OK, it’s the new year and not everyone has their collective act together enough to be hosting events yet. We have some mighty organized organizers in Oakland, though, and they are not to be deterred! You can still be informed and be heard this week, and if you had a resolution to do something good for Oakland this year, there are some good ways to get started right away. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 4

Phat Beets’ Urban Resilience: Crop, Plant, and Homemade Food Swap, and Garden Clinic
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers Market, 942 Stanford Avenue

Share seeds, produce, plant starts, homemade foods, cultured food starters (kombucha, kefir, sourdough, etc.), eggs, honey, skills, information, inspiration, desperation, perspiration and community survival skills. For more information, visit www.phatbeetsproduce.org.

Integrative Health Fair
12 – 4 p.m.
Simple Family Health, 1 Rio Vista Avenue

Simple Family Health is proud to host this free Integrative Health Fair. Learn how to make healthy habits in the new year and stick with them! SFH will be hosting professional health care providers who will teach some simple strategies to support New Year’s resolutions. Register free here.

Sunday, January 5

Native Plant Hike with Terri Compost
12:30 p.m.
Huckleberry Park

Visit the native plant treasures in the East Bay Hills and learn edible and medicinal uses for some of these friends. The cost is a $0 – $20 sliding-scale donation. Meet to carpool at 12:30 p.m. atop the Ashby BART (in front of the Ed Roberts Campus). For more information, call (510) 926-0468.

Tuesday, January 7

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 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 www.oaklandheritage.org.

Thursday, January 9

Local Clean Energy Alliance Meeting
Call for meeting time: (510) 834-0420
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 www.localcleanenergy.org.

Post-Publication Note: This meeting has been postponed to January 23. Call or visit this organization’s website for updates.

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

Teach Tomorrow In Oakland (TTO) Recruitment Event
6 p.m.
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th Street

Research suggests that, nationwide, three out of every ten students drop out of high school. Leaders at Teach Tomorrow In Oakland (TTO) believe an educator recruitment and development pipeline must be built in order for students of color to see and connect with adults with common experiences. TTO’s commitment is to recruit diverse, high-quality, prospective teachers who can ensure that all students achieve at high levels, and who are interested in professional development and long-term employment within OUSD. Recruits are given full support to navigate the pathway to credentialing, which includes test preparation, financial support and placement in a full-time job. Register for this free event at http://www.ttorecruits.eventbrite.com.

Forum on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors
6:30 p.m.
North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

The Block By Block Organizing Network is hosting this forum. Panelists include Nola, Brantley, Executive Director of MISSSEY; Nkauj Iab Yang, Program Manager for Banteay Srei; Sgt. Holly Joshi, Oakland Police Department; and Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney. For more information, call (510) 479-1237.

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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TemescalNeighborhood or email temescalfamilies@yahoogroups.com.

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, visit http://www.rockridgencpc.com or email chair@rockridgencpc.com.

“Dine and Unwind” Dinner
7 p.m.
Bocanova, 55 Webster Street

Jack London Square’s Pan-American restaurant, Bocanova, is hosting its January Supper Club with a slight twist and participating in the Oakland Restaurant Association’s “Dine & Unwind” restaurant series. This month’s dining series benefits the Oakland Lighthouse Community Charter School, and Bocanova will donate 15% of the dinner’s proceeds to the school. Chef/Owner Rick Hackett has created a five-course, family-style menu featuring his ever-popular sustainable seafood dishes. The dinner is $72.00 per person, including wine flight pairings. Reservations can be made by calling (510) 444-1233, or through OpenTable.

To list an event from Friday, January 10 through Thursday, January 16, submit the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, January 7.

2 Responses

  1. Keep Temescal Clean

    Great list. One additional suggestion – every Sunday morning at 9am a number of us meet at the corner of 43rd and Shafter for a 1 hour litter pickup in the Temescal neighborhood. It’s been a great way to get to know our neighbors and help out the neighborhood.

    Check out KeepTemescalClean.org for more info!


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