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Much as we thought we could stay on top of everything going on in this town, we realized we'd much rather be out doing the stuff than spending time on this machine posting it. To make up for our selfish ways, we offer a few leads to some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date Oakland happenings info:

Oakland Local:  Events  Local Blog Directory   Oakland Local is hands down the most far-reaching hub for Oakland events and interests. Loads of info in the events calendar, and the blog directory is a great way to connect with local folks interested in what goes on around town.

Mayor's Events Newsletter:  Sign Up   No matter what we think of Mayor Quan, her office puts together a solid weekly newsletter detailing many of the community and neighborhood events going on year-round. Read the rest of it at your own risk but this is one of the best sources around for ultra local event info--of course you want to know about the Dimond Park pancake breakfast!

East Bay Express: Events  Covers Oakland and beyond

Specific to tree plantings: The local Sierra Club chapter has been heading up a massive effort to plant street trees requested by Oakland homeowners. Since the City doesn't have the funding to get them planted, volunteers have been steadily chipping away at the backlog every Saturday morning. Get more info and sign up for location updates here--we've done it a few times and it's always a lot of fun getting dirty with Oaklanders all over town.

...if you know of other great sources for local event info please clue us in!

Whew It's Been A Minute!

We have just been too busy to keep up with posts--sorry Oakland! But there is so much good stuff going on this weekend that I had to take a second to post a little of it. Here we go:


Live Drawing Party
Actual Cafe, San Pablo & Alcatraz
6pm DJ, 7pm drawing

Watch awesome artists create one-of-a-kind works of art! Buy them while the ink is still wet! Observers are encouraged to talk to artists about their work while they're making it. Start or add to your art collection--these are extremely talented up and coming artists selling their work for insanely affordable prices!


Sauerkraut 101 Workshop
North Oakland Farmers Market, 57th & Market

Learn the basic of making Sauerkraut with this 2 hour hands-on demo. Bring a jar with a lid and a cutting board and knife. Ingredients will be available from the farmers at the market.

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12th Anniversary Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival
San Antonio Park, Foothill & 18th

Support your local artists, communities, and Eastside Arts Alliance--an inseparable trinity--at one of Oakland's most loved and home-grown events. Listen to live music, watch dancers and visual artists create magic, show your stuff on the graf courts or just soak up the love. FREE! For info on performers and other deets visit East side Arts Alliance.

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Undocu-murals: 67 Sueños (67 Dreams) Fruitvale Mural Fundraiser
La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley

We know this event is in Berkeley but it's all about our home turf. The Latino youth group 67 Sueños (67 Dreams), based in Oakland and comprised of mostly undocumented youth and allies who have chosen to speak out against the discrimination of undocumented Latinos and Latinas, is looking to raise $5,000 to paint a healthcare-related mural in the Fruitvale. See image above for a sneak preview!

For more info on the event and the group visit http://www.facebook.com/events/213113562127898/ and 67 Sueños.

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Murmurama! A Free Benefit for Oakland’s Art Murmur
7-10pm, all over downtown Oakland

Featuring an eclectic blend of local and regional artists showing in more than 16 local galleries and mixed-use spaces, benefiting Oakland's long-running and beloved 1st Friday Art Murmur.

For more info on artists & galleries visit http://oaklandartmurmur.org/calendar/murmurama.

Last updated: 18 May 2012

Tree Planting in KONO/Uptown

Saturday 2/11, 9am-1pm Meet at Telegraph & 27th

Help plant 33 trees for the Koreatown/Northgate Community Business District on Telegraph Avenue between 27th and 20th Streets. Meet at the KONO office inside the Sears Building. Trees and tools provided--donuts and coffee too!

Last updated: 10 February 2012

Garden Workday at St. Martin de Porres Elementary

pictureSaturday 2/ 11, 10am-2pm
41st Street at MLK near MacArthur BART station

Turn up for weeding, pruning, composting and maybe even light construction and painting. This workday is sponsored by OBUGS, they've got gardening gloves for you to borrow and light refreshments from the garden. Bring your water bottle and gardening clothes!

Last updated: 10 February 2012

Oakland Community Gardens Directory

picture Do you know of a community garden in your Oakland neighborhood? Grow Your Oakland is compiling a directory of local community gardens and we need your input!

At our Art & Soul booth last month we heard Oaklanders' consistent interest in local community gardens. Folks wanted to know where the gardens are in town and how they can get involved, but there are no comprehensive listings or other info to point them to. At the same time many people told us there were gardens existing or starting up in their neighborhoods--so we know they're out there. Wouldn't it be great to have complete resources for anyone interested in community gardening, so we can all easily find neighborhood gardens and start growing our own?

Let's do it! Let us know if there's an active or upcoming garden in your neighborhood, and hook us up with contact info for whoever's in charge if you've got it. We look forward to putting a directory together so we can make the most of Oakland's community gardening energy!

