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Check out the Temescal Street Fair & Oaklandish County Fair this Sunday

8 Jul

I’ve been going to the Temescal Street Fair for years so I was super bummed when I had plans for the date it had been scheduled for in June. Lucky for me (but not so lucky for the event organizers), it was rescheduled due to the rain for this Sunday, July 10. (You’d think it would be safe to schedule an outdoor event in June, but with the crazy weather this year, I guess not.)

I’m a big fan of street fairs and festivals. I love seeing normally car-jammed streets filled with pedestrians. I love having so many different food vendors and other small business vendors crammed together and so convenient. I love running into Oaklanders from the neighborhood and beyond.

The Temescal Street Fair is special to me though because for five years it was my neighborhood street fair and had to substitute for my neighborhood block party, since living on Telegraph, it’s not so easy to set up a block party.

This year, the fair has a similar structure to past year’s events, except for one awesome addition – the Oaklandish County Fair. But this isn’t your regular county fair. Instead of farm animals and pie eating contests, they’ll have pop-up soccer, bike dances, wrestling, a photo booth, and much more. Continue reading

June 1-6 Oakland Political & Community Events

1 Jun

Happy Car Free Challenge Week!

I went away for the weekend on a much needed vacation and am pressed for time so this week I’ll just be listing the events with links for further info. In honor of Car Free Challenge Week, I’m also listing ways to get to these events via public transit.

Tuesday, June 1 – Oakland City Council Meeting

AC Transit: 1/1R, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 40, 51A, 72/72M/72R
BART: 12th Street

Wednesday, June 2 – Special AC Transit Meeting on Service Cuts

AC Transit: 1/1R, 11, 12, 18, 51A, 72/72M/72R, NL
BART: 12th Street or 19th Street

Wednesday, June 2 – Gateway Park Public Workshop: First Concepts: Design Ideas for Gateway Park

AC Transit: 1/1R, 11, 12, 18, 51A, 72/72M/72R, NL
BART: 19th Street

Thursday, June 3 – Bench and Bar Happy Hour Fundraiser for Rebecca Kaplan

AC Transit: 1/1R, 11, 12, 18, 51A, 72/72M/72R, NL
BART: 19th Street

Friday, June 4 – Ferment Change: A Cultured Dinner for City Slicker Farms

AC Transit: 11, 12, 51A, NL
BART: 19th Street

Saturday, June 5 – Bluegrass for the Greenbelt: The Fifth Annual Benefit Concert for Greenbelt Alliance

AC Transit: 45, 57
BART: San Leandro BART (Greenbelt Alliance will provide a free shuttle to the Dunsmuir Estate from BART.)

Sunday, June 6 – Temescal Street Fair

AC Transit: 1, 12, 18, 26, 57
BART: MacArthur

Oakland’s summer fun starts this weekend

5 Jun

In my weekly events listing, I mentioned a few events happening this weekend, but there were a few I couldn’t fit and even more I heard of since writing that list. So if you’re looking to get out and enjoy Oakland this weekend, you’re in luck because there’s tuns of fun stuff happening.

Arts: Tonight is the art murmur, and it should be a great night to check out some of the more popular galleries since it’s likely to be rainy or gloomy. On warmer nights, the art murmur is sometimes a bit too crowded, which is fun, but it’s difficult to appreciate the art in that setting. If you’re too tired to make it out tonight, you can enjoy art all day on Saturday and Sunday at East Bay Open Studios throughout the East Bay. And for a preview of other art events this month, head to Oakbook.

Music: Oakland’s Damon and the Heathens will playing not one, but two shows this weekend to celebrate the release of their first album. Tonight, you can check out this horn-focused band at Eli’s Mile High Club and tomorrow you can see them at the Uptown nightclub.

Festivals: I wrote about these in detail in my weekly events listing, but just a reminder to head to West Oakland tomorrow for West Oakland’s Green Scene and come down to North Oakland on Sunday for the Temescal Street Fair.

If you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t worry, there’s plenty coming up throughout June and the rest of the summer that I’ll be writing about soon. Now if only it would heat up a bit so it will really feel like summer.

UPDATE: V Smoothe also recommends seeing Damon and the Heathens and writes about the reasons to visit downtown on Saturday night instead of Friday. And dto510 gives a few more suggestions. I guess Oakland bloggers are all fixated on having fun this weekend (either that, or we’re just too tired of writing about the depressing budget situation).

June 1-7 Oakland Political & Community Events

31 May

Monday, June 1st – Port Commission Hearing on Oakland Airport Connector Funding

On Monday the Port Commission will vote on taking the first step on funding the OAC to the tune of $44 million. You can read all about this issue in my post about this hearing. The meeting starts at 3:30 pm and will be held at 530 Water Street in Oakland (accessible by the 72, 72M, or 72R buses).

