|May 25, 2012||Vol 2, Issue 20|
Take A Fresh Look
Mayor Jean Quan
Marching with Manzanita School families and staff this month for peace on our streets. (Chronicle photo)
The best story of the week is that we have released the first mid-term budget in over 4 years with NO LAYOFFS and NO PROGRAM CUTS!
- No layoffs, for the first time in more than four years;
- Modest revenue growth;
- Investment in essential services, such as an additional police academy, restoration of senior centers, economic development, funding for police evaluation and reforms, and street and parking meter repair; and
- Preservation of the reserve at a level not achieved in more than five years.
PLEASE HELP 100 WOMEN AGAINST THE VIOLENCE
The number of shootings and murders continue to trend down.
We talk a lot about increased policing as part the trend of reduced shootings and murders, but the other part of community policing is the community organizing that is also increasing. Since the beginning of the year I have participated in about a dozen large community marches and meetings to take back our neighborhoods block by block. The Oakland Community Organizations has joined me at least once a month to knock on doors and to organize our summer jobs fairs.
Next Saturday is one of the most meaningful community efforts that I have seen for a long time. 100 Oakland mothers, 100 Women Against the Violence, are organizing a peace march (see below #1). That is not unique, but what is different is that they are organizing a gun buy back that they have raised money for themselves. They are not wealthy, but they are taking action and have raised just over half of what they need to buy back 100 guns at $100 each.
This is not like the attempts organized by the police or certain politicians. Only local residents are welcome. Bring a gun, no questions asked and you will get a $100 gift card to spend locally. Let's help them. I am donating $100 but what if we all donated or raised $100 just imagine what the outcome might be. I am told the kids would also be interested in lap tops. The Oakland Tech Exchange will clean your data and put in updated software if you can donate a reasonable current lap top. Let's help them get to 100!!
Getting guns off the streets is one of my top priorities. This week we announced that the Oakland Police Department has taken 340 guns off the streets of Oakland, and next week we will announce more. In recent weeks more people have come forward to tell us about guns that are in the hands of youth or illegally in the possession of youth people on probation. If you know the young people in this situation, this is a good opportunity to turn in the gun with no questions asked.
INCREASING SALES TAX AND RETAIL
Part of the reason we were able to balance the budget this year is that we are starting to see increased $6 million in retail sales. We have grown the local economy with about 600,000 square feet of new retail (current and in the pipeline). Large projects like Target, new auto show rooms, and revitalized neighborhood shopping are part of the trend. I started this on Sunday at the Las Vegas International Convention of retailers, sometimes together with members of our Retail Advisory Group (real estate, developers, retailers). I was also part of a plenary panel discussing "America's Cities - Rebuilding, Revitalizing, Redeveloping," along with Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh, and TV host and former Good Morning America moderator Joan Lunden. So please continue to help us by shopping Oakland whenever possible!
Next week is First Friday. If you have not participated before, you owe yourself this look at our Rising Oakland. Even the Chronicle Pink Section (above) touted the Art Murmur last month. Hope to see you there!
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|In the News|
|Oakland Finances on Upswing|
Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune
May 24, 2012
Key Police Tool In Tracking Gunfire
Harry Harris, Oakland Tribune
May 25, 2012
World's Top LEED Interior
Mary Catherine O'Connor
Green Biz.com, May 24, 2012
Bridge to the Clean Economy Action Plan
SF Chronicle, May 25, 2012
91st Annual Memorial Day Commemoration
Mountain View Cemetery
Monday, May 28
Mountain View Cemetery honors all veterans at the 91st Annual Memorial Day Commemoration at the second fountain on the Main Avenue of the cemetery.
Complimentary refreshments will follow the ceremony. Docent Dennis Evanosky will lead a guided tour of the refurbished Civil War plot and other areas of notables that are buried in the cemetery. Join us in remembering our veterans on this special day!
