Once a year the Oakland Zoo presents a special program devoted to elephants. Take advantage of this opportunity May 16 to tour the elephant barn, share a close encounter with an elephant, and participate in a mock research camp to observe and record the elephants’ behaviors. In the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo, Circus Finelli’s acrobats and clowns will create a festive carnival atmosphere, complete with cotton candy, popcorn and jugglers. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., free with general admission, $10.50, $7 seniors and children ages 2–14, free for children under 2. On May 23, Cynthia Moss, the world’s leading expert on African Elephants, will lecture on her research, conservation work and life with elephants, 6 p.m.–7 p.m., $40. A silent auction begins at 7 p.m. Funds raised will go to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (May 5) Take part in a cultural celebration on the College of Alameda campus Quad. Hear a mix of modern and traditional music, watch folk dancing performances representing Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico, and see local Latin-style graffiti art. Food will be available for purchase and children can partake in piñatas. Hosted by the Latinos Unidos Student Club along with Student Activities and ASCOA. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., free, College of Alameda Quad, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, (510) 522-7221, www.alameda.peralta.edu.
Park Street Spring Festival (May 9–10) Bring your mom to Alameda’s ninth annual celebration of spring this Mother’s Day weekend. Take a stroll down Park Street, and check out the food and beverages, dozens of arts and crafts booths, live music on outdoor stages as well as pony rides and a petting zoo for kids. Secure valet bicycle parking at Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St., 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free, (510) 523-1392, www.shopparkstreet.com.
Mother’s Day Cruise (May 10) Take mom aboard a Commodore luxury yacht for an afternoon sailing the San Francisco Bay. The cruise includes a gourmet buffet luncheon, no-host bar, white glove service and DJ music for dining and dancing. Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. for cruising 1 p.m.–4 p.m., $75, $37.50 children ages 3–11, $10 children 2 and under. Commodore Events, 2394 Mariner Square Drive, (510) 337-9000, www.commodoreevents.com.
Community Job Fair (May 13) Employers from a wide range of industries will be at the College of Alameda to interview and hire. Not limited to students, this 11th annual One-Stop Community Job Fair is open to all members of the community. Come dressed to interview with resumés and a ready-to-be-hired attitude. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., free, College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, F Building, (510) 748-5215, www.alameda.peralta.edu.
Bike to Work Day (May 14) Be one of hundreds of Alamedans to participate in a pollution-free commute by taking your two-wheeler to work. Celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area’s 15th annual Bike to Work Day and catch a free ride between Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco on the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferry lines. For more information and transportation schedules, visit www.bikealameda.org, www.bayareabikes.org/btwd or www.511.org.
Gardens Galore XV (May 17) The St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda hosts the 15th annual Gardens Galore tour, featuring six gardens from Harbor Bay Isle to the Gold Coast area to the East End of Alameda. Local Bay Area vendors offer handcrafted items for the home, garden and gift giving at a Boutique, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The tour happens rain or shine and proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $20 advance, $25 day of the event, box lunches are available for $9. 1011 Chestnut St. For reservations and more information, call (510) 864-8503.
Ancient Mariners Regatta (May 22–25) The USS Hornet Museum hosts this 57th annual event, the largest Sea Scout Regatta in the United States. Watch as Sea Scouts from around the nation gather to compete in whaleboat races, sailing, knot tying, rope handling and seamanship. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Point, (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org, www.ancientmariner.us.
Memorial Day Ceremony (May 25) Veterans of past and present wars will be honored at this special Memorial Day service aboard the USS Hornet. The ship is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m., with the service at 1 p.m. $14; $12 seniors, military and students; $6 youth ages 5-17; free for children 4 and under. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Point, (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org.
Family Fun Memorial Day (May 25) Drop by Crab Cove for some hands-on fun with family nature activities. Start with a low-tide walk at 10 a.m., then stay for the Bay life touch tank, snake meet and greet, nature crafts and videos, fish feeding and more. Call for schedule, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., free, Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., (510) 521-6887, www.ebparks.org.
Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest (June 13) You supply the tools and talent; Mother Nature provides the water and sand. Spend Saturday morning building structures of sand for the 43rd annual competition at Crown Beach. Categories include castles and sculptures by youth, families and adults. Registration begins at 9 a.m., judging starts at noon with awards presented at 1 p.m., free. Help protect animals and beautify the area by staying for clean up, 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Students can earn community service hours. For cleanup information, call (510) 521-6887. Contest held at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Westline and Otis drives, (510) 747-7529, www.ci.alameda.ca.us/arpd/events.html.
Father’s Day Experience (June 21) Bring dad for an adventure aboard the USS Hornet. The guided Flashlight Tour reveals places that have not previously been open to public. The tour lasts 2–3 hours for flashlight-toting visitors 13 years and older. 8:30 a.m., $35, $30 for members. For reservations call (510) 521-8448, ext. 282. The Living Ship Day features simulated flight operations, mission briefings and a chance to meet former crew and sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $14; $12 seniors, military and students; $6 youth ages 5–17; free for children 4 and under, USS Hornet, 707 Hornet Ave., Alameda Point, (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org.
Antiques and Collectibles Faire (May 3, June 7) The first Sunday of each month, Antiques by the Bay holds the largest antiques and collectibles fair in Northern California. Now in its tenth year, the fair has more than 800 booths and draws some 10,000 collectors to Alameda Point. All pieces sold at the show are at least 20 years old and reproductions are not allowed. Also not allowed at the show are pets—although held outdoors, the fair is located next to a National Wildlife Refuge. 6 a.m.–3 p.m., prices vary depending on time, free for children 16 years and under, Alameda Point, (510) 522-7500, www.antiquesbythebay.net.
A Streetcar Named Desire (May 8–June 7) Sensual, steamy and shocking, this landmark play by Tennessee Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1948. Characters and cultures clash when pretentious Southern belle Blanche DuBois meets her brutish brother-in-law, immigrant Stanley Kowalski. Watch as the story unfolds—and Blanche unravels—in this intimate, in-the-round production. May not be suitable for young children. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $15–$20, Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., (510) 523-1553, www.altarena.org.
Lawyers in the Library (May 6, June 3) Local attorneys, through the Alameda County Bar association, offer free legal assistance and referral at Alameda’s Free Library the first Wednesday of each month. Sign up begins at the check out desk at 5:30 p.m. for consultations between 6 p.m.–8 p.m. First come, first served, free, Main Library, 1550 Oak St., (510) 747-7713, www.alamedafree.org.
USS Hornet Volunteer Orientation (May 9, June 6) The USS Hornet welcomes volunteers to assist with security, tours, events, restoration and administration. Typical positions include Tour Guide, Ship Restoration, Overnight Live-Aboard Program and more. To volunteer, sign up to attend an orientation, held one Saturday each month. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Point, (510) 521-8448 ext. 238, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uss-hornet.org/contribute/volunteer.
Girls Inc. of the Island City (Ongoing) Volunteer for an organization dedicated to inspiring young women to realize their full potential. Whether your talent is writing, illustrating or teaching, Girls Inc. has a place for you. Girls Inc. asks all of their volunteers to commit for at least three months. Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 521-1743, www.girlsincislandcity.org.
Wine Club (May 6, June 3) On the first Wednesday of the month, learn about the grapes and regional styles of Italian wines—and taste a range of Italian varietals—at C’era Una Volta’s Wine Club. Reservations recommended, 6:15 p.m., $15, C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park St., (510) 769-4828, www.ceraunavolta.us.
Essence of Italy (May 26, June 30) C’era Una Volta restaurant presents a different regional cuisine and wine selection monthly at its Essence of Italy club. Reservations recommended, 6:15 p.m., last Tuesday of the month, $15, C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park St., (510) 769-4828, www.ceraunavolta.us.
