May 13, 2013Vol 3, Issue 19 

Take A Fresh Look  

at Oakland

News from Mayor Jean Quan

& Friends




Interim Police Chief Sean Whent and his family at the Oakland Police Department's Open House 

OPD's New Executive Leadership Team Determined to Implement Bratton Plan Quickly  

   On Wednesday morning the City Administrator informed me that Chief Howard Jordan was on medical leave and intended to file for medical retirement.  I was saddened and surprised.  Chief Jordan served the City with love and dedication; we wish him and his family the best. We will be conducting a quick national search for his permanent replacement. 


We had just met about the staffing and funding needed to roll out the police reorganization called for in the Bratton report targeting burglaries, robberies, and shootings. We had already scheduled a press briefing for the Bratton team that day, instead the press conference confirmed Chief Jordan's announcement and our determination to not let the change in leadership slow down the implementation plan.   


We moved the Bratton team briefing to the next day. On Thursday, Chief Harnett of the Bratton Group released their Report: Oakland Crime Reduction Project.  My administration commissioned the report as the first of two from the Wasserman-Bratton collaboration.  It focuses on reducing violent crimes immediately. It calls for dividing the city into 5 geographic areas, each headed by a captain accountable for crime and building community collaborations in their area. It moves investigators down to the district level to work with beat and problem solving officers, instead of small understaffed central bureaus.  The entire Oakland Police Department (OPD) executive team made it clear they had already implemented part of the plan and were prepared to continue the reorganization in the next weeks. 


On Friday we appointed Sean Whent Interim Chief after conferring with members of the OPD executive team and the Compliance Director as required in the federal court order.  Whent, a 17-year veteran of OPD, moved quickly to stabilize the leadership of the Oakland Police Department by announcing his interim executive team appointments: 

  • Paul Figueroa: Acting Assistant Chief responsible for day-to-day operations of the Police Department. 
  • Eric Breshears: Deputy Chief, Commander of Bureau of Strategic Initiatives including the Ceasefire program and Compstat. 
  • Danielle Outlaw: Acting Deputy Chief, Commander of the Bureau of Risk Management,which includes the Training Section, Internal Affairs Division, Office of Inspector General, and Criminalistics Division 
  • David Downing: Acting Deputy Chief, Commander of Bureau of Field Operations  
Anthony Toribio, who as assistant chief to Jordan and acting
Chief in the day following the Jordan announcement, made a personal decision to return to the position of Captain.  Not a few areas are vying for him to be their area captain. 

Also worthy of note, is that Danielle Outlaw is only the second woman to hold the position of Deputy Chief -- and the only woman in this century to do so.


Also this week, OPD held 3 significant community events: 

   On Thursday, the OPD held its annual memorial for the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Familes of 51 officers are invited each year; this year the family of an officer who died in 1907 was represented.  The name of each officer is read before a Memorial Wall engraved with their names while a family member or colleague adds a rose to a floral wreath. 


The parents of John Hege add a rose for their son

 On Thursday evening we held the 7th and last of our Community Policing Forums with the Wasserman Group in a special Youth Forum at Laney College.  About 50 youth showed up to participate in a discussion led by Youth Commissioners.  In frank and often emotional discussion, the youth messages reflected what we heard with older groups. They want officers to smile and talk to them with respect.  One group wanted officers to present business cards.  

Captain Sharon Williams listens to a break out group talk about their interactions with police, both positive and negative


On Friday evening the Police Headquarters held their annual Open House hosting several hundred staff and residents. It was the first opportunity for the community to meet Interim Chief Whent and his command staff.  Visitors also got to meet representatives from many departments not usually in the public eye.  Several of the lab units, like the latent print unit below, demonstrated their work.  The police mobile units, including boats and command centers, were open for visitors.  

The Police Athletic League and the Police Explorers and Cadet programs were recruiting for the summer programs (below).  High school Explorers interested in future OPD careers can get paid summer internships as part of the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program.  Click here for more info.   




So when I am asked, what is the state of the Police Department after these changes...
I believe the OPD leadership team stepped up quickly and has not missed a beat in the rollout of the Bratton plan and the conduct of several community events. Chief Jordan worked hard to build a new executive team, most of them are still in place.  Not having a "deep bench" was a criticism of the OPD in the past; we are working to strengthen the leadership ranks. The OPD had already started to implement reorganization changes to bring down violent crime and improve community policing.  Interim Chief Whent and his team  believe they remain on schedule; they need and deserve our support.  Over the next weeks, the 5 captains leading each district will be named.  We will be holding community meetings in each district to introduce them. 


Oakland Housing Authority Staff and Summer Interns talk about their experiences


Mayor's Summer Jobs Program gets boost from Oakland Housing Authority

  Last Tuesday, we held a press conference at Lockwood Gardens to announce that the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) has made a major donation to our Summer Jobs Program -- these funds will provide summer jobs for more than 300 youth whose families are part of any OHA program. 


OHA brought together a cross section of youth who have benefited from past programs. One student worked with Head Start and now wants to be a teacher.  Another worked in a law office, several are working on an on-going basis as cadets with the OHA police.  

Summer jobs have a direct impact in our neighborhoods and make a huge difference in the lives of so many young people, as we work to take hundreds of youth off the street and give them paying work while school is out.


Last year our Summer Jobs Program provided summer employment for about 1,000 young people, half of them from some of the City's most economically struggling neighborhoods. Many more young people applied and we are trying to increase the number of jobs, so far we are at 1300. 


"This effort, to provide our young men and woman the access to their first job, is something that can have a profound impact on them for the rest of their lives," OHA Executive Director Eric Johnson said. "I invite everyone to join us by making their own donation to the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program, and help us create a brighter future for all of Oakland, through engaging and supporting our youth."


To support the jobs program and hire a youth for summer 2013,

please make a tax-deductible contribution to support local youth by contacting the Mayor's Office at 238-3141 or




Former Mother of the Year Honorees attend the ceremony at the Morcom Rose Garden


Annalee Allen: Mother of the Year  

The roses at the Morcom Rose Garden are blooming early and a visit right now is perfect.  It is the site of the Annual Oakland Parks and Recreation Mother of the Year ceremony where Annalee Allen was named Oakland's 2013 Mother on Saturday.  Raised in Berkeley, Annalee graduated from UCLA with a degree in Art History before settling in Oakland with her husband Jim in 1978. She is the mother of three sons.  


A Spirit of Oakland Rose, which was propagated in the Morcom Garden and lines the cascades there, was awarded to the Mother of the Year.  


Ms. Allen has been a consummate volunteer at more than 20 community organizations, serving in leadership positions at many of them. She was nominated for the Mother of the Year award by the Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA). One OHA board member recalls her bringing along a tiny infant to a Board Retreat, showing a living example of this mother's determination to carry out a commitment. She has shown an amazing balance between the personal and civic activities she takes on -- always with a smile.

Annalee Allen (left) with her mother at the ceremony


Since 1996, Annalee has coordinated the City's Oakland Tours Program, promoting the efforts of volunteer guides who lead walking tours of Oakland's downtown. The Waterfront Action wrote that she "works to educate people about the treasurers and colorful history of Oakland." Annalee has published three books to educate the public on the city's history: Selections from the Oakland Tribune Archives, Oakland Landmarks, and Oakland (Postcard History Series).



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Love Our Lake Day coming in June

  On Sunday, June 9, from 11am to 4pm, come enjoy a fun-packed Sunday around Lake Merritt to celebrate Oakland's investment through Measure DD that has transformed the lake and surround park area. Pedal and paddle the lake at Oaklavía -- Oakland Sunday Streets. 


Streets around the lake will be closed to cars so that everyone can walk, roller skate, and enjoy the open space. There will be recreation and cultural activities for the entire family.  At 2pm, I'll be at the south end of the lake for the Grand Opening of Lake Merritt Boulevard featuring the beautiful new amphitheater and 4-acre park. 


We'll have live entertainment by Oakland artists; children's activities; Oakland food trucks; and information booths and photographs highlighting the many transformative projects brought about by Measure DD, the voter-approved bond for Clean Water & Safe Parks. Modeled after a program first started in Latin America, Love Our Lake Day ( is presented by the City of Oakland, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) and the Measure DD Community Coalition. 

Click here to jump to the event description and contact info. 




  Thank you to everyone who joined me at Eastmont Mall on Bike to Work Day to ride across the city to Frank Ogawa Plaza.  Special thanks to the Yellow Jackets and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition for their role in organizing the event. Bike-to-Work Day is part of the City's strategy to promote cycling as affordable transportation, to improve public health, and to stop global warming.  This year Oakland moved up to 7th place in the ranking of cities with the highest percentage of bike commuters in the U.S.  We have 135 miles of bike lanes and 222 miles of bike ways!

Have a great week and enjoy the wonderful weather.
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    Why Merritt Bakery matters: An appreciation 

    Peter Hartlaub,

    May 9, 2013

    Oakland plans five public meetings on new budget 

    Steven EF Brown,
    SF Business Times

    May 8, 2013



    Oakland fire chief discusses women empowerment at Vallejo event 

    Lanz Christian Bañes,
    Vallejo Times Herald

    May 5, 2013

    City Hall, legislature courageous and united against gun violence (Community Voices) 

    Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Local

    May 3, 2013

    Media Enterprise Alliance teaches media skills to Oakland teens 

    Lauren Kawana and Sophie Michielse, Oakland North

    May 7, 2013



    What is Oakland Wiki? (Community Voices)

    Marina Kukso, Oakland Local

    May 6, 2013

    In Oakland, a new HUB grows

    May 8, 2013 

    Real Estate in the Nation's "Most Exciting City" (Seems buyers are finding Oakland exciting indeed.) 

    San Francisco Chronicle

    May 7, 2013 

    Popuphood connects bicyclists with Old Oakland 

    Laura McCamy, Oakland Local

    May 8, 2013




    Jack's Night Market lights up Oakland's waterfront 

    Evan Borders, KTVU

    May 4, 2013

    Pharrell Williams Introduces Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center

    May 7, 2013

    CORE Foods creates organic, raw meal bar 

    Josh Cain, SF Business Times

    May 10, 2013



    CYES kids FREE

    energy efficiency service  

    This summer, the City of Oakland is supporting 

    free energy and water assessments for your home as well as installation of free CFLs, showerheads, retractable clotheslines, pipe wrap insulation, and more

     through California Youth Energy Services. The program trains and employs Oakland youth each summer in green services. For many of the young people, this is an entree into a career.


    CYES logo
    These free Green House Calls (GHCs) are available to all homeowners and renters regardless of income level but are 
    only available July 2 thru Aug 8, so register now
    . Spots fill up quickly.
    For more info or to register: 665.1501 x10 or click here




    Oakland Accolades
    More Love from Movoto
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    Oakland voted Most Exciting CIty in the US

    Recently, Movoto voted Oakland the 2nd best California city for singles. Now they've votes us the #1 (of 10) Most Exciting Cities in the US. Way to go, Oakland! Here's a little about how they made the determination:


    "To formulate our list, we first had to decide on 10 criteria we feel make a city exciting. This isn't a perfect definition, but you can think of our list as ways to fight that ever-present boredom everyone faces at some point or another. We then surveyed each city based on these criteria using various websites such as Yelp and Yellow Pages. Depending on the category (below) we looked at a criterion on a per person or per square mile basis. To be very clear, we looked at each individual city's size; this excludes suburbs or nearby cities. In other words, it's not covering an entire metro area.


