This week's column is a continuation of last week's theme -- celebrating the January birthdays of Jack London and Julia Morgan. Here are some suggestions for ways to channel your inner Jack or Julia.
For Jack London (born Jan. 12, 1876) head down to Jack London Square in Oakland. The website www.jacklondonsquare.com pinpoints the Sunday farmers market, which happens every week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Water Street. between Franklin and Harrison streets. There are free yoga classes at 9:30 a.m., cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. You'll want to pause at the Jack London Cabin, partially reconstructed with logs from the Yukon Territory where a 19-year-old Jack wintered in 1895. He was hoping to strike it rich, and his adventures there are the basis for many of his stories and novels.
Also stop in at Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon (www.heinolds.com) where time has stood still, thanks to the efforts of Carol Brookman, the proprietor. Brookman keeps the 130-year-old former bunkhouse -- built by original owner Johnny Heinold from planks from a whaling ship -- just as Jack would have known it when he used to frequent it. Heinolds is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Literary Landmark. Be sure to look at the colorful mural about the author's life, on the side of the building.
Jack London Square was established as a destination in 1950 to attract tourists to the waterfront. A self-guided trail through the area, marked by wolf track pavers, tells the story.
Oakland Restaurant Week runs through next Sunday, so you can choose from participating restaurants in the square -- Bocanova, Kincaid's, Scott's, or Yoshi's -- for their special offerings. For more, go to www.visitoakland.org. Movies are $5 all day on Sundays at the Jack London Regal Cinema.
For Julia Morgan (born Jan. 20, 1872), you'll find a variety of choices as well. Sunday marks the first scheduled jazz concert for the year at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. The chapel is a Romanesque and Gothic-inspired columbarium designed by Morgan in the 1920s. Go to www.jazzat thechimes.com for a list of upcoming concerts to be held every other month on the third Sunday. Sunday's headliner is Larry Vuckovich. The free concert begins at 2 p.m.
A former church designed by Morgan in Berkeley's Elmwood District is home to Berkeley Playhouse, a professional theater for all ages that presents musicals featuring child performers. The Arts and Crafts wood venue is known as the Julia Morgan Theatre. The current production is "Disney's Peter Pan Jr." More info is at www.berkeleyplayhouse.org. Performance dates are Jan. 19 to 21 and Jan. 25 to 27.
Perhaps one of Julia Morgan's best known landmark buildings is the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., built in 1928. According to the website http://landmarkheritagefoundation.org, there are many public events and many opportunities to see the grand interior spaces of the city club. Guided tours are offered on the fourth Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. Check the website for details.
To learn more about Jack London, schedule a tour with the Oakland Tours Program, at 510-238-3234. The Tours Program will also be featuring Julia Morgan's life on a downtown walk in March, for Women's History Month. Leave a message if you would like to receive the March tour announcement.
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