There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a fabulous week! You’re probably supporting something wonderful and uniquely Oakland at the same time. Enjoy!

Friday, September 19

Eat Real Festival Begins
1 – 9 p.m.
Throughout Jack London Square

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. Free entry and no street food item costs more than $8, with all vendors featuring local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Additional hours of Eat Real are Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit

“Overjoyed” 80s and 90s Throwback Cruise
9 p.m. – midnight
Bay Celebrations Riverboat, Jack London Square, 1 Broadway

Enjoy the very best of the 80s and 90s, with Bay Area Sistah Sound’s DJ Zita and Pam the Funkstress, for a three-hour cruise aboard Bay Celebrations. Take in sparkling views of the Bay Area, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and more, while enjoying the best sounds of the 80s and 90s! Tickets for this 21+ event are available at

Saturday, September 20

Oakland Creek to Bay / California Coastal Cleanup Day
9 a.m. – noon
Courtland Creek (at the Brookdale cul-de-sac)

Join neighbors in the Courtland Creek Cleanup! Our little creek has usually been a part of Oakland Creek to Bay / California Coastal Clean Up. Visit for more information.

Black-Eyed Pea Festival
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street

The First Oakland Black-Eyed Pea Festival is a celebration of African and African-American culture using a cherished foodway as its theme. The Black-Eyed Pea Festival will feature musicians, including MJ’s Brass Boppers, Young Gifted and Black, the Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir, African-American Spirituals with Carmen Marshall, Bata Drumming with Omnira Institute, EMESÈ MotAD (African Traditional Dancing, Drumming and Singing), and Alvon Johnson, Blues Guitarist. The Festival will also include storytellers Kirk Waller, Paula Parker and Lynda Wright, craft vendors, and health and community resource information. Free Classes will be offered in meditation and yoga with Jamilah Bradshaw and Dr. Lorenzo Penn. Demonstrations will be given by the African-American Quilt Guild of Oakland, and African-American doll makers. Children will have an opportunity to make crafts with black-eyed peas. Black-eyed pea-themed dishes will be sold, and the Festival will feature a farmers market with Freedom Farmers Market of Oakland. For more information, go to

Block Party Kick-off for Downtown TAY
5 p.m.
420 3rd Street

The Health and Human Resource Education Center (HHREC) invites the community to the kick-off for Downtown TAY (Transitional Age Youth), for young adults and the greater community to meet and greet Downtown TAY Peer Leaders and Staff. Swing by for some live performances, youth empowerment, food, crafts, and purchase some local goods. Located in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Downtown TAY will work with youth 16-24 years of age by providing peer support groups, cultural workshops, Bay-Area field trips, gender-specific wellness groups, individual wellness coaching, and inter-generational activities. For more information, visit

Regina’s Door Grand Opening Soirée
5 – 7 p.m.
352 17th Street

Regina’s Door, a customer-service-oriented vintage boutique specializing in one-of-a-kind and beautiful vintage dresses and gowns from the Victorian Era to the 1980s, is the brainchild of Oakland native and award-winning playwright and poet Regina Y. Evans. Evans is the former owner of The Diva’s Closet Vintage Clothing Boutique in Sydney, Australia, which catered to a celebrity clientele. Her garments were seen at international events and awards shoes, as well as regularly featured in top fashion magazines. In addition to offering exquisite vintage items, Regina’s Door will also compassionately serve the Bay Area by partnering with Love Never Fails, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and protection of youth involved, or at risk of becoming involved, in domestic sex trafficking.” Evans is a modern-day abolitionist in the fight against sex trafficking and volunteers as the Public Relations Officer for Love Never Fails.

The Public Safety Ball
6 p.m.
The Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway

The Oakland Black Police Officers Association presents The Public Safety Ball, honoring the past, present and future members of the OBOA, and featuring  red carpet reception, photo ops and auction. All proceeds will benefit the OBOA Scholarship Fund. For additional information, contact Drennon Lindsey or Regina Harris.

The Starlight Gala
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Rotunda Building, 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza

The theme of this year’s gala is “The Future of Science Starts Here–NextGen Now: A Benefit for Science Education,” and features Honorary Gala Chair Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Join other Bay Area business, community and philanthropic leaders in supporting Chabot Space and Science Center’s work to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, innovators and global thinkers. Attire is black tie optional. Tickets are available here.

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

Mwanza Furaha is a gifted vocalist, actor, dancer, producer, instructor, and all-around entertainer. She has established herself as a skilled professional in an international career that has spanned over 50 years. She is a featured vocalist with the Plymouth United Church of Christ choir, she is on the Church Council co-chairing The Concert Production Ministry, and is the lead vocalist for Sacred Ground (a band with a purpose). She also teaches voice and performance development in her home studio. This is a show that you do not want to miss. Musicians are Mwanza Furaha, vocals; Michael McQuilkin, piano; David Daniel, bass; James Bailey, woodwinds; and Marty Garner, drums. For more information and to make reservations, visit

Sunday, September 21

Bike Tour: Oakland on Two Wheels
10 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Explore Oakland’s diverse and rich patchwork of neighborhoods by cycling through them with an experienced guide from OMCA. Choose from one of two tours: Downtown Tour
 or The Alameda Tour. Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. For more information and to make a reservation, email

OMCA Family Drop-In Workshop: Fun with Paint
Noon – 3 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Come paint in the OMCA Art Studio with Museum teaching artist Holly Turney to make your own masterpieces inspired by Frida Kahlo and other artists in the special exhibition Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California.

Tuesday, September 23

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

Locally Inspired: Beyond Farmer’s Markets, Local Grocery Stores Make Sense
6 – 8:30 p.m.
2139 MacArthur Boulevard

Hear how local and indie grocery stores enhance communities and make more sense than shopping at huge chains. Guest speakers include Dana Harvey, ED of Mandela MarketPlace, and a guest from Farmer Joe’s. Tickets are available here.

Wednesday, September 24

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

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

Paradise Lot: Growing an Edible Garden Oasis
6:30 p.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Jonathan Bates, owner of Food Forest Farm, and contributing author of Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, will show you how he transformed a blighted urban yard into an edible paradise. By using permaculture design, he’s created both beauty and abundance, meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health. Register here.

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.

Thursday, September 25

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.

Queer Trans Youth (QTY) Treehouse Kick-off
6 – 8 p.m.
1684 7th Street

Everyone is invited to the re-launch Kick-Off Party for the Queer Trans Youth (QTY) Treehouse. Treehouse a safe space for LGBTQIQ youth, ages 24 and under, in West Oakland. This event features games, food, and fun for all, and is open to the community.

MOJA: First Look
6 – 8 p.m.
2323 Broadway

The Museum Of Jazz & Art and Top Ten Social cordially invite you to their first lecture. In order to bring this vision to reality, community support is of critical importance. MOJA’s vision is to support the future growth of the jazz music and artist community in Oakland and beyond. Collaboration is their top priority to cultivate programs, curate the art and music that will meet the needs of preserving and expanding the growth of jazz music, while representing the rich history that is from Oakland. Complimentary refreshments from Numi Tea will be served for your enjoyment. Expect a beautiful room of intellectuals, professionals, and creative geniuses connecting–and it’s all about jazz, baby!

Rainbow Community NCPC Beat 27Y meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Eastmont Police Station, 2651 73rd Avenue

This active group focuses on eliminating blight and nuisances, and developing effective crime prevention strategies, in addition to community improvement efforts. Besides the planter boxes and mosaic at Bancroft and 48th Avenues, they have planted trees and organized neighborhood cleanups. Click here for more information.

To list an event for September 26 – October 2, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, September 23.

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