    "These are the 10 criteria we surveyed:

    -- Park acreage per person

    -- Percent of population between 20 and 34 years old

    -- Fast food restaurants per square mile (the fewer the better)

    -- Bars per square mile

    -- Big box stores per square mile (the fewer the better)

    -- Population diversity

    -- Movie theaters per square mile

    -- Museums per square mile

    -- Theater companies per square mile

    -- Music venues per square mile


    "Once we compiled our criteria, we surveyed the 50 most populous cities across the country, ranking them from 1 to 50 based on each individual criterion. Cities with the lowest average rank across all categories placed highest. We'll go through each criterion individually."


    Click here to read the full article. 



    For other recent accolades bestowed on Oakland, please visit this city webpage.



    thank you
       Our research crew has grown!


    I'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Oakland resident, Paul Vidican, who has been helping me with researching events for the newsletter. Paul joined the team about a month ago and has been doing an amazing job.


    As the item below will attest, we can still use more help -- even just an hour a week. If you think you might be interested in doing research on a regular or "special interest" basis, please  contact me for more info. Thanks! 

    --Susan Lockwood, editor




    Summer Camp Research - Quick and Immediate

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    Are you a mom or dad who knows all about the summer camp options out there? If you have an hour or two to spare in the next two weeks, and can research and write up brief descriptions of the options, we could sure use your help. You'd be doing a lot of readers a huge service. Please contact Susan for more info. Thanks!




     Local Artist Wins National Award

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    The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) granted the NMWA Award of Distinction to local artist Rita Sklar for her painting, Winged Migration in Black and White.  The painting was also selected for greeting cards by the national American Association of University Women (AAUW). 


    Winged Migration in Black and White will be featured in an exhibit at Farley's East Café during the month of May.  See this award winning work and more of Rita Sklar's paintings of "Wild Things" at Farley's East Cafe, 33 Grand Ave, between Broadway and Webster.  The show opened on May 4 and will run through May 30.  Farley's East Cafe is open Monday-Friday from 7am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 9pm.

    For a preview: 



    Oakland's Own

    Zendaya Gets a Perfect Score

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    At the end of this week's show, Disney star Zendaya was in the lead, having earned the first perfect score of the season for her trio routine.  Next week is the semi-finals, so be sure to tune in Monday night and vote for Zendaya!



    1. DISCOVER OAKLAND -- Activities this week


    Editor's Note: Remember to check the RECURRING section, way down at the bottom, for events that have been highlighted here previously and are ongoing.




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    Oakland Greek Festival, Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18, 10am-11pm and Sunday, May 19, 11am-9pm, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave. Shout "opa!" while immersing yourself in Greek culture with activities including cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, vendors and tours of the cathedral. 

    For more info: or 531-3400


    bites off broadway logo Bites Off Broadway -- Mobile Food and Family Fun, Fridays, now thru October 11, 5:30-8:30pm, in front of Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street.
    Featuring affordable and delicious food from rotating trucks such as Fist of Flour, Tina Tamale, Taco Evangelist, Roderick's BBQ, Annakoot, Suzie Q's Lunch Box, Sanguchon, Go Streatery, Doc's of the Bay, Two Mammas Vegan Kitchen, Blue Saigon, Sunrise Deli and more. Lawn seating: bring a chair or a blanket plus your friends, family and neighbors. Hula-hooping, ping pong, live music and movies at dusk. 
    For more info: 



    Sounds In Rockridge, Saturday, May 18, 1-5pm, College Avenue from Broadway to 

    Alcatraz.  Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in Rockridge at this musical event. Stroll along the avenue, sample food and drink and listen to live street music. Local merchants and restaurants will be offering specials. 

    For more info:

    8th Annual Walk to End Poverty
    Saturday, May 18, 9am-1pm, Lake Merritt BandStandwalk to end pverty logo 0513
    Free t-shirt to first 400 who bring a non-perishable item for a food drive sponsored by Schnitzer Steel!  All food donations are being donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank that serves 49,000 Alameda County residents every week- nearly half of them are children and teens.  



    9am -- Registration

    10am -- Walk begins

    11am -- Community Fair, Kid Zone, Live Entertainment, Free Boating


    Click here to register for this free event. Registration includes snacks, water, and lunch.


    For more info: 




    Lake M boating Open H 2013

    National Safe Boating Week, FREE Boating Open House, Saturday, May 18, 11am-5pm, Lake Merritt Boating Center, Lakeside Park, 568 Bellevue Ave. 
    Sponsored by the CA Department of Boating and Waterways, there will be:
    • Free boat rentals
    • Boating safety information
    • Free boat rides
    • Water safety games for youth

    For more info: Sarah Herbelin at , 238-2196, or  




    Ghost Investigation, Saturday, May 25. 7pm-12am, Pardee Home Museum, 672 Eleventh St.   pardee house ghosts

    Join Karen Zimmerman, a professional ghost investigator and author, and her fellow investigators in searching for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. During several investigations here, she has recorded several EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon).  Volunteers will serve a wonderful array of food and drinks to the participants midway through the event.   All of the money from ticket sales will go to benefit the Pardee Home. 

    For more info: 



    Oakland Scottish Rite Revealed Tour, Saturday, May 18, 10am-12noon, Scottish Rite Center, scottish rite 1547 Lakeside Drive.
    The Scottish Rite Masons can trace their Oakland roots back to 1883. Learn about the history of the intriguing organization that created this lovely architectural gem built in 1927. 

    For more info: 




    Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum with Off the Grid Food Trucks, every Friday, 5-9pm, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St.   
    Join OMCA and Off the Grid Food trucks on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a museum Fri nite festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, open studios with the Customizers-in-Residence from the  we/ customize exhibition, and much more. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine!  Or visit the Blue Oak Cafe where Ron Crotty, the original bassist of the Dave Brubeck Trio, plays on Fridays and Sundays 12 to 2 pm.  

    COST: Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm. 

    For more info, click here.   





    Movie Night at Redwood Heights Rec Center, some Fridays at dusk, Redwood Hts Rec Center, 3883 Aliso Ave. 

    A great way to spend a Friday night is to come over to Redwood Heights Rec Center, bring a small lawn chair and/or blanket, some warm clothes, and watch a fun movie under the evening sky. Movies start at dusk, which changes as the days get longer. movies
      • Friday May 17th - Grease (PG 110 min)

    There will be popcorn, hot chocolate, drinks & hotdogs this year. No alcohol, drugs or dogs allowed. All of the money goes towards scholarship fund for summer day camp and after school Rockets program. 

    For more info and summer schedule,click here.



    $5 Movie Day Every Sunday & Tuesday, Regal Cinema Jack London 100 Washington St.

    Tired of shelling out $10 - $12 for movies in a theater? Then take advantage of the Regal, Jack London's all day $5 movie deal! 

    For more info: 





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    Girls' Sports Days at Oakland Parks & Rec  

    For more info:  Coach Love, 535-5608 or 


    Saturday, May 18, 2-5pm, East Oakland Sports Center -- Fun Swimming





    Weekly Co-Ed Basketball Clinic, Saturdays, April 27 thru May 25, 12-2pm, Ira Jenkinsboys playing bball Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Ave.

    Weekly basketball clinic for elementary, middle and high school students, ages 7 to 16. The clinic will give participants a chance to learn and work on their dribbling, passing, shot form, offense (catch and shoot, jumpshot, set-shot, drop step, etc.) and defense (footwork, zone rotation, man-to-man, shot blocking, etc.). Each week, participants can stop by to sign up while spots are available.  

    For more info: Renee Tucker, Recreation Leader, 615-5959




    Weekly Soccer Clinic, Saturdays through May 25, 11am-12noon, Ira Jinkins Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Ave.
    The weekly Soccer clinic is an opportunity for energetic youth, ages 5 to 12, to learn and develop fundamental soccer techniques and teamwork while making new friends. 

    For more info: Renee Tucker, Recreation Leader, 615-5959 




    malonga center logo Creative Dance Classes for Kids with All Abilities!
    Mondays thru June 17, 4-5pm, Malonga Center, Studio D, 1428 Alice St.
    What would childhood be without the chance to express ourselves through dance? AXIS is one of few programs offering children with disabilities the opportunity to explore their "inner dancer" in a structured environment with professional, disabled dancers as role models. We will focus on positive body awareness, natural creativity, teamwork, motor coordination, personal expression, discipline, and self-control. Children ages 6-12 with and without disabilities are welcome.

    Cost: $10/class (no one turned away for lack of funds)

    For more info and to register: Education Director Annika Presley, 625-0110 or  




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    Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival, Wednesday, May 15 - Sunday, May 19, various times & venues.
    The largest, longest-running live showcase of urban comedians in the world returns to Oakland with daytime symposiums, industry panels, workshops and one-on-one professional consultations, all specifically designed to develop the next generation of stand-up comedians. Enjoy performances by top comedians. 

    For more info: 



    zoo elephants Celebrating Elephants Silent Auction and Lecture, Friday, May 17, 6-9pm

    In keeping with its commitment to conservation and education, Oakland Zoo presents its 17th annual Celebrating Elephants Lecture and Silent Auction. The featured speaker at this event is Ed Stewart, Co-founder of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and leader in animal welfare and rescue. Since 1984, PAWS has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals that have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades.

    Click here for more info. 



    ZooKids Programs

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    ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo. Each program includes a mini zoo tour, craft, games, animal close-up, and snack.


    May 11 or 18: "Oh Yuck!" -- What bug lays its eggs in poop? The dung beetle, that's who! Did you know that a baboon's 'ischial callosities' helps it escape from predators? Come to this class to learn and appreciate every animal's unique adaptations for survival.

    Click here for more info to register. 



    Wildlife Theater at the Zoo, Saturdays, 11:45am & Sundays, 1:45pm

    Every Saturday, hear a story and meet an animal with the Oakland zoo staff. On Sundays, there are more animals to meet and a chance to learn cool nature facts. 

    For more info: 


    AT FAIRYLAND -- this weekend, May 18 & 19 


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    11am, 2pm, & 4pm: Puppet Show: Grandpa Bunny's Egg-citing Day! Have you ever wondered where all the colored eggs come from that the bunnies like to hide? Here is a delightful tale about the seasons, and how poor Grandpa Bunny discovers that he can use the colors of nature to paint eggs for children. Just watch out for Frisky Puppy!  

    12pm-2pm: The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center  is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

    1pm-1:20pm: Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

    1:30pm & 2:30pm: Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy -- Jacquelyn appears with her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust.


    Saturday Only Event -- Sulphur Creek Nature Center Presentation


    Sulphur Creek Nature Center will be in the park today with some very special guests. They'll have some birds of prey, several different species of bats, amphibians, a skunk and many more! Sulphur Creek is a wildlife rehabilitation center and hospital committed to wildlife education, rehabilitation, release and conservation.





    10000 Skyline Blvd.  

    For more info, click here.


