Oakland Wants You to Have Fun This Weekend

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1. Bike Mechanics Workshop

I had a bike once. It was pink and silver and I rode it all over New York City until my butt was too sore to sit. Then it got stolen one night, right outside my college’s student center. I was sad and bitter and never replaced it. I admire all your Bay Area bikers who are helping the environment and your personal fitness with your two-wheeled ways, but I am not a good enough person to get a bike yet. But if you are a biker, come to this workshop taught by a certified instructor from Bike East Bay and learn the basics of bicycle mechanics, including how to fix a flat, adjust brakes and gears, and how to keep your bike clean. No bike required, which means even bitter former bikers like me are welcome!

Saturday, 1-2 p.m., Oakland Public Library, 1021 81st Ave, Oakland, FREE

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2. Sassy Family Craft Fair

Ok, this is in Alameda, but come on, it’s a craft fair, you love craft fairs! And the name is just all kinds of adorable. Sassy Family is a collection of pop-up events including craft fairs and clothing swaps. These fairs focus on DIY and craft culture created by people also raising families. Since you live in Oakland, I know you like supporting your community and DIY craft culture, and I know you are going to leave this fair with some fabulous jewelry. I also know there is no BART to Alameda and I would totally give you a ride if I weren’t out of town this weekend. Next time, I promise.

Saturday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand St., Alameda

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3. Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival 2014

 After you’ve gotten some awesome crafts at Sassy Family and learned how to fix your bike, you should swing by the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival in East Oakland. Enjoy a variety of international cuisines at the food court, crafts from local vendors, and tons of performances from local artists like The Last Poets, Ms. Faye Carol, Howard Wiley & Excerpts from Amiri Baraka’s The Sisyphus Syndrome, Unity Grooves: EastSide Youth Jazz Workshop, and Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement. Can you think of a better way to spend your Saturday than experiencing amazing local performances, eating, drinking and dancing with your community? Me neither.

Saurday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., San Antonio Park, Foothill Blvd. & 18th Ave., Oakland, FREE


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4. A Naked Lady Soiree: Body Positive Clothing Swap

Have I mentioned I’m obsessed with clothing swaps? If you’ve never been to a swap, look around at all the fabulously dressed folks in Oakland. Wouldn’t you love to get some of their clothes and get rid of your gently-used clothes that have served their purpose in your life? This bi-monthly clothing swap is hosted by the beautiful Oakland store Halmoni Vintage. All you need is at least one bag of clean, gently-used clothes, accessories and/or shoes. A Naked Lady Soiree is a safe, inclusive space for all bodies. Enjoy fancy drinks and make new friends while growing your wardrobe. I am very excited to announce that I will be at the next A Naked Lady Soiree and will be reporting on all the great clothes and friends I’m sure to find and make, respectively. Register for Sunday’s swap here.

 Sunday, 6-8 p.m., Halmoni Vintage, 1601 2nd Ave., Oakland, $10 on Eventbrite, $15 at the door