We’re closing out March with a roundup that celebrates the diverse cultural backgrounds of Oakland’s people and offers opportunities for improving the Town.
Are you looking for ways to better your neighborhood? Then read on for info about the city of Oakland’s virtual town hall and a volunteer cleanup day in the Dimond District. Missing live in-person shows? The Oakland Ballet has a new one. There’s also a tribute to the late R&B singer Aaliyah at The New Parish and a chorale performance downtown.
A couple of reminders as you make plans: Businesses in Alameda County can now choose for themselves whether or not to require masks indoors, so be sure to check in advance or carry a mask if you’re unsure. And remember to bring a paper or digital copy of your vaccination card, as the city of Oakland is still requiring proof of vaccination for many indoor establishments.
As we continue to navigate the changing requirements, you can assess your level of risk by checking local COVID-19 transmission levels on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Alameda County’s transmission level remains “low.”
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General Plan Town Hall
As an Oakland resident, what concerns you the most? You can give city officials feedback on issues that affect you, your family, and the community, at the first of two virtual town hall meetings about Oakland’s General Plan. The discussion will cover land use, environmental justice, safety, parks, transportation, and more. If you have questions about the town hall, contact Lakshmi Rajagopalan at email@example.com.
Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., register online, town hall via Zoom
Oakland Ballet presents the Dancing Moons Festival
Starting this weekend, the Oakland Ballet, in collaboration with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, is premiering five new ballets by Phil Chan, Megan and Shannon Kurashige, Michael Lowe, and Caili Quan, as part of the Dancing Moons Festival. The festival is part of a larger campaign with Final Bow to Yellowface, an organization that works to end negative imagery of Asian cultures in ballet and diversify dance companies nationwide. On opening night, all of the guest choreographers will participate in a 30-minute conversation. The show will also be performed in Livermore during the first weekend in April.
Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m (Saturday’s show also has a show at 2:30 p.m.), $40-$45, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St.
Social Life Productions presents: Babygirl! Aaliyah tribute party
Although it’s been two decades since New York R&B singer Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash, her popularity hasn’t diminished. In the years since her passing, the late singer has amassed new fans who are now discovering her music. Old and new fans alike will get a chance to sing along and dance to her tunes with DJs Lady Ryan, Umami, Cutso, and Francois behind the turntables spinning the singer’s classics, remixes, and more.
Dimond Shine Day
Do you live in the Dimond District? If so, The Dimond Improvement Association is looking for volunteers to help clean up around the neighborhood this Saturday. The event is part of a broader effort by the neighborhood association, which has also hired crews to power wash sidewalks and building facades and is working with public agencies to paint fire hydrants and perform other fixes. Volunteers who sign up will be asked to help fix up planters, weed tree wells, plant flowers, paint light poles, and pick up litter throughout the commercial district. There will be refreshments, a free t-shirt, and the chance to meet other neighbors who are eager to do some spring cleaning around the district.
Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., register online, Dimond Commercial District (meet at Giant Burger), 2055 MacArthur Blvd.
The Cantare Chorale presents Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’
This Sunday, Cantare, an Oakland-based nonprofit community choral organization under the direction of Maestro David Morales is directing a performance of Brahms’ Requiem at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Oakland featuring soloists Shawnette Sulker, soprano, and Torlef Borsting, baritone. Youth poets from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center will also perform original poems preceding each of the seven movements of Requiem. For those who can’t buy tickets online, you can call (510) 836-0789 or purchase at the door.
Sunday, March 27, 4 p.m., $10-$35, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway