.: Planning Committee
3:30 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee
6 p.m.: Board of Directors

For more information, visit

Oakland Board of Education General Meeting
5 – 9 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

10Y NCPC Monthly Potluck and Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Santa Fe Elementary, 915 54th Street

Come at 6:30 for a casual potluck, or at 7:00 p.m. for the meeting, or both. This event repeats on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Contact NSC (Neighborhood Services Coordinator) Paul Brekke-Miesner at (510) 238-3102, or PSO (Problem-Solving Officer) Trode for additional information.

For more information, visit

Thursday, September 26

Jack London District Wine Tasting Mixer and Redistricting Discussion
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cerruti Cellars, 100 Webster Street

The JLDA requests the pleasure of your company for a special neighborhood social to discuss the redistricting process and our broadly defined community of interest, District 3. The District includes not only the Jack London neighborhood, but also West Oakland, Downtown and Uptown, among other neighborhoods. According to California law, a “community of interest” is a local community that shares social and economic interests and that should be kept together in a district for purposes of fair representation.

The event is an important opportunity to share and discuss our views about the redistricting process and to talk about the defining elements of our community. Just as important, it’s a chance for old friends to catch up and have a glass of Cerruti Cellars’ wine!

Click here to RSVP through Facebook, Click here to RSVP through Meetup, RSVP by email to or just show up!

David Bacon’s Right To Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street

More than 25 years since the last significant revision of national immigration policy, comprehensive reform is finally being debated in Congress, offering the promise of a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. However, until such reform is official, those millions of workers are “illegal” people, denied basic rights in the country in which they have lived for years.

Investigative reporter and labor activist David Bacon in his brilliant new book, Right To Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration, reveals how globalization and U.S. policy propel the forces that drive Mexican migrants across the border. Through his own analysis and migrants’ dramatic stories in their own voices, Bacon proves the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. He demonstrates exactly how indigenous communities across Mexico struggle with the brutal human cost of globalization, and then must cope with the U.S. criminalizing of migrants driven from their homelands.

This event benefits KPFA. Tickets are $12 advance at, and $15 at the door.

Primate Wise! A Benefit for the Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest
7:30 – 10 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Marian Zimmer Auditorium

Virginia Morell, author of the book Animal Wise, guides us on a dazzling journey into the inner world of animals — with a special focus on the thoughts and emotions of primates. Be prepared to appreciate the dynamic dimensions of the primate mind on a whole new level. Please join us for an evening of inspiration, hope and fun.

The Budongo Snare Removal Project helps chimps by removing snares set by poachers, offering goats for sustenance to ex-hunters, and educating the community about the environment. This successful project serves as a model for other projects dealing with human-wildlife conflict challenges.

  • Wild and amazing silent auction items including exclusive Behind the Scenes Adventures
  • Delectable bites by Youth Uprising
  • Bar with Chimptinis, and healthy Primate Elixirs

Suggested Minimum Donation: $30. Contact Amy Gotliffe at for more information and pre-event tickets.

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