Past Events
SyncFab Berkeley Orientation & Made-in-CA Factory Tours
1/31/2015 9:30:00 PM UTC - 1/31/2015 10:30:00 PM UTC
Posted By: SyncFab
We are happy to announce SyncFab's first MeetUp to serve as a Feedback and Planning Session for California Factory Tours and a SyncFab Community Orientation with the Mission to Design & Make Local. It is exciting to come together as a diverse community of Designers, Makers, Engineers, Hobbyist Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Teachers and Students who share an interest to discover and support the local California Product Design and Manufacturing Ecosystem. This is a chance to participate in the beginning stage of a community network forming to share ideas and resources in support of locally designed and made goods. We want everyone to feel welcome but space is limited so please RSVP. You are encouraged to share your preferences for particular fabrication processes or factory facilities you would like to visit and learn more about. You are also welcome to bring your design sketches, prototypes and 3d prints to show everyone what you have created or are in the process of creating. We would be happy to answer any other questions you might have about SyncFab. Also, if you have a friend that is just curious about Design and Fabrication then bring them along! We will be serving Bicycle Coffee prepared by neighboring Rasa Caffe along with light snacks but you are more than welcome to bring along more goodies to share. This is everyone's event so we would love for all of you to get involved because that's what helps a community movement to grow. Let us know if you would like to be a speaker or want us to add anything to future meet ups. We are located across from Ashby BART at the intersection of Adeline and Martin Luther King Junior Way. Hope to see you there! The SyncFab Team @SyncFab
National Crime Prevention Council Community Walk
9/19/2013 9:00:00 AM UTC - 9/19/2013 10:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Monthly National Crime Prevention Council meeting for the Golden Gate District, OPD Beat 10X!

This month we'll be meeting at 61st and Lowell Streets and walk through the neighborhood with our Problem Solving Officer Lance and Captain Toribio, our Area 2 Commander. Come out and join us at 7 p.m.

Come meet & speak with your neighbors, Oakland Neighborhood Services, and your local Problem Solving Officer. Presentations and various informational presentations also.
Community Report Back: Localism, BALLE, Buffalo, & GGD
8/9/2013 9:00:00 AM UTC - 8/9/2013 12:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Community Report Back 
Localism, BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) 2013 Conference, Buffalo, NY & the Golden Gate District 
DATE: Thursday, August 8, 2013 
TIME: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
FEE: Free, but donations always accepted 

The San Pablo Avenue Golden Gate Improvement Association sponsored community organizer Larry Bragg to attend the 2013 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies' annual conference in Buffalo, NY hosted by BuffaloFirst, their local business network. Join local business representatives, community members, BALLE and Oakland Grown folks, and others as we talk about what we can learn and bring home from Buffalo and other successful local business associations. Learn what localism is, how you can be a localist, and all of the wonderful things already happening in Oakland and around the Bay Area to build and support thriving local economies and communities that flourish with them. 

More information about BALLE at: 
more information about SPAGGIA at: 
more about Oakland Grown/Sustainable Business Alliance at: &
30th Annual National Night OUT Block Party
8/7/2013 8:00:00 AM UTC - 8/7/2013 11:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Various Block Parties scattered across the Golden Gate, check one out in your neighborhood or start your own.

Sponsored by Neighborhood Watch block groups, Oakland Neighborhood Services, Oakland Police Department and The National Town Watch Association.
San Pablo Stroll
6/30/2013 1:00:00 AM UTC - 6/30/2013 5:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Come out and support local merchants, get special SPAGGIA deals and discounts, and meet ACTUAL neighbors! Live music, food, and fun all day and night!

On Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. SPAGGIA will be hosting the first ever San Pablo Stroll along the avenue and around the Golden Gate District. Celebrating all of our new merchants, galleries, and eateries plus all of our favorites.

We'll be having a raffle with lots of wonderful prizes, with the drawing to be held at Actual Cafe at 3 p.m. !

Come meet your new City Council member Dan Kalb and his new crew! Stay tuned for more details, specials, and happenings!

