Are you free Saturday morning? How about Thursday morning? Maybe you should be. Maybe it’s time to hire that “morning person” stunt double so you can fit it all in. Either way, we don’t have much this week that ends late, so maybe we can all just get to bed early and make it happen. Enjoy!

Friday, October 11

Fall Teacher Feature at OMCA
4 – 7 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Explore OMCA’s art and history galleries along with the newly-reopened Gallery of California Natural Sciences on this special evening. Education staff will assist in discovering new opportunities for engaging students in the art, culture, and ecology of California. Enjoy hands-on activities and examine classroom materials you can use to prepare students for their visits. This event is free for teachers and chaperones. Please RSVP online or by calling 510-318-8460.

57th Street Gallery Presents Clifford Lamb, Melvin Butts and Friends
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Clifford Lamb was born in New York City and began his classical musical studies at the age of 5. By the age of 18, the music of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea inspired him to complete 4 years of jazz studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Clifford has been a professional musician for over twenty years. Melvin Butts is the Music Director and founder of the innovative group, the Mel-Tones. He is a veteran saxophonist, arranger and teacher, known for his incredible arrangements and versatility of styles. Musicians are Clifford Lamb, piano; Melvin Butts, saxophone; Alexander Smith, bass; and Michael Spencer, drums.

For more information, or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Saturday, October 12

Three Corners Neighborhood Group Saturday Neighborhood Cleanup
9 – 10 a.m.
The corner of 66th and San Pablo

It’s the second Saturday of the month: time for a Saturday Neighborhood cleanup! Join neighbors to walk the block and pick up the trash that’s accumulated. Bring a pair of gloves and a trash bag and meet up. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and make things cleaner, too!

For more information, visit

Make “Gardening Gold” Compost!
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bay-Friendly Demonstration Garden, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue Avenue

Learn how to make your compost – both backyard and worm – from plant debris and food scraps. In this hands-on talk, you’ll get all the fundamentals and troubleshooting tips you need to be a successful composter. There will be a drawing at end of workshop for a free compost bin and nursery discount coupons for participants.

For more information, visit

PRISM: Urban Art And Culture Festival
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
DeFremery Park, 16th and Adeline Streets

The Prism: Urban Art and Culture Festival encompasses a series of public events organized by The Estria Foundation. These events address social justice concerns utilizing visual art, music, dance, symposia and sustainable culture practices, in an effort to emphasize live art projects and arts programming for the community. Today’s event, The Estria Battle, is a free, family-friendly event with a focus on public art and environmental sustainability. Youth are invited to participate in a series of arts activities including the Blackbook Battle and the t-shirt Stencil Workshop. Attendees are also welcomed to enjoy a range of artistic performances and are encouraged to participate in generating energy by dancing on the “Pedal Powered Stage” which transforms human exuberance into pure energy. In its sixth year, The Estria Battle also remains the premier graffiti art competition in the United States. Sixteen renowned artists from across the country will compete in what has become one of the nation’s most talked-about spray art events.

For more information, visit

Phat Beets’ Free Food ‘N’ Justice Series: “Decolonize Your Diet! An Indigenous People’s Day Ferment Celebration”
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 942 Stanford Street

As much of the country prepares to celebrate Columbus Day, please join Phat Beets Produce and the North Oakland Farmers’ Market in creating an alternative space to honor over 500 years of culinary resistance led by the world’s indigenous peoples.

For more information, visit

Jack of All Trades Market
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jack London Square

This inaugural event features over 75 local designers and artists, antiques, DIY workshops and games, live music, local food and more!

For more information, visit

OMCA Showcase Series: Days of the Dead
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

This exciting new series features artists from the 19th Annual Days of the Dead exhibition, “The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013” presenting their work in the brief and illuminating format known as a lightning talk. Artists will share examples of their work and discuss the fusion of Mesoamerican traditions with themes in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences including indigenous knowledge, empathy, habitat and species loss, and accountability for preventing such losses through conservation and action. The showcase lecture will be followed by a brief artist- and curator-led tour.

