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Jack London Square hosts 'Jack of All Trades' and other art shows and bazaars

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If you are looking for some fun in the sun and like art, music or food, Jack London Square is the place for you in the East Bay in the months ahead. Celebrate spring with the opening of sailing season by reveling at Jack's Night Market on Friday, May 2; a bluegrass festival at the USS Potomac, Friday, May 9; and the Jack of All Trades art festivals twice a month. Jack's Night Market promises merriment with street performers, street food, local fruit vendors, fine crafts and music plus beer and wine. Beer and wine proceeds go to the Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown.

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Jack of All Trades: We make things out of stuff

As for the other crafts for sale, the free Jack of All Trades Show presents lots of wonderful jewelry and other art, from vintage and antique styles to quirky and contemporary. There’s food and live music and visitors get to meet the artists face to face.

If you like jewelry: One woman makes bracelets from vintage typewriter keys. That's Dana Chenelle of Temple Buttons. Teresa Molinar sells necklaces and charms made from Scrabble tiles. Lisa Inez DeFehr makes magical pendants with local maps of Oakland and Berkeley or fills clear ampules with intriguing items.

A must-see is Nelson Metal Art with Ricky Nelson and his wife and daughter. His logo:

We Make Things Out of Stuff.

If you want to present your own wares, check out the application on line.

The Nelson family makes cheerful and charming figures from all kinds of spare parts including bicycle chain and watch faces, turning them into whimsical figures and creatures. Some are engaged in relaxing and favorite past-times around the water such as sun bathing, reading, fishing, diving, you name it.

Reclaiming materials seems to be a popular theme and another couple made household décor including a unique pet bed.

Dogs did attend the Jack of All Trades show.

Speaking of relaxation, one man sells microfiber sheets in sets for a mere forty dollars. They feel soft and smooth, a cross between cotton and flannel. I bought a beautiful burnished red set. One couple stopped by the booth and the woman tried out the massage table covered with the microfiber sheets. She put all fours in the air and said dryly, “I’m dead”. Then her male companion lay down on his back on the table and she put a pillow (for sale) over his face. These sheets and pillows appear to have versatility and you get your money’s worth.

Pick up something unique and hand-made for Mother’s or Father’s Day, graduation or anniversaries.

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