Splash Pad Calendar – April 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

April 1, Saturday, 1-3pm, *In person* Jack London Square.  Easter Celebration. Read more here

April 3, Monday, 3-4pm, *ZOOM* UC-Merced. Ask Me Anything Featuring Richard Munson. Munson is the author of Tech to Table: 25 Innovators Reimagining Food. Register here.

April 3, Monday, 6pm  *ZOOM* Elliott Bay Book Company. From Here to the Horizon: Photographs in Honor of Barry Lopez. This book presents work by fifty leading American landscape photographers to honor the life and influence of Barry Lopez (1945–2020), one of the most highly regarded writers about our relationship with the natural world. Register here.

April 4, Tuesday, 12-1pm *ZOOM* SF Library. Sustainable Investing that Benefits Nature and People. Register here.

April 4, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm *In person* Oakland Library, Lakeview Branch. Walk the Lake. Want to meet new people and enjoy the outdoors? Join others in front of the Lakeview Library and enjoy a stroll around beautiful Lake Merritt.

April 4, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm * ZOOM*  SF Bay Bird Observatory. Birdy Hour: Birding the Bay Area Part 1. The Golden Gate, Mt. Diablo, and Ohlone Audubon Society groups will share their favorite birding hotspots. Register here.

April 5, Wednesday, 1-2pm, *ZOOM* Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Closing the Equity Gap: Creating Wealth and fostering Justice in Startup Investing. Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor will discuss their new book. Register here.

April 5, Wednesday, 5-6pm *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley. Mathematics that Matter. Our panelists will discuss their work in applied mathematics, and how they apply mathematics to physical and biological systems, fluid and solid mechanics, and computing. Register here.

April 6, Thursday,12;30-1:30pm *Zoom and Facebook Live* Rotary Club #3. Speaker: Napa Rotarian Dorothy Salmon.  How Rotary clubs can form partnerships that better support our nation’s veterans. Read more here.

April 6, Thursday, 6pm *ZOOM* UC White Mountain Research Center. 2022-2023 Eastern Sierra Avalanche Activity. Sue Berak will discuss the science behind recent Eastern Sierra avalanche activity and climate change implications on the phenomenon. Register here.

April 6, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Birds of Sierra Valley. Award-winning photographer Bob Lewis has led birding trips at the headwater of the Feather River for over 20 years; he’ll show some of the birds and creatures that inhabit one his favorite birding spots. Register here.

April 11, Tuesday, 2-3pm *ZOOM* SF Library. The Psychology of Spending. Register here.

April 11, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley Learning in Retirement. Worse than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism. Erwin Chemerinsky will discuss his new book. Register here.

April 11, Tuesday, 3-5pm *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley. Grad Slam Competition. Cheer on Berkeley grad students as they showcase their research in a series of three-minute talks. Winner will advance to the UC-wide event. Register here for email reminders and view here.

April 12, Wednesday, 2pm *ZOOM* Berkeley Retirement Center/Belmont Village. Helping Communities Reduce Wildfire Risk and Respond to Natural Disasters More Quickly — and More Safely. Speaker: Professor Emerita Louise K. Comfort. Register here.

April 12, Wednesday, 3:30pm, *ZOOM* Carnegie Science. Cloudy with a Chance of Science: Shaping a Discussion at the Intersection of Wicked Problems and Society. Meteorologist and climate expert Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd uses the lens of societal challenges that overlap with weather and climate to explore how the public and decision-makers perceive science information. Register here.

April 13, Thursday, 12-1:30pm *ZOOM* UC-San Diego. A Deep Look into Earth Day 2023: New Science for a Changing World. UC San Diego researchers will offer perspectives from a range of scientific disciplines relevant to the planet and its future. Register here.

April 13, Thursday,12:30pm, *ZOOM* Marine Mammal Center. Behind-the Scenes Look at Pupping Season. Register here.

