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Free Zumba

July 27, 2010
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Special Event-FREE ZUMBA class this Wed. 7/28 at 6:30pm
Joaquin Miller Park-CASCADES  3450 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, CA
we will ZUMBA in beautiful Cascade park area as part of The Hidden Jewels of Oakland Splendor Tour bring friends and family, all kinds of activities. 6-8pm. www.zumba.com Teacher Nanette Vides

My Bart- great for fun and free

July 26, 2010
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I Heart My Bart.  I found this website when if first appeared on the internet and have been getting the weekly emails ever since.  It’s a great resource for Fun and Free things to do in the 510 and everywhere else and they tell you how to get there, how great is that?  They even have free contests and i’ve won a couple of things so follow them on twitter or sign up for their email.  www.mybart.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival

Pavilion Theater, Jack London Square
98 Broadway
Oakland, CA

The Oakland Underground Film Festival in partnership with Jack London Square presents an exciting spring and summer series of films, performances, and art installations. Join them in the 33,000 square-foot waterfront Pavilion Theater (formerly a bookstore) to enjoy some of the very best local filmmakers, projection and installation artists, musicians, and surprise guest speakers:

Friday July 30, 2010 � Tracey Snelling
7:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Fremont Festival of the Arts

Closest BART Station: Fremont

7/31/10 – 8/1/10
Paseo Padre Parkway, between Mowry and Walnut Avenues
Fremont, CA

The Fremont Festival of the Arts features much to see and do. Enjoy a meal from one of the different food booths, or shop in the ever popular Gourmet Marketplace.

You will find over 700 artists exhibiting upscale arts and crafts pieces, including photography, paintings, jewelry, wood carvings, clothing, sculptures and more.

The ever popular Kid City is back! Kids will be delighted with live entertainers such as magicians, jugglers, and dance troupes as well as traditional carnival rides.

For those who just want to sit back, relax, and listen to music, the Festival features three stages with musical acts that span from rock to blues to soul to country. Enjoy free music on two stages at the Fremont Festival of the Arts. Don’t miss The Rising, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, and Zoo Station, a U2 tribute band!

10 am – 6 pm

Getting There:
Take BART to the Fremont station and exit, walking west (away from the hills). You’ll pass through the Gateway Plaza (with the NAZ Cinema and the Army recruiting office. Follow the signs that will be posted.

Asian Art Museum Free First Sundays

Closest BART Station: Civic Center


Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94102

“Target First Free Sundays”�free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day�is made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed.

Admission to Shanghai is only $5 on Target First Free Sundays; Children, Youths, and Asian Art Museum members enjoy free admission.

10:00am – 5:00pm

Getting There:
The museum is located 1 block west of the Civic Center station. Leave the station by the Grove Street exit. Proceed upstairs to street level. Walk one block north on Hyde to Fulton. Make a left on Fulton. Walk one block west (toward City Hall) on Fulton to Larkin. Make a right on Larkin. Enter the museum at 200 Larkin Street.

Oakland Museum of California – First Sundays FREE

Closest BART Station: Lake Merritt


Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @ 10th Street
Oakland, CA
Phone: 510 238 2200

First Sundays are FREE days at the Oakland Museum of California.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people.

11am – 5pm

Getting There:
One block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Park St Art and Wine Faire

July 22, 2010
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Fun for the whole family.   Art • Crafts • Food • Beer, Wine and Mimosas • 2 Music Stages • Kids’ Area Pony Rides • Petting Zoo • Shuttle Trolleys Rides*
In Alameda on Central and Santa Clara, between Broadway and Grand Street, from 11AM to 6PM http://www.shopparkstreet.com/artwine.html

Buy One Get One

July 21, 2010
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The Benicia Fine Art and Jazz Festival has a buy-one, get-one free coupon available online for its third annual event.

The festival will be July 24-25 in downtown Benicia. It will include live performances by jazz musicians on two stages, a juried fine art marketplace, gourmet foods, regional wines and microbrews and an alley for children’s art and activities.

Daily general admission tickets are $8 and weekend passes cost $12. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanying a paid adult; seniors 65 and older are $5. The buy-one, get-one free admission coupon is available at www.beniciamainstreet.org.