Visions and Voices (May 1–30) Rhythmix Cultural Works presents a confluence of visual art and spoken word by Alameda’s youth. The K Gallery features visual artwork by Alameda High School art students with special guest Charlie Milgrim, faculty artist. A Teen Open Mic Poetry Slam and reading welcomes special guest Julia Park Tracey, editor of the Alameda Sun, that which will publish the poetry slam winner. Reception 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Poetry Slam 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. May 1, exhibit runs through May 31, free, 2513 Blanding Ave., (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
Characters, Heroes and Villains (May 1–30) In the group show “Characters” at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, artists explore themes of cartoons, comics, logos, mythology, film noir, sci-fi, fantasy, super heroes and super villains. Concurrently in the Signature Salon, the juried exhibit “Heroes & Villains” presents a graphic novel showcase featuring sequential and narrative work by a handful of selected artists. First Friday Opening Gala 7 p.m.–9 p.m. May 1, exhibit continues through May 30, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., free, 1601 Paru St., (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
A Jet’s View (May 1–June 1) Artwork by students of Encinal High School’s Functional Life Skills class will be on display at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden. The 10 students, ages 14–19, use the creative process for self-expression and confidence—and to produce photographs, relief prints, giclee prints, sculpture, jewelry, birdhouses and cards. All proceeds from art sales will directly benefit the program, which aims to increase the students’ ability to become as independent as possible in their complicated environment. Opening reception 5 p.m.–7 p.m. May 1, show continues to June 1, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri., Tues. until 9 p.m., 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free, 1223 Park St., (510) 865-2385, www.juliestea.com.
Guitar Art (May 1–June 2) Ronnie Sargent creates functional stringed instruments from pinball machine remnants and other recycled found objects. A collection of his custom musical art will be on display and for sale at this “Rock.…’n’ROLL!” show. Opening reception 7 p.m.–11 p.m. May 1, $10 adults, $5 kids, exhibit continues 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily through June 2, free, Lucky Ju Ju Pinball/Art Gallery, 713 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 205-9793, www.ujuju.com.
Across the Great Divide (June 5–27) Artists depict themes of ecosystems, migration, exodus, territory, frontiers, travel, expansionism, and manifest destiny in their artwork on display at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. First Friday Opening Gala 7 p.m.–9 p.m. June 5, exhibit continues through June 27, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., free, 1601 Paru St., (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Playland Photos (June 5–30) For those who are nostalgic for—or curious about—San Francisco’s amusement park Playland-at-the-Beach, photographer Bob Lesoine brings back the images in his show “Where’s the Fun? Last Night at Playland.” The vintage photos from the late 1960s reveal the attractions, amusements and characters at Playland before its demolition in the early 1970s. Opening reception 7 p.m.–10 p.m. June 5, exhibit continues 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily through June 30, free, Lucky Ju Ju Pinball/Art Gallery, 713 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 205-9793, www.ujuju.com.
The Meyers House and Garden (May 23, June 27) Alameda’s first and only house museum was designed by Henry H. Meyers and built by his father, Jacob Meyers, in 1897. The Colonial Revival home, open the fourth Saturday of the month, is a marvel of period design and contains many of the original furnishings, including the piano, tables, lamps, sideboards and rugs, plus a stained-glass window depicting a Monterey scene. Tours 1 p.m.–4 p.m., $3, 2021 Alameda Ave., (510) 521-1247, www.alamedamuseum.org/meyers.html.
Summer starts early this year with music at Crab Cove. The 11th annual free concert series kicks off May 8 with classical Quartet San Francisco. With violins, viola and cello,, the Grammy -nominees tweak chamber music, nudging it away from tradition, by —performing styles fromincorporating styles from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band. On June 12, the Daly City band Sole Music covers popular R&B, funk and jazz from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The concerts are sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association and the East Bay Regional Park District. 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., free, 1252 McKay Ave., (510) 523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com.
Big Band Spring Concert (May 7) Hear jazz played in a big way. College of Alameda’s Contemporary Jazz Band performs in this spring concert. Music instructor and Bay Area pianist Glen Pearson directs the student band. 7 p.m.– 10 p.m., free, student lounge, building F, College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, (510) 522-7221, www.alameda.peralta.edu.
