Clock Faces

Splash Pad Calendar – February 2024

by Sheila McCormick

Above is the February page from Oakland neighbor Helen Krayenhoff’s gorgeous and now sold-out 2024 calendar, “Favorite Edible Details.” To see her other artwork, go here. (If you’ve produced your own calendar, or know about a neighbor’s calendar that we can promote, let us know in the comments section.)

Thursday, 2/1, 3-5pm, Inform Your Community, Screening of We Are the Radical Monarchs Set in Oakland, this film documents the Radical Monarchs—an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, aged 8-13.

Thursday, 2/1, 4-5pm

The Writer’s Center, 1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused and Productive All Year Round Jami Attenberg will discuss her new edited essay collection, featuring writing advice from more than 50 accomplished authors.

 Friday, 2/2, 10:30-11:30am

Osher Lifelong Learning, Energy Innovation: What It Is and How to Accelerate It  Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen will discuss methods to make energy innovation more just and inclusive. 

Friday, 2/2, 7-8pm, Rotary Nature Center Friends, Nutrients in San Francisco Bay (and in Lake Merritt)

Saturday, 2/3, 3-4:30pm, Art Impact International, Against All Odds! Artist Talk and Gallery Tour, Celebrate Black History Month with the opening of an international art exhibition.

Tuesday, 2/6, 8:50-10:15am, AARP, Celebrate the Lunar New Year through Art, Explore the traditions associated with the Lunar New Year holiday through paintings, sculptures and ceramics held by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. 

Tuesday, 2/6, 2-3:30pm, UC-Berkeley Learning in Retirement, Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, Professor Stuart Russell will survey recent and expected developments in AI and their implications.

Tuesday, 2/6, 6-7pm, Space Cowboy Books, Online Reading and Interview with Mary Soon Lee, Her second science poetry collection, How to Navigate Our Universe, follows her first: Elemental Haiku: Poems to Honor the Periodic Table Three Lines at a Time.

Wednesday, 2/7, 9am, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Ocean Fever: Deep Thoughts on Water, Culture, and Climate Change  Rob Verchick will talk about his in-progress book for nonexperts about how we can rescue the oceans from climate breakdown.

Wednesday, 2/7, 6pm, City of Sunnyvale, Microplastics? Macro Problems  Dr. Imari Walker-Franklin will discuss how plastic impacts our health and the environment and suggest possible solutions to our growing microplastics pollution.

Wednesday, 2/7, 7pm, Friends of Alameda Free Library, Yayoi Kusama: The Princess of Polka Dots  Docent Avril Angevine will talk about the Dreaming of Earth’s Sphericity, I Would Offer My Love exhibit at SF MOMA. 

Friday, 2/9, 11am-12:30pm, SFU Continuing Studies, Nature Without Borders: The Wondrous Migration of Monarch Butterflies

Monday, 2/12, 1-2pm, Community Living Campaign, Art Viewing Adventures: Closing Thoughts on Diego Rivera’s Pan American Unity Mural Mission District muralist and art educator Josué Rojas will discuss the impact the mural has had on him.

Tuesday, 2/13, 9-10am, Facing History, They Called Us Enemy: Author Event with George Takei

Tuesday, 2/13, 6-7:30 pm, Oakland Tech Student Center or on Zoom, Candidate Forum for the March Primary Election: Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 5 Meet the nine candidates vying to fill the seat Keith Carson has held for 32 years.

Wednesday, 2/14, 10-11am, Road Scholar, Valentine’s Day Underwater: Exploring Aquatic Romance

Wednesday, 2/14, 12-1pm, Marine Mammal Center, Funnel of Love: The Secret Sex Lives of Harbor Porpoises

Thursday, 2/15, 5-6pm, Alta Magazine, The Every, Dave Eggers will read from and discuss his novel, a sequel to The Circle.  

Thursday, 2/15, 5-6:30pm, Roots & Roads Hospice Foundation, Screening of Speaking Grief, and Discussion, This documentary explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society.

Thursday, 2/15, 7pm, Golden Gate Bird Alliance, How Birds are Responding to Climate Change

Saturday, 2/17, 9:30-11am, Culinary Literacy Center, A Taste of African Heritage: Greens

Saturday, 2/17, 11am, Banyen Books, Annie Lamott & Neal Allen – Heal Your Inner Critic

Saturday, 2/17, 12-1pm, Contra Costa Library, Lunar New Year with the Asian Art Museum  Welcome in the lunar new year by learning about the traditions and symbolism that enrich this celebration each year, from dragons to oranges. 

Tuesday, 2/20, 12pm, City Lights, A Dangerous Country: An American Elegy  Ron Kovic, Vietnam veteran and author of Born on the Fourth of July, will discuss his new book. 

Tuesday, 2/20, 1pm, Sacramento Library, Exploring Identity, Love, and Being Black in America in Fiction Writing: A Conversation with Author Jason Mott  In Mott’s novel, Hell of a Book, a Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel.

Tuesday, 2/20, 6:30-7:30pm, SF Library, SF Amusement Parks: How People Frolicked

Tuesday, 2/20, 7-8:30pm, SF Library/SF Opera, Celebration: Black Voices in American Opera  Cole Thomason-Redus will explore the careers and recordings of Camilla Williams, Simon Estes, Marian Anderson, and Leontyne Price.

Wednesday, 2/21, 7-8:30 pm, Barnett Hall (next to Lakeshore Baptist Church) Grand Lake Neighbors (NCPC) Meeting

Thursday, 2/22, 4-6:30pm, Theater of War Productions, An Enemy of the People: A Public Health Project  A live dramatic reading of scenes from Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play to frame a powerful audience discussion.

Saturday, 2/24, 4-6:30pm, Theater of War Productions, An Enemy of the People: A Public Health Project  A live dramatic reading of scenes from Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play to frame a powerful audience discussion.

Sunday, 2/25, 9am-Noon, Splashpad Park, Volunteer Park & garden clean-up

Monday, 2/26, 1-2pm, SF Library, End of Life Choices  Robert V. Brody, MD will discuss resources and guidance available from End of Life Choices California.

Wednesday, 2/28, 4:30pm, Teaneck International Film Festival, Screening of Breaking the News  Women and LGBTQ+ journalists launch startup The 19th* to buck a broken news media system.

Wednesday, 2/28, 10-11am, Road Scholar, 10 Questions With: Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds on the Legacy of Coretta Scott King

Wednesday, 2/28, 7pm, Banyen Books, The Buddhist and The Ethicist  Peter Singer will discuss his new book.

Thursday, 2/29, 7pm, KQED, Anna Sale Presents: Four Interviews and a Funeral  Bid farewell to the podcast Death, Sex & Money at a show exploring endings and new beginnings.

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.