Paramount to host classic movie series
The beautiful Art Deco Paramount Theater in Oakland is offering its summer classic movie series through September.
Tickets are $5 at the door, no reservations required, at the theater at 2025 Broadway, Oakland.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with shows beginning at 8 p.m.
Aug. 3 will feature "Ghostbusters" with Bill Murray. "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" will play Aug. 17. "An American Werewolf in London" will be shown Sept. 7 and "The Breakfast Club" plays on Sept. 28.
For more information, call the Paramount hotline, 510-465-6500.
Yoshi's to host schools arts, music fundraiser
The newly founded 51Oakland, a nonprofit organization in partnership with Yoshi's Jazz Club that promotes educational, artistic and musical opportunities for Oakland youth, will hold a fundraiser this weekend.
The organization will host two all-ages events to benefit performing arts and music education in Oakland public schools.
The indoor and outdoor celebration at Oakland's Toast Wine Lounge will kickoff the two-day community fundraiser from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. There will be live musical performances every hour. David Gans, host of KPFA's "Dead To The World," and Sirius XM's "Tales From The Golden Road" will be among those in the show. Others will include Kev Choice, Grammy-nominated Jordan McConnell, Cava Menzies Quartet Oakland
Don Reed, double NAACP Theatre award nominee, writer and Oakland native, will do a one night only show at Yoshi's Oakland on Monday.
Proceeds from both events will go to benefit arts and music in Oakland schools.
Free forum to address senior housing concerns
The Downtown Oakland Senior Center will address "Where will I live?" at a free senior housing forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24. "Planning Your Next Move" is designed to help seniors with the big decision of where to live as they grow older.
Two panels, composed of people who work with this issue on a daily basis, will discuss the options available in Oakland. One panel will cover the village concept, independent living, assisted living, continuing care and skilled nursing. The second group will explore the questions that arise with that choice: Protecting your assets, downsizing, reverse mortgage and PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly).
The forum, which includes refreshments, is free to the public but reservations are required. Call 510-238-3284 for more information and to register.
Special grant for Chabot Space & Science Center
Chabot Space & Science Center has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2012 Museums for America Program to support and expand its teen education program, the Galaxy Explorers & Champions of Science.
The program, now in its 15th year, engages more than 200 students in sixth through 12th grades each year in out-of-school, year-round programs. The purpose is to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math knowledge and proficiency through hands-on, standards-based science enrichment and experimentation.
Grant funds will be used for the Champions of Science, which specifically targets underserved Oakland middle school students from sixth through eighth grade as they prepare for high school Galaxy Explorers.
Chabot was among 152 other organizations around the country, including seven in the Bay Area that received Museums for America funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services totaling $18,113,376.
For information and updates visit www.chabotspace.org; or call (510) 336-7373.
Zoo's Feast for the Beasts set for Saturday
Oakland Zoo will hold its biannual Feast for the Beasts event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visitors have the rare opportunity to donate fresh produce to the animals. The morning's highlight will be placing produce in the elephant exhibit and watching them dine. The first 250 guests to the zoo will receive a golden ticket to enter the elephant enclosure before the hungry herd and help lay out the produce. Each person who donates produce will receive a free ride ticket.
Another highlight of the day is the teddy bear checkups at the Sun Bear exhibit. Children are invited to bring their bears and have them "checked up" by the zoo's veterinary staff.
The Feast for the Beasts event is included with regular Oakland Zoo admission, $9.75 for children (2-14) and seniors (65+), $13.75 for adults. Children under age 2 and seniors 80 years of age and older are free.