Wednesday Weekly: Events & Community Announcements - May 12, 2021

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Wednesday Weekly

Your weekly source for upcoming events and community announcements in and around District 5

District 5 of Alameda County includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and parts of Oakland. 

May 12, 2021

Alameda County Health Order


Alameda County Remains in the Orange Tier

Effective Wednesday, March 31, activities and businesses permitted in the Red Tier per the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy resumed operation.

Alameda County must remain in the Orange Tier for at least three weeks before moving into the next, less restrictive color tier even though metrics might warrant.

On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met: vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated, and hospitalization rates are stable and low, especially among vaccinated individuals.

Please check back on the Alameda County Public Health Department's dedicated COVID-10 website for updates and clarifications:

For general inquiries, please email or call (510) 268-2101.

If you would like to report a "non-essential" business operating during the Shelter-in-Place Order, please email

Click here for downloadable flyers and posters, available in multiple languages.

District 5 COVID-19 Resource Guide


Supervisor Carson's office has put together a COVID-19 Resource Guide for District to help centralize the information and resources you need to know about the COVID-19 Pandemic.  It will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back often.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information



Alameda County is currently vaccinating:

  • All Alameda County residents, ages 16+
  • Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved for 18+


The Oakland Coliseum COVID-19 vaccine mega-distribution site will be closing on Saturday, May 23, 2021 as Alameda County shifts to more focused and localized options that meets our community where they are, especially the communities hardest hit by the pandemic. READ MORE...


Alameda County residents can find a vaccine site using the new interactive map on our dedicated vaccine website: 

Our new flyer lists Alameda County supported sites, registration links, how to find an appointment, and what you need to know about your appointment. Download a flyer HERE.

Don't Know if They're Vaxxed? Stay Masked!


The State of California has issued new guidance for face coverings, aligning with the recent CDC recommendations.

  • For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
  • For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
  • In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status, except as outlined below.

As defined in the CDPH Fully Vaccinated Persons Guidance, fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit, without wearing masks or physical distancing, with other fully vaccinated people in indoor or outdoor settings; and
  • Visit, without wearing masks or physical distancing, with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease in indoor and outdoor settings.


The pandemic is not over. While local disease trends are favorable, it is imperative that we not let up now. Please continue social distancing, washing your hands, and masking in public especially when you don't know if others around you are vaccinated. 

Public Comment and Review:
MHSA Annual Update


The public is invited to submit public comment on the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services MHSA Annual Plan Update for Fiscal Year 21/22. The comment period opened April 15 and will close on May 17, 2021.

CLICK HERE to view the draft plan and to gain access to the public comment form.

Your community voice and input are encouraged!

County Survey of Internet Connection

Needs for Older Adults


The Alameda County Council for Age-Friendly Communities is conducting a survey of older adults in the County to ask about their access to the internet, electronic devices and need for education support to use those devices.

This anonymous survey is a way for older adults to make their voices heard, find gaps in access, and help make Alameda County a more age-friendly community. The County hopes to reach as many Alameda County residents who are age 50 or older as possible.

To download a print-optimized PDF of the survey or respond to the survey online (available in several languages) CLICK HERE.

To request a print copy of the survey, please email

Your responses are confidential!

New Exhibition Featuring the
African-American Quilt Guild of Oakland


Alameda County honors and celebrates the African-American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) on their 20th Anniversary. The Quilt Guild is an important Oakland-based arts organization focused on the preservation and continuation of the art of quilting and its role in African-American culture. We thank AAQGO for celebrating Black art and artists, spreading joy and stories through their artworks, and for uplifting Alameda County. As part of this celebration, the Alameda County Arts Commission proudly presents an online exhibition featuring artworks from members of the AAQGO.

To view the exhibition, CLICK HERE.

Founded in 2000, the mission of AAQGO is to preserve and continue the tradition of quilting, to promote fellowship among interested persons in all aspects of quilting, to contribute to the knowledge and appreciation of fine quilting and quilts, and to sponsor and support quilting activities through regular meetings and special events with the community. To learn more about the membership and activities of the AAQGO, please visit:

Hate Crime Hotline

hate crime

In the wake of the recent uptick in crimes against the AAPI community, the Alameda County District Attorney's office has set up a hotline to report incidents: If you or anyone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, or if you have witnessed a hate crime, please call the hotline number:

(510) 208-4824

Hate of any kind must not be tolerated in our community!

Alameda County

The next regular Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, 2021 beginning at 11:00 AM.

Visit the Board of Supervisors' website to access the agenda:

While in-person participation is limited to essential personnel, the Board of Supervisors is committed to providing the public with live broadcast and remote opportunities to participate in public comment during the Shelter in Place order.

Click here for public participation guidelines.

