|May 4, 2012||Vol 2, Issue 17|
Take A Fresh Look
at Oakland --REVISED*
Mayor Jean Quan
|Cover of the SF Bay Guardian from 2 weeks ago.
This week's edition of our newsletter does have all of the wonderful pictures we have from last week's events. It has been even more of a packed week than most, so we will try to catch up next week. Special apologies to those hundreds of volunteers who worked on projects in the 100 blocks for the Great American Clean Up and to the many hundreds of volunteers who staged the citywide disaster preparedness drills all over town.
But Oakland continues to rock along and move forward. We especially enjoyed the cover from the weekly of that other city across the bay and plan to frame it next to a resounding YES!!!
This week the City's business community stepped up to support our campaign to keep our sports franchises. Led by Don Knauss (below on left with Chamber Director Joe Harabuda) the CEO of Clorox, about 40 businesses have stepped up pledging corporate support to keep the A's in Oakland. They are willing to work with the current owners but they are also willing to buy the team should the current owners not want to stay.
We also made it through the May Day demonstrations with our hometown immigrant rights groups mobilizing thousands as they have for the last 7 years. Unfortunately, the media focused as usual on the few hundred violent demonstrators who continued their vandalism downtown and forced several local businesses to close. Oakland Local had a good story on the immigrant rights march. Another column pointed out the irony of some the Occupier's targets.
Tonight is first Friday. Please stop by Oaklandish which was forced to close its doors and Bittersweet next door which was "occupied." Demonstrators tore down posters and threw their chairs out into the street. Seriously, a revolution without chocolate ? Bittersweet is family owned, like the Chinatown business, who also have been hard hit. Let's support our downtown businesses.
Earlier this week the Chief announced some of the reforms he has made in crowd control management. Even though outside reports are due soon, he hasn't waited to make changes. Most observers say the Oakland Police did better under tough conditions. Some of the changes included:
- Training every officer in crowd management.
- Increasing media liaisons and improving training that included media representatives
- Improving officer identification with numbered helmets.
- Making more officers available to investigate complaints.
* The Oakland Police Department is hosting its Open House this Friday. For more information, read the "discover Oakland this week" section.
MANY THANKS, MANY MORE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Part of Oakland's persona is our commitment to social justice. Marching for a cause is in our collective blood. Last week, I joined leaders from Oakland's Interfaith community in the 2nd Annual CROP Hunger Walk around Lake Merritt, where a few hundred local parishioners from various community churches and groups committed to raise money to help reduce the fight against hunger, one step at a time.
Reverend Carolyn Bolton, Deacon of St. Paul's Episcopal Church & 2012 Oakland Hunger Walk Coordinator; Oakland Mayor Jean Quan,
Sandhya Jha - Sr. Pastor at First Christian Church of Oakland & Director, Oakland Peace Center; Joan Suflita - The Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, and Fr. Ray Sacca, Pastor of The Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light. (Photo by Kim Bardakian)
Please join us at lunchtime to celebrate our birthday. Our pride in Oakland is on the rise. I hope to see you there or at any one of the many great events going on this weekend from Cinco de Mayo to Art Murmur tonight.
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|In the News|
|Oakland Business Leaders Step Up to Keep the A's in Oakland|
Oakland Tribune, May 3, 2012
Clorox & Other Major East Bay Businesses Join Mayor Jean Quan to Voice Support to Keep the A's in Oakland
Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2012
Oakland Mayor Recall Effort Appearing to Sputter
Oakland Tribune, May 1, 2012
Is Oakland Cooler than San Francisco? Diversity, Cultural Edge and Working Class Moving East
Chanoff, SF Guardian, April 10, 2012
1233 Preservation Park Way
12th St Betw Castro & MLK Jr. Way
When a swath of historic buildings west of downtown were to be razed for the Grove-Shafter Freeway (I-980), activists succeeded in saving 11 of the homes. The City agreed to move them to join the five Victorians already on the site now known as Preservation Park. In 1989, a $7 million, two-year renovation completely restored the building facades and some of the interiors. Today, the buildings are used as offices for small businesses and nonprofits and are often the site for weddings and other events. Preservation Park is the heart of Oakand's historic district, with the AAAMLO, the First Unitarian Church and the Pardee Home just steps away. One of the great vistas is seeing Preservation Park from Civic Plaza looking through the great open doors of the Federal Building.
