Three reasons to stay in Oakland this weekend…

9 Oct

Unfortunately, I have three more important reasons to go to LA this weekend (a rally, a conference, and to see my family) so I’ll be missing out, but I thought I’d share these three great events:

1. Thursday, October 11th: Mix It Up East Bay

I wrote about September’s Mix It Up East Bay and plan to be back next month. Check out this East Bay activist happy hour:

This month’s short presentations will focus on increasing healthcare access and education. Invited speakers include:

-Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
-Operation Access
-Asian Health Services
-Community Voices

October 11, 2007 (And every second Thursday of the month.)
Arsimona’s Bar and Lounge
561 11th St. in downtown Oakland (above Le Cheval)

2. Saturday, October 12th: District 1 Town Hall Meeting w/Jane Brunner & Mayor Ron Dellums

I’m really upset about missing this one and hope others in District 1 (North Oakland) will ask some hard questions of Brunner and Dellums about crime and development. Here’s the info:

Topic: Jane Brunner’s Community Advisory Meeting: Special Guest, Mayor Ron Dellums

When: Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 AM – Noon
Where: Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd Street (Parking off of Alcatraz, just east of Telegraph Avenue)

Info: For more information please call 238-7001 or visit

3. Saturday, October 12th: Numi Tea Garden Grand Opening

I don’t think I’ve ever written about this here, but I’m an avid tea drinker (I made the switch from coffee several years ago and have never looked back). Numi’s great not only because it’s a local business but also because it features a variety of delicious organic teas. I’ve always wanted to hang out at their Oakland warehouse, and now there’s an opportunity. Here’s the description from the Edible East Bay calendar:

Oaktown’s homegrown organic tea importer is opening an enchanted Tea Garden, retail shop, and community lounge where you can unwind and relax and weekday between 9 and 5. On opening day from noon to midnight there will be lots more: door prizes, inspiring community speakers, live world music and dance, organic hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and cocktails, and of course, plenty of tea. In Oakland’s Embarcadero Cove, 2230 Livingston St., Oakland, (510) 533-8720,

If you make it out to any of these events, let me know what you think so I can live them vicariously through you.

I’m off to LA for a few days so I likely won’t be posting again until next week. Enjoy the weekend in Oakland!

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