Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick
June 2, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* Golden Gate Audubon Society: The Awe of Birdwatching
African-American ornithologist John C. Robinson uses his own experiences to explain the multiple ways that inner city and minority youth and young adults can become motivated to discover and appreciate nature through bird-watching. He will discuss the barriers (and opportunities) to reaching a more diverse audience to let them know that “birding is for everyone.” Zoom link here.
June 3, Friday 1pm *ZOOM* American Ancestors: Julia Morgan: Trailblazing Architect
Join Victoria Kastner, author of Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect, as she reveals the inspiring story of Julia Morgan, the first renowned female architect in history. Register here.
June 3, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends: Lakeside Chat #19 – Youth Take On Environmental Monitoring with EBAYS
The East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) at the Lawrence Hall of Science works with middle and high school youth to perform scientific research on the air, water, and soil quality at their schools and in their neighborhoods. This summer, high school students will be conducting investigations to address “How does an urban environment affect Lake Merritt’s ecosystem?” Register here.
June 4, Saturday, 2-4pm *ZOOM* SF Library/Museum of African Diaspora Panel: Bryant Terry and Bay Area Black-Owned Farms
Chef, educator, author and activist Bryant Terry brings together a panel of Black-owned farmers to discuss their agriculture journey, community well-being and food justice in the Bay Area. Register here and view here.
June 9, Thursday, 12:35-1:30pm*In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3 Fred Palmer: Celebration of Gay Pride Month
Fred is the founder and Publisher of Outword Magazine, an award-winning LGBTQ magazine now in its 27th year, which provides news and entertainment for the LGBTQ community, as well as image consulting, logo design, fundraising, and alternative distribution channels to its clients. Register here.
June 11, Saturday, 9am-12pm *ZOOM* Waterwise Community Center: California Native Garden Design – Online Workshop
Gardens using California native plants can be gorgeous, easy to maintain, full of color and habitat for birds and pollinators, and often require water only once a month once established. Come learn why native gardens are a great choice and the basics of designing your own. Register here.
June 12, Sunday, 1-2pm *ZOOM* Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation: Virtual Tour of the Angel Island Immigration Station
From 1910 to 1940, a section of Angel Island was used to process, interrogate, and detain over 500,000 immigrants who came from 80 different countries. Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”, it reminds us of a darker chapter in immigration and US history, as it was built to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other immigration policies created to restrict immigration from Asia and the Pacific. As opposed to a warm welcome, many of Angel Island’s immigrants faced detention and exclusion. Register here.
June 15, Wednesday, 4-5pm *ZOOM* Marine Mammal Center Sea Lion Birthday Celebration
Did you know that half of all California sea lions are born on June 15? It’s true! Learn more during this special interactive presentation to wish a happy birthday to our California sea lion patients! Register here and view here.
June 15, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors Crime Prevention Council Meeting
Agenda includes a presentation by CouncilPresident Nikki Bas Fortunato regarding her Progressive Income Tax proposal. Login info will be posted on the GLN Facebook page.
June 16, Thursday, 12:34-1:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3 Joel Makower: Founder of GreenBiz
GreenBiz is an Oakland-based company that helps businesses transition to a “green” economy. Joel will address what businesses can do to reverse, to reduce and to mitigate climate change. Register here.
June 21, Tuesday, 6-7pm *ZOOM* Oakland Library: How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking.
Author Diana Helmuth will give tips on getting started. Register here.
June 26, Sunday, 9am-Noon Splash Pad Park’s California Native Garden
4th Sunday volunteer workday led by “Plant Whisperer” Mary Jo Sutton.
June 26, Sunday, 2-4pm *ZOOM* Ashby Village: Caregiving: Challenges and Lessons Learned: A Conversation with Dave Iverson
Dave Iverson was a 59-year-old KQED broadcast journalist and filmmaker when he decided to do something he’d never imagined. He moved back into his childhood home when his 95-year-old mom could no longer care for herself. Dave’s new memoir, Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, An Aging Son and Life’s Final Journey, is the story of their 10-year caregiving odyssey, lasting until his mom’s passing at the age of 105. In a live interview with NPR Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving, Dave will talk about his poignant and pathbreaking new book and our growing eldercare crisis. Register here.
June 2022 CALENDAR of the Month
The June “Calendar of the Month” was a 1928/29 advertising giveaway for Bromo-Seltzer that also included a plug for their Ginger-Mint Gum.
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.