Every week in the rainy season I think I won't have enough interesting events for listing, and every week I end up with more than I have time to process. Get out there and enjoy Oakland and help make it better!
Dinner and Bikes - Wednesday, March 28, 7:30-9pm. Join East Bay Bike Coalition for an evening of dinner and bicycle inspiration at Arbor Cafe in Temescal. ($5-$10) SOLD OUT - limited tickets for people who join EBBC at the door
Beyond Emancipation fundraiser Wednesday, March 28, 5-9pm Dine out and help foster youth succeed and thrive. Italian Colors will generously donate a percentage of your dinner bill to support Beyond Emancipation's programs for current and former foster youth in Alameda County.
Tribune Forum on Education - Thursday, March 29, 3:30-5:15pm. A public forum on the recent Oakland Unified School District changes, including new 11-month positions and requiring more teachers to apply to stay at their current position. Katy Murphy of The Education Report will be moderating; panelists include superintendent Tony Smith; OEA president Betty Olson-Jones; several Oakland teachers and at least one student. (free)
Cesar Chavez Youth Day Garden Festival - Sunday, April 1, 11am-3pm. Celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the farm worker struggle, and youth empowerment, with food, art, music, and more. Festival put on by Phat Beets Produce and sponsored by People's Grocery, Planting Justice and Children's Hospital. (free)
looking further ahead:
Author Anne Lamott Appearing in Montclair - Wednesday, April 4, 7pm. Anne Lamott and her son Sam (featured in Operating Instructions) discuss their new book, Some Assemby Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son. (free; more info)
Book Sale by FOPL - Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8. Books 50% off for members on Thursday (you can join that morning), and 30%-50% off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (website)
Oakland Veg Week - April 15-21. Thought about eating vegetarian? Oakland Veg Week will have a variety of events to introduce people to the idea. (website)
4th Annual 24 Hour Film Challenge - April 21-22. The East Bay Express' annual 24 hour film challenge. Teams pick up the topic, then have 24 hours to shoot, edit and produce the film. Sponsored by Actual Cafe, Trumer Pils, and the Oakland Underground Film Festival.
10 Connect :: group art show - April 13-May 25. Exhibition of the remarkable work of ten artists who helped pave the way for a distinctive, flourishing arts community in Jingletown. Opening reception April 13. (free)
Herbal First Aid - Sunday, April 22, 1-3pm. Learn bike-portable first aid remedies for common biking-related ailments. Two hour workshop at Homespun Bikes ($20-$30)
California Preservation Conference - May 3-6. The California Preservation Foundation's annual conference is being held in Oakland this year. There are ton of related tours and events of interest to historians and Oaklanders alike.