Thank you...

Dear Giovanna,

I am sending this note to you to express my appreciation for your generosity in hosting two fabulous Obama events at Uptown Body & Fender. Thank you for the complimentary refreshments, big screen TV and most importantly a place to hold the joy as we celebrated our new president. The electricity, the exhilaration and happiness within your shop's walls will echo for a long time!

Thank you,

Jo Ann Driscoll

Events Archive

Uptown Body & Fender has enjoyed supporting these community organizations in our collision repair shop. Some recent events have been:

12 November 2011 - The Friends of Turn On To America (TOTA) Benefit

6pm to 10pm, Turn On To America present the 20th Annual Holiday Food-Box Benefit.
BREAKOUT BOOGIE!, featuring gumbo, dancing, entertainment and Live auction!

4 days in New Orleans plus airfare for two
Week for six in a San Miguel de Allende villa
Katy Perry tickets
Fun adventures, wines, jewelry!

Turn On To America is an all-volunteer charity, feeding and housing low-income families for over 40 years. Wholesome food is gathered, boxed and delivered anonymously in impoverished areas of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Proceeds from this event will provide 1500 families with food boxes containing all the fixings, including turkeys and hams, for an abundant holiday meal. We estimate that $29 covers the cost of a full box.

Suggested donation: $29 per family. Tickets at the door.
For more info call 925-930-0364 or 510-893-6499

29 October 2011 - Claremont Middle School Fundraiser

15 October 2011 - Chabot Elementary School Fundraiser

8 October 2011 - Restoration Works Intl. Fall Celebration and Fundraiser

7pm - 11pm, Dance The Night Away with Restoration Works International. Join us for a festive fall evening in the Bay Area. Enjoy a night of fun, food and dance to the rock and roll tunes of the Bob Clair Orchestra. Hear about Restoration Works International's inspiring work in Nepal and celebrate Mark Hintzke, our founder, who is stepping down from the day-to-day running of the organization.

Take this chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in attending. It promises to be a night to remember!

Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door.
To purchase tickets, contact or 415-563-7221

More information:

1 October 2011 - Swanky & Swell ... A Night at the Speakeasy - ADSNAC

6:30pm - 9:30pm, Adult Day Services Network of Alameda County invites you to step back into the roaring 20's for our fundraising event Swanky & Swell...A Night at the Speakeasy benefiting frail seniors, disabled adults and their families in Alameda County.

Swanky & Swell...A Night at the Speakeasy is 1920's prohibition-themed evening featuring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a "dress to impress" contest, photos, music, dancing, and live/silent auctions.

Tickets are $75.00 per person.
Advance ticket purchase required.

To learn more and to purchase tickets, please visit:

24 September 2011 - 50th Anniversary of the Puppet Guild

6:30pm - Guild members, past and present, family and friends are all invited to join us for a GALA event celebrating our Golden Anniversary. Dinner and Golden Entertainment by:

Oregon Shadow Theatre, presenting the original flower child: "Thumbelina." Bob Hartman presents "Wolf."

Tickets: $25 for guild members, past and present, $35 for non-guild members

Buy Tickets online

More information:

22 September 2011 - After Five Oakland Chamber Of Commerce Reception

5:30pm - 7:30pm, Our After Five Receptions (previously know as Chamber Mixers) are held at a unique member location on the fourth Thursday of every month. We guarantee great food & drinks, fantastic door prizes, and dynamic networking.

There is no charge for Chamber members; $15 for non-members.
Remember to bring plenty of business cards!

If you are interested in getting your company extra recognition at the event, we welcome door prize donations from our members. Contact Triche Christmon at 510-874-4800x321 with questions & donations.

Register Online

More information:

17 September 2011 - Manzanita School Fundraiser

15 September 2011 - EBRHA Legislative Reception

5:30pm, Join the East Bay Rental Housing Association for a Legislative Reception for State & Local Officials representing Alameda & Contra Costa County. An opportunity for property owners and associate members to build relationships with our representatives. Food and drink provided.

Please RSVP to:
More information at:

10 September 2011 - Sweet! A Celebration to benefit the Friends of Oakland Animal Shelter

7pm - 10pm. Help us celebrate the work of the staff and 150 volunteers of Oakland Animal Services who rescue close to 7,000 animals each year. Proceeds will support much-needed medical treatment, supplies, and quality-of-life improvements for shelter animals.

Christina Loren, from NBC's Today in the Bay, will be our emcee for this evening of Funky groove-oriented jazz and latin sounds by BIG Ken's Trio. Silent auction of animal artworks from distinguished artists, gourmet goodies and California wines, and a Grand Raffle with great prizes, including an iPod Touch and a Carmel getaway!

$10 suggested admission donation. 18 and over. Please leave pets at home.

Raffle tickets are only $5 (or 5 for $20). You need not be present to win.