Monday, June 1st – City Council Budget Workshop

The Council will be meeting again this week to discuss the budget in further detail. For background, I highly recommend checking out V Smoothe’s coverage of the budget, which is really the only in depth budget coverage you’ll find anywhere. This workshop will be held at 4pm in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Tuesday, June 2nd – Oakland City Council Meeting

Though many items have been scratched from the agenda, there’s still a lot less to discuss. Among other items, the Council will discuss several applications for stimulus funds, a few different grants for youth services, and the proposed municipal ID card, which V Smoothe isn’t too excited about. See the full meeting agenda and check out my post about how to watch and understand City Council meetings if you need some guidance on how or where to view the meeting. The non-ceremonial parts of the meeting start at 7pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Wednesday, June 3rd – 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. This month, among other items, we’ll be voting on whether to endorse each of the four Oakland measures, C, D, F & H. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Democratic Party, this is a great way to do so. I’m an associate member for the 16th Assembly District, so you can find me at this meeting every month. The meeting will be held from 7-9pm in the San Leandro Main Library, Dave Karp Room, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577.

Wednesday, June 3rd – Planning Commission Hearing on the Housing Element

This week, the Oakland City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider whether to recommend adoption of the proposed 2007-2014 Housing Element, an Element of the General Plan. The Housing Element is a five-year blueprint for housing Oakland’s residents, at all economic levels, including low-income and households with special needs. It provides an update on housing prices and rents, housing conditions and market trends. For background on the Housing Element, read Tom Thurston’s coverage here, here, and here, and read the Planning Commission staff report. This hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Friday, May 29th – Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square

Via Angela Woodall: “Free Outdoor Classes from May 1 to July so you can Dance the Night Away on Oakland’s Waterfront. On Friday nights this Spring and Summer, Jack London Square will see sizzling salsa, tight turns, and elegant waltzes. But on this dance floor, there will be no judges and no one will be voted out. Jack London Square today announced Dancing Under the Stars, a summer of free outdoor dance classes open to the public. Over ten Friday night sessions, visitors will be treated to professional instruction in a range of popular steps, all on Oakland’s waterfront and by the light of the stars. Dancing Under the Stars will begin at 8:30 PM each Friday at the foot of Broadway from May 1st to July 3rd.” This Friday, they’ll be teaching the Foxtrot.

Friday & Saturday, June 5th & 6th – WOBO Successful Campaigns Training

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland is holding a training on choosing, directing, and winning campaigns to increase bicycling and walking. You’ll come away with the tools and confidence to not only advocate for improvements, but win them! The course will be instructed by SF Bicycle Coalition’s founding Executive Director Dave Snyder and WOBO Board members. The training will be held Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm & Saturday 8:30am-5pm at theoffices of Bay Area Wilderness Training at 2301 Broadway, #B off 23rd. You can find all the details at WOBO’s site.

Saturday, June 6th – West Oakland’s Green Scene

This will be celebration of both the new park and the many organizations that are creating healthy and sustainable communities in Oakland. There will be several activities geared towards kids, and plenty to do for adults as well. If you’ve never been to Middle Harbor Park, this is a great chance to check it out (read my review of the park to find out how amazing it is). The event will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park from 11:00am-4:00pm. Parking is limited: ride a bike or take the hydrogen fuel-celled AC Transit Bus #13 (departs every ½ hour from West Oakland BART). You can read all the details here.

Sunday, June 7th – Temescal Street Fair

The annual Temescal Street Fair will be held Sunday (note day change). Enjoy delicious food and drink from local restaurants including Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub, La Calaca Loca Taqueria, Burma Superstar, Bear Naked Burgers, Bakesale Betty, The Avenue and much more. Music at the Main Stage at 51st will feature: Fito Reynoso y su Ritmo y Harmonia (salsa), Cataracs (rock), Destiny Arts Youth Performance Troupe (hip-hop),  Zanza (sassy bossa nova). There are special activities for kids, a fashion show, plenty of opportunities to buy local, and valet bike parking. The fair will be held 12-6pm with an expansion this year from 45th-51st Telegraph Avenue, North Oakland. You can find more info at the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District’s website and you can see some photos from last year’s fair here.

Monday Morning Distractions – Temescal Street Fair

22 Sep

Last Monday, I shared some photos of my balcony garden as a way to lighten up the load of your Monday. It seemed to go over well so I thought I’d make this a semi-regular feature. What can you expect from Monday morning distractions? Not much writing, but lots of photos, videos, music, and it will always be light-hearted. Most of the posts will be related to Oakland, but some of them may not be.

Tell me what you think in the comments, whether you love or hate this idea, and if you have any specific requests.

For this Monday morning, I thought I’d share some photos from this year’s Temescal Street Fair. I never managed to write about it, but I thought this would be an appropriate time to post the photos, since Rockridge is having its neighborhood street fair this Sunday, September 28th. Hopefully these photos will inspire some of you to make it down to Rockridge next weekend.

People everywhere, eating and dancing.

People everywhere, eating and dancing.

Good luck finding a parking spot for your car, but bicycle parking, no problem.

Good luck finding a parking spot for your car, but bicycle parking, no problem.

Bakesale Betty, with an even bigger crowd than usual.

Bakesale Betty, with an even bigger crowd than usual.

Oaklandish, with several new designs for the summer.

Oaklandish, with several new designs for the summer.

A rapid bus serving as a museum exhibit. Really, I was a bit shocked at how excited people were to get to check out the bus. Have they never been on one?

A rapid bus serving as a museum exhibit. Really, I was a bit shocked at how excited people were to get to check out the bus. Have they never been on one?

A good old fashioned dunk tank, Oakland style.

A good old fashioned dunk tank, Oakland style.