    An Evening with Astronauts, Saturday, May 18, 7- 9pm, Chabot Space & Science Center.   CSSC space day

    Explore the world of asteroid hunters with Astronauts Ed Lu and Rusty Schweickart, co-founders of the B612 Foundation - a private foundation dedicated to protecting the Earth from asteroids. Lu and Schweickart will share the latest information on new technologies that help protect our Earth and plans to build, launch, and operate the first privately funded deep telescope. Hear how their time served as astronauts helped inspired them to protect our planet. Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

    For more info, click here.



    Dinner, a Movie, and the Universe, Friday & Saturday evenings.

    CSSC dinner movie universe The perfect date night experience is back! By popular demand, our unique after-dark offering has returned. Join us for a full-course dinner in our Skyline Bistro, enjoy our live-narrated Planetarium
    show Cosmos 360, and view the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting). Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged. 

    Costs (includes Admission, Dinner, and Planetarium Show)

    Guests: $23 Adults / $16 Children

    Members: $15 Adults / $11 Children

    *Dinner only walk-ins welcome: $17 Adults / $13 Children

    *Price does not include admission to the Center

    For more info, click here.






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    Piedmont Piano Company Concert Series, 1728 San Pablo Ave

    Located in the Uptown, half a block from the Fox Theater, Piedmont Piano Company doesn't just sell beautiful, high-end pianos. Every month, they present music from local and international musicians. Costs vary, but typically range from $15 to $25.  

    For more info:   


    May 17:  Anita Wardell "The Art of Vocalese"
    May 19:  Free Dive - Jeff Cressman, Brian Dyer, Cecilia Engelhart, Steve Hogan, Keith Terry
    May 31:  DARIA! TRIO


    jazz at the chimesJazz at the Chimes - Claudia Villela, Sunday, May 19, 2pm, Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. Enjoy a concert by highly acclaimed Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela in the lovely Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes. 

    Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors (60+) & students

    Purchase tickets at the door. Cash only. Sales begin at 12:30; Doors open at 1:30pm

    For more info: 






    Celebrating our Diversity and a Cultural Renaissance through the Arts, now thru May 31, various hours, Oakland City Hall on the 3rd floor

     The City of Oakland, in collaboration with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County and Artists from the Bay Area and International community, is honored to present the first series of Art Exhibitions, "Celebrating our Diversity and a Cultural Renaissance through the Arts" Oakland City Hall Art Exhibit. Artists include: Aldyn Richmond, America F. Jimenez de Lara, Boris Ciudad Real, Gordon Pagnello, Lecy Brito, Letty McGuire, Mary T. Giancoli, Noemi Hernandez, Orlando Flores, TaniaMabel Scroggie, Laura Faya, and Paulo Acosta Cabezas. 



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    At the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street 

    For more info: 


    Bike Tour: Oakland on Two Wheels, Sunday, May 19, 10am bike tour

    An annual summer favorite is back, with OMCA's popular bike tours! Explore Oakland and its environs with the Museum's bike-tripping Docents on the third Sunday of the month. Discover the incredible history of Oakland on two wheels during this leisurely 2-hour ride through downtown Oakland and other Oakland neighborhoods. The tour highlights local history, architecture, environmental connections, and community stories. Bring your bicycle, helmet, repair kit, and adventurous spirit!

    RSVP: or 318-8470

    Click here for more info. 




    Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu 

    March 6-June 30, 2013

    The exhibition Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is the first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu-one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today.




    What do YOU customize? customize video games

    For more info, click here.


    Through May with different types of events each month. Inspired by maker culture, we/customize, an experimental, participatory, process-oriented outreach project and exhibition, takes the Oakland Museum of California outside its walls.  


    Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series, Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1-4pm.    

    Catch Bay Area hackers, makers, and DIYers in action as part of the we/customize Customizer-in-Residence series. Watch the process of expert customizers and participate in transforming objects with clothing mash-ups, toy hacking, music remixing, and more! Visit the open studio to customize something different every week, then see your finished work featured on Flickr and 


    This week in the studio, check out Miriam Dym's Logo Removal Service.


    Other Exhibits:

    California Photography - Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, thru June 30.




    O public library logo AT OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

    Many library events are recurring. Some are highlighted here temporarily, but be sure to check the last section (RECURRING EVENTS) for items no longer listed in this section and click here for a link to all library events.




    Author Talks at the Library, various dates and locations.

    Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30 pm, Asian Branch

    A Lu Mien Woman's Journey -- Meet Chaylium Saechao, author of From Broken Jar Mountain, Laos to San Francisco, a memoir that recounts a turbulent period in Southeast Asian history and the trials of a closely-knit refugee family making its way to the United States. 


    Saturday, May 18, 2-4pm, Main Library, Bradley Walters Community Room

    Rising from Tahrir -- Hoda Rashad's Rising from Tahrir is a chronology of events that defined a new Egypt, offering insight about root causes and inner workings of the Egyptian revolution that toppled one government and continues to challenge the current one.



    Fix Your Resume, Tuesday, May 14 & Tuesday, May 21, 6-7:45pm, Piedmont Avenue Branch.
    Get your resume into shape in a one-on-one session.



    Paws to Read, Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm, Lakeview Branch.  

    Kids: come read to our canine friends! It's a great way to practice reading, spend time with a gentle dog, and have some fun. Sign up soon for a 20-minute time slot - we fill up quickly! This program is best for independent readers in grades 1-7.



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    Puppet Company Presents Mei Lin & the Magic Brush, Thursday, May 16, 10:30am, Asian Branch, 388 9th Street Suite 190. 
    OPL celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.  Puppet Company presents Mei Lin & The Magic Brush.  Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.



    Introduction to Email, Friday, May 17, 10-11:30am, Melrose Branch. 
    Do you feel like the only person on earth who doesn't have an email account? We're here to help! 



    Writers' Support & Critique Group, 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-5pm, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave. A workshop open to all writers, sponsored by the California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch. 

    For more info: 597-5017



    Library Offers Free Online Language Learning

    On April 1, the Oakland Public Library celebrated a year of offering library card holders free access to Transparent Language Online, a language learning program via the library's website. Transparent Language Online provides instruction in over 80 languages plus English. It's designed to help users learn basic language skills or dive into more extensive language instruction - all at a self-determined pace. The program can be used from any computer with Internet access, and free companion mobile applications for Apple and Android devices are available. To access the system, click here. (New users can sign up on this page.) 

    For more info: Andrew Demcak, Acting Collection Management Librarian, 238-4704



    MOCHA logo Weekly art workshops with MOCHA

    Join OPL and MOCHA artists in this weekly workshop for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a different theme as she or he takes us around the world in art. Times and locations are in our recurring events section at the end. 




    Youth Speaks offers free Poetry Workshops for Teens

    Tuesdays, thru June 25, César Chávez Branch.

    The spring cycle of Youth Speaks' after-school writing workshops kicks off April 9 at César Chávez Branch. Led by local artist Dennis Kim, workshops are open to teens 13-19. No registration is necessary. 

    For more info: 535-5620


    Lawyers in the Library, Wednesdays, 6-8pm, Main Library, 125 14th St. 
    Free legal information and referral presented by the Alameda County Bar Association. Sessions are popular and sometimes subject to change. Call in advance to confirm on the day of the program. Sign-up for lottery starting 5pm until 5:45pm.

    For more info, click here.






    With spring comes lots of opportunities to get to know this wonderful city better, and get some good old-fashioned exercise at the same time! Take your pick. 


    Summer Walking Tours
    now thru December 7

    Providing an intriguing combination of outdoor exercise and education about our city's unique architectural, historic and cultural heritage. The tours are 2-hour walks lead by knowledgeable guides, and range from very easy to moderately challenging. 

    For more info: 



      USS Potomac

    Dockside Tours of the Presidential Yacht Potomac 
    now thru January 26, 2014, 11am & 3pm 

    Take a walk through history with a docent-led tour of FDR's Floating White House. 

    For more info and to purchase tickets: 627-1215 or 



    art murmur square logo Guided Walking Tours

    3rd Saturdays, 2pm & 4pm

    Oakland Art Murmur offers a series of guided walking tours, on third Saturdays of each month, as a way of introducing visitors to Oakland's rich array of visual art venues. 

    For more info: 




    Savor Oakland Food Tours savor oakland logo

    Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 

    A chance to explore the local cuisine, history, art, and architecture while you walk and snack. Fun for all ages! This narrated and guided 3.5 hour food tour visits several food and drink tasting locations including Oakland-style soul food, Pan-American cuisine, award-winning wine, just to name a few. All food tastings are included in the ticket price of $45. 

    For  more info: 




    Art Murmur SAT Stroll logo Saturday Stroll

    every week, 1pm & 5pm 

    Vessel Gallery hosts their Artist Talk Series every second Saturday and a jewelry trunk shows on the First Saturdays. Saturdays are an opportunity to get closer view of the art and learn more about our exhibits and artists. 

    For more info: 




    Free Walking Tours of Oakland
    every Wednesday & Saturday, 10am, May thru October

    Free 90-minute walking tours of downtown Oakland will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday starting May 1 and continuing through October. The twice-weekly guided tours showcase the city's changing skyline, landmarks, churches, and high-rises. Sponsored by the Marketing Division, Department of Economic & Workforce Development, the tours are led by a volunteer guide, and start at 10am from various starting locations depending on the itinerary. 

    Reservations are recommended. Leave a message on the Tours' 24-hour hotline at 238-3234 or email


    For more info:  


    There are 8 different tours, and listed here are those happening this week. Check the website for the others.


    Tour 3 -- Uptown to the Lake (Wednesday) tour 3 uptown

    Nestled among the many new restaurants and clubs, Oakland's vibrant art deco-era landmarks, including the Fox Oakland Theater, the Paramount Theatre and the jazzy blue and silver Floral Depot Building, are the focus of this tour. The tour also features the Kaiser Center's "secret" rooftop garden overlooking Lake Merritt. The tour starts in front of the Paramount Theatre at 2025 Broadway. Tour 3 will be offered on May 15, June 22, July 10, August 10, September 4, October 12 and October 30.


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    Tour 2 -- City Center (Saturday)

    Explore the upbeat style of modern City Center, alongside restored historic landmarks like the Tribune Tower, the Rotunda Building and City Hall. The tour starts in Frank Ogawa Plaza, in front of City Hall. Tour 2 will be offered on May 18, June 12, July 13, August 7, September 7 and October 2.



    3.  CITY NEWS 





    Budget Town Hall Meetings

    On April 30, City Administrator Deanna J. Santana and I presented the FY 2013-15 Proposed Policy Budget to City Council. Throughout May, the City will host a series of Budget Town Hall Meetings, in partnership with Councilmembers, to gather input from Oakland residents on the proposed budget.  Every meeting is open to all members of the Oakland community, regardless of the Council District of residency. No RSVP. required. Click here for a map of Council Districts and locator tool.  


    EVENT this week The scheduled meetings are: 

        • Saturday, May 18, 12-2:30pm, Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Avenue (Council Districts 1 & 3)
    • Sunday, May 19, 3:30-5:30pm, Glenview Elementary School, 4215 La Cresta Avenue (Council Districts 2 & 4)
    • Monday, May 20, 6:30-8pm, Frick Middle School, 2845 64th Avenue (Council District 6)

    To request interpretation services in languages other than English, please contact Silvia San Miguel, at balanced budget least 5 business days prior to the meeting date, at, or 238-6448. 