5000 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
STATE OF THE CITY REPORT
Good snapshot of economic growth, accomplishments and challenges.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or for some other time.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
1. Discover Oakland This Week
Memorial Day Weekend Events:
Elephants Day at the Zoo, Saturday, May 26, 10 am-3 pm: This will be a day full of events that all focus on elephants. Visit elephants information stations throughout the Zoo, go behind-the-scenes for an elephant barn tour ($5.00 fee), watch a performance by Circus Finelli - an animal free circus, or make enrichment items for our elephants and watch the elephants enjoy them. Plus, pick up your binoculars and data sheet and become an elephant researcher for the day at the Oakland Zoo's elephant research camp.
Silk Screen Demonstrations, Oakland Museum, Saturday, May 26, 2-3:30 pm: If you love silk screens, as I do. Learn about screen printing techniques and the thriving Bay Area poster scene with local artists and Lincoln Cushing, guest curator of All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area. Take the experience home with you with a custom print. Included with Museum admission. One of Oakland's most famous silk screen artists, Faviana Rodriguez, known for her posters for hundreds of good causes will be there. Also, Querido Galdo, whose locally focused work explores the cycle of impact between individuals and their neighborhoods.
Chabot Space & Science Center Will be Open Memorial Day. Today, Saturday, May 26, 3:30 pm take a Staycation to Chichen Itza in Mexico. The planetarium show Tales of the Maya Skies takes you back to the building of this world icon, today the producer and director will conduct a Q&A session.
The Ed N. STED Hour Presents: The Vinyl Comback!!! Saturday, May 26, 2-3:30 pm, Lakeview Library, 550 El Embarcadero: Ed N. Sted is the owner of Funky Soul Stop, a store of vinyl records and other fun artifacts from the Cool '50s and '60s. He is on the cutting edge of the Vinyl Revival! Come with your questions and learn all about why your 45s and LPs are still COOL!!!
Maxwell Park Garden Swap, Saturday, May 26, 4-4:30 pm at the Maxwell Park Picnic Tables, Between Allendale Avenue and Fleming Avenue: Bring the last of your excess plant starts and find them a new home. Spring edibles happily accepted. Nothing to swap? No worries - everyone is welcome. Looking for a specific plant or seed? Bringing something special? Post your request and swap-items on the MP Garden Swap website. http://mpgardenswap.wordpress.com/
USS Potomac Cruises, Sunday, May 27, 11 am-3 pm: For a bit of World War II history and just enjoying a Bay Cruise, FDR's Presidential Yacht, is a fun way for both. Check out the schedule for the history and music cruises too.
Oakland Museum of California Family Day, Sunday, May 27: Grandparents Clay Day, Noon-3pm. Bring your grandkids and get creative with clay; watch a pottery wheel demonstration, and give it a try yourself. Or roll up your sleeves and sculpt clay with your hands. Take a stroll on your own and explore clay art and artifacts in the Galleries of California Art and History. Gold panning from 2-4 pm. Explore our award winning history section and pan for gold!
Mountain View Cemetery Ceremony, Monday, May 28, 10 am Memorial Day ceremony. Historical talk and tour afterwards, see above right..
3rd Annual Jamaican Jerk Cook-off, Monday May 28, 1-5 pm, Linden Street Brewery, 3rd and Linden Street: $10 tasting fee. Great food, music, craft beer. www.jamaicanjerkcookoff.com, benefiting Oakland's My Yute Soccer.
More Events This Week:
6th Annual Indie Awards Celebrate Oakland's Revolutionary Businesses & Artists, Thursday, May 31, 5:30 pm, Kaiser Center 300 Lakeside Drive: I will be delivering an award to an Oakland business or artist at the Annual Oakland Indie Awards. Established in 2006, the 6th Annual Oakland Indie Awards will feature a full evening packed with activities celebrating Oakland's local businesses, artists and artisans. The signature awards ceremony will be hosted by local business leader Glynn Washington and Oakland community leaders. There will be attractions to keep participants engaged the entire evening. A celebration with live drumming performances, art curated by the Joyce Gordon Gallery, a do-it-yourself cupcake bar, People's Bazaar marketplace, custom T-shirt screen printing, Polaroid photo booth, live mural, auction and live DJ music by the Oakland Faders will follow the 2012 awards ceremony. Over 600 nominations were received in the categories: Oakland Soul, Ripple Effect, Innovative Newbie, Greenie, Socially-Responsible Rockstar and Pillar. Some of the 2012 Oakland nominees include: Spoiled Boutique, Beer Revolution, American Steel Studios, Best Music Co., Ecologic Brands, Sarabek Images, popuphood and many more. For details, visit www.oaklandindieawards.com.
