It’s the week of the summer solstice. Predictably, we’ve got plenty of outdoor items, iconic and new, things you’d eagerly anticipate and others you wouldn’t expect. Here’s to summertime fun, Oakland — Enjoy!

Friday, June 20

Ceasefire Oakland/LifeLines To Healing Night Walk
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 988 85th Avenue

The City of Oakland and local faith-based organizations are continuing neighborhood Night Walks on Fridays as a way community members can get involved in Operation Ceasefire. These walks are organized by residents and faith leaders in areas where Ceasefire is focused. Volunteers are trained in advance and are accompanied by other volunteers for the duration of the walk. The purpose of the Night Walk is to reach out to communities affected by violence. For more information, email

Evolution Of A Revolutionary: A Tribute To Amiri Baraka
7 p.m.
Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

Commemorate the great revolutionary poet and activist Amiri Baraka with music, poetry, video shorts and open mic. For more information, visit

Talk, Play, and Sip: Walter Kitundu
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Join MacArthur “Genius” award-winning artist Walter Kitundu for a live performance in Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. A sound artist, installation artist, and inventor of original musical instruments, Kitundu is the creator of the interactive art piece Kuelea Kama Ndege featured in the exhibition Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. Enjoy mixed drinks and other beverages during the talk at a special bar located in the exhibition during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Beverages will be for sale in the gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. Talk and Play, a program series in Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, features guest participants from DJs to music journalists, record collectors to experimental musicians. Talk, Play, and Sip stirs up the social atmosphere with a bar located in the Gallery during select Friday Nights @ OMCA. With something different every week, you might find yourself swapping albums with collectors, learning from an expert about the mechanics of pressing an album, or listening to a specially-curated music set.

Dancing Under the Stars: Rumba
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Jack London Square, Foot of Broadway

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars! Dancers will kick up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. The lessons begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a dance party at 9 p.m. to try out all the new moves.

Saturday, June 21

Roots of Radical Food Justice: The Black Panther’s “Free Breakfast Program”
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
970 Grace Avenue

Join Ana Cecilia Galvis Martinez for this wonderful workshop. The Food Justice Movement in the Bay Area is diverse. While some organizations propose restructuring some aspects of the food system, others propose radical changes that recognize that access to healthy and fairly-produced food is a right of all human beings, regardless their races, genders, ages or social classes. The first ones to propose radical changes regarding food justice in the Bay Area were members of the Black Panther Party. This is a family-friendly storytelling and reflection about the leading role of people of color in the struggle for the food justice. For more information, visit

What the Truck!
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Throughout Jack London Square

If it’s in a truck, it’s at Jack London Square’s “What the Truck!” festival. Free to attend, this four-wheeled gallery will fill the Oakland waterfront with an eclectic collection of mobile shopping trucks, glam trucks, gaming trucks, art trucks, food trucks and much more. Everyone is invited to shop, eat and enjoy this mecca of trucks, trailers and buses, including the Cruzin’ Closet camper-turned-mobile kid shop; a mobile VW photo bus; GoGo Glam’s shoe, handbag and accessory boutique on wheels; a bus filled with artwork, Art is Mobile; San Francisco’s first-ever fashion truck, Top Shelf; The Melt’s grilled cheese; pinball machines at Little Ju Ju; and more! For additional information, visit

Juneteenth at Peralta Hacienda
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
2465 34th Avenue

This year’s Juneteenth Celebration at Peralta Hacienda will delight all your senses. See the film Stories from the Great Migration, hear the voices of Oakland’s African-American oral historians in the Storyhorse installation, and enjoy a program of African Spiritual dance by Imani Ya Watume.

22nd Annual Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade
5 – 8 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

Walk in the Wild brings together some of the Bay Area’s finest bakeries, breweries, caterers, restaurants and wineries for Oakland Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser. Guests of this unique event will stroll through the Zoo and enjoy delicious cuisine, libations, fabulous entertainment and dancing under the stars. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 22

Murasaki Ensemble 25th Anniversary Celebration
4 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290

OACC invites you to a concert celebrating the Murasaki Ensemble’s 25 years of performing and recording in the Bay Area. This culturally innovative acoustic music group features: Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto on koto (13-stringed Japanese harp), Matt Eakle on flutes, Jeff Massanari on guitar, Alex Baum on string bass, and Vince Delgado on percussion. Performances will also include special guests Shoko Hikage, Karl Young, Carol Kasumi Takao, Michelle Kazuakimi Suwabe, Debbie Kashihiro Ohzato Brune, Brian Mitsuhiro Wong, and students of Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto. The music features original compositions, from traditional Japanese to blues, to the sounds of nature, to Jazz Funk, to Arab dance music. Tickets can be purchased at

Tuesday, June 24

West Oakland Job Resource Center Orientation
9:30 a.m.
West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline Street

Job Seekers will receive information about opportunities in the construction industry and how to access those jobs; information on the trades, unions and their requirements; pre-apprenticeship training opportunities, and job placement assistance on construction projects in the local area. For more information, email

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

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

Building Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem
7 – 9 p.m.
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway

As job markets are evolving more into technology, Building Innovation wants to ensure the face of the technology industry evolves with it as well. Let’s explore creating a workplace that works for everyone and empowers diverse businesses and communities. Join this discussion to help build a technology industry that is more reflective of the global population and more receptive to its needs, and in doing so, raise awareness about issues of diversity and inclusion.

Wednesday, June 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. For more information, visit

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

Opening Celebration for Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine of Center Identity
5 – 8 p.m.
Show & Tell Concept Shop, 1427 Broadway

Show & Tell is proud to bring together celebrated Masculine of Center photographers Miki Vargas and Meg Allen to celebrate the opening of this dynamic photography exhibition, and kick off Queery, a 9-week exploration and celebration of Queer community and identity. Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine-of-Center Identity will showcase the latest portraits from Vargas’ For The Love Of Bois Project and Allen’s Butch. This is the first time these two projects will be seen side by side. The exhibition will run from through August 31.

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.
Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Come at 6:30 for a casual potluck, or at 7 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.

Burbank Millsbrae NCPC, Beat 29X Meeting
6:30 – 8:30
Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church, 3200 62nd Avenue

This meeting recurs on the fourth Wednesday of every other month. For more information, please contact Chair Nancy Sidebotham at or (510) 635-2678, or NSC (Neighborhood Services Coordinator) Araina Richards at or (510) 238-7619.

Thursday, June 26

Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee
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, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

Waterfront Flicks: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn

Cozy up on the waterfront this summer for free outdoor screenings of hit movies as part of the annual Waterfront Flicks series. Waterfront Flicks will host fan favorites at sundown. From date night to family flick night, moviegoers should arrive early with blankets in hand for pre-film festivities including small eats, trivia and giveaways.

True Life Trio Fundraising Concert and Dance Party
9 – 11:30 p.m.
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Avenue

True Life Trio performs riveting vocal harmonies from Eastern Europe, America & beyond, featuring veteran vocalists from legendary Bay Area groups Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Brass Menazeri. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. True Life Trio is: Leslie Bonnett, voice and fiddle; Briget Boyle, voice and guitar; and Juliana Graffagna, voice and accordion. This very special evening will include special guest Dan Auvil on percussion, a solo performance by oud master Gari Hegedus, and irresistible and exotic dance music by a top-secret Balkan brass band. This event is a fundraiser for an artists’ matching grant from the East Bay Community Foundation for “Like Never and Like Always: A Memory Project,” a new performance piece by True Life Trio and Gari Hegedus, premiering in November. For tickets, visit

To list an event for June 27 – July 3, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, June 24.

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