Clock Faces

July 2024 Calendar of interesting events

July calendar page with blackberries
Above is the July page from Oakland neighbor Helen Krayenhoff’s gorgeous and now sold-out 2024 calendar, “Favorite Edible Details.” To see her other artwork, go here. (It’s getting time for 2025 calendars to get produced. If you will be creating a calendar or know about a neighbor’s calendar that we can promote, let us know in the comments section.)

Note: Items with an asterisk* and described in red are local and in person!

Monday, 7/1, 9:30-11:30am

Cooper Union: Designing Type for Accessibility: Hear about Zed Text, an exceptionally readable typeface for those with age-related macular degeneration and other types of vision loss, and blurred vision. 

Tuesday, 7/2, 3-5pm

NYPL: Plentiful Country: The Great Potato Famine and the Making of Irish New York: Tyler Anbinder will discuss his book. 

Tuesday, 7/2, 6-7pm

Contra Costa Library: The Paralympics and Inclusive Sports with the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program

* Thursday, 7/4, 1-3pm

(Also 7/14, 21, 28 and 8/4)

Thursday, 7/4, 9:30-10:30am

City of London Libraries: A Flash of Pride  Celebrate stories that build worlds in 100 words—featuring new writers from the Gay Authors Workshop anthology FLASH DANCES.

Monday, 7/8, 6pm

Salt Lake County Library: D-Day: The Finest Hours of the US Military

Tuesday, 7/9, 9-10am

National Portrait Gallery: Portraiture and Legacy: The Hung Liu Estate  Discussion about how artist estates, archives, and galleries manage an artist’s legacy.

Tuesday, 7/9, 9am

Moment Magazine: The Art of Diplomacy: How American Negotiators Reached Historic Agreements that Changed the World  Stuart E. Eizenstat will discuss his book. 

Tuesday, 7/9, 1-2pm

Contra Costa Library: Wild Things: Animal Ambassadors

Tuesday, 7/9, 5-7pm

AARP Theater: Italian Baroque with Circa  A must-see combination of vibrant music and death-defying acrobatics!

Wednesday, 7/10, 11am-12pm

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: Speculative Storytelling, Real Science: What-if Questions in ‘The Mountain in the Sea’

Wednesday, 7/10, 3:30pm

AARP: Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World  Gretchen Rubin will discuss her new book.

Wednesday, 7/10, 7pm

KQED: SongWriter Live with W. Kamau Bell and Las Cafeteras

Wednesday, 7/10, 7-8pm

Friends of the Alameda Free Library: Docent talk: Frans Hals


Thursday, 7/11, 5-6:45pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: Driving Madeleine  A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the driver and his fare, an elderly woman whose warmth belies her shocking past.

Friday, 7/12, 10-11am

The daVinci Pursuit: Solving Complex Challenges  We will discuss a recent article in the Getty Online Magazine, about whether art and science can solve complex challenges.

* Friday, 7/12, 7-8pm

* Saturdays & Sundays in July

Monday, 7/15, 8-9am (also 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19)

Mather: Introduction to Watercolor (6-week class)

Tuesday, 7/16, 10am-11am

Road Scholar: Images that Changed a Nation – Reading American Photographs

Tuesday, 7/16, 11am-12pm

The Independent: 30 Years of Travel with Simon Calder  Calder became The Independent’s travel correspondent in 1994, where he earned the moniker “The Man Who Pays His Way”, because he doesn’t accept free travel.

Tuesday, 7/16, 12pm

City Lights: Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism  Yanis Varoufakis will discuss his book. 

Wednesday, 7/17, 8:15-10:30am

Fall for the Book: Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory’s Power to Hold on to What Matters  Charan Ranganath will discuss his book. 

Wednesday, 7/17, 11am-12pm

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: My Home is My Castle … My Boat … My Fishing Net  Appendicularians, wondrous creatures found everywhere in the world’s oceans, build complex houses they use as a safe home, to capture food, and as their Winnebago. 

Wednesday, 7/17, 11am-12pm

Contra Costa Library: Wildlife Cameras in East Bay Regional Parks

Wednesday, 7/17, 6pm

City Lights: Silicon Valley Imperialism: Techno Fantasies and Frictions in Postsocialist Times  Erin McElroy will discuss her book.

