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People packed Jack London Square for its July 4 block party. Photo: Courtesy Jack London Square
People packed Jack London Square for its July 4 block party. Photo: Courtesy Jack London Square  

Two East Bay cities will have Fourth of July events, but only one will include a nighttime fireworks show. Admission is free at both.

The Berkeley Marina will again be the place to be for family-friendly July 4 activities, culminating with a fireworks show that evening.

The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. and is alcohol-free.

There will be the popular adventure playground, where kids can ride a zip line or use tools with parental supervision. Other activities include dragon boat rides (noon to 5 p.m.) from the Berkeley Canoe Racing Center. People can also bring their kites and let them fly over the northern area of the marina in Cesar Chavez Kite Park.

There will be live entertainment on several stages to delight kids and adults, including Downtown Rhythm (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.), Groovy Judy (5:15 to 7:15 p.m.), and improv-o-linist Kippy Marks (3:15 to 5 p.m.)

The marina is located at 201 University Avenue. Admission is free. Vehicle parking is $20 cash ($50 for large vehicles). There will be free valet bike parking. People can take AC Transit line 51B from the downtown Berkeley BART station to the marina until 6 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.anotherbullwinkleshow.com.

Oakland's Jack London Square will hold its annual Fourth of July block party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year's event features an "Independence Day" theme and is produced in partnership with Oakhella, Youth Aid Nonprofit, and Field of Verge Alliance.

The party will cater to diverse demographics through multicultural programming across music, dance, art, and food. Buskers will be placed throughout the square to entertain and dozens of community organizations will be featured.

Organizers said that more than 10,000 people celebrate Independence Day at the Oakland waterfront annually.

Jack London Square is located at the foot of Broadway. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jacklondonsquare.

Castro Valley Pride coming up
Castro Valley Pride will return this year Saturday, July 13, from noon to 5 p.m. at Castro Valley High School, 19501 Redwood Road.

This family-friendly event will feature food, games, booths, performers, and speakers.

LGBTQs, families, and friends are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

For more information, visit the "Castro Valley Pride" Facebook page.

Castro-Mission Health Center remodel
The San Francisco Department of Public Health will temporarily close its Castro-Mission Health Center, located at 3850 17th Street, so that it can undergo a remodel.

Beginning Tuesday, July 9, the clinic will move to 995 Potrero Avenue, Building 80, first floor, on the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital campus. The clinic will be closed July 5 and 8 for the move.

The clinic will remain in the temporary location through construction, which is expected to be complete in 2020.

Officials said the renovation will make the building seismically safer in case of an earthquake. Also, most patient rooms will move to the second floor to better integrate patient care. There will be 12 new exam rooms and four new consultation rooms. Updates will also be made to the restrooms to improve accessibility, the waiting rooms, and patient registration areas, and some of the facilities for staff.

For more information, go to http://www.sfhealthnetwork.org/castro-mission-health-center-capital-project.

AIDS 2020 Oakland, SF town halls
The local planning group for the 23rd International AIDS Conference that will be held in San Francisco and Oakland next July will have town halls in both cities this month.

The meetings, which are free and open to the public, are an opportunity for anyone with questions or concerns about the AIDS 2020 conference to learn more about the event's structure, history, and planning.

Organizers said that two additional town halls in each city will also be held.

The first Oakland meeting is Wednesday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Boulevard.

The San Francisco meeting is planned for Saturday, July 13, from noon to 3 p.m., at 730 Polk Street. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2XdnckP.

RCC drag queen fundraiser
The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County will hold its Brunch with the Queens benefit Saturday, July 27, from noon to 3 p.m. at Club 1220, 1220 Pine Street in Walnut Creek.

Bella Aldama will host the drag queen extravaganza, which will feature Dinnah Manhattan and Amber Waves.

Proceeds raised at the event will go toward RCC's youth program, help fund field trips, art supplies, games, snacks, refreshments, giveaways, and special events.

Tickets are $25 and include the live drag show, a brunch buffet catered by Sunrise Bistro, non-alcoholic beverages, and a chance to win raffle prizes.

The event is for those 21 and over.

For tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2RISolZ.

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