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Oakland Updates: Translink, Sweeeeet Oakland, Bike Access, National Night Out, Council Catch Up & Scraper Bikes

7 Aug

Just a reminder that tonight is the East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party at the Oakland Museum of California from 5pm-midnight. You really should stop by for at least a little while. It’s free, should be a lot of fun, and will probably be the last time you see the museum before it closes for renovations on August 23rd. And now onto the updates.

Using Translink on BART: On Tuesday, I wrote about BART finally implementing Translink, and on Wednesday evening, I got to try it out myself (yay!). But I must admit that I was a bit confused about where to swipe my card. I was looking for something labeled “EZ Rider” since I knew Translink would use the same reader, but there was nothing like that. I did figure it out, but others I know just gave up. Luckily, the Translink Facebook page posted a photo of where and how to swipe the card:

Translink on BART

New blog joins the blogoaksphere: Sweeeeet Oakland launched late last month and “will be focused around political, food, and event happenings as well as generally cool things to check out in and around Oakland California.” Graham Patterson, the author, moved here just 6 months ago so it should be interesting to follow his explorations of his newish home.

Don’t try biking to the Lake Merritt Boathouse: You might have heard that there was a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday at the Lake Merritt Boathouse. If you drive, there’s plenty of parking for you there. But if you bike, according to dto510, there’s absolutely no bike parking. Hopefully that will get fixed, especially since, as WOBO reports, new bike lanes were completed this week on Lakeside Drive.

Video from National Night Out: There was lots of talk about National Night Out leading up to Tuesday night, but I haven’t heard too much about how it went. Myrtle Street Review videotaped their block party in West Oakland. Looks like it was a fun night:

Catching up on old Council Meetings: Miss the Council during their recess? Well, there’s no need to since you can catch up on past meetings via videos online. Maybe the pro-parking protests could go back and watch all the meetings they missed out on in which the parking changes were discussed in great detail. Another way to catch up is via Oakland North’s “live” (well, it was live) coverage of the budget council meeting on July 28th. The coverage is good, but my favorite part is the caption of their picture of Sanjiv Handa: “Sanjiv Handa addressing council members. As usual.”

Scraper bike photos: Also from Oakland North is a great set of photos from the “Healin’ from Killin’” bike ride for peace. Here’s a sample, but head over to Oakland North for the rest.

Scraper Bikes 1

Scraper Bikes 2

August 3-9 Oakland Political & Community Events

2 Aug

Tuesday, August 4th – National Night Out

The “26th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This year, there nearly 400 NNO events in Oakland will provide opportunities for Oaklanders to meet neighbors and enjoy an evening out in Oakland. You can search for an event in your neighborhood at the NNO’s website.

Wednesday, August 5th – Oakland Builders Alliance Summer BBQ Mixer

Come to the OBA Summer BBQ Mixer and meet others in the building trades and professions. Enjoy a delicious Bar B Q meal, compliments of Brian Garrett, President of Community Bank of the Bay, while you share information about contracting and development opportunities in Oakland! The BBQ will be on Wednesday August 5th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at The Community Bank of the Bay at 1750 Broadway. To RSVP Call Erin Cusick: 510-437-9620 ext.4. Entrance is free to all members and a $10 donation is recommended for all non-members. RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 5th – Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Every month, the Central Committee meets to discuss party business and to make plans for the future of the Democratic Party in Alameda County. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Democratic Party, this is a great way to do so. The meeting will be held from 7-9pm in the San Leandro Main Library, Dave Karp Room, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577.

Thursday, August 6th – Jack London Square Waterfront Flick Outdoor Movie Night

Jack London Square is showing nautical themed films all summer long, featuring Big Fish this week. Guest speakers and trivia games begin at 7:30 PM. At nightfall, favorite movies will be shown on giant screens. Diners may enjoy restaurant specials, as well as take away meal boxes. Special guests: Oakland Barracuda Aquatics. The movie will be shown at 8pm on the East Lawn of Jack London Square. Find out more details at the JLS events page.

Friday, August 7th– East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party

The East Bay Express is throwing a party to celebrate the winners of the Best of the East Bay. I didn’t make it to the party last year, but I heard it was packed and tons of fun. The main stage will feature Superfinos VTO, The Thrill of it All, Mystic Rage, Swann Danger, Souls of Mischief, C U Next Weekend (Shampu), Dizzy Balloon, Social Unrest, Fracas, and Goapele. There will also be a Kids Party Zone, film screenings, dance, theater, live art making, tattoo art exhibition, fashion shows, contact sports and professional wrestling ring, outdoor village of food, drinks, artists, retailers, and nonprofits, and much, much more. The party runs from 5 p.m.-midnight at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street. It’s free, and all ages are welcome. You can get there via many AC Transit lines, Lake Merritt BART, or by bike, complete with valet bike parking, courtesy of East Bay Bicycle Coalition. Check out the party’s blog for much more info.

Friday, August 7th– Art Murmur

Check out the monthly evening of art gallery shows and entertainment in Uptown. Read my review of the art murmur here. The Art Murmur runs from 6-10pm but individual art gallery times vary. The galleries are mostly located in Uptown, between Broadway and Telegraph, and Grand and 29th. Check out the Murmur’s website for more info.

Saturday, August 8th – 10th Annual Laurel Street Festival

This Saturday, the Laurel District will transform into a pedestrian zone to host thousands of Laurel residents and visitors from the greater Bay Area. The festival will showcase live music and performances highlighting some of the greatest Bay area and local talents, a street fair with over a 100 vendors, street art, gourmet food booths, family fun at the Kid’s Zone featuring games, activities for children of all ages and showcases more than 100 retail, service and restaurant establishments in Oakland’s own Laurel District.The Laurel Street Festival attracts over 5000 attendees annually. The festival will be held from 1-6pm on MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and High. See the music lineup and find more info at the festival’s website.
Saturday, August 8th – 4th Annual Urban Wine Experience

At the Urban Wine Experience, fourteen urban wineries will be pouring more than 50 different local wines. Participating wineries include: Adams Point, Andrew Lane, Aubin Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Eno Wines, Irish Monkey, JC Cellars, Periscope Cellars, Prospect 772, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wines, Rosenblum Cellars, Tayerle Wines, Two Mile, Urban Legend and Urbano Cellars. Each winery has partnered up with a restaurant to offer food pairings with their wines. Participating food purveyors include: Adagia Restaurant, Angela’s Bistro, Asena Restaurant, Bellanico, Bucci, E’Era Una Volta, Culina, E-22 Café, Fabrique Délices, Levende East, Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Pappo, SavoryCook Special Event Catering, Whole Foods, Zza’s Trattoria, Enoteca & Catering. The event will be held from 2-5 pm at Jack London Square Ferry Terminal. Tickets are $45 online and $60 at the door. You can purchase tickets and find more info at the event’s website.