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August 3-9 Oakland Political & Community Events

2 Aug

Tuesday, August 4th – National Night Out

The “26th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This year, there nearly 400 NNO events in Oakland will provide opportunities for Oaklanders to meet neighbors and enjoy an evening out in Oakland. You can search for an event in your neighborhood at the NNO’s website.

Wednesday, August 5th – Oakland Builders Alliance Summer BBQ Mixer

Come to the OBA Summer BBQ Mixer and meet others in the building trades and professions. Enjoy a delicious Bar B Q meal, compliments of Brian Garrett, President of Community Bank of the Bay, while you share information about contracting and development opportunities in Oakland! The BBQ will be on Wednesday August 5th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at The Community Bank of the Bay at 1750 Broadway. To RSVP Call Erin Cusick: 510-437-9620 ext.4. Entrance is free to all members and a $10 donation is recommended for all non-members. RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 5th – Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Every month, the Central Committee meets to discuss party business and to make plans for the future of the Democratic Party in Alameda County. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Democratic Party, this is a great way to do so. The meeting will be held from 7-9pm in the San Leandro Main Library, Dave Karp Room, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577.

Thursday, August 6th – Jack London Square Waterfront Flick Outdoor Movie Night

Jack London Square is showing nautical themed films all summer long, featuring Big Fish this week. Guest speakers and trivia games begin at 7:30 PM. At nightfall, favorite movies will be shown on giant screens. Diners may enjoy restaurant specials, as well as take away meal boxes. Special guests: Oakland Barracuda Aquatics. The movie will be shown at 8pm on the East Lawn of Jack London Square. Find out more details at the JLS events page.

Friday, August 7th– East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party

The East Bay Express is throwing a party to celebrate the winners of the Best of the East Bay. I didn’t make it to the party last year, but I heard it was packed and tons of fun. The main stage will feature Superfinos VTO, The Thrill of it All, Mystic Rage, Swann Danger, Souls of Mischief, C U Next Weekend (Shampu), Dizzy Balloon, Social Unrest, Fracas, and Goapele. There will also be a Kids Party Zone, film screenings, dance, theater, live art making, tattoo art exhibition, fashion shows, contact sports and professional wrestling ring, outdoor village of food, drinks, artists, retailers, and nonprofits, and much, much more. The party runs from 5 p.m.-midnight at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street. It’s free, and all ages are welcome. You can get there via many AC Transit lines, Lake Merritt BART, or by bike, complete with valet bike parking, courtesy of East Bay Bicycle Coalition. Check out the party’s blog for much more info.

Friday, August 7th– Art Murmur

Check out the monthly evening of art gallery shows and entertainment in Uptown. Read my review of the art murmur here. The Art Murmur runs from 6-10pm but individual art gallery times vary. The galleries are mostly located in Uptown, between Broadway and Telegraph, and Grand and 29th. Check out the Murmur’s website for more info.

Saturday, August 8th – 10th Annual Laurel Street Festival

This Saturday, the Laurel District will transform into a pedestrian zone to host thousands of Laurel residents and visitors from the greater Bay Area. The festival will showcase live music and performances highlighting some of the greatest Bay area and local talents, a street fair with over a 100 vendors, street art, gourmet food booths, family fun at the Kid’s Zone featuring games, activities for children of all ages and showcases more than 100 retail, service and restaurant establishments in Oakland’s own Laurel District.The Laurel Street Festival attracts over 5000 attendees annually. The festival will be held from 1-6pm on MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and High. See the music lineup and find more info at the festival’s website.
Saturday, August 8th – 4th Annual Urban Wine Experience

At the Urban Wine Experience, fourteen urban wineries will be pouring more than 50 different local wines. Participating wineries include: Adams Point, Andrew Lane, Aubin Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Eno Wines, Irish Monkey, JC Cellars, Periscope Cellars, Prospect 772, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wines, Rosenblum Cellars, Tayerle Wines, Two Mile, Urban Legend and Urbano Cellars. Each winery has partnered up with a restaurant to offer food pairings with their wines. Participating food purveyors include: Adagia Restaurant, Angela’s Bistro, Asena Restaurant, Bellanico, Bucci, E’Era Una Volta, Culina, E-22 Café, Fabrique Délices, Levende East, Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Pappo, SavoryCook Special Event Catering, Whole Foods, Zza’s Trattoria, Enoteca & Catering. The event will be held from 2-5 pm at Jack London Square Ferry Terminal. Tickets are $45 online and $60 at the door. You can purchase tickets and find more info at the event’s website.

