Splash Pad Calendar – January 2024

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

January 4, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm (and January 11, 18 and 25), 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Check here for speaker information.

January 5, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature’s Toxins―from Spices to Vices. Professor Noah Whiteman (UC Berkeley) will talk about his new book. Register here.

January 5, 7:30-9:30pm (or January 6, Saturday, 3-5pm, or January 7, Sunday, 3-5pm) *IN PERSON* Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra. Voices on War. A Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett and the wind blows full of sand by Sam Wu.

January 11, Thursday, 5-6pm *STREAM* AARP. Movies for Grownups: Short Films Night. Larry & Me (about Larry King); The Ballad of Tita & the Machines (about a robot that picks strawberries); Below Surface (about an aquafit class). Register here.

January 11, Thursday, 7-8:30pm *ON ZOOM* Peninsula Open Space Trust. Fungi Fundamentals: Mushrooms of the Bay Area. Christian Schwarz, co-author of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast will guide us through the fundamentals of mushroom science. Register here.

January 13, Saturday, 7pm, Paramount Theatre. *IN PERSON* Living Jazz and SF Jazz. In the Name of Love: Featuring the Music of Stevie Wonder. Read more and buy tickets here.

January 16, Tuesday, 4pm *ON ZOOM* Smithsonian. Climate Extremes – What’s the Forecast for Invasive Species? Dr. Andy Chang has tracked the movement of species introduced by human activity to San Francisco Bay and the California coast for the past two decades. Register here.

January 15, Monday, 12-1pm *ON ZOOM* AARP. The Books of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Register here.

January 17, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, Barnett Hall adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church. *IN PERSON* Grand Lake Neighbors. Monthly Meeting. 

January 19, Friday, 3-4pm *ON ZOOM* East Hampton Library. Journalist Evan Weiner Reflects on the Year 1984. Reagan re-elected, the Bhopal disaster, HIV identified, release of the Macintosh computer, and more. Register here.

January 19, Friday, 7:30pm (or January 20, Saturday, 7:30pm. *STREAM* SF Conservatory of Music. Side-by-Side Concert with New Century Chamber Orchestra and Alexi Kenney. View here.

January 20, Saturday, 10am-4:30pm (and January 21, Sunday, 10am-4:30pm) *IN PERSON* East Bay Regional Parks. Tilden Fungus Fair. Presentations, guided mushroom walks, candy cap ice cream making, arts, crafts, and mushroom displays. More information here.

January 21, Sunday, 2-3pm *ON ZOOM* SF Library. Home Preparedness in Earthquake Country. Professor Matt Springer (UCSF Department of Medicine) will talk about precautions that can be taken to lessen the damage from an earthquake. Register here.

January 23, Tuesday, 1pm *ON ZOOM* Science Friday. An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us. Ed Yong will discuss his book. Register here.

January 23, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ON ZOOM* San Mateo County Libraries. Meet Nina Schuyler, Author of Afterword. In this science fiction novel, a Chinese tech company creates an AI companion for the aging population. Register here.

January 24, Wednesday, 4-5pm *ON ZOOM* The Media and Democracy Project. A Conversation with Journalist/Editor/Author Margaret Sullivan. Sullivan is the author of “Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy” and most recently Newsroom Confidential. Register here.

January 24, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ON ZOOM* City of Sunnyvale. Drought, Atmospheric Rivers and Floods, Oh My! Register here.

January 25, Thursday, 11:30am-1pm *ON ZOOM* Collective Encounters. Social Change Cabaret: A Cup of Kindness. Celebrate Burns Night 2024 with short satirical sketches, songs, and poems. Register here.

January 28, 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 28, Sunday, 3-5pm *STREAM* AARP. Yo-Yo Ma Performs Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1. Register here.

January 28, Sunday, 5pm *ON ZOOM* Bay Area Culinary Historians. The Life and Work of Abby Fisher in San Francisco. Robert Brower will introduce the life and work of this African American cook and author of the 1881 cookbook What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, etc. Register here.

January 30, Tuesday, 12-1pm *ON ZOOM* UC Botanical Garden. Butterflies of the Bay Area with Sarab Seth. Register here.

January 31, Wednesday, 9:30-5pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley *IN PERSON* UC Berkeley. Philomathia Day: Immersive Environmental Storytelling. See schedule here. 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.