Cross-Pollinated World Music (May 8) Share an evening of eclectic, rhythmic and “highly unearthly” hybrid music. Two bands take the stage at Rhythmix Cultural Works, each performing one set. The Arkansas Bindi Society combines Celtic, Indian and Middle Eastern-style vocals with groove-harp, percussion, Asian-influenced strings and winds, and electric bass. The Australian Bebop Ragas trio weaves together elements from around the globe incorporating the instrumental sounds of didjeridu, touchstyle fretboard, tabla and more. 8 p.m., $15, 2513 Blanding Ave., (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
Small Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert (May 14) College of Alameda music instructor and saxophonist Herbert Mims Jr. leads his jazz improvisation students in this spring concert. The small ensemble plays the music of Duke Ellington, bebop, Latin jazz, blues and fusion. 7 p.m.– 10 p.m., free, student lounge, building F, College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, (510) 522-7221, www.alameda.peralta.edu.
Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers Concert (May 17) Boys and young men comprise this unique Bay Area-based group of singers and ringers. Watch and listen as approximately 40 members, ages 6–18, take the stage to perform choral and handbell selections. 2 p.m., “free will” donation suggested $10 adults, $5 children and seniors, Calvary Christian Center, 1516 Grand St., (510) 887-4311, www.ggbc.org.
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A Cultural Night (June 27) Join Rhythmix Cultural Works in celebrating the Imazighen “Berber” music, culture and dance. The event features a concert by Moh Alileche & Ensemble, playing music of Kabiliye in Algeria, one of nine countries where the Imazighen live. The concert “In Memory of a Hero” is a tribute to Amazigh rights activist and singer Matoub Lounes, assassinated in 1998, whose songs remain enduring symbols. The evening program includes a short film, food and dance. 8 p.m., $15 advance tickets, $20 at the door, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
Americana Tuesday Nights (Ongoing) A variety of live and local music—bluegrass, country, hot jazz, bossa nova, samba, swing, folk, sing-along, cowboy, R&B and a touch of soul—provides something for (almost) everyone at Julie’s on Tuesdays. The Harkenbacks, May 5; Sylvia Herold & Chuck Ervin, May 12; Julian & Alison, May 19; The Hillbilly Jazzbos, May 26; Trio Sombra y Luz, June 2; Sylvia Herold & Chuck Ervin, June 9; Curlew featuring Paul Kotapish, June 16; Quake City Jug Band, June 23; Ruby “Baby” Bennett’s Rhythm & Blues Review, June 30. Every Tuesday, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., free, 1223 Park St., (510) 865-2385, www.juliestea.com.
Ukulele Ensemble (Thursdays) Whether you’ve ever plucked a ukulele or not, you’re welcome to join this musical group. Play and sing in a casual, non-denominational environment, church membership not required. Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., free, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave., (510) 522-5220, www.trinityalameda.org.
Stories (Saturdays) Bring kids, ages 2 to 6, for a weekly story at Books Inc. The Storytime Book Club meets Saturdays at 11 a.m., free, Books Inc., 1344 Park St., (510) 522-2226, www.booksinc.net.
And More Stories (Ongoing) The Alameda Free Library offers multiple story times at three locations for kids of all ages. Mama Goose (ages 1–3), Saturdays 10 a.m.–10:30 a.m., Main Library; Peter Rabbit (ages 3-5), Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.–11 a.m., Main Library, and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.–11 a.m., West End Branch; School-age (ages 5-8), Tuesdays 3:30 p.m.–4 p.m., West End Branch, and Wednesdays 3:30 p.m.–4 p.m., Main Library; Family (all ages), Sundays 2 p.m., Main Library, and Tuesdays 7 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (Bedtime story—stuffed toys and pajamas welcome!), Bay Farm Island. All story times are free. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., (510) 747-7777, West End Branch Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 747-7767, Bay Farm Island Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, (510) 747-7787, www.alamedafree.org.
Family Overnight Adventure (May 29, June 26) Experience life on the seas with your family aboard the USS Hornet. Eat, sleep, receive a personal tour, and take a flight simulator ride. Program begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 10 a.m. the next day. Participants must be at least 5 years old. $100 per person, USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Point, reservations required, (510) 521-8448 ext. 280, www.uss-hornet.org.