    For those unable to attend any of the above meetings, other engagement and feedback opportunities available include: 

    • The City's newly launched open data platform,, to explore and visualize budget data 
    • A community-created visualization tool,, to view data and interactive infographics 
    • Survey and community engagement opportunities at
    • Emailing suggestions and comments to

    For budget-related documents including the Administration's priorities, the principles behind the budget proposal, a 4-page Budget-in-Brief fact sheet, and an 8-page Budget Backgrounder fact sheet, please visit the budget web page here.

    For more info: Sean Maher, Communications Director, Office of the Mayor, or 238-7439 or Karen Boyd, Citywide Communications Director, Office of the City Administrator, or 238-6365


    City Hall 

    City Council meetings are typically held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month (assuming no holidays interfere). The public part of the meeting starts at 6:30pm. Here is the schedule for the next few months: 

    • May 21
    • June 4 and 18

    Can't get downtown to see the meeting? You can watch all Council meetings on Cable Channel 10 or live stream by clicking here 





    17th Annual Affordable Housing Week EBHO logo
    Friday, May 10 thru Sunday, May 19

    The Department of Housing and Community Development invites you to a variety of workshops, groundbreakings, grand openings, and other events in honor of the annual Affordable Housing Week. Events are coordinated by the East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO), an Oakland-based affordable housing advocacy consortium. This year, 20 events will take place in 6 cities throughout the Bay Area. The events scheduled in Oakland are: 


    EVENT this week

    Tuesday, May 14, 10-11:30am, Satellite Central, 540 21st St.

    Satellite First Communities Grand Re-opening 

    Sponsor: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates 


    Thursday, May 16, 1-2:30pm, 2nd Avenue & E 15th St.

    Lakeside Senior Apartments Groundbreaking 

    Sponsor: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates 


    Thursday, May 16, 3:30-5pm, 3800 Coolidge Ave. 

    Rising Oaks Grand Opening 

    Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth Center 


    Friday, May 17, 10-11am,  9507 Edes Ave. 

    Brookfield Court Construction Tour 

    Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity 


    Friday, May 17, 3:30-5pm, 2530 International Blvd.

    Drasnin Manor Grand Opening 

    Sponsor: East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation 


    Saturday, May 18, 9am-4pm, Oakland Housing Authority, 1619 Harrison St. 

    Rental Property Owner Appreciation Fair 

    Sponsors: OHA and Eden I&R 


    For more info: Norma Thompson, Housing Development Manager, 238-7137 or 


    Remember Them Dedication, 
    Friday, May 31, 3pm, Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, 19th Street
    at Telegraph.  
    Join in the formal dedication of Remember Them: Champions for Humanity Monument by sculptor Mario Chiodo. With four sections, this is the largest bronze monument on the west coast, and the only monument in the country dedicated to civil rights. 

    For more info: 874-4800 or  




    Public Works Kicks Off Annual Blitz on Potholes pothole

    On Monday, April 29, the City's Public Works Agency (PWA) launched its pothole blitz to keep Oakland's vehicular and pedestrian traffic safe. This year's Blitz runs through June 26. Each week, the Blitz will relocate to another district in the City, starting on Claremont Avenue between Clifton Street and Hudson Street. Last year, the Streets & Sidewalks Division of the Department of Infrastructure & Maintenance filled 2,800 potholes city-wide during the Blitz. Crews expect to repair more than 3,000 this year. The focus will be on traffic corridors, schools, hospitals, high-traffic pedestrian areas and problem streets. Where necessary and feasible, the repairs will focus on long-lasting solutions to recurring potholes instead of short-term patches. Potholes are a never ending battle because repairing them is just a temporary fix. You are asked to report your least-favorite potholes by either: 

    • Calling the PWA Hotline at 615-5566; 
    • Using the online form at;
    • Using the mobile app SeeClickFix; or
    • Emailing

    For more info: Kristine Shaff, Public Information Officer, 238-2966 or 



    BART - several stations have entrances that will be closed temporarilyBART logo

    In the coming weeks, BART is going to remove and replace security grilles at entrances to a number of stations. The replacement work will be done on a rotating basis and will involve no more than 2 entrances (on opposite sides of the station) at a time. Each entrance will be closed for approximately 2 weeks while the work is completed. Passenger bulletins are being issued detailing the dates and locations for each station involved. 

    To read more go to these links:




    Boards and Commissions are a wonderful way for residents to participate in city government, and currently we are recruiting for several openings. 

    • The Civil Service Board is looking for a representative who has a background in personnel matters.
    • If your interest is in arts and culture, there are vacancies on both the Cultural Affairs Commission and on the Public Art Advisory Committee.
    • The Commission on Aging has two positions that will become vacant in September.
    • The Commission on Persons with Disabilities has some vacancies as well.
    • Calling out to youth! Citizen's Police Review Board has a couple of openings and would like at least one youth candidate.
    • Finally, the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Oversight Committees are looking for new members.

    Due to the term limits that pertain to most Boards and Commissions, vacancies in nearly all of them are continuously occurring.  If you are interested in being considered for any of these Boards and Commissions, please send a letter of interest and your resume to Hatzune Aguilar Sanchez at .   



    4.  Community Policing




    CeaseFire Oakland/LifeLines to Healing -- Walk our neighborhoods

    The City of Oakland and local faith-based organizations are continuing their neighborhood Night Walks on Fridays from 6:30 to 9pm -- just one of the ways that community members can get involved in Operation Ceasefire. These walks are organized by residents and faith leaders in areas

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    Residents mapping out the night's walk
    (© Howard Dyckoff)

    ©where Ceasefire is focused. Volunteers are trained in advance of the Night Walk and are accompanied by other volunteers for the duration of the walk. The purpose of the Night Walk is to reach out to communities affected by violence. The message the program tries to convey is: "We love you and we want EVENT this weekyou to be alive and free." 



    May 17 - Cosmopolitan, 988 85th Avenue

    May 24 - Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd

    May 31 - At Thy Word, 8915 International Blvd


    For more info: 639-1440 or  




    Street Wisdom -- with 

    Kevin Grant, Zac Carey & Kyndra Simmons

    Wednesday, May 22, 7-9pm,Holy Names University, Valley Center Theater, 3500 Mountain Blvd.

    Oakland Street Outreach Manager & California Peace Prize recipient Kevin Grant; Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere Founder Pastor Zac Carey; and Caught in the Crossfire First Responder Kyndra Simmons share firsthand knowledge of violence from their outreach work on Oakland's toughest streets.


    Event Parking will be at Redwood Heights Elementary School, 4401 39st Ave. (at Aliso) with free shuttles to the event starting at 6:15pm. Disabled parking will be reserved next to the theater.  Holy Names is served by AC Transit Route 54 (Fruitvale BART - Merritt College). 


    Can't attend? You can livestream the event from your computer at or check back there later for a recording. 



    League of Women Voters of Oakland Annual Meeting & Public Safety Talk with Wasserman,
     Wednesday, June 5, 5:45pm, Faz Restaurant, 1111 Broadway. 
    Register Now iconDinner/Meeting followed by a talk by Robert Wasserman, Public Safety Consultant with the City of Oakland.

    TALK:  Ensuring Public Safety in Oakland -- What Community Groups Can Do All LWVO Members are called to attend. Guests are welcome.

    $15- Dinner, meeting and program 

    RSVP required by Friday, May 31. Mail your check to the League office, 

    1305 Franklin Street, Suite 311, Oakland CA 94612, or call 834-7640.

    For more info, click here.






    80% of Robberies in Oakland involve a smart phone, ipad, or laptop.   


    Safety Tips -- Avoid Being a Robbery Victim!   


    OPD wants to remind residents to be smart and safe about possible robberies.


    Always conceal what you have to steal, such as money or a cell phone. Cell phones are just like cash-when thieves see a cell phone they want it. To be safe, treat your cell phone like your cash: don't let anyone know you have it.  


    Call the OPD non-emergency number, 777-3333, to report suspicious persons. The police want to hear from you, and you could prevent a crime! Provide as much information as possible, including the time you noticed the person, the clothing worn, the shoes worn, and the manner in which the person walked.  


    At BART stations

    • Be especially cautious around BART stations. Thieves tend to look for victims there.
    • Try not to walk alone at night near stations. 
    • Try to walk with people from the BART station to your car. 
    • Be aware of who is around you, and if someone looks suspicious, get away from them.
    • Avoid making cell phone calls while on BART or the bus. If you must make a call, go sit near the driver and stay there.  

    On the street

    • Be aware of who is around you. If someone looks suspicious or makes you feel uneasy, avoid that person. Go inside a store or business if necessary.
    • If you must make a call while you are walking, go to a safe, public place, like a store. Make your call, then conceal your phone the way you would conceal your cash before going back to the street.  

    In your car

    • When leaving your car, lock it and close the windows. Take your key. 
    • Don't leave items inside the car, even if you think they look like trash-they may still look attractive to a thief.
    • When you get in the car, close and lock the doors immediately. Don't open windows so far that your purse or other items can be grabbed from the seat. 
    • Avoid making cell phone calls while driving. If you must make a call, pull over and keep an eye on who is near your car.  

    At home

    When you are exiting or unloading your car, when walking from your car to your home, or when spending time in your front yard, follow these precautions: 

    • Be cautious of anyone on the street who makes you feel uneasy.  
    • If you view such a person and are in the front yard, quickly go inside and lock the doors. 
    • If you are in a car, stay in the car with locked doors and windows. Either use a cell phone to call someone to escort you inside, or drive away and come back later.  
    • Never, ever open your door to anyone you do not know.  

    At the ATM

    • Use ATMs in well lighted, populated areas. Store and bank ATMs during the day are best. 
    • Scan the area before using the ATM. If you see a person loitering in the area for no apparent reason, go to another location.
    • If you see something strange during your transaction, push cancel, take your card, and leave the area.
    • After the transaction, be alert. You'll have cash in hand making you a possible target. Scan the area. Leave immediately. If you suspect danger, promptly enter the nearest store or building.  



    OPD to Introduce ReportIt ReportIT logo

    In May, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will begin community outreach to introduce ReportIt, a free, secure online service provided by LeadsOnline that allows you to record serial numbers and upload images of phones, electronics and other valuables. The information entered is accessible from anywhere, regardless of loss, theft or natural disaster. 


    Essentially, its a system for maintaining secure records of property you own. You may store an unlimited number of serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting a loss to your insurance provider. 

    leadsonline logoLeadsOnline (, the nation's largest online investigation system, is used by law enforcement agencies nationwide to recover stolen property, reduce metal theft, and solve crimes. When an item is sold to a pawn or secondhand shop, the product information is entered in the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies across the country. Recent robbery trends indicate that cell phones and electronics are commonly targeted during robberies but rarely recovered, in part because victims are unable to provide serial numbers. By using ReportIt, people can easily provide secure records of property to police or insurance carriers in the event items are stolen or damaged. The LeadsOnline system will allow OPD to search for items using a variety of parameters, including item descriptions and serial numbers. 


    For more info about the OPD program:  Sergeant Chris Bolton, OPD Chief of Staff, 238-3131 or


    You can register for the free service and begin building your personal property inventory list 





    OPD logo Many Arrests Are Made Each Week Because Citizens Report Suspicious Activity

    Please remember to be alert and report suspicious activity to the police:

    777-3333 OPD non-emergency number


    This number should be used to report any suspicious behavior and suspicious vehicles parked or driving in your neighborhood or area of business. Callers can opt not to provide their name and number and remain anonymous. Please include any descriptive details that could be helpful. Jot down the date, time and location you saw the vehicle or suspicious person. Each time this information is reported, it is used in the investigative process. 

    911 for life threatening emergencies

    777-3211 emergency when calling from your cell phone



    Use Nixle Tip Watch to send an anonymous tip in 1 of 3 ways:  

    1. Text TIP OAKLANDPD to 888777 from your cell phone  
    2. Call the toll-free tip hotline at 855-TIPS-247 (855-847-7247)  
    3. Respond to OPD's Nixle messages 

    To view the Nixle message, click here


    Nixle -- stay informed of events, news, and announcements

    If you have not already done so, please sign up for NIXLE to receive OPD alerts, advisories, and community messages.  You can sign up for your beat to receive updates from OPD. 



    5. JOBS, BUSINESS, & TRAINING Opportunities 



    OUR GOAL:  Jobs for Youth this Summer -- We are Up to 1300 Jobs!


    Help give a young person a job


    It is our goal to provide at least 2000 jobs this summer for Oakland youth -- half of whom are in our low-income neighborhoods. We are currently half way thanks to public agencies creating jobs with existing funds and corporate donations.


    We need employers, large or small.  If you can provide an opportunity to work, we can provide a student for 6 weeks. 


    If you can provide a job, support a position ($1500/student), or provide an internship/work opportunity in a non-profit organization (we pay the student). To support the jobs program and hire a youth for summer 2013, please make a tax-deductible contribution to support local youth by contacting the Mayor's Office at 238-3141 or 






    7th Annual Oakland Indie Awards indie awards logo

    Thursday, May 30, 6:30-10:30pm

    Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive

    Winners of the 2013 Indie Awards will be announced.  Celebrate with Oakland's own delicious food, wine, beer, goods, services and people. Shop the Indie Marketplace and enjoy entertainment from Oakland's freshest DJs, musicians, artists and performers. 

    For more info: 






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    ELEV8 Youth Program AmeriCorps position

    Starts August 2013

    Make a difference in your community, earn a stipend, and learn valuable skills.

    Application deadline:  June 30


    The ELEV8 Your Program is a special project of Safe Passages, a nonprofit committed to advocating for children, youth, and families with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations  within Alameda County. AmeriCorps members provide academic support, mentoring, and conflict resolution at 1 of 9 middle schools in Oakland or San Lorenzo Unified School Districts. There are a number of requirements for the job. 

    Submit an AmeriCorps application and resume to: 

    For more info: 


    Trained Assistants Offering Free Computer Help at select libraries through June 7

    EVENT this week Thanks to the Ready, Set, Connect job training program that prepares young people for jobs as computer tutors, several locations of the Oakland Public Library are now offering help to patrons using some of the library's public access computers. Free computer help is available to the public at 5 library locations through June 7. Patrons needing assistance from a tutor will need to sign up for a computer at one of the five branches listed in the above schedule, during the scheduled period. (Computers are also available for use at other times and library locations, but without a tutor.) hands on computer


    The schedule is as follows:

    • Main Library, 125 14th Street, 
      Sundays, 1-4:30pm & Wednesdays, 4-7pm
    • 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Avenue (at Rudsdale), Tuesdays, 4-7:30 pm & Wednesdays,  2-5:30pm
    • Asian Branch, 388 9th Street, Suite 190, Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
    • César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th Street, Ste. 271, Saturdays, 10am-12pm & Tuesdays, 5-8pm
    • Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Tuesdays, 12-3pm
    • Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue, Tuesdays, 3:30-7pm

    For more info: 

    For more info about Ready, Set, Connect: Kerri Shannon at 479-0931 or kerri@ctnbayarea.orgor click here.

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    Build your Fundraising Skills

    Do you work for or support a non-profit organization?  Are you interested in knowing more about the art of fundraising?  The Development Executives Roundtable (DER), an all-volunteer organization, helps Bay Area fundraisers build skills through education, practical tools, networking, and peer support. DER now offers free subscriptions to their newsletter.  Just go here and hit the Subscribe button.



    6.  The TECH Side of Oakland

    AlaCo Hackathon Winners


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    County officials and staff pose with the creators of Green by Me, the app that won the Alameda County Apps Challenge at Berkeley High School on Saturday, April 27.  From left to right: Supervisor Keith Carson, Jonathan Wu (Union City), Evan Richards, Rachel Van Egmond, Fernando Romero (all three from Oakland), Interim Director of ITD/ROV Tim Dupuis, Samantha Ready of Salesforce, Eddy Perez of Salesforce, County Administrator Susan Muranishi.

    A clever mobile app that allows users to locate green businesses in Alameda County was the first-place winner in the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2013.1 Hackathon on Saturday, April 27 at Berkeley High School. Three of the four hackers are from Oakland.


    The First Prize winner, called Green By Me, was the top selection of 20 app and app concepts presented at the end of the day-long festival of collaboration, coding and app building.  Creators of the app - which allows users to check in at the selected green businesses and earn badges for doing so - shared a $3,000 prize.


    The three prize winners were among 20 teams that each developed apps or concepts during Saturday's 5-hour hack period by tapping into public records made available by Alameda County. Green By Me edged out Second Prize-winner Where to Dump It, an app that attempts to answer the question, "Where Do I Dump My Hazardous Waste?''  The app, which earned its creators $1500, uses Google maps to display disposal locations, and allows users to filter the map by types of hazardous waste like batteries, paint, and solvents.


    A $500 Third Prize was awarded to the creators of Home School, an app designed to help parents make a more educated decision when buying a house. The premise is to provide parents with public school ratings and private school costs in a particular area, allowing the user to factor in education costs when determining the affordability of a neighborhood. Judges also were impressed with four additional apps that were recognized in the Honorable Mention category.  They were:

    • Helping Hands Honored for Best Non-Tech Pitch. The app is designed to help connect students to their local community through listings of jobs and volunteer opportunities.  
    • ALAMAP Honored for its Creativity. The app allows the user to see what is happening in the surrounding environment in real time. It includes local/County events, emergency notifications, and social media updates.
    • AC SeekIt Honored for Design. The app allows users to socially share the parks, museums and places that interest them. Users can check in at different points-of-interest and share that with friends.
    • Awareness Honored for Presentation. This app presented by two Berkeley High School students makes the user "aware of what is there." The app includes categories for crime reports, hospitals, and schools. Users can also place pins on a map to mark potholes and other features to share with other users.

    County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi, who presented the awards along with County Supervisor Keith Carson, said the event was extremely successful, with more than 150 participants who helped identify new ways Alameda County government can strengthen bonds with residents.


    For more information about the winning apps and concepts: 





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    ReWrite Oakland STD starburst

    Saturday, June 1, 9:30am-4pm

    1423 Broadway

    ReWrite Oakland is a special event in that all of the participants will be working to a singular goal by day's end -- a live, question & answer knowledge service for Oaklanders. This event is open to anyone in the community, regardless of technical expertise. In fact, we will spent most of our time generating questions and answers. If you have a laptop, though, please bring it as we will be publishing live content throughout the day!


    Have you ever struggled to find the information you want on the City of Oakland's website? Given up because the answers were not clear or too lengthy? We need you!


    OpenOakland logo Openoakland and the City are inviting you to help us ReWrite Oakland -- our city website that is. We'll be spending a day together at the HUB/Popuphood space brainstorming the common questions and answers real people need and writing the solutions for a new website we will build collaboratively.


    Yes, you can help! If you know a few things about how the city works, or if you've tried to do things and struggled to get the help or answers you needed then we want you to participate! This event is open to anyone in the community, regardless of technical expertise. In fact, we will spend most of our time generating questions and answers. 


    If you have a laptop, please bring it along.


    We'll have good food and coffee and great people to collaborate with for a day of civic inspiration!


    Sign up here. 




    7.  GREENING Oakland

    Oakland Ranked #1 Green City

    sheknows logo On April 15, published its list of the Greenest Cities in the US and ranked Oakland #1. The author noted the city is reducing waste, using energy more efficiently, planning eco-friendly developments, enacting green transportation guidelines and more. To view the online post, click here.

    New Community Garden at Manzanita Rebuilding O togeter logo

    On April 27, over 40 community residents, youth, students, and families joined Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO) and staff from the Office of Parks and Recreation's Manzanita Recreation Center to install a new community garden. Raised beds were installed to teach the community the importance of environmental stewardship and growing and eating healthy food. The garden is sponsored by RTO.  

    For more info: Marcelina Sanchez, Recreation Center Director, 535-5361


    Rebates for lawn conversion and weather-based irrigation controllers

    EBMUD Many Bay Area Water Agencies - including EBMUD -- are currently offering rebates for lawn conversion and/or weather based irrigation controllers. If you have any thought of a more drought-tolerant native garden, check it out. 

      East Bay Municipal Utility District EBMUD) offers an integrated package of both irrigation upgrade and lawn conversion rebates -- up to $2500 for single and multi-family residential properties (4 units or less) and up to $20,000 for commercial and multi-family (5 units or more) properties.

    For more info: click here.


    Thanks to our friends at Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition for the info. 




    Peralta Hacienda Park Clean up, Saturday, May 18, 10am-12noon, 2465 34th Ave. 

    Lend a hand picking up trash, pulling weeds, painting out graffiti, and making the park a safer, more beautiful place! Refreshments are served.

    For more info, click here.


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    Friends of Sausal Creek Events 

    Click here for a full calendar of events and directions to each event.



    FoSC musa flower Forming Flowers: How Beauty and Function Evolve, Wednesday, May 15, 7pm, Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. Plant evolutionary biologist Dr. Chelsea Specht of UC Berkeley will discuss how flowers have evolved to display a diversity of form and function. Her current research projects involve tropical gingers, cycads, and several groups of amazingly beautiful California monocots. 

    For more info: 501-3672,, or 


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    Get the Trash Out -- Sausal Creek Walk, Sunday, May 19, 10am, El Centro Trailhead.
    Come walk IN Sausal Creek to haul out garbage. 12 and older only, and please RSVP so we can have enough boots.


    RSVP to: or 501-3672 






    Lake Merritt Weed Warriors -- May Work Group, Saturday, May 25, 9 am - noon, 

    Lakeside Park, different location each month.  The Lake Merritt Weed Warriors is an informal, can-do group of volunteers that works with Public Works Agency staff every month to weed, mulch, and prune the landscaping and parks around Lake Merritt. They hold workdays usually on the last Saturday morning of each month.

    For more info: Jennie Gerard,, and check them out on Facebook.




    Garden Leader Training, Saturday, June 22, 10:30am-3:30pm, Oakland Public Library, Main garden leader trng 0613 Branch, 125 14th St.


