What's good for Oakland!

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
November 20, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

What's good for Oakland!


November's Oakland Business Review front page article, "Oakland's financial plan is in place," reinforces the importance of Economic Development as the path to fiscal stability!


If you have not read the article please take a moment! It was evident in the Chamber's Annual Poll that Oakland voters want to see economic progress and improved public safety. We believe the two go hand in hand and we encourage our City Councilmembers and members-elect to call on us at the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to support policies that seek to achieve growth.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Our best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving!


See you at the parade


Be sure to join us on Saturday, Dec. 1 for America's Children's Holiday Parade beginning at 2 p.m. in Downtown Oakland...of note the beginning of the route has changed.


Click here for a map of the parade route!


Travel to Ireland? Click here


Interested in visiting China? Click here


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO










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America's Children's Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 2 p.m. at 11st and Clay streets in downtown Oakland.


Annual Holiday After Five Reception - Thursday, Dec. 6, Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, 5:30-7:30 p.m




Seamen's Church Institute - Rev. David Rider, president and executive director of Seamen's Church Institute (SCI), will be the guest speaker at the Propeller Club of Northern California's quarterly luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Jack London Square on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Info: (510) 839-2226 or www.seamenschurch.org.


Oakland Structures - Oakland leaders will again converge at this annual look into the city's economic future, which is presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Oakland law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. The breakfast will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway, on Friday, Nov. 30. Info: www.sanfranciscobusinesstimes.com/event/57911 or call (415) 288-4972.


ZooLights - During the evenings of Nov. 30 through Dec. 31 (not including Dec. 24 and 25), the Oakland Zoo morphs into a magical wonderland filled with lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season. Thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky for the presentation of ZooLights, an annual Oakland holiday tradition. Info: www.oaklandzoo.org.


Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate - During "A Holiday Tradition" at the Oakland hills estate, visitors can tour the magnificent 37-room mansion and stroll on the lovely 50-acre grounds. The mansion features turn-of-the-century holiday decorations. On Saturday, Dec. 1, opening day, join in on a holiday sing-along located on the Great Meadow. Events run Dec. 1 through 16 (Saturdays and Sundays only) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: (510) 238-3052 or www.dunsmuir-hellman.com


Oakland East Bay Symphony - The symphony and Music Director Michael Morgan will celebrate the holiday season with OEBS' popular annual holiday celebration "Let Us Break Bread Together" on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Oakland's Paramount Theatre. The symphony will be joined by the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir and Klezmer sensation Kugelplex. Info: http:// www.oebs.org.


'Nutcracker' begins Dec. 22 - The Oakland Ballet Company will present its annual performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 23 (2 p.m.) and Monday, Dec. 24 (11 a.m.).The Nutcracker, which will feature Michael Morgan conducting members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, will once again feature the work of ballet artistic director Graham Lustig. Info: www.Ticketmaster.com or call the Paramount Box office at (510) 465-6400.


When was the last time you took a lazy Saturday or Sunday and discovered the beauty and attractions of Oakland? This weekend:


1. Reach for the stars at Chabot Space & Science Center.

2. Stretch your neck with the giraffes at the Oakland Zoo. 


For more information on things to see and do, visit www.visitoakland.org