Calendar – November 2021

by Sheila McCormick

November 5, Friday, 7:00-800 pm – Rotary Nature Center Friends
Lakeside Chat #12: Taxidermy! A Dead Science? Or Art? 

Do you remember the stuffed birds at the Rotary Nature Center? Many of those specimens were local to Lake Merritt and served as a “3-D Field Guide” for people interested in identifying birds they saw on the lake or around Lakeside Park. Collections of specimens represent a bygone era of scientific investigation, and at the same time have now become a treasure trove for scientists looking to piece together California’s heritage. James Covel, Monterey Bay Aquarium (ret), and Alicia Goode, Taxidermist and Natural History Exhibit Specialist at the Oakland Museum, will share some stories behind the taxidermy housed at the nature center and the Oakland Museum, as well as look at the future of taxidermy and museum scientific collections.

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November 10, Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 pm  – Oakland Library
Virtual Book Release Party with Local Mystery Authors.

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Thursday, November 11th, 12:30-1:30 pm – Oakland Rotary Civic Thursday in person in the ballroom or via Zoom and Facebook Live
Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong: “The State of the Oakland Police Department”

LeRonne Armstrong is a 22-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department. In February 2021, he became the department’s Chief of Police. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the Chief’s take on the department’s issues and opportunities including the state of the federal receivership, the rising murder rate, and the City Council’s reduction of the department’s operating budget. He’ll also discuss the challenges around hiring and training new officers, the increasing rate of officer retirements, and the tenuous relationship between police and the community.

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November 16, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm – Lakeview Branch Book Club
Discussion of Cadillac Jukebox by James Lee Burke

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November 17, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm – Grand Lake Neighbors
Online Zoom meeting – Meeting ID: 831 1651 9441 – Passcode: 266988

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November 18, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Oakland Heritage Alliance
Allen Michaan: Tales of the Grand Lake

OHA will interview Allen Michaan, owner and operator of the Grand Lake Theater for over 40 years. Michaan moved to Berkeley in 1970 and supported himself by showing classic films in rented auditoriums. He built the Rialto Theater in Berkeley out of salvaged items rescued from other theaters. In the late 70s, he acquired the ground lease for the Grand Lake and has been operating and restoring it ever since. He purchased the theater in 2018 and also founded the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire and Michaan’s Auctions.

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Thursday, November 18th, 12:30-1:30 pm – Oakland Rotary Civic Thursday in person in the ballroom or via Zoom and Facebook Live
Fania Davis – Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

She is the creator of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and the author of The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice. If you will please read the two attached paragraphs of her book , I hope you will feel as I do that her very consciously balanced view that restorative justice is “a justice that seeks not to punish, but to heal” is very wise and loving way to enhance every relationship Oakland Rotarians have with one another and with every person we serve. I can even imagine the progressive possibility that an Oakland Rotary Committee could serve by offering to facilitate interpersonal or organizational Restorative Justice.”

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November 27, Saturday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Open House at Camron-Stanford House

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.