NightLife event where you can explore the Academy’s holiday exhibit ’Tis the Season for Science. Also featuring a DJ set by Nathan Blaz of Geographer and Portland's Shy Girls, a DIY holiday card-making station, and three screenings of Back To The Moon For Good in the planetarium.
$12 general admission, $10 for members
Fifteenth anniversary party with silent auction, live entertainment, and wine tasting. With keynote speaker Donald Simon and honored guests Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Mayor Jean Quan, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, and Councilmember Noel Gallo.
Film looking at the drive to be "better than human" and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. Post-film Q&A with Oakland-based documentary director Regan Brashear and members of the cast and crew. Dance performance by AXIS Dance Company.
Annual tree lighting ceremony features a 55-foot Mount Shasta Fir Tree, musical performances by Radio Disney, live reindeer, tap dancing Christmas trees, a visit from Santa, and a float preview from the America’s Children Holiday Parade.
Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as you listen to live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers, get a preview performance of Dance on Center’s Nutcracker, take a picture with Santa, and watch the tree lighting.
This year, Oakland’s annual holiday yacht parade rings in the season with a global theme. Stake out a spot at Jack London Square, the Oakland Yacht Club (1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda), the Encinal Yacht Club (1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda), or any waterside restaurant along the Oakland/Alameda estuary and watch boats adorned with lights and festive decorations — such as giant inflatable Santas, lit-up reindeer and snowmen, holiday bands, and symbols representing holidays around the world — glide by. Owners of vessels from canoes to sailboats will go all out to compete for the “best decorations” distinction. If you’d like a closer look at the craftsmanship, you can participate in the parade yourself by donating a toy and earning a ride on the San Francisco Bay ferry for free. All proceeds will go toward the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach celebrates another film in the Hunger Games saga with their collection of games from bygone times. With special Hunger Games treasure hunt so kids can identify tributes and compete for their own mocking jay button.
Join Youth Spirit Artworks young artists and friends for this celebration of their new art space. Enjoy the art sale, silent auction, youth poetry and open mic, craft making, and food.
Awards ceremony recognizing authors for outstanding literary achievement. J. Douglas Allen-Taylor will be honored with the Reginald Lockett Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Writers Toni Morrison, Andrew Lam, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Lucille Lang Day, journalist Chris Hedges, poet Tim Seibles, and editors Denise M. Sandoval and Christopher Wagstaff will be honored as well.
Series of listening parties at the library hosted by an array of local disc jockeys from Bay Area public and community radio stations. Each DJ will dig through BPL’s collection of vinyl records and compact discs to uncover musical gems that will expand your appreciation of a range of genres. Rickey Vincent, host of KPFA’s The History of Funk show, hosts the listening party on the 10th.