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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Fairyland helps Clinton close the “word gap” in Oakland and nationwide

In my life in cable television, before Fairyland, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with President Jimmy Carter, baseball great Hank Aaron, media mogul Ted Turner and his then-wife Jane Fonda, and photographer Ansel Adams. But being in the same room last week with Hillary Rodham Clinton gave me a particularly special sort

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Free books for everyone in Oakland (Community Voices)

At the East Bay Children’s Book Project, we give away books to organizations working with children in need, because – as our motto says – “every child needs a book.” But really, everyone needs books, and isn’t...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

25 crazy-fun things to do in Oakland with hardly any meetings at all, July 25 – 31

First off, Oakland, we double-dog-dare you to be bored on Saturday. There are some brand new and one-of-a-kind events this week, too, and so few meetings, it’s clear that the people who would normally be holding them...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Talk and read to your baby, Hillary Clinton and local groups advise

Read to your little children. Talk to them. Sing to them. If you do they’ll be smarter. That advice seems like common sense in some ways, but yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to town to join a coalition...

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...

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...

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