"For several months now, neighbors who live in the North Hills of Oakland have been volunteering at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. We carpool over together for a 3 hour shift. We have sorted big bins of apples, pears or onions. We have bagged beans and rice. It is good, helpful work. Per the ACCFB, 1 in 6 Alameda county residents needs food assistance. Due to their high purchasing power $1 donated to the Food Bank can buy $5 worth of food. We encourage folks to volunteer and see what good works are happening there. www.accfb.org"
Pictured (l-r) Shelagh Brodersen, Maxine Jew, Charles Beyer, Volunteer Manager for the ACCFB, and Nancy Mueller.
Empty Bowls in support of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Thursday, May 31, 6 - 8 pm, 7900 Edgewater Drive: In addition to enjoying a delicious soup dinner, guests will take home a hand-painted bowl and bid at a silent auction. All proceeds support the Alameda County Community Food Bank's hunger relief efforts. Empty Bowls sells out every year. Click here to get your tickets.
East Bay Women In Business Roundtable, "Women Defining East Bay's Future: Finding Non-Traditional Sources of Capital" featuring Jenny Kassan, Managing Director, Katovich & Kassan Law Group and Co-Founder of Cutting Edge Capital, Friday, June 1, 11:15 am, Waterfront Hotel: Jenny Kassan will speak to "Why it is illegal for small businesses to raise capital from their communities and what can we do about it?" She will outline how small businesses that are ready to enter the market but lack capital can realize their dreams. The presentation will provide an overview of the laws governing capital-raising and then will provide some tools and resources for raising capital within the law. $35 members, $45 non-members. Any reservations after May 30 will be charged an additional $10. Contact Amanda Medina at (510) 874-4800 or email her at: email@example.com. Register online here.
Jack's Night Market Celebrating Oakland's First Fridays, Friday, June 1, 6 - 10 pm, Jack London Square: Enjoy a captivating evening filled with merriment and verve with Oakland crafts, artisans and de4singers, local producers, vegetables, fruits, performance art and quirky performers. Ride the free B Shuttle from the Uptown to Jack London Square. www.jacklondonsquare.com
ArtEsteems' 14 Annual Student Art Exhibition, Studio One,365 45th Street, Saturday, June 2, 3-6 pm: Reflections of Me and My World 2012, ArtEsteem's annual exhibition in celebration of the work produced by children and youth from all over the Bay Area. The art will be for sale! Your purchase supports the student artists, our ArtEsteem Scholarship and the ArtEsteem Program. The student artists will receive 20% of each piece of art that is sold. Sponsored by Attitudinal Healing Connection. For details, click here.
100% Strong Peace Walk & Resource Fair, Saturday, June 2, 10 am - 4 pm: 100 Women Against Violence and Mesengers4Change sponsor a peace walk starting in East and West Oakland at 10 am and ending at the Fruitvale BART plaza where there will be entertainment, and a resource fair. From the East side, meet at 100th Avenue/International Blvd. before 10 am. From the West Side, meet at Oakland City Hall before 10 am. First 100 Oakland residents participating in the Gun Buy Back will receive a $100 gift card! No questions asked. For more information, contact Jennifer Argueta at 238-2056 or visit www.messengers4change.org. (Right) Manzanita parents and children march for peace this month.
