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7/11 Free Slurpee

July 10, 2010
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Free Slurpee at 7-11 on Sunday 7/11.  Go to any 7-11 on Sunday and you will receive a 7.11oz slurpee.  I personally love a coke and cherry combo, see you there.


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Boom Boom Pow

July 9, 2010
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This Saturday is Fireworks at the Oakland A’s. Tickets are expensive but if your frugal like I am you’ll look to Martin Luther King Jr Regional Shoreline park to see the fireworks live and in person, no ticket needed. The park, run by EBRPD is right across from the coliseum and is open until 10pm. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mlk

National Recreation and Parks Month- Fun and Free for All!

July 8, 2010
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July is National Recreation and Parks month and the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation is celebrating by hosting events throughout the City! With open houses at each of its recreation centers and free Swim days at City Pools, July is heating up to be a great Free and Fun month.  Visit http://www.oaklandnet.com/parks/programs/nrpm_coe.asp for the listing of activities.  Included with these activities is a Free Movie Night this Friday July 9th at the Redwood Heights recreation center.  This friday they are playing one of my personal favorites The Princess Bride.  Food and drink are available for a donation that supports the City of Oakland scholarship fund.

Row Row Row Your Boat

July 8, 2010
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Lake Merritt Rowing Club plays host to the SW Masters Regional this Sunday July 11th.  It appears 64 races will take place throughout the day Sunday.  If you’ve driven by the lake you’ve noticed what appears to be floating keg cups.  That’s the new course for the race.  So grab your lawn chair and a picnic basket and head on down.  Look like best viewing will be along Lakeshore Ave, but races will be running along the Lakeside Dr finger too.

Jack of All Trades -Lots happening again in the Square

July 7, 2010
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July 8 – Thursday
Waterfront Flicks | JULIA & JULIA
7:30 PM
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie on the Market Lawn at sundown. The fun kicks off when The Oakbook hosts Homegrown Trivia contests.

 July 9– Friday
Lunchtime Live! | The P-PL, featuring Bill Norwood
NOON – 2:00 PM
Come on down to Jack London Square to enjoy a free concert!

 July 9 – Friday
Dancing Under the Stars | MERENGUE
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Kick up your heels and enjoy a free dance lesson provided by Linden Street Dance Studio!

July 10 – Saturday and July 11 – Sunday
Oakland Artisans Marketplace
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Local artists sell crafts and artwork coordinated by Oakland’s Cultural Arts Department.

July 11 – Sunday
Dog Days of Summer | Adopt-a-thon Summer of Love
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Foot of Washington
Come to Jack London Square and adopt a new pet from over 10 pet adoption agencies. Make friends with puppies, kittens and rabbits.

July 11 – Sunday
Jack London Square Farmers’ Market
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | YEAR ROUND
This farmers’ market offers the best of California’s agricultural bounty direct from the farmer to you. You can find fruits, vegetables, greens and nuts as well as freshly baked breads and pastries, delicious specialty foods, fresh flowers and much more.

Crab Cove Salsa -Free Concert

July 7, 2010
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Salsa at the Cove with Cuban Singer Fito Reinoso

Concerts at the Cove continues its 12th season of free outdoor concerts with the Cuban, timba and salsa stylings of Cuban-born singer-songwriter Fito Reinoso and his orchestra from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 9 at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. in West Alameda.

Fito Reinoso is the premier Cuban born sonero performing in the Bay Area. His sound includes a variety of styles from timba to the most recent urban Havana grooves to the classic son and cha-cha-cha. His dynamic personality and showmanship have led him to collaborate with some of the top musicians in Cuba and the United States.

An expanded line-up of West Alameda food vendors at the concert includes Everett & Jones Barbecue, Yumygurt Frozen Yogurt, Island Java, Crolls, Calafia Taqueria, Chow Down Special Hot Dogs, Vest Flatbread, Hula Hawaiian and Miggy Kettlekorn. Beer from Drake’s Brewing Company and wine from both Rock Wall Winery and R&B Cellars will be on sale throughout the event. No outside alcohol is allowed in the park. The Crab Cove Visitor Center, which is adjacent to the concert area, will be open until 7:30 p.m. each night during the concerts offering organized activities for families and children. Free parking is available at Crown Memorial Beach and parking lots at Santa Clara at Webster and Taylor at Webster. Free valet bicycle parking will be available from BikeAlameda at the concert site.

