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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A bit of Burning Man in Oakland

Have you ever wondered where Oakland’s Burning Man artists go to unwind? The answer: to the Gardens at Lake Merritt, where every autumn, they display their wildly creative inventions in an oasis-like setting that’s a world apart from Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where the Burning Man event takes place. And they invite the public to

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Found: Invasive species at Lake Merritt

Last week, a man biking by Lake Merritt found a creature that is currently listed as number 93 on the world’s 100 worst invasive species. So of course he brought it to Children’s Fairyland. I don’t know when people...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to Broadway...

Friday, July 4th, 2014

PieTisserie to become permanent near Lake Merritt

Four years ago, Jaynelle St. Jean was affectionately known as “The Pie Lady,” giving away slices of homemade pie through her mother’s window to San Francisco residents; today, her business, PieTisserie, has gone from a regular Friday...

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Lake Merritt: The warm center of Oakland

With the sun out like this, Lake Merritt begins to exert a magnetic pull on the city. People head out on their lunch break to pick up stamps or allergy medicine and don’t notice they’ve taken themselves...

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

District southeast of Lake Merritt organizes to create neighborhood of their dreams (Community Voices)

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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 beautiful haven of colors, fragrance, and...

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Lewis Mahlmann returns to Fairyland for a tribute to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in puppets

In 2006, when Lewis Mahlmann, Fairyland’s master puppeteer for 43 years, formally retired from his position, we dedicated our Storybook Puppet Theater to him. Now 85, Lewis doesn’t often leave his home, but three years ago he...

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl comes to Lake Merritt July 14

By Carrie McClish If you thought of sketching as a solitary activity, then you haven’t heard of the Urban Sketcher Movement. Urban sketchers can be found drawing in small groups in London, Singapore, Moscow, Buenos Aires and...

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Celebrating “Love Our Lake Day” at Oakland’s Lake Merritt

At one end of the lake, Oakland East Bay Symphony Brass Quintet musicians performed a Scott Joplin ragtime. At another end, playing a rousing rendition of a Eurythmics classic, was the Brass Liberation Orchestra, whose usual venue...

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