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Monday, September 29th, 2014

More graduate from Oakland schools, and other OUSD data points

After years of reform, some things are improving at Oakland Unified School District. More kids are graduating and fewer are dropping out, with the graduation rate rising to 66.8 percent for June 2013, according to data released last week. Suspensions are down by a third since 2012 and enrollment held steady this year from last

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Hip hop therapy for Oakland youth begins in October

Beginning in late October and running through January, the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a hip hop workshop series for marginalized young men of East and West Oakland’s neighborhoods. In...

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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 annual, and of course, the...

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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 gathered at Lake Merritt to walk and...

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Why Oakland needs net neutrality

By Paul Goodman More and more, Oakland is bursting with lively, creative local businesses and artists, and the Federal Communications Commission is weighing issues that could either encourage this creative energy or help strangle it. It all...

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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 fabulous week! You’re probably...

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Learning to pickle with Oakland’s Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co.

Lorena Ramos and Max Cadji want to introduce some legit Oakland culture into your diet, specifically raw pickled vegetables: fermented, sealed and sold by the Phat Beetz Youth Pickling Company (PBYPC). Just how legit? Like many of Oakland’s...

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Oakland street food: The paths to legitimacy

Along the sidewalks of Oakland’s Fruitvale district, street food vendors are busy every day selling traditional tamales, fresh fruit, corn chips and homemade ice cream. If you talk to them, you’ll learn they are also busy establishing...

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...

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