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Reading Partners volunteer program launches at Sankofa Academy (Community Voices)

Margaret Mannion started as a volunteer tutor at Berkley Maynard Academy last year and is now a full time site coordinator at Sankofa Academy.  "Working with kids is so much fun, but it's also rewarding...
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How to Make Your Money Matter on Small Business Saturday

It’s no secret to Oakland residents that this is a community that cares. Locals regularly demonstrate a social consciousness with how and where their money is spent, and on Small Business Saturday many...
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Celebrate the 2nd Annual Community Voices Award winners, Dec. 11 in Oakland

Come celebrate with us at the Oakland Local Community Voices Awards + Holiday Fundraiser Oakland Local is honoring entrepreneurs and change makers behind Oakland’s economic and cultural sustainability and...
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Mentoring Program for Young Black Men Starts at Montera Middle School

By Spencer Whitney Concerned Black Men (CBM) Program Manager Lance Dennis sat at a table Tuesday in the multipurpose room at Montera Middle School going over his lesson plan for the day. Every Tuesday...
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Shop Local: Bocanova

Support local business by treating your friends/family to a delicious meal at Bocanova in Jack London Square. Bocanova serves up gourmet Latin American-style dishes that are as rich in color as they are in...
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The story that’s not being told about Oakland’s crime strategy (Community Voice)

KTVU aired a story on Nov. 19 that gave the impression that Ceasefire is a crime strategy destined for failure. What the story didn't say was that since Ceasefire has started back up again, the murder rate in...
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Shop Local: Oaktown Spice Shop

Looking for a thoughtful holiday gift for a cooking enthusiast? Check out Oaktown Spice Shop, a local treasure and gastronome’s dream-come-true. Situated right by Lake Merritt, Oaktown Spice Shop is a...
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Thanksgiving and the modern land grab (Community Voices)

By Granate Sosnoff In a short while most of America will sit down to a hearty meal commemorating the human kindness of Native Americans towards settlers to the new world. We celebrate the practice of being...
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Oakland’s Blue Heron Catering celebrates 25 years serving up traditional plates for the holidays

This holiday season is in full swing, with the office parties and family dinners to spare, and Blue Heron Catering has a hand in making many of those parties a success. One of the go-to catering companies in...
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Shop Local: Whole Foods Black Friday Specials (Sponsored)

Power-up before the Black Friday shopping frenzy on November 29th with a relaxing brunch at Whole Foods Market Oakland. Between 8am and 10am, you can pick from a variety of breakfast favorites, all selling for...