Try an Oakland Restaurant Over the Holidays
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
November 27, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

Try an Oakland restaurant over the holidays


From Japanese to Louisiana-style to Caribbean, Oakland is known to have an eclectic mix of cuisine. Consider trying out one of Oakland's popular restaurants this holiday season and you'll probably be pleasantly surprised to find something on the menu that you've never tried before.


In an effort to further educate the public on the restaurants of Oakland and to work closely with local eateries, the Chamber's Oakland Restaurant Association has started to publish "The Front Burner," an e-newsletter to restaurant owners and ORA members. Take a look at the most recent issue (click here) and let us know if you'd like to receive future editions.


See you at the parade


Be sure to join us on Saturday, Dec. 1 for America's Children's Holiday Parade - RAIN OR SHINE - 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!


And keep in mind that some of the children's characters riding in the parade will also be on hand at Jack London Square's official tree lighting ceremony on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.


Travel to Ireland? Click here


Interested in visiting China? Click here


God Bless America!

Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO 








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Pre-Parade celebration and tree lighting - Friday, Nov. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at Jack London Square, meet some of the children's characters and view a float that will be in the next day's America's Children's Holiday Parade


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.


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: 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:


Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate - During "A Holiday Tradition"at the Oakland hills estate, visitors 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


Holidays at City Center - City Center in downtown Oakland will hold free outdoor concerts every Wednesday through Dec. 19. Help celebrate Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Kwanzaa on Dec. 12 and Hanukkah on Dec. 19. In addition, City Center will hold its official tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Info: or (510) 628-9170.


Neighbors helping neighbors - Come to Happy Hour at Farley's East on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., where 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. Farley's East is located at 33 Grand Ave. Admission is free. Info: (510) 877-9254 or


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:


'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:, 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. Join the Raider Nation at the Coliseum.

2. Relax with a massage at the Claremont Hotel & Spa.

For more information on things to see and do, visit