May 11-16 Oakland Political & Community Events

11 May

There is a LOT going on this week, particularly on Thursday, when there will be events throughout the morning, day, and night. I hope to see you at some of these events.

Monday, May 11th – Get Out the Vote with the East Bay Young Dems

EBYD is teaming up with Oakland Rising, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Just Cause, Urban Habitat, and EBASE to defeat Props 1D and 1E.  Come phonebank with us on Monday, May 11 at the Ella Baker Center (344 40th Street, Oakland).  Training at 5:30pm, phoning for justice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and cocktails to follow at Marc 49 in Temescal.

Wednesday, May 13th – Special City Council Meeting to Discuss Dellums’ Budget Proposal

Last week, Dellums unveiled his budget proposal, and this week we’ll get to find out what the City Council thinks about it. For background, I highly recommend checking out V Smoothe’s coverage of the budget, which is really the only in depth budget coverage you’ll find anywhere. The meeting will be held from 4-7pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, May 14th – Bike to Work Day

Though I don’t bike in Oakland, and Bike to Work Day makes me feel lame, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t celebrate. There is a ton going on. Via the City of Oakland:

All eight Oakland City Council members are scheduled to bike downtown for Oakland’s 16th Bike to Work Day celebration at City Hall, Thursday, May 14, 2009. They will be joined by Nate Miley, Vice-President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Over five hundred bicycle commuters are expected to ride in for the annual affair, which features an assortment of enticements for those participating, including:

  • Pancake breakfast (7-9am), courtesy Palapas Taco Bar, Tully’s Coffee and Whole Foods Market
  • Club One Day Pass for showers
  • All-day valet bike parking, courtesy of East Bay Bicycle Coalition (7am-6pm)
  • Bike mini-tune-ups, courtesy of Bay Area Bikes and Wheels of Justice Cyclery
  • Canvas bag with goodies and bicycling/transit info
  • Raffle with 18 great prizes including round-trip tickets for two to Santa Barbara on Amtrak
  • Displays on low-impact commuting, bicycle-friendly projects and programs, and sustainable transportation and land use, including AC Transit bus-bike rack demonstrations
  • Press conference (8:30am) with remarks by Council Members and Supervisor Miley
Find out more at Oakland’s Bike to Work Day site.

Thursday, May 14th – BART Board Meeting on the Oakland Airport Connector

After you grab a pancake breakfast in front of City Hall, head Uptown to to the BART Board meeting to speak out against the wasteful rail Oakland Airport Connector and in favor of a rapid bus solution.

Please join us at the BART Board meeting to reclaim transit funding for BART, AC Transit, and other Bay Area transit agencies and to secure a project that make sense for the region:

What: BART Board Meeting on the Oakland Airport Connector

When: Thursday, May 14th @ 9am (TransForm recommends showing up by 8:30 if you’d like to get a seat in the Board room; if not, there is an overflow room.)

Where: Kaiser Center – Third Floor, 344 20th Street in Oakland

If you cannot make it to the meeting, but want to tell the BART directors how you feel, please send an email via TransForm’s action page. You can find a pre-written message there, but I encourage you to take the time to personalize the email, as non-form letters are always more effective.

For more information, check out my post about the meeting and TransForm’s RapidBART proposal.

Thursday, May 14th – Mix It Up East Bay
Join us for a monthly happy hour bringing together young activists, organizers and leaders in the East Bay. In honor of Bike to Work Day, this month’s event will focus on alternative means of transportation. Speakers include:

  • Rocky Fernandez, President, AC Transit Board of Directors
  • Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)
  • Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO)

Please note the new location for 2009.Mix It Up East Bay is held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm at Shashamane at 2507 Broadway. It’s accessible by 19th Street BART station or by AC Transit lines 1/1R, 51, 59.

Thursday, May 14th – The Oakland Builders Alliance Presents at Night at the Fox with Don Perata

The Oakland Builders Alliance presents “An Eye on the Oakland Mayor’s Race” with former Senator Pro Tem and Mayoral Candidate Don Perata at the historic Fox Theater.  This event is sponsored by OBA members PG&E and Architectural Dimensions. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30pm at the Historic Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue. RSVP via Facebook.

