Oxford Elementary, here seen in a former age, is celebrating its Centennial this weekend

Oxford Elementary School is not letting its 100th birthday go by unnoticed. Two big celebratory events have been planned this weekend to mark the occasion — and all current families, alumni, teachers, and former teachers are invited.

First up, a Harvest Faire will be held on Saturday October 16, from 11am to 3pm. This is Oxford School’s annual carnival and book sale with a food booth, games and prizes, and this year will include a special centennial commemoration.

The event is geared towards families with kids or for Oxford alumni who would like to revisit the school. A display will feature photographs and other memorabilia from the past 100 years at Oxford and alumni from several decades will be invited to share a memory.The Harvest Faire will be held at the school at 1130 Oxford Street (between Eunice & Los Angeles).

Oxford Frolics in the school's playground in 1955. Photos: Oxford Elementary School

The main event is a no-host Potluck Picnic on Sunday, October 17th, 10am to 2pm, specifically to celebrate the Centennial. This will take place close to the school at Codornices Park at 1201 Euclid Avenue.

The school is asking that participants bring families, a picnic basket with food and drinks and a dish to share with others, a picnic blanket or fold-up chairs to sit on and any frisbees, balls and so on for the kids. Any Oxford photos or memorabilia that you would like to share with the others will be welcome too.

Full details of the celebrations can be found at Oxford’s dedicated web page and Facebook page.

Oxford is one of the oldest schools in Berkeley. In 1965 the original school building was replaced with the current one and, in 1994, thanks to support from the community, major improvements were made including a new library, an elevator, more classrooms, a science resource room and teacher workrooms. Read more about the school’s history from the class of 1955.

To do our bit to help celebrate this momentous time for the school, Berkeleyside would love to see photographs taken at the events. If you would like to share your shots of the festivities, please send them to us at tips@berkeleyside.com, or upload them to our Flickr pool, and we promise to publish a selection of the best next week.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...