Splash Pad Calendar – August 2022

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

August 1, Monday, 4-5pm *ZOOM* The Marine Mammal Center. Ridiculous Rescues. It takes a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to rescue marine mammals in need. Join us as we ask our experts about some of the most unusual and notable rescues yet! Register here.

August 2, Tuesday, 5:30pm *ZOOM* California Historical society. Phyllis J. Perry discusses her new book California Disasters: True Stories of Golden State Tragedies and Triumphs. It is often said that California has four seasons: drought, flood, fire, and earthquakes. Out of each disaster, there are acts of heroism, bravery, and compassion as individuals and groups attempt to aid victims in need. Register here.

August 4, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *ZOOM *  Oakland Rotary Club #3  Jonathan Kos-Read: How I Became a Social Media Influencer in China. Read more and register for ZOOM link here

August 5, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Lakeside Chat #21 – Corrina Gould in Ohlone Territory of Huichun/Oakland. Gould is Spokeswoman and Tribal Chair of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan in the Ohlone Territory of Huichun/Oakland, CA. Register here.

August 6, Saturday, 11am-12pm *In Person* Lakeview Branch Library. Friends of Lakeview Meeting. Read more here.

August 7, Sunday, 10am-12:30pm *In Person* Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour. Tracing Terraces: The Linda Vista Tract. The eclectic neighborhood known as Linda Vista Terrace features an array of historic homes reflecting Oakland’s architectural history, many designed by well-known architects. Discover traces of historic terracing as we explore this evolving neighborhood. If you have them, bring old photos or documents to share. A moderately hilly walk on sidewalks, with optional steep pedestrian staircase at tour’s end, perhaps lunch together after. Register here.

August 11, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live*  Oakland Rotary Club #3  Carin Adams will speak about the OMCA exhibit Hella Feminist. Read more and register for ZOOM link here.

August 11, Thursday, 6-7:30pm *In Person* Main Oakland Library Auditorium.  Everett Harper will discuss his new book Move to the Edge, Declare it Center. Everett Harper is the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss, a human-centered software development company, named as an Inc 5000 fastest-growing private company for 2020 and 2021. Read more and register here.

August 13, Saturday, 10am-1pm *In Person* Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour. Storied Lakeside Park:  Bonsai, Bowling, and Butterflies. Tour Lakeside Park and learn about the history of this unique local treasure and today’s uses that keep the park vibrant – from Children’s Fairyland to the Wildlife Sanctuary, from the Bandstand to the McElroy Fountain. We’ll tour the Lakeside Garden Center, home to garden wonders from century-old bonsai to butterflies. We’ll also visit the nearby Lawn Bowling Club, founded here in 1903. Register here.

August 14, Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm *In Person* Main Oakland Public Library. Rock Paper Scissors Collective’s Community Art Workshop Series. These workshops return after a 2.5 year hiatus! The theme for this year’s series is upcycling textiles to create usable or wearable works. Read more here.

August 17, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors Crime Prevention Council Meeting.
Login info will be posted on the GLN Facebook page.

August 18, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live*  Oakland Rotary Club #3 . Pam Dorr from @Affordable Housing. Learn about affordable Housing, sustainable design, aging in place, and housing options for an aging population. Read more and register for Zoom link here.

August 18, Thursday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Golden Gate Audubon Society. California Hummingbirds and More. Although the focus is California hummingbirds, we’ll also stop in Arizona and Central and South America as we discuss the origin and taxonomy of these flying jewels, their nesting and migration behaviors, and some of the features that make hummingbirds unique. See Zoom link here.

August 20, Saturday, 10am-1pm *In Person* Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour. Electric Trains Battle at the Border, Part I: the Oakland-Emeryville Sphere. Retrace the routes of the Key System interurbans and Southern Pacific “Red Trains” along the Oakland-Emeryville border. Register here.

August 25, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live*  Oakland Rotary Club #3 . Speaker TBA. Read more and register for Zoom link here.

August 25, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* KQED. Vegan Food con Sazon. Meet Latinx chefs and restauranteurs embracing the Bay Area’s vegan culinary trends and incorporating plant-based ingredients into their cultures’ classic dishes. Register here.

August 28, Sunday, 10am-1:30pm *In Person* Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour. Scaling Leona Heights.  Hike the woods and fire trails of the Leona Greenbelt in East Oakland to see Leona Mine, Leona Creek, Leona Hotel site, Leona trolley line end point, and relics of industrial activity and redwood lumbering in early days. Register here.

August 28, Sunday, 9am-Noon* Splash Pad Grand Crew Fourth Sunday Volunteer Work Day. Gloves and tools provided or bring your own for weeding, pruning, litter pick-up and for planting more than a dozen California Native Plants.

August 31, Wednesday, 6-7pm *ZOOM* Oakland Public Library. Folkland Book Club Featuring Books from Small Press Distribution. This month’s book is There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights by Laura van den Berg. Read more and register here.

August 2022 Splash Pad News Calendar of the Month

The 2005 Psychological Diary presented images “to remind us of the strange and beautiful world of the unconscious. Images by those who have entered those other places by way of intuition and imagination. And unforgettable images brought back by artists from the enchanted domains of madness.” The image on the right was painted by famed Psychoanalyst C.G. Jung. The mid-century drawing on the left was “by Martin Ramirez who resided without speaking for 25 years in a California state mental hospital.”

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.