Splash Pad Calendar – November 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

November 1, Wednesday, 3pm *ZOOM* Women & Politics Institute. 50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution. Katherine Spillar, editor of the anthology, will discuss the evolution of feminism and feminist thought. Register here.

November 2, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Speaker: Rotary International Past President Jennifer Jones. More details here.

November 2, Thursday, 6-8pm *In person* Grand Avenue Merchants. Grand Avenue Art Walk. A guided tour of 13 destinations by Tracy Williams from Urban Furniture. Up and down the entire block, you’ll be treated to artwork, light refreshments and music.

November 3, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. The Mystery Oyster of San Francisco Bay. Dr. Andrew Cohen investigates an extensive bed of shells of an oyster species in San Francisco Bay that oyster experts could not identify. Register here.

November 4, Saturday, 10:30am-12pm *In person* Main Library, 125 14th St. Oakland Library/AARP California. A Caregiving Conversation with Dave Iverson. Read more here.

November 6, Monday, 6pm *ZOOM* City Lights. Humanizing Immigration: How to Transform Our Racist and Unjust System. Bill Ong Hing will discuss his new book. Register here.

November 7, Tuesday, 11am-12pm *ZOOM* 5 x 15/Keystone. The Heat will Kill You First. Jeff Goodell will discuss his book. Register here.

November 7, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm. *ZOOM* UC-Berkeley Learning in Retirement. AI, Medicine, and the Limits of the Human Mind. Speaker: Professor Ziad Obermeyer. Register here.

November 7, Tuesday, 6-7:30pm *In person* Main Library, 125 14th St. Oakland History Center. An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created. Santi Elijah Holley will read from and discuss his book, which tells the story of the Black liberation movement in the United States. Read more here. Recording will be posted here.

November 8, Wednesday, 10am. *ZOOM* Orion Magazine/National Audubon Society. A Conversation about Spark Birds, a New Anthology. Emily Raboteau and Elizabeth Kolbert will discuss their contributions to the anthology, the importance of bird conservation, and their own spark birds. Register here.

November 8, Wednesday, 1-2pm *ZOOM* UC Retiree Learning Series/Belmont Village. The Science of Gratitude. Speaker: Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center. She is a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other prosocial skills that bolster human happiness. Register here.

November 8, Wednesday, 5:30pm *YouTube* Book Passage. The Museum of Scent: Exploring the Curious and Wondrous World of Fragrance. In 2017, Mandy Aftel opened a one-room museum—the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents—in her backyard in Berkeley. She will discuss her book with Daniel Patterson. View here.

November 9, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Speaker: Mike Ghielmetti, with a Brooklyn Basin Update. Register here.

November 9, Thursday, 5-6pm *ZOOM* Santa Fe Workshops. Illuminating Nocturnal Landscapes with Reuben Wu. Wu’s photography uses lights attached to drones. Register here.

November 9, Thursday, 6pm *ZOOM* City Lights. Writers and Musicians in Painterland: City Lights and the Mid-Century Art and Music Explosion. Register here.

November 9, Thursday, 7pm *Livestream* KQED. MIXED!: Stories from Mixed Race Californians. A fusion of live storytelling and documentary with W. Kamau Bell and Melissa Hudson Bell and others, music by Ouida. View here.

November 10, Friday, 12pm. *ZOOM* Marine Mammal Center. Dive into the Marine Mammal Center. Adam Ratner, Director of Conservation Engagement, will share riveting patient stories illustrating the vital work of The Marine Mammal Center. Register here.

November 12, Sunday, 4-6:15pm. *Livestream* AARP Theater. Allegiance, filmed in 2016 at the Longacre Theater in NYC. Inspired by the true-life experience of its star, George Takei, this play follows one family’s journey after the events of Pearl Harbor. Register here.

November 13, Monday, 11am-12pm *ZOOM* UC Davis Institute of Food and Health. Nutrition & Cardiovascular Health. Speaker: Dr. Breige McNulty. Register here.

November 14, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm *ZOOM* Berkeley Retirement Center. Understanding Generative AI and Language: Humans, Animal, and Machines. Speaker: Professor Gašper Beguš. Register here.

November 14, Tuesday, 3:30pm *ZOOM* CUNY Graduate Center.  Child Poverty in America: Investing in Our Future. Panel discussion with experts and the co-hosts of the podcast Invisible Americans. Register here.

November 14, Tuesday, 4-5:30pm *ZOOM* Berkeley Retirement Center. Making Healthcare More Affordable: A Proposed Public Option for California. Register here.

November 15, Wednesday, 8am, through November 17, Friday, 8:30pm *Livestream* Sustainable Woodstock. Screening of Microplastic Madness. This documentary tells the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. Register here.

November 15, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *In person* Barnett Hall adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church. Grand Lake Neighbors. Monthly Meeting.

November 15, Wednesday, 7-9pm *ZOOM* Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Wyeth’s World: Three Generations of American Artists. This talk will explore the similarities and the differences between N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Register here.

November 16, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Speaker: Katharine Greenbaum, of the Children’s Creativity Museum. Register here.

November 16, Thursday, 1pm *ZOOM* Sacramento Library. Why She Writes – A Chat with Joy Harjo about her memoir Catching the Light. Register here.

November 16, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* Golden Gate Bird Alliance. Prey-go-neesh Nes-kwe-chohl: California Condors Return to Yurok County. Register here.

November 21, Tuesday, 3-4:30pm *ZOOM* JFK Presidential Library and Museum. President Kennedy’s Civil Rights Legacy: African-American Perceptions. Speaker: Sharron Wilkins Conrad, Senior Fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History. Register here.

November 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.

November 29, Wednesday, 9am *ZOOM* Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Gertrude Stein: An Afterlife. Francesca Wade is completing her biography of Stein told through the story of her posthumous legacy. Register here.

November 30, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  More details here.

November 30, Thursday, 3-4:30pm *ZOOM* BirdNote. The Ultimate Bird Drawing Throwdown Showdown (and Online Auction). Author and illustrator David Sibley faces off against actor and Morning Bird Report host H. Jon Benjamin – and a performance from musician Andrew Bird. 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.