September 23, 2013
Vol 3, Issue 39 

Take A Fresh Look  

at Oakland

News from Mayor Jean Quan

& Friends


Members of the 167th Oakland Police Academy

Second Academy This Year Hits the Streets

This week the 167th Police Academy hits the streets undergoing community orientation.  Last night I joined them at a West Oakland Church where they met members of the clergy and today they will be visiting community organizations throughout the city.

This is part of a change in training and police reorganization aimed at strengthening ties to the community.     (R)Councilwoman McElhaney talks with the new officers.


  The classes we have recruited since I have been Mayor continue to be more diverse than in the past with more women, bilingual and candidates of color.  This class is half minority, over 40 percent bilingual.  The number of Oakland residents applying is still just over 10 percent.


(L) This is my favorite photo from the graduation.  Retired Captain Meeks pinned the badge on his daughter Ja-Ney Lorraine Meeks and then saluted.

More Academy Graduation Photos Here on FaceBook


   With 4 more academies funded, we are constantly recruiting. Please help us recruit more Oakland residents:  




The Rhythm section in the Right Field Bleachers.  Thanks guys for the invite to sit with you last week. 


 Join Us for a Playoff Rally to Support the Oakland Athletics

Tuesday, October 1st,  5 pm

Oakland City Hall Plaza, 14th & Broadway


Wear Your Green and Gold!! 


 We're coordinating with the Oakland Athletics to organize a rally right before first playoff game.  Let's show Major League Baseball what we all know: East Bay fans are the best fans in the nation!


Let's Go Oakland! 




Members of the Workforce Investment Board staff, developer Phil Tagami, Assistant City Manager Fred Blackwell, Building Trades leader Andreas Cluver, Councilwoman McElhaney, and labor consultant Jake Sloan gather to witness Mayor Quan sign the Project Labor Agreement for the Army Base Port Project.  


 Project Labor Agreement Key for Local Hire 


   This week I signed an agreement between the City and the Building Trades Council agreeing to terms of work on the Port expansion at the old Oakland Army Base.  We expect to break ground next month in time to secure over $250 M in state and federal funding. Because of previous delays the City has taken the lead on the work.  Half of the jobs on this project will go to Oakland residents.  During the next years we will be working closely with trade unions to recruit residents for pre-apprenticeships and logistics jobs.  Oakland residents can go to these sites for more information:




Mayor speaking at recent forum about Covered California, the state Obamacare program. 
Covered California Expects to Enroll over 2 M in Health Insurance Plans 
On October 1st Covered California --the California Program for health insurance--starts taking enrollments; coverage starts January 1, 2014.  There is going to a lot of hype but here are a few basic things to know:
  • The cost of the insurance programs are generally lower than expected.
  • Even if you have health insurance you may still save money through tax credits.
  • If you are low income you may qualify for financial assistance 
  • You will be able to compare programs. 

The Mayor with Oakland Tech students taking the pledge not to text while driving.

It Can Wait - texting and driving

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Texting while driving is a significant social hazard that is nonetheless often dismissed as innocuous, casual behavior. It causes collisions, serious injuries and death, despite being absolutely and easily avoidable. Hoping to combat this trend in an accessible way, Oakland and Berkeley are competing to see whose town can get more people to take a "no texting while driving" pledge. This is a local launch for the national It Can Wait campaign, which has gathered 2.5 million pledges and a Werner Herzog-directed documentary called "From One Second to the Next" (with more than 2 million views on YouTube).


Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and I held a press conference on Tuesday to launch the competition. Challenge participants in competing cities use a short code to text in their pledge. Oakland residents should text "icwOAK" (Oakland) to 464329# from their mobile device to take the pledge and be counted. Due to city population sizes, four pledges from Oakland equal one from Berkeley.  


The It Can Wait movement is making a difference. One-in-three people who've seen the texting while driving message say they've changed their driving habits. The campaign has inspired more than 2.5 million pledges never to text while driving. 


A ConnectSafely.org2 survey found that individuals who speak up can have a profound impact, particularly on teens.

  • 78% of teen drivers say they're likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid.
  • 90% say they'd stop if a friend in the car asked them to.
  • 93% would stop if a parent in the car asked them to.
  • 44% say that they would be thankful if a passenger complained about texting while driving. 

To take the pledge and get more info: 



Mayor Jean Quan 






- Volunteer for Oaktoberfest 

- MacArthur BART construction begins 

- Hella Hack Oakland -- this weekend 

- CeaseFire Walk -- Friday evening  

- Some cool upcoming events


...and don't forget to check out the items in the sidebar at right!



Sundays in the Redwoods Concerts Continue This Sunday 



Sundays thru October 13

Woodminster Amphitheater

3300 Joaquin Miller Rd.

Doors open at 1pm; concerts begin at 2pm


 This Sunday, we are hosting a great line-up at the Joaquin Miller Woodnminster Amphitheater:


BOBBY CALDWELL:  Known for live performances, drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs..he is know for his song "What You Won't Do for Love." 


RIC ALEXANDER:  A local favorite, Ric recently performed six sold out shows at Yoshi's - Oakland with Tony Toni Ton'e.


VALERIE TROUT:  A Laurel resident, Valerie can sing! 


SKYLINE JAZZ BAND:  Many professional artists have emerged from Skyline's music program over the decades, hear them here first!  




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; the last two concerts were SOLD OUT quickly.  Limited tickets for this Sunday are the only tickets left for the series. 





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  SOLD OUT


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






Please Take the OPD Survey
The Oakland Police Department is dedicated to enhancing public safety through community policing strategies. We believe that an active and invested community is essential to the success of our mission, which is to provide the people of Oakland an environment where they can live, work, play and thrive free from crime and the fear of crime. 
We believe that our dedication to community policing should be evident both in our everyday interactions with the public and in the crime strategies and police policies we create, develop and use. Creating policies and strategies that are citizen-informed and building relationships of trust between officers and community members are priorities for us. 

The heart of community policing is collaboration. To know whether our efforts are successful, we need to hear from you.

Please take a moment to take a brief survey regarding your personal satisfaction with the Oakland Police Department.




Champ for Children run 1013


Champions for Children 2013 5K Walk & Run
Saturday, October 26
Register starting 8am for 9am start. Lake Merritt. Start at the Edoff Memorial Bandstand in Lakeside Park (behind Fairyland).  


Register online at  or call 836-5100.  


To raise funds and awareness for programs that serve students at under-resourced schools in Oakland, Faith Network of the East Bay will host its third annual 5K Walk/Run. The kick off program will feature the Skyline High School Jazz Band plus calls to action from OUSD school officials, community leaders and volunteers. 


Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers, and best runner times. 


60% of Oakland's 3rd graders read below grade level. The seeds of dropping out are sown long before students reach their teen years.  Rather than curse the darkness, we can... we must light candles of hope. Hope for children NOW.  Join with people of goodwill throughout the East Bay to make strides for students! 


