Not surprisingly, this Earth Day week’s activities are dominated by greenness, outdoorsiness and satisfying our curiosity. We do like our social justice coupled with some awesomeness, don’t we, Oakland? We also like a cool soundtrack with everything–and we’ve got it this week, too! Enjoy!

Friday, April 25

The 2014 Bay Area Resilient/Sustainable City Symposium
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Laney College, 900 Fallon Street

The Bay Area Resilient/Sustainable City Symposium, a special gathering and exciting conversation, is part of the Peralta Community College District Earth Week 2014 celebrations and is sponsored by the Sustainable Pacific Rim Cities and the Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies.

Free Film Screening: Inequality for All
6 – 8 p.m.
Laney College, 900 Fallon Street

Please join the Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership for a free film screening and discussion of the new Sundance Festival-winning documentary Inequality for All, by Robert Reich. For tickets, register here.

Rhythms and Sounds: Celebrating Our #APIVoices
7 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290

OACC’s second Rhythms and Sounds show will also serve to celebrate the conclusion of its recent #APIVoices video contest that was co-sponsored by AsianWeek Foundation, Hyphen Magazine, and 8Asians. It will recognize the contest participants whose entries showed a diverse array of concerns, and the show will affirm artists who nurture the API cultural presence with their work. The show will feature screenings of the videos by #APIVoices contest winners and performances from AM Kidd, Corey Wolffs, RJ Sin, MJ Lee, Ken Pulido, Irene Tu, and Lyrical Opposition. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP today at

Book Zoo Fundraiser
8 – 11 p.m.
14 Glen Avenue

This paper menagerie houses rare, classic, specialized, and still-socially-relevant books from our decade and generations past while giving voice to up-and-coming local and touring writers and musicians. Saving an Oakland treasure such as the Book Zoo can only add to our modern experience, rounding out our organic lives. Click here for more information or to register.

8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue

Hexenfest is a performing arts festival with a flair for the darkly exotic. Gothic, Pagan, and tribal belly dance themes are featured prominently; come revel in the forbidden forest! Wear your most sensuous finery for the costume contest, or simply sport your big black boots. Browse the vendors, enjoy a libation at the bar, step on to the dance floor and and help re-enchant the world.

Saturday, April 26

Oakland’s 9th Annual CORE Citywide Disaster Exercise
9 a.m. – noon
Multiple locations

Neighborhoods throughout Oakland will test their emergency preparedness during this free event. For information and registration visit or call (510) 238-6351.

A Sampling of Earth Day Activities
Please check with your favorite local group for activities and times near you. Here are just a few.

Telegraph Ave Bike Lanes: Community Feedback Needed
10 a.m. – noon
Faith Presbyterian Church, 430 49th Street

Dear drivers, bicyclists, bus riders and pedestrians: the City of Oakland is working on a better design for Telegraph Avenue and it wants your input. Come to a public open house to provide feedback on options for improving transportation safety and comfort for all people. Visit the Telegraph Avenue website to see proposed solutions.

SF Bay Chili Cook-off
1 – 4 p.m.
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street

The 12th Annual SF Bay Chili Cook off will feature some of the best chili in the San Francisco Bay Area competing for the championship title. Attendees will taste each of the entries and vote for their favorites. Come enjoy the afternoon in Classic Cars West’s beer garden, and check out their restored cars and art gallery while you sip on cold local beer. We’ll have music and entertainment for the kids all afternoon. All proceeds will help send adoptive families to award-winning Camp Always, a summer respite for parents and kids alike, presented by AASK (Adopt a Special Kid). If you think your chili is tops, enter to compete!

Sunday, April 27

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

New to beekeeping or just want to understand more about what’s involved before plunging in? Curious about all the buzz, why bees need our help and how you can get involved? Join Pollinate for an Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Alameda County Beekeepers Association member and local hobbyist bee keeper and bee breeder Alan Kramer. Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping in this popular class! Topics include common hive types, tools and safety equipment, hive maintenance and a hands-on hive inspection. Participants will have an opportunity to taste local honey and receive 10% off a basic safety accessories starter kit. Register here.

Drop-in Workshops: Flipbooks and Turntabling
12 – 3 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Come explore with an afternoon of fun, hands-on workshops inspired by OMCA spring exhibitions SuperAwesome and Vinyl. Make your own flipbooks and learn basic DJ techniques for beat matching and scratching with DJ Elmo.

Green Guard Spring Performance
3 – 4:45 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

The Green Guard eco-arts crew is an inter-generational hip-hop collective started by artist and environmental educator Mira Manickam. Through original music, poetry, dance, and video, the Green Guard celebrates the multitude of ways we are connected to earth power and earth energy, right here in Oakland. Come share in this spring performance featuring the Green Guard youth crew with Mira Manickam and Green Guard artists WolfHawkJaguar, Earth Amplified, Danny Cornejo, Desirae Harp, and Luta Candelaria.

Tuesday, April 29

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, click here 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

CHP Teen Driver Safety Class
7 p.m.
Oakland CHP Office, 3601 Telegraph Avenue

The California Highway Patrol is committed to reducing the amount of teen injury and fatal collisions that occur throughout California. In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the CHP has created the “Start Smart” Program, a free teen driver safety class that empowers young persons and their parents to make the right decisions behind the wheel. “Start Smart” teaches teens and their parents about safe driving habits, and informs them of the responsibilities and dangers associated with operating a motor vehicle. Call (510)450-3821 to reserve your spot. We ask that at least one parent or guardian attend with their teen drivers. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, April 30

Visioning Meeting about the 880/Broadway Underpass
6:30 – 8 p.m.
525 4th Street

Join in this meeting to discuss the 880/Broadway underpass. As we work to create a safer and more beautiful corridor between Jack London Square and downtown, Councilmember McElhaney would like to gather community members to hear their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and wishes for this particular passageway. This community discussion is about how to make this space beautiful, safe, and inviting for residents, tourists, and employees.

Thursday, May 1

Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee
10:45 a.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 1

he 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, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

Telegraph Ave Bike Lanes: Community Feedback Needed
6 – 8 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street

Dear drivers, bicyclists, bus riders and pedestrians: the City of Oakland is working on a better design for Telegraph Avenue and it wants your input. Come to a public open house to provide feedback on options for improving transportation safety and comfort for all people. Visit the Telegraph Avenue website to see proposed solutions.

To list an event for May 2 – 8, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, April 29.

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