Check out for more details and map.

Stephen West Lecture & Book Signing
6/27/2013 8:30:00 PM UTC - 6/27/2013 10:30:00 PM UTC
Posted By: A Verb for Keeping Warm
Speaker: Stephen West   Stephen invites you to a fun family style slideshow featuring color inspiration and sneak peeks of upcoming collections and books. Come prepared to ask questions you've always wanted to know and learn all about his creative process and knitting fascinations.   Stephen will be available to sign books following his lecture. If you need to purchase a book, please click here.
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 6:30-8:30pm   Cost: This event has a sliding scale from $10-$20.   Bio
Stephen West, born and raised in Tulsa, is currently based in Amsterdam where he studies dance and designs beautiful and popular knitwear. His shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer around the world. Stephen’s designs have been published in, Malabrigo Book 3 and recently in Jared Flood’s Wool People. He also self-publishes his own series of knitting books.
San Pablo Avenue Clean-UP - 59th to 61st Streets - Join us!
6/24/2013 2:00:00 AM UTC - 6/24/2013 4:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Sunday, June 23, 12 -2   59th to 61st Streets   Join your neighbors for a monthly clean-up on San Pablo! [This is a BYOT event – Bring Your Own Tools, Work Gloves, and Other Helpful items such as buckets, green & gray bins, etc. Refreshments provided by local businesses and community members!] Meet at 5900 San Pablo Avenue at 9 a.m. or join us in progress along San Pablo. San Pablo Avenue Golden Gate Improvement Association   Let’s get the avenue ready for the first ever San Pablo Stroll  Saturday June 29 11 – 3 Raffle drawing at 2 @ Actual Café!  
Bicycle Bingo benefiting SPAGGIA!
6/21/2013 9:00:00 AM UTC - 6/21/2013 11:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Now monthly, on the third Thursday from 7-9pm... 

Come out tonight to have some fun with your neighbors and raise some money for a community institution, SPAGGIA!, home of the community Yahoo! mailing list, and so much more, come learn what's going on in the Golden Gate and how you can get involved! Most importantly comet to have some fun, donate to a good cause, meet new and old neighors, and win some fantastic BICYCLE BINGO prizes.

Also, we have an awesome bike-powered bingo hopper that YOU CAN RIDE! Come with your eye of the tiger on, drink some beer, win some prizes, and support causes active in our very own neighborhood. You can't lose.
Love Our Lake Day: Oaklavia by the Lake
6/10/2013 1:00:00 AM UTC - 6/10/2013 6:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Mark it: June 9th! #Oaklavia is back - streets closed around Lake Merritt for good ol' bike/pedestrian FUN (+falafel) and so much more!

Celebrate the grand opening of Lake Merritt Boulevard and all of the public space and amenities.
  Experience car-free city streets for recreation and community building Temporary traffic closures along the entire Oaklavía route. Roadways become opportunities for strolling, cycling, roller skating, dancing, cafe seating, and people-watching Organized activities for children and adults A new way to enjoy the streets and celebrate our city Walk Oakland Bike Oakland is proud to bring car-free open streets events to Oakland. Our inaugural event in 2010 brought over 4,000 people into the heart of Oakland to experience the city’s best natural and architectural assets, outdoor activities, and arts in some of our most well-loved and unique streets and neighborhoods. Join us for many great performances, live music and games while walking and biking around the lake!  There will be salsa dancing, belly dancing, Taiko drumming, martial arts performances, sports games, free bike rentals, bike rodeo, hula hooping, pedal and paddle on the lake and much more.  You can watch or jump right in and join the fun!  If you have a non-commercial activity you would like to contribute, please contact Sarah Kipnes, .
Get Small: Making Little Art a BIG Deal
6/9/2013 9:00:00 AM UTC - 6/9/2013 1:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
The Sessionspace Presents:

Get Small: Making Little Art a BIG Deal

Hundreds of miniature masterpieces and much much more . . . 

