September 5, 2013Vol 3, Issue 36 

Take A Fresh Look  

at Oakland

News from Mayor Jean Quan

& Friends



 My favorite photo from the Labor Day opening of the Oakland span of the Bay Bridge, the tower rises like a cathedral.  More photos.

A Week of History Making

   It has been a long week of history.  Last week I wrote my newsletter from Washington, DC, where I participated in meetings with mayors, the President and Attorney General on Youth Violence (below). Last week's newsletter explained some of the topics we covered.  The White House is expected to develop a set of new administrative initiatives on the issue.  

White House photo in the Roosevelt Room. 


   We were also invited to be the President's guests at the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered the main address at the 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. It is one of his best speeches, take the time to read or watch it from the link above. His address reminded us that while civil rights victories are undeniable, the promise for jobs as well as freedom is still unmet:


"The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own. To secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency. Whether it's by challenging those who erect new barriers to the vote or ensuring that the scales of justice work equally for all in the criminal justice system and not simply a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails -- it requires vigilance."


"... the securing of civil rights, voting rights, the eradication of legalized discrimination -- the very significance of these victories may have obscured a second goal of the march, for the men and women who gathered 50 years ago were not there in search of some abstract idea. They were there seeking jobs as well as justice -- not just the absence of oppression but the presence of economic opportunity. For what does it profit a man, Dr. King would ask, to sit at an integrated lunch counter if he can't afford the meal?"     


   We were surrounded by the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement and in some cases, their surviving children. The King family, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Caroline Kennedy, Lynda Johnson Robb, Julian Bond, and Presidents Carter and Clinton were among the speakers.  One of the most moving moments was when the Presidents and their family representatives joined the King family in ringing the bell that survived the infamous Birmingham church bombing that killed 4 little girls...LET FREEDOM RING. 


   During the ceremony I thought about the organizer of the original march, A. Phillip Randolph, who was President of the Pullman Porters -- the first African American union recognized by the AFL-CIO.  Oakland, the end of the Transcontinental Railroad, was a stronghold of the Pullman Porters.  Also, "representing" Oakland was McClymond's NBA great Bill Russell who spoke about being invited to sit on the stage by MLK 50 years ago.  He said that he declined because he believed the organizers of the march deserved that honor.  He encouraged the crowd to measure progress on "how much farther" we have to go.  (Below) Congress Members: John Lewis, Barbara Lee, and Sheila Jackson Lee. John Lewis spoke and is the only speaker from 50 years ago still alive.   





  Back home for a long Labor Day Weekend, Oakland Pride was an amazing celebration of  the the victories for the LGBTQ community this year, including recognition of same sex marriage rights in California by the Supreme Court.  Last week the Obama administration made a series of decisions which close many of the remaining legal inequalities:  recognition of same sex marriages in military housing and other benefits and recognition of same sex marriage by the IRS.  I was honored to join the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club in starting a new tradition, hosting a breakfast to recognize LGBTQ East Bay leaders.  Many thanks to the California Nurses Association for their space and support. 



Oakland Pride Breaks Record 


   The East Bay now has more LGBTQ families than anywhere in the nation. Oakland Pride, restarted in 2008, had its best turnout yet, estimated at over 40,000.  The huge turn out despite closure of the Bay Bridge was amazing and diverse.  It has become a real regional event with attendees from San Francisco and the valley making up nearly half of the crowd that I talked to at my booth during the festival.  The highlight of the day was the performance by the Oakland group EnVogue (below) which has won more MTV awards than any other vocal group and has had 7 Grammy nominations.  



Oakland Span of  Bay Bridge is New  Bay Area Icon 


   By all accounts our new bridge is a hit.  Light and beautiful. The Bike-Pedestrian path gives views of the Bay and the Oakland span that are unmatchable. The new span is a symbol of the Bay Area's resilience, innovation, and future. And may it be as its poem hopes: "May we be the bridge for a new time of beauty and peace."  


   I have been thinking on the many historic moments this week; the contrast in the photos below tell part of the story. 


Governor Frank Merriam and President Herbert Hoover at the original 1936 Bay Bridge opening.

I am a new member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the bridge has been a major issue of discussion. Despite the problems, the new bridge is many times safer than the original.   The damage to it in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake inspired the state initiative to retrofit all California bridges; this week the Bay Bridge was the last to be completed.

It was an honor to represent our city in the opening ceremonies and a lot of fun, too.  This video shows the first cars crossing the bridge; the Lt. Governor led and Mayor Lee and I rode in vintage cars lent by the California Academy of Sciences.  I was accompanied by my husband and the Rev. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., who gave the blessing.  We are at about 15 seconds. This time lapse video condenses 42,000 hours of construction into 4 minutes.

The best experience of the opening was leading a coalition of biking advocates and staff from the many agencies involved in the planning and construction of the bridge onto the Bike-Pedestrian path on Tuesday.  I am predicting that this is going to become one of the "must do" experiences for both locals and visitors to the Bay Area. I want to thank all the City and CalTrans staff who helped us plan the event and the family of Alexander Zuckerman, the late City Planner who was the lead advocate for the path. 

Bay Bridge Inauguration Poem

Bay Bridge East Span, September 2, 2013
for all bridge dreamers, bridge builders & bridge crossers


Self anchored self-sustaining a light onto itself
This arc that lifts us this arc that sings us as we pass
Bay Bridge - I see you now your new design risen

Above star-waters a new galaxy appears a new trillion
May we live in your safety in your carriage in your heart
May all your hours and all your lights embrace us once again

May we curl across your shoulders as bird-fish singers
May we be the bridge for a new time of beauty and peace
Let us thank the workers - artists of space and matter

One sound one tree one knitted rebozo shawl for our mother
Aloft she turns she protects renewed waves of children
Today we are born to wind-sky steel and turquoise choirs

We are filled with light-strength height-gratitude and violet
Ocean stillness we open our arms our bridge of many bridges
Everything is different now melodic silver harmonious

Everything is open now spiritual inhalation of the Pacific Rim
Voyages migrations the conversations of generations Viva!
The workers applaud now iron-workers painters welders planners

Architects engineers laborers drivers Viva!
Lifters callers crane operators Viva!
Cement mixers cable threaders Viva!

After the earthquake
We shall live - yes
We shall round dance and honor

Spider buggies comin' up!
            Light poles hold 'em steady      steady
                                              Saddle template fit-up
                              North mainspan cable ready           ready
                                        Motion sensors booster pump expansion tank 

Spider buggies comin' up!
           Spider buggies comin' up!
                       Spider buggies comin' up!

We shall live in our luminescent loom of lights and cosmos yes
We shall hula dance in expansive unity once again today yes

Hand to hand shoulder to shoulder woven and winged dancer
Bumper to bumper cable rider to cable flyer call it out now
We shall swivel alive golden silver dark sequenced with joy

We shall live crossing into the other from one to the second
From the second to the linked infinity today the chain is cut and we
Are released again Oakland San Francisco earth to all earth

Ocean to sky-wind to star nebulae once again you and me - we
The people the people El Pueblo it is the people Bay Bridge
Hold on to each other move now rise now for the world to see


- Juan Felipe Herrera
Poet Laureate of California




   This week we reached 10,000 likes on FaceBook.  If you enjoy the newsletter, you might also enjoy following events on a daily basis on Facebook, just "like" us on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.  We primarily use the page to post photos of events as they are happening and to publicize Oakland happenings including reminders of next day events. This week I tried to share history by posting photos of the bridge opening ceremonies as they happened  including video footage from being one of the first cars to cross our new bridge.   



Mary Moore, Pioneering Council Woman Remembered


Mary Moore was only the third woman on the Oakland City Council. She was part of a "progressive " movement of council members elected after district elections were established opposed to citywide elections. The cost of citywide elections gave downtown developers and corporations dominance over who won; with district elections grassroots, women and minority candidates began to win seats.  