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. Oakland Celebrates 160th Birthday Today!!
Despite the rain Friends of the late "Khalil Shaheed and his All-Stars" and Oaktown Jazz Workshops played in tribute to Shaheed and in celebration of our birthday.
This week it has been nice seeing workers and residents in downtown come back to Frank Ogawa Plaza to enjoy the music, dancing, and other entertainment in our week long "Celebrating 160 Years of Oakland Love,"commemoration of the City's 160th birthday. Officially incorporated on May 4, 1852, Oakland has welcomed and inspired generations with its rich history, unparalleled diversity, lush landscape, vibrant neighborhoods and forward-thinking politics.
Celebrating what people love most about Oakland, the 160th birthday events highlighted the City's diverse history, arts, music, cuisine and neighborhoods that are the heart and soul of the city-- and what prompted the
JOIN US TODAY: Friday, May 4, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza for the City of Oakland 160th Birthday Finale
- Birthday cake cutting at 11:30 am.
- Party hats and favors from Oaklandish
- "Inspire Oakland": Billboard design winners presented by Oakland Digital Arts Literacy Center.
- Live music with the Bay Area Blues Society, dancers, speakers, history displays, and City Hall tours.
- Sign our community birthday card (above).
- A special "present" to the City will be unveiled (right).
Admission to all events is free. For complete line up and more information, visit www.oaklandnet.com or call (510) 444-CITY.
2. Discover Oakland This Week--
Old Roots/New Growth, Cultivating Communities Oakland, 37th Annual California Preservation Conference, May 3-6, Oakland Marriott City Center: The 37th Annual California Preservation Conference returns to its early roots in Oakland. Hundreds of preservationists from around the state will learn current and best practices by leading professionals and attend exclusive tours and events. Oakland is home to many firsts--including Lake Merritt, the first wildlife refuge in the country. Here's a great way to learn more about our city and what others are doing to preserve historic buildings, parks and more throughout the state. Tours are open to the public and range in price from $15 (Necklace of Lights) to $65 (Behind the Scenes tour of Oakland's Food Industries-with lunch!). Space is limited. For details, go to www.californiapreservation.org or call (415) 495-0349.
Oakland: Heart of the MegaRegion, Friday, May 4, Noon - 6 pm, Jack London Market Building, 55 Harrison Street: Now in its third year, the MegaRegion Summit will gather business leaders, labor representatives, industry experts, technology innovators, government leaders, educators, development planners, and community partners to brainstorm solutions, identify obstacles, and develop strategies to keep the Northern California region competitive. Tickets are $75. Click here for details.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Friday, May 4, Noon - 1 pm, Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th: Celebrate South-of-the-Border style with a live Mariachi band.
KONO Beautification Celebration, Friday, May 4, 4-6 pm, Telegraph Avenue between 20th and 35th Streets: Celebrating the beautification and rebranding of the KONO district--including the planting of 83 street trees--with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, art walk to view 12 utility boxes to be painted by Oakland artists, and new district banners. Free Admission.
Oakland Police Administration Building Open House, Friday, May 4, 5-7:30 pm, 455 7th Street: During the first ever Open House event at the Oakland Police Administration Building, you will have an opportunity to meet members of the organization, learn all about the different services we have to offer, get to know other members of the community, and meet the Chief of Police and his executive team.
Visual Arts Exhibit at Oakland School of the Arts During Art Murmur, Friday, May 4, 6-9 pm, White Box Studio, 1728 San Pablo Avenue: Hundreds of new works by Oakland School for the Arts' emerging visual artists will be on display and for sale in the White Box Studio. The exhibition continues on Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm. and closes at 7 pm.