2. More City News
|Support Calls for Kids (AB2015-Mitchell): Forward Together and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice are co-sponsoring Calls for Kids (AB 2015 - Mitchell), which gives parents in California the ability to make arrangements for their child at the moment of arrest. Once separated, bringing families back together and avoiding legal separation becomes more difficult. It is more expensive for state and local governments when children are unnecessarily placed in the custody of Child Protective Services or foster care. Please let your representatives know how important this small step can be - for children, families, and all of us.|
Vote for DeFremery Park in the National Sprite Spark Park Project: Please visit www.SpriteSparkParks.com and use the FREE code SPRITEPARKSVOTE every day to help DeFremery receive new basketball courts. Unless you sign in with your Facebook account (then you can share it with all your Facebook/Twitter friends), you'll need to register, but it only takes a few seconds. Please share this link and code with anyone else you come in contact with to help increase the votes!
Voter Registration at Oakland Main Library, Saturday June 16, 9:30-1 pm: Update your Voter Registration status and get ready for the November election. Trained Alameda County Voter Registration Volunteers will be available Saturday June 16th to help with registration forms, answer questions and provide Voter Registration forms in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog. Register if you've:
* moved recently
* changed your name
* want to change your party
* voting for the first time
* off parole for felony conviction If you would like Voter Registration Volunteers to visit your local neighborhood library email: Carolyn at BurdCarolyn@hotmail.com.
Public Works Annual Pothole Blitz, Through June 22: To catch up on potholes after the winter, the Public Works Agency is conducting an 8-week Pothole Blitz, extending the effort by four weeks more than last year. Each week, the Blitz will relocate to another Council district in the City moving to District 4 and 5 this upcoming week. Last year, the City filled 3,230 potholes citywide during the Blitz. Crews expect to repair more than 3,500 this year. The focus will be on traffic corridors, schools, hospitals, high traffic pedestrian areas and problem streets. Where necessary and feasible, the repairs will focus on long-lasting solutions to recurring potholes instead of short-term patches. Potholes are a never ending battle because repairing them is just a Band Aid fix to our City's old streets. Oakland's finances are so limited that roadways that should be repaved very 30 years are now scheduled to be repaved every 80 years. Click here for a list of locations under contract or already completed. Call 510-615-5566 to report your least favorite pothole, or use the online form at www.OaklandPW.com or SeeClickFix, the new mobile app. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Community Meeting on Management and Programming at West Oakland Teen Center, Saturday, June 9, 10 am - Noon, St. Mary's Center, 925 Brockhurst Street: Help plan programing for Oakland's newest teen center. In preparation, please review the information and materials from the first meeting at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/o/District3/District3/TownHalls/index.htm and come prepared with ideas/questions/concerns to ensure sufficient time to move forward with planning for management and programming at the Center. Details, contact Carletta Starks in Council Member Nancy Nadel's office, (510) 238-7032.
1000 Summer Jobs for Oakland Youth: Last year with only two months' notice Congress cut the Mayors Summer Jobs Programs. For decades Oakland received funding to employ about 500 low income youth each summer. The President allowed us to double the number in 2010 because of the recession, then Congress brought it to zero in 2011. We scrambled last year and between the City and County came up with about 400 internships focusing on foster youth and private employers answered my call with about 200 more. This year we are aiming for 1000 jobs. I hope to hire at least half from the 100 block area. We need your help. A summer internship costs $1500-2000 per student to underwrite. If you can hire a student or are willing to take a student for the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program, contact John Bailey, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board, at (510) 238-6440.
3. The 25% Shopping Solution-- Artisan Baked Breads-- Part II
|DID WE MISS YOUR FAVORITE BAKERY? LET US KNOW.
When you buy from a locally owned store your dollar will circulate in the community 7 times more and the city benefits from your sales taxes, up a couple of million this year! In a city that speaks 130 or more languages, your choices are amazing:
2220 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94611
Wonderful cakes and rolls. I buy a bag meringue shells for a light dessert when topped with seasonal fruits.
5020 Woodminster Lane
Oakland, CA 94602
Arizmendi Bakery Lakeshore
3265 Lakeshore Avenue (510) 268-8849
The only Oakland store in this workers coop network. Their morning rolls, daily changing breads and pizza slices are excellent!!
The Grand Bakery
Our only Kosher bakery serves traditional Jewish/New York style breads and pastries. The Black and White cookies and Challah are reliable favorites.
Piedmont Avenue Area
Lady Fingers Bakery
150 Santa Clara Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
The namesake lady finger charlottes are unique and vary by the season. The strawberry mouse charlotte is a staff favorite. Chocolate and croissants, blueberry danish, quiches, linzer torte, and black bottom cakes are our other family favorites.
La Farine, Piedmont Ave
4094 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 420-1777 www.lafarine.com
La Farine, Dimond
3411 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
They have several shops, but I am proud that their goods are baked in the Dimond shop where we helped them locate.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
5800 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94619
5098 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Famous for her fried chicken sandwich, but don't miss the best cookies and blueberry pies in town.
La Farine Bakery
6323 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Mariposa Baking Company
5427 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Gluten Free breads.
Market Hall Bakery
5655 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
We come for the great cakes, but the variety of breads is amazing. I like the "Stormy Sour."
Taste of Denmark (Formerly Neldems)
3401 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
The light chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and chocolate shavings are a family tradition for all birthdays in my husband's families. The workers of the former Neldems makes all the old favorites and has added some new ones. I like the Dulce de Leche/Caramel style cake! Their bags of dinner rolls are a local favorite.
4. Safe and Healthy Oakland
|Protect Your Children. Report Illegal Fireworks Before July 4 at 9510) 777-8814:
Selling, possessing or lighting fireworks is illegal in Oakland. Those caught with fireworks, even "Safe and Sane Fireworks," will be fined up to $1000. Possession of large quantities of fireworkds carries a $5,000 to $10,000 fine. Drop off fireworks in collection barrels at the following locations:
- Fire Station 1: 1603 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
- Fire Station 3: 1445 14th Street
- Fire Station 4: 1235 E-14th Street
- Fire Station 5: 934 34th Street
- Fire Station 18: 1700 50th Avenue
- Fire Station 20: 1401 98th Avenue
City Launches Gun Tip Hotline (510) 517-8739. All Calls Considered Confidential if Caller Wishes to Remain Anonymous: In collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Oakland Police Department has established a gun tip line. Citizens are asked to place calls to address the illegal possession and use of firearms within our community. Calls made to the tip line will be considered confidential if the caller wishes to remain anonymous. ATF will make available up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for firearm related homicides or other violence.
5. Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
Rhythm 'N View on the Cathedral Plaza, Free Outdoor Exercise Classes Every Tuesday in June, 5:30-6:45 pm: Open to the public. Must be 18 or older. June 5: Gentle Flow Yoga; June 12: Feel Good Fitness: June 19: Tai Chi; June 26: Circuit Training. Sponsored by The Cathedral of Christ the Light and the Downtown YMCA. Registration required at www.ctlcathedral.org. Must be 18 or older. Weather permitting. 2121 Harrison Street (at Grand Ave), Oakland, 94612.
East Bay Open Studios, June 2-3, 11 am - 6 pm and June 9 & 10, 11 am- 6 pm: During the first two weekends in June, and throughout the year by appointment, East Bay Open Studios connects 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! Download your Directory with maps here.
The College Bound Brotherhood Graduation Celebration Honoring High School Graduating Black Males, Sunday, June 3, 5 pm, The Kaiser Center: Special guest speakers, awards and entertainment honoring all high school graduating Black males enrolling in college next fall. Sponsored by the Mitchel Kapor Foundation.Contact email@example.com for more information.
Once Upon A Time--adults only costume party at Children's Fairyland, Thursday, June 7, 6:30-9:30 pm: Last year Children's Fairyland welcomed over 500 guests, and raised over $67,000 for their renowned storybook theme park, which celebrates imagination and literacy. With a theme of "Pure Imagination," guests came dressed in fairytale and storybook attire, and were treated to performances, food and drink from local restaurants and wineries, and a silent auction. You don't want to miss out on this magical experience! Details and tickets at fairyland.org/support_fairyland/annual_gala_dinner.htm
Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue, at Dusk, Friday, June 8: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family for these great family favorites: Friday, June 8th, Chicken Little, Friday, June 22nd, Puss In Boots. Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale, proceeds support the Redwood Heights Recreation Center scholarship fund.