Faith Network is a collaboration of community-based organizations, individuals, businesses, educators and civic leaders mobilized to invest their time and other resources to improve the whole health of children and families of the East Bay. Faith Network's three targeted programs focus on advancing student achievement and nurturing our children:


Succeeding by Reading deploys trained volunteers to work one-on-one with 2nd and 3rd graders who are referred by their teachers;

Science Horizons gives disadvantaged 4th and 5th graders a unique hands-on learning experience of the natural sciences and promotes good stewardship of the environment; Health4Kids helps make it possible for some 2,000 low-income students to receive adequate nutrition on weekends.


For more info about Faith Network of the East Bay:  


Champ for Children run last year
The 2012 walkers and runners


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In This Issue
1. Discover Oakland This Week
3. Community Policing
4. Peace-Building in Oakland
5. The TECH Side of Oakland
6. Safe & Healthy Oakland
7. VOLUNTEER Opportunities
8. JOBS, Business, & Training
9. GREENING Oakland
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11. UPCOMING Events
12. RECURRING Events
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    New police academy graduates join Oakland Police Department 

    Jason Paladino & Yolanda Martinez 

    Oakland North, September 24, 2013 

    Oakland rookies 'ordinary people' in extraordinary roles

    Chip Johnson, Chronicle
    September 23, 2013


    Oakland Pushes Back Against State Gun Laws 

    Lydia O'Connor, Huffington Post

    Sept. 18, 2013


    Oaklanders worry redistricting will lead to imbalance during elections 

    Becca Andrews, Oakland North

    Sept. 15, 2013


    Bay Area cities, counties granted millions to hire more police officers 


    Sept. 17, 2013


    Oakland opens road show to sing the city's praises 

    Will Kane, SF Chronicle

    Sept. 19, 2013


    Oakland airport connector one year away from completion 

    Eric Young, SF Business Times

    Sept. 16, 2013


    Oakland Tries Experimental Bicycle Pathway 


    Sept. 18, 2013




    Covered California targets uninsured Hispanic, Asian American communities in Oakland 

    Jennifer Chaussee, Oakland North

    Sept. 12, 2013


    Paraplegic founder of violence intervention program honored 


    Sept. 12, 2013


    Citywise: Judge's ruling could fast track East Oakland crematorium 

    By Matthew Artz, Matt O'Brien, Rebecca Parr and Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune

    Sept. 13, 2013


     Cyclists, pedestrians jam new Bay Bridge path 

    Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle

    Sept. 15, 2013


    Community Organizations Come Together to Preserve Black Oakland Landmark 

    C Daniel Baker, Black Enterprise

    Sept. 18, 2013





    The Hidden Genius Project teaches coding and confidence to young men of color in Oakland 

    Jennifer White, Oakland Local

    Sept. 17, 2013


    Shipping veteran seeking to revive Port of Oakland 

    Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune

    Sept. 15, 2013


    Oakland solar company Mosaic crowdsources the sun 

    Dana Hull, Mercury News

    Sept. 16, 2013


    Bridge Housing starts first housing project at MacArthur BART 

    Blanca Torres, SF Business Times

    Sept. 13, 2013





    An Oakland-Grown Music Festival 

    Whitney Phaneuf, East Bay Express

    Sept. 18, 2013


    Oakland: Children's art museum undergoing a makeover at new Uptown location 

    Emily G. Constance, Oakland Tribune

    Sept. 17, 2013


    Letting in the beauty amid the urban noise 

    Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle

    Sept. 13, 2013





    Victory Burger in Oakland: Grill with local focus 

    Stacy Finz, SF Chronicle

    Sept. 12, 2013


    Slicer Pizzeria opens in Oakland 

     Paolo LucchesI, InsideScoop

    Sept. 12, 2013


    Scarecrow Popcorn Serves Up the Chicago Mix 

    Luke Tsai, East Bay Express

    Sept. 11, 2013




    true burger logo
    146 Grand Avenue 
    Oakland, CA 94612 

    TrueBurger named  
    one of the top 10  
    burger joints
    in the US
    true burger


    Gayot has named a local Oakland burger joint as one of the top 10 burger spots in the nation. Here's what they said:


    Trueburger in Oakland boasts "fast food done right," with no preservatives, trans fats or additives, and an impressive cost-flavor ratio. Beef is ground fresh daily; burgers are cooked to order, with default toppings of garlic sauce, lettuce and tomato (pickles and onions optional).  


    Click here to see the list of all 10 burger places. 



    PET SPOTLIGHTpetspotlite
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    Meet Ruthie, a Gentle Soul and Volunteer Favorite


    This month OAS is featuring Ruthie, a pit bull terrier mix with a gentle soul and loving personality. Ruthie is seven years old and came to the shelter as a stray. She also may be able to live with a cat! Ruthie is a sponsored dog, which means that a generous donor has covered her adoption costs. OAS is hoping that Ruthie, who is a volunteer favorite, can find a fantastic forever home. Learn more about Ruthie here.


    Like OAS on Facebook.


    Oakland Animal Services

    1101 29th Ave.





    cox heroes
    5th Annual
    Cox Conserves Heroes

    last chance

    Last Chance to Vote for Oakland Resident, Karen Paulsell


    Karen Paulsell



    You have until 5pm on Saturday, September 26 to vote for Oakland's own volunteer Karen Paulsell -- native plant expert, creek restoration adviser, and trail map maker extraordinaire. Click here to view the stories of the 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes Bay Area award finalists ... and vote for Karen!


    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.  



    VOLUNTEER Opportunity


    O Parks Coalition logo


    OPC Needs Your Help to Survey Parks


    Saturday, October 5


    Start at the Garden Center in Lakeside Park 

    (666 Bellevue Ave.)



    Oakland Parks Coalition is conducting its 8th annual Love Your Parks Day survey Saturday, October 5, 8:30am-12noon and we need the help of citizens concerned about the viability of their parks.  This survey of park conditions is used in the OPC annual report to City Council to assess budgeting for park needs. 


    We need team drivers but will be glad to team you up if you don't have a car so please join us at the Garden Center in Lakeside Park (666 Bellevue) where we will train you before assigning your team 3-6 Oakland Parks to survey. If you have a smart phone or a camera, please bring them with you. High school students are especially welcome and will receive community service credit. 


    Visit our website to see last year's report. Send us your questions and RSVP to let us know you are coming.  


    For more info and to RSVP, click here.

    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.



    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

     or 250-7811 




    pardee house ghostsGhost Investigation, Saturday September 28, 7pm-12am, Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St. 
    Karen Zimmerman, a professional ghost investigator and author, and her fellow investigators will lead a series of searches for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. This time there will be a spirit circle conducted by Linda Grindel, a fifth-generation psychic medium.  Oakland's Pardee Home Museum is one of California's greatest architectural and historical treasures. From the outside, the beauty of the house and gardens is striking enough -- but once you get inside, you'll be astonished by the unique interiors and artifacts from around the world. And you'll discover its outstanding historical importance as the home of two California Governors.

