Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention debuted a new dashboard for tracking COVID transmission levels by county, and Alameda’s levels are categorized as “low.” Given the recent decline in case rates, California also announced that mask-wearing for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in most indoor settings is no longer required, starting today. Alameda County is also following this recommendation. 

For the past few months, we’ve only been highlighting outdoor and online events. This week, we began including indoor events where wearing a mask is required. We’ll continue incorporating indoor events in the coming weeks as COVID restrictions ease and case rates continue to decline.

Is there an event that you think we should highlight? Email your questions and comments to azucena@oaklandside.org

Modernizing McClymonds High School: A community discussion

Inside the grounds of McClymond High School. September 22, 2020. Credit: Pete Rosos

McClymonds High School in West Oakland has been educating Oaklanders for over a century, and needless to say, has touched a lot of lives. If you count yourself as a member of the McClymonds community, then this meeting is for you. The high school is getting ready to undergo renovations and school leaders are seeking feedback from community members about the future of the school, and how it can better serve the students. Proposed upgrades and potential costs will also be shared at the meeting. If you are unable to attend online, you can email feedback to OUSD’s community engagement specialist, Ray Bermudez:  ray.bermudez@ousd.org.

Tuesday, March 1, 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m., click here to join the Zoom meeting

What’s next for the Community Foods space? A conversation with Councilmember Carroll Fife

Opening day at Community Foods Market in 2019. Credit: Yoav Potash

The recent closure of Community Foods in West Oakland after less than three years came as a disappointment to neighbors and community members who’d been thrilled to see a full-service grocery store finally open in their part of town. Now, District 3 City Councilmember Carroll Fife is hosting a virtual meeting with neighbors to talk about what’s next for the now-shuttered space and how it can be used to continue to benefit the neighborhood. Interested in attending? Email: district3@oaklandca.gov or call 510-238-7703 to register.

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m., call or email to register.

‘Into the Redwoods’ at Chabot Space & Science Center 

The Chabot Space and Science Center at night. Credit: Pete Rosos

Ever gone on a hike in the hills and wondered what creatures live in the redwoods? If so, you can join other nature lovers at this Friday event and get your questions answered. The night will include a showing of an episode from KQED’s nature series, Deep Look, offering an up-close glimpse at some of the small animals and plants that live in our local redwood forests. You’ll also have a chance to spot animal and plant life in person, during a 30-minute guided hike through the Oakland woods. There will be conversations with naturalists from the East Bay Regional Parks District, and tables with information about the conservation work being done by Friends of Joaquin Miller Park and Friends of Sausal Creek. Remember, although this special event is taking place on a Friday, Chabot Space & Science Center’s normal open hours are currently only on the weekends.

Friday, March 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., $10-$15, Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.

Lunchtime Saturdays at OMCA

The revamped gardens at OMCA. Credit: Amir Aziz

The Oakland Museum of California recently unveiled the March programming schedule for its outdoor gardens. The first event features three Bay Area writers and illustrators of children’s books: Angela Dalton, Nidhi Chanani, and Robert Liu–Trujillo. The authors will read from some of their books, and discuss the inspirations that make their words and illustrations come to life. The event is free. If you’re hungry, you can get food from one of the Off the Grid trucks that will be on-site that day on 10th Street between Oak and Fallon streets. 

Saturday, March 5, 12 p.m. t0 2 p.m., free to attend, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.

Watch Oscar-nominated films at The New Parkway

Outside the New Parkway Theater during the COVID 19 Pandemic. August 12, 2020. Credit: Pete Rosos

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 27. If you haven’t had time to catch up on all of the nominated films, or are tired from binge-watching from your couch, then stop by the New Parkway Theater to catch a showing or two. Nightmare Alley and House of Gucci are two of the Oscar-nominated films currently showing, and a third, The Dress, will play at a special screening on March 4. The New Parkway is also the place to be on March 24, when The Oaklandside will be hosting the first of its new quarterly event series, Culture Makers. You can find out more about that event and RSVP here

Check The New Parkway website for movie times. 

Azucena Rasilla is an East Oakland native, a bilingual journalist reporting in Spanish and in English, and a longtime reporter on Oakland arts, culture and community. As an independent local journalist, she has reported for KQED Arts, The Bold Italic, Zora and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was a writer and social media editor for the East Bay Express, helping readers navigate Oakland’s rich artistic and creative landscapes through a wide range of innovative digital approaches.