Wednesday Weekly: Events & Community Announcements - May 19, 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 19, 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 12+
  • The Pfizer vaccine is approved for 12+
  • Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved for 18+


Alameda County’s Community Points of Dispensing (PODs) will start offering the Pfizer vaccine on Family Days beginning  May 20. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be available for anyone who is 18 and older.

Parents, guardians, or care givers are able to make an appointment HERE or by calling 510-208-4VAX (4829).

Appointments are encouraged. Those who are 18 and older will be able to choose which type of vaccine they want to receive.

Written consent of a parent or guardian will be required at the time of appointment registration and the physical presence of a parent or guardian at time of vaccination is preferred. Alameda County expects to follow recommendations from the State on documentation and protocols related to consent for minors. 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 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. 

The State of California's current guidance for face coverings:

  • 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.


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:

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.

Alameda County

The next regular Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, 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 the last 2 sessions of a webinar series focused on Black mental health, Thursdays in May at 5:00 PM:

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
Vanessa Baker, 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.

Community Town Hall: Marin Ave Safety

Marin Ave

Join neighbors, City of Berkeley and BUSD leaders, and the Cragmont Elementary School community for an interactive discussion on car and pedestrian safety on Marin Avenue.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 PM


Seen and Heard: Supporting Asian American
Children and Families in the Context of
Anti-Asian Racism


Anti-Asian hate incidents have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic causing anxiety in many communities, but such sentiments are not new in this country. This training will discuss the diverse stories of Asian Americans and their long history of activism fighting against Anti-Asian racism.

Thursday, May 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jennifer Chen Speckman, LCSW

Lora Collier Chan and Glenda Kith
First 5 Alameda County

This webinar aims to support parents and providers of young Asian American children through understanding the power of cultivating stories that foster wellness and resiliency. Participants will also be given developmentally appropriate tools for supporting young children in the context of implicit and explicit Anti-Asian bias.


Racism in Provision of Mental Health Services


Join Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (CSS) for a panel discussion about the ways racism impacts the provision of mental health services and what practitioners can do to address this.

Friday, May 28, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Mental Health practitioners and systems have been grappling with the racist history of the field and thinking about identifying ways in which racism looks in the therapeutic relationship and ways we can address these dynamics. This acknowledgement and awareness is key to creating therapeutic spaces that are welcoming and effective for historically marginalized communities. This panel of practitioners will discuss this important topic.

The panel will be moderated by CSS Executive Director Narges Zohoury Dillon, LMFT.


Understanding and Demystifying
Mental Health in the Black Community


Please join the Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the first annual Mental Health Town Hall. This town hall will feature Bay Area clinicians and doctors, who will address mental health stigmas that are plaguing the Black/African American community.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Topics will include men's and women's mental health, therapy, benefits of medication, and Bay Area clinicians and doctors.


Funding Available to Provide COVID-19

Outreach in Berkeley


The City of Berkeley is seeking community partners to help us support Berkeley residents who are most impacted by or vulnerable to COVID-19. Organizations can apply to support our response in three areas:

  • Outreach, education and engagement regarding COVID-19 prevention, testing, vaccination, and contact tracing
  • Hosting mobile or pop-up COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics, including engaging community attendance
  • Support services to isolated individuals, including provision of hotel/temporary housing and food to ensure isolation compliance

Total funding available is $700,000. Organizations can apply to provide one or a combination of any of the above services. If approved, the contract would start approximately August 2021 and end no later than July 31, 2023.

Applications due June 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

Learn more and apply HERE.

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:

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!