    Click here for more info. 




    100,000 Poets & Musicians for Change, Saturday, September 28, 6:30pm, Mosswood Park Rec Center, 3621 Webster St.
    Thousands of global events will bring communities together for environmental, social and political change to win peace and sustainability. Open mike.$5 donation requested. 


    For more info: 201-349-8576




    DavieFest: an Oakland Tennis Benefit, Saturday,September 28, daviefest
    Davie Tennis Stadium, 198 Oak Road.   Brad Gilbert returns to his home ground of Davie Tennis Stadium in Oakland  to headline DavieFest.  Net proceeds from the day will be used to upgrade Oakland's tennis facilities in preparation for 2014 National Public Parks Tennis Championship, as well as fund free tennis programs for underserved Oakland youth in honor and memory of Mark Manning, long-time East Oakland tennis coach. The highlight of Daviefest will be a 12:30 exhibition featuring Brad Gilbert and former World #6 and Olympic silver medalist Wayne Ferreira. Tennis players will also have a chance to bid on-line ( for a fifteen minute hitting session with Brad or take part in a Brad Gilbert coached doubles clinic.

    Cost: $25 general admission

    For more info:  or Marc Weinstein, City of Oakland, Director of Tennis, 415-271-8009




    f of MtC libraryFriends of the Montclair Library Fall Book Sale, Saturday, September 28, 10:30am-3pm, Montclair Branch Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd. 

    Choose from an excellent selection of gently-used books. Find great deals all day and fill-a-bag discounts after 2pm. All proceeds directly benefit the Montclair branch of the Oakland Public Library.

    For more info click here. 


    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: 




    Celebrating Senior Center Month, Friday, September 27, 9am-3pm, Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Ave. 
    The Downtown Oakland Senior Center will host a day full of free classes and activities for seniors. Classes range from Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga and Feldenkreis to writing, bridge and current event discussions. 

    For more info: Jennifer King, Senior Center Director, or 238-3284



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    Board Game Days,
    Every Wednesday, 11am-4:30pm, Hall 2, Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Ave.  

    Join others in rousing board games including Monopoly, Scrabble, Boggle and many more. 

    For more info: Jennifer King, Senior Center Director, or 238-3284 



    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 standingSaturday 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 

    This ride now includes a trek over the Bay Bridge.





    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 



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    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 




    Free Saturday Afternoon Dance,  
    September 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: 



    steppin dance  
    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, or 615-5959 




    dancing under the stars
    Dancing Under the Stars, 
    Friday evenings, 8:30-10pm, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway.  

    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.


    Piedmont Piano Company Concert Series, 1728 San Pablo Ave. Piedmont Piano exterior

    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. Here's a list of some upcoming concerts:


    Saturday, 9/28 - Diane Witherspoon in Concert with The Billy Higgins Legacy Band

    Sunday, 9/29 - John Lester "Jazz?" Quartet featuring Michael Wolff


    Costs vary, but typically range from $15 to $25

    For more info: 






    Laurel Outdoor Movie Serieslaurel 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.

    September 28 -- Wall-E (PG)

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


    For more info: 



    moviesMovie Night at Redwood Heights Rec Center, 

    Friday, September 27, 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. 

    Free screening of "Paranorman"


    For more info: Breht Clark, Recreation Center Director, or 482-7827

    For the 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: 



    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 

    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: Award-winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages.




    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. 


    ZooKids: Some Like it Wet: Rainforest Animals, Saturday, October 5, 9:30am - 12:00pm

    What is wet, dark, and green all over? The Rainforest, that's what! Explore the many layers of the rainforest, learn about the amazing diversity of the millions of animals and plants that call them home, and understand how you can help protect them.

    Click here for more info.





    10000 Skyline Blvd.  

    For more info, click here.

    date night sky Snuggle Up and Marvel at the Night Sky, Friday, September 27, 8:30- 10pm.

    Grab your sweetie and snuggle up as you lie on the grass and enjoy Chabot's best-kept secret - Star Stories. Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology and history behind the constellations and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky. During the evening wine, beer and hot cocoa will be served. Dinner can be purchased in the Space Café. Includes admission for two to the museum. Arrive early and enjoy access to museum exhibitions and planetarium shows.



    Comet Workshop, Saturday, September 28, 2:30-3:30pm. comet

    Come learn all about the latest news on comet ISON, headed towards the Sun and potentially visible in the fall and early winter! Resident comet experts will lead you through the ins and outs of comets and you'll get a chance to make a real comet yourself!



    Stacking the Space Shuttle, Saturday, September 28, 7:30-8:15pm stacking shuttle

    On our quest to land astronauts on Earth's moon we built the most massive and most powerful rockets to reach our goal. Assembling such vehicles require a specialized building where it all comes together. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) was built for this purpose. The architects and engineers of the Apollo Program designed the VAB with plenty of built-in adaptability to fit the bill for America's three decade long Space Shuttle program, as well. To the aerospace industry, the term "stacking a rocket" is used to describe the indoor process of final assembly of all the stages, payload and components that make up a launch vehicle. In this presentation, you will see the various steps taken to stack a typical Space Shuttle prior to its launch.



    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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    At the Oakland Museum,
     1000 Oak Street 

    For more info: 



    omca lgbt Tour: LGBT History, Friday, September 27, 7:30pm.

    Celebrate Oakland Pride Month during Friday Nights @ OMCA with an LGBT History Tour in the Gallery of California History, led by an OMCA Docent. Discover historic LGBT artifacts and explore the stories behind California's vibrant, diverse LGBT culture. Take a trip through LGBT history, including the rise of sexual identity questioning in the early 20th century, and the gay liberation movement during San Francisco's Beat and hippie eras. Hear stories from LGBT lives, and share your own experiences.

    Meet at entrance to History Gallery. 

    Included with Museum admission. Free to OMCA Members. 

    Click here for more info.


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    The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de Los Muertos 2013, Wednesday, October 9 through
    Sunday, December 8, Various Hours.
    The museum's 19th annual Days of the Dead exhibition features installations by guest artists fusing the themes of life, death and remembrance with ecology. Topics explored include empathy, knowledge and habitat and species loss, conservation and restoration.




    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.  






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    Warehouse 416 & Refined Arts present Town Business State of the Art Hustle. 

    A group exhibition exploring the current state of the Oakland Art Market, as represented by creative entrepreneurship of emerging artists. Learn more about this exhibition at

    The Opening reception was last Saturday, but there is also a First Friday reception: Friday, October 4th 6-10pm, featuring Scrivani Productions Handcrafted Cocktail Bar.

