By Gene Anderson
The big events coming up are around Day of the Dead, with the biggest of those being the Dia de los Muertos celebration in the Fruitvale, but there's the finale for OMCA Summer Nights, the Hellaween Fun Run and more!
Peralta Junction - Popup in West Oakland - weekends through Dec. 15, with events Thursday through Sunday. The empty space at Mandela Parkway and West Grand will be transformed into a creative community space filled with art and commerce. Art, food trucks, creative commons, and more.
Humblebee Grocery Pop-Up Farmstand - Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come for the last summer heirloom tomatoes and romanesco summer squash, with fall newcomers organic rome beauty and fuji apples and more!
Poetry Slam - Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. The poetry slam returns to Oakland, featuring Marc Marcel and with a open mic sessions. Cost: $5-$7
Fun and Volunteering at the Food Bank - Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Volunteer at the Alameda County Community Food Bank and help others. Wear a costume! Win prizes! With food from the Grilled Cheez Guy! Free
Summer Nights at OMCA Finale - Friday, Oct. 26, 5 to 11:45 p.m. The final Summer Nights program at the Oakland Museum. There's one-half price admission and a chance to check out their intriguing Day of the Dead displays. In keeping with the theme, there's a Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance lesson and the movie of the night is "Night of the Living Dead." Free with admission
Bike-In Movie: "The Kid with a Bike" - Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Join the East Bay Bike Coalition and Trumer Pils in Berkeley for a bike-in movie. There will be food trucks and more, and the first 125 people to join EBBC that night get a $10 food voucher. Cost: $5
Flash Mob Science at Chabot - Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a. m. to 10 p.m. Free admission to the Chabot Space and Science Center and free shuttle buses from Fruitvale BART. In addition to Chabot's interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and planetarium shows, there will be "flash mob science." Free
Hair Care Meet-Up - Sunday, Oct. 28. Ms. Nyota Starr Koya will feature various aspects of The Natural Approach Professional Style Concept. Resources on how not to lose you hair to cancer treatments. What types of products to use before, during and after-cancer treatments. There will be demos showing scarfs, wraps and hat wearing tricks and treats. All this for "Breast Cancer" Awareness Month.
Dia de los Muertos Festival - Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual Day of the Dead festival in the Fruitvale. Filled with live music, dancing, arts and crafts, international cuisine and more. Family-friendly and fun for people of all ages. Free
Moon Market in North Oakland - Sunday Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m. Pepples Vegan Donut Farm hosts a nighttime art market, with food, jewelry, art and more. Free
Noche de los Muertos - Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 to 9 p.m. A celebration for Day of the Dead with deep rooted Mexican traditions, Oakland style. A fundraiser for San Francisco Women Against Rape, with food by Tina Tamale, Fist of Flour Pizza, Boffo Cart, Oaktown Jerk and Big Wheel Cookie Co. Beverages by Linden Street Brewery and somaR Bar. Free
Ghost Investigation at Pardee Home Museum - Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. to midnight. Professional ghost investigator and author Karen Zimmerman and her staff will lead a series of searches for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. Cost: $50
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House at the Crucible - Saturday, Dec. 8, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m. The Crucible's annual art sale and tour. Free