August 17-23 Oakland Political & Community Events

17 Aug

Tuesday, August 18th – Community Meeting on Transit Corridors Hosted by STAND

STAND is hosting a meeting on Transit Corridors, asking what are they and how do they affect you. The focus will be on bus rapid transit (BRT) and transit corridor development. STAND nearly always opposes dense development so this should be a, well, interesting event. I encourage people who are pro-BRT and pro-transit oriented development to attend. The event will be facilitated by Jane Kramer (STAND) (Standing Together for Accountable Neighborhood Development), Mary Oram (BBTOP) (Berkeleyans for Better Transportation OPtions), and Dahn VanLaarz (STAND).  Invited Guests include AC Transit Board Members Greg Harper & Chris Peeples. The event will be held from 7-9pm at Temple Beth Abraham Social Hall, 327 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.

Thursday, August 20th – Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meets monthly to discusses bicycle and pedestrian issues. This month’s agenda covers Kaiser Hospital bike access issues, bike/ped safety, and the planning of an international delegation to Oakland by bike planners and elected officials. The BPAC is extremely inclusive – any Oakland resident who attends three consecutive meetings becomes a voting member of the committee – so if you’re interested in bike and ped issues, you should consider attending. The BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Friday, August 21st – Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square

Due to the success of Dancing Under the Stars, Jack London Square will offer an additional four-event series of free outdoor dance classes on select Friday nights through the end of September. Singles and couples alike can practice their sizzling salsa moves, learn new Latin dances like the Cha Cha, or do the Hustle while listening to disco. Live bands will add a new level of entertainment to the program. Novices and experienced dancers are all welcome to spend the evening dancing outdoors on Oakland’s celebrated waterfront.  No reservation is required, and all ages are welcome. Dancing Under the Stars will begin at 7:30 PM for professional dance lessons and 8:30 PM for open dance  at the foot of Broadway. This Friday, they’ll be teaching Swing.

Saturday, August 22nd – Oakland’s Second Kidical Mass

Hosted by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, this will be an opportunity to get to know families who get around Oakland by pedal power. Bring the kids on the the trail-a-bike, the trailer, the Xtracycle, on their own bikes or however you happen to make it work. No kids? No problem! Come out and share the joy of a casual social ride. Ride meets at Frog Park (Hardy St. & Claremont Ave) from 10-10:30am with expected departure about 10:45am. Destination is Lake Shore Park. Ride is about 3 miles – expect a leisurely pace and relaxed atmosphere. For more info and to RSVP, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Saturday-Sunday, August 22nd-23rd – Oakland Chinatown Streetfest

On August 22 & 23, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 22nd Annual Chinatown StreetFest. In celebrating the Year of the Ox, the Chinatown StreetFest will attract thousands of people from all over the Bay Area to come savor the taste of Asia, and to experience the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatown has so diligently preserved. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on three stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the Oakland Museum of California. The two-day event runs from 10AM to 6PM and is free to the public. Find more info at the event’s website.

Sunday, August 23rd – Oaklandish Radio Regatta

This summertime party is located at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House and includes DJ’s, food and beer, and free gondola rides. You can also go out for a spin on the Lake on other half-priced boat rentals. Bring your radio, because the event also features an FM microbroadcast so you can listen to the music while out on the water. This event is free for all ages and runs from 1-7pm.

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