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Friday, April 18

“SuperAwesome” Friday Night & Vinyl Record Swap Party | Oakland Museum of California

Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street in Oakland for a SuperAwesome sneak peek of two spring exhibitions that explore what happens when communities come together around a shared love of culture, Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, and SuperAwesome: Art and …

“The Bay Lights” Talk & Marcus Shelby Jazz Ensemble | Friday Nights at the de Young

Celebrate the best of bridges and celebrate The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936 with the Marcus Shelby Ensemble, curator lecture and Bay Lights presentation.
Friday, April 18, 2014 Schedule
6 pm Presentation: “The Bay Lights,” Ben Davis, Illuminate the Arts - Piazzoni Murals Room
The Bay Lights is …

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com ...

Saturday, April 19

Point Molate Beach Springtacular: Live Music, Hikes & Games | East Bay
Saturday, April 19 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Point Molate Beach Park
Point Molate Beach Springtacular: Live Music, Hikes & Games | East Bay

After 10 long years of closure, one of the most beautiful beaches in the East Bay is once again open to the public. To celebrate, the citizens who saved Pt. Molate are throwing a big, free public celebration with live music, naturalist walks, egg coloring, volleyball …

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Eatwell Farm Free Cooking Demo | SF
Saturday, April 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Eatwell Farm Free Cooking Demo | SF

Nigel and Lorraine Walker are the owners of Eatwell Farm, a 105-acre organic farm Dixon, California. Nigel was born in Leicester, England, and studied at Writtle Agricultural College in Essex. Though the school-taught production farming with chemicals, Nigel received permission to fulfill his practicum at …

Tacolicious Tasting Event & Chef Demo | Embarcadero
Saturday, April 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Tastes will be provided for the first 100 guests.
| Two Embarcadero Center
Tacolicious Tasting Event & Chef Demo | Embarcadero

Come to Plated, Embarcadero Center’s Saturday morning series of free intimate chef interviews and cooking demos featuring Farmer’s Market fresh items, complete with recipes for everyone to enjoy at home. Free, but an RSVP is required for each event. Tastes will be provided for the first 100 guests. ...

Free Caribbean Dance Classes for SF Carnival | Oakland
Saturday, April 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| New Karibbean City
Free Caribbean Dance Classes for SF Carnival | Oakland

Join Sistas-Wit-Style for free Caribbean dance classes to get you ready for San Francisco Carnival held annually on Memorial Day weekend. Free, but RSVP is required. Classes take place from noon to 2 pm every Saturday at New Karibbean City (1408 Webster Ave., Oakland). Their goal is ...

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama” Maker Faire Sign Making & Clothing Swap | Oakland
Saturday, April 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation.
| American Steel Studios

April 2014 DIY project: Sign making for Swap-O-Rama-Rama at Maker Faire 2014. You’ll meet at a different studio at American Steel’s “back door” at 1901-A Poplar St. in West Oakland.
In preparation for the Big Swap at Maker Faire in May, we need your creative input …

Guided Gallery Tour: Downtown Art Scene | Oakland
Saturday, April 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Joyce Gordon Gallery
Guided Gallery Tour: Downtown Art Scene | Oakland

Led by: Eric Murphy of Joyce Gordon Gallery

Sunday, April 20

Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Turning Memories into History | SF
Sunday, April 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Cypress Lawn Cemetery Lecture: Turning Memories into History | SF

Francine Brevetti will lead a talk on “Turning Memories into History.”

Monday, April 21

Tour of Diego Rivera’s 1st US Mural | Union Square
Tour of Diego Rivera's 1st US Mural | Union Square

The mural “Allegory of California” graces the stairwell of the City Club (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club). Normally closed the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted in the US by the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Free, but an ...

Thursday, April 24

Bread Making 101 with Josey Baker of The Mill | SF Main Library
Thursday, April 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Bread Making 101 with Josey Baker of The Mill | SF Main Library

Learn the basics of bread making from the entry-level bread-baking cookbook from Josey Baker (that’s  really his real name), a former science teacher turned San Francisco baking sensation. Josey Baker Bread combines step-by-step lessons with more than 100 photographs, offering easy-to-follow guidance for aspiring bakers.

Friday, April 25

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

Saturday, April 26

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF
Saturday, April 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Free Seasonal Cooking Demos | SF

This waterfront market, run by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), has over 120 food, fruit, and vegetable vendors on Saturdays and the entire Bay as its beautiful backdrop. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates year-round from 8 am to 2 pm. On ...

Free Caribbean Dance Classes for SF Carnival | Oakland
Saturday, April 26 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| New Karibbean City
Free Caribbean Dance Classes for SF Carnival | Oakland

Join Sistas-Wit-Style for free Caribbean dance classes to get you ready for San Francisco Carnival held annually on Memorial Day weekend. Free, but RSVP is required. Classes take place from noon to 2 pm every Saturday at New Karibbean City (1408 Webster Ave., Oakland). Their goal is ...

Sunday, April 27

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Wonderfest Talk | East Bay
Sunday, April 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Wonderfest Talk | East Bay

On April 27, 2014 the guest speaker will be Tucker Hiatt, founder of Wonderfest.
Wonderfest’s Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. We aspire to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning. We achieve …

Instant Camera Photo Walk | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Photobooth SF
Instant Camera Photo Walk | Mission Dist.

Bring your favorite Polaroid/Land or Frankenstein Instant camera and walking shoes and join Photobooth staff on a group photo walks through the Mission every last Sunday of the month. You’ll meet up at the end and show off our photo results. Show up a little ...

Monday, April 28

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | The New Parkway
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...

Tuesday, April 29

The History of Bay Area Native Americans | Noe Valley
Tuesday, April 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for general public. Free if you're an SFHA member
| St. Philip's Church
The History of Bay Area Native Americans | Noe Valley

Ruth Orta and her daughter, Ramona Garibay, are descendants of the Ohlone/Bay Miwok native people of the San Francisco Bay Area, hunter-gatherers who lived here for thousands of years before the Spanish missionaries arrived.
Ruth and Mona will share stories of their heritage and customs and …

Thursday, May 1

Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports
Thursday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required to climb@outdooradventureclub.com
| Lombardi Sports
Free Rock Wall Climbing Class | Lombardi Sports

Come to Lombardi Sports on any first Thursday of the month for a free intro to rock climbing, taught by the professional guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. Free, but RSVP is required. Lombardi Sports has a 25′ high indoor climbing wall inside their store. The Outdoor ...

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general, $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Friday, May 2

Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Saturday, May 3

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...