Last updated: 12 September 2011

Make a Real Difference! Buy a PhatBeets BeetBox!

picture This one simple food choice has positive impact that ripples out on many important levels:

1. fresh produce for you and your family
2. a sustainable living for small farmers
3. a viable local marketplace for the community
4. healthy options for families suffering from diet related disease

How does one BeetBox sign-up do all this? When you buy a BeetBox, this CSA (community supported agriculture) 'veggie box' generates a 'Beet Bucks' voucher for a family suffering from diet related disease, to be used at a North Oakland farmer's market. So you not only support small farmers and your health, you also support and sustain PhatBeets' clinic and community based farmers' markets, which provide affordable healthy food options for those who need them most. That's what we call a web of real change!

To learn more about PhatBeets and sign up for their extra-excellent BeetBox go to phatbeetsproduce.org.

Last updated: 13 January 2011

OBUGs Weekly Farmstand with Chef Maurice

picture Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGs) provides the fresh organic herbs & vegetables and Chef Maurice demos fun and healthy recipes weekly in West Oakland:

Mondays: 3:30-5:30 @ St. Vincent's Day Home,1086 8th Street
Wednesdays: 3:30-5:30 @ St. Martin de Porres Elementary School, 675 41st Street
Fridays: 3:30-5:30 @ Mohr 1 Housing, 741 Filbert Street

For more info visit www.obugs.org.

Last updated: 29 October 2010

San Antonio Art Installation by EastSide Arts Alliance Community

picture Munson Way Alley between E.15th and Foothill

Says EastSide: Please take a walk through Munson Alley Way below Garfield School, and check out the wonderful public artwork that the families of EastSide Arts Alliance and the San Antonio neighborhood have created. Art for the people by the people!

While you're at it sign up for EastSide's email newsletter--they have relevant, unique and entertaining programming that you need to check out!

Last updated: 05 February 2010

Community Gardening and Permaculture Classes at Merritt College

The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Program is an Oakland gem offering tons of interesting classes on a wide variety of gardening topics including urban food gardening and sustainable horticulture. Classes are affordable and taught by people who really know and love plants and gardening--worth every penny.

Go to the Horticulture Program's website for class descriptions, course schedules and directions to the gorgeous campus in the hills.

Last updated: 13 August 2010

Two New Farmer's Markets at Oakland Schools

OUSD has launched a new program of selling fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts and honey every week at local schools!

We're researching locations, so far we've got Melrose Leadership Academy and Manzanita Schools. Both happen every Wednesday, 12:45-4 pm. Melrose Leadership Academy is at 5328 Brann Street near MacArthur and 55th Avenue, and Manzanita Community School/Manzanita SEED is at 2409 E 27th Street near Fruitvale Avenue.

For a schedule of all Oakland Farmers Markets visit our downloads page and scroll down to the 'Oakland Farmers Markets' link.

Last updated: 13 December 2009

Neighborhood & Park Ongoing Clean-Up Walks

Join locals in keeping your hood looking good!

We'll be adding to this listing so check back regularly!

Allendale Park:

Meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays @ 38th Street between Nevil and Suter Streets, to clean up streets, tree wells and storm drains. Call Steve Reuss at 536-9551.

Dimond Park:

1. Wednesdays 3pm: Meet at the Pocket Park @ Lincoln & Champion.

2. Tuesdays & Fridays 8am: Meet in front of Dimond Library @ 3565 Fruitvale Ave. Contact krussell@russell-gordon.com to confirm. Also contact Kathleen to schedule your own weekly clean-up shift.

Anyone who participates gets two free pastries and drinks from La Farine!

Maxwell Park:

Daily clean up by Friends of Maxwell Park. Contact Nancy Karigaca at 436-6680.

Monthly Clean Up: Third Sunday of the Month, 9am.

Peralta Creek Park:

Meet the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, at the corner of Rettig and Wisconsin.

Last updated: 13 August 2010

Weekend Nights at Chabot Space & Science Center

Dinner, A Movie and the Universe--a great place to take a date! Chabot's unique evening social rendezvous has it all: dinner and drinks, flicks in in both theatres, and telescope viewing of the cosmos.

Every Friday and Saturday night, check the Chabot website for details and up to date schedule info.

Last updated: 20 January 2010

Got Extra Fruits & Veggies Growing In Your Yard?

Students working with PUEBLO and Cycles of Change will bike over to your house, harvest your extra edibles, and deliver them to Oakland's low income seniors.

For details or to arrange a harvest. contact Annie Burdett at 708-7010 or email pueblo@peopleunited.org.

Last updated: 20 January 2010

Grow Your Oakland seeks local artists & walk-lovers!

Are you a local artist whose work is influenced and informed by the complex and beautiful phenomenon that is Oakland? Or are you in possession of a favorite walk route you want to share? Grow Your Oakland seeks to feature Oakland-informed work by local artists and contributions to our Oakland Walks series. Contact us--let's do this thing!

Last updated: 20 July 2009

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