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27 things to do in Oakland while it’s still summer, August 15 – 21

This week feels a little like a fall preview. Oh, we've got some summer left, but this week, stuff to do on the weekend is outweighed by stuff to do during the week. Not entirely summer-like, Oakland. All the...
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Oakland teens take on fast food industry in new video

Ever think about how that processed sugar, white flour and trans-fat grease in fast food is not all that different than drugs? That's the message some Oakland teenagers present in their new music video, Are...
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22 festival-heavy things to do in Oakland, August 8 – 14

This week isn't just festive, it boasts multiple festivals of various kinds, including great food, terrific music, and even one where you can bring your dog to a museum. (No, really.) Enjoy! Friday, August...
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Ready for kindergarten? In Oakland, hunger and fatigue play a role

Most kids starting kindergarten in Oakland public schools are not ready for the demands of school. What’s in their way? Hunger. Hunger and tiredness and illness, according to a report released this month....
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Support arts education in Oakland public schools

What better way to conclude a lovely summer in Oakland than to spend it in the company of those who love this city as much as you do, dancing to live music and dining by the water, all to support the creative...
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Oakland startup Educents brings savings to educators

It’s a sad truth that teachers dig into their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms, typically spending $500 a year. What if they could spend $20 instead of $90 for, say, science curriculum...
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Oaktown Jazz Workshops pumps lifeblood into the Bay Area jazz world

Jazz began as a desperate and dangerous cry from the urban underbelly. Today it is an after-school-sanctioned, common-app-adorning extracurricular activity. Ravi Abcarian, musician and director of The Oaktown...
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20 things to do in Oakland that are riddled with unapologetic fun, August 1 – 7

You know what, Oakland? I'm really glad to see you getting out and having fun. Sure, there are a couple of meetings this week, but when aren't there? This is about as close to an events calendar of pure...
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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...
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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,...