    Gallery Hours: Saturday, 1-5pm

    Artists: Ralph Carlile Browne, Nancy Cato, Erin Crawford, Lauren Crew, Gregorio de Masi, Unity Lewis, Andy Littlefield, Adam Mitchell, Dough Rhodes, Danielle Schnur, Dominic Treatunice Villeda




    ART Exhibits at Oakland City Hall

    Liz Caruana Photography  LCP artshow

    Oakland City Hall is hosting award winning fashion photographer Liz Caruana's solo portrait show The last chance Bay: Creators Of Style through September 30.  The Bay: Creators of Style is a photographic study of independent clothing, jewelry, handbag, and hat designer community.  This cross-section of 48 companies represent the best and and most well known names in haute couture and ready to wear. 


    Regarding this series, Caruana states "The Bay Area has such talented designers, I wanted to share who these created forces were and reveal the faces behind the brands."




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    SFMOMA Acoustic Sound Art Installation Hosted in Frank Ogawa Plaza through Sunday, November 17, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza will host "Occasional Music," a sound installation by Oakland-based Zarouhie Abdalian. 

    Beginning in early September, brass bells are programmed to ring simultaneously at a specified time each day from rooftops in and around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. For several minutes, each bell will play a randomized rhythmic structure of accelerandi and ritardandos that will sound different each time. The installation is part of SFMOMA On The Go program that has the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosting exhibitions at various locations throughout the Bay Area while the museum is closed for construction. The project will commence with a press preview of the sound installation on Tuesday, September 10. The time of the once-a-day pealing of the bells will vary. The complete schedule will be posted here and available in Oakland City Hall shortly. The installation was developed in coordination with the Oakland Public Art Program. 


    For more info: Steven Huss, Cultural Arts Manager, or 238-4949 or Kristen Zaremba, Senior Public Art Project Manager, or 238-2155 or 




    last chance ART Exhibits at Oakland Public Libraries

    Out of the Garden, Into the Wild, now thru September 28, Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero. 

    Sonia Tamez's watercolor landscapes.


    Lorraine Bruce, now thru September 28, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.  Landscapes, abstracts, and figures in various media.


    Is This Justice? Student Design Exhibit, Main Library, TeenZone, now thru September 30

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


    Oakland! 100 Years of Boosterism and Image-making, through October 31, Main Library, Oakland History Room, 125 14th St.  Learn the amazing story of how Oakland has gone from boom to bust to boom again.



    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.


    Library events page:




    Library Introduces Free Online Magazines

    The Oakland Public Library recently began providing Zinio, a digital magazine service, to patrons through its website. With this service, Library patrons can browse from a long list of popular and specialized magazines - Newsweek, Dwell, the Utne Reader, Esquire, Juxtapoz, Lowrider, Mother Jones, O, Yoga Journal and dozens more. 


    To use the service, go to their web page here and click on "Zinio for Libraries" under "Magazine & Journal Articles."   

    For more info: Tamar Kirschner, Collection Development Librarian, or 238-4704




    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:



    Affordable Health Care Act: Your Questions Answered, 
     every Wednesday through 2013, 1-4pm, Main Library, 125 14th Street.
    Come and learn about the Affordable Health Care Act. A certified enrollment counselor will be available to answer your questions and assist with the application process in the Main Library computer lab. 
    For more info: Mana Tominaga, Supervising Librarian, or 238-6611  
    Mural Workshop, Thursdays, 3:30-5pm, 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Ave.
    Join acclaimed muralist Lisa Nowlain in creating a mural for the branch's TeenZone. 

    For more info: 615-5812


    Library Movie Lounge, 
    Saturday, September 28, 1-5pm, Lakeview branch, 550 El Embarcadero.
    Come watch a movie on the big screen! Bring your pillow.


    Banned Book Week Read-Aloud, 
    Saturday, September 28, 2-3pm, César Chávez Branch, 3301 E 12th St
    Come hear books that have been banned around the country. We will read in both English and Spanish and for all ages.


    Family Dance Classes, Saturday, September 28, 1-2pm, 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Avenue (at Rudsdale).
    Fun family dance classes offered by MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) and Luna Dance

    Institute. Dance, Play, and have fun with your child! 


    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 




      Economy Lodge Sold After Neighbors Successful Close It for a Yearnull

    The Economy Lodge has been closed for nearly a year thanks to efforts by neighbors working with the City to close it as a nuisance to the community because of prostitution, especially the sexual exploitation of minors.

    The Court ruled that the motel be closed for year, this month a new owner has taken over the building.  He plans to put food retailers on the ground floor and offices above.  Last week I joined the neighbors, EBAYC and Oakland Community Organizations in celebration.

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    Visit O logo n wordsVisit Oakland Announces First Official Oakland Visitor Center and New Office Location in Jack London Square

    481 Water Street, Jack London Square 

    Hours: 9am-5pm

    Last week, Visit Oakland and the Mayor hosted the opening of the first official Oakland Visitor Center. The office is located at 481 Water Street, in front of the Waterfront Hotel (cross street is Washington Street).


    Mayor Quan welcomed the crowd and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce officially opened the location with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ribbon cutting, Alison Best, president & CEO of Visit Oakland, invited guests to tour the Visit Oakland offices and learn about the different opportunities to partner with the organization.



    City Seeks Citizen Input on Council Redistricting 

    City Council map

    On Thursday, October 3, the Rules and Legislation Committee of the Oakland City Council will review the staff report on the Council Redistricting process which began in June. The Oakland City Charter mandates the review of City Council District boundaries every 10 years to equalize each district's population according to U.S. Census data. 


    To view the reports, resolution and video of the Oakland City Council meeting on June 4 where the Council established the criteria to be used, click here.


    In July and September, a series of seven Redistricting Town Hall Meetings were held throughout Oakland. The three meetings in July educated the public about Redistricting while the four meetings in September presented 13 proposed maps, including 10 submitted by the public. Public input is encouraged and can be provided by: 


    Later in October, the City Council will begin holding public hearings to deliberate on the proposed redistricting maps. The Council is expected to make a final selection of the Council District boundaries in November. 


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


    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, or 238-3550 and 



    O estuary OPD Marine Unit Leads Oakland Estuary Enhancement Project Kick Off

    On August 29, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) Marine Unit, led by Officer Jim Gordon, teamed with multiple local law enforcement marine units to begin the Oakland Estuary Enhancement Project. Joining OPD on the project are the Alameda Police Department Harbor Patrol, the San Francisco Police Department Marine Unit, the Alameda County Sheriff's Marine Unit, the California Highway Patrol Marine Unit, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office Investigator, the California State Lands Commission and the California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle). 


    The Oakland Estuary Enhancement Project will identify and clear the Oakland Estuary of illegal and hazardous items, including abandoned private and commercial vessels, some of which are leaking oils and fuel into our waterways. Some abandoned vessels have been used as meth labs to manufacture illegal substances. Rotting piers and other hazardous debris dangerous to our waterways will also be removed. This project will focus on the inlet waterways and harbors in Oakland and south to the San Leandro Bay, ending at the Bay Farm Island Bridge. Signs will be posted and individuals will have 30 days to move their vessels before they can be legally impounded. The enhancement project is scheduled for completion before Thanksgiving 2013. 


