Splash Pad Calendar – October 2023

Splash Pad Calendar
by Sheila McCormick

October 2, Monday, 2-3pm *ZOOM* AARP. LGBT History Month: A Conversation with Rodney Wilson. View a documentary about the man who inspired the creation of LGBT history month, followed by a conversation with him. Register here.

October 2, Monday,  4pm *ZOOM* Harvard/Radcliffe Institute. Feeding the Future: Food Sustainability and Climate Change. Discussion with Boston restauranteur Irene Li, co-author of Perfectly Good Food: A Totally Achievable Zero Waste Approach to Home Cooking. Register here.

October 3, Tuesday, 5-6:30pm *ZOOM* Sistah SciFi. Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Publication of Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower. Panel discussion on the cultural impact of this dystopian novel set in 2024. Register here.

October 3, Tuesday, 6pm *ZOOM* City Lights/PEN America. From Howl to Now: Book Bans in the US. Authors, librarians, and student activists will discuss the rise in book bans and share insights, observations, and methods to counter the suppression of books. Register here.

October 4, Wednesday, 12-1pm *ZOOM* American Experience on PBS. Still Separate, Still Unequal: Education in America 70 Years After Brown. Panel discussion inspired by the films The Busing Battleground  and The Harvest: Integrating Mississippi’s Schools. Register here.

October 4, Wednesday,  4-50pm *ZOOM* Community Living Campaign. Let it Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life. Peter Walsh will discuss his book. Register here.

October 5, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  More details here.

October 5, Thursday,  4-5:30pm *ZOOM*  The Village Square. Join or Die: Why You Should Join a Club and Why the Fate of America Depends on It.  Speakers: Dr. Robert Putnam (author of Bowling Alone) and Shaylyn Romney Garrett. Registrants will be sent a link to view the film from 10/1 through 10/ 8. Register here.

October 5, Thursday,  6-7pm *ZOOM*  SF Bay Bird Observatory. Burrowing Owls of the Bay area. Presenter: Dr. Lynn Trulio, SF State Professor. Register here.

October 5, Thursday, 6-8pm. *In person* 3350 Grand Ave. Panorama Framing,  Opening Night Reception for Beavering Away. Featuring artists KG Greenstein and Nancy Mizuno Elliott.

October 6, Friday, 5pm *ZOOM* UCLA. Night on the Galactic. Professor Ian Krouse will explore the process of creating an opera and share recordings of his new opera, followed by a Q&A with students of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Register here.

October 6, Friday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Rotary Nature Center Friends. Extinction in the Sea: Who’s Missing? What Do We Know & What Don’t We Know? Dr. James T. Carlton will describe how one of the most historically abundant species in Lake Merritt largely disappeared. Register here

October 9, Monday, 1-2pm. *ZOOM* Community Living Campaign. Art Celebrating Latino Heritage. View some SF murals and hear from the artists about the people and themes depicted. Register here.

October 9, Monday, 4pm. *ZOOM* Hudson Library & Historical Society. iWOZ: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. Steve Wozniak will talk about his new book. Register here.

October 9, Monday,  6pm *ZOOM* City Lights. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (the 10th Anniversary Edition). Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her newly published book. Register here.

October 10, Tuesday, 9am *ZOOM* Poster House. Latinx History is Poster History. Art historian and curator Alejandro Anreus will present an overview of posters in Latin America and Latinx communities (Chicano, Nuyorican, Cuban). Register here.

October 10, Tuesday, 7pm *ZOOM*  KQED. Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi.  A discussion with Political Breakdown co-hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos. Register here.

October 11, Wednesday, 11:15am-12:30pm *ZOOM* Fall for the Book. Climate Travels: How Ecotourism Changes Mindsets and Motivates Action. Michael M. Gunter will discuss his new book. Register here.

October 11, Wednesday, 4pm. *ZOOM* CUNY Graduate Center. Oppenheimer From Biography to Blockbuster Filmmakers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas join in a discussion with Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, about the challenges of turning complicated history into film. Register here.

October 11, Wednesday, 6-7:30pm, *In Person* Main Library, 125 14th Street. Oakland History Center, Oral Historians in the East Bay. Panel discussion of East Bay oral historians:  Elena Botkin-Levy, Roy Chan, Shanna Farrell, Sue Mark, and Dr. Saturu Ned, moderated by Liam O’Donoghue. More information here. Event will be recorded and posted here.

