This week, there are a bunch of civically-minded things to do, from meetings to workshops. There are also some great celebrations, including Juneteenth and Father’s Day. And then there’s the usual (for Oakland, anyway) complement of art and music events. Let’s do it all this week, Oakland! Enjoy!

Friday, June 13

Ceasefire Oakland/LifeLines To Healing Night Walk
6:30 – 9 p.m.
First Mt. Sinai, 1970 86th 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

Sunset Kayak Trip
7 – 10 p.m.
California Canoe & Kayak, 409 Water Street

Sunset kayaking is an enchanting experience. The water often turns glassy and calm on the Oakland Estuary late in the day, and twilight adds to the unique ambiance. You’ll enjoy a leisurely paddling pace as the sun goes down, setting the stage for a beautiful evening on the water. Weather depending, you’ll paddle toward the mouth of the Oakland Estuary, or towards Alameda Island, taking in the sights of this nautical community. You’ll stay warm and dry in cozy double sea kayaks, too. Sign up online.

The Prosperity Movement: First Installment
8 – 11 p.m.
The Oakstop, 1721 Broadway

WolfHawkJaguar and Isoke Custom Designs, two musical souls inextricably linked, bring you the first of a dazzling triad of performances dedicated to the celebration of prosperity. Their music is a fresh fusion of melodic hip-hop, reggae, rap, and sounds of Africa. Very Special Guests include: Steve Shankle, S.K.A.L.A, Zakiya Harris, Takiyah Suhail, Leek Summerz, Dj Djems, Band of Hunters, DetermiNation, Dr. Lynne Morrow, Dr. Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga, Rashida Chase, Markese, Ms. Be and more. Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

Dancing Under the Stars: Cha-cha
8:30 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 to try out all the new moves. For more information, visit

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

In the late nineties, Walter was a regular at Yoshi’s and many other Bay Area clubs. Since moving to Northwest Arkansas, he has been working at the famed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and a regular at Chris Restaurant as well as participating in jazz festivals throughout the region. Musicians are Walter Savage, bass/vocals; Glen Pearson, piano; Dave Ellis, tenor and soprano saxophone; and Leon Joyce, Jr., drums. For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit

Saturday, June 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

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting In Police Area 2
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Join Mayor Jean Quan, Police Chief Sean Whent and OUSD Superintendent Gary Yee in a conversation on Public Safety in Oakland. Over the last year, Oakland has been transforming its police services by creating neighborhood-level geographic accountability, implementing Operation Ceasefire and hiring more officers. The next phase of public safety planning begins now with a series of town hall meetings in each Police Area to gather community feedback and work together to grow police-community collaboration. Key topics will include how we strengthen community policing, how we can work with our schools and how we can improve employment opportunities. The town hall meetings are open to all members of our community, regardless of which Police Area they reside or work in. Free childcare will be provided. Click here for more information.

Historic Key Route System: Building Tour and Panel Discussion
10 a.m. – noon
1100 Broadway Building

Join Oakland Heritage Alliance for an exterior tour of the 1100 Broadway Building, followed by a discussion of its historic significance and future in Oakland’s downtown. Built in 1911 for the Security Bank and Trust, and popularly known as the Key Route Building, it became the headquarters for the Key System transit line in 1943. A designated Oakland Landmark, it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After the tour, we’ll gather at the nearby historic Central Building, built in 1926, for a discussion with preservation architect, Alan Dreyfuss, Key System enthusiast John Stashik, and Steven Wolmark of SKS Investments, the current owners and developers of the building. This panel of experts will talk about the building’s history and its prospects for rehabilitation and development. We regret that we are unable to tour the 1100 Broadway building’s interior due to potential structural and seismic hazards. Tickets are available here.

Workshop: Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
970 Grace Avenue

Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and methodology developed out of the teachings of Dr. King and the strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. This organization has conducted a 2-day introductory workshop for thousands of individuals in the Bay Area, including hundreds of men and women inside the county jail and state prison systems, hundreds of high-school- and college-age youth, and activists from a wide range of issues. Our interactive workshops provide a holistic view of nonviolence and conflict reconciliation. More information is at Join Phat Beets Produce and Destiny Arts Center for this and other free weekly workshops at the Saturday “Feel the Beet!” Community Farmers Market.

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

Jack of All Trades is a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, startups and more, brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. Free to the public, this eclectic market will feature one-of-a-kind items, live music, and several free DIY workshops for all ages. For additional information, visit

Folding Haiku Book Class
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290

Come and create during a half-day workshop at OACC! We will be creating a simple and elegant folding book with haiku from timeless Japanese haiku poet, Basho, pre-printed for our inspiration. Pastels, watercolor, and colored pencils will be provided during the class. Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto will play softly in the background. Bring an open mind and heart to this day as well as a bag lunch or snack. In addition to the $20 cost of the workshop, there will be a separate materials fee of $20 to be collected on the day of the event. Purchase tickets at

Reflections of Healing Community Art-Making
Noon – 4 p.m.
Defremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline Street

Participate in the Reflections of Healing project by welcoming a new round of healers into the family of artworks created by local artist Brett Cook. Come to Defremery Park to help take part in this collaborative community art-making project. Celebrate Oakland heroes, honor the legacy of the Black Panthers, tie ribbons, dance, and more. Ultimately, the artwork, created with community participation, will feature portraits of 10 local healers, and will be the first-ever artwork to be installed on the 12th Street façade of the Oakland Museum of California building, facing Lake Merritt. It will be unveiled at a celebration on October 24.

OACC Chinese Folk Dance Troupe Annual Show
3 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290

Patty Chu, an instructor and artistic director, blends rich musical legacy with classical, folk and contemporary dances. The annual show is a wonderful way for all dancers to show their families and friends what they have learned throughout the years, and to shine on stage as “stars.” The Chinese Folk Dance Troupe will perform a variety of dances such as Han, XinJang, Tibetan, and Korean in beautiful costumes. The show will also have a special guest appearance from China’s Spirit Music Ensemble, collaborating with dancers for a beautiful fan dance accompanied by a live guzheng performance. For more information on the annual show, email

57th Street Gallery Presents Michael Marcus and Magic Door
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Michael Marcus is a jazz clarinetist, multi-woodwind player-composer/arranger. Since releasing his debut recording as a leader, Under the Wire, he has appeared on over thirty records. Marcus has written and recorded over 125 of his original compositions and was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. He also has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively performing in major festivals and clubs. His newest release is called For Yes! Musicians are Michael Marcus, clarinet/soprano saxophone; Muziki Roberson, piano; Erich Hunt, bass; Sly Randolph, drums; and special guest Morris Atchison, tenor saxophone. For more information and to make reservations (recommended), visit

Sunday, June 15

Father’s Day at Oakland Zoo
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
9777 Golf Links Road

To celebrate Father’s Day, bring Dear Ol’ Dad to Oakland Zoo! Fathers get to ride the train for free on Father’s Day. Take a stroll to the Lion Deck, check out the alligator exhibit, or see the chimpanzees. Father’s Day at Oakland Zoo is a great way to surprise Dad with a gift he will never forget. For more information, visit

Father’s Day Cruise
Noon – 3 p.m.
Presidential Yacht Potomac, 540 Water Street

Treat Dad to a special day out on the water with a delicious lunch and hosted wine bar while cruising around the Bay. For more information, visit

Dads and Jazz
2 – 6 p.m.
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court

“This will be the perfect opportunity to treat your father, father-figure, uncles, grandfathers, or big brothers to a relaxing and enjoyable Sunday afternoon with live jazz against the backdrop of the old turn-of-the-century carriage house near the Covington Gate entrance. It is also to encourage a healthy, active and fit lifestyle. Everyone will be able to enjoy great music, food, drinks, invited vendors, and designated Estate area to play and have fun,” says Deborah F. Cooper, DHHE Estate Manager. For tickets and more information, visit

Monday, June 16

Summer Senior Free Day at Oakland Zoo
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9777 Golf Links Road

Oakland residents age 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo’s Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid. For more information, visit

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

Wednesday, June 18

Women in the Construction Trades Orientation
6 – 8 p.m.
Tradeswoman, Inc., 1433 Webster Street Suite 100

Tradeswomen, Inc. will have specific information about upcoming opportunities in the List trades, the Hunt trades, and machining apprenticeships. Some craft apprenticeships are only open for application a few days a year and require qualifying tests to be considered for entry into the trade. Electricians, operating engineers, plumbers/fitters, and sheet metal are List trades. For more information, email

Fruitvale Unity NCPC Monthly Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201

Join this monthly community meeting to share strategies to resolve community issues and concerns. An agenda is posted by the Fruitvale Unity Council on the day of the event. For more information, email

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, 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, June 19

Elder Abuse Workshop
10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

June is National Elder Abuse Awareness Month and the North Oakland Senior Center
is pleased to host a very important workshop on elder abuse. The workshop is sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office on Elder Protection. For more information, please contact District Attorney Cheryl Poncini at

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

Juneteenth Celebration
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street at Broadway

Commemorate Juneteenth at this event featuring performances by Greg Garrett and the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of Allstars. Enjoy food, entertainment, a raffle and fun at this event hosted by the African American City of Oakland Employees.
For more information, contact Karen Cox at (510) 238-7255.

Juneteenth Roda: A Celebration of Freedom
1 – 3 p.m.
Lake Merritt Pergola, 599 El Embarcadero

Juneteenth is a celebration of African-American freedom and achievement that encourages continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. In Oakland, as a tribute to the freedom of our ancestors, Bay Area capoeira schools will join together and perform capoeira inside a circle called a “roda” (ho-da). The capoeira performance will be led by three of the art’s top African-American teachers. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

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

Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) committee was chartered in 1995 to advise the City on the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and related issues. Meetings are held at City Hall the third Thursday of the month. Members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of any BPAC meeting. For more information, visit

Learn to Fly a Planetarium Show
6:15 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Become master of the universe! You and your date will fly a planetarium show into the vast and wondrous cosmos. Working with a Chabot planetarium technician, you’ll get an exclusive chance to be in the booth and control our planetarium computer flying through space. What better way to put the moon and stars in your sweetheart’s hands? Dinner is at 6:15 p.m., with the flying beginning at 7 p.m. at this 21+ event. Tickets are available here.

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.

Art in the Public Eye: A Presentation of Public Art
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue

Attend this lecture and learn about the ongoing efforts to make Oakland’s public spaces unique and engaging. Join Oakland Heritage Alliance for this event with Steven Huss, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Manager. The City’s commitment to enrichment through the arts is transforming our shared spaces. Mr. Huss will talk about the many exciting public art projects underway throughout Oakland, such as the Uptown Art Park, Oakland’s first and only 24/7 outdoor gallery and performance space; the BART Gateway Project, the largest commissioned art project in the City’s history; and new art installations for Lake Merritt, the Estuary Channel and neighborhood parks. Tickets are available here.

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 Councilmember and Community Policing Officers know about neighborhood concerns and engage them in helping the neighborhood. Visit for updated agenda items, general information, or to get on the mailing list for future meetings.

To list an event for June 20 – 26, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, June 17.

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