Mary was elected in 1977 and served with Lionel Wilson, Oakland's first African American mayor, and Wilson Riles, Jr. in the 1980's.  She represented District 2 and  was known for her support of fair and affordable housing, authoring the legislation still largely in place for limiting condo conversions.  She was, as this article in the Tribune describes, a strong advocate for the neighborhoods. I remember her encouragement when I ran for school board 22 years ago and her constant support for the Asian community groups within her district.  



Mayor Jean Quan









vol fair


5th Annual Volunteer Fair for Oakland Youth

Saturday, September 7


Lakeview School Auditorium 

746 Grand Avenue 

(at MacArthur Blvd. aross the street from the Lakeshore Farmer's Market and Grand Lake Theater)



Free parking in lot on behind Lakeview School  
(enter on Grand Ave.)


If you want to change Oakland's future and help fulfill the "Dream," helping an Oakland school student is a tangible and meaningful way to make a difference.  This free event links community members to school-based volunteer opportunities in Oakland that match their interests, schedules, and abilities. Each non-profit organization fully trains all volunteers before they begin a program.


In all, up to 25 school and community-based non-profits will be on hand to share information about the established volunteer programs they operate within Oakland Public Schools and in other settings. 


Programs include opportunities for 

  • reading tutors
  • classroom aides
  • homework helpers
  • mentors
  • writing coaches
  • library assistants
  • playground monitors
  • volunteers for food and nutrition programs for low-income families
  • instructors in science enrichment, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs
  • and many more

The volunteer programs provide flexible opportunities for volunteers to commit as much or as little time as they have available - from 1-2 hours to several hours a week. 


For more info:  or 388-0601, or [email protected] 






Sundays in the Redwoods

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September 22 thru October 13

Woodminster Amphitheater

3300 Joaquin Miller Rd.

Doors open at 1pm; concerts begin at 2pm


I've been proud to partner with the Office of Parks & Recreation to bring you this annual celebration of Oakland and the Bay Area's rich musical heritage in one of our most beautiful open spaces.  Over the years, Sundays in the Redwoods has grown to be one of the most highly acclaimed Fall musical events in the East Bay, drawing thousands of first-time visitors to Joaquin Miller Park's shaded trails through the Redwoods.  We have been amazed at the response to our website, tickets are now limited and one show is already sold out! 




Sunday, Sept 22 -- Magic In The Music, Featuring: Vivian Green, and an exciting jazz group to be announced Sept 15. Sun Redwood event1


Sunday, Sept 29 -- Soul Is The Key, Featuring: Bobby Caldwell


Sunday, Oct 6 -- The Rhythm Section, Featuring:

Eric Benet  SOLD OUT


Sunday, Oct 13 -- Talking All That Jazz, Featuring: Lalah Hathaway and Kindred & the Family Soul


Order by phone, Monday thru Friday, 10am-4pm -- 238-3052  

Order online here.


Tickets: $14 (+ $2 mailing fee) or $20 at the door (if tickets are still available); VIP Table (includes 8 Concert Tickets): $288




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In This Issue
1. DISCOVER Oakland
3. Community Policing
4. Safe & Healthy Oakland
5. VOLUNTEER Opportunities
7. BUY Oakland
7. Jobs, Business and Training
8. GREENING Oakland
9. KIds' Programs & School News
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    Oakland: Families of homicide victims call for action, accountability from leaders

    Kristin J Bender, Oakland Tribune

    August 27, 2013


    Oakland Schools Teach Trafficking Prevention in Schools

    Lynsey Clark, KQED

    August 27, 2013


    Operation to Clean up the Estuary Underway

    Ekene Ikeme, Alameda Sun

    August 30, 2013


    Summer science students monitor pollution in Oakland's Courtland Creek

    Barbara Grady, Oakland Local

    August 24, 2013




    Documenting Oakland's Recyclers

    Katie Tandy, East Bay Express

    August 28, 2013

    Street Date: Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

    Stephanie Wright Hession,

    August 28, 2013

    Grease Box, Phat Beets, and the 'G' Word

    Luke Tsai, East Bay Express

    August 28, 2013

    Rebulding Together Oakland Celebrates 20 Years of Service To The Community


    August 26, 2013





    City Spotlight: Oakland

    August 12, 2013

    Children's Hospital plans expansion, City of Oakland invites public comment

    Ruth Miller, Oakland Local

    August 28, 2013

    Low-wage workers rally in Oakland

    Heather Somerville, Oakland Tribune

    August 29, 2013





    Venga Paella is Oakland's newest restaurant

    Jackie Burrell, Oakland Tribune

    August 26, 2013


    Homeroom owners pen the ultimate mac and cheese cookbook

    Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times

      August 12, 2013


    Deep-Dish Pizza Star

    Luke Tsai, East Bay Express

    August 28, 2013



    Hiero's Year

    Eric Arnold, East Bay Express

    August 28, 2013


    Joyce Gordon a key thread in Oakland's art scene

    Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune

    August 26, 2013


    East Bay artist takes a musical look at Oakland

    Fan Huang, The Daily Californian

    August 26, 2013





    cox heroes
    5th Annual
    Cox Conserves Heroes

    Vote for Oakland Resident, Karen Paulsell


    Karen Paulsell


    KTVU and The Trust for Public Land recently announced the finalists for the Bay Area's 5th annual Cox Conserves Heroes program, and Oakland resident, Karen Pausell, is one of them. Voting is open to the general public here through 5pm on Thursday, September 26. 


    The program recognizes volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces. The winner will receive $10,000 to donate to his or her selected nonprofit beneficiary, and the finalists each will receive $2,500 for their nonprofits of choice. 


    The winner will be announced on Oct. 10. 


    This is the fifth year the Cox Conserves Heroes program has taken place in the Bay Area.  


    Click here to view the videos of the three finalists...and vote for native plant enthusiast and Oakland volunteer extraordinaire Karen Paulsell.  



    PET SPOTLIGHTpetspotlite
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    EDITOR'S NOTE: We're starting a new feature that highlights a different animal each week at the City's animal shelter. 


    Meet Alex, the Whole Package! 


    Alec is what OAS likes to call the whole package. Not only does this little guy get along fabulously with people and other dogs at the shelter, he's got super agility skills too. A Chihuahua mix, Alec has some cool markings and a super-cute face. If you're interested in adding the whole package to your home, please check more photos and video of Alec here.


    Click here to jump to info about how to volunteer for OAS.

    Oakland Animal Services

    1101 29th Ave.





    Legally Blonde,
    the Musical at Woodminster


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    Elle Woods' perfect life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get herself into the same venerable institution. While struggling to do well at school and get her boyfriend back, Elle learns something about herself and her potential to change the world.  Great for the whole family.  Peppy and fun.




    Oakland Insider Half-Price Opening Nights


    Use the code MYCITY 

    when you purchase tickets for 

    Legally Blonde at Woodminster Amphitheater


    Friday, September 6 thru Sunday, September 15

    7pm & 8pm start times


    Woodminster Amphitheater

    3300 Joaquin Milller Rd

    in Jaoquin Miller Park


    Hello, Oakland neighbors!  

    Since 1967, Woodminster Summer Musicals has been a tradition in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. The beautiful, woodsy, outdoor setting is a magical place for live musical theater, and we draw large crowds from all over the bay area and beyond.


    We'd like to extend a special welcome to our Oakland neighbors, and we invite you to come to opening night for half-price. Just use the code (MyCity) when you order tickets online at, by phone at 531-9597, or in person at the box office.


    For details about ticket prices, our Kids Come Free program, and more, click here or call 531-9597.





    Measure Y  
    (Oakland Unite)  
    2013 Survey
    The City of Oakland wants to know what residents think about community policing in Oakland and other services that Measure Y (Oakland Unite), a voter approved parcel tax, funds.  The survey should take about 5-10 minutes of your time.  



    2013 Oakland Housing Fair


    Saturday, Sept 14


    Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 4th St.


    Sponsored by NID Housing Counseling Agency, 

    the City of Oakland, and 

    Assembly Member Rob Bonta 


    Free housing workshops 

    Legal resources and options


    For registration and info: ,
    268-9792 x 457




    For homeowners having problems with their mortgages

    Major lenders and HUD counselors will meet with you to discuss your options.  Please bring copies of:

    • Two current pay stubs
    • Two current bank statements
    • Two years full tax returns with schedules
    • Mortgage statements
    • Property tax and homeowners insurance documents
    • A hardship letter
    • Current utility bills

    First-time home buyer certification program

    Morning session - 9am-12noon

    Afternoon session - 1-4pm

    • Learn how to qualify for a home mortgage loan
    • Ask questions of professionals in the home buying process
    • Qualify for your certification to have access to First Time Home Buyer down payment assistance programs



    1. DISCOVER OAKLAND -- Activities this week


    Editor's Note: Remember to check both the UPCOMING and the RECURRINGsections, way down at the bottom, for additional events.


    The best free thing to do in the Bay Area for a while will be walking or biking on the Oakland span of the Bay Bridge , day time hours only during construction.
    Click here for more info about the path.



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    Legally Blonde, the Musical, Friday, September 6 thru Sunday, September 15, 7 and 8pm start times, Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Milller Rd, in Jaoquin Miller Park.
    Based on the hit movie, this adorable stage musical tells the story of peppy Elle Woods' adventures at Harvard Law School, and her road to self-discovery.
    For tickets and more info: , 531-9597



    Explore Oakland Art Murmur with Google Field Trip

    Oakland Art Murmur exhibition details feeding to Google Field Trip - try downloading this new free phone app and use it to explore the galleries and gallery districts on First Friday.


    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 festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine!
  • DJ Aware spinning hits from 5 to 6:30 pmmuseum Fri nite
  • Family-friendly drop-in workshop doing animal printing on bandannas from 5 to 8 pm
  • Makers & Tasters Series ranging from beer brewing and coffee roasting to recipe sharing and gardening how-tos from 6 to 8 pm
  • Hooping class with Nicole Wong in the amphitheater from 6:30 to 7 pm
  • OMCA Pub Trivia with Senior Curator of Natural Sciences, Douglas Long, from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Rock and roll band Hot Einsten performing live from 7 to 9 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.

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    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: 

    Raiders Back to Football 5K Run-Saturday, September 14 at 9:00 am
    Get pumped up for the start of the Raiders season with a 5K race around the Coliseum! A ticket to the Raiders vs. Jaguars game is included with registration.
    Register Here.

    Fairyland Pirate Weekend-Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, September 15
    Bring your kids in Raiders gear and pirate attire to Children's Fairyland to get in the spirit for the upcoming season. Ride the pirate ship and enjoy the day with your family at this iconic Oakland attraction.

    Raiders Home Opener-Sunday, September 15 at 1:25 pm
    Get your tickets to the home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars! Enter the code visitoak1 here to receive your special offer.


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    Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series, Friday & Saturday, September 6 & 7, 8pm, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way. 

    Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough series is coming to Oracle Arena. Enjoy hard-hitting bull riding action and more. 

    Tickets and more info:  




    tools crucible Fall Open House: Tools to Table at the Crucible, Saturday, September 7, 12-5pm, The Crucible, 1260 7th St. FREE.
    At our Fall Open House, The Crucible aims to delight the most discerning locavores and foodies. We've invited Oakland's best home-grown food vendors, such as Fist of Flour, Tina Tamale, and small-batch artisans from the food business incubator, Kitchener Oakland, to cater to artisan food lovers. Get an inside look at how artisan tableware is made from cups in our glass department, to silverware straight from the smithy. Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible's 56,000 sq. ft. studio where furnaces roar and sparks fly.  

    For more info, click here. 



    Gatsby Summer Afternoon, Sunday, September 8, 1-6pm, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate,Dunsmuir house2960 Peralta Oaks Court. 
    The Gatsby Summer Afternoon lets several hundred aficionados of the 1920s and 30s step back to a time when elegance was a way of life and the Charleston and Fox Trot were all the rage. This is not a spectator event; every guest is part of the scene wearing their vintage best. From 1 pm the panoramic Dunsmuir front lawn becomes the stage on which all participants play, picnic, dance, and sip champagne; reminiscent of a scene from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel of 1925.

    Tickets (if bought before Friday, September 6): $40 for members, $50 for guests/non-members

    At the Door: $70 for all

    Click here for more info. 


    Help Me Celebrate the Fruitvale District, Mayor's Walk, Sunday, September 15, 1-4 pm: 

    Join me in the first in a series of neighborhood walks to explore the many districts in the city.  We will start to Casa Jimenez Restaurant, High St & International.  We will sample foods and learn about local history.  RSVP to Jose Dorado 326-4810 or







    Basketball Skills Training for kids, Saturdays & Sundays, September 14 thru October 20, East Oakland Sports & Fitness Training Academy, 9161 Edes Ave.
    Kids will learn the basics of basketball including fundamentals, conditioning, and sports-specific training. Players: be sure to bring athletic wear, including shoes, shorts/sweats to exercise in, as well as a towel and drinking water.  They have classes for kids ages 5 to 17.

    For more info: Bryant Bacon, Fitness Program Director, 615-5838 or [email protected] 



    eosc soccer
    Soccer Skills Training for kids,
    Saturdays & Sundays, September 14 thru October 20, East Oakland Sports & Fitness Training Academy, 9161 Edes Ave.
    Kids will learn the basics of soccer including fundamentals, conditioning, and sports-specific training. Players: be sure to bring athletic wear, including shoes, shorts/sweats to exercise in, as well as a towel and drinking water.  They have classes for kids ages 5 to 17.

    For more info: Bryant Bacon, Fitness Program Director, 615-5838 or [email protected] 




    Free square dance session, Wednesday, September 4 & 11, 7-8pm, Lake Merritt Dance Center in Otown8 square dance logo the Veterans' Building, 200 Grand Ave. at Harrison St. 

    Oaktown8s has a free introductory to square dance session on Wednesdays, September 4 and 11 at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in the Veterans' Building.  The New Dancer Program will start on September 18. 

    For more info: Ellen, 531-6843 or [email protected] 



    Free Saturday Afternoon Dance, September 7, 14, 21, 28, Doors open at 12:30pm, Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave. 

    American Tango Variation lesson from 12:45 to 1:30

    Social dancing 1:30 to 4 pm

    For more info: 



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    Chicago Steppin' classes, Thursdays, 8-10pm, Ira Jinkins Rec Center, 9175 Edes Ave.
    The classes will be held every Thursday through August. Participants will enjoy great music, dancing and conversation while learning the art of the "Chicago Step." 

    For more info and to register: Donte Watson, Recreation Center Director, [email protected] or 615-5959




    dancing under the stars Dancing Under the Stars, Friday evenings, 8:30-10pm, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway.  This week learn the Bachata, a dance from the Dominican Republic.

    The incredibly popular dancing event returns to Oakland's waterfront. Kick up your heels and enjoy a free dance lesson provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. Each week will feature a different type of dance followed by a dance party to practice what was learned. 

    For more info: 645-9292.



    Indie Film Night, Thursday, September 5, 5:30pm, Liege Spirits Lounge, 481 9th St. 
    Indie Film Night is where Bay Area filmmakers, performers, videographers and production crews showcase their work. Enjoy all night drink specials!

    For more info, 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: 



    Parkway Theater logo

    The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

    658-7900 or 

    If you haven't yet been to this movie theater, you really must go. Comfy (clean) couches, good food, and all sorts of themes. Check the website for all the specifics.





    AT FAIRYLAND  F trolley


    Regular Events -- Saturday & Sunday 
    All Day: Puppet Petting Zoo! Now's your chance to get up close and make these wonderful puppets come alive.

