Splash Pad Calendar – May 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

May 1, Monday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* San Mateo County Libraries. Arts Across Asia: Masterpieces of the Asian Art Museum. Register here.

May 2, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* SF Bay Bird Observatory.  Birdy Hour: Birding the Bay Area Part 3. The Madrone and Napa-Solano Audubon groups will share a few of their favorite birding spots. Register here.

May 4, Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm *ZOOM* Headwaters Science Institute. Crazy Climate & Rational Decisions: What they Mean for California. Dr. Laurel Larsen, UC Berkeley Departments of Geography and Civil and Environmental Engineering, will discuss how climate change is impacting the water cycle, and why these changes can be challenging to predict. Register here.

May 5, Friday, 9-10am *ZOOM* GBH. Ask the Expert: Spring Birding with David Allen Sibley. Register here.

May 5, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Microscopic Marvels of Lake Merritt “Lagoon”. Register here.

May 6 and 7,  Saturday, 11am-7pm and Sunday, 11am-6:30pm *IN PERSON* Bay Area Book Festival. View the schedule here.

May 8, Monday, 5-6pm *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley. Great Events in Evolution. Berkeley’s brightest paleontologists and evolutionary biologists will come together to discuss how humans and other animals have evolved, and where we might be headed. Register here.

May 9, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. Outdoor Explore Presents: The Accessible Outdoors. Hear from Bonnie Lewkowicz of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, whose mission is to improve the health, independence, and social integration of people with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sports. Register here.

May 11, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Speaker: Mr. Nan Su from the Epoch Times: What China’s Global Expansion Means to Americans. Read more here.

May 11, Thursday, 6-7:30pm *ZOOM* Oakland Public Library. Caregiving for Aging Parents: Choices, Challenge, and Lessons Learned. Dave Iverson, will talk about his book, Winter Stars: an Elderly Mother, an Aging Son, and Life’s Final Journey, and our growing eldercare crisis. Register here.

May 17, Wednesday, 7-8pm, *ZOOM* Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Docent Webinar: Ansel Adams In Our Time. Mike Madrid will discuss the exhibition at the de Young Museum. Register here.

May 17, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors. Crime Prevention Council Meeting.  Login here.

May 18, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Speaker: Ben Fong-Torres. Read more here.

May 18, Thursday, 6-7pm *ZOOM* San Mateo County Libraries. Cook Along with VC Tang. The author of the Thai cookbook/memoir Come Eat, Grandma! Recipes and Stories of Thai Home Cooking invites you to cook along with her as she demonstrates how to prepare one of her favorite recipes from the book. Register here.

May 18, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* Golden Gate Audubon Society. Pushing Back Plants: The Invasive Spartina Project.  Zoom link here.

May 20, Saturday, 10am-1pm *ZOOM* Green Home Tour. East Bay Green Home Tour 2023. See and hear what East Bay residents do with their homes to combat climate change, improve air quality, generate clean energy, save water, and move toward a safer, healthier, greener, and more resilient future. Register here.

May 22, Monday, 6:30-7:30pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Libraries. A Bird’s Rainbow. From Yellow Warblers to Anna’s Hummingbirds, from Snow Geese to Brewer’s Blackbirds, each species makes unique use of feather colors. Bob Lewis will discuss how the colors originate, and what they indicate to other birds. Register here.

May 23, Tuesday, 5:30pm, *ZOOM* California Historical Society. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo: Life in Spanish, Mexican, and American California. Rose Marie Bebbe and Robert M. Senkewicz will discuss their recent book. Register here.

May 24, Wednesday, 6-7:30pm  *IN PERSON* Oakland Library Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. Dorothy Lazard Book Launch.  Retired OPL librarian Dorothy Lazard will read from her new memoir, What You Don’t Know Will Make a Whole New World. Read more here.

May 24, Wednesday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Docent Webinar: Vermeer: The Magic, Mystery, and Mastery. Avril Angevine will preview the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which brings together an unprecedented 28 of Vermeer’s 37 known works—even he never saw this many of his works together. Register here.

May 25, Thursday,12;30-1:30pm *Zoom and Facebook Live* Rotary Club #3. Speaker:  Elliot Jones, MACRO Program manager. Read more here.

May 25, Thursday, 7-8pm *IN PERSON* Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland Heritage Alliance. Oakland Geology and Oakland History. Presenter: Andrew Alden, author of Deep Oakland: How Geology Shaped A City. Register here.

May 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.

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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.