The activities at 2013 Love Our Lake Day included great performances, live music and games while walking and biking around the lake! Lining the route were salsa dancing, belly dancing, Taiko drumming, martial arts performances, sports games, free bike rentals, bike rodeo, hula hooping, pedal and paddle on the lake and much more. Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheatre at 2:00 PM featured a Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening. click here
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Music and Dance:
Musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba’s homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs.
Capoeira Mandinga will be holding an open performance on the Brazilian Art-form of Capoeira, Maculelê and Samba de roda with participation of local capoeira community.
Cello Joe: Local cellist specializing in beat boxing and powered by pedal sound system.
The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to the practice, preservation and growth of Capoeira Angola. Mestre Jurandir, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil leads the Oakland ICAF group.
Kenneth Pitts Martial Arts
Martial Arts for the Whole Family. The Academy teaches a range of martial arts styles because they believe their students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum that includes offensive and defensive forms.
SambaFunk w/ King Theo will be presenting a free all ages community dance class. SambaFunk! dance classes consist of Brasilian style “Bloco”, community dance movement and live instrumentation. SambaFunk! is led by King Theo, San Francisco Carnaval King 2001
Soja Martial Arts
The Soja community will be offering continuous demonstrations of traditional Asian martial arts that are non-competitive and flow based in nature. You will see kids and adult long and short forms, tumbling and adult friendly sparring demos throughout the afternoon. Soja’s traditional South Pacific Drumming circle will provide Tongan / Tahitian / Polynesian percussion.
The Bob and Lenny Show:
The Bob and Lenny Show will be providing musical entertainment – they specialize in playing Jazz, Motown, Blues, and Oldies Music on the guitar, ukulele, and trumpet.
Blue Diamonds Belly Dance
Student troupe of San Francisco’s FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD, performing American Tribal Style® (ATS) belly dance throughout the Bay Area under the direction of FCBD founder Carolena Nericcio.
New Style Motherlode
New Style Motherlode Studio is the Bay Area’s first Hip Hop Dance Studio for people of all ages. They offer a range of Hip Hop dance styles along with Jazz dance, Modern, Salsa, Cardio, Zumba, African styles, Vogue and Fusion styles. Their mission is to promote the arts through educational activities, entertainment, and intercultural exchange in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally.
Oakland Soft Rock Choir
Ghost ride the yacht! The Oakland Soft Rock Choir brings you smooth hits of the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s, since 2007
China’s Spirit Music Ensemble
Under the direction of Ms. Winnie Wong, China’s Spirit Music Ensemble performs the music of China through the guzhing (Chinese zither). Their 10th annual concert on June 16 will feature music from different regions of China. See their web site for more information.
Over-the-top Punk Rock Accordion from Oakland, Duckmandu’s repertoire also includes, but is not limited to, 70′s rock, Broadway, klezmer, classical, country, Sousa marches, punk rock, and even a polka or two.
Thingamajigs is a genre-crossing arts organization that promotes, presents and performs music and other art forms created with made and found materials or alternate tuning systems.Their mission is to develop and nurture the exploration of alternate materials and methods of creating sound, as well as promote collaborative efforts within other artistic disciplines not generally associated with festivals of music.
While the JBPC often explores and unfolds new musical possibilities within their compositions, the music never idles or devolves into the esoteric, for the constant audience demands their unrelenting energy and runs an electric current through everything they produce.
Cellist Lara Gabrielle Fowler
Local cellist specializing in classical repertoire
Bomba y Plena Workshop. Including:
Sankofa Events, SPECTRUM and Kinfolkz
Kin Folkz (Spectrum/S2S/Sankofa Events), Danny (Safety Pops) and Eesuu Orundide will offer a community art installation (10 foot long blank canvas) to give celebrants a chance to voice and vision their thoughts about the LAKE and what healing energy, wonderful experiences and stellar memories it offers us
Games and Sports:
Bay Area Bike Rentals
Take a ride around the lake on the new bike path; free rentals provided by Bay Area Bikes. Rentals will be limited to 1 hour so that we can spread the love to more who want to give it a go. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; credit card and ID will need to be provided and all participants will be required to sign a release. Helmets included and are required for under those under 18 years.
Cirquedelic is a wide ranged group of circus, dance, and fire arts performers from all over the Bay. A multifaceted and unique group whose love for their arts is wildly obvious.
Betty from LucasHooping offers hoops of all sizes for everyone to give it a whirl to some rockin music. If you can walk, you can hoop.
Namaste will be offering a mix of opportunities to meditate, practice yoga, embrace your inner creativity, and mingle with some of Oakland’s finest yoga instructors. Be sure to visit our lavish pillow lounge and soak in some relaxation by the lake
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Playworks restores valuable teaching time, reduces bullying, increases physical activity and improves the school and learning environment.
Oakland YMCA will be providing free Bootcamp and Zumba classes
ANTS Tennis is a revolutionary tennis company that is focusing on bringing progressive coaching and teaching methods to communities, schools, programs, and homes all across the country! We strive to make sure that more children have the opportunity to access tennis. Our main goals are to have tons of fun, and learn quality fundamentals of the game and life. All of our coaches are ANTS and FUN certified!!
Boxing For Health
Designed to help improve health and lifestyle; while reducing the rate of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other health related issues. We will be offering a free cardio boxing class and instruction on boxing techniques.
Lake Merritt Boating Center- Gondola Rides and Boating Activities
Enjoy a day outdoors on the Lake with pedalboat, canoe, rowboat, or kayak rentals.
The United States Tennis Association, Northern California Section is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization located in Alameda, California.
Oakland Climate Action Coalition
Providing tools to create a Climate Action Plan for your community
Glenview Carbon Project is a grassroots climate action coalition focused on working together to reduce the carbon footprint of Oakland’s Glenview district.
Save the Bay:
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961, they protect the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife.