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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...
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City of Oakland expands Parklet Pilot Program

On September 19 (Parking Day), Oakland announced issued a Notice of Parklet Opportunity (NPO). This marked the opening of the second round of Oakland’s Parklet Pilot Program. In September 2011, the city...
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19 things to do in Oakland with traditions old and new, September 26 – October 2

This week, we have lots of traditional events. They've either been around for decades or are just starting out: 25th anniversary, a couple of 2nd annuals, decades-old annual, 3rd annual, first-ever, 1st...
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Oakland folks join People’s Climate March in NYC, here (Storify)

As 310,000 marchers wound their way through the streets of New York City at the People’s Climate March (the biggest environmental march in history), Oakland rallied in solidarity. Several thousand people...
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21 festivals, fancy parties, and other things to do in Oakland, September 19 – 25

There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a...
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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...
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Found: Invasive species at Lake Merritt

Last week, a man biking by Lake Merritt found a creature that is currently listed as number 93 on the world’s 100 worst invasive species. So of course he brought it to Children’s Fairyland. I don’t...
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Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to...
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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...