Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 10:44:00 AM

With hot, dog day summer heat replacing our usual blessed fog, Planet readers may be seeking outdoor activities and events   to cool off.  Listed below, but in no particular order of important or easy access, are just a few of the attractions to be had in the Bay Area, most of them free.


The Bee Hive Market, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, Every Saturday, 10 - 3.   Food of every description, provided by select vendors, with a noon concert, "The Bare Wires."


Berkeley Art Museum, a Friday night series of performances show casing some of the Bay's best local music.  $5.00.

2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.


"The World Comes to Berkeley", a Music Festival on Telegraph Avenue, July 25 - August 29.  Outdoor Cafe Stage at Larry Blakes.


U.C. Botanical Gardens, 200 Centennial Drive, Oakland, featuring 34 acres of landscapes corresponding to various regions of the world, as well as a glorious view of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.


U.S.S. Potomac, (FDR's Presidential Yacht, Jack London Square.  Dockside tours Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, year round.  History cruise (2 hours), on going, May - November.


Summer Sounds, Free outdoor concerts every Wednesday, 12 - 1 p.m, City Center Plaza, 13th and Broadway, Oakland.


Free Summer Concert Series, Thursday Nights, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., 9th Street and Broadway.


Jack London Square Farmer's Market, Sundays  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. year round.  Free yoga and cooking demos.  Live concerts.


Whole Food Launch Party, July 24, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Costume contest, games and more.  230 Bay Place, Oakland.


"Mrs. Warren's Profession," George Bernard Shaw's  once banned play.  Cal Shakes, Brun Ampitheatre, Orinda.  Dress warmly and bring a blanket or risk frost bite.  Through August 1st.  For tickets, call (510) 809-3290.


Ålameda Point Antique Faire, antiques and collectibles.  August 1st.  195 Monarch Street, Alameda.  $5.00.


Best of the East Bay Party, Jack London Square, 3 stages, August 6th, 5:00 - 11:p.m.


Show Your Oakland Pride, Diversity in Action, September 5th.  19th Street and Franklin Street, Oakland.  (510) 465-7433.


Comedy Improv Show, Oakland Metro,  630 3rd Street, Oakland, July 23 and 24, 8 p.m and 9:30.  1-800-838-3006.


"Packing for Mars:  The Curious Science of Life in the Void," a book reading by Mary Roach, Friday, Aug. 20th at 7:30 p.m.

2904 College Avenue, Berkeley.


There now, don't say there's a lack of interesting, enjoyable and mostly free summer events in the East Bay!


                                                                               Dorothy Snodgrass