Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick
April 1, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM*
Rotary Nature Center Friends: A Birder Back in Her Patch – Hilary Powers at Lake Merritt
Join Hilary Powers, a volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon, as she takes us to some of her favorite birding spots at Lake Merritt. Register here.
April 3, Sunday, 10-10:30 *FACEBOOK LIVE*
Jewish Contemporary Museum: Sunday Stories: Frank Oz, from Fairyland to The Muppet Show
Before he brought to life to some beloved Muppet characters, Frank Oz got his start as an apprentice at Fairyland. View today here or later here
April 3, Sunday, 6-7pm *ZOOM*
San Geronimo Valley Community Center: Radio Rebels: When Eclectic Music Mattered
In the 1970s, a handful of music lovers challenged the norm of Top 40 AM radio by taking over FM stations like KSAN, KMET, WLIR, and WNEW and introducing the fresh sound of underground, progressive, free-form music. Panel discussion with Ben Manilla, Ben Fong-Torres, and Bonnie Simmons. Register here.
April 4, Monday, 11:30am-1:30pm *ZOOM*
UC Berkeley: Poetry in a Time of War: Voices from Ukraine and Russia
Panel discussion and poetry reading with poets, translators, and editors in affirmation of the dignity of literature in a time of war. Register here.
April 4, Monday, 4:30-6pm *ONLINE*
Iliff School of Theology: Michael W. Twitty
Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer. His books include The Cooking Gene, Rice, and the upcoming KosherSoul. He blogs at Afroculinaria.com. Register here.
April 4, Monday, 6pm *ZOOM*
Alameda County Mental Health Services: Help Shape and Impact Alameda County’s Mental Health System
Alameda County’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Division is requesting that the community review the current plan and provide input and ideas to improve the mental health system through an online survey and the MHSA 3-Year Plan Webinar. The community feedback will guide MHSA services and funding priorities for the next year. Register here.
April 5, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm *ZOOM*
UC Berkeley Learning in Retirement: COVID-19: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Speaker: Arthur Reingold, Professor of Epidemiology. Register here.
April 5, Tuesday, 7-8pm *ZOOM*
SF Library: A Changing Climate at Rodeo Lagoon
Join Golden Gate National Recreation Area rangers to learn how this unique ecosystem is projected to evolve with climate change. They will cover topics such as the unique geology that characterizes the Marin Headlands and the wildlife that swims and wades through the lagoon’s reeds. Register here.
April 7, 12:35-1:30pm *In PERSON or VIA ZOOM or FACEBOOK*
Rotary Club of Oakland: Yoga and Western Medicine with Dr. Dilip Sarkar
Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, D.Litt (Yoga) is a retired vascular surgeon who holds certificates for Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. Having retired from a distinguished career in active vascular surgery practice, he is recognized as an expert in the integration of Western medicine with Ayurveda and yoga therapy. Dr. Sarkar will discuss the interfaces of Western medical practice with yoga and Ayurveda yoga practice and will lead Rotarians in several yoga exercises. Read more here.
April 7, Thursday, 4-5:30pm *ONLINE*
Asian American Writers’ Workshop: In Conversation: Eric Kim and Mayukh Sen
New York Times staff writer Eric Kim discusses the stories and recipes included in his first cookbook, Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home, in conversation with writer Mayukh Sen (Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America). Register here.
April 12, Tuesday, 5pm *ZOOM*
KQED: Saul Gonzalez
Gonzalez, the host of KQED’s The California Report, will discuss the show’s coverage of climate change issues. Register here.
April 13, Wednesday, 7pm *ZOOM* Friends of Alameda Free Library Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy
A look at the extraordinary designs of Guo Pei — hailed as China’s first couturier — in conjunction with the upcoming Legion of Honor exhibition that includes more than 80 of her works. Register here.
April 14, Thursday, 12:35-1:30pm *In PERSON or VIA ZOOM or FACEBOOK*
Rotary Club of Oakland: Corinna Gould, Spokeswoman and Tribal Chair of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
Gould, spokeswoman and Tribal Chair of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, is a Chochenyo and a Karkin Ohlone woman, She is a long-time activist who works to protect, preserve, and reclaim ancestral lands of the Ohlone peoples. The Ohlone people live in the area now occupied by the greater San Francisco Bay Area; Ms. Gould’s tribe, specifically, is located in the East Bay regions now occupied by Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond. Read more here.
April 14, Thursday, 3:00-4:00pm *ONLINE*
ACC Senior Services: Chinese Roots in Northern California’s Wine Industry
Maryellen Burns will explore the Chinese roots and hidden stories of our wine industry and the role China continues to play today. Register here.
April 19, Tuesday, 5:30pm *ZOOM*
California Historical Society: A Country Called California: Photographs 1850s to 1960s
Photography collector Stephen White and curator Jonathan Spaulding discuss this new book that showcases the vast personal collection White has amassed over the course of three decades. Register here.
April 20, Wednesday, 6-7:30pm *ZOOM*
San Mateo County Libraries: Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis
Sustainability expert Marina Psaros and artist Christina Conklin illustrate the current and projected impacts of climate change. Register here.
April 20, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM*
Grand Lake Neighbors Meeting
– Update on area crime trends from OPD
– Introduction of Cara Reichard from the Oakland City Attorney’s office Neighborhood Law Corps
– Presentation and discussion with Oakland Department of Transportation about safe streets and the new 5 year paving plan. Register here.
April 21, Thursday, 12:35-1:30pm *In PERSON or VIA ZOOM or FACEBOOK*
Rotary Club of Oakland: Thomas E. Graham: Deep Dive into the Ukraine Crisis
Graham, a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is cofounder of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies program at Yale University, and a research fellow at the MacMillan Center at Yale. Read more here.
April 23, Saturday
City of Oakland: Oakland Earth Day
Oakland is celebrating our 28th Earth Day with volunteer activities throughout the city. Individuals, households, and small groups are invited to clean up your neighborhood streets, parks, and waterways with litter removal, habitat restoration, and other beautification projects. Read more here.
April 23, Saturday, 7pm through April 29, Friday, 11:59pm *STREAMNG*
Peninsula Open Space Trust: 2022 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. View trailer here and register here.
April 25, Monday, 7pm *ZOOM*
SF Library: Workshop: Extraordinary Photos from Any Camera
Lesson 4: Composition: Learn the basics of how and why to arrange the elements of your images to create a better story and a signature style. Register here.
April 28, Thursday, 2-3pm *ONLINE*
City of Berkeley: 19th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
The program will honor distinguished survivor Adela Mayer, include musicians Heather Klein and Jason Manlapaz, a candle lighting & more. Register here.
May 2022 Calendar of the Month
This month’s “Calendar of the Month” dates from 1901 and is a diminutive 2.5″ wide. It was printed in Japan on rice paper and each month is illustrated with miniature woodblock prints. January features kites which were traditionally flown on New Year’s Day and February depicts a visit to the flowering plums.
Sheila McCormick is an Adjunct Professor Emerita in Cal’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Prior to her retirement in January 2016, she had a research lab at the USDA/ARS-UC-Berkeley Plant Gene Expression Center in Albany, studying the molecular biology of plant reproduction. She also helps with editing and is a frequent contributor to the Splash Pad News, beginning with a series of seven neighborhood walks – the first of which was posted in April 2017.