Blues Benefit Concert at Yoshi's In Support of the East Oakland Boxing Association, Tuesday, June 12, 8 pm, 510 Embarcadero West at Jack London Square: On June 12 2012 at Yoshi's Oakland an extraordinary event will take place for an extraordinary organization- The East Oakland Boxing Assn. or EOBA.ORG-a vital community resource mainly reliant on our contributions, that is constantly giving back to a neighborhood in need of assistance. EOBA has been a non-profit in East Oakland for over 25 years and is more pressed to the limit now for a struggling community then any time in recent years. This is our way to give back by supporting their cause. $30. For details, click here. (Above left: Mark Hummel, Nick Gravenities and Steve Freund are among the artists performing at the benefit concert.)
3rd Annual Oakland Rising's Young Progressive's Party and Townie Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 5:30-8 pm, Lake Chalet, 1520 Lakeside Drive: Nearly 4 years ago, Oakland Rising emerged into Oakland's social justice and electoral organizing landscape to align leaders and organizations for a broader vision of Oakland's progressive future. Attend their annual "Young Progressives Party" to learn more about social justice victories for Oakland communities, meet the leaders behind them , and hear about the most progressive fights for Oakland in 2012. For details and to purchase tickets, go to www.firstgiving/oaklandrising/young-progressives-party-2012.
Auditions for Sobrante's Got Talent, Saturday, June 23, 3 - 5 pm, Madison Middle School Auditorium: The Sobrante Park Resident Action Council and the Alameda County Public Health Department present the 2nd Annual Sobrante's Got Talent on June 23. $200 grant prize in each of four categories: Singing, Dancing, Other and Family. Contact Allen at (510) 636-4111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland marches together in the SF Pride Parade, Sunday, June 24, 10:30am-1pm: Join me and fellow Oaklanders as we march in the SF Pride Parade again this year. I am looking forward to celebrating this year's theme, Global Equality, with you.
Making Public Service Meaningful, Merritt College, June 27-29: A two-day seminar sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and California State University Department of Public. Administration. This seminar will inspire and prepare employees to see themselves as servants of the public, and for them to see the public as essential partners in their interactions with the agency and, to see the public as advocates for the mission of the agency. Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 28, 9 am - 3 pm; Friday, June 29, 9 am to Noon. Open to public employees and the public. $150. Register here. Or call (510) 434-3988.
Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights: The Sand Lot on Friday, July 14; Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler on Friday, July 27, 3883 Aliso Avenue: All movies being at dusk. Please note that the times change in the Spring, summer and fall, Be sure to dress warm, bring a lawn chair, and/or blanket. Red Boy Pizza Fundraiser-- Eat in or take out dinners to raise money for the Center. Present the Red Boy Flyer and the Center will receive 15%. Call (510) 482-7827.
CORE Boot Camp--July 21, 28 and 29:
Too busy during the week to take part in the typical five-week series? CORE
basic training is now available in a condensed three-day weekend format.CORE classes educate and empower citizens through lessons on personal preparedness, neighborhood organization and by providing hands-on tools for emergency response. CORE Boot Camp participants receive a certificate of completion, CORE ID card, hardhat and vest. Each session takes place at the Oakland Fire Department Training Division at 250 Victory Court. Saturday, July 21, 9 am-2:30 pm, CORE I and CORE II; Saturday, July 28 9 am-5 pm; CORE III (Emergency Response Hands-on Training- Day 1); Sunday, July 29, 9 am-5 pm, Emergency Response Hands-on Training - Day 2). Advance registration is required. Sign up early--class size is limited. Contact email@example.com
or call (510) 238-6351.