April 14, Friday, 7pm, *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Lakeside Chat #29: Radical by Nature: The Revolutionary Life of Alfred Russel Wallace. Dr. Jim Costa will discuss his new book. Register here.

April 16, Sunday, 2-3pm *ZOOM* City of Berkeley. Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program includes stories by survivor Dr. Miriam Finder Tasini, music by Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, a unique candle lighting ceremony & more. Register here.

April 17, Monday, 5pm  *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley. Repair and Regeneration of the Body. A panel of biologists will discuss their research in the ways that the body repairs itself, from PTSD recovery to regrowing heart cells. Register here.

April 18, Tuesday, 9am through Sunday, April 23, 8pm. DC Environmental Film Festival. Streaming of Earth Day Encore Films. View here.

April 18, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm *In person* Oakland Library, Lakeview Branch. Walk the Lake. Want to meet new people and enjoy the outdoors? Join others in front of the Lakeview Library and enjoy a stroll around beautiful Lake Merritt.

April 18, Tuesday, 5-6pm. *ZOOM* SF Library. Benji Jones. Vox reporter Jones will speak about climate change and the ongoing loss of biodiversity, and describe scientific and policy responses to these challenges. It won’t be all doom and gloom! Register here.

April 18, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm. *ZOOM* SF Bay Bird Observatory. Birdy Hour: Birding the Bay Area Part 2. The Santa Clara Valley and Sequoia Audubon Society groups will share their favorite birding spots. Register here.

April 19, Wednesday 1-3pm *ZOOM* CUNY Graduate Center. Returning to Normal? Life After a Pandemic. Panel discussion that will explore the norms of life, their impact, and their origins. Register here.

April 19, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors. Crime Prevention Council Meeting.  Login here.

April 20, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Rotarian Jim Carriere and Shelter Box. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity established in 2000 in Helston, Cornwall, UK, that provides emergency shelter and other aid to families around the world who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict. Read more here.

April 22, Saturday, 11am-12pm *ZOOM* Bees Abroad. Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees. Thor Hanson will discuss his book. Register here.

April 22, Saturday, 11am-1pm *In person* Jack London Square. Earth Day Celebration. Read more here.

April 23, Sunday, 9am-12pm *In person* Splash Pad Grand Crew. Fourth Sunday Volunteer Work Day, in celebration of Earth Day. Gloves and tools provided, or bring your own for weeding, pruning, litter pick-up, and planting.  RSVP to info@splashpad.org.

April 23, Sunday, 7pm through Friday, April 28, 11:59pm *Streaming*  Peninsula Open Space Trust. 2023 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Enjoy two hours of short, inspiring environmental films. Register here.

April 25, Tuesday, 5pm *ZOOM* Illinois Libraries Present. Secrets of the Puzzle Master: A Conversation with Will Shortz. Shortz, editor of the NYT crossword puzzle, is world’s only academically accredited puzzle master. Register here.

April 26, Wednesday, 1-2pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Ethical Wildlife Photography. Bay Area naturalist, photographer, educator, and conservation advocate Sarah Killingsworth will discuss her work, the importance of ethics in the field of nature photography, and coexisting with wildlife. Register here.

April 26, Wednesday, 5:30pm *ZOOM* California Historical Society. We Are Not Animals: Indigenous Survival and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Santa Cruz. Martin Rizzo-Martinez will discuss his recent book.  Register here.

April 27, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Joe Griffin, Executive Director of Youth Alive.  The mission of Youth ALIVE is to break the cycle of violence and uplift a thriving community of leaders rooted in Oakland and beyond through prevention, intervention, healing, and advocacy.  Read more here.

April 28, Friday, 4:30-5:30pm *ZOOM* YURI Education project. Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi will discuss their new book. Register here.

April 28, Friday, 7pm *Streaming* Sacramento Film Project. 916 Film Challenge Screening & Wrap Celebration. The challenge was to create a film that is exactly 9 minutes and 16 seconds in length with certain requirements and limitless creativity. The screening will be followed by a short celebration featuring the filmmakers and award presentations. 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.