Great Wall of Oakland Presents "A Day in the Life", Friday, May 4, 7 pm, The Great Wall in Uptown: From Ghana to California, New York to South Korea, these films take a look people living very diverse lives in far-flung places on our planet. In addition to geographical diversity, the films themselves range from hand-drawn animation to live-action cinematography. The Wall faces West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley Street, next door to Luka's Taproom and Lounge in Oakland's Uptown district. The Lake Merritt-Uptown and Downtown Oakland district associations, along with the Oakland Museum of California, are major sponsors of the Great Wall of Oakland.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration in the Fruitvale, Saturday, May 5, 2:30pm in the Fruitvale Transit Village at 34th Avenue and International Blvd: Cantare Con Vivo ("To Sing With Life"), one of the Bay Area's leading choral musical arts organizations and The Unity Council have joined forces in presenting a special Free Cinco De Mayo Concert celebrating the music of Latino & Central America on Saturday afternoon. Cantare's Chamber Ensemble is collaborating with Quijeremá, Oakland's acclaimed Latin Jazz Ensemble for Arroz Con Leche, featuring stirring music and songs from various South and Central American countries, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Spring Book Sale at Montclair Library, Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am-3 pm: Stock up for summer reading at the Friends of Montclair Library Spring Book Sale! There will be an excellent selection of recent fiction and non-fiction, children's boo ks and more. Most books are priced between $.50-$2.00 - find great deals all day and fill-a-bag discounts from 2-3 pm. All proceeds directly benefit the Montclair branch of the Oakland Public Library. Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am-3 pm. Montclair Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. More info: montclairlibrary.wordpress.com
Support Search Dogs at Pet Food Express, All Day Saturday, May 5: Oakland-base Pet Food Express is raising funds for CARDA (California Rescue Dog Association), an organization that trains search dogs. You can help. All proceeds from pet washing at their many local Pet Foo Express stores will go directly to CARDA. Donations will also be accepted. Go to www.carda.org for details.
Oakland Ballet Company Spring Gala 2012, Saturday, May 5, 7-9:30 pm, Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Drive: Please join me celebrating dance in Oakland for over 45 years at this fund raiser for our Oakland Ballet Company. Gala tickets are $125 per person. Visit www.oaklandballet.org to purchase tickets securely online.
FREE Jane's Walk, Sunday, May 6, 10 am, 11th Street & Broadway: Meet in front of the Key System Building Mural for the second annual Jane's Walk, co-hosted by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) and Oakland Urban Paths. The tour walks to Lincoln Square Park, the Camron-Stanford House and then to Lakeside Drive to seen where construction is proceeding on the 12th Street reconfiguration. Then the group continues to the Cleveland Cascades. Jane's Walk is a national effort in memory of Jane Jacobs, an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a community-based approach to city planning. For details, go to WOBO's website.
Acta Non Verba's Spring of Green Open House at Tassafaronga Community Garden & Youth Urban Farm, Sunday, May 6, Noon - 4 pm, 83rd Avenue and E Streets in East Oakland: Live entertainment, kids' activities, yoga workshop, a garden tour and cooking demonstration hosted by chef Nikki Shaw of 102.9 KBLX. NBA.com and Season 3 Finalist of "The Next Food Network Star??" Plan on joining the fun!
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, Sunday, May 6: A free tour of showcase native plant gardens in the East Bay. This is a great way to see what might work in your own garden. Download the free tour flyer and information about the 2012 Native Plant Sale Extravaganza.
Experience Corps 2nd Annual Generations of Success Fund Raiser, Sunday, May 6, 1:30-4 pm, Fisk House, 700 Hayes Street, San Francisco: All proceeds support Experience Corps of the Bay Area, a unique intergenerational literacy program serving low income youth in Oakland and San Francisco. Last year, volunteers provided over 34,000 hours serving more than 2,800 underserved children in the Oakland and San Francisco public schools. Tickets are $100.