50th Reunion, Oakland Tech/Skyline High, July 27-29:The details of the Oakland Technical High School / Skyline High School dual 50th class reunions for the Classes of 1962 are now available. The date is July 27-29th, 2012 and the location is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located at 200 Marina Blvd in Berkeley (where the phone number is 1-510-548-7920). A link to the reunion Web site is: http://oaklandtech.com/staff/blog/2012/02/28/class-of-1962-50th-reunion More information and an online registration packet are available from Kathy (White) Ryan at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or from Cindi (Schloming) Wolfe at email address: email@example.com
6. Celebrate Oakland--Spring/Summer/Fall Street Fairs
Montclair Village Food Tour, Monday, June 4, 11 am - 12:30 pm:
Join food author Serena Bartlett on a food-centric walking tour through Montclair Village.$45. Sign up here.
Dimond Night Out, Tuesday, June 5, 6-8:30 pm, Dimond District:
Neighbors and visitors are invited to take a leisurelystroll around the Dimond Business District to taste their way through a selection of treats offered by participating restaurants and merchants. This is the first "Dimond Night Out" and promises to be a pleasant evening that will include tasty food samples, music, a jumpy-house for children, and even goody bags for pets.A Dimond Night Out Passport can be purchased for $20. This Passport is the evening's guide, with a map of all participating merchants, and the ticket to the special treats each merchant is providing.
For more information, call Kelly's Corner at (510) 531-6810 or stop by one of the local merchants. Check out www.shopdimond.com
Pacific Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival, Friday, June 22-Sunday, June 24, Montclair Village, 10 am - 6 pm:
More than 80 artists from the Bay Area and beyond will be displaying their wares against the scenic backdrop of Montclair and the Oakland Hills. Details at www.pacificfinearts.com.
Voices of Peace, Opening Festival for The Summer of Peace 2012, Scottish Rite Temple, June 22 and June 23: The Friday evening concert will feature Maria Muldaur and Friends, the Vukani Mawethu Choir, Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites, and others. The all-day Saturday conference will feature keynote speakers such as Marianne Williamson, Barbara Marx Hubbard, James O'Dea as well as other prominent world-renowned, local Oakland, and Bay Area peacebuilders. The conference will address such themes as Inner Peace, Forgiveness, Communicating Peace, Urban Peace, Healing Cultural Wounds, and more. Oakland peace-building organizations will be highlighted at the conference and the exhibition hall. All profits from
the conference go to Oakland's Urban Peace Movement. For more information and to register, go to www.summerofpeace.net/attend-an-event.html Next week, there will be further information regarding accessing discounted tickets dedicated to community leaders, activists, and students.
100 years of Alameda County Fair, Centennial Parade, Saturday, June 23, 9:30 am, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton:
On Saturday, June 23, thousands of people from throughout Alameda County and the Bay Area will watch the fun, color and excitement of the Centennial Parade, to honor the second 100 years of the annual Alameda County Fair. The 2012 Alameda County Fair runs from Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 8. There's always lots to see and do--pre-engineering students from Oakland Tech are featured in the drafting contest.
4th of July Festival of Family Fun Celebration, Jack London Square, Wednesday July 4, 11 am -4 pm: Celebrate July 4th with the entire famly in a celebration of family fun and games! (No fireworks planned.) www.jacklondonsquare.com
Temescal Street Fair, Saturday, July 8, Noon - 6 pm:
Waterfront Flicks "We Bought a Zoo", Thursday, July 12, market Lawn, Jack London Square at sundown: Enjoy outdoor movies on the beautiful waterfront. Grab dinner at any Jack London Square restaurant or pack a picnic. Movies begin at sundown but the fun begins earlier with trivia questions and prizes as well as beer (New Belgium) with proceeds to Eat Bay Bike Coalition.
