Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick
May 1, Sunday-May 6 *Small Business Week Helps Oakland Businesses Thrive
Oakland will celebrate Small Business Week with more than a dozen virtual and in-person workshops and other activities for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Full schedule and registration links here.
May 5, Thursday, 12:35-1:30pm *In PERSON or VIA ZOOM or FACEBOOK*
Rotary Club of Oakland: Tasneem Raja – Editor in Chief of The Oaklandside
Speaker on May 5 will be Tasneem Raja, a graduate of the U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism and the Editor-in-Chief of The Oaklandside, the innovative non-profit digital news site that covers Oakland and the East Bay. She will share her insights into the state of the free press and the niche that The Oaklandside and similar news sites may fill in the future. Read more here.
May 6, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM*
Rotary Nature Center Friends: Lakeside Chat #18 – Turtles in Trouble
Presentation by two turtle conservation experts: Billy Tu, an Oakland native who studied the Southwestern Pond Turtle (Actinemys pallida) for his master’s degree and Paris Organist, from The Lake Merritt Institute, who monitors and protects sea turtle nests and hatchlings in Baja Sur, California. Register here.
May 11, Wednesday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Friends of the Alameda Free Library: California Ceramic Tradition
Pottery has been a part of human culture for some 50,000 years. Learn about some of the state’s most interesting clay crafters— familiar names like Arequipa, California Faience, Bauer, Metlox, and fascinating individuals like Marguerite Wildenhain, Jade Snow Wong, and Edith Heath. Register here.
May 14, Saturday-May 15, Sunday, 10am-1pm *ZOOM* Green Home Tour: East Bay Green Home Tour
Learn what East Bay neighbors are doing with their homes to combat climate change, improve air quality, generate clean energy, and more. Each tour (6 per day) consists of a 10-minute video followed by a live 10-minute Q&A with the homeowner or tenant. Extras include presentations with experts who can fill you in on rebates, carbon sinks, electric panels, and more. Register here.
May 17, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm *ONLINE* HI USA: San Francisco AAPI Heritage Month History of Freedom
Join long-time San Francisco walking tour guide David Giesen on a virtual tour of San Francisco, exploring its deep Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) roots. Register here.
May 18, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM*
Grand Lake Neighbors Meeting
May 19, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* KQED: Eating Taiwanese in the Bay
Join Food Editor Luke Tsai and Check Please! Bay Area’s Cecilia Phillips as they share treats from Taiwanese food stops all over the Bay Area. Register here.
May 21, Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm *Oakland Library Event: Live at Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Performances and Announcement
Join us for this exciting event to celebrate our eleventh Oakland Youth Poet Laureate! We will announce the 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate and Vice Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Performances by all of the 2022 Finalists.
May 22, Sunday, 12:00-3pm *Live at Lake Merritt’s Edoff Memorial Bandstand
Lakeside Jam: A TapIN Youth Dance Ensemble performance benefiting equity in arts education.
May 25, Wednesday, 6:30pm *Oakland Premiere of “American Justice on Trial”
Grand Lake Theatre: The untold story behind the murder trial of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton, the landmark case that put racism on the stand.
Trailer and more information here.
May 26, Thursday, 12:35-1:30pm *In PERSON or VIA ZOOM or FACEBOOK*
Rotary Club of Oakland: George Geary – Made in California
Food historian and chef George Geary tells the remarkable stories of the early 20th-century food startups that captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from Bob’s Big Boy to McDonald’s, Winchell’s Donuts to In-N-Out, Peet’s Coffee to Taco Bell. Read more here.
May 28, Saturday, 11:00am-12 Noon *Cunamacué Afro-Peruvian Dance
Lakeview Branch Library is pleased to welcome Cunamacué for a demonstration and family dance lesson. Cunamacué is an arts organization based in Oakland dedicated to promoting Afro-Peruvian culture through its music. Details here.
May 2022 CALENDAR of the Month
The May “Calendar of the Month” is from Japan and the year 1901. Only 2.5″ wide, each page has a woodblock image depicting annual events including kite-flying on New Year’s Day and visiting plum blossoms in February.
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.