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Summer Family Recreation Opportunities in San Leandro

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San Leandro’s Recreation & Human Services Department will host a variety of fun recreational programs and activities throughout the summer. Upcoming highlights include Family Movie Nights, Recreational Swims, and the third annual Family Bike Party.

< p>“San Leandro is a great place to raise a family” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. “We are excited to again host a wide array of fun programs and activities at our beautiful local parks. ”

Family Movie Nights:

The public is invited to two upcoming family movie nights. On Wednesday, July 23, The Muppets will be the featured selection at Lower Chabot Park, located at Estudillo Ave. and Sylvan Circle.

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, The Lego Movie will be featured at Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma St. Show times for both events will be 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. The events are free and open to community residents.

Family Recreational Swims:

In celebration of National Recreation & Parks month, the public is invited to attend family recreational swims on Friday afternoons at the San Leandro Family Aquatic Center from 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. throughout the month of July.

Pre-registration is recommended for these pool parties due to limited pool capacity.

Those who pre-register also will receive a discounted rate of $3 per person (regular drop-in rate is $5). In September, the city also will be hosting end-of-summer Friday Family Nights from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic meal, swimsuits, and towels. The family aquatic center is located at 14900 Zelma Street.

Family Bike Party:

On Sunday, Sept. 7, families are invited to ride their bikes to Roosevelt Elementary School & the Farrelly Pool for this free and fun special event.

Check in by 1 p.m. for the group bike ride, or come as early as 9 a.m. to receive free minor bike repairs and tune-ups from the Bike Mobile-

Other activities and games will be available throughout the morning, including a bike rodeo. At 1 p.m.,, participants will ride from Farrelly Pool to McCartney Park for games, and then on to Siempre Verde Park for bike decorating.

Attendees may join the free bike parade on the return ride to Farrelly Pool, where families can enjoy a free swim until 5:30 p.m.

Parking is limited, so participants are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event. Helmets are required for all participants under 18, and attendees are responsible for their own bikes, as well as those of minors under their supervision.

Alcohol is prohibited.

For more information, contact Dena Justice, Recreation Supervisor, at (510) 577-3473 or djustice@sanleandro.org.

 

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MC Arts Gallery Opens During the Marin Open Studio

The Gallery and its website display the art of a number of Black artists which includes: TheArthur Wright, Lumumba Edwards, and Maalak Atkins. Zwanda and Mitchell Howard also display their art at the Gallery. 

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From top: Oshalla Marcus (director/curator, MC Arts & Culture) with Osiezhe’s drawings to the right of the photo, Zwanda, Mitchell Howard , ISOJI’s Art Is Health Band: Carlton Carey (drums), Mwanza Furaha, (vocals), Jack Prendergast (bass), Ricardo Moncrief (keyboard), James Moseley (guitar, vocal). Photos by Godfrey Lee.

The MC Arts Gallery, located on 100 Donahue St. in the Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City, is open during the Marin Open Studios, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2. 

The Gallery and its website display the art of a number of Black artists which includes: The Arthur Wright, Lumumba Edwards, and Maalak Atkins. Zwanda and Mitchell Howard also display their art at the Gallery. 

Zwanda seeks to be creative as she expands her ideas as a sculptress and painter. She is inspired by the human figure and dancers and is fascinated with music and the instruments themselves. Her art is a way to express this love and to share it with others.

Mitchell Howard studied art at San Francisco State University and the Computer Arts Institute of San Francisco. He was an art director at Cummingham & Walsh in San Francisco and has displayed his paintings at the Hannah Gallery, worked on the Rocky Graham Park Mural and has taught art at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Elementary School.

“Art can bring people together and illustrate things that people can relate to,” Howard says. “Art can also be powerful in sending social messages to society. Art makes you think, it expands your horizons and makes you use your imagination. People may see different things in the same painting.”

Osiezhe, Shakira Gregory’s son, will be displaying his drawings at the Gallery.

The ISOJI’s Art Is Health Band played last Saturday afternoon with Mwanza Furaha as their guest vocalist.

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City Council Approves $480,000 in Arts Grants

The city made the announcement Tuesday about the grants, which will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

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The Oakland City Council approved $480,000 in grants to 17 Oakland-based non-profit organizations and 20 individual artists through the city’s Cultural Funding Program, Neighborhood Voices.

The city made the announcement Tuesday about the grants, which will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

The grant program seeks to bring Oaklanders together to create and support a sense of belonging within a community, to foster social connections that lift people’s spirits, to encourage community well-being and offer visions for a collective future, according to the announcement.

The following individual artists each won $7,000 Neighborhood Voices awards:

Frederick Alvarado; Karla Brundage; Cristina Carpio; Darren Lee Colston; Maria De La Rosa; Elizabeth D. Foggie; Rachel-Anne Palacios; Laurie Polster; Hasain Rasheed; Kweku Kumi Rauf; Carmen Roman; Michael Roosevelt; Fernando Santos; Teofanny Octavia Saragi; Kimberly Sims-Battiste; Cleavon Smith; Lena Sok; Babette Thomas; Ja Ronn Thompson; Joseph Warner.

Each of the following organizations received $20,000 Neighborhood Voices awards:

Asian Health Services for Banteay Srei;

Beats Rhymes and Life;

Chapter 510 INK;

Dancers Group for dNaga GIRL Project;

Dancers Group for Dohee Lee Puri Arts;

Dancers Group for Grown Women Dance Collective;

East Oakland Youth Development Center;

Higher Gliffs for Endangered Ideas;

Hip Hop for Change;

Junior Center of Art and Science;

Mycelium Youth Network;

Oakland Education Fund for Youth Beat;

Oakland Theater Project, Inc.;

Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice;

The Intersection for Alphabet Rockers;

Women’s Audio Mission;

Youth Radio/YR Media.

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Student Work – Nayzeth Vargas

There is freedom with the Zentangle; there is no expected visual outcome and students are less prone to creative blocks and self-criticism. 

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This piece was created by Nayzeth Vargas, a senior at Oakland Technical High School. The Zentangle Method is a therapeutic technique which uses combinations of contrasting patterns and values to create an image. Students were introduced to the Zentangle Method to offset the mental stress they were experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation.  

There is freedom with the Zentangle; there is no expected visual outcome and students are less prone to creative blocks and self-criticism. 

Nayzeth is enrolled in the West Oakland Legacy and Leadership Project, an integrated arts program that supports youth in developing thoughtful, educated voices for their communities. Though art, youth practice mindfulness and boundless creativity. Enrollment for the West Oakland Legacy and Leadership Project is open to youth ages 13-18 through AHC, for more information visit ahc-oakland.org/legacy.

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