Wednesday, 7/17, 7pm

Friends of Alameda Free Library: Docent Event: Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World  Hear about the exhibit at the Legion of Honor. 

Thursday, 7/18, 4-5:30pm

Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens: Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard  Joan E. Strassmann will discuss her book.

Thursday, 7/18, 7pm

Golden Gate Bird Alliance: What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds  Jennifer Ackerman will discuss her book.

Friday, 7/19, 5-6:45pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: Next Goal Wins  Follows the American Samoa soccer team and its coach as they try to turn the world’s worst soccer team around in this heartfelt underdog comedy.

Saturday, 7/20, 3-4pm

Fates and Graces Mythologica: The Mythology of Wine  Arthur George will discuss his book.

Sunday, 7/21, 3-4:50pm

AARP Theater: 2Cellos – Live at the Sydney Opera House  Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser delight as they perform famous film and television themes.

Monday, 7/22, 6pm

City Lights: Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change  Premal Dharia and Maria Hawilo will discuss their book. 

Monday, 7/22, 4-7:45pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon

Tuesday, 7/23, 12-1:30pm

Orinda Books: Shakespeare’s Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissance  Ramie Targoff will discuss her book with Philippa Kelly (Cal Shakes).

Tuesday, 7/23, 6-7:30pm

City Lights: The Poet and the Silk Girl: A Memoir of Love, Imprisonment, and Protest   Satsuki Ina will discuss her book, a compelling love story of one family’s defiance in the face of injustice—and how their story echoes across generations.

Tuesday, 7/23, 7-8:15pm

Computer History Museum: Predicting the Winner: The Untold Story of Election Night 1952 and the Dawn of Computer Forecasting  Professor Ira Chinoy will discuss his book. 

Wednesday,7/24, 10-11am

The Plant Initiative: Rewilding & The Art of Plant Whispering  Rachel Corby will talk about her new book.

Wednesday, 7/24, 4-6pm

Dock C. Bracy Center Inc: Discussion of A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play, by David Zirin

Wednesday, 7/24, 6pm

City Lights: One Week to Change the World: An Oral History of the 1999 WTO Protests   DW Gibson will discuss his book. 

Thursday, 7/25, 10-11am

LEVEL: John Singer Sargent’s Cosmopolitan Aesthetics

Thursday, 7/25, 11am-12pm

Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum: A Love Story: Expression of Love on Stamps Guest Artist Katie Kirk will explore just some of the interesting designs used to represent love on postage stamps.

Thursday, 7/25, 3pm

Emily Dickinson Museum: Phosphorescence Contemporary Poetry Series

Thursday, 7/25, 4-5pm

National Hellenic Museum: Antigone: The Long Life of a Greek Tragedy  Hear how Sophocles’s masterpiece has been interpreted and adapted through the ages, from classical performances to contemporary theater, film, and literature. 

Thursday, 7/25, 5:15-6:45pm

The Austin Forum: Discussion of The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis  Authors Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, both instrumental in negotiating the Paris Agreement, provide a roadmap for action.

Saturday, 7/27, 10:30am

Treasure Island Museum: REMAINS TO BE SEEN: Surviving Treasures of the Golden Gate International Exposition Historian Anne Schnoebelen has been researching the “remains” of the GGIE for several decades and will share her findings.

Sunday, 7/28, 1pm

Book Passage: The Untold Story of Books  Michael Castleman will discuss his new book. 

Tuesday, 7/30, 10am

LEVEL: Climate Crisis: From Unequal Impacts to Collective Response?

Tuesday, 7/30, 5-7:15pm

AARP: Movies for Grownups: Fried Green Tomatoes

Wednesday, 7/31, 11am-12pm

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: Serving Science by Serving People  Speaker: Virgina Schutte, Science Media Specialist

Wednesday, 7/31, 6-7:30pm

City Lights: Daniel Borzutzky in conversation with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado Borzutky will discuss his new poetry collection, The Murmuring Grief of the Americas.

* Wednesday, 7/31 (and Thurs. 8/1), 7:00pm


By Sheila mcCormick

Sheila McCormick headshot

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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