    11am, 2pm, & 4pm: Puppet Show: Tashi, A Boy From Tibet.  This is a tale about helping each other and caring for animals. Tashi doesn't want to be a hunter, because it hurts his animal friends. In order to learn the lessons of life, his father sends him out into the world. On the way he meets a magical monk, and saves a village from a wicked demon, all through the help of friends. 
    12pm-2pm: The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center  is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

    12:30pm & 3pm: Children's Theatre Presents: The Dragon in the Cloth. When an orphan boy brings a fish home to keep for good luck, he gets way more than he bargained for. The fish is a dragon princess who leads him on a journey below the waves and up to the moon and back. Will he learn to be happy with his lot, or will an old toad's advice lead him astray? Come let our young performers stitch your family into the cloth of this Hmong fairytale! 

    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: Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, "The Wizard of Ahhhhs," astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show.




    9777 Golf Links Rd
    For more info:

    Animal Encounters, 
    Sundays, 11:30am and 12:15pm (for about 20 minutes)

    Docent led live animal presentation: Wild animals need your help, come find out what you can do. 

    Learn about and meet some of our amazing animals close up. Our Program Animals are presented with fun facts and important messages; spend 20 minutes with us in the WildLife Theater!  This program is free with regular Zoo Admission. 


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    Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 8, 10am-4pm. 

    Treat your Grandparents to a special day...spend Grandparents Day at the Oakland Zoo!  See elephants, meerkats, giraffes, and much more! Train rides are FREE for Grandparents all day on Grandparents Day.

    Click here for more info. 







    10000 Skyline Blvd.  

    For more info, click here.



    CSSC space day
    Staying Alive: The Sokul Spacesuit, Saturday, September 7, 8:30-10pm. 
    Lie on the grass and look up at the stars this summer! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky.

    Space is limited. Call to reserve your spot:  336-7373 

    For more info, click here. 


      CSSC senior day

    Grandparents' Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 11am-4pm. 
    Grab the grands, head to the museum, and choose your own adventure! We've crafted an exploration and investigation tour throughout our galleries and observatory deck especially for grandparents and kids. Tinker with hands-on activities that unlock mysteries of our Sun, journey into space and explore the beginnings of the Universe, and of course dig into our home planet, Earth. Treasure your memories with a scrapbook that each guest gets to customize and keep. 

    Click here for more info. 



    Saturn V: The First 700 Seconds, Saturday, September 7, 7:30-8:15pm.
    Where were you when the Apollo program launched its first ship into space? Gas and smoke billowing from below, fire flaring from ignition, the countdown ... that's the outside look. Join the discussion and explore the lesser known technical aspects of missions past including launch preparation and vessel details. Ask questions, share memories, inspire a new generation to take to space.



    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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    Art Guild Day Trip: Runnymede Sculpture Farm and a South Bay Collection, Wednesday, September 11, 8:30am-4:30 pm.

    Join the Art Guild on their trip to the South Bay and visit the Atherton home and collection of Susan & Joel Hyatt. This is a wonderful, eclectic collection that runs the gamut from fine works of art by luminous artists to marvelous local art fair finds.


    Then head to Woodside for lunch at Runnymede Sculpture Farm. Runnymede has approximately 140 pieces of sculpture on its 100 acres, and exclusively features works by contemporary artists. While the majority of the artists are from the US, there are also works included by artists from Spain, England, Italy, Germany, and France. Former OMCA Chief Curator of Art Phil Linhares will join for the day.


    Travelers should note: the terrain at Runnymede is very challenging, with elevation gains on gravel and dirt paths. Don't miss this rare opportunity to visit Runnymede, which is not open to the public!

    Click here for more info. 


    Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay, now thru February 23, 2014

    Above and Below unveils the quirky stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years. The first major exhibition to be presented with all three of OMCA's transformed galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences open to the public, the exhibition highlights historic and contemporary place-based stories about the Bay, and engages viewers in discussions about the Bay's future. Through an extensive use of media featuring oral histories, community voices, and interactives, the exhibition explores how human engineering and natural forces have come together over time to shape and reshape the land and water around the San Francisco Bay, and how sea-level rise, wetlands restoration, invasive species, and climate change are central topics in determining the future of the Bay.

    Click here for more info. 



    Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay, now thru Jan. 26, 2014 bridges

    Featuring stunning black-and-white photographs chronicling the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge construction in the 1930s by American photographer Peter Stackpole, the exhibition continues OMCA's ongoing series exploring contemporary topics in California through photography. 


    On view in the Gallery of California Art during the opening of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in fall 2013, the exhibition of 22 of Stackpole's works from OMCA's collection connects visitors back in time to the bridge's first iteration and serves as a complement to the Museum's major exhibition on the San Francisco Bay, opening in concert with the new bridge and America's Cup. 

    Click here for more info. 



    Hard Times in the OC

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    Now thru April 27, 2014

    This installation in the Gallery of California History co-curated with faculty and students at California State University Fullerton focuses on the effects of the 2008 recession in Orange County. It's the second in the series titled "What's Happening, California?"  The exhibition explores the theme of resilience in the face of economic setbacks through a presentation of artifacts, including protest puppets, tools of laid-off workers, and oral history interviews. The resulting exhibition portrays a range of experiences and challenges facing the people of Orange County during the recession, reflecting the Oakland Museum of California's mission to connect communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California.






    "I Am America: Black Genealogy Through the Eye of An Artist" malonga center logo

    A Fine Arts Exhibit Created/Curated by Kheven LaGrone will be presented at the City of Oakland Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts Annex

    1428 Alice St

    Now thru Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    I Am America:  Black Genealogy Through the Eye of An Artist , a well-received traveling exhibit, began at the San Francisco Main Public Library and was later installed at the privately-owned C. K. Gallery in Oakland.  The exhibit is now open at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts.  This popular performance center, previously known as the Alice Arts Center, has a dedicated exhibition area referred to as the Annex.  Wheelchair-accessible.




    ART Exhibits at Oakland Public Libraries

    Is This Justice? Student Design Exhibit, Main Library, TeenZone, July 8 - September 30

    Artistic T-shirts conveying messages about violence prevention, incarceration, community, and freedom, created by students in the Restorative Justice Leaders program.




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    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.


    Library events page:



    Library Offers Free Music Downloads and Streaming free music

    On Wednesday, July 24, the Oakland Public Library (OPL) began to offer patrons the ability to download and stream popular music for free, through a service called Freegal Music. Freegal gives you access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels in MP3 format. To access the free service, you need a valid OPL library card. To check out the free service, please visit the OPL website at or go directly to Freegal's site here.

    For more info: Jamie Turbak, Acting Associate Library Director, [email protected] or 238-6610


    4 libraries to change hours beginning September 16

    In order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches, Oakland Public Library will be implementing a schedule change at four of the library's 16 branch locations.  Effective Monday, September 16, 2013, the Brookfield, Eastmont, Golden Gate, and Piedmont Avenue branch libraries will be open Monday through Friday. All other branches will keep their current Tuesday through Saturday schedules and the Main Library will continue to be open seven days a week. 


    The four branches that are shifting to a Monday through Friday schedule will be open on Monday evenings, instead of their current Tuesday evenings, with the following Monday hours:


    *  Brookfield and Eastmont branches: 11:30 am - 7 pm

    *  Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue branches: 12:30 pm - 8 pm


    All Tuesday-Saturday branches will continue to be open on Tuesday evenings, and the Main Library will continue to be open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.


    To view current branch schedules, visit the library's website here.

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    Editor's Note: In the interest of space, we're removing the regular, recurring items we usually have below this section. There are so many events the libraries offer -- best that you just go check out their website for all the details:



    Backpack Buttonmaking, Friday, September 6, 3-4:30pm, Main Library Children's Room, 125 14th St. 
    Make buttons for your backpacks and school bags.  Click here for more info. 