    FREE Training for Parents, Teachers and anyone interested in gardening with children. Leave the kids at home and spend a day exploring new and exciting ways to share the joy and wonders that can be found in a garden.


    Kids should know where food really comes from and have the opportunity to experience the excitement and sense of pride that comes from growing something from seed to plate.  The garden can reconnect your kids with nature, wholesome & healthy food, and an exciting world that can spark curiosity and learning to last a lifetime.


    Register Now icon This training day will be spent sharing tips and strategies to garden with children, interact with families, and enrich the lives of others using hands-on garden activities. Every "Leader-in-Training" will get loads of information, a binder full of resources, and ideas for "hand-on garden activities" that will help you learn how to launch kids and their families on an exciting adventure growing, preparing, and eating fresh California-grown fruits and veggies.

    For more info: 

    To register, click here.




    8.  SAFE & HEALTHY Oakland



    Unleash the Power of Age: Senior Town Hall Discussion

    Thursday, May 23, 9am-12noon senior asian

    Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Avenue


    The Department of Human Services (DHS) is holding a Senior Town Hall Discussion in honor of Older Americans Month. Join the Commission on Aging to discuss the issues and opportunities confronting seniors in 2013 and beyond.  The keynote speaker will be Mayor Jean Quan.  Refreshments, abundant giveaways, and community resource tables will be provided at this free event. 


    A free shuttle will be provided to Senior Centers and Senior Housing. 


    To RSVP: Barbara Ellis, 238-7298 or 

    For more info: Tammy Siu, Aging & Adult Services Manager, 238-6137 or 





    CORE Classes

    To register:  or send contact info (including your Oakland address) to 

    For more details about classes, click here.



    Third Thursday Trainings at CORE -- Disaster First Aid and TRIAGE  EVENT this week

    Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm, ESMD Media room, 1605 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  

    This 2-hour class will focus specifically on the START Triage method.  Students will learn how to sort, categorize, and prioritize disaster survivors in a mass casualty incident.  The class will include both classroom training and simulated hands-on practice.  More information is on the summer class schedule.


    Coming up:

    June 20 -- Organizing Your Neighborhood

    July 18 -- Light Search & Rescue (Size-Up and Damage Assessment emphasis)



    CORE Training Series at Mills College

    EVENT this week 5 Thursday evenings beginning May 16

    This first of these 5 Thursday evening classes will begin with CORE I on May 16, and conclude with a CORE III Hands-On class at the Fire Training Center on Saturday June 15th.  If you have not taken any CORE training, or if it has been a while since your last CORE class, please consider attending.  



    CORE Refresher Class

    If you are a CORE III graduate and your CORE ID has expired (2 year run), we encourage you to refresh your skills and update your ID card status.  You have 2 optioins: 

    • Standard Refresher - a 1-day hands-on training class.   
    • Advanced Refresher - a 20-hour CORE class series (next held at Mills College).   

    Even if you have taken this training previously, the content does change over time and this will insure you are up-to-date with the latest info.  Either option will allow you to renew your CORE volunteer certification and ID card for two years.  Register online (see above).


    CORE Training in your neighborhood

    CORE will conduct a CORE I Home and Family Preparedness class and a CORE II Neighborhood Preparedness and Response class in your neighborhood if you can gather 15 people to attend (friends, co-workers, etc.).  Contact the CORE office for details.



    FEMA Draft Environmental Impact Statement for East Bay Hills Hazardous Fire Risk Reduction

    The US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on proposed hazardous fire risk reduction activities in the East Bay Hills is now available for public review and comment. Comments on this document must be submitted by June 17, 2013.


    You can access the draft EIS on the project website ( or you can review hard copies at the following Oakland locations:

    • Oakland Main Library, 125 14th Street  
    • Oakland Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue  
    • FEMA Region IX Headquarters, 1111 Broadway, Suite 1200, 
    • East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, 
    • City of Oakland, Office of the City Clerk, Oakland City Hall, 2nd Floor, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

    FEMA will host 3 public meetings in May where you can learn more about the proposed projects, review information about the draft EIS, and speak directly with federal, state, and local government representatives. You may also provide oral or written comments at the meetings. All three meetings will feature the same format and provide the same information. The meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

    • Tuesday, May 14, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Richard C. Trudeau Center, 11500 Skyline Boulevard  Oakland, CA  94619
    • Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Richard C. Trudeau Center, 11500 Skyline Boulevard  Oakland, CA  94619
    • Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Avenue  Oakland, CA  94618

    FEMA is welcoming public comments on the draft EIS through June 17th, 2013. You may submit written comments in several ways:

    • Via the project website:
    • At the public meetings listed above
    • By email:
    • By mail: P.O. Box 72379, Oakland, CA 94612-8579
    • By fax: 510-627-7147

    Comments received on the draft EIS will be included in and addressed in the final EIS. Reviewers have an obligation to structure their participation in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process so that it is meaningful and alerts the agencies to the reviewers' position and contentions. Comments on the draft EIS should be specific and should address the adequacy of the statement and the merits of the alternatives discussed (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1503.3).



    9. MENTOR Opportunities 
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    East Bay College Fund's Awards Ceremony

    Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30pm

    EVENT this week Kaiser Center Auditorium and Lakeside Theater, 300 Lakeside Drive (street parking or lot is $7).


    On May 22nd 2013, 40 Oakland high school students will receive scholarships and meet their mentors at the East Bay College Fund's Opportunity Changes Everything awards ceremony.


    Lawrence Newsome's success goes against all stereotypes of African American males coming out of foster care. He lost his parents as a toddler and grew up in difficult, sometimes violent homes. Out as an LGBTQ man, Lawrence has weathered difficulty and come through with a high GPA and admission to a 4-year college.


    Fatima Kamara, displaced by Liberia's 10-year civil war saw more death in childhood "than most people do in their whole lives" while growing up in Guinea, Ghana and Mali. The death of her cousin from preventable Malaria motivates Fatima who hopes to pursue medicine and public health as a career.


    Another recipient has weathered obstacles and hardship like few have. Instead of starting classes at the start of her freshman year, she was diagnosed with bone cancer and began an arduous 8-month regiment of treatments. She has persevered and is now dedicated to a career path in oncology.


    EB College Fund logo These are just three of the many inspiring youth who will meet their mentors in May and prepare themselves for college with the help of the East Bay College Fund.


    Receiving a financial scholarship ($16,000) from the East Bay College Fund (EBCF) is only part of what these youth will get. When chosen by the EBCF, scholarship awardees become part of a community of mentors, staff and on-campus support groups that will help them succeed to graduation. They also join 150 other students currently sponsored by the East Bay College Fund.


    The East Bay College Fund has put together a successful strategy of long-term mentorship and support. Fully 80 percent of EBCF's students graduate from college, a percentage far above the 30 percent estimate for similar youth in the nation.


    The public is invited to this moving celebration that will launch 40 of Oakland's most resilient young people into higher education. The students have worked hard, surmounted obstacles and are ready to tackle the challenges of college. They will share some of their stories and aspirations at this truly inspiring event. We applaud these youth as well as invest in them as the next wave of change-makers in Oakland and beyond.


    RSVP to: 


    See some of Oakland's inspired youth in this 1-minute video.  


    Volunteer to be a mentor to an Oakland boy! 


    Apply to Be A Mentor in Oakland's 5th Grade Boys to Men of Color program and register for the next Prospective Mentors' Training! Be a Mentor


    Experts agree that for most children, especially young boys of color, the grade that decides their fate in academics and ultimately in life, is grade 5. Even if his grades are good, after leaving elementary school and throughout middle school, a 5th-grade boy of color's school attendance, homework completion and ability to understand subjects can drop drastically, usually because the boy does not have a steady and caring adult presence in his life. Without a mentor, the boy can't handle the many pressures he faces and often stops doing well in school.

    How does Mentoring work?

    • Commit 3 hours per week
    • Youth and mentors are paired in matches for at least one year
    • Mentors are trained and supported to work with youth

    What do Mentors do?

    • Focus on school work
    • Explore higher education and careers
    • Go to movies, sporting events or museums, hiking etc.
    • Listen, talk and be a friend

    For more info: Sally Ember, Ed.D., Partner Services Liaison, Be A Mentor, 342-7172 or ,  


    To apply to the program (and get a little more info), click here.



    10. VOLUNTEER Opportunities 

    Visit Oakland kicks off "Adopt-a-Spot" Clean-Up

    travel n tourism clean up 0513Visit Oakland hosted a "Tourism Works for Oakland" clean-up day on Tuesday, May 7 to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, members of the hospitality industry, and local press gathered to kickoff the event. The group will commit to "Adopt a Spot" for a year moving forward. Pictured here: Staff from the Oakland Marriott City Center joined forces to clean-up downtown Oakland.  



    Food Drive in Frank Ogawa Plaza

    Now thru Friday, May 31

    150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 4th Floor, Suite 4340

    ala co cmty fd bank logo Now through the end of May, the Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) is hosting a food drive in honor of National Community Action Month, to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Food donation barrels will be available for nonperishable food items (no glass containers) at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 4th Floor, Suite 4340 during normal business hours. The month-long food drive coincides with National Community Action Month, which highlights Community
    Action Agencies' work helping millions of families and individuals escape poverty and achieve economic stability each year. 


    In 2012, AC-OCAP programs and partners served 28,677 low-income individuals in the City of Oakland and throughout Alameda County. 


    AlaCo Cmty Action Partnership logo Follow AC-OCAP on Facebook.


    Click here (and scroll to the middle of the page) for a PDF of the most needed food items.


    For more info: Barbara Amaro, Program Analyst, 238-2272 or 



    Volunteer Fair to Support Oakland Youth - Register to Host a Table

    Saturday, September 7, 10am-1pm

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    Volunteering for Oakland (VFO) is hosting its annual Volunteer Fair to Support Oakland Youth on Saturday, September 7th from 10am to 1pm at Lakeview School campus, across from the Grand Lake Theater. (Please note the new location!) If your organization would like to have a table at the fair to recruit volunteers please complete the attached registration form.


    Register Now icon  

    VFO would like to help generate excitement for volunteering and the various volunteer opportunities that are available.  If your volunteer organization has any upcoming events or human interest stories they can share, please send them to Thai Lam ( and Nicole Gyan ( and please also cc your information to Natalie Van Tassel ( as well.



    11. Kids' Programs & School News


    EDITOR's NOTE: News about the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the local education community appears in a lot of different places: print, radio, television and online media. OUSD has started collecting the highlights in one easy place:  Check the link regularly.



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    Environmental internships for high school students this summer

    Register Now icon Application deadline: May 31

    The Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) invites high school students who love the outdoors and want to make a difference in their local environment to apply for the Frances Whyte 2013 Summer High School Internship Program.   FoSC kid interns


    This summer FOSC will again be hosting a team of local student volunteers to participate in restoration and nursery projects on Wednesdays (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), Fridays (9am-4pm), and optional Saturdays (times TBD) from June 26 to July 26.


    Interns will start each day at either Dimond Park (3860 Hanly Rd.), or the Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery (3594 Sanborn Rd.). Public transit is available to both sites.


    For more info, click here.