Happy Birthday USA

July 1, 2010
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Celebrate the 4th with US!
Alameda on Park Street
All activities occur on Sunday, July 4th, 2010. 
Alameda Race:                      Starts at 9:45AM
Parade:                                   Starts at 10AM
Jumpin’ & Jivin’ Jubilee:     Starts noon – 4:00pm

For those of you new to the parade this year, let us provide you with a sampling of what to expect: a seemingly endless procession of marching bands, floats, politicians, art cars, Cub Scouts on bikes, church groups, fez-wearing secret societies, gymnasts, dancers, martial-arts students, banjo pickers, hula dancers, and more. So much more that residents like to say half of the population participates in the parade while the other half lines the streets to watch.

4TH OF JULY @ Berkeley Marina
Sunday, July 4th, 2010 – all day

Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina, noon-9:30pm. Free admission, alcohol-free event. Live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, kid stuff. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley.

Saturday, July 3rd
Second Annual
Target Independence Day Celebration
featuring: Oakland East Bay Symphony
at the Craneway Pavilion, Richmond CA

Exterior dock area and food stands open to the public

Doors open – local opening acts including
Khalill Shaheed and Oaktown Jazz Workshops
and the Hilltop Community Church Choir

Oakland East Bay Symphony concert
conducted by Michael Morgan that includes
Disney classics and a medley of works by American
composer John Philip Sousa, among others

9:15pm (approx)
Grand Finale & Firework Display
Patriotic music accompanying the City of Richmond’s spectacular fireworks display over the water.

General and premium parking will be available.

Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.

Welcome to the Fremont 4th of July Parade
In the Historic Mission San Jose District!
Sunday, July 4th, 2010 at 10:00am
A Memorable Event for the Entire Family!

The annual Fremont 4th of July Parade features floats and parade entries from throughout our community and the Bay Area, so you’ll likely see many familiar faces marching through the parade route. We’ve been very fortunate in past events to have dedicated teams of volunteers help in preparation of what has become one of Fremont’s signature events, and we hope to continue this tradition, with your help. We’re also planning a few surprises for 2010!

July 4th Celebration at Cerrito Vista Park, El Cerrito CA
Sunday, July 4th 2010

Art Show & Food Vendors

2010 worldOne Festival
presents free performances by:
John McCord – Americana
Euphonia – Free Range Folk
Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Balinese
Dwight Tribble – Soul Jazz
Rocky Dawuni – Afro-Reggae
Azeem – Hip Hop from Oakland
Moh Aliliche – North African Berber
Evolucion – Latin/Tropical
Doug Went’s World Beat (DJ)
Circus Imagination
Hoopin Heather
African Outlet
Loco Bloco

Too Good Not to Mention Twice

June 30, 2010
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I’ve become quite a cook, pretty proud of that fact.  Even got a compliment from actual professional chef Lamont Dawson, proud day.  Learned to cook this last year through trial and error, cuz cooking classes are expensive(exclamation point) So I thought I would mention come cooking classes that are coming up and are Free.  Go Learn, then come teach me!

July 6th, 4:30-6:30 Cooking Workshop, learn to make cucumber cups.  Berkeley Farmers Market Derby at MLK, Jr.  www.ecologycenter.org

July 13th 2:00pm-7:00pm Kitchen on Fire Workshop, Grilled peach salad with summer greens.  Berkeley Farmers Market Derby at MLK, Jr. www.ecologycenter.org

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Fair Food Drive

June 28, 2010
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Get Free admission to the Alameda County Fair, in Pleasanton, with a donation of 4 cans of food.  Food benefits Alameda County Food Bank.  4 Cans per person per entry.  Come out and play! www.alamedacountyfair.com

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Musings on Museums

June 24, 2010
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Every so often you can get into a museum for free.  Here is a listing of those times and dates. 

Bade’ Museum of Biblical Archaeology, Berkeley. Free Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-3pm.

African-American Museum and Library, Oakland 2nd Floor. Free  Tues-Sat 12:00-5:30

Museum of Local History, Fremont. Free Wed and Friday 10am-4pm and the second weekend of the month.

MOCHA Children’s Art, Oakland. Free 1st Saturday of the Month 12pm-4pm

Hayward Historical Society, Hayward. Free Tues-Sat 11am-4pm

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland.  Free 1st Sunday of the Month 11am-5pm

de Young Museum, San Francisco. (I know not 510, but that good) Free 1st Tuesday of the Month 9:30am-5:15pm

Exploritorium, San Francisco. Free 1st Wednesday of the Month 10am-5pm

California Academy of Science, San Francisco. Free 3rd Wednesday of the Month 9:30-5:00pm

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