Friday, May 15th – 3rd Annual Oakland Indie Awards

The Oakland Indie Awards are hotter than ever this year!  Join us at The Crucible on Friday, May 15th as we celebrate Oakland’s innovative, socially- and environmentally-responsible businesses and artists. Winners will be announced at the event—come help us celebrate! You’ll get to taste Oakland wine, beer, chocolates, teas, baked goods, dips, sauces, tapas and so much more! Talk to hundreds of other Oakland lovers, and chill to Oakland tunes. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, 1260 7th Street. Tickets are $20 and you can find out more at the Indies website.

Saturday, May 16th – TransForm’s 12th Annual Summit
WINDFALL FOR ALL: Saving Our Economy, Pocketbooks, and Planet with World-Class Public Transportation and Walkable Communities

This year, the Summit will focus on the critical role of transportation and land use in the health of our economy, pocketbooks, and planet – and highlight solutions that can help on all three fronts. Between the devastated stock market, unemployment rates, and impending climate doom, it’s a wonder any of us get out of bed in the morning. But we do – and it’s because we sense that all three of these challenges can be addressed by the very things we’re working for: world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. The summit will be held from 8:30am-4:00 pm at Laney College 900 Fallon Street. Registration is $25 and more info can be found on TransForm’s website. This event is accessible by Lake Merritt BART station or by AC Transit lines 11, 13, 14, 15, 35x, 36x, 40, 59, 62, 82.

May 4-10 Oakland Political & Community Events

3 May

Monday, May 4th – BART Police Department Review Committee Meeting

You might have heard that the BART Police Department Review Committee had been holding secret meetings, but luckily Sweet Melissa called them on this and now they’re announcing their meetings. Well, announcing the times and locations, but they’re still not providing any further info in the form of an agenda or even a general description. So you’ll just have to head down there to find out what they’re talking about. The meeting is at 10am in the BART Board Room, which is located in the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, Third Floor, 344 20th St., Oakland

Tuesday, May 5th – Oakland City Council Meeting

On Tuesday, the Council will be considering approving the surface parking lot in Uptown and we need your help to stop it. Check out the full action alert here. Oh, and they’ll be discussing some other issues too. They’re done voting on the special election tax measures so now they’re moving on to discussing other ways to get money, mostly in the form of federal stimulus funds. 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 7pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Wednesday, May 6th – Young OBA Mixer

The Oakland Builders Alliance now has a younger arm and they are holding their first mixer this Wednesday. According to their Facebook page, “This will be a special opportunity to meet with young professionals like yourself interested in the future of Oakland.” They’re holding the event at Somar, which I’ve yet to check out so I’ll likely be stopping by for a drink before BARTing to the County Democratic Central Committee meeting. You should stop by too from 5:30-7:30pm at Somar, 1727 Telegraph Avenue. For more info and to RSVP, see the Facebook event or check out V Smoothe’s post about it.

Thursday, May 7th East Bay Young Dems’ First Annual Awards Gala

East Bay Young Dems is holding our first awards gala this week, honoring Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. I’ve personally invested a lot of time and energy into this event, and I would love it if you could make it to the party on Thursday. If you’ve attended or heard about an EBYD event, then you know we know how to throw incredible parties, and this one will be no different. So join us on Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm at Swarm Studios & Gallery, 560 2nd Street in the Jack London Square neighborhood. For more info and to RSVP, head over to Facebook.

Sunday, May 10th – Visit Chabot Space & Science Center or Oakland Museum of California for Free

This is awesome – on Mother’s Day, the Koret Foundation is sponsoring several Bay Area museums to offer free admission. And two of the museums offering free entry are in Oakland – Chabot Space & Science Center and the Oakland Museum of California. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day activity, this sounds like the perfect opportunity. Chabot is open from 11am-5pm and is located at 10000 Skyline Boulevard. Oakland Museum of CA is open from 12-5pm and is located at 1000 Oak Street.

V Smoothe, Rebecca Kaplan, Ignacio De La Fuente, oh my!

2 Dec

The Oakland Builders Alliance has a great speaker lineup for its holiday party and one year anniversary celebration tomorrow night: V Smoothe of A Better Oakland, Rebecca Kaplan, Ignacio De La Fuente, and Alex Gronke from Oakbook.

Check out A Better Oakland for all the details, and I’ll see you there tomorrow.