    2013 College summer paid internship program

    deadline this week icon Application Deadline: May 17, 4pm


    The Port of Oakland's College Internship Program starts on Monday, June 3 and ends on Friday, August 2.  The Program offers an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the Airport, Seaport, and Commercial Real Estate lines of business.  The Program Assignments may be at the Port administration building at 530 Water Street, the Oakland International Airport, or the Port Maritime area.

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    This job opportunity is open to students currently enrolled in college.  Click here to download the program description and application or obtain a packet from the lobby security area in the Port administration building at 530 Water Street. 


    Submit completed application, most recent transcript, and letters of reference to: 


    For more info: Pamela Bell, 627-1419 or Gishela Portugal, 627-1151





    Oakland Board of Education Accepting Applications for District 4 Board Member Seat

    10am Friday, May 3 to 5pm Friday, May 17

    OUSD, Office of the Board of Education, La Escuelita Education Center (LEEC), 1050 Second Avenue, Workspace B-237, Oakland, CA 94606-2212

    For more info: 


    The Oakland Board of Education will accept applications for the open District 4 Board Member seat, a vacancy created on April 25, when former District 4 Director Dr. Gary Yee resigned in order to become Acting Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, effective July 1, 2013.


    In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must reside in District 4. Among other neighborhoods, District 4 includes the communities of Allendale, Brookdale, Crestmont, Dimond, Estates Drive, High Street, Laurel, Maxwell Park, Melrose, Montclair, Oakmore, Piedmont Pines, Redwood Heights, Shepherd Canyon and Thornhill. The District 4 School Board Member represents Allendale, Fruitvale, Horace Mann, Joaquin Miller, Laurel, Montclair, Redwood Heights, Sequoia, and Thornhill elementary schools as well as Bret Harte and Montera middle schools. (Click here for a map of OUSD Districts.)


    It is expected that the Board of Education will identify candidates for interviews by 6:00pm, Wednesday May 29, and interview those candidates on Wednesday, June 5. On Wednesday, June 12, the Board of Education will vote on a candidate to serve out the remaining term for the vacant District 4 seat.


    For documents and information relating to the process of selecting the District 4 School Board Member-including the application for the position: 





    Teen Eco Action Week

    Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, Ira Jinkins Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Avenue.

    Registration runs through Wednesday, June 5 Register Now icon

    The Rec Center will host the Teen Eco Action Week -- a program that allows teens to discover how to benefit from taking action to protect the environment. In addition to participating in restoration projects and fun-filled outdoor recreational activities, youth will earn community service credit and receive a career exploration stipend upon program completion. 

    For more info: Renee Tucker, Recreation Leader, 615-5959



    12. UPCOMING Events



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    Ghost Investigation, Saturday, May 25, 7pm - 12am, Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St. 
    Join Karen Zimmerman, a professional ghost investigator and author, and her fellow investigators in searching for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. During several investigations here, she has recorded several EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena).  Volunteers will serve a wonderful array of food and drinks to the participants midway through the event.  All proceeds will benefit the Pardee Home. 

    For more info: 



    Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip: Suisun Marsh Natural History Cruise, Wednesday, May suisun trip 0513 22
    Join the Natural Sciences Guild for this cruise around the edge of the Bay-Delta while learning about Suisun Marsh, the largest and most important contiguous brackish marsh in California. On the way to the marsh, voyage under 5 bridges, pass through historic Carquinez Straits and cruise past the historic Mothball Fleet before entering the marsh.  The day includes lunch in Suisun City and a tour of the Suisun Marsh Wildlife Center with a presentation of native rehabbed animals. Bus leaves from OMCA for the Vallejo Marina, where we board the River Dolphin for the cruise. 

    Cost: $125; all expenses are included except parking in the Museum garage.

    Click here for more info. 



    History Guild Day Trip: A Day in the Country: Pleasanton & Livermore, Wednesday, May pleasanton trip 0513 22, 8:45am-4pm.  Gary Holloway will guide a visit to two of the most historic cities in the Bay Area and the Tri-Valley areas of eastern Alameda County. You will do a short history walk along Pleasanton's Main Street, and connect with such famous people as Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Max Baer Sr. and John Madden. You'll walk First Street, looking at historic architecture and an historic tile mural, see the old railroad station and the world's longest burning light bulb, and visit the History Museum in the classic 1910 Carnegie library building.  

    Cost: $98 History Guild Member; $103 guests; non-members. 

    For more info: Helen Tryon 834-2964 or Marlynn Dykstra 339-0371 or click here.




    For more info, click here. 


    Future Prom 3000, Friday, May 24, 7-11pm future prom

    Prom is back! This year's theme: Alien. Come dressed to the nines or dressed as the most dapper alien of all time. The night is fueled by music, dancing, and the only drinks outside of Chalmun's Cantina served by an alien bartender. Photos snapped, prizes for futuristic costumes given, and a King and Queen crowned. Don't let the high school kids have all the fun, party it up for prom, without the curfew!

    Adults 21+

    Cost: $17 General Admission / $8 Members



    CSSC moonlight hike Full Moon Hikes, Friday, May 24

    6-9pm: 5 mile moderate; 7-9pm: 3 mile easy

    Hike through the redwoods in the beauty of the full moon on either of two hikes. After the hike, stay and view the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

    Cost: $10 (does not include admission into the Center)



    Our Next Ride, Friday, May 31, 7-8pm our next ride

    NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is the new protocol for the American Space Program. This is an elaborate approach to lifting crew and cargo into the sky in a way that is safe, economical, and with greater options and flexibility. In this presentation, you'll gain some insight into the future of space travel and understand why our traditional means of exploration are now history.

    Cost included with General Admission




    O public library logo AT THE LIBRARY

    Author Talks at the Library, various dates and locations.

    Saturday, May 25, 2:30pm, Temescal Branch

    J. Douglas Allen-Taylor -- J. Douglas Allen-Taylor will read from Sugaree Rising, a new novel that offers a glimpse into the unique culture of the Gullahs, inhabitants of the coastal lowlands of South Carolina, who preserved many of the spiritual and social components of life in Africa. The story recalls the determined struggle of African Americans in the South, before the Civil Rights Movement.  

    Pack your bags -- it's time to travel!, various dates & times, Main Library, 125 14th St, in the Bradley Walters Community Room.  
    The Main Library's Spring Travel Series can help you make your plans for summer, with a host of programs about travel and destinations near and far.  airplane


    Wednesday, May 22, 6-7:30pm

    Touring Singapore -- Vanessa Deza is a dedicated food enthusiast who recently moved from the Bay Area to Singapore. We will join her on a virtual tour of this ethnically diverse island nation, visiting food markets, public spaces, and cultural sites. Vanessa will also share insights about challenges and pleasures of living abroad.


    Wednesday, May 29, 6-7:30pm

    Brazil for Beginners -- Intrepid traveler and travel journalist Elaine Lee will share tips on how to budget, plan, and pack for your trip to Brazil.    





    Friends of Montclair Library Book Sale, Saturday, June 1, 10:30am-3pm, Montclair Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd. 
    Stock up for summer reading! Choose from an excellent selection of recent fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, children's books, and more.  Find great deals all day and fill-a-bag discounts starting at 2pm. All proceeds directly benefit the Montclair branch of the Oakland Public Library.

    For more info, click here.  



    Register Now icon East Bay Rowing Club Offering Free Learn to Row Class,
    Saturday, June 1, 10am-1pm, Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero Ave. 

    East Bay Rowing Club (EBRC), a competitive and recreational rowing club, will offer a free Learn to Row class on National Learn to Row Day (June 1). EBRC will open its doors for a free intro to rowing in a fun and inspiring environment.   EBay Rowing Club

    Participants can expect to:

    • Tour the boathouse and get acquainted with rowing terms
    • Learn the basics of the rowing stroke on an erg (indoor rowing machine) 
    • Understand basic boat handling
    • Apply new skills with a short row in our barge and get a taste of rowing on the water
    • Learn about opportunities to join our men's and women's teams 

    Class size is limited, so register now. Send your contact info to  


    Drop-ins and all fitness levels are welcome.  This event is designed for adults; however, if youth are interested in this program, please contact us for special arrangements.  Wear comfortable but tight-fitting clothing, hat, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses and bring a bottle of water.




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    A Celebration of the Music of Dave Brubeck, Saturday, June 1, 8pm,  Oakland East Bay Symphony, 2201 Broadway. 
    Special benefit concert honoring the late legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck!

    For more info: 


    Montclair Restaurant Walk Encore -- Dimond Night Out, Tuesday, June 4, 6-8:30pm. 

    The Montclair Lions Club's food and fun event in the neighboring Dimond District. Walk  the Dimond Business District, enjoy tasty samples or goodie bags from participating merchants, with music, and a Jumpy House and activities for children. 24 restaurant and merchant participants. 

    Dimond Night Out Passports (tickets) are $20 each and available from these Dimond merchants:

    • Dimond Café, 3430 Fruitvale Ave.
    • Flavor Brigade, 3540 Fruitvale Ave.
    • Kelly's Corner, 2029 MacArthur Blvd.
    • Paws & Claws, 3446 Dimond Ave.

    For more info: Howard Neal, 339-0233 or




    OSA logo OSA presents HairSpray! 2013 All-School Musical, June 4, 7pm; June 5, 11am & 7pm, Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr. 
    June 4th Show is ASL Interpreted! 


    Click here for tickets. 




    "Feeding the Artist Within" series in collaboration with J.Posh Design Studio, 3824 Telegraph Ave.  June 7: "An Evening of Prosperity and Poetry" 

    The series is a call for all creative persons who have blocked their creativity because it wasn't profitable. It is also for those who used to be into theater, writing or singing, but grew up and use their gifts less and less. It's for the people looking for an outlet to express their divine creative gifts. It is also for folks looking to be inspired and surrounded by artists alike. 

    For more info: 922-1447, or their FaceBook page 

    loveourlake Love our Lake Day 0613

    Love Our Lake Day: Celebration of Lake Merritt Boulevard and Oaklavia: Sunday Streets, Sunday, June 9, 11am-4:30pm, Amphitheater and area around the south end of Lake Merritt. 

    A party to celebrate the work of Bond Measure DD and enjoy the improvements at Lake Merritt. This festive event will will enrich 3 milese of car-free streets with recreation and cultural activities for the whole family. Presented by the City of Oakland, Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland (WOBO), and Measure DD Community Coalition.
    For more info:  or 444-CITY


     4th Annual California Music Industry Summit (CMIS) CA music industry 0513

    Presented by TraMaí Entertainment

    June 13-15, Laney College, 900 Fallon St

    An intensive 3-day artist showcase and 2-day music business convention with panels, workshops, and exhibits.  Speakers will provide you with personal one-on-one mentoring, intensive demo, beats and tracks listening sessions, vocal critiques, plus parties and mixers that will entertain you while providing priceless networking opportunities.

    Register NOW for the conference here or by phone Monday thru Friday 9am -9pm EST at 888-718-4253

    COST: Early Bird Registration until May 1st: $99 ($50 Students) 

    For more info:  

    Their FaceBook page 




    African American Quilt Guild of Oakland's 2nd Biennial Quilt Show: Preserving Our Past - Designing Our Future, Saturday, June 15, 10am-4pm, Allen Temple Baptist Church Family Life AfAm quilt logo Resource Center, 8501 85th Ave at International

    Cost: $10; kids under 12 free

    Free parking

    Featuring a wide range of quilt designs created by AAQGO guild members, from traditional pieced blocks to eclectic patterns reflecting our strong African roots. This year's show will feature quilts of Ancestral Memories, created specifically to recall our memories and to share our history, culture, and stories.