    For more info: Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, or 238-3131 







    Oakland Innovates with Green Bikeway  green bike lanes

    Last Tuesday, the City of Oakland's Public Works Agency shared details on its experimental design on 40th Street: green color in the travel lane to help bicyclists and motorists share the road. The project seeks to improve access for bicyclists between the MacArthur BART Station, Piedmont Avenue commercial district, Emeryville and new bicycle/pedestrian path on the Oakland span of the Bay Bridge. The experiment features shared roadway bicycle markings (sharrows) highlighted by green color located in the travel lane. The goal of the experiment is to enhance safety by addressing common problems where bicyclists and motorists share lanes. Bicyclists often ride in the "door zone" - the area immediately adjacent to curbside parking into which car doors open. Motorists often squeeze by bicyclists, passing too closely. The California Vehicle Code allows bicyclists to use the full travel lane where the lane is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side. The "green" treatment will assist bicyclists and motorists in sharing the road. 

    Click here to read the media release. 

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




    macBARTParking Lot and Plaza Changes at MacArthur BART Station

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    This Thursday, September 19, construction begins on Phase 2 of the MacArthur Transit Village at the MacArthur BART Station. Phase 2 is a new 90-unit affordable housing community developed by BRIDGE Housing. The project is located in the southeastern section of the existing parking lot. 


    Completion is planned for spring 2015. Construction of the new housing structure and new streets will close a large section of the existing parking lot. BART riders should use other means to reach the MacArthur BART Station rather than driving, such as free shuttles or AC Transit 


    A brochure with information on alternatives is available at the MacArthur BART Station or get it here. In late October, a portion of the BART Plaza will close for reconstruction. The reconstruction will include a new bike storage facility and additional security features. The closed area will not block access to or from the BART Station. 


    For more info, click here





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

    • The Emeryville-Berkeley-Oakland Transit Study Advisory Committee has a vacancy for a West Oakland resident to join its newly forming committee. The purpose of the study is to examine the establishment of a multi-city transit corridor to supplement and enhance existing public transportation for the support of residents and new job-producing commercial enterprise in Wes t Oakland, West Berkeley and Emeryville.   For more info: 
    • If your interest is in arts and culture, there are vacancies on the Public Art Advisory Committee.
    • The Commission on Persons with Disabilities has some vacancies, looking for someone who wants to make a difference in Oakland.  This hardy group of volunteers advises the city on its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   It works hard to advocate on behalf of the community to the mayor, council members, city staff, and affiliated agencies and organizations. If you are a resident of Oakland and are interested, visit to apply.
    • The Citizen's Police Review Board has two vacancies for alternate positions and one is specifically for a youth candidate. The Citizens' Police Review Board is committed to ensuring that Oakland has a professional police department whose members behave with integrity and justice.
    • 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 .   



    3.  Community Policing
    This month UPS donated $10,000 to help buy fuel for the Oakland Police Department Helicopter.

    OPDsurveyPlease Take the OPD Survey
    The Oakland Police Department is dedicated to enhancing public safety through community policing strategies. We believe that an active and invested community is essential to the success of our mission, which is to provide the people of Oakland an environment where they can live, work, play and thrive free from crime and the fear of crime.

    We believe that our dedication to community policing should be evident both in our everyday interactions with the public and in the crime strategies and police policies we create, develop and use. Creating policies and strategies that are citizen-informed and building relationships of trust between officers and community members are priorities for us.

    The heart of community policing is collaboration. To know whether our efforts are successful, we need to hear from you.

    Please take a moment to take a brief survey regarding your personal satisfaction with the Oakland Police Department.



    OPD Captures Two Suspects Responsible for a Burglary

    On September 18 at 9:30am, a citizen flagged down an Oakland Police lieutenant in the 8400 block of Edgewater Drive and advised him that the occupants of a vehicle were involved in an auto burglary. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued. The vehicle pursuit ended at 98th Avenue and Edes Avenue. The suspects fled on foot from the vehicle after colliding with a fixed object. Later, both suspects were taken in to custody for the burglary. Investigators are looking into the suspects' connection to numerous auto and commercial burglaries in the area surrounding the Oakland airport. OPD would like to thank our community members who have provided suspect description, partial license plate and description of the vehicle in this incident. 

    For more info: Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, 238-3131 or 



    Police Arrest Suspects for Multiple Street Robberies

    On September 6 at 2:30pm OPD patrol officers observed a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a commercial establishment in the 1600 block of MacArthur Boulevard. One of the suspects ran into a local business and remained as a barricaded suspect inside the establishment. SWAT and the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) were called to the scene where they attempted to establish communication with the suspect in a request for him to surrender. After several hours, the suspect surrendered to the police. Upon further investigation, officers learned that the suspects had previously used the stolen vehicle in multiple street robberies. Officers were able to recover a gun and some of the victims' items taken during the robberies. 

    For more info: Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, 238-3131 or 




    Fraudulent Utility Scam Merchant Alert  PGE

    On Wednesday, September 11, the Oakland Police Department alerted the Oakland business community about a new scam that has been experienced by two businesses in Police Area 2. Here are the particulars: 

    • A merchant gets a call from someone claiming to be a representative from PG&E. 
    • The caller advises that the merchant's utility bill is past due and, if not paid immediately, service will be cut off. 
    • The caller has the merchant's PG&E account number. 
    • The merchant is directed to go to MoneyPak (service used to make same-day payments, add money to PayPal, reload prepaid cards, etc.) and then send the payment to the caller. 
    • The merchant later contacts PG&E and is advised the account is current and was not delinquent. 

    PG&E is aware of this scam and reminds customers that its representatives never ask for immediate payment with a prepaid cash card over the phone or in person. For other helpful tips and reminders from PG&E, click here. If contacted by individuals attempting this scam, merchants are asked to call 777-3333, OPD's non-emergency number, to report the activity. 



    OPD logo OPD Interim Chief Sean Whent Identifies Current Strategic Priorities and Organizational Changes

    On September 10, Interim Chief Sean Whent released a statement identifying the OPD's current strategic priorities as:

          1. reducing crime and the fear of crime, 
          2. increasing community responsiveness and partnerships and 
          3. institutionalizing accountability and organizational excellence. 

    Recent organizational changes include assigning additional staff to East Oakland to address the high level of violence in this area of the city, accelerating the hiring process for key civilian positions to free up police officers for additional violence reduction efforts and extending the contract with the California Highway Patrol for supplemental enforcement in areas most affected by violence. Upcoming changes will include field training for the new police recruits and the start of the second recruit class of 2013 before the end of September. Other changes within the next two months will include aligning Crime Reduction Teams with areas of violence, increasing staffing in the Criminal Investigation Division in key areas and inviting community involvement in CompStat crime strategy meetings. 