Support Oakland Arts at Flourish Oakland, An Evening of Fine Food, Wine, Music and Art to Support Oakland Art Murmur Gallery, Sunday, May 6, 6-9 pm, Mua Restaurant, 2442 Webster Street: Bid in the silent auction, watch artists in action, listen to live jazz by Torch singer Tara Linda, win prizes in the raffle, enjoy fine food, wine and other entertainment. Tickets $150. Info and tickets at www.flourishoakland.org.
2 Performances only --You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, May 6, 10 am and 12:30 pm, Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park: Preview Show to benefit Kids Come Free at Woodminster Amphitheater summer performances. This comic strip musical is a wonderful show for all ages, and we hope that the early performances will allow our youngest audience members to stay awake for the whole show! Bring the whole family, and come hungry because we're planning special breakfast and lunch concessions. But get your tickets early -- there are only 300 seats per performance. Tickets $15 adults;Children & teens $10. If you purchase 2012 season tickets, get a special on this performance@ $10 adults, $ 5 children & Teens. Call (510) 339-0241 or download the mail in form. <<Photo by Kathy Kahn.
World Courts of Women on Poverty in the US, Thursday, May 10 - Sunday, May 13, Laney College: Women's Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and Allies sponsor 4 days of events that will unearth viable solutions to eliminate poverty at its roots. Tribunal Sessions, Round Table Discussions, Art, Music and more. Click here for details.
18th Annual Bike to Work Day,Thursday, May 10, 9 am, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street at Broadway: Enjoy a pancake breakfast, all-day valet bike parking and bike safety checks. Free Admission.
Bike Away from Work, Thursday, May 10, 5-8:30 pm, Old Oakland, Washington Street at 9th: Celebration of all things bike related. Free Admission.
Special Meeting for Wildfire Prevention District Residents: Creating a Reduced Fuel Zone, Thursday, May 10, 7-9 pm, Hiller Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive: Learn how to create and maintain an area of reduced fuels in the 6 t0 100+ feet around your home to protect it from Wildfires. Panelists include John Swanson, Fire Chief of East Bay Regional Park District;
Brad Gallup, Fire Captain, in charge of fuels management, EBRPD; Bill McClung, fuels management specialist for Shelterbelt Vegetation Management Company and a representative of the Oakland Fire Department. There will be an interactive discussion about principles of fuels management in this crucial area beyond the immediate non-ignition zone adjacent to your own home-eg, management of grasses and other flash fuels, islands of separated vegetation and tree crowns, changing requirements depending on distance from the home, roadside ignition exposure, likely direction of Diablo winds, steepness of hills, erosion concerns, encouragement of spontaneously occurring desirable plants, cost-effective reduction and/or removal of cut fuels, access and egress, etc. Sponsored by the Fire Prevention Committee of the North Hills Community Association.
3. 16th Annual East Bay Affordable Housing Week- May 6 - 15
|Affordable Housing: Building a Movement
My children have often described Oakland as a "real" City-- a place where people of all incomes as well as cultures live, work and play. Our City has made a commitment to ensure that people who work in Oakland can live in Oakland, by establishing policies that support affordable housing. We join the East Bay Housing Organization (EBHO) in celebrating several exciting new affordable housing communities in Oakland. You can learn about how affordable housing can make Oakland's neighborhoods more sustainable and vibrant. East Bay Housing Organizations' (EBHO) 16th Annual Affordable Housing Week, May 6 to 15, includes 19 events showcasing the best of today's affordable housing. Visit www.EBHO.org for details on our 8 events in Oakland, including:
- EBHO's Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street'
- Lion Creek Crossings Celebration - Join EBALDC and Council President Larry Reid to tour brand new homes for families, park improvements and a restored creek that will enhance the Lion Creek Crossings community. Wednesday, May 16 at 11 am at 6951 Lion Way.
