Weekend Things: Dance a Reel, Hear Tony Serra, Celebrate Earth Day and More

This weekend you can hear about one attorney's fascinating career, reel with Celtic dance and music, and welcome a new business to Piedmont Avenue — all within a mile.

Here is what's shaking in Piedmont and environs this Friday through Sunday. Have a great weekend!


  • Tony Serra has defended diverse groups like the Black Panthers and Hell's Angels. He was also the subject of the courtroom drama True Believer. Don't miss your chance to hear this 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year speak about his life experiences at .
    Pricing: Free

  • Following the art show, the art show opened last weekend at . Come and glance at the world through the eyes of a Piedmont middle schooler.
    Pricing: Free


  • Here is your chance to help the earth by cleaning up a small corner of it. Meet at the Lake Merritt Boathouse at 9 a.m. to clean and green the surrounding area. It's a great way to meet other Oaklanders and mobilize the family for a green cause.
    Pricing: Free

  • InStyle Threads, an online boutique, just moved into 4125 Piedmont Ave. and they're having a party!  Treat yourself to champagne and sweets, see this store's selection and meet the owner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Pricing: Free

  • Come to  and join the Piedmont Highlanders' Ceilidh, which is Gaelic for party or celebration. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., You'll hear Celtic music, stories and songs, and of course watch some great dancing. You never know when you'll be swept away into a reel, so wear comfortable shoes.


  • The Holy Names University orchestra includes residents of Piedmont and surrounding East Bay neighborhoods. In this concert they will perform works by Smetana, Krommer and Dvorak.
    Pricing: $10, general; $5, student or senior; free to HNU students, faculty and alumni

  • Want to teach your kids (or yourself) about Earth Day? The Oakland Zoo will have more than 50 Earth Day demonstrations and presentations, host environmental non-profit organizations and even have face painting, just for fun. Come out, have fun and learn!
    Pricing: Included with zoo admission: $7.25-$12.20


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