We’ve all noticed what an eclectic place Oakland is. It’s not just the contrasts here, it’s the possibility of contrast and compliment that keeps us all so interested and engaged. A peek behind the scenes here at Oakland Local: Sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with a theme that links together all the events going on in a given week, but usually, there’s some common thread. This week, it’s half meetings, but the other stuff… How do you find a common theme for screenings of zombie movies by queer women of color, the Black Cowboy festival, kayaking, jazz vocal performance, cheesemaking and gardening classes, a book signing, an event for dogs and their people, and a lunar eclipse–except perhaps to say, “It’s all happening in Oakland?” That’s how it all comes together. Enjoy!

Friday, October 3

National Manufacturing Day
5:30 – 7 p.m.
520 Third Street

The City of Oakland, with partners Oakland Makers and BriteHub, will host a self-guided tour and reception to celebrate the rich history, current activity and bright future of manufacturing in Oakland. With Oakland’s central location, long history of industry and manufacturing, and continued resurgence in manufacturing-focused jobs and innovation, there is much to celebrate. Select Oakland manufacturers will be showcased through a self-guided tour stretching from Embarcadero West along the waterfront into West Oakland. The tour will provide an inside look at some of the city’s premier manufacturing facilities. Visit www.mfgday.com for more information on manufacturing in America and for a map showing hosted tour stops, which are growing by the day. The reception follows the tour.

Free Screening of Zombie-Themed Queer Women of Color Short Films
6 – 8 p.m.
The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

Sistah Sinema partners with First Friday Shorts at The New Parkway to screen a short film program entitled Zombie Love. Zombie Love will feature four queer women of color zombie-themed shorts: Outside, Book of Lilith, A Night In the Woods, and GoodNight My Love. The screening is free and open to the public as part of The New Parkway’s First Friday Shorts series. While discussions focus on queer women of color, all members of the queer community and allies are invited to attend.

Saturday, October 4

40th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street

Saddle up and bring the whole family to the 40th Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival! The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the festival begins at noon. Join Grand Marshall Pam Moore and special guest Oakland basketball legend Gary Payton and celebrate the history and contribution of Black cowboys in the American West. Groove to the sounds of Miko Marks, Aliyah Hall and Samba Funk, and visit the PG&E Black Cowboy Historical Exhibit. Enjoy pony rides, great food and more. Admission is free.

Sunset Kayak Trip
5:30 – 8:30 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. Launching from the dock at Jack London Square, 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 towards the mouth of the Oakland Estuary, or towards Alameda Island, taking in the quaint sights of this nautical community. You’ll stay warm and dry in cozy double sea kayaks, too. Click here to sign up.

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

Having just retired from teaching, Joel Fleisher rediscovered his joy in singing jazz and has launched himself on the next great segment of his life as a solo jazz vocalist, having come back to his musical roots. Recent performances have included the lounge at Yoshi’s, San Francisco and the Berkeley City Club. When you hear Joel, you’ll be glad he found his way home! Musicians are Joel Fleisher, vocals; Keith Saunders, piano; Ken Okada, bass; Peppe Merolla, drums; Calvin Keys, guitar; and Butch Haynes, drums. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, October 5

Quick and Easy Home Cheesemaking
11 a.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Join the San Francisco Milk Maid for a crash course on home cheesemaking. In two wonderful, action-packed hours, learn how to ferment fresh milk into fragrant farmers’ cheeses or fail-proof, super-healthy kefir. Learn which milk to use, what equipment you’ll need, how to get the most probiotic benefits, and best of all, how to enjoy your home dairy creations. Class price ($40) includes instruction, recipe sheet, in-class tasting and your own take-home fermentation project. Register here.

Barbara Rhine Signs and Discusses Tell No Lies
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Tell No Lies is a thriller and a romance set during the tumultuous California Farmworkers Movement of the 1970s. Three people are caught up in a passionate love triangle during one of the largest UFW marches in history.

Reverend Jacqueline Duhart Installed as Minister for Faith in Action
4 – 7 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street

For the past four years, Reverend Jacqueline Duhart has served her beloved community as the Assistant Minister of Community Engagement, working with passion and creativity to help build a radically inclusive church and expand the welcome table to all. She guides and nurtures the Faith in Action Ministry Teams and provides leadership for partnership with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Under her leadership, the church has deepened its commitment to countering oppression as an intentional multiracial, multicultural and multigenerational congregation. Mayor Jean Quan, representing the City of Oakland, will be attending Rev. Jacqueline Duhart’s installation to present a proclamation from the City in commemoration of this momentous occasion.

Tuesday, October 7

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

The Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of the month. For details, please call the OHA at: (510) 763-9218 or visit www.oaklandheritage.org.

Wednesday, October 8

Eclipsed in October
2 a.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

The observatory deck opens at 2 a.m. for a special presentation about the lunar eclipse, which should peak at around 3:55 p.m. Stay after the presentation for the late night viewing festivities. Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes. Tickets are available here.

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 www2.actransit.org/main.wu.

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 at  (510) 238-7532 to confirm meetings in case of cancellation or change of venue. For more information, click here.

Paws on the Square
5 – 7 p.m.
Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero

Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square! This month-long series will fill the Oakland waterfront with free tips, tricks and puppy pampering on Wednesday evenings, including doggy treats, pet psychics, educational pet programming, pet photos, Oakland Police Department K-9 demonstrations, patio pooch drink specials and more.

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 bex.ousd.k12.ca.us.

Fall and Winter Gardening in the East Bay
6:30 p.m.
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Bay Area favorite author Pam Peirce returns to Pollinate to share her edible gardening expertise! Despite the drought, our amazing climate means that we can eat from our gardens year ’round! Learn easy gardening strategies to maximize the use of any rainfall we may receive in the fall and winter months. Learn Pam’s secrets to timed plantings: what to plant now, and what to plant as we approach the end of the calendar year and into late winter. Pam will explain when to start seeds indoors or buy seedlings, what seeds to sow directly into beds, how to nurture soil that is used year round, the best veggie varieties for fall-into-winter growing, and what crops are best for winter-into-spring container gardens. Register here.

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 eguillen@oaklandnet.com.

Thursday, October 9

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 groups.yahoo.com/group/TemescalNeighborhood or email temescalfamilies@yahoogroups.com.

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 chair@rockridgencpc.com. For more information, visit www.rockridgencpc.com.

To list an event for October 10 – 17, send the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, October 7.

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