- Cathedral Gardens Groundbreaking - Join Mayor Quan to celebrate the vision for new family apartments by EAH Housing in partnership with the Oakland Housing Authority and the Diocese of Oakland. Thursday, May 17 at 10 am at 638 21st Street.
- Supportive Housing Hard-Hat Tour - See a new community for low-income families take shape along the San Pablo Corridor with East Bay Community Recovery Project. Thursday, May 17 at Noon, 2551 San Pablo Avenue.
- Valdez Plaza Grand Re-Opening - Mayor Quan and others will take a tour of Satellite Housing's newly rehabbed, green apartment community for seniors in the Broadway Auto Row area. Thursday, May 17 at 2 pm at 280 28th Street.
- The Nexus Between Affordable Housing and Healthy Housing - Learn about the connections between quality, affordable housing and public health. Sponsored by the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Friday, May 18 at 10:30 am at City Hall Hearing Room 3.
- Appreciation Fair for Rental Property Owners - Visit vendors and attend workshops at this day-long resource fair for rental owners and property managers who provide affordable housing. Sponsored by Oakland Housing Authority and Eden I&R. Saturday, May 19 from 10 am - 4 pm at City Hall.
- Tour Affordable Housing-By Bicycle! Celebrating Bike to Work Month and Affordable Housing Week, take a pedal-powered view of some of Oakland's most intriguing developments. Sunday, May 20 at 10 am, starting at the Oakland Museum
MOST EVENTS AND FREE AND ALL ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR MORE DETAILS OR TO RSVP FOR ANY EVENT, VISIT WWW.EBHO.ORG
4. City News
|Seeking Commissioner for Civil Service Board. This board oversees the City's civil service system and the Personnel Manual, hears employee appeals, investigates personnel matters and makes recommendations to the City Administrator on related matters. If you have an interest in governmental process and employee issues, please send a letter outlining your interest and qualifications and resume to Richard Cowan in the Mayor's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. |
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.
Cultural funding Program Applications Now Online, Deadline May 25: Applications for FY 2012-13 Cultural Funding Program are now available on line for the following grant categories: Art in the Schools, Individual Arts Project, Organization Project and Organizational Assistance. Organizational Assistance Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent to apply by May 4. Contact Steven Huss, Cultural Arts Manager, at (510) 238-4949. Job Opportunities with Measure Y: The City is currently recruiting for two positions within the Department of Human Resources: a part time Program Analyst II (selective certification-violence prevention) and a Health & Human Services Program Planner (selective certification-violence prevention). Closing dates are 4/24 and 4/25 respectively
. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm or call (510) 238-3112 for information.
Children at Oakland Head Start Centers Receive Free Eye Exams and Glasses: The University of San Diego's Eye Mobile Van in partnership with Prevent Blindness of Northern California will be conducting follow-up eye exams at Oakland Head Start Centers for the next 6 weeks. Children in need will receive prescription glasses with their names engraved on them free of charge. For more information, please contact Usana Pulliam-Hopkins, Early Childhood Services Manager, at (510) 238-7186.
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters is preparing for the Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election and is now accepting applications for Bilingual Poll Workers as well as their High School Student Poll Worker Program. If you are fluent in Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese, as well as in English, or a high school student (Age 16+) you could earn some extra money while serving your community! Applications can be found online at: http://www.acgov.org/rov/
5. Greening Oakland
Rain Barrel Catchment Installation Workshop, Saturday, May 12, 1-5 pm: It will be held in the Oakmore neighborhood on Saturday, May 12, from 1-5 p.m. You can email email@example.com or call (510) 459-0584 to receive workshop details. You can sign-up at rainwaterworkshop512.eventbrite.com. To buy a tank, learn more about the opportunity for discounted rain tanks and further information about the Oakland Rain Barrel Program, visit the city web page: www.oaklandpw.com/rainbarrel.