    Kid's Clothing Swap, Saturday, September 7, 10am-12noon, Golden Gate Branch,

    5606 San Pablo Ave.  Back by popular demand!  Golden Gate is hosting another kid's clothing and whatnot swap. Bring whatever items your child has grown out of or is not playing with and take clothes and/or equipment you can use.  They will be accepting maternity wear, breastfeeding equipment, children's books and toys, slings and baby carriers, etc. 


    Please note:  donations are not necessary in order to take part.  All are welcome. They already have an abundance of items waiting in the wings and donations are welcome any time before the event.  


    Anything leftover will be donated to the non-profit organization, Bananas, in Oakland and Twins by the Bay.  Click here for more info. 



    Clases de Ingles - ESL, Saturdays, 4-5:30pm, César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th St.
    Para estudiantes de todos niveles. Cada Sabado. Cupo es limitado. 

    Para mas información: 535-5620 y Haz click aqui 



    Brookfield Saturdays Arts & Crafts, Saturdays, 2-3:30pm, Brookfield Branch, 9255 Edes Ave. 

    Learn the basics of paper-crafting, clay modeling, beading and more. Expand your creativity, develop your small-motor skills and enjoy an afternoon of arts exploration every Saturday.  All ages are welcome to participate.  For more info: 615-5725 or click here.



    Power Up: Free Hands-On Computer Training, Saturdays thru September, 10-11am, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.
    Come join us for a series of classes offering free computer training for beginning and continuing learners. Each class will cover an issue common to new users including PC basics, using email and navigating the Internet. Drop-ins welcome.  Click here for more info.



    2.  CITY NEWS 



    City Seeks Citizen Input on Council Redistricting 

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    The City is hosting a series of Redistricting Town Hall Meetings to gather input from the community on boundary adjustments to Council Districts to equalize each district's population according to US Census data. The Oakland City Charter mandates the review of City Council District boundaries every 10 years. The Council provided specific direction to City staff and established the criteria to be used in reviewing the Council District boundaries. (To view the reports, resolution and video of the meeting, please visit  The Oakland City Council Districts also serve as the districts for the Board of Education. However, boundary changes will not impact school enrollment choices.  


    Issues raised at the first meetings include: 

    • Some want minimum change others suggest  more radical change
    • Should the districts be more economically diverse or more homogeneous?
    • What growth should we account for given the large new housing developments at Brooklyn Basin and Oak Knoll as well as planned zoning for more density along corridors like Broadway or International?   

    In the links below there are tools to design your own maps. 


    EVENT this week The dates and locations for future Redistricting Town Hall Meetings are: 

        • Thursday, September 5, 6:30-8:30pm, Caesar Chavez Education Center, 2825 International Boulevard (Interpretation in Spanish will be provided.)
        • Saturday, September 7, 10am-12noon, Frick Middle School, 2845 64th Avenue
        • Saturday, September 7, 2-4pm, Oakland Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 125 14th Street (Interpretation in Cantonese and Vietnamese will be provided.)
        • Sunday, September 8, 3-5pm, Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Avenue 


    Do you know what Council District you live in?   Click here for a map of Council Districts and locator tool.


    For those unable to attend any of the above meetings, the City is offering a variety of other engagement and feedback opportunities including: 

    • Use the interactive mapping software here and design you own districts. 
    • Email suggestions and comments to [email protected]
    • Leave a voice message on the redistricting hotline at 238-3079 
    • Visit the City's newly launched open data platform, , to explore and visualize population data  
    • Check out survey and community engagement opportunities at   

    In October, the City Council will begin holding public hearings to deliberate on the proposed redistricting maps that result from the summer's Town Hall Meetings. The Council will make a final selection of the Council District boundaries in November.  


    For more information on Oakland's redistricting process including a map of current Council Districts, redistricting-related legislation, upcoming Council meeting dates and more:  Devan Reiff, AICP, Planner II, [email protected] or 238-3550 and 




    BART Coliseum Station Transition Building -- Ongoing Construction

    The Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project is under construction in various locations throughout the Hegenberger Road business corridor to construct the Coliseum Station Transition Building, a structure at the south end of the existing Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station that will allow passengers to bart constructiontransfer from existing BART to the new service. The Transition Building includes a stairway, escalators and elevators, and will support an elevated pedestrian walkway over San Leandro Street from the BART station to the new Coliseum Station structure, where construction is also underway.


    The public should be aware of the following construction impacts: 

    • Lane reconfigurations, lane closures and shifting of traffic on San Leandro Street, adjacent to the BART station
    • Large equipment and materials being transported and installed overhead at the south end of the BART station's platform
    • Construction-related noise, dust and vibration

    Construction of the Transition Building will be performed from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Saturday, and at night from 9pm to 5am, Monday through Sunday.


    Noise, dust and vibration levels will be monitored and all efforts will be taken to minimize these and other disruptions to the community. Stormwater pollution prevention plans are also in place to mitigate the project's environmental impacts. Please watch for notices regarding future construction activities and signs with safety information. Also note that there is a separate construction project underway at the overpass adjacent to this site, which may necessitate separate closures. 


    For more info: Phillip Fung, City of Oakland Public Works Agency/Project Delivery Division, 238-2938







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

    • 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.
    • And the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Oversight Committees are looking for one or two excellent candidates. 

    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 [email protected] .   



    3.  Community Policing
    Cell Phones Remain Main Targets in Robberies
    More officers on bikes and focus on robbery hot sports have seen a small decline in robberies, but cell phones are still the main target.  Until "kill switch" agreements take affect next year, they remain expensive and easy targets.  Don't use them on the street if possible.



    Burglars Pose as Utility Workers

    The Oakland Police Department want you to be aware of individuals who are posing as utility workers.  In the afternoon of August 20, on Sunnyhills Road, two suspects posing as a utility workers stating they are PG&E workers, contacted the 90 and 80 year old residents telling them that they were there to check the easement at the rear of the property.   While the home owners were in the back yard, the home was burglarized of jewelry and cash.  


    Suspect-1 is described as a male Hispanic, 35-40 years-old, 5'6, 180 ponds medium complexion, short dark hair. He was wearing a hard hat, gloves, dark blue long sleeve polo shirt and dark pants. Suspect-2 is described as a male Hispanic, 45-50 years-old, 5'6, 185 pounds, light complexion, medium length dark brown hair. He was wearing a light blue shirt, light colored pants and a light colored fisherman style hat.   Suspects may be carrying clipboards.   


    OPD encourages everyone to report suspicious activity -- see below for ways to do so. PGE


    PG&E offers the following tips to help avoid these scams:

    • Customers should always ask to see valid identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you.  
    • If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E's customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E's presence in the community. 
    • Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or they will receive a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit. 
    • Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call they receive about a past due bill, a service request or a request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.




    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 where Ceasefire is focused. I join the walks at least once a month.  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 and to take back the streets.  This group stopped at our Peace in the Parks program last Friday and included many volunteers from Montclair Presbyterian Church.  The next walks start from these locations: 

    EVENT this week  

        • September 6 - Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd
        • September 13 - First Mt. Sinai, 1970 86th Avenue
        • September 20 - Cosmopolitan, 988 85th Avenue
        • September 27 - At Thy Word,  8915 International Blvd 

    For more info: 639-1440 or [email protected]  

    Second Police Academy Hits the Streets this Month

    On September 20th the second graduating police academy will hit the streets for field training.  The third police academy starts at the beginning of next month and the OPD is seeking "lateral" applicants from other law enforcement agencies.

    Do you know which Community Policing Area you live in?  

    Area 1 - Capt. Eric Lewis - 238-6911  -  [email protected]
    Area 2 - Capt. Anthony Toribio - 238-3958  -  [email protected]
    Area 3 - Capt. Ricardo Orozco - 238-3330  -  [email protected]
    Area 4 - Capt. Steven Tull - 777-8561  -  [email protected]
    Area 5 - Capt. Kirk Coleman - 777-8543  -  [email protected]

    A PDF version of the map showing the 5 areas is available here.    

