Oh. Did you want holiday items? Check this out! Did you not? Then read on, because there’s plenty of good stuff going on around Oakland where you can totally ignore them, if that is your wish. Enjoy!

Friday, December 13

East Bay Bike Party: Pirates vs. Ninjas
7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Begins at Rockridge BART, 5660 College Avenue

Ride with the East Bay’s best, and have a swell time doing so. Visit eastbaybikeparty.wordpress.com for news, ride details and updates. EBBP is safe and fun because EB bike partiers are known for their friendly, welcoming vibe.

The 57th Street Gallery Presents Jacqui Cole & Company
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph

Jacqui Cole is a jazz / blues / R&B vocalist from New Orleans, the very heart of jazz and celebratory soul. Ms. Jacqui brings a confident, well-seasoned vibe to MyGroove this year. Having performed all over the Bay Area as well as in New Orleans, her energy is captivating. Musicians are Jacquie Cole, vocals; Clifford Lamb, piano; Ken Okada, bass; and Poh Soon Teng, drums. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, December 14

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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ThreeCornersNeighborhoodgroup/cal.

Oakland Gun Buyback
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Youth UpRising, 8711 MacArthur Boulevard

Last year, Youth UpRising held a Gun Buyback in partnership with OPD, CEO, SFPD, and The Omega Boys Club, successfully removing 700 unwanted weapons from the streets of the Bay Area, 400 of them from Oakland. This year, they join in a statewide effort. The goal is of course to remove as many guns from the streets of Oakland as possible. Here are the guidelines for the Gun Buyback:

  • The Gun Buyback is only open to Oakland residents — proof of residency will be checked by Youth UpRising staff
  • Firearms must be in working condition
  • Firearms must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of your vehicle
  • Participants will receive up to $100 for handguns, rifles and shotguns, and up to $200 for assault weapons
  • Funds are limited
  • Please call (510) 777-9909, x181 to set an appointment and reserve a spot

For more information, please contact Sikander Iqbal at Siqbal@youthuprising.org or (510) 777-9909, x181.

Free Immigration and Citizenship Workshop
10 a.m.
St. Anthony School Gymnasium, 1500 East 15th Street

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is hosting this event, where participants will be able to take advantage of application assistance for citizenship and resources for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), information about temporary immigration relief measures for Filipino nationals, resources and referrals for nonprofit legal services and attorneys, and multilingual assistance. To RSVP (preferred), email LeeCa.Events@mail.house.gov or call (510) 763-0370.

Brothers Code
10 a.m. – noon: middle school session
1 – 3 p.m.: high school session
Laney College Technology Center, 900 Fallon Street

Technology is everywhere today, but only a tiny fraction of students are learning how to create technology. Brothers Code is part of the larger Hour of Code campaign to involve youth with the basics of coding education during National Computer Science Education Week. Brothers Code will share tech possibilities with 100 middle- and high-school black male youth. Participants will meet African-American men who are tech professionals, learn more about tech career options to consider, and use hands-on modules to learn the basics of coding. For more information, visit http://kaporcenter.org/event/brothers-code.

“Got Bars?” Teen Art Program Introduces Graffiti Letters and Styles
1 p.m.
Oakland Public Library, 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Avenue

“Got Bars?” is an introduction to graffiti letter structure. But this hands-on workshop will go beyond simple outlines on paper. Participants will create a collaborative graffiti piece, building visual literacy and learning the beauty and power of letters. This program will be taught by Leslie Lopez of Visual Element, the youth mural arts program at East Side Arts Alliance. In the tradition of Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, Visual Element supports the development of political muralists and youth artists who beautify our neighborhoods, and provides a positive, community-based outlet for creative expression through graffiti. “Got Bars?” is part of a series of urban art workshops co-hosted by the Oakland Public Library and the Estria Foundation. These workshops accompany a year-long youth mural arts exhibit on display at four Oakland Public Library locations until November 2014.

OMCA Curator Tour: Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay
3 – 4 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Join Curator of Photography and Visual Culture Drew Johnson in the Gallery of California Art for an intimate perspective on the exhibition Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay. Hear about Stackpole’s legacy, his unique connection to the Oakland Museum of California, and how his work with a 35-millimeter camera presented a major shift in documentary photography.

Shirly’s Variety Show Extraordinaire at Studio Quercus
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
385 26th Street

Studio Quercus is pleased to present this rollicking evening of entertainment, from clown antics to Tin Pan Alley tunes. Bernie Jungle MCs this show with Shirly the drum kit anchoring the house band. The evening is sure to please, tickle, and delight, with music and performances by Ray Halliday, Beth McKenna & Rick Kvoriak, Clowns On A Stick, Teresa Tudury, Andy Murdock, and Karry Walker and Myles Boisen. This is the last event of the year and not to be missed! Hosted at Studio Quercus in downtown Oakland, Shirly’s Variety Show Extraordinaire is 18 and up. Tickets are $12 and are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/513979.

The 57th Street Gallery Presents Linda Kay Ricketts and Friends
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph

Come out and enjoy the soulful sultry sounds of one of the Bay Area’s favorite vocalists, Linda Kay Ricketts. With roots deep in the music of African-American traditions, Linda’s unique blend of gospel, spirituals, jazz and blues is the perfect compliment to her rich voice. No stranger to the stage or the studio, Linda has been the featured vocalist at Marin’s Throckmorton Theatre, San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora, Oakland’s AMLO, and last year she joined vocalists from across the nation to perform at Carnegie Hall. You can count on a wonderfully engaging, entertaining and soul-satisfying experience. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, December 15

Assata Will Rise
2 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

Assata Will Rise (AWR) is a one-day series that honors the contributions of Bay Area women of color engaged in visionary organizing and community healing work. AWR aims to provide free arts and political education programming through three components:

  • A free poetry writing workshop for young women of color, ages 13-19 (2 p.m.)
  • A curated panel featuring 5 female political organizers entitled, “Celebrating Our Lives, Celebrating Our Resistance” (4 p.m.)
  • A performance arts showcase that pays tribute to women political prisoners and anti-imperialist organizers who have lifted up our communities (6 p.m.)

All events are free to the public. For more information, visit https://www.facebookcom/events/602328513158160 or email assatawillrise@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 17

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

Wednesday, December 18

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 allendale_ncpc@yahoogroups.com.

Thursday, December 19

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

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. Members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of any BPAC meeting. For more information, visit http://www.oaklandpw.com/Page124.aspx.

OSD Advisory Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Hunter Hall, 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.

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 http://www.ncpcbeat27x.org for updated agenda items, general information, or to get on the mailing list for future meetings.

To list an event for Friday, December 20 through Thursday, December 26, send the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, December 17.

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