"Bugs Know Best: What insects tell us about the health of Sausal Creek" - Friends of Sausal Creek Member Meeting on their Aquatic Insect Monitoring Program, Wednesday, May 16, 7-9 pm, Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.: Learn the basics about aquatic biology and biological monitoring and discover the trends in Sausal Creek data. Look at insect larvae under a microscope. All are welcome. Contact (510) 501-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Flyer at www.sausalcreek.org/pdf/FOSC_Member_Meeting_Flyer.pdf .
6. Safe and Healthy Oakland
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.
Take a Survey: Chief Howard Jordan has invited the community to take part in a survey designed to gain feedback on what the Police Department can do to improve its service to the community. The community is asked to provide suggestions, recommendations, and ideas that will grow into something that other cities will look to model. You can view the video here or take the online survey at www.oaklandpolice.com.
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.
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Check out other local stores. Every time you shop in Oakland you are supporting local business and local sales tax revenue.
Visit the Oakland Grown website for referrals to independent and locally owned retail stores
8. Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
Miss Representation Documents Main Stream Media's Contribution to Under-representation of Women in Positions of Power and Influence in America, Friday, May 11, 7-9 pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior Avenue: This important documentary, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Donations to defray the cost of the screening. Any additional monies collected above $500 will go to A Friendly Place a women's homeless shelter. RSVP here. For more information, check out www.misrepresentation.org.
Safety Walk sponsored by East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBACY) and Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), Friday, May 11, 6pm, 17th and International Blvd: Join businesses, families, and congregations to walk for an end to prostitution and robberies. For more information call (510) 533-1092 x35 or (510) 469-7785.
4th Annual Inner Peace Festival at Lake Merritt, Saturday, May 12, 10 am - 5 pm, Lake Merrritt Pergola: The festival, a collaborative event with many local nonprofits, is offered as a gift to the city each year by The Center of Light, Oakland, a meditation center and spiritual school. "The Inner Peace Festival is a celebration of what makes Oakland great - people coming together in a spirit of peace, diversity, and cooperation," said Master Leora Bernard, the director of the center. "We love to have it at Lake Merritt because it is the heart of Oakland." For details, Call (510) 710-9000 or email Oakland@InnerPeaceFestival.com .
Barbara Dane 85th Birthday Concert, Sunday, May 13, 8 pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley: Oakland has been blessed to have in our midst Barbara Dane, the doyenne of hot jazz, cool blues, traditional folk and hart-hitting songs from all over the world. Come and celebrate this noted Oakland resident's 85th birthday, with special guests Ray Skjelbred and Hot Jazz All-stars,Jesse Cahn, Osamu (Barbara's grandson), Nina and Pablo Menendez (her daughter and son), The Stovall Sisters & more. Honorary 85th Birthday Committee members include James Early, Smithsonian Folklife Center; Bonnie Raitt, musician; Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle; and Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records. Tickets on sale now.
Oakland Celebrates Older American's Day, Wednesday, May 16, Noon - 1 pm, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza: The City of Oakland is home to the most culturally diverse senior residents in Alameda County. The seniors in Oakland choose to live here to access the variety of social, political, cultural and spiritual opportunities. Our Department of Human Services has programs to help seniors live independently in our beautiful city. Come by the Plaza to view performances by Oakland seniors and learn about programs and services for seniors. During May, the City's Senior Centers will have Older Americans Month events and activities. For details, call (510) 238-7298.
Jazz on the Plaza Featuring LLoyd Gregory & Friends, Thursday, May 17, 5 pm light refreshments, 5;30-7 pm, Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street: Well known classic jazz guitarist, Lloyd Gregory & Friends features smooth jazz on their return visit to the Cathedral. Enjoy this relaxing evening with friends and family overlooking lovely Lake Merritt. Register today at www.ctlcathedral.org, $10 donation. To learn more about Lloyd Gregory, click: http://www.lloyd-gregory.com/
Fund Raiser Celebrating Youth Uprising's 7 Years of Supporting Oakland Youth, Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd., East Oakland: Childcare and refreshments provided. Buy $70 tickets or call (510) 777-9909 ext. 105 for additional information or to reserve childcare.