    To read the Chief's complete message: 

    For more info: Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, or 238-3131


    reward$35,000 Reward for the Suspect in the Alaysha Carradine Murder
    Oakland Police Investigators have released this sketch of the person they believe to be responsiblefor the homicide of Alaysha Carradine, 8 years old, of Oakland, that occurred on July 17, 2013, at 11:18 PM.

    The SUSPECT is described as an African American male, 17-24 years old, 5'7,160, with a thin, dark mustache. He was wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans.

    This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Major Crimes Section-Homicide at 510-238-3821 or call the TIP LINE at 777-2805. Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8672 or the TIP LINE at 777-2805. Nixle Tip Watch allows tipsters to send OPD a tip three ways:
    1. Text TIP OAKLANDPD to 888777 from your cell phone
    2. Call our toll-free tip hotline at 855-TIPS-247  (855-847-7247)
    3. Respond to OPD's Nixle message





    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 EVENT this week walk. The purpose of the Night Walk is to reach out to communities affected by violence and to take back the streets.  I joined last Friday's walk, this was our orientation meeting.  The next walks start from these locations: 

    • September 27: At Thy Word,  8915 International Blvd 
    • October 4: Allen Temple,  8501 International Blvd
    • October 11: First Mt. Sinai, 1970 86th Avenue
    • October 18: Cosmopolitan, 988 85th Avenue
    • October 25: At Thy Word, 8915 International Blvd  

    For more info: 639-1440 or




    Second Police Academy Hits the Streets this Month
    On September 20th the second graduating police academy 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  -
    Area 2 - Capt. Anthony Toribio - 238-3958  -
    Area 3 - Capt. Ricardo Orozco - 238-3330  -
    Area 4 - Capt. Steven Tull - 777-8561  -
    Area 5 - Capt. Kirk Coleman - 777-8543  -

    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, or 238-3131




    The Alameda County District Attorney's Office publishes "Did You Know" -- a recurring email newsletter that keeps you updated on the recent verdicts and news from the their office.


    Subscribe at 


    Updates from the DA on Twitter: 







    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. Peace-Building in Oakland



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    3278 West Street






    Mindful Drumming for "Mishe" Happinessmindful drumming

    Last Fridays of the month, 7:30pm

    Next: Friday, September 27

    EVENT this week Experience a once-in-a-lifetime drumming gathering for happiness for the entire family. Cultivate "mishe" happiness through mindfulness, synchronistic rhythms, and community building. Kokomon Clottey of Ghana, West Africa, will offer communal rhythms as a gateway to the heart to evoke deep inner bliss. Mindful drumming offers an authentic path to happiness and unleashes the human potential.




    5. The TECH Side of Oakland


    hella hack 0913


    hellahack"Hella Hack" Oakland
    Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29
    Doors open on September 28 at 9am

    Pandora's Oakland headquarters, 2101 Webster Street

    Participating in the hackathon is free. 


    To register: 

      EVENT this week

    Gracenote and Pandora are teaming up to host the first ever music hackathon in Oakland. "Hella Hack Oakland"  will bring together up to 150 coders, developers and designers at Pandora's Oakland HQ. Finalists will present to a panel of all-star judges during SF Music Tech on October 1.


    Musc tech and API partners include rdio, Dolby, The Echo Nest, Mashape, Oaklandish and KALX Radio Berkeley, with more being added.   Oakland Local is one of the media sponsors for this event, along with and Oaklandish.


    Beginning September 28, hackers will have 24 hours to design and build the next generation of music applications. On September 29, teams will present their hacks to a panel of judges and event partners will award prizes for best hacks using their APIs.


    Three finalist teams will be chosen to present in a special session at the SF Music Tech Summit on October 1.  The winning Hella Hack Oakland team will be crowned by the judges and given the grand prize of $1000.



    ODALC petition


    easierthanyouthinkOakland Digital Kicks Up Efforts to Bridge The Digital Literacy Divide. Takes Leadership Role in Nationwide Campaign, "ItsEasierThanYouThink". Urges Digital Citizens to Sign Obama Administration Petition.


    The United States faces a Digital Literacy education and skills gap that leaves over 60 Million Americans from utilizing the Internet in their daily lives. Oakland Digital, along with co-organizers launch Awareness and Petition Campaign Designed to Improve Digital Literacy Skills in the U.S. - from Students to Small Businesses.


    Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (Oakland Digital), non-profit organization delivering volunteer-based classes and on-site labs for young adults and local businesses, recently announced, in concert with TRAIL and other campaign partners, the launch of a national campaign and White House targeted petition designed to raise awareness, and reduce the plight of millions of Americans disconnected from the digital economy. 


    Oakland Digital, formed in 2009, serves as a successful community supported model working with local governments and technology leaders to bridge the digital literacy divide.  "Nearly 25,000 new Oakland businesses were launched in 2012. In every case digital technologies offered significant value", says Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. "Unfortunately, not all are proficient or have the know-how to harness its application. On-the-ground Digital Literacy programs led by Oakland Digital, and their work within the small business community plays a vital role in providing the boost individuals need to bridge the gap."


    The United States faces a digital divide, a skills gap that prevents over 60 million Americans from utilizing the Internet in their daily lives. 1 in 5 Americans say they do not know enough about technology to start using the Internet on their own. Online skills are not only necessary for seeking, applying for and getting today's jobs, but also to take advantage of the growing educational, civic and health-care advances spurred by broadband.


    "ItsEasierThanYouThink," a new national digital literacy awareness campaign, officially kicked off Monday, September 2, with a White House petition and several public service announcement (PSA) videos addressing the education factors that contribute to the online education and skills gap in America.


    The Goals of the "ItsEasierThanYouThink" Digital Literacy Campaign: 

    • Raise awareness with the public about the issue of digital literacy;
    • Urge the Obama Administration to adopt a national digital literacy policy;
    • Empower non-Internet users with the tools they need to get online; and
    • Providing the online community with resources to take action on this important issue

    "Most of us in the tech world take the ability to open a browser, conduct a search, or make a post on a social network, for granted", says Shaun Tai, Executive Director of Oakland Digital. "But to some, it's a fear right up there with public speaking. The digitally underserved require the tools and assistance needed to become active participants in the information economy."


    Your Voice Matters - Get Involved: Sign and circulate the White House Petition to adopt a national #DigitalLiteracy policy with your friends and constituents at  

    6. Safe & Healthy Oakland:  Fire House Open House Events
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    EVENT this week Fire Station Open House -- last one

    Saturday, September 28 Fire Station 21  13150 Skyline Blvd.


    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




    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: 

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    Community Health Fair & Forum, Saturday, September 28, 11am-2pm, Laney College, 900 Fallon St.

    Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Oakland-based Ramsell Corporation will offer families, students, adults, and seniors free health screenings and information on affordable health insurance.


    60+ organizations will provide valuable services, including screenings for obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, hearing, and dental; massages, haircuts, and hand treatments; and face painting, healthy food, and giveaways.  


    You can also learn how the new health care law will affect you by attending the forum.

