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Some A**hole Set Oakland's 52-Foot Xmas Tree on FireSome A**hole Set Oakland’s 52-Foot Xmas Tree on Fire
By - posted 12/6/2021
Christmas, Crime, East Bay, Holiday Lights, Holidays, Jerk Alert, Oakland

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News A holiday tree-lighting ceremony may still be on for this weekend in Oakland’s Jack London Square despite a fire early Monday morning that scorched about 10 percent of the tree, a fire department spokesman said. Quick work by firefighters at about 1:20 a.m. kept the fire more...

$9 Bay Area Lunch Deals This Week$9 Bay Area Lunch Deals This Week
By - posted 12/1/2021
Deals, East Bay, Freebies, Oakland, Partner, San Francisco, Sponsored, Takeout / Delivery

If you’re looking to up your weekly lunch game and discover lots of new local restaurants (but not go broke), ClubFeast might be your favorite new food delivery app. And it’s now in San Francisco, South Bay, East Bay (and NYC). ClubFeast is a sponsored partner of Funcheap – but we more...

Oakland Hosting New Free Festivals in 2022Oakland Hosting New Free Festivals in 2022
By - posted 11/28/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Oakland

By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation In an effort to encourage cultural celebrations and foster festival culture, Oakland will distribute $234,500 in funds to local nonprofits hosting community events next year. The application period is open from Dec. 1 to Jan. 13. “After more than 18 months of pandemic restrictions, Oaklanders more...

Oakland's "Safe Exchange Zones" for Buying/Selling Online GoodsOakland’s “Safe Exchange Zones” for Buying/Selling Online Goods
By - posted 11/23/2021
Bay Area Updates, Community, Oakland

By Victoria Hsieh, Bay City News Foundation The Oakland Police Department offers its community members two Safe Exchange Zones during the holiday season in front of the department at 455 7th St. The zones are intended to be an alternative to meeting in an unfamiliar location for buying and selling online more...

Oakland's Brand New 2021 "Town Nights" Parks FestivalOakland’s Brand New 2021 “Town Nights” Parks Festival
By - posted 11/22/2021
East Bay, Fairs & Festivals, Oakland, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Police Reform, Uplifting

On Monday, November 22, Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention is kicking off the 2021 Town Nights events at eight locations across the city of Oakland. According to the flyer there will be free food, games, sports, entertainment and more. Town Nights events aim to change community norms around violence through community engagement, more...

Oakland May Stop Cannabis Testing Its EmployeesOakland May Stop Cannabis Testing Its Employees
By - posted 11/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, Oakland

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News The Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously Tuesday on an ordinance to end the testing of city employees for off-the-job cannabis use considering the crisis the city is facing recruiting and retaining employees, Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan’s office said. The Public Safety Committee’s vote more...

Oakland Museum Partially Closed Due to Damage from October's Big StormOakland Museum Partially Closed Due to Damage from October’s Big Storm
By - posted 11/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, Oakland, What's Closed / What's Open

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) has temporarily shut down its special exhibition hosted in the Great Hall gallery due to damage sustained from the big storm in October. OMCA says… “Due to extraordinary weather conditions on Sunday, October 24, OMCA experienced some water damage to our campus. Leaking occurred from the more...

Oakland’s New "Tiny Home Village" Opens at Lake MerrittOakland’s New “Tiny Home Village” Opens at Lake Merritt
By - posted 11/2/2021
Brand New, Causes, Getting Help, Housing, Oakland

By Keith Burbank Bay City News OAKLAND (BCN) Sixty-five homeless people will soon have warm, temporary shelter from winter rain and cold thanks to a new, tiny home village in Oakland, city officials said Monday. Lakeview Village at Second Avenue and East 12th Street will begin housing people early this month and a more...

Oakland Zoo Rescues Injured Pelican from Lake MerrittOakland Zoo Rescues Injured Pelican from Lake Merritt
By - posted 10/29/2021
Getting Help, Oakland

Thanks to the Oakland”me Zoo for rescuing an injured pelican from Lake Merritt. Locals noticed an injured pelican at the lake, and staff from the Oakland Zoo were able to capture the pelican and bring her back to their veterinary hospital. The pelican, which they named Merritt, had a large fishhook more...

Oakland-Set "Blindspotting" TV Show Gets 2nd SeasonOakland-Set “Blindspotting” TV Show Gets 2nd Season
By - posted 10/25/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Bay Area Updates, Oakland

Starz’ Blindspotting, the spinoff sequel of the acclaimed movie, has just been greenlit for a second season. The show is set in West Oakland and was partially filmed in The Town as well. The series picks up six months after the events of the film. East Bay-born Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal more...

Chabot Space & Science Center Reopens Nov. 12Chabot Space & Science Center Reopens Nov. 12
By - posted 10/14/2021
Brand New, Oakland, Reopening

Chabot Space & Science Center reopens November 12 with new renovations, experiences, and guidelines to ensure a fun and safe visit. From new artwork to new artifacts, there’s something new for everyone at the Center. Reopening Weekend Celebration November 12-14 We’re kicking off Chabot’s reopening with a three-day Center-wide celebration. This exciting weekend features more...

OMCA's New Free Outdoor Lunch Performance Series Kicks Off Oct. 16OMCA’s New Free Outdoor Lunch Performance Series Kicks Off Oct. 16
By - posted 10/14/2021
Brand New, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Oakland

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) today announces a new, free program series open to the public this October through December. After reopening its campus in June following 15 months of closure, this series will be the Museum’s first in-person program, and its first public program held in the newly more...

Oakland Waterfront Hotel to Become Affordable HousingOakland Waterfront Hotel to Become Affordable Housing
By - posted 9/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, East Bay, Housing, Oakland, Support the Bay

Z Hotel, located in Oakland’s Jack London Square, is slated to be converted into affordable housing. Thanks to Mercury News and The Registry SF for sharing the news that Riaz Capital will be transforming the hotel into micro studios designed for workplace professionals who earn between $50,000 and $120,000 a year more...

Steph Curry Converts Bus to Serve Oakland FamiliesSteph Curry Converts Bus to Serve Oakland Families
By - posted 9/9/2021
Brand New, Getting Help, Oakland

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News A bus for books, food and play launched in Oakland courtesy of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry, their foundation announced Wednesday. The Eat. Learn. Play. Bus aims to provide nutritious meals, groceries, books and more to Oakland children and families more...

Oakland Hosts CA's First Ever Legal "Sesh"Oakland Hosts CA’s First Ever Legal “Sesh”
By - posted 9/6/2021
Fairs & Festivals, Get Out: Events, Oakland

Harborside & Smoakland present Market Daze 2021 feat. Hiero and Friends. California’s 1st Legal Sesh Market Daze, is a cannabis marketplace for legally licensed brands like Korova, Smoakland, Sublime, and many more! Come out to chop it up with some of your favorite cannabis brands and retailers like Harborside, Blunts + more...