October 12, Thursday, 11am-1pm, *ZOOM* Fife Communities Climate Action Network. Screening of Journey to Utopia and Discussion. A heartwarming and brutally honest film about one family’s attempt to make a real difference under the shadow of climate change. In Danish/Norwegian, with English subtitles. Register here.

October 12, Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm *ZOOM* Diablo Valley College. Disability Pride Series; A Discussion and Q&A with Crip Camp Co-Director Jim LeBrecht. LeBrecht was a camper at Camp Jened and is currently a filmmaker, sound designer, and disability rights activist who lives in Oakland. Register here.

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

October 12, Thursday, 2pm *ZOOM* California State Library. A Virtual Tour of Colonel Allensworth State Park: A Town Reborn.  Allensworth is a historic town founded, financed, and governed by African Americans and located in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Register here.

October 12, Thursday, 7pm *ZOOM* Golden Gate Bird Alliance. How Birds are Responding to Climate Change. Register here.

October 14, Saturday, 6pm *ZOOM* KQED.  Paseo Artistico: Somos Esenciales/We Are Essential. A bilingual, multimedia performance by local theatermaker Paul S. Flores and local researcher Adriana Camarena, honoring Latinx essential workers through poetic monologues, conversations with City health workers and policy makers, dance and music. Register here.

October 16, Monday, 9am *ZOOM* Leventhal Map and Education Center. Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repairing Divided Communities. Veronica O. Davis will discuss her book. Register here.

October 18, Wednesday, 1-2pm *ZOOM* Berkeley Retirement Center/Front Porch. Oppenheimer Film Discussion. Jon Else, Professor Emeritus and director of the documentary The Day After Trinity, in conversation with David Hollinger, co-author of Reappraising Oppenheimer: Centennial Studies and Reflections. Register here.

October 18, Wednesday, 5:30-7pm *ZOOM* Litquake. We Are the Land: A History of Native California. William J. Bauer Jr. will discuss his book. Register here.

October 18, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm *In person* Barnett Hall adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church. Grand Lake Neighbors. Monthly Meeting.

October 19, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm *In person or via ZOOM and Facebook Live* Oakland Rotary Club #3.  More details here.

October 19, Thursday, 5-6pm *ZOOM* Santa Fe Workshops. Out There: A Visual Journey Across the National Parks with Brendan Hall. Hall will give an intimate look into the making of his first feature-length documentary, Out There: A National Parks Story. Register here.

October 19, Thursday, 7-8pm *ZOOM* Peninsula Open Space Trust. Scales and Tales: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Bay Area. Register here.

October 20, Friday, 3-4pm  *You Tube* Litquake. Listen to Your Elders; Litquake’s Elder Project Showcase. View here.

October 22, 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.

October 22, Sunday, 5:30-8pm *In person* Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Visit Oakland/Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association. Otsukimi/Moon Viewing Festival. More details here.

October 22, Sunday, 5pm *ZOOM* Bay Area Culinary Historians. Food and Resistance in Ukraine. Speaker: Ihor Lylo, a Ukrainian culinary historian who is currently a visiting professor UCSD, as part of their Scholars at Risk Program. Register here.

October 23, Monday, 11am *ZOOM* 5 x 15/Keystone. Six Ideas to Change the World: Plastics. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, will discuss life beyond plastics and the wider conundrums posed by human inventions and technologies. Register here.

October 24, Tuesday, 6-7:30 *In person* Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland History Center.  History of Mountain View Cemetery. Presenter: Liam O’Donoghue of East Bay Yesterday. More information here.

October, 25, Wednesday, 7pm *ZOOM* Friends of Alameda Free Library. A Conversation with Chris Baty. Baty, author of No Plot? No Problem! and co-author of Ready, Set, Novel was the founder of the National Novel Writing Month. Register here.

October 26, Thursday, 4-5:30pm *ZOOM* California State Library. Tijuana River Estuary: Tropicalization Across Borders. Register here.

October 26, Thursday, 6-8:30pm *ZOOM* Marin County. 2023 Green Home Tour. Virtually tour 6 Marin County homes and learn how to update your home to fight and adapt to climate change. Register here.

October 28, Saturday, 10am *In person* Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church. Lakeshore BID. Lakeshore Halloween Parade and Candy Crawl.  More details 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.