     For more info: or 286-1670




    Asian Police Officers logo Oakland Asian Community Safety & Awareness Fair,
    Saturday, October 5, 10am-2pm, Lincoln Neighborhood Center and Park, 250 Tenth St. FREE.

    See and explore OFD fire truck, SWAT armored vehicle, OPD command post, OPD k-9 unit.



    10am-2pm: Safety fair exhibits

    10:30-11:30am: Basic safety presentations from the Oakland Asian Police Officers Asso.

    12-1pm: Announcements  free lunch


    For more info: Officer Ouseng Saeparn, 773-0986, 

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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:



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    Step 2: Plan to be safe


    Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency. FEMA and the American Red Cross offer great suggestions for planning for disasters. Here are aspects to consider when planning for earthquakes:

    • Identify safe spots in every room, such as under sturdy desks or tables, or on the ground next to an interior wall away from windows and things that may fall.
    • Earthquakes can start fires, so store a fire extinguisher where it can be easily accessed, and learn how to use it (PASS - Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep).
    • People often cut their feet during or after earthquakes when they get out of bed and walk barefoot on broken glass or other fallen objects. To keep shoes and a flashlight within reach, put them in a bag and tie it to your bedframe or headboard.
    • Access to making long distance phone calls is usually restored first. Choose someone who lives out of the area for everyone in your family to report their status, then learn how to Text First, Talk Second from ShakeOut partner Safe America Foundation. 
    • If you are a person with a disability or need extra help, include your personal support network in your plan and visit for a variety of resources.
    • Find out if you live, work or play in a tsunami zone and make sure everyone knows how to get to higher ground if necessary. To see if you are at risk for tsunami, earthquake, fire and flood hazards, visit 

    For more about how to plan to be safe, go to

    7. VOLUNTEER Opportunities


    oaktoberfest 1013 Call for volunteers - Help make Oaktoberfest in the Dimond a Success

    They need folks who are energetic, who love to work with people, and best of all want to have a good time supporting an event which helps our community - 2 hrs or all day. Earn a commemorative event stein, beverage, more.

    Sign up & info: 




    Volunteer for Oakland Animal Services

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    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.




    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:


    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 





    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, or 306-1792






     8. JOBS, BUSINESS & TRAINING Opportunities


    Oakland Merchant Leadership Forum for September Small Business Month 

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    Thursday, September 26, 5:30-7:30pm, Montclair Bistro, Garden Room, 6118 Medau Place


    EVENT this week September Small Business Month, in its third year, was created to jump start the Holiday shopping in Oakland, and to celebrate the 10,000+ small businesses in Oakland.  If you love your neighborhood, shop in it, and lets grow Oakland's economy by supporting the small, Oakland Grown businesses. 


    Weekly business mixers are held during the month of September in several business districts, and business owners, along with consumers are strongly encouraged to participate. See for more info on the Shop Oakland Holiday campaign and the expansion of that program beyond the holiday season. 



    grow your biz Grow Your Business Workshop Fall Series, some Tuesdays & Thursdays, all 5-8pm, Dimond Branch and Mail Library.
    The Alameda County Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Oakland Public Library, presents a series of workshops to help you start and grow your business.  Six workshops will be offered at two OPL locations.


    At Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue

    • Tuesday, October 15, 5-8pm -- Website Development for Your Business
    • Tuesday, October 22, 5-8pm -- The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Your Business
    • Tuesday, December 3, 5-8pm -- Understanding Intellectual Property

    At the Main Library, 125 14th Street

    • Thursday, November 7, 5-8pm -- Accessing Capital for Your Business
    • Thursday, November 14, 5-8pm -- Finding and Engaging Your Core Customer
    • Thursday, November 21, 5-8pm -- Successful Business Plans

    For more info or to register: Rebekah Eppley, 482-7844 or




    Reentry and Reintegration Forum, Thursday, October 3, 8:30am-4:30pm, Elihu Harris State Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St.
    Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Bill Quirk host this forum where speakers will discuss best practices for ending the cycle of incarceration and policy perspectives for developing evidence-based strategies for successful transition, reentry and reintegration. Morning and afternoon sessions. 

    For more info: 286-1333 or 583-8818




    Free Classes to Help You Get the Job You Want, now thru the end of September, Various job search Times, Main Library, 125 14th St and Lakeview Branch Library, 550 El Embarcadero.

    The Oakland Public Library is offering Job On!, its popular series of job search courses at two locations in September. Four courses are offered at each location, covering topics such as clarifying your goals, researching companies, creating effective resumes and preparing for job interviews. 

    For more info: Main Library Information Desk, 238-3134 or click here





    9.  GREENING Oakland


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    Friends of Sausal Creek Events

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

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    Native Plant Nursery Workday, Saturday September 28, 1:30-4:30pm & Wednesday, October 2, 1:30-4:30pm, Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery.  

    Join us for an afternoon of native plant propagation and nursery maintenance. Activities include sowing, transplanting, cuttings, and weeding. Bring layers and water; we provide tools, gloves, instruction and snack. Drop-ins welcome. Minors need a guardian to sign a waiver. You are welcome to attend all or part of this event.

    RSVP for groups over 5 people: Michelle at 



    Seed Exchange at Dimond Library, Saturday, September 28, 12-1pm, Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.

    As you harvest your fall garden, gather seeds and share with other gardeners.  Please package seeds in an envelope and include the seed name, date it was harvested and location where it was harvested.

    For more info: 482-7844 or









    sudden oak death Sudden Oakland Death (SOD) Blitz 2013-East Bay Results, 

    Thursday, October 3, 7-8:30pm, 159 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley. Come hear the results from the East Bay SOD Blitz on April 27-28, 2013. Click here for more info.



    Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour events

    For more info: Kathy Kramer, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Coordinator, 236-9558, , and


    Native Plant Sale Extravaganza, Sunday, October 20, 10am-4pm.
    Shop at 5 different locations for those hard-to-find natives at the right time of year to plant them. (Natives will be sold in Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, Oakland, and Richmond.)


    Select Tours 

    $30 per person throughout September and October. 

    Select Tours are limited to groups of 30.

    They fill fast.  Register now to reserve your space. (But make good choices; there will be no refunds or exchanges.)


    Tour 1 & 2: Interested in seeing beautiful native gardens that will provide color throughout the year?  Accompany Pete Veilleux to learn how he selects plants and designs gardens that do just that, then take this opportunity to shop for native plants at East Bay Wilds (not normally open to the public). (Because this tour was so popular last year, it is being offered twice this year.)


    Tour 3: Want to learn how to sheet-mulch your lawn away and install native gardens in their place? Don't miss the "Mow no Mo!" workshop in Livermore.  By the end of this workshop you'll be completely comfortable with the thought of tackling your own turf the low-cost way.   


    Tour 4: Renowned environmental educator Judy Adler will be leading an in-depth tour of her half-acre Walnut Creek garden, complete with happy chickens, a rainwater harvesting system (11,000 gallons are stored on-site), a pond, and many California native and/or pollinator friendly plants.