AUGUSTArt & Soul, Saturday, August 4, 2 pm to midnight and Sunday, August 5, Noon - 6 pm
: Two sensational days of music, crafts and food! Join us for the 12th annual festival featuring top national and Bay Area bands, all-new art component, tasty eats from all over the globe and expanded Family Fun Zone! www.artandsouloakland.comWaterfront FLicks, Moneyball, Thursday, August 9, sundown at Market Lawn, Jack London Square:
Bring a picnic dinner or eat at one of the many Jack London Square restaurants. Purchase New Belgium beer, proceeds to East Bay Bike Coalition. www.jacklondonsquare.comLaurel Street Fair, Saturday, August 11, 11 am-6 pm, MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and 38th Street
: Food, music and fun in the Laurel District. A family-oriented event that showcases amazing music and dance stage, huge kids land, creative crafts and merchandise, info booths, an impressive variety of food vendors and a spotlight on health and wellness. Sponsored by the Laurel District Association. www.laureldistrictassociation.org
.PedalFest, Saturday, August 18, 11 am-8 pm, Jack London Square
: Throughout Jack London Square in collaboration with the East Bay Bicycle Coaltion (EBBC) and Bay Area Bikes, this amazing family festival celebrates all things bicycles! Live music, bike demos, stunts, pedal powered stage, rides, art and food.www.pedalfestjacklondon.com.Waterfront Flicks, Princess Bride, Thursday, August 23, sundown, Market Lawn, Jack London Square
: Bring the family and enjoy a great movie on the waterfront. www.Jacklondonsquare.comChinatown Street Fest, Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 7th to 11th Street and Broadway to Harrison
: Now in its 23rd year, enjoy Chinatown's unique ambiance, many restaraunts and colorful shops. Celebrating the Year of the Dragon along 8 city blocks with continuous live entertaniment on two stages, 250 vendor booths, community information, food, kdis' carnival and hands-on crafts for the whole family. Sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org/events/streetfest.html.
SEPTEMBER3rd Annual Oakland Pride, Sunday, September 2, Uptown Oakland/20th and Franklin Street: One of the most diverse pride celebrations in the country and the second largest pride in Northern California. This year's them "It's a Celebration" celebrates the accomplishments of the community in Oakland and across the world.. www.oaklandpride.org
Fall Boat Show, Thursday September 13 through Tuesday, September 18, Jack London Square: Annual Northern California Fall Boat Show features nearly 100 yachts power and sail. www.ncma.com
Taste of Temescal, Tuesday, September 18, 6- 8:30pm: The fourth annual grazefest on Telegraph Avenue between 43rd and 51st Streets. Tickets are $30, proceeds benefit local schools and nonprofits. www.temescaldistrict.org.
Eat Real Fest, Friday, September 21, 3- 9 pm, Saturday September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 11 am - 9 pm, Jack London Square: Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of food food. Attendance is free, all food costs $5 and less, and all food incorporates regionally -sourced, fabulous and sustainably-produced ingredients. www.eatrealfest.com.
Eighth Annual Major Motion Cycling Club, Oakland Grand Prix, Sunday September 23, 8 am - 4 pm, Snow Park, 20th & Harrison: The strongest, most dynamic criterium racing event of the year. Bringin an unprecednted level of professional and amateur cyclists, the race will reach thousands of enthusiasts at this top-caliber event, and the finish of the Northern California/Nevada Criterium for 2012. www.majormotioncyclingclubnorcal.terapad.com
Sundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, Sunday, September 23 1- 6 pm: Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/
Sundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park,Sunday, September 30, 1-6 pm: Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/
Black Cowboy Parade, Saturday, October 6, 10 am to 4 pm: Broadway to DeFremery Park. www.blackcowboyassociation.org/annualparade.html.
Dia de los Muertos, Fruitvale BART Station, 10 - 5 pm.
5th Annual Oaktoberfest, Saturday, October 6, 11 am- 6 pm, in the Dimond: Oakland's family friendly craft beer festival. www.oaktoberfest.org.
Out & About in Rockridge, Sunday, October 7, Noon - 6 pm: Picnic in the Street & Chef Stage, Food Courts, Oaklandish Harvest Hoedown, 57th Street Gallery Stage, Musically Minded academy stage, Wellness Area, Kids' Court and Claremont Middle School State, Artisan Alley. rockridgeoutandabout.com/
Sundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, Sunday, October 7, 1- 6 pm: Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/
Pacific Fine Arts Festival, Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 10 am - 6 pm, Montclair Village: A great place to shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewelry, art and crafts. www.pacificfinearts.com
Sundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, Sunday, October 14, 1- 6 pm: Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/