    Area-Specific Crime Stats Posted to OPD Website

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    The Oakland Police Department (OPD) updated the web pages for the five Bureau of Field Operations Areas by adding area-specific crime stats. A citywide weekly crime report, available on the Crime Statistics page, has been available since the website was created. The new crime stat pages are tailored to each Area, making information on local crime conditions easily available to neighborhood residents. The five Area webpages are accessible through the Bureau of Field Operations page here.

    For more info:

     Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, [email protected] or 238-3131





    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. 



    4. Safe & Healthy Oakland:  Fire House Open House Events



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    Sponsored By: City of Oakland/Fire Department, WPAD, and Public Agencies

    For more info:  238-7255

    • Resources for Residents of Oakland Hills
    • Roving Fire Patrols, Free Chipping Services
    • WPAD Citizens Advisory Committee
    • Roadside Treatment, Inspections
    • Goat Grazing, New Engines
    • Public Education/Fire Safety Information

    EVENT this week Here are the dates and locations: 
        • Saturday, September 7  Fire Station 6, 7080 Colton Blvd.
        • Saturday, September 28 Fire Station 21  13150 Skyline Blvd.
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    The Great California ShakeOut -- Annual statewide earthquake drill

    Thursday, October 17

    ShakeOut is now eight weeks away and more than 10.8 million people worldwide are already registered. More than 40 U.S. states and territories, along with several other countries, are participating in 2013!


    Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are a chance to practice how to protect ourselves during big earthquakes, and also how to get prepared. 


    Check out the following links:




    Wildfire Prevention District Faces Renewal This Fall

    Ten years ago I was a new Council Member and the federal funding that had helped Oakland with vegetation control after the Firestorm of 1991  had ended.  I had gotten used to the goats grazing the hills, but it was clear that if we were going to continue these and other services we would have to find funding.  Eventually we calculated that if every home/property within the tree line of the Oakland hills would pay $65 per year we could cover the basics with about $1.7 million -- including the goats!

    In 2003, I helped the residents of the Oakland hills establish and pass the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) to provide annual funding to assist home and property owners in preventing urban wildfires through vegetation management and education. Since then other areas of the state have considered setting up their own districts.  For the past 10 years, the WPAD has successfully reduced the risk of wildfires in our fire-prone Oakland Hills through:

    • Goat grazing to clear excess brush and weeds
    • Maintaining firebreaks so fire cannot spread
    • Fire patrols on high fire danger days
    • Roadside mowing
    • Dead tree removal
    • Brush cutting to clear emergency escape routes
    • Free chipping/removal of branches and brush debris for residents in the Wildfire Prevention District

    Keep Oakland Firesafe 2013 is a grassroots campaign to renew Oakland's Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) before it sunsets in 2014. If anyone questions the value of this district, please consider the videos on this website.  Or ask the neighbors on Castle Road about the July 4th fire in Joaquin Miller Park.  When the sparks from the Girl Scout Cabin ignited a nearby hill, only a meadow separated the fire from nearby eucalyptus trees and homes.  Luckily the goats had just been in that meadow and the fire was contained.  In 1991 the fire moved from the top of the North Hills across Hwy 13 in less than 25 minutes; vegetation management helps us slow down fires and contain them. It can be a matter of life or death.

    We anticipate the actual mail-in ballot for the Wildfire Prevention District will occur in November 2013. Meanwhile, there is a lot we have to do between now and then and we could use your support.

    For more info about how to help: 



    5. VOLUNTEER Opportunities



    animalvolunteerVolunteer for Oakland Animal Services oas logo

    Volunteers are essential to Oakland Animal Services (OAS). Not only do OAS volunteers benefit from a fun and rewarding experience, but they also significantly improve the lives of the shelter animals. Spending time with the animals, increasing adoptions by helping citizens find the right animal to join their family, and making new friends along the way, volunteers are a driving force behind OAS.

    Volunteers can train to work with:

    • Cats 
    • Dogs
    • Rabbits
    • The staff to assist with administrative tasks

    Volunteers learn skills for handling each type of animal and techniques for talking with the public about adoptions of them. 

    Learn more about volunteering here.


    Also, if you're interested in the animals themselves, click here to jump to our spotlight on this week's pet.




    Add 137 Years to Your Life:

    Become a Tour Guide at Camron-Stanford House

    Register Now icon 6-week (9 session) Tour Guide Training Program

    Starts Sunday, September 8

    Camron-Stanford House, Oakland's 1876 Victorian landmark house museum on Lake Merritt, is looking for enthusiastic, outgoing volunteers to become tour guides.  The museum is recruiting now for its 6-week, 9-session Tour Guide Training program which begins Sunday, September 8.  The course is held at Camron-Stanford House, located at 1418 Lakeside Drive (at 14th Street).  Most classes are on Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm, with 2 to 3 sessions scheduled for weekend mornings.  

    Cameron Standford


    The program will explore local history and architecture, the decorative arts and domestic life of the Victorian era, and garden history in conjunction with the museum's new Victorian Garden.  Tour Guide trainees will learn from experts everything needed to give tours of the beautiful Camron-Stanford House and garden to public, private and school groups.  No previous guide experience is necessary, but curiosity and a desire to share what you've learned are essential.  Prospective guides need to be comfortable with stairs and being on their feet for up to an hour.


    Cost: $40 for class materials + $35 one-year membership in the museum which comes with all the benefits of membership.  

    To apply: download the application at, complete and email it to Natasha Glushkoff at [email protected] or mail it to Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association, 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA  94612.  

    For more info: Natasha at 444-1876




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    Oakland Literacy Coalition - Fall Volunteer Training Series

    Tuesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 12, 4-7pm

    East Bay Community Foundation - James Irvine Conference Center 

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    The Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) is hosting a Volunteer Training Series for those interested in or currently working with pre-k through elementary age students. If you are a new volunteer looking for the right opportunity we are happy to share information about various tutoring programs and help match you to one that meets your interests and schedule!


    FREE Live Scan fingerprinting and TB testing will be available from 4-5pm both days.  Both are generally required before volunteers can be cleared to work with students. Please contact your volunteer organization for details or click here to learn more about OUSD's volunteer requirements. 


    NOTE: to receive a TB test you must be present on BOTH Tuesday and Thursday between 4:15 and 5pm.


    A light dinner will be offered before the training workshops from 5-7pm. 


    Workshops are led by experienced trainers and will cover topics including: working with English Language Learners, Literacy Tutoring 101, Conducting an Effective Read Aloud, and Building Comprehension & Vocabulary Skills!


    Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  


    For more info and to register, click here or contact Cassie Perham, OLC Program Manager, [email protected] or 899-7914





    org for health careCalifornia Health Insurance Exchange needs your help

    California's new health care program will start enrolling residents on October 1st. Volunteers are needed to inform residents about enrollment dates, where to go for information and sign-up.  


    Invited presenters will include: Health Services, NAACP, La Clinica and Organizing for Action, Volunteering for Oakland.  


    For more info:  [email protected]


    Success depends on a proactive, prepared volunteer outreach. Learn more about the California Health Insurance Exchange . 



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    Become a Volunteer Health Navigator

    Allen Temple Health and Social Services and the Robert C. Scott Wellness Center are seeking persons to join the Volunteer Health Navigation Team.  The navigators will provide education on the Affordable Care Act (also known as 'Obamacare'), healthcare coverage options, as well as assist in healthcare enrollment.  Volunteers will receive training and a certificate of completion.  A six-month commitment is requested.

    For more info: Raquel Cummings 544-975 or [email protected] 





    Have time on your hands? Interested in helping Oakland teens succeed?
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    WriterCoach Connection takes teams of trained community volunteers into public school English classes to work with students on their classroom writing assignments. We believe one-on-one feedback from caring adults helps students develop their ideas and become confident and competent writers. Our two-part volunteer trainings provide strategies and practice to work effectively with students at all levels of achievement and all stages of the writing process. Writer Coach Cx foto2


    In Oakland we coach at Fremont High School in the Fruitvale and have recently expanded to Oakland School for the Arts. We have a great need for coaches, especially at Fremont High. The commitment is just 1-2 hours per week, 2-4 weeks each month during the school year.


