October 30

Montclair Lions Club Halloween Parade
Kids and their parents and grandparents can give their costumes an early start at the annual Lions Club Halloween parade this afternoon in Oakland’s Montclair Village. Mountain Boulevard from Colton Boulevard to La Salle Avenue and La Salle Avenue from Mountain Boulevard to Moraga Avenue will be closed to traffic from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. for the parade, which starts at 3:15 in front of the Bank of America and proceeds down Mountain to La Salle, then down La Salle to Moraga. It then travels up the sidewalk on Moraga to return to the starting point.

Free balloons will be distributed, and an insider in the Montclair Village Association informs us: “Participants in the Village Pet Mayor Contest will also be in the parade.
When: 3:15 PM
Where: Mountain Boulevard, La Salle Avenue, and Moraga Avenue.
Cost: Free

October 31

Alameda County Fire Station #12 Open House
The first 100 kids will receive a free Halloween Fire Safety Treat. You can also enter a raffle to win a ride on a fire truck in a parade by bringing a $10 gift card for the Holiday Toy Drive.
When: 11:00 AM—3:00 PM
Where:  1065 143rd Avenue, San Leandro
Cost: Free
More Information: 510-618-3490

November 1

Dia De Los Muertos festival
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a fabulous one-day celebration of ancestors, deceased loved ones and community. This year’s commemoration of “Celebrating the Spirit of Community” will be a gigantic event loaded with activities and displays for the entire family to enjoy!

Strolling down the Avenida De La Fuente you will be able to view altar making, an interactive display and traditional ceremonies presented in partnership with the Oakland Museum of CA. Over 25 sacred artist and community altars will be displayed, and traditional music can be enjoyed in the area around the Fruitvale Village.

The huge outdoor BART parking area will be transformed into a vibrant “Plaza Musical,” where 93.3 La Raza radio, Estrella TV and Monster beverage will host a stage filled with lively music! In the Plaza, Oakland Parks and Recreation will offer children’s activities; in addition, Fun n’ Games rides, retail vendors and tasty ethnic foods will be available for all to enjoy!

International Boulevard will be transformed into a shopping paradise, filled with arts and craft vendors that will offer Dia de Los Muertos and other ethnic merchandise. La Preciosa 104.9 radio and Telemundo KSTS TV will anchor and host a stage at Fruitvale Avenue and feature regional Latino music!

This eclectic Day of the Dead celebration is a safe, family oriented, non-alcoholic event that is FREE to the public. Don’t miss this annual Oakland tradition in the Fruitvale district!
When: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Where: span along International Boulevard between Fruitvale and 35th, Oakland
Cost: Free
More Information: http://www.idelafuente.com/dia.html

November 2

Vincenza Scarpaci- Journey of the Italians in America
Ms. Scarpaci brings her photographic work about the Italian immigrants and their adjustments & achievements for all to enjoy.
When: 6:30 PM—7:30 PM
Where:  Hayward Public Library, 835 C St, Hayward
Cost:  Free
More Information: 510-881-7980

November 3

All That Glitters Exhibit Opening
“All That Glitters,” is the annual holiday exhibit at the Lafayette Gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette. Painting, prints, photography, ceramics, watercolor and mixed media art works feature memories and personal expression. Select gallery artists create artistic ornaments and cards to welcome the season.
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM—5:00 PM
Where: Lafayette Gallery
Cost: Free
More Information: www.lafayettegallery.net

November 4

Peter Beren Discusses California the Beautiful
The closure of a hundred state parks is sad evidence of California’s budgetary agony. Honoring the natural glories soon to be locked behind those gates is Peter Beren’s book California the Beautiful, illustrated with photographs by Galen Rowell. At Pegasus on Wednesday, Nov. 4, Beren presents the new edition with Dan Jacobson, legislative director of Environment California. 7:30 p.m., free. PegasusBookstore.com
When: 7:30 PM
Where: Pegasus Book Store, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Cost: Free
More Information: www.pegasusbookstore.com

November 5

Alameda Community for Kids Awards
Rub some elbows with the creme de la creme of the Alameda community!

Tickets on sale now for The Alameda Community for Kids Awards. This first-time ever event recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for children in Alameda. The evening includes an awards ceremony, live performance by Beatles cover band, The Sun Kings, an amazing array of food and beverages (no-host bar), silent auction and raffle for highly sought after items.
When:  6:00 PM—9:00 PM
Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works  2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda
Cost:  $25
More Information: Rhythmix Cultural Works