Oakland Greek Festival, Friday, May 18-Sunday, May 20, 4700 Lincoln Avenue: Start the festival season with a real Greek experience right here in Oakland. Fabulous Greek food like Mousaka, Loukoumades Gyro, Lamb and Baklava, Greek dancing and music and crafts. For details, www.oaklandgreekfestival.com.
Oakland East Bay Symphony Season Finale: Do That Voodoo: Friday, May 18, 8 pm, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway: Daniel Bernard Roumain blends his Haitian roots with classical and techno textures. Bay Area native and musical prodigy Taylor Eigsti returns home to present the World Premier of a work he's writing for jazz piano and orchestra. And jazz vocalist Paula West will delight us with a set backed by the orchestra. Admission fee.
Save the Date for the 7th Annual Walk to End Poverty, Saturday, May 19, 9 am-1 pm, Lake Merritt Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Avenue: Now's the time to start training for the Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership's 7th Annual Walk to End Poverty. The first 500 people will receive free lunch and a free t-shirt. Come enjoy a free community fair, children's activities and live entertainment. For more information, call (510) 238-2326 or visit OaklandCAP.org.
Friends of Joaquin Miller Park Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 19, 10-11 am, Bayview Picnic Area in the Meadow near the Ranger Station: As a Council Member, our office worked with a dedicated group of Joaquin Miller Park enthusiasts to make improvements to this 500-acre natural wonder in the city. They are now called The Friends of Joaquin Miller Park and you are invited to their annual meeting to hear about last year's efforts and plans for the coming year. If you hike, run, bike, walk your dog or ride your horse in the Park, you benefit from FJMP's efforts. Please consider joining. Annual dues are $25. More information at www.fojmp.org.
Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, Saturday, May 19, 11 am-7 pm, San Antonio Park, 18th Avenue and Foothill Blvd.: Celebrating Jazz with live performances, dance, food and art. Free Admission. For details, go to www.eastsideartsalliance.com.
MISSSEY Presents 2012 Inspire Change Gala, Featuring Women Inspiring Change in the Movement to End Trafficking & Exploitation, Saturday, May 19, 5-11 pm: The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel 1800 Madison Street: 2012 honorees are Carissa Phelps, attorney, MBA, youth advocate and survivor of commercial sexual exploitation; and Withelma Ortiz-Macey, Glamour Magazine's 2011 Woman of the Year. All proceeds go directly into MISSSEY's activities and service to empower survivors and END the the commercial sexual exploitation of children! This includes funding for
- Direct Services to Survivors
- Training & Technical Assistance to other CSEC-serving Organizations and the Community
- Volunteer Mobilization & Engagement
Buy tickets here.
60th Anniversary Celebration for East Bay Agency for Children, Saturday, May 19, 6:30 pm. Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland: Grab a poodle skirt or James Dean leather jacket and travel back to the 1950's when EBAC began. Enjoy a fun and lively party including yummy food, delicious drinks, silent and live auction and special recognition of their special 60th Anniversary Honorees: Marlis Branaka, the Hughes Family, David La Piana, and Kaiser Permanente. VIP Reception at 5 pm across the street at Warehouse 416. Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.
Pickin' on the Potomac, 2012 Bluegrass Concert Series, Premier, Sunday, May 20 7:30-9:30 pm, Dockside on board the Presidential Yacht Potomac. Wild Blue and Doctor Elmo kick off the series. $25 per person, $150 for the series of seven concerts. Reservations and information, call (510) 627-1215 or go to www.ticketweb.com. All proceeds support the Potomac's educational programs for children.
Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights: Seabiscuit on Friday, May 18th; Footloose on Friday, May 25th, 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.
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 De La Fuente Plaza in he Fruitvale 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 (510) 238-2056 or visit www.messengers4change.org.
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.
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
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.
Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights: Chicken Little on Friday, June 8th; Puss In Boots on Friday, June 22nd, 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.
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.)
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