Splash Pad Calendar – January 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

January 5, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live *Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Kick Off the New Year with The Oakland Roots: Speakers Lindsay Barentz and Edreece Arghandiwal. Read more here.

January 6, Friday, 7-8pm, *ZOOM*  Rotary Nature Center Friends.  Lakeside Chat #26 – What Led to a Nudibranch “Boomtown” in Lake Merritt? Nudibranch specialist Robin Agarwal will introduce us to the illusive sea slugs of Lake Merritt and explore their puzzling recent success. Register here.

January 9, Monday, 7-8pm, *ZOOM* San Mateo Libraries. Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs. Docent talk about the exhibition at the de Young Museum, through February 12. Register here. 

January 12, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.   Speaker Alex Filippenko, UC-Berkeley Astrophysicist. Read more here.

January 12, Thursday, 7pm, *LIVESTREAM* KQED. The Big Payback with Erica Alexander & Whitney Dow. A preview of their new PBS documentary, which looks at the first tax-funded reparations bill in the United States and at one local leader as she and her community struggle to realize restitution for its citizens. Register here.

January 13, Friday through Monday, January 16. *ZOOM* The World House Project at Stanford. 2023 Documentary and Film Festival in Celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Over 40 documentaries, as well as interviews and panel discussions with Dr. Clayborne Carson and special guests that explore the theme of The Crisis of Democracy in the World House. Registration and schedule here.

January 15, Sunday,  5-6pm, *ZOOM* Zonta Says NOW. All We Can Save. This anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of climate work, curated by two climate leaders, is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save. Read more here and register here.

January 17, Tuesday, 11am *ZOOM* Sacramento Library. Decluttering to Start Your New Year. Start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of the popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life. Register here.

January 17, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* SF Library. Lunar New Year Traditions and Symbolism.  Register here.

January 18, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors. Crime Prevention Council Meeting. OPD Crime report and updates on Ohana cannabis application. Login here.

January 19, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.   Stagebridge: The Art of Storytelling for Those Over 50. Read more here.

January 19, Thursday, 1-2:30pm *ZOOM* Internet Archive. The Best Things in Life Are Free: Public Domain Day. Works published in 1927 are now in the public domain – celebrate with a host of entertainers, historians, librarians, academics, activists, and other leaders from the open world. Register here.

January 19, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* Peninsula Open Space Trust. Tails of Two Cities: Wildlife Connectivity from the Bay to LA. A panel discussion exploring the importance of wildlife habitat connections. Register here.

January 22, Sunday, 9am-12pm *In Person* Splash Pad Grand Crew. Fourth Sunday Volunteer Work Day. Gloves and tools provided, or bring your own for weeding, pruning, litter pick-up, and planting.

January 23, Monday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Shorebird Migration. Local photographer Bob Lewis discusses the various species that call the bay home for all or part of the year and examines the impact of migration on conservation strategies. Register here.

January 26, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Speaker: Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao. Read more here.

January 26, Thursday, 4-6pm *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley Center for Race and Gender. Angel Island: History and Movement. Register here.

January 2023 Splash Pad News Calendar of the Month

A 1909 postcard with a tiny calendar tucked inside the handbag

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.