For raffle tickets, event reservations, artist list and additional event details, please visit:

5 August 2011 - James Swinson, Oakland artist and musician

6pm - 10pm, James Swinson's solo exhibition Raw Garage draws on a wide range of influences, from 50's early abstraction to 80's neo-expressionism and beyond. Integrating materials, fabrics, photo transfers, collage and random found objects directly from the sidewalks and the streets of urban and city life, it is contemporary art with a slant toward the avant-garde underground spirit.

His band Rockinghorse will perform opening night Friday, August 5th from 8pm-9:30pm.

His work will be displayed at Uptown Body & Fender August 5 - 30, 2011

For more information visit:

23 July 2011 - 4th Annual Art & Garden Tour - Discover West Oakland 2pm
Join OBUGS and explore West Oakland by bicycle (or van pool) through a tour of lovely streets and edible gardens, with art at every stop. Smell and taste some of our schoolyard gardens, tour a renowned sculptor's studio, discover the neighborhood's architectural gems. Check out the four corners of renewal in West Oakland.

Wrap up with a block party full of art, music and fresh, delicious food and drink from local restauranteurs.

Tickets start at $20, children under 18 free.

Purchase tickets online or visit our website at

23 July 2011 - Fundraiser for and Worldwide Education
11am - 4pm - enjoy food, music and local artists, while we help to educate the world! A fundraiser aiding women and children living in disadvantaged communities around the world to make sure they receive education and resources needed to lead better lives.

Tickets $25 for adults, children under 12 free with an adult Purchase tickets by calling 650-270-1628 or sending email to

More information at

16 July 2011 - Representative Barbara Lee's Birthday Party and Fundraiser
Join us in celebrating Barbara Lee's birthday and support her dedication to Oakland! Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights.

7pm - 10pm, light buffet dinner served.
Tickets to event are $45 - $75, sliding scale.
Advance ticket purchase required. Contact 510-839-3100.

More information at

3, 4, 5, 11, 12 June 2011 - Pro Arts Exhibits from local artists

During the first two weekends in June, East Bay Open Studios and participating merchants connect the public with over 400 artists in 14 cities in the East Bay. Since 1979, this event remains the largest art event in the region and draws an annual audience over 50,000!

More information at ProArts Open Studios

2 - 27 May 2011- Group Exhibit: Dreams, Angels, Gods, Phantoms, Fish, Cars and Landscapes

Stop by for an amazing group art show of seven artists who are displaying their work during the month of May at Uptown Body & Fender. Artist Philip Hall's car art show titled "Dreams, Angels and Gods" is displayed in one of the two garages. For more information go to:

Chuck Diguida, Susan Davis, Diane Rosenblum, P.G. Meier and Judith Allen are displaying their art in the adjacent garage. Although they have a wide range of styles and subject matter, all the artists have

28 May 2011 - Closed for Memorial Day

21 May 2011 - Private Event

14 May 2011 - Private Event

7 May 2011 - Event Scheduled - details TBA

6 May 2011 - The Art of Philip Hall and other local artists - Images and Light

30 April 2011 - No events being scheduled

23 April 2011 - Closed for Easter

16 April 2011 - Event Scheduled - details TBA

9 April 2011 - Event Scheduled - details TBA

2 April 2011 - North Oakland Community Charter School Fundraiser

1 April 2011 - First Friday Event - the Art of Ed Caballero

31 March 2011 - Event Scheduled - details TBA

26 March 2011 - Pacific Boys' Choir Fundraiser

19 March 2011 - Malcolm X School Fundraiser

12 March 2011 - Thornhill Elementary School Fundraiser

5 March 2011 - Peralta Elementary School Fundraiser

12 February - 4 March 2011 - No events being scheduled

11 February 2001 - Art For An Evening

6pm - 9pm, an exclusive one night art show at Uptown Body & Fender. Free showing, open to the public. Come enjoy the art of:

Donna Attar
Valerie Corvin
Elise Marshall
Tesia Blackburn
Michele Hofherr
Lisa Stelle

5 FEBRUARY 2011 - First Annual Winter Gala and Auction

6:30pm - 10pm, come celebrate with the OSA Community our first annual Winter Gala and Auction. This event is sponsored by OSA Alliance of Parents and Teachers (APT) to benefit OSA students. Adult only event, cocktail party attire, food, fun, entertainment, no-host bar and silent auction.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. On sale at or in the OSA school lobby daily after shool.

More information about OSA at

22 January 2011 - An evening in support of Haitian Street Kids, Inc. (HSKI)

Saturday at 6pm, an evening in support of Haitian street kids. The night will be a fun mix of food, wine and entertainment. Raffles and silent auction will be held and 100% of the proceeds raised will go to benefit the children of Haiti.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $35

More information and online donations at

HSKI does whatever it takes to protect Haitian children, currently helping some 3,000 street kids and (escaped) restavek slaves, and working to provide shelter for abou t200 others. We walk the streets offering advice, counseling, hope, and first aid to the estimated 400,000 abandoned children here in Haiti.

