Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick
August 2, Wednesday, 7:30-9pm *ZOOM* Congregation Beth Emek. Oppenheimer: Beyond the Movie. Tom Ramos, from Lawrence Livermore National Lab, will speak about Oppenheimer’s work before and after the bomb. Register here.
August 3, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Speaker: Oakland’s Own Amy Schneider, Jeopardy Champion. Register here.
August 3, Thursday, 6-7:30pm *ZOOM* Western Neighborhoods Project. Fort Point: From Army Post to Historic Site. Author & historian John Martini will discuss the history of Fort Point’s architecture, occupants, and restoration. Register here.
August 4, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Insects of Lake Merritt and Surrounds. Eddie Dunbar, Merritt College Professor, founder of the Insect Sciences Museum, naturalist, bug enthusiast, and author will share his passion for exploring the diversity of insects and their importance in our lives. Register here.
August 10, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Speakers: Andy Dolich and Dave Newhouse. They will talk about their new book Goodbye Oakland: Winning, Wanderlust and a Sports Town’s Fight for Survival. Register here.
August 10, Thursday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Peninsula Open Space Trust. Meteor Magic: Exploring the Perseid Meteor Shower. Register here.
August 16, Wednesday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Friends of the Alameda Free Library. What’s So Interesting About Houses and Cars? The Art of Robert Bechtle. Painter Robert Bechtle grew up in Alameda and began producing highly realistic paintings showing both houses and cars in the early 1960s. Register here.
August 16, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *In person* Grand Lake Neighbors. Monthly Meeting. Barnett Hall adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church.
August 17, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Speaker: Dr. Ching-Hua Wang, the president of Samuel Merritt University. Register here.
August 17, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* David Brower Center. Building a Bird-Friendly City. Glenn Phillips will discuss the new Berkeley ordinance and how to make your home safer for birds. Zoom link here.
August 22, Tuesday, 5:30pm *ZOOM* California Historical Society. George Meléndez Wright: The Fight for Wildlife and Wilderness in the National Parks. Jerry Emory will discuss his new book. Register here.
August 23, Wednesday, 4-6pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Superfest Virtual Disability Film Festival. Register here.
August 23, Wednesday, 6:30pm *In person* Montclair Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland. Goodbye Oakland: Winning, Wanderlust and a Sports Town’s Fight for Survival. Retired sportswriter Dave Newhouse and Andy Dolich, the Athletics’ former marketing vice president, will discuss their new book. Read more here.
August 24, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Speaker: Pam McKinnon, ACT Artistic director. Register here.
August 26, Saturday, 9am-12pm *In person* Lake Merritt Weed Warriors. Final meeting. Read more here.
August 27, Sunday, 9am-12pm *In person* Splash Pad Grand Crew. Fourth Sunday Volunteer Work Day. Gloves and tools provided, or bring your own for weeding, pruning, litter pick-up, and planting.
August 28, Monday, 11am-12pm *ZOOM* Road Scholar. The March on Washington – Beyond the Dream. Lecture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Register here.
August 30, Wednesday, 11am-12pm. *ZOOM* Monterey Bay Aquarium. Swim Down: Finding Neurodivergent Identity in the Depths. Liliana Watson will discuss her digital, multimodal graphic novel, her MS Capstone Project at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Register here.
August 30, Wednesday, 12-1pm *ZOOM* Orion Magazine & Birdlife International. Conversation with Jonathan Franzen & J. Drew Lanham. To celebrate the launch of Orion‘s latest anthology, Spark Birds, a collection of the best stories, essays, and poems about birds to appear in forty years of Orion. Register here.
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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.