Shoreline Open House and Restoration (May 31, June 28) Pack a picnic, bring the sand toys, and head to the beach. Crab Cove’s afternoon begins with guided exploration at low tide Noon–2 p.m., pond ducklings/goslings featured 2 p.m.–3 p.m., and fish feeding 3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Ongoing activities include scavenger hunt, crafts and shoreline restoration. Noon–5 p.m., free, Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., (510) 521-6887, www.ebparks.org.
Catch of the Day (Saturdays and Sundays) Drop by Crab Cove to find out about the critters and animals of the Bay through guided exploration and hands-on fun. Learn about animal habitats, the way they eat, sleep and move. Topics change frequently. Every Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.–3 p.m., free, Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., (510) 521-6887, www.ebparks.org.
Celebrating Mom’s Day (May 3) Join the Speckled Egg Studio Writers Group for an afternoon in honor of Mom. Share local writers’ poems, prose and more. The event includes hand made cards. Bring the kids along. 3 p.m.–5 p.m., free, Books Inc., 1344 Park St., (510) 522-2226, www.booksinc.net.
Books Inc. Book Signings (May 6, 19, 29, June 11) Meet these authors for in-store book signings and readings: Shawna Yang Ryan, East Bay fiction writer, Water Ghosts (7:30 p.m. May 6); Jeff Conant, minus co-author Pam Fadem, A Community Guide to Environmental Health (7:30 p.m. May 19); Matthew Amster-Burton, Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater (6:30 p.m. May 29); Matthew Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (7 p.m. June 11). Free, Books Inc., 1344 Park St., (510) 522-2226, www.booksinc.net.
Alameda Library Book Club (May 11, June 8) Meet the second Monday of each month to talk books at the Alameda Free Library. May’s meeting focuses on the genre Western Fiction; call or check the Web site for June’s selection. Everyone welcome. 6:30 p.m., free, Family Study Room at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., (510) 747-7777, www.alamedafree.org.
Alameda Museum Lectures (May 28, June 25) Spend an evening enriching your knowledge of Alameda’s history. On May 28, local author and historian Woody Minor presents A Home in Alameda, based on his new book about Victorian Victorian-era development. On June 25, learn about the Island City’s domestic architecture from authors Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. The lecture, Alameda: An Architectural Treasure Chest, corresponds to Evanosky’s book by the same title. 7 p.m., $5, free for museum members, Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., (510) 748-0796, www.alamedamuseum.org.
Write, Speak, Listen, Read (Ongoing) Share your choice of literary arts in a supportive setting; each happens once a month. Free Write Group, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. last Sunday of the month; Storytelling Swap, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. every third Thursday; Poetry & Prose Reading, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. every second Saturday; free, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Recycled Fashion (May 14) The Mastick Senior Center presents its 24th annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show and Spring Luncheon. Volunteers will model fashions provided by the center’s Thrift Shop. All proceeds support Mastick Senior Center programs. Doors open at 11 a.m. with lunch served at Noon, $16, Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 747-7500, www.mastickcenter.com.
Summer Evenings (June 10–Aug. 26) The Mastick Senior Center opens its doors Wednesday evenings for summer community gatherings. Take the opportunity to see a movie, shoot a game of pool, work on quilting or sewing projects, get fit with Pilates instruction, improve computer skills or relax and visit with friends. Every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., free, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.
Saturday Bingo (Ongoing) Mastick Senior Center hosts this weekly fundraising event, open to anyone 18 years and older. May 9 Bingo recognizes Mother’s Day with a half-pack free to mothers; June 20 Bingo honors Father’s Day with a half-pack free to fathers. Doors open at 10 a.m., first game begins at 12:15 p.m., prices vary, Mastick Senior Center, Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 747-7500, www.mastickcenter.com.