3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 DECEMBER 2010 - Zanzibar Puppet Theater's Cinderella
Opening Night is December 3rd at 8pm. All other shows are at 2pm and 4pm, $12/person.

This stunning production sets a new standard for puppet shows - exquisite scenery, lush musical score, and dazzling indoor snowfall. This enchanting experience will spark the imaginations of young and old, evoking memories of long ago, with beauty abundance and childhood wonderment!

With 22 fully costumed puppets, a post-performance visit by Santa Claus and Cabaret seating in a magical twinkling forest.

Purchase your tickets online or call 891-1986

13 NOVEMBER 2010 - Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area
7pm - 10pm, Join YPC-East Bay for the holiday event of the year! This holiday party is complete with music, unlimited wine, spirits, & chocolate tastings, and most notably, our signature "Holidates". All proceeds benefit BBBSBA youth mentoring programs for Bay Area kids.
More information and online ticket purchase at

5 and 6 NOVEMBER 2010 - Holiday Décor Sale
6pm - 9pm on Friday and 10am - 5pm on Saturday. An excellent time to buy the items that trim your home with holiday love. All new professional quality bolts of ribbons, lights, garlands and more ...

30 OCTOBER 2010 - Claremont Middle School Social and Fundraiser
7pm - 11pm, annual fundraiser and auction for Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood middle school. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume!

23 OCTOBER - East Bay for East Africa Fundraiser
EBEA is dedicated to helping young adults become self reliant through education and job training and so in addition to supporting St. Teresa Technical School, we contribute to other projects in several communities. Event details coming soon.

16 OCTOBER 2010 - Marriage Equality Fundraiser
8pm - 11pm, join us for an evening of fun, food and dance! We're raising funds and awareness to assist our local chapters across the nation engage in critical public education and outreach work. Come take part in the struggle and have fun while doing it!

Join Emcee Molly McKay, National Media Director of Marriage Equality USA as she celebrates her 40th birthday, along with Fairy Butch aka Karlyn Lotney, who will keep you on your toes as you enjoy the delectable tastes of Oakland's food scene, take a dance lesson, marvel at "spotlight" dancers, and take in the serenade of some of the Bay Area's freshest talent. Guests must be 21 years of age and over.
Purchase tickets online or donate at

9 OCTOBER 2010 - Benefit for School of the Americas Watch
6:30pm. Martin Sanchez will speak about US influence in Latin America, including the coup and resistance movement in Honduras and military bases in Colombia. Come hear about, celebrate and learn about the current goals of SOAW East Bay! Tickets $20 at the door.

25 SEPTEMBER 2010 - Emotion Yoga Mental Health Retreat
10am - 4pm. When your brain is overworked, your body suffers. When your body is stressed out, your brain doesn't function at its best. Come for a rejuvenating day of fun and restorative mind/body learning.

To register, call 510-536-3335 or contact

24 September 2010 - Music for People and Thingamajigs
Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. The 13th Annual Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival is an event dedicated to promoting experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems.

Festival Details

Online Ticket Purchase

23 SEPTEMBER 2010 - Oakland Metropolitan Chamber Mixer
5:30pm - 7:30pm, this After 5 Reception is not to be missed! Uptown Body & Fender pulls out all the stops at their annual mixer and this year promises to be no different. Featuring music by the Stone Soup Jazz Band and an Italian picnic of food and drink, our September mixer is half networking, half party.

No charge for Chamber members; $15 for non-chamber members.

18 SEPTEMBER 2010 - A benefit for the Women's Cancer Resource Center
3pm - 6pm, A Vibrant Display of Color, Sound and Energy! Healing arts and Indian devotional music by Mukund Subramanian of Resonance Yoga. Drumming, Arabic chanting and movement by Manar Azreik of Body Symphony, and Paintings on display by Maisuyo Moore.

Suggested donations $5 - $50. Tickets ordered in advance will receive a raffle ticket. Call 415-300-7813 or contact

13 AUGUST 2010 - Matches That Matter
5pm - 9pm, Join Matches That Matter staff and friends as we celebrate the launch of our new business. We're taking the night off from planning fabulous outings for our over forty dating clients to catch our breath and look back in amazement at how far we've come in two years.

