Take Charge! 


10/18, 10/25

Women Defending Ourselves, a nonprofit collective offering women-only self-defense classes, comes to Oakland this weekend for the first of two Saturdays at Kaiser Permanente, three blocks from 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART. Participants "develop an attitude of self-protection," according to WDO member Karissa Sellman. "WDO believes that women, regardless of their size or athletic abilities, can learn and teach self-defense." Beginners are taught physical techniques to disable assailants, participate in assertiveness exercises, and gain awareness of how violence in society affects us. Through role-playing everyday situations, women learn to avoid sexual harassment and gain confidence by defining physical boundaries and learning to be more aggressive with one's wants, needs, and comfort levels.

Classes cost $170-$85, sliding scale (scholarships available), and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WDO.org or 510-601-0141. -- Annika Dukes


Trail Mix

Six-pack of outdoor fun

The nonprofit Save Mount Diablo group and several other orgs have laid out a smorgasbord of six events this week for East Bay hikers, birders, and preservationists. 1) A "Three Springs Autumn Hike" on the north side of the mountain, today (Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2) A chance to view the "Birds of Riggs Canyon" for all ages and experience levels, in a less-traveled region of Mt. Diablo State Park, Saturday, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. 3) A "Photography Hike" with Tom Harris in Mitchell Canyon on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon (rain cancels, drizzle won't, bring camera and gear). 4) A Sierra Club hike up Eagle Peak, Saturday at 9:15 a.m. 5) A six-mile hike through the Silva Loop on Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 6) A hike from Castle Rock to Bar-B-Que Terrace, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For starters, log onto SaveMountDiablo.org -- Kelly Vance

SUN 10/19

Jack's Back

When he played free safety for the Raiders from 1971 to 1979, former Ohio State football star Jack Tatum (above) was notorious for his devastating hits. They called him "Assassin," and his reputation on the field was so fearsome it led to three sports tell-all books and perennial popularity in sports posters. But now the once-dreaded defensive secondary standout is in bad shape. He reportedly suffers from diabetes, and has had toes amputated. This Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m.), the latest benefit for Tatum -- and for the Police Athletic League as well -- brings together such current and former Raiders as Jerry Rice and Willie Brown for a barbecue and auction of memorabilia. The Oakland Airport Hilton is the place, 1 Hegenberger Rd. $15. -- Kelly Vance


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