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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...

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Daddy boot camp at Children’s Fairyland

Last week, Fairyland partnered for the first time with a new organization devoted to the principle that increasing fathers’ involvement in children’s lives strengthens families and communities in Alameda County. A year-old collaboration between First 5 Alameda County and the...

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Oakland’s Zakiya Harris: Innovator, musician, shapeshifter

Who do you become when every part of you has been taken away? This is the question social change strategist Zakiya Harris asked herself in the confines of her closet when she discovered music. The answer for...

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Stopping gentrification in OUSD: Update on the displacement of Dewey and privatization of public land (Community Voices)

By Aram Mendoza and N. Finch, in collaboration with Dewey teachers Since we last wrote about the development deal that would potentially displace Dewey Academy and sell off public land, we’ve witnessed inspiring awareness and mobilization among...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

New app shows Oakland schools’ academic performance–right on your phone

There’s a new app about Oakland public schools that might help parents figure out which schools are strong and where their kids might be well served. Usable on a desktop or mobile device, it’s free at http://bit.ly/OaklandScoreMap, and it’s...

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 –...

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

At Oakland’s “fab-labs,” shop class is dead — long live advanced-manufacturing class

Oakland has a long history as a manufacturing hub, with some curio-highlights like the invention of the fortune-cookie folding machine and the fabrication of Chicago’s reflective bean statue, but nostalgia has little to do with the industrious...

Friday, July 4th, 2014

“Got Milk?”: Jeff Goodby talks minimalism at Oakland CreativeMornings

Once a month, creatives in 80+ cities around the globe gather for free breakfast lectures in a series called CreativeMornings. Oakland’s CreativeMornings kicked off just last March. So far, the speakers have included Tony Calzaretta, Creative Director...

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Goats in trees: It’s a thing at Children’s Fairyland

Goats in trees: it’s a thing. Did you know it was a thing? I did not — until I saw it with my own eyes. In my very own place of employment. There she was, little Brownie, up...

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