Under the Radar: Event Picks of the Week (April 5)

Get your datebooks out, here I highlight some of this week’s happenings that slip under the radar of many calendars. I figure Thursday night’s revelry will make up for all that community engagement the rest of the week.

Free the Freeway Froggers: Arraignments continue for those arrested during the March 4th actions. The protesters are being brought up on charges of Unlawful Assembly (PC 407 M) and Obstruction of a Public Place (PC647C M). I’m well behaved, so I wouldn’t know anything about civil disobedience; but if you are the type inclined to support those who were willing to cause a bit of a ruckus to defend public education, you can show up at the arraignments that start at 9:00am on Monday and Tuesday at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse Dept. 107, 661 Washington St.

New Start for BART?: BART is hosting a series of community meetings and Oakland’s are on Monday, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Mandela Gateway, 1350 7th Street, across from West Oakland BART and Tuesday, 5:30-7pm, at the San Antonio Neighborhood Community Center, 2325 East 12th Street, near Fruitvale BART. Come provide your input.

Call your neighbors: Join Oakland Rising on Tuesday for Phone-Banking to help make sure Oakland residents are informed and engaged in critical issues facing Oakland and California, with a focus on the Census and the state’s budget crisis. Training at 5:30, Phoning from 6-8:30pm at the offices of EBASE. Comprehensive training as well as food and drinks will be provided. Contact Jessamyn Sabbag at jessamyn@oaklandrising.org or 510.238.8627 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              510.238.8627      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              510.238.8627      end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

This day in Oakland History: Seven years ago on this day, April 7, Oakland Police fired concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas at non-violent anti-war protesters.

Speaking of War: Normon Solomon and journalist Reese Erlich are in the house, or at least in the Humanist Hall. They will be speaking Thursday, 7-9pm on Wasting Lives and Money in Afghanistan: A Progressive Response.

Get a Job!: With Oakland’s unemployment rate at over 17% and underemployment still higher, any resource helps. East Oakland Youth Development Center‘s Spring Break Job Fair is Thursday, 9am-2pm. The fair covers a wide range of job sectors and also features health and resource booths. Participants aged 16-26 should bring their resumes and dress for success! For more information, please call the phone number below, or email jackie@eoydc.org.

Mangos With Chili: A Mangos With Chili launch party for Safetyfest 2010, Communities United Against Violence‘s first annual celebration of queer and trans power in the Bay Area. Enjoy a night of burlesque, spoken word and performance, a Femme Shark and Sea Creature Ally Kissing/Spanking Booth. If that doesn’t draw you out, there’s a raffle for sex toys. Thursday, 7-10 PM, Bench and Bar, 510 17th Street. $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Drink and Be Merry–and Charitable: On Friday, come drink and get free appetizers while benefiting Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. Farley’s monthly “Non-Profit of the Month” Happy Hour celebrates/benefits WOBO this month. No dress code, no cover, just bring a good attitude and an appetite/thirst. Farley’s East, 5-9pm, 33 Grand Ave.

Tweeting under the Bodhi Tree?: The East Bay Meditation Center is hosting a number of cool events this week, including an Sunday’s Write Action: Meditation and Action For People of Color on Saturday’s Dharma and Technology Retreat. Space is limited and registration is required.

Other area events this week: Check out the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp at the Fox Theater and SF Women’s Film Festival, April 7-11, with some showing this side of the Bay. Also, the Western Wilderness Conference starts Thursday at UC Berkeley and Green Festival is once again in San Francisco, with inspiring speakers, creative products, and outstanding performances (including cast of Wicked on Sunday). Finally, if you missed Don Reed’s East 14th: Tales of a Reluctant Player at Laney, it will be running at the new Marsh Theater in Berkeley through May.

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