Oakland Hidden Gem

July 20, 2010
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Friday July 23   (12 noon – 1pm)
Kaiser Center Roof Garden Concerts
Bay Island Ramblers
The concerts are FREE and open to the public!
Bring your lunch and have a picnic while enjoying the beautiful grounds of the Kaiser Center Roof Garden!
300 Lakeside Drive

Last Sunday Fest

July 19, 2010
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LastSundaysFest is set to open on July 25!
Berkeley’s Telegraph LastSundaysFest features two stages, one spotlighting up-and-coming and well known Bay Area bands and a second outdoor cafe stage presenting smaller groups and individual performers that you can watch while dining. Telegraph will be closed to traffic from Dwight to the Durant in Berkeley from 12-7 p.m. for shopping, strolling, and festivities.
Crafts vendors and other exhibitors will line the street with a special mechanical bull ride with contests for prizes. We will have our “Trek Telegraph” activity where fair attendees can win gift certificates worth thousands of dollars from telegraph merchants. First prize is a free flight lesson from Oakland Flyers.
Live music will be continuous on two stages from 12-7 p.m. with some of the Bay Area’s best DJs appearing as well. Our second fair will be on August 29 and will feature more great events and music.
For more information, visit LastSundaysFest.com

You like science, don’t cha

July 16, 2010
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UC Berkeley Campus
Genetics and Plant Biology Building, Room 100
Berkeley, CA

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free, public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences.

Doors open thirty minutes before the talk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each talk is planned to last an hour, including time for at least a few questions at the end. Admission is free and no science background is required.

This Month’s Topic:
Prof. Bruce Buffett on “Planetary Magnetic Fields”.

“Many of the planets in the solar system have internally generated magnetic fields. All of these fields are produced by the motion of an electrically conducting fluid in the interior, although the details vary from planet to planet. Historical observations of the magnetic field on Earth show that the field is continually changing on time scales as short as a few years. Earth’s magnetic field also exhibits spontaneous polarity reversals, which cause the north and south magnetic poles to flip. The mechanism for reversals is not well understood, but geological records suggest that the onset of reversals is accompanied by a sudden reduction in the field strength. A strong field re-emerges from the interior as the new polarity is established. In this presentation I will discuss the origin of planetary magnetic fields. I will also speculate about the current decline in Earth’s field, which has prompted some researchers to suggest that the field is entering the next reversal.”

Summer Wine and Jazz Stroll

July 15, 2010
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The last Jazz & Wine Event was such a huge success, the district would like to have a summer one. The turnout for May’s Jazz & Wine Stroll drew at least 500-600 people out on the Avenue.

The summer event will be on Friday night, July 16th from 5:00-9:00pm

Arts the Target

July 14, 2010
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Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Bay Target Arts & Wonder Saturday 7/17/2010 from 10am to 5pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Bay Target Free First Sundays 1st Sunday of the month www.asianart.org

Free Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco Bay Target Arts & Wonder Sunday 7/18/2010 from 11am to 4pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free

de Young Museum, San Francisco Target Arts & Wonder Friday 7/16/2010 from 5 to 8:45pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free

Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco Target Arts & Wonder Sunday 7/18/2010 from 11am to 4pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , San Francisco Target Arts & Wonder Sunday 7/18/2010 from 11am to 4pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco Target Arts & Wonder Sunday 7/18/2010 from 11am to 3pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free

ZEUM, San Francisco Target Arts & Wonder Sunday 7/18/2010 from 11am to 4pm http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target Free

Power Hula, not free but definately Fun!

July 12, 2010
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Next session July 15 – August 19

Thursday evenings 6:15- 7:15pm

Spring into ACTION with Power Hula

6 classes for $65 (includes one make-up session)

Unlike any other fitness class, Power Hula is a fusion of hula basics and over 40 minutes of muscle conditioning that will help you improve both your dance posture as well as your overall physical health. The use of stability balls, resistance bands, medicine balls and dumbbells, along with isolation exercises will take your dancing, and your fitness strength, to the next level! During this hour you will be inspired to groove to the energetic sounds of Polynesian techno and the pulsating rhythmic drum-beats of kahiko (ancient) chants and mele (music). Whether you’re new to hula, experienced only in a few simple dance steps, or feel as if you have no rhythm whatsoever, you are sure to get a great workout no matter what your background!

For those who want more than just an “exercise class” we can work together to build a support system and help you set a personal goal, whether it be to strengthen your hula hips, fit into your favorite pair of jeans, or lose a few pounds for that special occasion. Like many of you I too have struggled and continue to battle with my weight so I know the challenge and understand the the amount of energy required to just be marginally healthy, but in me there is an endless reservoir of compassion and I promise to be your biggest cheerleader!

Space is limited so sign up early
Maximum capacity – 15 students

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