We’re back with another enticing roundup of events to check out, starting this weekend and into early next week. Don’t forget that although the use of masks is not mandatory, some events do require mask-wearing and proof of vaccination. 

Have an event that you’d like to promote on our calendar? You can use the self-submission form. Is there something you’d like me to consider highlighting in this weekly roundup? Email me at azucena@oaklandside.org

Art exhibit and open house at Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation

Artists part of the exhibit at the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation.

Nestled in the heart of Fruitvale, the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation has been helping Latinx residents in Oakland since it was founded in 1964. In following with that mission, the organization is putting together an art exhibit showcasing photography, paintings, and drawings by four local Latinx artists. The event will also serve as an open house for those curious about the organization’s services. Light refreshments will be served as you mingle and check out the exhibit. 

Friday, July 22, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., free entry, Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation, 1470 Fruitvale Ave. 

Art + Soul 20th anniversary

A scene from a past festival. Credit: Art + Soul Oakland Credit: Art + Soul Oakland

2019 was the last time that the popular Art + Soul festival graced the streets of downtown Oakland. The fest returns this weekend with a full day of live music, art, local vendors, and more. For this special 20th anniversary event, festival-goers will be treated to the world premiere of Blues, Baroque, and Bars: From the Streets to the Symphony, a new musical suite from legendary vocalist The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol. The piece was created with support from the Hewlett 50 Arts Commission. It reimagines traditional blues to tell the story of Black Americans’ journey from Africa, to the American South, to cities like Oakland during the Great Migration. Local and loved artists such as Kev Choice, RyanNicole, Jonah Melvon, Alphabet Rockers, and others will also perform on multiple stages located throughout the festival. 

Saturday, July 23. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., free to attend, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway

Montclair’s Creekside Neighborhood walk

A vintage clock is displayed on the street in Montclair. Credit: Amir Aziz

Some might be familiar with the secret staircases in Montclair, and now you can also learn the history of how the neighborhood came to be. Join Oakland Heritage Alliance, a non-profit that tells Oakland’s story through walking tours, lectures, and more on this adventure to learn about Texas Ranger Jack Hays, who settled along the banks of Temescal Creek in 1852 and called his home “Fernwood.” The walk will be led by tour leader Kathleen DiGiovanni. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, hats, and sunscreen. Masks are recommended but not mandatory. The organizers ask that attendees arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to allow for the registration process.

Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., $15-$20, meet in front of the Montclair Branch Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd.

Dapper Croquet Day

It was in the mid-19th century that the game of croquet was invented in the British isles. Ever since coming to the states, backyard croquet has been a popular pastime at outdoor social events and family gatherings. If you’re interested in playing a round—and dressing for the occasion—then the Dapper Croquet Day at Camron-Stanford House is where you should be. Interested in watching but don’t want to play? No worries, there will be plenty of other activities to partake in while roaming the garden. Your ticket includes museum admission, a tour of the house, and one complimentary mint julep or lemonade.

Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $10-$20, Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Dr.

Creative Aging Expo

Art by Glenn Stultz.

The Lake Merritt, a six-story apartment building for seniors, is known for its stunning views of the lake for its retired residents and its gorgeous Terrace Room. But did you know that it also hosts public events for the senior community? Next Tuesday, the independent living facility is hosting an art-themed event for those 55 and older. Stop by to mingle with others interested in the art world and meet folks from local organizations serving seniors, like Art with EldersCosmic Elders Theatre Ensemble, Zimbabwe Theatre Academy, and more. Because of the current COVID surge, the event requires a mask and proof of vaccination to attend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2 p.m., free to attend, The Lake Merritt, 1800 Madison St.

Azucena Rasilla is a bilingual journalist from East Oakland 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.