This week isn’t just festive, it boasts multiple festivals of various kinds, including great food, terrific music, and even one where you can bring your dog to a museum. (No, really.) Enjoy!

Friday, August 8

Dancing Under the Stars: Argentine Tango
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Food of Broadway, Jack London Square

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

Saturday, August 9

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

Urban Cycling 101 Workshop
10 a.m. – noon
Tassafaronga Recreation Center, 975 85th Avenue

Learn basic rules of the road, how to share the road with cars on busy streets, how to equip your bicycle, lock your bike, fit your helmet, and avoid crashes by riding predictably and visibly, and communicating with other road users by your actions and signals. This free workshop is for adults and teens, with no bike needed. Register here.

Pass the Peace Music Festival
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
McClymonds High Parking Lot, 2607 Myrtle Street

The McClymonds Youth and Family Center celebrates their second annual “Pass the Peace” Music Festival and would love to see you at the event. Please bring your friends, family, organizations, and help spread the word.

Dog Days of Summer at Chabot
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Dogs are performing feats of amazing science every day. Join us in celebrating our furry best friends and their people at our Dog Days of Summer Festival. Delight and explore the science around the things that dogs do and love, from training, sleeping, and exercise to play and nutrition. Be inspired with demonstrations and activities that include keynote speaker Rich Avanzino (President of Maddie’s Fund), the United States Coast Guard and Canine Circus, plus a doggie spa, pet portraits, fashion show, raffles and much more! Get ready for a day of doggone fun! Dogs are welcome.

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, start-ups 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. Jack of All Trades will take place on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors can bike, ferry or drive to Jack London Square. For additional information on Jack of All Trades, visit

Laurel World Music and Food Festival
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
MacArthur Boulevard and 35th Avenue

Head to the Laurel District for the neighborhood’s 15th annual Laurel Street Fair! Year to year, the event draws upwards of 8,000 people, and continues to raise the bar for some of the best music, crafts, fashion shows and food vendors of any neighborhood festival.

“Maisha Di Nzuri / Life is Good” Sunset Boat Cruise
7 – 11 p.m.
On Board Bay Celebrations, Foot of Broadway

Set sail with Bay Celebrations as they dance wildly into new but comfortable horizons, casting worries onto rugged shores. The celebration will be hosted by Ms. Candi. with DJs Cecil, Diaztek, and Son of Son, percussionists Soul Mojo & Saad Boogie, and a Yemaya dance tribute by the Black Gold Ensemble, featuring Shari, Halima, and Shawna. This is a limited-capacity 21+ event. For tickets and more information, visit

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

Yoshinobu Takeda, a.k.a. Takezo, was born in Kagawa, Japan, and grew up in Kyoto. Takezo began singing in bands and composing music at the age of 12. Among his earliest influences were American movie soundtracks, The Beatles, and Otis Redding. His instincts brought him to San Francisco to pursue a career in music. Since then, he has performed as a rhythm and blues singer/guitarist. Musicians are: Takezo, guitar/vocals; Chris Burns, piano; Karl Severeid, bass; and Larry Vann, drums. For more information and to make reservations, visit

Sunday, August 10

Artist’s Reception for Out of the Blue
Noon – 4 p.m.
Free Oakland UP, 2809 MacArthur Boulevard

In her exhibition Out of the Blue, Lin Green explores the giving economy and presents a new socially engaged artwork. Out of the Blue is a participatory art installation that encourages patrons to become actively involved in the art process. By bringing in a small, blue-colored object to add to the collection, community members begin to see the work emerge. Lin believes that really beautiful things are more than a sum of their parts, and collectively, we have something important to share with each other. Words and pictures do not teach–experience does–and it is through this process we find deeper meaning. The phases of this work can be followed at

James Penner Dicusses and Signs Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

The first collection of Timothy Leary’s writings during his years researching LSD and psilocybin between 1960 and 1965 features essays from the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment, coauthored with Richard Alpert and other psychedelic research visionaries.

Monday, August 11

Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

It is recommended to confirm the date and location at For additional information, call (510) 238-3941 or visit

Tuesday, August 12

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

F. M. Smith Park Advisory Council Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
F. M. Smith Park, 1969 Park Boulevard

Have questions or want more information? Contact Lisa at or Center Director Lois Gomes at, or visit

Wednesday, August 13

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.: Operations Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m.: External Affairs Committee Meeting
6 p.m.: Board of Directors Meeting

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
4:30 p.m.
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission reports and makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council on Office of Parks and Recreation policies. It consists of 11 seats, appointed by the Mayor and Council to represent the citizens of Oakland. The public is welcome to attend the Commission’s monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month except for August. Please call the Director’s office, (510) 238-7532, to confirm meetings in case of cancellation or change of venue. For more information, click here.

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

Manzanita 18Y NCPC Meeting
6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Salvation Army, 2794 Garden Street

For more information, please contact NSC Edith Guillen at (510) 238-7159 or

Sing-Along Cinema: The Wizard of Oz
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn

Enjoy an evening of song, dance and movie classics on the waterfront with free outdoor screenings of popular musicals. This lively film series will screen fan favorites on special evenings at sundown. Cinemagoers are invited to show up in costume, dressed as their favorite characters, and sing along to their favorite songs. Come join the fun and a little bit of madness at this starry night sing along!

Thursday, August 14

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.

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, visit or email

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, please visit the website below, or email For more information, visit

To list an event for August 15 – 21, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, August 12.

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  1. Kasper

    For those looking for some daytime fun on Monday, August 18, the Formula One race car will be Infiniti of Oakland on Broadway and 27th.


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