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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Boogers, books and behavior at Fairyland

No, that headline isn’t a mistake. “Boogers, Books and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” is the official title of a session at one of the few conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. The session will take place this week at Fairyland when we host more than 300 children’s librarians from around the

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Youth Impact HUB Oakland launches September 24! (Community Voices)

By Gino Pastori-Ng Oakland is internationally renowned for its creativity and innovation, and this legacy will continue to expand thanks to a collaborative program launching this fall. The Impact Youth HUB is the brainchild of Youth SEED, United...

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

23 not-to-be-missed things to do in Oakland, September 12 – 18

This week features tons of things you’ll want to be there for, Oakland! The Crucible is always doing fascinating things with art and fire and “makership” (if that’s a word). There’s Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate. We’ve...

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Oakland nonprofit CALICO hosts annual benefit this Saturday

It starts early, when kids are beginning to make sense of themselves and their relationship to the world around them. As the most common type of childhood trauma today, abuse manifests itself in the lives of children...

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

What can you do to boost school attendance in Oakland? (Community Voices)

Paula Ambrose is the education program officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the communications director for Oakland Reads 2020. September Counts September is Attendance Awareness Month: a time when we shine a spotlight on the importance of...

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

23 gallery-opening, rockin’-out, novelty-absorbing things to do in Oakland and 1 in Piedmont, September 5 – 11

Sure, you’d expect a bunch of art openings for First Friday, and you’d be right. There’s even more art action than that this week, though, and there’s plenty of bonus music, wicked interesting lectures and events, and...

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Free computers and Internet for Oakland schoolkids, an upcycle opportunity for the rest of us

High-speed Internet access, and computers to use it, have become as essential in education as textbooks. But many kids in Oakland don’t have access to high-speed connections at home, or sometimes even computers, which puts them at a huge...

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Oakland by the Numbers, 8/27/14 (Real Estate Edition)

Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the...

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

My two right hands

Abby San Juan was barely 21 when she came to work for me in the cable-television industry, in 1985. She started as a part-time receptionist; now she’s a certified meeting professional. Seventeen years later, I changed careers,...

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The engineer behind Fairyland’s magic

Since he was 5 years old, Kevin Cruz has been taking things apart and putting them back together again, just to see how they work. At 15, he turned his focus to cars, and a few years...

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