    For more info: Amal Johnson, or 534-6159 or 




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    Walk in the Wild,  Saturday, June 22, 4-10pm, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd.

    Walk in the Wild brings together amazing vendors from around the Bay Area. Bakeries, breweries, caterers, restaurants, and wineries gather to support the Oakland Zoo's largest annual fundraiser. Guests of this unique event will stroll through the Zoo and enjoy delicious cuisine, libations, fabulous entertainment, and dancing under the stars. 

    For more info, click here.   




    Call for Artists  pacific fine arts festival logo

    Pacific Fine Arts Festivals Returns to Montclair Village

    June 28 - 30th: Fine Arts Festival

    October 5 - 6th: Arts & Crafts Fest 

    A great opportunity to showcase your artwork in Montclair Village. Pacific Fine Arts Festivals produces shows across Northern California, all summer long, including two in Montclair Village.

    Learn more and register for your vendor space here . 





    Splash Into Summer Open House, Lake M boating Open H 2013
    Saturday, July 13, 1-3pm, Lake Merritt Boating Center, Lakeside Park, 568 Bellevue Ave.
    Celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month at Lake Merritt Boating Center with free boat rentals, water safety games for kids, and more. 

    For more info: Sarah Herbelin at sherbelin@oaklandnet.com238-2196, or 




    13.  RECURRING Events




    Oakland Public Libraries sponsor a multitude of events all over the city. Go to this link -- now and often -- for upcoming events of all kinds: 


    Fairyland has events every weekend for 

    Oakland Museum
     has weekday and weekend events and hands-on activities. First Sundays of the month are free. 
    Oakland Zoo -- Need we say more?

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    The Art Murmur
    , Every First Friday year-round, 5-10pm:
    Various art galleries in Uptown. 

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    Saturday Stroll, Every Saturday, 1-5pm: Uptown Art Galleries:





    Jack's Night Market, First Fridays through September, 6-10pm, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway.

    A captivating evening filled with merriment and verve can be enjoyed every first Friday through September. Sample the eclectic mix of artisans, music, food and fun. 

    For more info:  



    Piedmont Art Walk, Piedmont Avenue, every 3rd Thursday, 6-9pm. 

    Enjoy Piedmont Avenue's rich and diverse collection of art of all stripes: culinary, music, design, photography, fashion, recycled design and upcycled style, among others. 

    For more info:  



    CSSC tykes programTyke Explorers Workshop at Chabot Space & Science Center,Tuesdays, 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.  For ages 2.5-5 years. Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration. For more info and monthly workshop listings, click here.

    Saturday Stories: Bringing literature to life in the hands of young artists, Second MOCHA logo Saturday of each month, 12-4pm, MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street, Suite 210. 

    MOCHA (Museum of Children's Art) links literacy with artmaking. First, we read children's books out loud, then we lead an art activity that highlights the themes of our chosen tales. Refer to the MOCHA Calendar for upcoming stories and art activities.


    Cost: FREE with Oakland library card; $8 regular admission

    For more info: Amalia Nelson, Museum Registrar, 465-8770 x301, 

    Click here to see their calendar.   



    Weekly Art Workshop with MOCHA, various times and locations. 
    Join MOCHA artists in this weekly workshop for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a different theme as s/he takes us around the world in art.
    • Wednesday, 2-4pm, Eastmont Branch
    • Wednesday, 2-4pm, 81st Ave. Branch
    • Wednesday, 2-4pm, Main branch
    • Wednesday, 3-5pm, Golden Gate Branch
    • Wednesday, 2-4pm, MLKJ Branch
    • Wednesday, 3-5pm, West Oakland Branch
    • Friday, 3-5pm, Elmhurst branch
    • Thursday, 3-5pm, Cesar Chavez Branch




    Girls' Sports Days at Oakland Parks & Rec

    For more info: Coach Love, 535-5608 or 


    Saturday, June 1, 10am-2pm, San Antonio 

    (Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Double-Dutch, Cheer/Dance)





    League of Women Voters Monthly Hot Topics Roundtable Discussion

    LWV of Oakland sponsors monthly HOT TOPICS roundtable discussions to inform members and the public and to seek ways everyone can come together to address important issues facing our community.

    For more info: 




    toastmasters logoTuesday Toastmasters with Warehouse416 artists and friends, Tuesdays, 7-8am, and NEW TIME: 6:30pm, 416-26th St. 
    Plenty of parking is available. Anyone who needs a parking place can get one here, enjoy an hour of fun, then walk to work. All you need is a job in the area. You are welcome to visit, just to see what it is like. 

    For more info: Ron Scrivani, or 




    bike grp standing Saturday morning bike ride with Warehouse416 artists and friends, every  

    (dry) Saturday, 8:45am (doors open at 8am), 416 26th St.


    This is a flat, short ride designed to provide new or returning riders with a way of getting started. We will guide you back to the start early, based on your needs. Our full ride is 30 miles and returns to 416 26th by 12:30pm.  For more info: Ron Scrivani, or 



    Vintage Porcelain Show, Wednesdays, 10:30am & every 2nd Saturday, 10:30am, & every 2nd Sunday, 2pm, Pardee Home and Museum, 672 11th St. 

    If you love vintage china, you won't want to miss Mrs. Helen Pardee's collection of exquisite demitasse cups, teacups, and tea pots. Included with cost of tour ($5) or tour with high tea ($25). Reservations required for tea or private tour (min 4).

    For more info: 444-2187,  



    The Listening Horse designed by our nationally known architect Walter Hood has a magical impact as visitors listen to stories
    What I Hear, I Keep: Stories From Oakland's Griots, Wednesday-Saturday until February 2014, 2:30-5:30pm, Peralta House Museum, 2465 34th Ave.  
    A visual and audio art installation based on African American stories of modern-day Oakland, with local residents telling about their lives and exploring their identities. Hear voices speak about the pluses and minuses of segregation, rituals commemorating the Black Holocaust, combating racism in major league baseball, The De Fermery Recreation Center community, the Black Panthers, the heyday of KJAZ, the Black Native community, and many other iconic contemporary Oakland themes.
    Cost: $5; free for Fruitvale Community members and children 10 & under

    For more info: 


    Mexica Dance, every Monday evening, 6-8pm, sponsored by Peralta Hacienda, Center for History and Community, 2488 Coolidge Ave.

    All are welcome to discover Mexica culture during ceremony and dance classes open to the public.  

    For more info:   



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    Lawyers in the Library, check OPL events page for all locations. 


    Free legal information and referral presented with the Alameda County Bar Association. Sessions are popular and sometimes subject to change. 

    Call ahead to confirm on the day of the program


    Teen Screen-Printing Workshops

    Create your own unique screen-printed T-shirt with help from the artists at the Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective. Happening at various branches throughout the spring. 

    Check OPL events page for all locations. 



    Lego Mania, various times and branches.
    Design, build and explore with thousands of LEGOs at the monthly LEGO club.
    • 2nd Thursdays, Main Library, Children's Room, 125 14th St.
    • 1st Friday of the month, 3:30pm, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. 
    Bilingual Toddler Storytime, Wednesdays, 10:30am, Asian Branch, 388 9th St, Suite 190. 
    Songs, active rhymes, and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. Meets every Wednesday, followed by playtime. Presented in English and Mandarin. For large groups, please call in advance.

    For more info: 238-3400


    Writers' Support & Critique Group, 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-5pm, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave. A workshop open to all writers, sponsored by the California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch. 

    For more info: 597-5017


    African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, 4th Saturday of the month, 1-3pm, West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline St.  All are welcome to attend for quilting inspiration and community.

    For more info: or 238-7352


    Baby Bounce, various times and locations. OPL_Flying babies

    Play, sing, and rhyme one on one with your baby from birth to 18 months. Followed by Playtime!
    • Tuesdays 10:15am Main library
    • Wednesdays 10:15am Dimond Branch
    • Wednesdays 11:30am Lakeview Branch
    • Thursdays 11:30am Montclair Branch
    • Saturdays 11am Golden Gate Branch


    Spanish Conversation Group, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale.


    Practice your Spanish! Improve your Spanish speaking skills and learn new vocabulary. Participants should be familiar with the basics. Drop-ins welcome.


    Paws to Read, Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm, Lakeview Branch.  

    Kids: come read to our canine friends! It's a great way to practice reading, spend time with a gentle dog, and have some fun. Sign up soon for a 20-minute time slot - we fill up quickly! This program is best for independent readers in grades 1-7.


    Mural workshop, Thursdays, 3:30-5pm, 81st Street Branch.  

    Join acclaimed muralist Lisa Nowlain in creating a mural for the 81st Avenue TeenZone.


    Computer Help, Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Elmhurst Branch.  

    A computer tutor will help you with basic computer tasks during your hour online.  Sign-up to use one of the Elmhurst Branch computers during these hours, and she'll be available to assist you. 


    Anime Club, 4th Tuesday of the month, 4pm, 81st Avenue Branch.
    Watch your favorite anime, talk about and preview new manga, create your own art and comics, and treat yourself to Japanese snacks. 


    TEEN Times at various library branches

    Teen 'Scape, Wednesdays, 2-3pm, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.  For more info: Vicky Chen  597-5017 or 


    Teen GameZone, Wednesdays, 3-5pm, César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th St. For more info: 535-5620 


    Game and Craft Day, Wednesdays, 4-5pm, Asian Branch, 388 9th St, Suite 190. For more info: 238-3400  homework teens


    Tutoring in the TeenZone, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Mail Library, Teen Zone, 125 14th St.
    For more info: 238-3134 


    Video Games at Elmhurst, Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm, Elmhurst Branch, 1427 88th Ave. For more info: 615-5727 


    Teen Thursdays, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. For more info: 482-7844     


    Teen GameZone at Eastmont Branch, Thursdays, 3-5pm, 7200 Bancroft, Ste 211 Eastmont Town Center.  For more info: 615-5726


    Game Day, Saturdays, 3-5pm, 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Avenue (at Rudsdale).   For more info: 615-5812



    O Parks n Rec logo 2nd Fridays Performing Arts Social, Every 2nd Friday, 7-10pm, Mosswood Rec Center, 3612 Webster St.  Engage and share in music, dance and poetry geared to those 16 and up. 

    For more info: 597-5038


    Sewing with a Purpose, 1st and 3rd Fridays, 6-7:30pm, Mosswood Rec Center, 3612 Webster St.   Come revamp your favorite clothes, from jeans to shirts, in this fun semi-monthly class and learn basic sewing skills. 

    For more info (including class fee): 597-5038


    New School Crafting, Every 3rd Friday, 6:30-8pm, Mosswood Rec Center, 3612 Webster St.
    Patrons, ages 21 and up, can stop by and create arts and crafts in a fun and relaxing setting while enjoying appetizers and drinks. 

    For more info (including class fee): 597-5038