Artist Trading Card Group (May 23, June 27) The tradition of trading 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards filled with original, small-edition artwork was started in Zurich in 1997 and has traveled all the way to Alameda the fourth Saturday of every month at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Join the group to discuss, make, share and trade these cards. The rules say these cards are never sold; they must be given away or traded. 1 p.m.–4 p.m., free, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Bodacious Beads (Wednesdays) Bounce your ideas off fellow beaders while creating beadwork in this supportive group. Share techniques from bead stringing to bead weaving at Bette’s Bodacious Beading Beauties night. Bring your beading equipment and your enthusiasm every Wednesday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., free, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Selling on eBay (May 9, June 6) Avoid mistakes that many newcomers make. Learn how to set up an eBay account and navigate through Paypal. Discover ways to maximize profits with effective listings and strategic pricing. Basic computer knowledge required. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $58, McKinley Center, 2165 Buena Vista Ave., contact (510) 747-7529 or www.ci.alameda.ca.us/arpd to register.
Interactive Kinetic Art and the Pinball Machine (Ongoing) Before the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, there was the pinball machine. Instructed by multimedia artist Michael Schiess, this class introduces all aspects of the pinball machine—from its history to mechanics to play strategies. Class length is 20 hours, split into five sections, $250, Neptune Beach Amusement Museum, 713 Santa Clara Ave., (510) 205-9793, www.ujuju.com.
See Jane Run Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run (May 30) Join a field of females for See Jane Run’s third annual half-marathon (13.1 miles) and 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) race plus a 1-mile run for kids. Men can run for fun, but only women take the prizes. After the race, celebrate with champagne, chocolate and a women-focused race expo. A portion of the registration goes to Girls Inc. of the Island City. $15 kids, $55 5K, $95 Half, 8 a.m., Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Eighth Street between Central and Portola avenues, (415) 839-9393, www.seejanerun.com.
Oakland A’s (Ongoing) Watch baseball played live on the home turf as the A’s take on the Los Angeles Angels, May 4–5; vs. Texas Rangers, May 6–7; vs. Toronto Blue Jays, May 8–10; vs. Kansas City Royals, May 12–13; vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, May 22–24; vs. Seattle Mariners, May 25–27; vs. Baltimore Orioles, June 5–7; Minnesota Twins, June 8–11; vs. San Francisco Giants, June 22–24; vs. Colorado Rockies, June 26–28; vs. Detroit Tigers, June 29–30. Times and prices vary, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 638-4900, www.oaklandathletics.com.
Webster Street Farmers Market (Ongoing) Open two days a week for the summer starting in May, this certified market allows farmers to sell their crops directly to the public. Come gGet the freshest produce, artisan breads, nuts, honey, fresh-cut flowers and more. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Thursdays, Webster Street at Taylor Avenue, (925) 825-9090 or (800) 949-FARM, www.pcfma.com.
Oakland Farmers Markets (Ongoing) Join our neighbors across the estuary for fresh fruits and veggies, Fridays: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. in Old Oakland, Ninth and Washington streets, (510) 745-7100; 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 3801 Howe St., www.pcfma.com, Saturdays: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Grand Lake Farmers Market, corner of Grand and Lake Park avenues, (800) 897-FARM or www.bayareafarmersmarkets.com, Sundays: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Jack London Square, (925) 825-9090 or (800) 949-FARM, www.pcfma.com.; 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in Montclair Village, La Salle Avenue between Moraga Avenue and Mountain Boulevard, www.montclairvillage.com; 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in Temescal’s DMV parking lot, 5300 Claremont Ave., (510) 745-7100 or www.urbanvillageonline.com.
Celebrating Elephants (May 16, May 23) Once a year the Oakland Zoo presents a special program devoted to elephants. Take advantage of this opportunity to tour the elephant barn, share a close encounter with an elephant, and participate in a mock research camp to observe and record the elephants’ behaviors. In the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo, Circus Finelli’s acrobats and clowns create a festive carnival atmosphere, complete with cotton candy, popcorn and jugglers. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., free with general admission, $10.50, $7 seniors and children ages 2–14, free for children under 2. On May 23, Cynthia Moss, the world’s leading expert on African Elephants, will lecture on her research, conservation work and life with elephants, 6 p.m.–7 p.m., $40. A silent auction begins at 7 p.m. Funds raised will go to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb (June 18-21) See the characters of Sesame Street come alive in a musical stage show. Together they help Elmo find a new home for his sunflower friend, Sunny. 7 p.m. June 18, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 19, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 20, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. June 21, $15–$30, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.