In keeping with the event's Oak-centric theme, our main stage will showcase five Oakland-based bands plus equally talented, "Tweeners" who will deftly fill in the space between the main acts providing seven hours of non-stop music from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

In order of appearance:

Elsewhere in the park, face-painter Jessica Gates will work her magic alongside a 20-foot diameter yurt provided by Ilya Pinsky that will host children's book readings, music and other children's activities throughout the day. From 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., look for a giant pumpkin previewing the Halloween festivities at Fairyland.

In addition, Oakland community groups, including neighborhood crime prevention councils, business associations and park improvement groups, will participate in the anniversary festivities.

THE FOOD: In addition to beer and wine, we'll have bottled water and sodas (compliments of Trader Joe's) and three flavors of popcorn from Scarecrow Popcorn on Lakeshore. When you're hankering for something more substantial, you'll find approximately forty restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and dessert emporiums within a two block radius that are prepared to cater to your every whim. A complete list will be printed on the reverse of our event programs.

LIQUID REFRESHMENT: Proceeds from a beer and wine garden in one corner of the Splash Pad Plaza will help defray the cost of this event and net proceeds will be used for park improvements. We will be proudly serving Linden Street's Burning Oak Black Lager and their Urban Peoples' Common Lager. Periscope Cellars, which has a new tasting room in Swan's Marketplace, will be providing us with kegs of their own blended wines -- "The Albino" white and their "Mashup" red.

SILENT AUCTION: If you'd like to support Splash Pad Park, look for our Silent Auction in the plaza featuring gift certificates from neighboring businesses.

T-SHIRTS: Our fabulous t-shirts combine a lovely watercolor by Frank Rowicki with graphics and layout provided by Splash Pad volunteer, Kim Kerry-Tyerman. The shirts were printed by Rael's Ant Tee's in eight sizes and will be available for a $25 donation at the farmers market on October 5th, October 12th and during the festival itself.

VOLUNTEERS: Please email us to volunteer as your way of showing support for the park that's played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Grand Lake neighborhood. FYI: As our way of showing appreciation for your support, we'll set aside a free shirt for you on event day. In your email, please indicate your shirt size and what hours you'd be available between 7:00 a.m. (set-up) and 7:30 p.m. (clean-up).

SPONSORSHIPS: Sponsorships of this free event are helping defray our event costs -- allowing surplus proceeds to be used for park improvements. Topping our list is new signage and new plants for the existing California Native community garden and for its eventual expansion. Thanks to the following major sponsors for their generosity. Although the original benefit package has expired, let us know if you'd like to join their ranks and we'll find a way to express our thanks in words and deeds.

The Agricultural Institute of Marin

Rick Richetta

Ruth Stroup

Oakland Parks & Recreation Department

Lakeshore Avenue BID

Grand Avenue Residents

Gordon Shell and Jim Maranan

The Henry Levy Group