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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Building Oakland community during Friday summer nights

Where can you go on Friday evenings to chat with your neighbors, connect with community organizations, challenge your friends and family to a potato sack race, all while inherently fostering a safe environment? The Third Annual Friday Summer Nights at the Park series began last week and is happening every Friday through August 15 from

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

25 things to do in Oakland that dare you to hold still, July 18 – 24

Whether biking, taking a walking tour, vibrating with sugar and delight at a celebration of ice cream, waving at the Jumbo-tron, or just sitting through a meeting, we bet you can’t hold still this week. And why...

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Local finance in the new economy: 7 essential ideas on July 16

The new economy may have startup muscles, a sustainable skeleton, web-based mobile brains and a socially responsible heart, but its blood is the same color as the old economy’s: green. Banking and finance are integral to the...

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

32 largely outdoorsy things to do in Oakland, July 11 – 17

So much biking and walking this week, Oakland! Even neighborhood meeting-y things are outside this week. Clearly, we’re supposed to go outside. Eh, let’s not fight it. Enjoy! Friday, July 11 Bike Life Exhibit Opens 5 –...

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

23 things to do in, around, and for Oakland, June 27 – July 3

Sorry, there’s nothing fun going on this week. Ha! We’re just kidding, there’s plenty–and about half of this week’s are on Friday, oddly enough, so we hope you cleared your schedule. Apparently, Oakland wants you to play...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Oakland marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Last Wednesday night I attended “Freedom Summer School” in Oakland. And unlike any other class I’ve ever attended, the “students”—nearly 2,000 of them—piled into the “classroom” at Beebe Memorial Cathedral on Telegraph Avenue an hour early and...

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Is KPFA community radio going extinct?

With its recent street protests, office occupations, and renegade broadcasts, Berkeley’s community radio station KPFA (94.1FM) typifies what people mean when they use the word “Berserkeley.” However, these confrontations are not merely some beatnik brouhaha, but in...

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

20 things to do to remind you summer is in full swing in Oakland, June 20 – 26

It’s the week of the summer solstice. Predictably, we’ve got plenty of outdoor items, iconic and new, things you’d eagerly anticipate and others you wouldn’t expect. Here’s to summertime fun, Oakland — Enjoy! Friday, June 20 Ceasefire...

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

33 things to do in Oakland to get your civic party on, June 13 – 19

This week, there are a bunch of civically-minded things to do, from meetings to workshops. There are also some great celebrations, including Juneteenth and Father’s Day. And then there’s the usual (for Oakland, anyway) complement of art...

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Late Nite Art at Impact Hub Oakland (Community Voices)

The evening I walked into the new Implact Hub Oakland for its first Late Nite Art event ultimately became a night of many firsts. For starters, I had actually never heard of, nor celebrated, the Pagan holiday, Beltane,...

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