You know when it's been cold or cold-ish for so long that you forget the feeling of a gentle breeze against your bare leg? Well, I think we're almost there! Pack a pair of pants/tights just in case we are not, as we sometimes think, the Weather Gods, and then enjoy the following fun weekend activities:
Actual Cafe Three Year Anniversary
A good cafe can be so much more than just a cafe — especially when the cafe literally is so much more than a cafe. In the three years since it set up shop on the quiet corner of San Pablo and Alcatraz, Actual has solidified itself as one of those rare breeds. And although it's still a relatively young establishment, hardly a week goes by where the tucked away cafe isn't hosting some musical performance, art show, or community shindig. Join them in celebrating their third birthday this Saturday, Mar. 23, featuring musical performances by Even Taylor, Kim Tillman, Genevieve Wolff, Arbielle, and Lindee Hoshikawa. 21st Amendment Brewery will be on hand, with cupcakes by James and the Giant Cupcake. 6-10 p.m., free. ActualCafe.com — Azeen Ghorayshi
Oakland Running Festival
I'm assuming that if you need me to tell you about this Sunday, March 24's Oakland Running Festival, then you haven't been tying on your running shoes for the past three months in anticipation of the glory of a fast finish. Fortunately, Oakland's version of the marathon can be as fun — and decidedly less exhausting — as a spectator. There will be live entertainment and food all along the route (check their site for exact details), and four races — a marathon, a half-marathon, a 4-person relay, and a kids' fun run — for you to watch. And in case you happen to think you might be in shape anyway (hint: you probably aren't), you can still try registering the day-of. OaklandMarathon.com — A.G.
Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble
Ah, the perennial joys of the Easter Egg Hunt: the frantic scramble, the colorful discovery, the inevitable grass stains, and the sweet taste of chocolatey success. Join Alameda Parks and Recreation on Saturday, Mar. 23, at Crab Cove for a spring-welcoming extravaganza that includes, among many other things, said egg hunt. Pre-hunt activities will include a fish exhibit, beach exploration, lawn games, and arts and crafts for all ages. Snacks will be available for purchase, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos. Don't forget to bring baskets for the kids, the better to lug home their humble bounties. 10-11:45 a.m., free. 510-747-7529 or CityofAlamedaCA.gov/Recreation — A.G.
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