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Oakland upcoming events: Pedalfest, neighborhood celebrations, band concert, discussions

Pedalfest Saturday at Jack London Square
Pedalfest returns to Jack London Square on Saturday.
The free celebration of cycling will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Amphibious Bike Race starts things off at 11 a.m., with some of the participants from Humboldt County’s Kinetic Sculpture Race taking part.
People riding custom-made generator bikes will provide the power for live music performances. There will be a children’s bike rodeo and safety training.
Other activities include pedal-powered art, stunt bike demonstrations stunts and test-riding of some creative bikes. Free bike valet parking will be provided.
Oakland’s bike library will be there, offering crafts and handing out books. For more information about the library, contact Mana Tominaga at or 510-238-6611.
The free celebration of cycling will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 22. It is presented by Bay Area Bicycle Law and Drake’s Brewing Company.
For more information, go to or
Summer Night Market in Fruitvale
Fruitvale will hold its Night Market from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The July 27 market will include entertainment, information tables, dancers, music and classes. Local restaurants will have food for sale.
The summer Night Markets are held the second and fourth Thursdays along Avenida de la Fuente. For more information, go to
Friday Summer Nights in East, West Oakland
Friday Summer Nights continue in East and West Oakland.
The free events put on by Oakland Unite’s Messengers4Change include free food, games, entertainment and raffles.
The East Oakland Peace at the Park Program takes place at Arroyo Viejo Park, 7701 Krause St. The West Oakland Friday Night Live Program takes place at Hoover Elementary School, 890 Brockhurst St. Both celebrations will be 6 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Bill Richie at or 510-238-2185.
Solar eclipse lecture Wednesday
Andrew Fraknoi will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse and related activities families can do at home Wednesday evening at the Main Library. Fraknoi is chairman of the astronomy program at Foothill College.
A solar eclipse will take place Aug. 21, with 76 percent of the sun covered by the moon in the Bay Area.
Fraknoi’s presentation will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Main Library, Bradley C. Walters Community Room, 125 14th St. For more information, call 510-238-3134.
Open houses at recreation centers
Oakland Parks and Recreation Department is holding open houses through July 28.
The activities are part of National Park and Recreation Month, designed to promote the importance of parks and recreation.
For details about activities offered, contact a neighborhood recreation center or go to
Municipal band to play Sunday
The Oakland Municipal Band will perform a free concert Sunday at Lakeside Park.
The concert will be 1 to 3 p.m. July 23 at the Edoff Memorial Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Ave.
The 35-piece band performs music from a variety of genres, including marches, classical, pop, big band, movies, international and show tunes.
For more information and additional concert dates, go to
Great Backyard Camp Out set
Oakland’s annual Great Backyard Camp Out will be July 29 at Joaquin Miller Park. Residents are encouraged to pitch a tent and connect with the outdoors.
All ages are welcome, with a registration fee of $25 for those 5 and older. That includes dinner, s’mores and a continental breakfast.
To sign up, go to and use Activity #92336.102. For more information, contact Tiffany Jimenez at or 510-238-7275.
Joaquin Miller Park is at 3590 Sanborn Drive.
Independent films screening Saturday
Three short films by Jehnovah Carlisle will be shown Saturday at the Temescal branch library.
The films are “A Call to Grace,” about a connection between a runaway teen and a father recently released from prison; “Day by Day”, the story of a low-income single father and his 11-year-old son; and “The Man who Feared,” about gentrification in West Oakland.
Carlisle, a local independent filmmaker, will be available for discussion and questions.
The films will be shown 2:30-4 p.m. July 22 at the library, 5205 Telegraph Ave. Call 510-597-5049 for more information.
Tips for coping with challenges
A workshop Saturday will give tips on how to persevere when overwhelmed by challenges.
Catherine Walters will give the talk, “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off! 3 Tips to Keep Going and Even Thrive When You Just Wanna Give Up.”
Walters is an intuitive mentor, joy coach, clinical hypnotherapist, Reiki instructor and yoga teacher.
The talk will be 3 p.m. July 22 at the Lakeview Branch library, 550 El Embarcadero. Call 510-238-7344 for more information.

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