Under the Radar: Oakland Event Picks of the Week


http://www.flickr.com/photos/johhlegear/With the energy and climate action plan on the horizon, the sustainable communities strategies in the works, and the dozens of Earth Day events starting this week, Oakland is on the path to resilience and el camino de sostenibilidad. With the possibility of Google high-speed wireless Broadband, reaching Oakland Local’s 7-month mark, and the emergence of many other awesome local news sites, we’re on the fast track to an exciting new media landscape. And with the US Social Forum fast approaching, Oakland is on its way to Detroit.

Oakland’s Road to Detroit: Come to a briefing about the United States Social Forum, where you can find out about what’s happening there, what you can do to help, resources for getting there, and what other Bay Area groups are doing to pave the road to Detroit! If you are new to the process this is a great briefing and the best way to plug in. If you are already plugged in, this is a great place to meet other folks and organizations that are going. Tuesday, April 13, 6:30-8:30, 1433 Webster Street.

Oakland’s Earth Expo: The Sustainable Urban Environment: On Wednesday, 10am-2pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza, visit over 100 dynamic local green exhibitors: green businesses, environmental and social change organizations, artists, government agencies, and community groups.  Come at noon to be part of a community art event. Also bring your old cell phones and batteries for recycling.  Find tips, products and partners to reduce waste, compost, green your workplace, build or remodel green, reduce energy use, become a smarter consumer, conserve water, practice bay-friendly gardening, hold a ZeroWaste event, reduce your carbon footprint, restore our creeks, eat seasonally, and much more!

Happy Birthday! Okay, it’s a strange milestone, but Oakland Local is 7 months old. That means our relationship with Oakland is also 7 months old and we’re getting together Wednesday, 6:00-8:30pm at The Layover to raise some glasses and some good cheer. Wish I could say drinks are on us, but there will be good times. Plus if you stay after, The Layover’s Whiskey Wednesday starts at 10pm, with $2 off all whiskeys. See our Facebook Invite.

Building a Sustainable and Resilient Bay Area: If you indulge too much in the aforementioned whiskeys, you might not make this meeting the following morning, but you should. The Local Clean Energy Alliance is hosting a discussion on Expanding the Bay Area’s Sustainable Communities Strategy on Thursday, 10am-12pm, at 436 14th Street. What does that mean? It means integrating food, water, energy, and waste practices into a long-term strategy for a resilient Oakland. Change is afoot, so be part of the conversation. It will also be webcast–tune in at http://ustream.com/clean-power.

Clean it, Cut it, Plant it, Build it: Let’s leave Friday night free so we can save our energy for all the happenings on Saturday. Join one of the many cleaning, cutting, or planting opportunities around town in celebration of Earth Day.  Oakland Public Works, Oakland Zoo, Habitat for Humanity East Bay, and various schools are hosting some event or another around town. My fav: Soul of the City is partnering with Rebuilding Together Oakland to spend a day fixing up gardens, painting homes, and doing other maintenance work for seniors and people with disabilities. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help out. 12-5pm.

Third Annual Hip Hop for Change: The Fight for Hip Hop in the Obama Era: Being held Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm at Mills College, Student Union & Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. Register now. This free day-long conference explores the social and political dimensions of hip hop and how it can be a liberating tool to empower, encourage, and develop artistry. Who owns it? Who does it represent? How is it used? Where is it heading?  Among those presenting are Bakari Kitwana (journalist, activist and political analyst on difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation), Dr. Susie Lundy (Graffiti Historian, b-girl, deejay, educator, and muralist), Netta Brielle (Bay Area R & B and Hip Hop artist), BRWN BFLO (Hip Hop Activists/Artists/Educators), and BY ANY DREAMS NECESSARY (art and educational access non-profit partnered with TERUO Artistry).

Ferment Change!: After your hip-hop education, your resilience building, or all your outdoor activities, take a load off and learn how to make your own ginger beer, kombucha, mead, coconut keifer, at a fermented beverage skill-share/pro-biotic party called ¡Ferment Change!  It’s Saturday night at 7 pm, hosted at Oakland SOL, 1236 23rd Ave (between 12th St & International). Ferment Change is a two month long string of events that benefit City Slicker Farms in West Oakland in the months of April and May.

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