When: Sat., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 2014
Inclusivity is the intention of Life Is Living, an annual, daylong community festival taking over DeFremery Park (1651 Adeline St., Oakland) this Saturday. For its seventh year, organizers are bringing back its usual triad of themes: hip-hop, environmentalism, and intergenerational health. Community health — both individual and collective physical wellness — is the focus of this year’s event, which includes a free breakfast, a “Naked Beauty Zone” to promote self-love and self-care, free health clinic booths featuring massage therapy, and festival organizer Brett Cook’s interactive portrait project, “Reflections of Healing.” Performances from DJ Rashida, Shock G from the Digital Underground, and other musicians will mix with spoken word and poetry readings from the festival’s parent organization Youth Speaks. Other happenings include drone camera workshops at the STEMposium Makers Fair, DJ workshops for kids, dancehall and reggae performances, and film screenings. Though the festival isn’t new to West Oakland, each year its organizers encourage everyone to come and learn a little, no matter which neighborhood they call home.