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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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Oakland: A growing center for apothecaries, herbalists

“I love plants,” says herbalist Atava Garcia Swiecicki, “but for me it’s also really political. is about reclaiming our power to take care of ourselves in a way that’s really inexpensive.”...
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What’s the buzz? Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Video footage of bees extracting pollen from flora with sound waves and vibration On Saturday, January 31, the Oakland Museum of California’s newly renovated Gallery of California Natural Sciences will...
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Emeryville’s Clif Bar discloses where its cocoa comes from

On December 5th, Emeryville-based Clif Bar, the popular energy and nutrition bar company, finally released the country origins of its cocoa, which can be found here. The Food Empowerment Project (FEP), a...
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California’s smart climate policies righting historic wrongs in Oakland: Part II

By Vien Truong Last week, I wrote about the history of environmental racism that has afflicted Oakland as well as communities of color and low-income communities across the state. Today, I want to...
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California’s smart climate policies righting historic wrongs in Oakland: Part I

By Vien Truong Let’s start with one undisputed reality: Communities of color and low-income neighborhoods have long been used as environmental dumping grounds, sites for the sorts of facilities that...
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Shooing The Flu: Oakland’s newest flu vaccination campaign

This flu season, Oakland Unified School District’s preschool and elementary school students can now receive the annual influenza vaccine at no cost. Shoo The Flu, a partnership campaign between OUSD and...
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10 things you need to know about Oakland’s garbage rate increase

Currently, Oakland residents pay their garbage bills through Waste Management of Alameda County: $29.80 a month for single family homes and $474.20 for 20-unit buildings. The city council voted last week to...
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20 eclecto-licious things to do in Oakland, October 3 – 9

We've all noticed what an eclectic place Oakland is. It's not just the contrasts here, it's the possibility of contrast and compliment that keeps us all so interested and engaged. A peek behind the scenes here...