Monday, July 27th – Musical Mondays at Jack London Square – Lava
This summer, Jack London Square is holding a two month series of Musical Mondays. Jack London Square hosts live musical entertainment to enjoy while playing favorite board games. Check out chess, checkers, scrabble and much more. Build up an appetite and check out the prix fixe dinner menus that the JLS restaurants will feature to help you ease into another work week. This event will be held from 5:30-8:00 pm at the foot of Broadway in Jack London Square.
Tuesday, July 28th – Oakland City Council Meeting
No, this isn’t a typo – the Council is holding a special meeting at an earlier time this Tuesday, which will be the last until after recess, in September. This should be a particularly interesting meeting since there’s no consent calendar or ceremonial items, which means you should tune in at 5 if you don’t want to miss anything. The meeting will start off with a discussion of the Army Base, which alone could take hours. Then they’ll discuss the budget, budget, and more budget. But wait, haven’t they already passed a budget? Sure, they passed one a month ago, but things have gotten worse since then, and they’ll likely be dealing with the budget throughout the year. V Smoothe has a thorough (and thoroughly depressing) post up about the new proposals for budget cuts and revenue increases. See the full meeting agenda and check out my post about how to watch and understand City Council meetings if you need some guidance on how or where to view the meeting. The non-ceremonial parts of the meeting start at 5pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Tuesday, July 28th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Monthly Meeting
Summer is ON. Join us Tuesday for the next WOBO Volunteer Meeting, featuring a project to update the City’s inventory of over 250 paths and stairways. This presentation is a prelude to a month-long volunteer-led data-gathering project that will take place across the City during August. The collective inventory will assist the City in developing a sound, prioritized approach for fixing/maintaining these pedestrian resources. Come learn more about the project, how it works and how to get involved. (This project is a collaborative effort of Oakland Urban Paths, WOBO and the City of Oakland.) This meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training, 2301 Broadway, Suite B – enter on 23rd Street. For more info, visit WOBO’s website.
Thursday, July 30th – Special Election Campaign Party
With all four ballot measures passing, the Measure C Committee will be hosting a party to celebrate and to thank the volunteers who helped with the campaigns. All campaign committees and volunteers are welcome to attend. The party will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm, at Oakland Marriott City Center, at A.J. Toppers. RSVP by July 28 to Manette@oaklandcvb.com or 208-0526.
Thursday, July 30th – BART Police Department Review Committee Meeting
The BART Police Department Review Committee seeks public input on the Draft Model of Citizen Oversight for the BART Police Department. The draft model of Citizen Oversight will be posted on Monday, July 27 with the BART Board Notice of the Special Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Joseph P. Bort Metro Center Auditorium, 101 – 8th Street in Oakland (across from Lake Merritt BART Station).
Saturday-Sunday, August 1st-2nd – 2nd Annual Lakefest Street Festival
Lakefest ’09 will be the the second annual Lakeshore Avenue street festival. Lakeshore Ave will be turned into a pedestrian zone from Lake Park to Mandana to host this free community event featuring live music, artisans, merchant sidewalk sale, art installations, “green” businesses and non-profits, street performers, children’s fun zone. Lakefest will take place on August 1-2 (Sat. & Sun) from 10am to 6pm, in the Lakeshore Avenue Business District, Lakeshore Ave exit off of 580 Freeway (near Grand Ave and Lake Merritt). AC Transit lines 12 and 57 will get you there. For more information, visit www.oaklandlakefest.com.
Sunday, August 2nd – Health Care Forum
The Maxwell Park Neighborhood Association and the Obama Organizing for America will sponsor a Health Care Forum this Sunday. Speakers will include Judy Pope, Health Committee, Wellstone Democratic Club speaking for Single Payer Health Care; and Dr Sue Jacobson, Kaiser Physician, for Public Option, Obama health plan. Respondents will include community residents. Please attend to gain clarity around the current battle in Washington DC as well as plans for health reform here in California. Donation will be requested at the door to help pay the rental but nobody will be turned away. The forum will be held from 3-5 pm at The Space, 4148 MacArthur in the Laurel District one block from High Street.