Procedures for Board of Supervisors meetings are subject to change. Please check back on the the Board of Supervisors' website for the most up-to-date guidelines.

Black Mental Health Webinar Series

Black Mental Health

Please join Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson for a webinar series focused on Black mental health, Thursdays in May at 5:00 PM:

MAY 13
Transitional Age Youth

Dr. Teiahsha Bankhead, RJOY
Talia Benet, Health & Human Resource Education Center
Rochelle Collins, Project Eden—Horizon Services, Inc.
Karriem Salaam, M.D., AATA Program

MAY 20
Parents With Children

Neisha Becton, AATA Program
Tanya McCullom, ACBHS
Rosa Warder, ACBHS
Karriem Salaam, M.D., AATA Program

MAY 27
Seniors/Older Adults

Delane Casiano, M.D., AATA Program
Dr. Derethia DuVal, Therapist, Private Practice
Kate Jones, ACBHS
Michael Kessler, ACBHS


The registration page will automatically sign you up for all webinars - you are not required to attend all sessions.

Download the event flyer HERE.

Together We Ride Watch Party


BART has partnered with Alliance for Girls, Betti Ono, Black Girls Brilliance, The Unity Council’s Latinx Mentorship and Achievement (LMA) Program, and a group of Alliance for Girls advocacy member organizations to launch the “Not One More Girl” campaign and twelve point policy advocacy initiative.

Join a virtual watch party and youth panel to close out the events for the initiative.

Friday, May 14, 2021
3:30 - 5:00 PM

The event will debut a youth documentary featuring youth on what safety from gender-based violence and sexual harassment on public transportation looks like. You will hear from the team that designed the Not One More Girl initiative, the first comprehensive initiative addressing gender-based violence and sexual harassment on public transportation. The event will also feature a spoken artist and a virtual art exhibition by youth artists.


To learn more about the Not One More Girl Campaign, visit

City of Albany Energy Efficiency Webinar Series

Energy Upgrade

Join Energy Upgrade California, the City of Albany, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), and BayREN for informational webinars on energy efficiency for renters and homeowners.

Energy Efficiency for Renters
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 PM


Energy Efficiency for Homeowners
Monday, May 24, 2021
5:00 - 6:00 PM


Learn how you can get started with energy efficiency, and how these practices aren't only good for the environment, but good for your wallet as well. In addition, learn about available programs and rebates for clean energy and energy efficiency from BayREN and EBCE.

Older Americans Month Virtual Town Hall
Fighting Back Fraud and Scams


Join California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Director of Senior Medicare Patrol Project, Micki Nozaki, for a virtual town hall addressing fraud, scams directed towards older Californians and giving you the tools to fight back and protect yourself.

Thursday, May 20, 2021
1:30 PM


East Bay EDA Spring Membership Meeting:
The Future of Food

East Bay EDA

Renowned Chef Martin Yan will kick off East Bay EDA’s annual Spring Membership Meeting featuring East Bay food innovators.

Thursday, May 20, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us to learn more about our region’s deep history leading food movements and some of the latest innovations that are creating a more resilient and sustainable food ecosystem! We have a packed agenda with a great panel, including:

  • Tyler Jameson, VP of Government Relations, Impossible Foods
  • Betty Kaufman, Director of Product Development, CCD Innovation
  • Kimberlie Le, Co-Founder & CEO, Prime Roots
  • Rob Leibowitz, CEO & Board Chairman, Kite Hill

Our discussion will be moderated by Glenda Humiston, VP of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of California, Office of the President.

Make sure to submit your questions for the Q & A in the registration form. This event is open to both members and non-members.


District 5 Boards & Commissions 


Vacancy Announcement


Supervisor Carson needs District 5 Representatives in the following boards & commissions: 

  • Alameda County Fair Association Board of Directors (1)
  • Public Health Commission (1)
  • Parks, Recreation & Historical Commission (1)
  • Consumer Affairs Commission (1)
  • Veterans Affairs Commission (1)

This is an opportunity to serve your community and represent District 5! Please note the eligibility requirements and commitments associated with each position.

For more information and to apply, visit the Boards and Commissions site:

Transformative Pathways


Transformative Pathways is an 8-week work readiness and leadership program hosted by Urban Strategies, followed by up to 3-months of job search and placement support through our partners. Participants earn $1,000.00 for completing training, and up to an additional $1,500.00 for completing steps along their Career Action Plan with BACR. While in the program. participants are lent a Chromebook, earn transportation incentives, and will have a chance to pilot a community service project designed in training.

We serve young adults in the Greater Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Solano County) who are: 30 years and younger, identify as impacted by the war on drugs; and are interested to re-enter the Bay Area workforce.

If you would like to know more about the program, please feel free to contact:

Desire Johnson-Forte
(510) 827-7316

Interested applicants can APPLY HERE.