April 2024 Calendar

Helen's April Calendar page
Above is the April page from Oakland neighbor Helen Krayenhoff’s gorgeous and now sold-out 2024 calendar, “Favorite Edible Details.” To see her other artwork, go here. (If you’ve produced your own calendar or know about a neighbor’s calendar that we can promote, let us know in the comments section.)

Tuesday, 4/2, 11am 

Detroit Library: Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us. Curator Paula Johnson will discuss this new book. 

Tuesday, 4/2, 7-8:30pm

Oregon State: A Conversation with Michael Pollan

* Wednesday, 4/3, 10am

Wednesday, 4/3, 10-11am

AARP: Teenagers in American Society, 1920-2024

Wednesday, 4/3, 1:30pm

Emily Dickinson Museum/Harvard Press: Book Launch: The Letters of Emily Dickinson. This new edition presents all 1,304 of her extant letters, along with the small number available from her correspondents.

Wednesday, 4/3, 3:30pm

SF State: Art, Ecology, Poetry: Playing with Facts, Fact-Checking Creativity. Speaker: Elizabeth Bradfield, Writer/Naturalist, Brandeis U. 

Wednesday, 4/3, 5pm

Illinois Libraries Present: Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions. Dr. Temple Grandin will discuss her book. 

Wednesday, 4/3, 5pm

Friends of Alameda Library: The Berry Pickers. Amanda Peters will discuss her novel. 

Friday, 4/5, 11am-12pm

The Joy of Drawing: Intro to Drawing. Bay Area artist and author Caroline Mustard will guide you step by step, starting at the very beginning with how to hold your pencil and ending with a finished drawing.

* Friday, 4/5, 7-8pm

Saturday, 4/6, 9:30-10:30am

Wharton Public Library: A Virtual Visit to Palermo. Elaine Trigiani will treat you to an art history talk & cooking lesson in her 15th century Tuscan farmhouse.

Sunday, 4/7, 12-2pm

Bookwoman: Here’s the Story…. Nine Women Write Their Lives. Early in the pandemic nine women joined an online writing course called “Writing about your Mom without Guilt” and from it created this collection of 42 pieces.

Monday, 4/8, 9-10am

University of Toronto: Urban Futures: Planning for City Foresight and City Visions. Timonthy Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones will discuss their book.

Monday, 4/8, 10am-1pm

NASA: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA.

Monday, 4/8, 6pm

City Lights: Rebel Health: A Field Guide to the Patient-Led Revolution in Medical Care . Susannah Fox will discuss her new book. 

Tuesday, 4/9, 2pm

Ford Foundation: Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens. Raviv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, will discuss his new book, part memoir and part playbook.

Tuesday, 4/9, 3pm

UC Berkeley: Grad Slam Competition. Cheer on Berkeley grad students as they showcase their research in a series of three-minute talks.

Tuesday, 4/9, 4-5pm

University of Miami: Climate Engineering with Dr. Brian Soden. Sometimes referred to as “a bad idea whose time has come”, climate engineering is the intentional modification of Earth’s climate to counteract global warming.

Tuesday, 4/9, 6-7pm

SF Bay Bird Observatory: Harmonizing Biodiversity Conservation with Agricultural Production. Speaker: Daniel Karp.

Tuesday, 4/9, 7pm

JCC of Contra Costa: Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: That’s How the Light Gets In. Biographer Michael Posner will talk about his third and final volume, which explores the last thirty years of Cohen’s life.

Tuesday, 4/9, 7pm

City Lights: Whiskey Tender: A Memoir. Deborah Taffa will discuss her new book.

Wednesday, 4/10, 11am-12pm

AARP: Updating Your Home for Aging in Place

Wednesday, 4/10, 3:30pm

Estuary and Ocean Science Center: Why Coastal Fog Matters to Ecosystems from a Basic and Applied Perspective. Speaker: Sara Baguskas, Assoc. Prof, SF State U

Thursday, 4/11, 11am-12pm

London Natural History Society: Biographies for Birdwatchers. Barbara Mearns will introduce some of the explorers, artists and researchers who deserve to be remembered for their contributions to ornithology.

Thursday, 4/11, 12-1pm

UC-Berkeley Botanical Garden: Virtual Butterfly Talk. Sarab Seth will present butterflies, some rare, that are found in the areas surrounding the East Bay, but not in the East Bay itself.

Friday, 4/12, 10:30-11:30am

Berkeley OLLI: The Black-White Wealth Gap. Economist Jon Haveman will discuss the nature, sources, and implications of the wealth gap and suggestions that can work to narrow it.

Friday, 4/12, 12-1:30pm

UCSD: A Deep Look into the AI Revolution in Health & Medicine. Four experts will share their views on how society is navigating the new frontiers of artificial intelligence and the future of heath care.

Monday, 4/15, 3-4pm

UC Berkeley Emeriti Academy: Covid-19: Do We Still Need to Be Concerned? Conversation with Ken Polse, Professor Emeritus, Optometry, and John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology.

Tuesday, 4/16, 5-6pm

The Living New Deal: Ranger of the Lost Art. Doug Leen will discuss his new book, Rediscovering the WPA Posters of our National Parks.

Wednesday, 4/17, 11am-12pm

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: The James Webb Space Telescope: A Window in the Universe’s Past.

Wednesday, 4/17, 2-3pm

Univ. Wisconsin: Rethinking the Relationship Between Cities and Urban Communities. Author Davarian Baldwin will discuss his book In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities

Wednesday, 4/17, 3:30pm

CUNY Graduate Center: Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take It BackKara Alaimo will discuss her book.

Wednesday, 4/17, 7pm

Friends of the Alameda Free Library: The Art of Volume: Fernando Botero

Thursday, 4/18, 9-10am

East Hampton Library: The Loneliness Epidemic and Mental Health

* Saturday, 4/20, 10am-1pm

* Sunday, 4/21, 10am-5pm

Monday, 4/22, 5-7pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: Canary. This documentary shows how Dr. Lonnie Thompson found himself on the frontlines of climate change, seeking Earth’s history in glaciers before they disappear. 

Tuesday, 4/23, 10-11am

Road Scholar: Earth Day Exploration: Whale Migrations & Ocean Conservation

Tuesday, 4/23, 3-4pm

Boston University Food & Wine Programs: Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant. Author, documentarian, and activist Curtis Chin will discuss his memoir, which tells the story of his time growing up as a gay Chinese American kid in 1980s Detroit. 

Wednesday, 4/24, 3-4:30pm

CIIS Public Programs: Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World  Dr. Judith Orloff will discuss her new book.

Thursday, 4/25, 4pm

Harvard Radcliffe Institute: Gender and Politics: Keynote Conversation with California Senator Laphonza Butler

Thursday, 4/25, 5-6:45pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: Space: The Longest Goodbye. Social isolation affects millions of people, even Mars-bound astronauts. A savvy NASA psychologist is tasked with protecting these daring explorers.

* Saturday, 4/27, 10am-2pm

* Sunday, 4/28, 9am-Noon

Monday, 4/29, 4-5pm

Wharton Public Library: Dorothea Lange: Pioneering Photojournalist

Tuesday, 4/30, 1pm

Harvard Radcliffe Institute: Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and a Homemade Field of Love. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will offer an ecofeminist exploration into how the works of these Black feminist poets can speak to our current climate crisis.

Tuesday, 4/30, 5-7pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: The Cuban. A young Afghan immigrant named Mina gets her first job in a nursing home and becomes friends with Luis, a resident with dementia, reigniting her love of music. 


By Sheila mcCormick

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 – posted between January and April 2017.


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