Oakland weekend: St. Patrick's Day block party, Fatherhood Summit, pianist Eileen Huang, more

Spring is upon us, and whether you prefer to be outdoors or indoors, there's fun to be had in Oakland this weekend. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a block party, check out a musical event at the Chapel of the Chimes, celebrate fatherhood at a special summit, and much more. Here's the full lowdown on where to go.

Urban Trilogy at Manna Gallery

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This new exhibition spotlights three local artists — Ari Targownik, Peter Baczek and Toru Sugita — and their work exploring perceptions of the urban experience in the Bay Area. Expect to see paintings, drawings, monotypes, etchings, and lithographs.  

When: Friday, March 15, 5 - 9 p.m.

Where: Manna Gallery, 473 25th St, Suite C

Price: Free

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Fatherhood Summit 2019

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To promote active fatherhood in Alameda County, the first-ever Fatherhood Summit will gather 1,000 fathers, mentors and father figures for workshops on parenting, men's health, education, financial literacy and other key issues that affect dads, with an emphasis on empowering men of color.

All are welcome at the free event, which will also feature guest speakers like BET News host Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and motivational speaker Jerry Tello, and giveaways like gift bags.

When: Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Dr.

Price: Free; complimentary shuttle from Fruitvale BART provided

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St. Patrick's Day Block Party

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an all-ages block party at Oakland pub Slainte, featuring Irish bands, traditional dancers, face-painting, food and drink. Be sure to wear your best green outfit. 

When: Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: Slainte Oakland, 131 Broadway

Price: Free

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Music at the Chimes

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To benefit the Alameda County Food Bank, the Chapel of the Chimes is hosting live performance by 1930s dance band Sarah & Swingtime. Known for its lively performances of swing, jazz and blues tunes, the group will add extra vintage splendor to the historic building, designed by Julia Morgan.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2 - 4 p.m. 

Where: Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, 4499 Piedmont Ave

Price: $10

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Eileen Huang at OACC

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On Sunday evening, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center will welcome pianist Eileen Huang for a "Chopin & China" performance of both traditional Chinese and European classical music. Born in China, Huang came to the U.S. in 1979 to earn her MFA from Mills College in Oakland. The founder of the International Chamber Music Camp and Festival (ICMC), she's recorded and produced numerous CDs of Chinese and European piano works.

When: Sunday, March 17, 4 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Suite 290

Price: Free

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