First 'Throw Down for the Town' service festival is Saturday in Oakland


OAKLAND -- More than 200 people are slated to come out Saturday ¿to work on about two dozen service projects in Oakland, organizers from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights said.

The event, called Throw Down for the Town, will have people garden, clean, build, restore wetlands and even build a dog park. The service festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at Mosswood Park and runs until 2 p.m. After the projects are completed, there will be a celebration at Mosswood Park at 3699 Broadway in Oakland. The celebration is from 2 to 6 p.m. and will include food for volunteers, dancing and a hip-hop concert.

"This day will be about residents of Oakland coming together and taking ownership of their neighborhoods through service and then celebrating all that is positive about the Oakland community," said Nwamaka Agbo of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. "Oakland is home to a very connected community of residents filled with so much potential and pride and we want to highlight that on this day."

A full list of service project sites is available at