Splash Pad Calendar – March 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

March 2, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *ZOOM* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Rotary Shark Tank. Four Rotarians that own businesses in downtown Oakland answer What is your vision for downtown Oakland in the next 5 years and how will you and your business help build that vision? Read more here

March 2, Thursday, 6-7:30pm, *ZOOM* Thomas Payne Foundation. Beyond the Bloom with Evan Meyer. A history of California wildflowers, this spring’s Superbloom, and the 40th anniversary of the Wildflower Hotline. Register here.

March 3, Friday, 8am, (also March 7, Tuesday, 10am and 5pm; March 8, Wednesday, 5pm, March 9, Thursday 5pm, and March 10, Friday 10am) *ZOOM* Aldo Leopold Foundation. Leopold Week 2023. Speakers include Delia Owens and Robin Wall Kimmerer. See the detailed schedule and register here.

March 3, Friday, 7pm. *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Lakeside Chat #28: Rocks of Lake Merritt. Speaker: Geologist Andrew Alden. Register here.

March 4, Saturday, 7pm *In Person*, Downtown Oakland Marriott, 1011 Broadway. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend. Mary Ann, China and Julia Pettway will  share some of their work and talk about quilting, storytelling and song in Black history and culture. An exhibition of quilts by Gee’s Bend quilters will be at the Joyce Gordon Gallery (406 14th St.) throughout March. Read more here  and RSVP by calling 510-434-3988.

March 6, Monday, 3-4pm, *ZOOM* UC-Merced. Ask Me Anything Featuring Sophie Egan. Egan is an internationally recognized leader at the intersection of food, health, and climate. She is Director of the Stanford Food Institute and author of How to Be a Conscious Eater. Register here.

March 6, Monday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* San Mateo Library. Docent Art Talk: John Singer Sargent and Spain. Sargent and Spainat the Legion of Honor (February 11-May 14) will present an array of the artist’s dazzling oils, watercolors, and drawings. Register here.

March 6, Monday, 7:30pm *In Person* 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Hillside Club. Why Local News Matters. Fireside Presentation by Katherine Rowlands, publisher of Bay City News.

March 7, Tuesday, 3-4pm *ZOOM* Poster House. Black Power to Black People: Branding the Black Panther Party. Learn how the Black Panther Party devised a graphic language to reaffirm Black humanity and decommodify Black life. Explore the bold language and striking graphics that exposed the public to radical images that captured a shift in tone in the fight for civil rights. Register here.

March 7, Tuesday, 4-5pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Birding is for Everyone. John C. Robinson is a wildlife biologist and birdwatching advocate whose book: Birdwatching is for Everyone is meant to inspire more people of color to pursue their own interests in the fascinating fields of biology and ornithology. Register here.

March 8, Wednesday, 4:30pm *ZOOM* CUNY Graduate Center. Frances Moore Lappé in Conversation with John Torpey. Lappé  wrote Diet for a Small Planet and Daring Democracy: Igniting Power Meaning and Connection for the America We Want. She will discuss her thoughts on creating a living democracy and how everyday people can reverse democracy’s decline. Register here.

March 8, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* San Mateo Libraries. Meet Illyanna Maisonet, Author of Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook. Register here.

March 8, Wednesday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Friends of Alameda Free Library. Designing Home: Jewish and Midcentury Modernism. In 2014 the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco presented a major exhibition exploring the role of Jewish architects and designers in the creation of a distinctly modern American landscape. Docent Susan Light will provide a retrospective of this exhibit. Register here.

March 9, Thursday, 10-11:30am *ZOOM* Havens Wright Center for Social Justice. Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet. George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist and environmental activist, whose current research focus is on the global food system. He will discuss his latest book. Register here.

March 9, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Gary Meyer: It’s Oscar Time! Read more here.

March 9, Thursday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Peninsula Open Space Trust. Tick Talk: Science and Safety. Jo Ellis, Director of Education, with the Bay Area Lyme Foundation  will dive into the science and tips to keep you safe from Ticks and Lyme disease on your next outdoor adventure. Register here.

March 15, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors. Crime Prevention Council Meeting.  Login here.

March 16, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Michelle Himmelberg – Women Sports Journalist.  Read more here.

March 16, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* Oakland Heritage Alliance. Excavating There: Gertrude Stein’s Forgotten Oakland. Kathyn (Kitty) Hughes will explore the complex history behind Stein’s famous “There is no there there” quote.  Register here.

March 17, Friday, 6pm  *In Person* 388 9th St., #290, Oakland. Oakland Asian Cultural Center. 48 Years After the end of the Vietnam War: A continued conversation About Empathy & Healing. Author talk and reading with Nguyễn Phan QuếMai about her new novel, Dust Child. Thi Bui will moderate the discussion about intergenerational trauma, racism, the cost of war, and healing and reconciliation among the Vietnamese community and between Vietnam and the United States. Register here.

March 21, Tuesday, 5:30pm *ZOOM* California Historical Society. Emily and Matilda Bancroft: Women Writers in their Own Right. Kim Bancroft will present her work on her ancestors, the first and second wives of historian and collector extraordinaire Hubert Howe Bancroft, with special attention on the two women’s nuanced portraits of gender, race, and class in the nineteenth-century West. Register here.

March 21, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* SF Library/Asian Art Museum. Jade: Stone of Heaven. A fascinating journey to explore the mystic properties of jade and its importance in Asian cultures for thousands of years.  Register here.

March 23, Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Dr. Michael Wehner – Let’s Talk about the Weather.  Read more here.

March 24, Friday, 8-10am *ZOOM* Boston University. How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America. Priya Fielding-Singh will discuss her new book. Register here.

March 26, 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.

March 29, Wednesday, 6-7pm *ZOOM* Oakland Public Library. An Evening with Rosa Clemente–Can’t Stop Our Blackness: Black Latinx Narratives & Resisting Erasure. Clemente’s powerful first-person essays on Afro-Latinx identity, particularly her article Who is Black? is read in classrooms across the country and has been translated into four different languages. Register here.

March 30, Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Yesenia Sanchez: Alameda County Sheriff. Read more here.

March 2023 Splash Pad News Calendar of the Month

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.



2 responses to “Splash Pad Calendar – March 2023”

  1. Sheila McCormick Avatar
    Sheila McCormick

    Sorry, not sure why – but you can watch it on their Youtube channel.


  2. Bethany Avatar

    Behind the Bloom link does not work.