We love that the Mayor and her newsletter team want to walk — so do we! And these walking tours and ideas all sound like fun. Thanks, Mayor Quan’s newsletter!

Love Our Lake Day: Celebration of Lake Merritt Boulevard and Oaklavia: Sunday Streets
Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Amphitheater and area around the south end of Lake Merritt. 

Oaklanders love to walk around the lake, and this is a party to celebrate the work of Bond Measure DD and enjoy the improvements at Lake Merritt. This festive event will will enrich 3 miles of car-free streets with recreational and cultural activities for the whole family. It is presented by the City of Oakland, Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland (WOBO), and Measure DD Community Coalition.
For more information, call 444-CITY or visit  loveourlakeday.com.

Summer Walking Tours
now through December 7

Providing an intriguing combination of outdoor exercise and education about Oakland’s unique architectural, historic and cultural heritage, these tours are 2-hour walks led by knowledgeable guides, and range from very easy to moderately challenging.

For more information, visit www.oaklandheritage.org.

Dockside Tours of the Presidential Yacht Potomac
now through January 26, 2014, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 627-1215 or visit www.jacklondonsquare.com/events.

Guided Walking Tours
3rd Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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

For more information, visit oaklandartmurmur.org.

Savor Oakland Food Tours
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 

This is a chance to explore the local cuisine, history, art, and architecture while walking and snacking. It’s fun for all ages! This narrated and guided 3.5-hour food tour visits several food and drink tasting locations featuring Oakland-style soul food, Pan-American cuisine, and award-winning wine, just to name a few. All food tastings are included in the ticket price of $45.

For more information, visit savoroaklandfoodtours.com.

Saturday Stroll
every week, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Vessel Gallery hosts their Artist Talk Series on the second Saturday of the month, and jewelry trunk shows on the first Saturdays. Saturdays are an opportunity to get closer view of the local arts scene and learn more about exhibits and artists.

For more information, please visit www.vessel-gallery.com.

Free Walking Tours of Oakland
every Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m., May through October

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

Reservations are recommended. Leave a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at 238-3234 or email aallen@oaklandnet.com. There are 8 different tours, and listed below are those happening this week. Check the website for the others. For more information, click here.

Tour 8 – New Era/New Politics (Wednesday):

This tour highlights African-American leaders who have made their mark on Oakland.  Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard and Byron Rumford changed the city and the Bay Area. The tour starts at the African American Museum and Library at 659 14th Street. Tour 8 will be offered on May 22, June 15, July 17, August 17, September 11 and October 5.

Tour 7 – Churches and Temples (Saturday):

Visit historic places of worship and learn about their influence on the history of Oakland. Featured buildings include the First Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church, and Temple Sinai. The tour starts in front of the First Presbyterian church at 2619 Broadway. Tour 7 will be offered on May 25,  June 19, July 20, August 14, September 14 and October 9.

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