Splash Pad Calendar – July 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

July 1, Saturday, 10am-12pm *In person* Lake Merritt Boating Center. Snapshot CalCoast at Lake Merritt 2023. Help the CA Academy of Sciences gather critical biodiversity data from the California coast. Yes — Lake Merritt is part of the CA coastline! Reserve a spot.

July 7, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Lakeside Chat #32. “The Last Shall Be First: Empowering Vulnerable Communities to Lead in Sea Level Rise Planning.” Featured guest: Phoenix Armenta, Senior Manager of Climate and Community Engagement at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Register here

July 9, Sunday, 12-2pm *ZOOM* Philip Wexler. Inspired by Gertrude Stein: Readings and Discussion. A mini-reading and panel discussion of From the Belly, responding to Tender Buttons, Stein’s most mysterious work. Register here.

July 12, Wednesday, 11am *ZOOM* Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Western Flyer: Literary History Heads Back to Sea. Sherry Flumerfelt will talk about the history of the Western Flyer, the boat chartered by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts for their Sea of Cortez trip. Register here.

July 12, Wednesday, 7pm *ZOOM* Friends of the Alameda Library. Layers of Color: Unfolding the Beauty of Woodblock Prints. Speaker: Asian Art Museum Docent Jim Brown.  Register here.

July 13, Thursday, 6-8pm *In person* Lincoln Square Park, 11th St., Circus Bella – Bananas! Read more here.

July 17, Monday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Rose Hill Cemetery: Voices from the Past. Hear about the communities that worked Mount Diablo Coal Field during the late 1800s. Register here.

July 19, Wednesday, 6pm *ZOOM* City Lights. Everyday Utopia: What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments Can Teach Us About the Good Life. Kristen R. Ghodsee will discuss her book. Register here.

July 19, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* Marin Library. Docent Lecture: The World of Jane Austen – Art, Fashion & Eligible Gentlemen. Register here.

July 19, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *In person* Grand Lake Neighbors. Crime Prevention Council Meeting. Barnett Hall adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church. Agenda includes a crime report from OPD and a discussion of what community members can do to fill commercial vacancies in the Grand Lake district.

July 20, Thursday, 10am *ZOOM* Sacramento Library. Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It. Ethan Kross will discuss his new book. Register here.

July 20, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  David Reimer. Storytelling for Innovators. David is the Amazon Best Selling author of Get Your Startup Story Straight:  The Definitive Storytelling Framework for Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Login here.

July 20, Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* The Town of Superior. Screening of Going Circular. This documentary focuses on ways to alter our economic systems and eliminate waste to live within planetary boundaries. Register here.

July 20, Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm *In Person* Art Walk on Grand Avenue. Art. Music. Light refreshments.

July 23, 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.

July 25, Tuesday, 2pm *ZOOM* Compass Family Services. Demystifying Disability. Michael Hingson, a blind man, escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog.  He will share his lived experience, the importance of , and the historical significance of the Disability movement. 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.