5873 San Pablo Avenue
Saturday, June 8, 7 - 11 p.m.

Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture
5/25/2013 9:00:00 AM UTC - 5/25/2013 12:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem Book Presentation, Reading, Signing & Celebration with Christopher Shein.

The range of content in the book defines what permaculture is, how to apply these ideas in gardens, and ways to connect with community using a permaculture focus. Christopher will share this easy way to grow lots of food in an ecological manner by presenting the book, a reading and book signing opportunity.

Christopher Shein is an East Bay California permaculture designer, landscaper, gardener, and author with long roots in the community garden, school garden, and public space food garden movement.

More info at
San Pablo Avenue Monthly Clean UP
5/19/2013 11:00:00 PM UTC - 5/20/2013 2:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Come join us as we continue our monthly 2-block clean up of San Pablo Avenue after a successful Earth Day! We'll be weeding, picking up trash, and cleaning up planters from Stanford to 59th. Bring your gloves, hats, and sunscreen along with your friends, neighbors, and kids as we have a beautiful morning cleaning up San Pablo. We'll be meeting in front of Star Bethel Church on the northeast corner.
Golden Gate Neighborhood Historical Soundwalk - Launch
5/12/2013 3:00:00 AM UTC - 5/12/2013 5:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Through the Golden Gate Soundwalk An audio tour of a neighborhood in North Oakland going through rapid changes By Andrea Williams, Artist WHEN: Sat, May 11, 2013, a guided tour by Andrea Williams WHERE: PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th St., Oakland, CA 94608 TIME: 1-2:30pm tour | 2:30-3pm Q&A with artist at PLACE RSVP by: May 10th - send an email to: Through the Golden Gate Soundwalk is an audio tour created bysound artist, Andrea Williams. This hour-long story-telling tour is in the form of a downloadable MP3 file that can be played on portable MP3 players and smartphones. This tour begins at PLACE for Sustainable Living, a volunteer-run space that fosters sustainable living practices through art, community, and ecology. Be prepared to take an engaging journey through the history, the present, and future of a neighborhood that is currently undergoing rapid change. The audio tour explores these questions: • What keeps a neighborhood sustainable for the people who inhabit it? • How are basic needs being covered like food, water, shelter, and places to raise the young? • What visions of the future do the locals have for the Golden Gate District? Williams' interviews are with current and former residents and small business owners. From learning about how the Golden Gate District was green long before the urban farming movement arrived, to exploring how a local yarn store propriet
1st Annual North Oakland Day of the Dead Celebration
11/2/2012 12:00:00 AM UTC - 11/2/2012 4:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Procession, Altar Building and Candlelightt Dinner 

Thursday November 1st, 5-9pm 
Processions starting from the two triangle parks (Diver Park & MacGregor) will converge at Dover Park for altar building and a community style candlelight potluck picnick. 
Participate in one or all. More details to follow 
Get Involved: First Visioning & Planning Meeting May 31st 7-9pm email for location.
Golden Gate Community Candidate Forum:Oakland City Council
9/28/2012 8:30:00 AM UTC - 9/28/2012 10:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
A community forum with candidates for Oakland City Council District 1.   Moderated by the League of Women Voters.   Sponsored by the following Golden Gate organizations:   Lowell Street Connected SPAGGIA (San Pablo Avenue Golden Gate Improvement Association) Golden Gate Community Alliance   Our community host:   St. Columba's Catholic Church   Post-forum at Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue.
Circle Sing for Women
9/11/2012 9:30:00 AM UTC - 9/11/2012 11:15:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Music Lessons with Dale
Circle Sing is a women’s singing group that sings inspirational music from
many traditions.  It is relaxed, lively, and full of heart.
When:  Seven Monday evenings
Time:   7:30 to 9:15 PM
Where:  North Oakland/Emeryville
Cost:   $107 per seven week session
Neighborhood Watch Presents... OPD Chief Howard Jordan
8/30/2012 8:00:00 AM UTC - 8/30/2012 9:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
A conversation with Oakland Police Chief, Howard Jordan.    Major Topic for discussion:    Oakland’s Problem Solving Officers (PSOs)
District 1 Election Debate
8/28/2012 8:30:00 AM UTC - 8/28/2012 10:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Who will lead the City of Oakland? We have had spirited races for Mayor in recent elections. But the field for many of the City Council seats has not been so wide open for many years. With long time incumbents stepping aside in the contest for three seats and potentially a contest featuring two incumbents in the At-Large race there will be change this November. Added to all this - a battle for City Attorney - the first race for that office without the name John Russo on the ballot. Barbara Parker, the long time number two in that office, was appointed to the top job last summer after Russo left for Alameda. Challenging Parker is veteran City Councilmember Jane Brunner. In an effort to help you get to know the candidates the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will host a series of candidate forums the last two weeks in August. A schedule is provided in the table nearby. It all gets started with a showdown between the two candidates to be City Attorney. This program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. Like all the events it will start at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6) and is free to the public. The debates for city council seats are hosted exclusively by the Chamber and will be held in locations in the districts. While the events are free they will fill up fast. To guarantee your spot contact Paul Junge or Amanda Medina at the Chamber or amed
San Pablo Avenue Clean-UP - 65th to 63rd Streets
8/27/2012 1:00:00 AM UTC - 8/27/2012 4:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
GGCA is on our 2nd year of the monthly San Pablo Avenue clean up 2 blocks at a time! 

