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Oakland weekend: Earth Day at the Zoo, jazz cruise on a tall ship, Latinx craft market, more

Trying to figure out your plans for the weekend? We've found four great options in Oakland. Check out a dance performance, go sailing on a tall ship Jack London Square, shop local vendors at Mercado Latinx and or celebrate Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo.

'Shadows and Embers'

Photo: Margaret Jenkins Dance Company/Facebook

"Shadows and Embers," the newest show from San Francisco's acclaimed Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC), is a collection of "work-in-progress" vignettes that the company is refining in advance of its 45th anniversary in 2020. The performance will also include a collaboration with Grammy-winning performer and composer Rinde Eckert, as well as a duet between Jenkins and Eckert.

When: Friday - Sunday, April 12-14, showtimes vary

Where: Paul Dresher Ensemble Studio, 2201 Poplar St.

Price: $12-$50

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Sail With a Soundtrack: Jazz Cruise

Photo: Lady Washington/Facebook

Set sail from Jack London Square and experience a concert on the water. Hayward High School's jazz band will perform aboard the "Lady Washington," a full-scale replica of a historic 1700s tall ship used in the Revolutionary War. The three-hour sail will motor through the Alameda channel before cruising past landmarks and the San Francisco skyline, then returning to port in Oakland. Along the way, passengers will have opportunities for photos and a chance to help haul in the ship's lines. 

When: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Jack London Square, Broadway & Water Street

Price: $59-$79

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Mercado Latinx in Old Oakland

Photo: Mercado Latinx/Facebook

Latinx designers, artists, makers, chefs and more are teaming up for this artisan market, which features everything from housewares to clothing to food. Sample tacos and churros, browse locally made goods, sip bubble tea drinks with a Latin flair, and enjoy live music at this family-friendly event.

When: Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Old Oakland Lot, 806 Washington St.

Price: Free admission

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Earth Day at Oakland Zoo

Photo: Oakland Zoo/Facebook

This year's Earth Day event at the Oakland Zoo is focused on the theme of "Planting for Pollinators," and the work being undertaken to preserve insect, bird, and bat populations that pollinate plants in the face of climate change and toxic chemicals. Activities will include live animal presentations, music, a trapeze show, train rides (free in exchange for a recyclable old cell phone), face painting, games and a mobile pet adoption service. All ages welcome.

When: Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd.

Price: Included with zoo admission: $24 for adults, $20 for kids 2-14 and seniors 65-75, free for seniors over 75 and kids under 2

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