    For more info: or Camille Graves, Oakland Volunteer Coordinator,[email protected] or 306-1792






    6.  Buy Oakland, Grow Our Local Economy

    This week the White House is getting solar panels and the Oakland company, Sungevity is installing them!  Personally, I am not surprised.  The President can lease the panels and put no money down, and the energy savings is often about the same amount as your current bill.  Best of all you can get a quick estimate on line; the Sungevity experts use Google maps to look a your roof.
    Sungevity was just named by Forbes as one of the companies "Best for the World" for their good for the world policies and good business model.
    Right now if you sign up with Sungevity, they will give the Sierra Club $750.  They will also give you a gift card for the same amount.  Founder Danny Kennedy is a big Oakland booster.  He started with 50 employees here and now has over 300 in Oakland alone as they have become one of the fastest growing solar companies in the nation.  
    He has turned their headquarters at Jack London Square into a big incubator for solar start ups.  One of the most successful is Mosaic, a company that helps investors put money into solar projects for non-profits and get a decent yield.  51 investors just put $40K into solar on the Youth Employment Partnership (YEP) roof and are making a 6.38% yield.  YEP is the group that administers many of our Mayor's Summer Jobs Program internships.  Talk about a good investment in Oakland!



    7.  JOBS, BUSINESS & TRAINING Opportunities

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    ELEV8 Youth Program AmeriCorps positions available

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


    Safe Passages is still looking for 14 individuals committed to community service. We have 14 AmeriCorps positions available for talented individuals interested in working with students k-12 grade in Oakland schools. These positions are great for people interested in education, social work or social justice. These positions are also ideal for people who are completing or have completed a BA degree and are considering graduate school. To date, the Safe Passages Elev8 AmeriCorps program has provided over 90 Members with the opportunity of a lifetime, and many of them have gone off to graduate programs in safe passages logo education, social work, medicine and science.


    For more info:  



    8.  GREENING Oakland



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    Friends of Sausal Creek Events

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


    Marj Saunders Park Monthly Cleanup, Monday, September 2, 11am-1pm, Marj Saunders Park (Chelton at Ascot Drive by the painted rock).
    Clean-up litter, remove graffiti, remove invasive non-native species such as vinca and Cape ivy, and maintain the planted areas.
    For more info:  Elaine Hoffman at [email protected]





    Pollinate logo Introduction to Backyard Permaculture, Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8pm, Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Ave.

    Join Christopher Shein, author of The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem, for a discussion on how to increase the health and productivity of your garden or homestead while living lightly on the land.  

    For more info: 686-3493, [email protected] 



    Pruning Your Native Plants, a talk and demonstration by Jocelyn Cohen, Wednesday, September 18, 7pm, Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.
    During this presentation, you'll learn about the different forms of many native plants and how to bring out their best characteristics-and health-through proper pruning. 

    For more info: 501-3672, [email protected], or click here.




    merritt hort Merritt College Fall Harvest Plant Sale, Saturday, October. 5, 9am-3pm, and Sunday, October 6, STD starburst 12-3pm, Merritt College Horticulture Department, 12500 Campus Dr.
    Lots of diverse heirloom vegetables, rare fruits, California natives (including wildflowers and edibles), Australian ornamentals, succulents, salvias, and plants you won't find anywhere else.  Food, music, tours, and harvest basket contest.  


    For more info: 436-2418, 





    city cmty garden Need Somewhere to Grow Your Own Garden?

    Oakland Parks and Rec offers 23 sites with youth gardening facilities, including at most of their recreation centers -- please visit your local center today to see how you can help show kids the value of organic gardening!


    To apply for space in one of OPR's 10 rental plot community gardens, contact the program director Peter Collier to see if space is available.  If you would like to join a garden's waiting list (or also pay for a plot if space is available), review the rules and regulations and complete, sign, and mail the registration form to Oakland Parks and Recreation, 568 Belleview Ave, Oakland CA 94610.  Tey'll contact you when space is available. 


    For more info: Peter Collier at 238-2197 or [email protected] 

    Rules and Regulations here. 

    Click here for a registration form. 




    9. 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.





    OUSD Board of Education - Regular Meeting, Wednesday, September 11, 5-11:30pm, The Great Room, La Escuelita Education Center, 1050 2nd Ave.




    OUSD Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair, Wednesday, September 11, 5-8pm, Laney College Student Center (corner of Fallon & 10th St.) - 900 Fallon St. 
    The HBCU Fair is an exciting opportunity for high school students to meet actual admissions officers-not just college representatives-from HBCU's across the country, and to learn about degree programs and scholarships. Current 12th graders can even be considered for "on-the-spot" admissions and financial aid packages with some schools. Students are highly encouraged to dress professionally and to bring copies of their transcripts.

    Click here for more info. 



    2013-2014 Girl's Rite of Passage Program Open House & Orientation, Saturday September 28, 10am, Room C215, Allen Temple Family Life Center Building


    For teen girls aged 11-16 & their parents


    GROPP is a primary prevention educational program designed to mitigate the risks of teen girls falling victim to human trafficking. Our mission is to provide a program that enables transformed thinking and behavior, and to empower youth with the tools to develop a strong sense of self and an understanding or their intrinsic value as human beings.


    The goal of the program is to teach participants to:

    • Always carefully weigh their choices
    • Always be analytical in the decisions they make & with whom they associate
    • Always strongly consider the many possible outcomes and long-term effects that decisions and choices can have on their lives, and
    • Always accept responsibility for their own behavior

    Classes begin Saturday, October 26.


    For more info: [email protected] , 469-3843, or 





    metwest intern Can You Give an Internship to an Oakland High School Student? 

    Internship Options Fairs: 

    Tuesday, September 17 & Thursday, September 19 


    Students at MetWest High School participate in Linked Leaning, which requires them to get practical work experience through internships. MetWest students are beginning to search for their internships for this academic year. To support students' search process, MetWest is inviting representatives from all businesses and nonprofit groups interested in hosting a MetWest intern to attend one of ouInternship Options Fairs: Tuesday, September 17 & Thursday, September 19, from 9am to 12noon.


    If you are interested in coming to a fair, please Click here to RSVP. 


    Read a one page description of our Learning Through Internship program. 

    If you would like to host an intern but can't make it to a fair, please sign up on our "interested sites" list by clicking here or emailing our Learning Through Internship Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions you have.  






    Back to school time go to school

    Direct from OUSD --

    Click here to jump to the top of the newsletter to see the video.


    "The start of [public] school in Oakland (August 26) is less than three weeks away! Our Back-to-School push is in full swing and attendance-as always-is a big concern.


    "This year, instead of writing another boring parent letter about the importance of having your child in school every day, we figured we'd do something different. The result is this music video "I'm an Oakland school kid" featuring OUSD students and Oakland Tech alumnus Marshawn "Beastmode" Lynch, star running back for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks."




    Parents: Apply for the Free Lunch Program Online!

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Parents and guardians of all OUSD students are encouraged to apply. Not only could your child qualify for reduced-price or free meals, but his or her school could receive much needed Title I funding as a result. 

    Click here for more info and to access the online application.  There is no deadline for applying, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you need help with this form, call Nutrition Services at 879-8345. 

    If you'd like more information about programs that provide free food in Alameda County, click here.





    mamma miaSing-along Cinemas - Mamma Mia!,
     Thursday, September 12, Sundown, Jack London Square, Ferry Lawn. 
    Come out and join in the fun with an outdoor sing-along movie. Enjoy the movie Mama Mia with the theatrical antics of Barely Legal, as they sing and dance along with the movie. Come dressed as the theme of the movie and be prepared to sing with your favorite songs. Movies begin at sundown, so be sure to make reservations at your favorite Jack London Square restaurant, or visit our quick-casual eateries and make a picnic. 



