Multi-Cultural Holiday Mixer Set for Tomorrow...
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
December 11, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Multi-Cultural Holiday Mixer set for tomorrow


The annual all-chambers multi-cultural holiday mixer will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oracle Arena (Smirnoff Club), featuring master of ceremonies County Supervisor Keith Carson and members representing five Alameda County chambers. The event is free to Chamber members, and will be an excellent opportunity to do some holiday networking. We look forward to seeing you there.


Students raise funds for monument



Contributions of all sizes from people of means and otherwise have inspired the Advisory Board for the Remember Them: Champions for Humanity monument project, but none more than five students from the now-closed Far West High School in Oakland.


Julian, Jabari, Nia, Shari and Joy set out to raise funds for the project, each choosing a method to raise their share of the overall goal. The individual projects were successful, collectively saving $1,000, which was in turn presented to Mario Chiodo as their way of saying thank you for his vision.


Our congratulations as well to their principal Ms. Beverly Jarrett and to the students for their commitment to give back to the community.


See the parade at home


Our 13th annual America's Children's Holiday Parade was a great success. Nearly 100 units marched up the streets of downtown Oakland in front of thousands of onlookers, who enjoyed the floats, the balloons, the pageantry and more than 20 bands who filled our city with holiday music and cheer.

Our sincere thanks to the parade's many sponsors as well as the hundreds of volunteers who made the parade's success possible.

But if you missed the parade in person, you can view it on -

  • KTVU Channel 2 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15
  • KTVU Channel 2 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22
  • KICU Channel 36 at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16
  • KICU Channel 36 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23

You can also view it on Peralta TV (channel 28 in Oakland, Piedmont and Emeryville and channel 27 in Berkeley and Alameda) -

  • 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16
  • 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21
  • 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
  • 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26
  • 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29
  • 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30.

For more information, visit or call the Chamber at (510) 874-4800.


Travel to Tuscany? Click here 


Interested in visiting Ireland? Click here


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO


Economic Development Forum - tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 12, a development triple-header featuring Coliseum City, Streetcars and Mega-Parklets. Speakers include Jamie Parks (on Latham Square), Zach Seal (on Broadway Transit Alternatives/Streetcar) and Jeff Chew (on Coliseum City),   3-4:30 p.m.


Multi-Cultural Holiday Mixer - tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 12, Oracle Arena (Smirnoff Club), featuring master of ceremonies County Supervisor Keith Carson and members representing five Alameda County chambers, free to Chamber members, 5:30-8 p.m.


Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting - Tuesday, Dec. 18, hosted by LegalShield, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber - Thursday, Dec. 20, an update of Chamber activities for prospective, new and long-time members, 7:30-9 a.m.


Holidays at City Center - City Center in downtown Oakland will hold free outdoor concerts every Wednesday through Dec. 19. Help celebrate Kwanzaa tomorrow, 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.


A tribute to the A's - The Airport Area Business Association (AABA) will host a congratulatory reception for the Western Division Champion Oakland A's on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Oakland Airport, 77 Hegenberger Road. A's pitchers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook are scheduled to attend. Info: (510) 545-7773 or


Laurel District Holiday Stroll - Saturday, Dec. 15, featuring $1 food sampling all along MacArthur Boulevard between Loma Vista Avenue and High Street and a children's scavenger hunt, 6-8 p.m. 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. Events run through Dec. 16 (Saturdays and Sundays only) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: (510) 238-3052 or


'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.


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:


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


1. Hug a really big tree at Redwood Regional Park.

2. Become a kid again at Children's Fairyland.


For more information on things to see and do, visit