September/October 2007

Odessa Bolton, Owner
We are proud to announce Artisan's Place, a new service of Something of Value (SOV)
which supports artists.  Whether it is an artist of the spoken word, written word, visual
arts or mixed media, SOV will be a forum for African-Amerian artists to bring their work
to the community.  Look forward to upcoming events:  Indigo, Spoken Word Poet,
presents The Emerging Butterfly, Poetry & CD release reception.  See additional
information in the Community Connection section of this newsletter.

A special "Shout Out" to the McClymonds class of 1965 reunion. 
As a Mackite..Class of '60, it is always heartwarming to recognize and support fellow

We have added a new line, "Our Own Image", take a look at the Timeless Treasures
section of this newsletter . I am sure you will find it a wonderful addition to our lines
of merchandise reflecting African-Americans. Read on for other new releases and
retired pieces.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions either for the newsletter or
merchandise for the store., send us an email, give us a call or stop by.

See you soon!

Lynne Johnson, Operations/Sales Manager

I am a native Oaklander raised in West Oakland.  I graduated from McClymonds class of '80.
I am a single parent, my son D'oroa is 22 and currently attending college.
I have worked for Something of Value 7 years and I am the Operations/Sales Manager.
It has been  a learning experience; I have learned a lot about Thomas Blackshear, Ebony
Visions, Annie Lee and the world of African-American collectibles past and present.  I enjoy
introducing people to the unique items that celebrate our culture and heritage, it's a cool shop.
So, come see us soon!

Author Ramona Thomas Nickens takes you on a vivid and wonderful journey into the world of nutritious and healthy choices.

Recipe included so you too can enjoy Grandma's Brown Cookies with your family.
Images of America
Oakand's famous and vibrant arts heritage over the past half century is celebrated through vintage images.

Authors Jerry Thompson & Duane Deterville
Scripture Flash Cards
By Our Own Image
Enjoy learning The Word with these fun flashcards!
Jazz Trio Glasses
By Our Own Image
Enjoy a cool drink in these cool jazz glasses!
Rhythm Wine/Champagne Cooler
By Our Own Image
Chill out with this fun cooler sure to jazz up your party decor!
Whist Card Set
By Our Own Image

Take 'em to Boston with this stylish Bid Whist Card Set!
Jazz Alley
Annie Lee Sass 'N Class
July 2007 Release
Bathing Mama's Baby
Annie Lee Sass 'N Class
July 2007 Release
Hat Grand Lady Anita
July 2007 Release
Hat Lovely
July 2007 Release
Hat Summer Orange
July 2007 Release
African Queen
Thomas Blackshear / Ebony Visions
Retired June 2007
African King
Thomas Blackshear / Ebony Visions
Retired June 2007
Bling Bling
Thomas Blackshear / Ebony Visions
Retired June 2007
The Boss
Thomas Blackshear / Ebony Visions
Retiring December 2007
The Dancer
Thomas Blackshear / Ebony Visions
Retiring December 2007
Puppy Love
Thomas Blacksheart / Ebony Visions
Retiring December 2007
Grandma's Brown Cookies Book Signing & Reading
Hosted by Something of Value August 11, 2007

Ramona Thomas Nickens, Author of Grandma's Brown Cookies, spent a wonderful afternoon
sharing her children's story, inspiration and vision for future books at Something of Value,
August 11, 2007.  Please enjoy the photos from the event and be sure to check out the
Community Connection section for upcoming SOV events.
Author Ramona Thomas Nickens;
Kim Pearson Grand Prize Winner - Signed Book & Gift Basket;
Sandra Tramiel Prize Winner - "Life Stories" Annie Lee



Indigo, Poet presenting The Emerging Butterfly- Poetry Reading and CD Release Saturday  October 6, 2007, 3 - 6pm


Art & Soul Festival
September 1 - 3, 2007 11am - 6pm Downtown Oakland

B.B. King Blues Festival with Al Green, Chaka Khan...
Saturday, September 8, 2007 Sleep Train Pavillion Concord

McClymonds Class of '65 42nd Class Reunion & 60th Birthday Party
Saturday, September 15, 2007, The Midtown Ballroom 420 14th St. Oakland

5th Annual Montclair Jazz & Wine Festival
Septmber 16, 2007 11am - 6pm La Salle Ave & Mountain Blvd

The American Heart Association's 15th Annual Easty Bay Heart Walk
September 20, 2007 11:30am - 1pm. Snow Park Downtown Oakland

A Taste of California
Sunday, September 23, 2007 1 - 4pm Oakland Museum of California

McClymonds All Class Annual Picnic,
Saturday, September 29. 2007, DeFremery Park 18th & Adeline Streets Oakland

Pinocchio: The Hip-Hopera Saturday, September 29 -  30, 2007 1:30 - 2:30pm Children's Fairyland

Latin Jazz Festival featuring Maraca, with Karabili Sunday, September 30, 2007 1 - 3pm Yerba Buena Gardens SF


Annual Black Cowboy Parade Saturday, October 6, 2007 11am - 2pm West & Downtown Oakland

Youth Speaks/Living Word Project Hip-Hop in the Gardens Friday, October 12, 12:30 - 1:30pm Yerba Buena Gardens SF

Civil Rights Concert Series 2007 Saturday, October 13, 2007 11am - 8pm Oakland Museum

6th Annual Oakland International Film Festival October 18 - October 24, 2007
HEALTH TIP:    "Move Your Body 30 Minutes a Day"   
                       American Diabetes Association

Reminder:  Please use the Pak n Save and Office Max lot for parking.