6 AUGUST 2010 - Don Perata For Mayor Evening and Fundraiser
Free Event
6pm - 10pm, come and celebrate with us what is right with Oakland. Our city is truly a magnificent place, blessed with natural beauty, a proud history, hard-working people, and a progressive forward-looking tradition. Support Don Perata for mayor, who can provide leadership that can galvanize and harness our strengths - a mayor who Believes in Oakland.
More information at

24 JULY 2010 - Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS) 3rd Annual Garden Tour
OBUGS is a West Oakland non-profit that teaches urban children about nutrition, health, science and the environment through experiential learning in edible outdoor classrooms. The event starts at 1pm at St. Martin de Porres School, 675 41st St., Oakland, CA. Event map and tour stops will be given out at this location.

This event is NOT at Uptown Body & Fender, but two of the gardens on the tour were designed by Oakland-based Ace Architects who designed Uptown's beautiful and unique shop and is special to us. For more information and online ticket purchase, go to and click on "News & Events"

2, 16 JULY 2010 - Pinball Pix Art Show
Free Event
6pm - 9pm, an art show featuring giant reproductions of pinball art will adorn the brick walls of Uptown Body & Fender, an ideal place to display and view the colorful visions of muralists Ed Cassel, Dan Fontes and Eric J. Kos, their selections of some of the finest works of pinball designers revisioned as paintings that embody the artistry that went into the original design. Cassel, Fontes and Kos present their works in association with the Pacific Pinball Museum of Alameda, CA, which will install a limited number of games set to free play for the opening and reception on July 16.
More information about the artists and this event at

5, 6 and 12, 13 JUNE 2010 - ProArts Open Studios
During the first two weekends in June, East Bay Open Studios and participating merchants connect the public with over 400 artists in 14 cities in the East Bay. Since 1979, this event remains the largest art event in the region and draws an annual audience over 50,000!
ProArts Open Studios

22 MAY 2010 - Community Car Care Seminar by Auto On The Go
Attend a fun and educational workshop on car care basics. The class provides hands-on practical experience, in a small and supportive environment.

16 MAY 2010 - Girls' Night Out Shopping and Pamper Soiree and Fundraiser
3pm - 7pm, An afternoon of ladies pampering themselves with ultra fab beauty and fashion finds. Come and shop, nosh, nibble, and sip. Proceeds benefit House of Mercy Educational Resource Center. More information and online ticket purchase available at

15 MAY 2010 - Oakland Rotary Car & Wine Show
3pm - 7pm, Enjoy fine wines, superb hors d'oeuvres, dream cars and a silent and live wine auction. Admission is $25 per person plus a bottle of wine with a minimum retail value of $25. Must be 21 years or older to participate. More information available on the Oakland Rotary Website

8 MAY 2010 - Music and Performance Night benefiting the Prison Activist Resource Center
7pm - midnight; $10 to $1,000 suggested donations. An evening of music, dancing, speakers, performances and silent auction benefiting the Prison Activist Resource Center

1 MAY 2010 - Pacific Boychoir Academy Golden Evening Grammy Celebration And Auction
5pm - 8pm; Join PBA as they celebrate their Grammy wins, honor the founding PBA women, and support the PBA Community Scholarship Fund! Enjoy elegant hors d'oeuvres, live music, and mingle with other music lovers. Cocktail attire, please. Find out more or order your tickets online.

21 MARCH - 12 APRIL, 2010 - Cinderella Puppet Theater
Zanzibar Puppet Theater created and produced this stunning puppet show featuring a cast of 22 beautifully costumed and wonderfully crafted puppets, exquisite scenery, vibrant lighting and a lush musical score.

20 MARCH 2010 - North Oakland Community Charter School Annual Fundraiser
The North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS) holds its tenth year anniversary bash and annual auction for the members of its school community and their friends and family.

13 MARCH 2010 - SPARKS FLY: A benefit for Marilyn Buck
An evening of art auctions, speakers, poetry, music and dance hosted by the Prison Activist Resource Center.

6 MARCH 2010 - Peralta Elementary School Annual Fundraiser
Peralta School's first off-site auction featuring donated items from local merchants, a gourmet dinner, live and spun music, dancing and a photo booth with a classic car as a backdrop.

20 FEBRUARY 2010 - SWEET! A Celebration for Oakland's Animals by the Oakland Animal Shelter
Party the night away to benefit Friends of Oakland Animal Services. Enjoy live music, drinks and desserts, a silent auction, fun activities and a special surprise.

6 FEBRUARY 2010 - Dance Marathon to support Marriage Equality USA
A fundraiser to support Marriage Equality USA and fight Proposition 8. Donate and make it possible to continue to work on securing marriage equality.

30 JANUARY 2010 - Community Car Care Seminar by Auto On the Go
Attend a fun and educational workshop on car care basics. The class provides hands-on practical experience, in a small and supportive environment.

4 DECEMBER 2009 - Velo Wonderland; A Bike and Art Party by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition
Join the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) for one of our biggest parties of the year! Green and bicycle related art, tasty snacks, good beer, and a great dj will make for our best holiday party yet.

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