    Bringing Back the Natives hbird image Plan Ahead -- Showcase YOUR Garden in the May 2014 Garden Tour

    Do you have a garden to offer for the Sunday, May 4, 2014 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour? (Gardens must be located in Alameda or Contra Costa counties, contain 60% or more native plants, be free of synthetic pesticides, and conserve water. A list of the native plants in your garden is required when the application is submitted.)  If this describes your garden, please fill out the application, and mail it and your native plant list; garden visits will end next month.




    10. 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.



    HeadStartAccepting Head Start Applications head start logo

    On Tuesday, September 3, Oakland Head Start and Early Head Start Programs opened their doors for the new school year. Even though the school year has begun, there is still time to apply for Head Start services. The remaining slots are available to qualifying low-income families with children ages 3 to 5 years old. 

    Please call 238-3165 for an application. 

    For more info: Germaine Davis, Enrollment Coordinator, 238-6120 or




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


    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: , 469-3843, or 



    upcoming 11. UPCOMING EVENTS



    mocha logo new  
    MOCHA Grand Opening, Saturday, October 5. 1625 Clay Street.
    More details to come.





    Plant-Powered Health & Fitness Expo, Saturday, October 5, 11am-5pm, Kaiser Center Rooftop plant powered health Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive.
    Come to Oakland's first and only plant-powered health and fitness expo. Learn from leading experts in rapid weight loss, Cross-Fit, yoga and posture and enjoy delicious healthy food that doesn't taste healthy. This event is ideal for those who are curious about becoming healthier and those who already live active healthy lifestyles. 

    For more 




    O Parks Coalition logo 8th Annual Love Your Parks Day Survey, Saturday, October 5, 8:30am-12noon, Starts at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave.
    The Oakland Parks Coalition (OPC) is seeking volunteers for its annual survey. Results from the survey of park conditions are used in the OPC annual report to City Council to assess budgeting for park needs. Each team will survey between three and six parks. High school students are especially welcome and will receive community service credit. 

    For more 




    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 1013the 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




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    39th Annual Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival,
     Saturday, October 5, 10am-5pm, deFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street.
    Highlighting the contributions made by African American cowboys in the West, the parade and festival provides a day of fun and a taste of the Old West with cowboys, trick riders, food, entertainment, line dancing, pony rides and fun activities for the entire family. 

    For more info: 


    pacific fine arts festival logo19th Annual Sidewalk Fine Art & Crafts Fall Fest,
     Saturday, October 5, 10am-6pm & Sunday, October 6, 10am-5pm, Montclair Village, Mountain Boulevard at LaSalle.
    This fine art festival will feature paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, graphics, and jewelry. 

    For more info: 




    Rockridge Out & About Street Festival, Sunday, Oct 6, 12-6pm, on College Avenue between Alcatraz and Kales. 
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    Zydeco Flames at Rockridge BART Plaza 2:30-5:30

    Sponsored by the Rockridge District Association, the event will feature gourmet food and drink from local restaurants and food trucks, live music, wellness activities, kids' activities, and a chef stage.

    Beer and wine will also be sold and folks can eat comfortably at tables and chairs at four food courts. 

    The event will feature 3 mostly jazz stages, including 57th St Gallery jazz stage, Toast Jazz stage and Musically Minded Academy stage. Other highlights include Kinetic Arts Center (circus arts) Zydeco Flames performing from 2:30-5:30 at the Rockridge BART Plaza and Soja Martial Arts and Drumming Crew. Find comfort and beauty in the Wellness Area, or shop local craft artists and retail booths by local merchants.


    Fun and festive for the entire family. Children will have a blast with a Claremont Middle School kid's stage, Climbing Wall, face-painting, pumpkin carving, bicycle stunts, Berkeley chess club and hula hooping.

    Valet bike parking by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. 

    For more info:  or 604-3125. 



    Rockridge Market Hall Annual Picnic in the Street, Sunday, October 6, 12-6pm, College Avenue at Rockridge BART.
    Market Hall merchants take to the street, offering succulent foods, comparative tastings, demos, a pop-up pantry, and a cookbook exchange.  Bring a used cookbook and take another.  Children's activities include a prize wheel and pumpkin painting.  The fair coincides with the Rockridge Out & About street festival, where the chef state alternates live music with demos and tastings.  Enjoy dancing and live music throughout the day.   No charge, except for purchases.




    Crucible fireside Fireside Lounge: Curation, Friday, October 11, 6:30-9:30pm, Crucible, 1260 7th St.

    In our third 2013 Fireside Lounge, The Crucible examines curation, and how art is exhibited. We examine the function of public spaces, galleries, and museums, how art influences each of these spaces, and how do these spaces influence art. What is the value of museum collections to the artists, and what is the responsibility to the artists and community?  Also featuring fire performances and live demonstrations in our glass, neon, light & enameling studios.

    Cost: $10 / free for members of The Crucible

    For more info, click here.




    Bookmark bannerFriends 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 




    million books Million Book Event, Saturday, October 12, 1-4pm, Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street. 

    Join us for a free, family-friendly event sponsored by Oakland Parks & Recreation and the East Bay Children's Book Project. We will be giving away our millionth book! 

    Entertainment will be provided by the Prescott Circus, Stephanie Pepatone, Mykah Montgomery , and Team Leap


    All kids will be given a commemorative bag and a chance to choose books. Kids can participate in several craft activities, including decorating bookends, bookmarks & making books, and have a chance to meet several prominent children's book authors and illustrators. All the kids will be invited to sit in our winner's circle and count up with us as we give away our millionth book to one lucky kid.

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    Autumn Lights Festival, Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19, 6-10pm, the Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.
    The Gardens at Lake Merritt will be transformed with several acres of garden illuminated with enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. A fundraiser for Oakland's hidden jewel, recently named one of California's Top 5 Gardens by VIA Magazine. 


    Proceeds will be used for garden improvements for the enjoyment of the entire community. 


    Save $10 by purchasing your general admission tickets in advance here.

    VIP Tickets for adults (21 and over) include free wine and beer tastings and illumination toys in the VIP lounge. 

    For more info: Victoria Rocha, Park Supervisor I, or 238-3208




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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. 




    Champions for Children 2013 5K Walk & Run, Saturday, October 26, Register starting 8am for Champ for Children run 1013 9am start. Lake Merritt. Start at the Edoff Memorial Bandstand in Lakeside Park (behind Fairyland).   

    Register online at  or call 836-5100.  

    To raise funds and awareness for programs that serve students at under-resourced schools in Oakland, Faith Network of the East Bay will host its third annual 5K Walk/Run. The kick off program will feature the Skyline High School Jazz Band plus calls to action from OUSD school officials, community leaders and volunteers. 


    Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers, and best runner times.






    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 children: 

    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:





    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, 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.

    September 28 -- Wall-E (PG)

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



    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 





    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: