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Celebrate Bay Area community with the Oakland Book Festival

As a landscape honored for its cultural roots and social progress, Oakland has an inherent knack for generating discussion around the evolving tides of society. On Sunday, May 31st, City Hall is hosting a...
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22 young professionals hack and help the hood (Community Voices)

Last week a graduation ceremony here in Oakland celebrated the accomplishments of 22 young people from low-income backgrounds. All 22 had completed Hack the Hood’s six-week boot-camp program in computer...
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Water-saving tips from the Pacific Institute (Community Voices)

By Amanda Pebler, Communications Associate at the Pacific Institute California is facing its fourth year of severe drought conditions. This year’s snowpack broke record lows at a mere five percent of the...
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Vocal Rush’s Urban Aca Artistry sends a message (Community Voices)

By Margaret Huang, co-chair of the parent APT Public Relations Committee for Oakland School of the Arts, Vocal Music Department This past weekend, Vocal Rush, an a cappella group from Oakland School for the...
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24 blacks in tech you need to know

Oakland's first Summit on Blacks in Tech is taking place May 2nd at Impact Hub Oakland. With the technological renaissance happening in none other than The Town, there's no better place to hold the...
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10 Oakland bookstores for your niche

Tablets, Kindles, iPads — oh my! As a 140-character society, a finger-tap on a screen is about the time we’re willing to spend searching for the perfect “book.” And why get off your couch to scour...
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A passionate volunteer offers free hiking tours through Oakland’s redwoods

For those who live in the Oakland flatlands, there's little respite from the constant grind of city life. Many residents, especially those who rely on public transit, lack the resources to escape urbanity and...
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Bless the Lake: healing our relationship with water this Sunday

American anthropologist Loren Eiseley once said, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” March 22 is World Water Day, an international celebration of the very thing that gives us...
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Concern about education and Oakland youth (Community Voices)

By Chela Delgado, an OUSD Teacher Photo by Matthew Paulson, licensed under Flickr Creative Commons Superintendent Wilson’s Call for Quality Schools will not help us to build quality schools. Don’t...
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Thoughts on the Year of the African American Male (Community Voices)

On January 29, 2015, Oakland's McClymonds High School hosted the launching of the first "Year of the African American Male." Throughout 2015, organizers plan to bring together individuals, organizations and...