This month we'll be cleaning up 65th Street to 63rd Street, weeding tree wells, picking up trash, and sweeping the sidewalk! If we have enough helpers we'll also focus on the area around the former Civicorp school on Alcatraz. 

Bring your own weeding tools, brooms, rakes, shovels, and green bins if you live close by. 

Come out and join your neighbors and friends to help clean up the neighborhood, or join us in progress after brunch at one of our many Golden Gate cafes!
San Pablo Avenue Clean-UP - 67th to 65th Streets
7/29/2012 6:00:00 PM UTC - 7/29/2012 9:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
GGCA will be starting again at the top of the Golden Gate on the Berkeley border, for the 2nd year of our monthly San Pablo Avenue clean up 2 blocks at a time!   We'll be cleaning up 67th Street to 65th Street, weeding tree wells, picking up trash, and sweeping the sidewalks, and boy does it need it!    Bring your own weeding tools, brooms, rakes, shovels, and green bins if you live close by.   Come out and join your neighbors and friends to help clean up the neighborhood, or join us in progress after brunch at one of our many Golden Gate cafes!
Phat Beets Produce Farmers' Market
7/28/2012 5:00:00 PM UTC - 7/28/2012 10:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
The Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10am – 3pm at Phat Beets new location on Stanford @ Lowell Street, 2 blocks down from there former location.
Golden Gate Community Alliance Meeting
7/26/2012 2:00:00 AM UTC - 7/26/2012 3:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Come out and join your neighbors and friends as we discuss what's going on in the Golden Gate, all of our projects we have going on you can help with, and much, much more!   Our host this month is Create in Clay, at 5512 San Pablo Avenue.
Karaoke Happy Hour with Glenny Kravitz at Actual Cafe
7/18/2012 9:00:00 AM UTC - 7/18/2012 12:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Actual Cafe
Actual Cafe is launching a new monthly Karaoke Happy Hour, hosted by Glenny Kravitz, the Karaoke Shark.  Glenny has been hosting karaoke events in SF at several venues, including Amnesia, Pandora, 500 Club, 7 Mile House, Napper, Tandy, and Lingba Lounge, and was voted SF Weekly's "Best Karaoke Jockey" in 2010.  Actual Cafe will be his first regular East Bay karaoke venue, and quite possibly the only regular all-ages Bay Area karaoke event.  The event starts July 17, and will recur monthly on Second Tuesdays from 6-9pm.   Glenny is known for his side-by-side participation with karaoke singers - he 'plays' air guitar, fake instruments, sings duos, runs his fog machine, and can make even the shyest wallflower confident enough to belt out his/her favorite song.  Actual Cafe serves beer, wine and coffee to help loosen the vocal chords.  Come let your inner rock star shine.   All ages, cover-free.   Glenny Kravitz  on yelp: on SF Weekly:
2012 Oakland Earth Day - San Pablo Avenue Clean-up
4/21/2012 5:00:00 PM UTC - 4/21/2012 9:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Oakland's largest annual volunteer cleanup event!   Join your neighbors and members of the Golden Gate Community Alliance as we continue our beautification and cleanup of San Pablo Avenue, we'll start on our first blocks south of Stanford Avenue, meeting at Stanford & San Pablo at 9 a.m. We'll be picking up trash, cleaning tree wells, mulching them, and weeding along the way.,-122.21771&spn=0.122728,0.135425&source=embed
Neighborhood Watch Training Event
4/12/2012 2:00:00 AM UTC - 4/12/2012 4:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Large training meeting for neighbors (6 or More) who want to be recognized as a neighborhood watch group. Please email Renee at for more info and to sign up.

his takes place at the Golden Gate Recreation Center.
Golden Gate Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt & Party
4/7/2012 8:00:00 AM UTC - 4/7/2012 11:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Come out and join friends and neighbors for an Easter Egg Hunt & party complete with jumper, music, games, & prizes! Plus food and lots of fun for the whole family.
Second Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Day Garden Festival
4/1/2012 7:00:00 PM UTC - 4/1/2012 11:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Free food, Live Green Hip Hop by Earth Amplified, Live Art by Forest, Edible Landscaping Installation in the park, words by Rafael Jesús González, Plants by People's Grocery, Face Painting, Aztec Dance, and more.

Healthy Hearts Garden @ Dover St Park on 57th and Dover St, North Oakland 94609
North Oakland Farmer's Market - Arlington Medical Center
3/31/2012 6:00:00 PM UTC - 3/31/2012 11:00:00 PM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
The market is every Saturday from 10am-3pm in the parking lot behind the medical center at 5717 Market St, at Arlington and Market.  We accept WIC and EBT.

This market features over 10 different vendors including:
J & J Farms Firme Farms Vang Family Farms Scott’s Family Farm-Will Scott is a Fresno farmer and is President of the African American Farmer’s of California Alchemy Coffee Collective
  If your organization is interested in tabling or being at the market, please contact us at with the title “Saturday Market Group Interest”. We are planning for our Winter/Spring Workshop series, stay tuned!

Produce Swap: Grew too much kale? Tomatoes out of control?  Bring them to the market to share the love!
Bicycle Bingo at Actual Cafe benefiting GGCA, SPAGGIA, and CRP!
3/30/2012 3:00:00 AM UTC - 3/30/2012 5:00:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
This Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. come and join friends, neighbors, and the Golden Gate Community Alliance together with SPAGGIA@yahoogroups in support of the Golden Gate Mural Project & the Community Rejuvenation Project -    Bicycle Bingo is a new weekly event at Actual Cafe which benefits a different community non-profit each week of the month, and with the extra Thursday in March we're the ones who benefit - GGCA!   Donate $10 or more for 5 cards, win awesome prizes, ride the BINGO bike - and enjoy New Belgium beer, delicious food, and support your local grassroots community organization.    Our goal is to raise enough to have another new mural added in the Golden Gate along San Pablo Avenue, plus providing additional support to our friends at SPAGGIA@yahoogroups (San Pablo Avenue Golden Gate Improvement Assocation), our friendly neighborhood mailing list, and future GGCA Clean-Ups and more improvements like planter benches, community bulletin boards, and more!   Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company and special co-sponsor this week is Transcendentist in Berkeley, .   Contact Larry Bragg at for more information, to donate prizes, or make additional donations.
Planter Bench Assembly & Placement - 55th & SPA
3/5/2012 9:30:00 PM UTC - 3/7/2012 12:30:00 AM UTC
Posted By: Golden Gate District, Oakland, CA
Meet us at 55th & SPA to help assemble two new planter benches and plant them!
Things To Do in the Golden Gate