Latham Square Grand Opening
2 – 8 p.m.
Latham Square, Broadway and Telegraph

The City of Oakland, in partnership with the Downtown Oakland Association and Popuphood, will host a grand opening for the new Latham Square, marking a new era of innovation in Oakland’s public spaces. The intersection of Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, just below 16th St., is the gateway to the emerging Uptown district. The newly installed furniture, signage, and planting areas have transformed the intersection and showcase the high-quality reclaimed materials from the City’s own yards. The temporary and mobile nature of this project is designed to respond to community input as part of the prototyping process with a flexible and iterative approach to Oakland’s civic projects. It is now a pedestrian-friendly place that has sparked civic dialogue about the potential of our public spaces.

For more information, visit

57th Street Gallery Presents Kenny Hawkins
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Kenny Hawkins is a flutist, saxophonist and composer, who for more than 25 years has led and performed Jazz, Afro-Cuban, and R&B. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he leads the Kenny Hawkins GroovinDeep Jazz project. Kenny has the ability to put amazing cats together with just the right musical chemistry and magic. Musicians are Kenny Hawkins, flute/saxophone; Heshima Williams, bass; Steve McQuarry, piano; and Greg German, drums.

For more information, or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Monday, October 14

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

For additional information, please call (510) 238-3941. It is recommended to confirm the date and location at

Tuesday, October 15

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, visit or call (510) 238-7370.

Back Care Class
6 – 7 p.m.
Angelos Chiropractic, 353 30th Street

Gain control over back and neck pain without drugs or surgery. Learn strategies for preventing and rehabilitating back and neck injury through proper lifting techniques, posture, workstation ergonomics, exercise and diet.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 16

Allendale Park NCPC Meeting
7 p.m.
Allendale Recreation Center, 3711 Suter Street

For more information about this organization’s meetings, or to get on its mailing list, please email

Golden Gate NCPC 10X Monthly Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Recreation Center, 1075 62nd Street

This monthly meeting of the Golden Gate Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council recurs on the third Wednesday of each month, except for December. For more information, or to get in touch with the organization, visit

Thursday, October 17

Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference 2013
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The California Endowment’s Oakland Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor

The fourth annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference convenes advocates, policy makers, financiers, and entrepreneurs who support clean energy and healthy communities in the Bay Area. The conference focuses on finding solutions to the political and financial challenges of developing community-based energy resources and building sustainable, equitable, resilient communities.

For more information and to register, visit

Historic Bridges on San Francisco Bay Cruise
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presidential Yacht USS Potomac, 540 Water Street

Enjoy intimate viewing of the San Francisco Bay Area’s three important bridges – the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and San Rafael Bridge. Passengers will learn about bridge history, construction and hear tall tales about the famous bay, as well as enjoy an onboard lunch.

For more information, visit

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.

Oakland Food Policy Council Work Group Meeting
5 – 7:30 p.m.
1000 Broadway, 5th Floor, Room A or B

The mission of the Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) is to establish an equitable and sustainable food system in Oakland. It strives to: ensure access to healthy, affordable food within walking distance of every Oakland resident; bring underserved neighborhoods to the food policy table and increase “food literacy” among Oakland residents; put food, hunger, and food systems on the City of Oakland’s agenda and contribute to the national dialog on food policy; and turn the Oakland food system into an engine for local economic development and involve local and regional agricultural communities.

For more information, visit

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 4

Oakland’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) committee was chartered in 1995 to advise the City on the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and related issues. Two-hour meetings are held in City Hall the third Thursday of the month and begin at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of any BPAC meeting.

For more information, visit

OSD Advisory Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Hunter Hall, on the fourth floor of the Paul Robeson Administrative Building, 1025 2nd Avenue

Representative parents, staff, students and community members make up the District Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC provides a community perspective to the Board of Education and the District leadership on important educational issues. They also assure the District and individual schools are in compliance with state accountability laws. Each school appoints a representative to the DAC.

For more information, visit

Melrose High Hopes NCPC Beat 27X Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Horace Mann School, 5222 Ygnacio

The NCPC is the main organizing group for the neighborhood. The Steering Committee, which is the NCPC leadership team, makes decisions about monthly meeting agendas and major events (e.g., speakers, priorities for OPD, elections, and projects like the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Annual Block Party, Courtland Creek Rejuvenation Project, Support for our Neighborhood School, Redevelopment on Foothill, and the like). The monthly meetings at Horace Mann School are a great opportunity to let the designated City Council Member and Community Policing Officers know about neighborhood concerns and engage them in helping the neighborhood. Visit the organization’s website for updated agenda items, general information, or to get on the mailing list for future meetings.

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