    2nd Annual Delilah Beasley Tea, Saturday, September 14, 2-4pm, Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St.  Pardee Home Museum
    Progressive Oakland Women for Empowerment and Reform (P.O.W.E.R.) invite you to the 2nd Annual Ms. Delilah Beasley Tea (tea and an assortment of pastries & sweets & goodies) at the Pardee Home Museum.  

    Cost: $15 per person (under 18 - free)

    For reservations: 444-2159 or [email protected] 

    For more info: 




    jazz claire  
    Jazz at the Chimes - featuring Vocalist Clairdee, Sunday, September 15, 2pm, Chapel of the Chimes; 4499 Piedmont Ave.  Jazz at the Chimes presents vocalist Clairdee in a concert entitled "Something to Live For: A Love Letter to Lena Horne." Captivating jazz vocalist Clairdee presents a loving tribute to Ms. Lena Horne. With personal reflections, historical facts, and luminous musical arrangements, Clairdee delivers a moving artistic expression of songs performed and recorded by Ms. Horne from Harlem to Hollywood and beyond. Her all-star rhythm section includes pianist and musical director Ken French, bassist Doug Miller and drummer Jim Zimmerman.

    TICKETS: $15 general; $10 seniors (60+) and students - for concert and reception.  Plenty of free parking. 

    Purchase tickets at the door. Cash only.

    Ticket sales begin at 12:30pm; Doors open 1:30pm. Limited seating!

    For more info: [email protected], 654-0123, 




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    Comedienne Tina Kim, 1 night only, September 14, 8pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290.
    For adults (18 and over) only. Doors open at 7pm for the general public.

    Tickets: $20 regular seating; $40 VIP seating includes preferred seating, early entry

    at 6pm, meet and greet reception with Tina Kim, free food and two drinks.

    For more info: 



    12 angry jurors 12 Angry Jurors,
    September 19-22, 7pm, and September 21 and 22, 2pm, OSA BlackBox Theatre, OSA, 530 18th St. 
    Start the 2013-2014 Performance Season by seeing the OSA Theatre's first production: 12 Angry Jurors. Eleven jurors are convinced the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one person steer the others to the same conclusion? It's a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his own father. Set in a 1956 and 2013 courtroom, the play examines themes of justice, prejudice, doubt, class, and anonymity. Just how far have we come, if at all?

    Cost: $12 Adults/$7 Students

    Tickets on sale at 


    CA canoe kayak  
    Moonlight Kayaking, Saturday, September 21, 6pm, California Canoe & Kayak, 409 Water St, Jack London Square.
    It is a full moon and moonlight paddling is enchanting!  

    For more info:  or 893.7833




    Eat Real Festival, September 27-29, Friday 1-9pm, Saturday 10:30am-9pm, Sunday 10:30-5pm, throughout Jack London Square.
    Eat Real combines a state fair, a street food festival and a block party to celebrate good times and fresh, local food. Free entry and no food item costs more than $5.00 - all food includes local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

    For more info: or 250-7811







    6th Annual Oaktoberfest in the Dimond, Saturday, October 5, 11am-6pm.

    4 blocks of fun branching out from the intersection of

    Fruitvale Ave. and MacArthur Blvd.

    Oaktoberfest in the Dimond returns for its 6th year of fun, community-building, and festivities. This event is FREE to the public. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan taps the first keg at 10:45 am in a traditional Munich style Oktoberfest kick off. Highlights include:

    • oaktoberfest 1013 the Bill Brand Biergarten (at Fruitvale Ave. and MacArthur Blvd.) with 20 local craft breweries;
    • the Mad Zymurgist Homebrew Competition hosted in the HopTech Homebrewers' Alley; 
    • the Family-Friendly Rootbier Garten;
    • the Wells Fargo Bank Family Stage filled with fun for the entire family; 
    • the Main Stage with traditional German and modern Oakland entertainment; and 
    • plenty of food and vendor booths in-between, including beer-food pairings, German inspired artisan entrees, cooking demos, alongside traditional favorites to satisfy everyone.

    Plan your weekend around this great Community Festival - with all proceeds benefiting neighborhood improvement.  

    Tickets on sale at 

    Volunteers always welcome! 

    For more info, to volunteer, sponsor, vend, or advertise: or 452-7392




    Bookmark banner Friends of the Oakland Public Library Fall Book Sale, Friday thru Sunday, October 11-13, 10:30am-5:30pm, 721 Washington St. (in Old Oakland, near 12th Street BART Station).


    The Friends of the Oakland Public Library's Bookmark Bookstore is having its semi-annual sale event.  Most of the store's 17,000 quality used books, donated by individuals and estates, are regularly priced at $3-$6.  With these great discounts customers will save even more while supporting the Oakland Public Library.    

    • 30% off - Friday, October 11
    • 40% off - Saturday, October 12
    • 50% off - Sunday, October 13

    FOPL members receive 50% off on "Members' First Choice" Sale Day, Thursday, October 10. Anyone may join FOPL on the day of the sale and receive the discount.  Annual membership starts at $25 ($15 for full-time student/senior 65+). 

    For more info: and 




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    Oakland Makers' East Bay Mini Maker Fair, Sunday, October 20, 10am-5pm, Park Day School, 360 42nd St. and Studio One Art Center, 365 45th St. 


    Featuring both established and emerging local "makers," the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration coming to Oakland for its third year on Sunday, October 20, 2012.  It will feature rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

    Click here for more info. 







    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?

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

    Art Murmur SAT Stroll logo


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





    First Thursday Art Walk, Every First Thursday of the Month, 6-9pm, Grand Avenue from LakePark to Piedmont border.
    The Grand Avenue Business District hosts a monthly art event with special discounts from merchants and galleries. 

    For more info, click here.

    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:  




    EMBRACE the Dimond District, every 3rd Thursday, 5pm, corner of Dimond & MacArthur Blvd.
    Join your friends, family and neighbors to EMBRACE the Dimond District every 3rd Thursday of the month. Starting at 5pm, come out to the Dimond to have a bite to eat, a cup of coffee, or to just stroll around!  This monthly event is organized by the Dimond Business and Professional Association (DB&PA), and has a different theme each month.  The "PREMIRE" August 15th will be all about art:

    Sidewalk Art Contest for ALL!

    • Many featured local artist and craftsmen
    • A fantastically fun kids' zone
    • Get the super secret "WORD" for 3rd Thursday merchant specials!
    • Community organizers will also be present to answer all your questions

    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:  





    Waterfront Flicks some Thursdays, at sundown, Market Lawn at Jack London Square. 

    Enjoy a free screening on the beautiful waterfront. Moviegoers should arrive early with blankets in-hand for pre-film festivities including small eats, beer, trivia and giveaways. 

    For more info:



    Movies at Studio One, Fridays, 8:15 pm, Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street. 
    Enjoy a free screening of recent movies. 

    For more info: 597-5027



    movies 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.  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: Breht Clark, Recreation Center Director, [email protected] or 482-7827

    For the summer schedule, click here.

    Laurel Outdoor Movie Series laurel movies

    Last Saturday of the month, June thru October, 8pm 

    Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothes, held in the Ace Hardware Parking Lot (4024 MacArthur Blvd). Sponsored by Movement Ink, Ace Hardware, the LDA and various Laurel merchants each month.

    July 27 -- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (PG-13)

    August 31 -- Good Hair w/ Chris Rock (PG-13)

    September 28 -- Wall-E (PG)

    October 26 -- Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) and Shaun of the Dead (R for adults only)



    Red Oak Realty Outdoor Movie Night in Montclair.

    red oak movies summer 2013

    Third Saturday's of the month: July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, 6450 Moraga Ave. Doors open at 6:30, movies start at 7pm.  4 nights this summer, a movie will be projected onto a 26' screen on the side of Red Oak's Moraga Avenue office. All are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the parking lot for a free outdoor movie complete with popcorn and previews. 


    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.




    Girls' Sports Days at Oakland Parks & Rec

    For more info: Coach Love, 535-5608 or [email protected] 





    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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] 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: