Splash Pad Calendar – November 2022

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

November 2, Wednesday, 3pm,  *ZOOM* National Center for Atmospheric Research. Atmospheric Rivers in a Changing Climate. Christine Shields of NCAR’s Climate & Global Dynamics Lab will talk about what atmospheric rivers are, their importance in the climate system, and how they may change in the future. Register here.

November 2, Wednesday, 6-8pm. *In Person*  Urban Furniture and Boutique at 3237 Grand Ave.  Exhibition of Traces…commentating on our loved ones and ancestors in community from Oakland-born artist Raquel Contreras. Raquel’s creations will be available, including hand-poured and painted wax skulls and Day of the Dead T-shirts.

November 2, Wednesday, 6-8pm. *In Person* Panorama Framing at 3350 Grand Ave. Meese is a Pig!,  a show of political posters. Light refreshments will be served.

November 3, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm, *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Richard D. King—Past Rotary International President. Read more here.

November 3, Thursday, 3-7pm, *ZOOM* Green Screen Environmental Film Festival. Opening Night. Very short sustainability-themed films inspired by the theme “Transition: Affordable and Clean Energy;  Sustainable Cities and Communities;  Responsible Consumption and Production.” Register here.

November 4, Friday, 7-8pm, *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Friends. Lakeside Chat #24: Fish in the Bay, with Jim Ervin. August’s harmful algal bloom decimated fish in Lake Merritt but not in the South Bay! Jim Ervin explores why and implications for the future. Register here.

November 10, Thursday, 5-7:30pm, *ZOOM* North County Climate Change Alliance. Roar of the Monarch Butterfly. Bill Toone will discuss the unique migration of the monarch butterfly and the challenges for their survival. Register here.

November 15, Tuesday, 11am, *ZOOM* Front Porch Communities and UC Retiree’s Learning Series. A Love Song to Ohlone Culture. Cafe Ohlone co-founders and Ohlone cultural leaders Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino will discuss their journey to  create the beautiful space in Berkeley that celebrates their culture. Register here.

November 15, Tuesday, 6-7:30pm, *ZOOM* Contra Costa Libraries. Houseplants: A UC Master Gardener Webinar. Register here. 

November 16, Wednesday, 4-5pm, *ZOOM* California State Library. We are the Land: A History of Native California. Historians Damon B. Akins and William J. Bauer, Jr. discuss their book focused on the lives and legacies of the Native people of California. Register here.

November 16, Wednesday, 7-8pm, *ZOOM* San Mateo County Libraries. How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequity in America. Author Priya Fielding-Singh argues that the problem doesn’t lie as much in our accessibility to healthy food but in the way we think and feel about the food we eat. Register here.

November 16, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *ZOOM* Grand Lake Neighbors. Crime Prevention Council Meeting. Login info will be posted on the GLN Facebook page.

November 17, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In Person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3. Mike Pereira: Battlefields to Ballfields: Helping Veterans Become Umpires. Read more here.

November 17, Thursday, 2-3pm *ZOOM* Contra Costa Library. History of the East Bay Hills. Local author Amelia Marshall will discuss historic connections between Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Register here.

November 17, Thursday, 7pm, *ZOOM* Oakland Heritage Alliance. The Lost Urban Tank Houses of Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. Join Aaron Goldstein to unearth a lost urban waterscape and unpack a largely forgotten piece of local vernacular architecture. Register here.

November 27, Sunday, 9am-Noon *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.

November 2022 Splash Pad News Calendar of the Month

The back page of this 1907 calendar in Youth’s Companion magazine includes some observations that are still relevant to today’s radio, TV, and online social media: Nations stand or fall according to their observance of the law…(and) our choice of newspapers, and our way of reading them, have an important bearing on the government of our country.

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.