Calendar – October 2021

by Sheila McCormick

October 1, Saturday, 7:00-800 pm – Rotary Nature Center Friends

Lakeside Chat #11 – Marshland Restoration in the Bay and at Lake Merritt. In honor of BAY MONTH , we welcome Charlie Onorati of Save San Francisco Bay and a panel of Lake Merritt tidal marsh enthusiasts.
Register here.

October 6, Wednesday  – Oakland Library History Center

The Oakland History Center kicks off its annual Fall History Series with author Noel Siver, who will discuss her new book, Harold French: A Press Agent for the Hills. Harold French, for whom the French Trail in Redwood Regional Park is named, championed public access to open space in the East Bay hills from the 1920s through the 1960s. Learn about this outdoor enthusiast’s establishment of the Contra Costa Hills Club and the club’s advocacy for the creation of the East Bay Regional Parks District. This online event will be available via Zoom. Register here no later than 6 pm on the day of the event.

October 7, Thursday, 12:30 pm – Oakland Rotary Club

Civic Thursday Meeting (ZOOM ONLY) – Gene Slater – “The History of Racial Covenants in Residential Grant Deeds”

October 13, Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm – Oakland Library History Room

East Meets West: Fong Wan’s Chinese Niteries

The Oakland Library Fall History Series continues with Calvin Fong sharing stories of his father Fong Wan (1883–1968), the famous Oakland herbalist and entrepreneur. Mr. Fong not only owned a famous herb shop on 10th Street, but also a series of restaurants, a shrimping fleet, and, most notably, nightclubs in Oakland and San Francisco. Fong Wan’s career as an entertainment impresario spanned the 1930s to the 1950s. Joining Calvin Fong will be Cynthia Yee and Mimi Lee Chin, who will share their personal memories of Fong Wan’s nightclubs.

Register here (free)

October 14, Thursday, 12:30 pm – Oakland Rotary Club

Civic Thursday Meeting – Linda Mandolini, CEO of Eden Housing

October 14, Thursday, 6:00-7:30 pm – Oakland Library History Center

The Oakland History Center’s Fall History Series continues with California College of the Arts Professor Mitchell Schwarzer, who will discuss his latest book, Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption (University of California Press, 2021). The book traces Oakland’s early days as a major transportation hub, its manufacturing heyday during the 20th century, and the decisions that have led to its current struggles between new residents and those living in entrenched poverty. Mr. Schwarzer teaches courses on the history of the arts from antiquity to modernity, as well as seminars on architecture and urbanism.

This online event will be held on Zoom. To register, click here.

October 14-16, Thursday-Saturday, 6:00-11:00pm – The Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt

This will be the 10th Anniversary of an event that has become a huge success and a major source of revenue for ongoing improvements at the Gardens of Lake Merritt. Featuring fifty locally produced, colorful lighted art displays sparkling, twinkling, and beaming throughout Oakland’s beloved seven-acre municipal gardens.

Tickets may be purchased here.

October 16, Saturday, 10:30-11:30am *LIVE EVENT – ONLINE”
Environmental Volunteers
Virtual Field Trip to the Farallon Islands
Get Into Your Sanctuary with Greater Farallons naturalists for an adventure in San Francisco’s ocean wilderness. Traveling under the Golden Gate Bridge, we will journey 27 miles offshore to the intriguing Farallon Islands and beyond. We will see humpback and blue whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises, sharks, seabirds, and other ocean wildlife. Learn about this amazing wildlife through photos, videos, and stories. Register here.

October 20, Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Grand Lake Neighbors Third Wednesday Zoom meeting. Agenda to be decided.

October 21, Thursday, 12:30 pm – Oakland Rotary Club

Civic Thursday Meeting – Margaret Gordon – West Oakland Enviromental Indicators Project

October 21, Thursday, 6:00-:7:30pm *LIVE EVENT via ZOOM*
Oakland History Center
Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm 30th Anniversary Retrospective
The Fall History Series continues with a program to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the devastating Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire. The Oakland History Center will present a panel of speakers who played important roles during and after the firestorm, including former Oakland City Manager Henry Gardner, North Hills community advocate Sue Piper, former city councilwoman Marge Gibson, and retired Oakland Fire Department captain Mark Hoffman. Register here.

October 24, Sunday, 9 am – noon – Grand Lake Neighbors next neighborhood cleanup is Sunday. (Rain cancels). Meet at Splash Pad Park.

October 27, Wednesday, 6:00-7:30pm *LIVE EVENT via ZOOM*
Oakland History Center
The History and Legacy of Mills College
Mills College, Oakland’s oldest, continuously operating educational institution, is merging with Northeastern University. Historian and Mills Professor Emeritus Betram Gordon will speak on the storied heritage and architecture of Mills, from its beginnings as a ladies’ seminary to its development as a fertile incubator of ideas and culture. Register here.
October 28, Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm *LIVE EVENT*
Oakland History Center
“Sky Rider”: Park Van Tassel and the Rise of Ballooning in the West
Hot air ballooning in Oakland?! The Fall History Series continues with author Gary Fogel, who will share the amazing story of the intrepid, turn-of-the-century balloonist and Oakland resident Park Van Tassel, the subject of his new book, Sky Rider. Mr. Fogel is an adjunct professor of aerospace engineering at San Diego State University. Register here.

October 28, Thursday, 12:30 pm – Oakland Rotary Club

Civic Thursday Meeting – What’s Right About The ParksA presentation by Sabrina Landreth, General Manager of the East Bay Regional Parks District

October 30, Saturday, 11:000 am-4:00 pm – Camron-Stanford House
The Haunted Garden (Halloween Celebration)
Purchase tickets

Join us for a family-friendly Halloween celebration at Camron-Stanford House! In our Haunted Garden you’ll find:

  • Halloween and Fall-themed arts & crafts
  • Lawn games
  • Music
  • Food trucks
  • Shop with spook-tacular local vendor The Haunted Manor Boutique
  • Includes access to Morbid Desire Halloween exhibit
  • …and plenty more spooky fun in store!

Tickets: $5 (members and children are free!)

Halloween and/or Victorian period costumes for this event are encouraged!

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.