Lauren Callahan

Bikes get hyphy in West Oakland

At a West Oakland warehouse, youth build their own custom bike creations – chopper bikes, tandem bikes, cruiser bikes, and sidecar bikes of various shapes and sizes and colors.

California Writers Club celebrates 100th Anniversary

There’s nothing like a beautiful Saturday to remind you of all the yardwork that remains to be done before the winter rains return in a few weeks. So this past Saturday, members of the California Writers Club, along with Councilmember Jean Quan and other city employees, gathered to celebrate the CWC’s 100th anniversary—and begin the…

October 15, 2009: Shake, rattle and roll

Good afternoon Oakland, As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake this Saturday, there are several events being held to celebrate Oakland’s recovery. Here’s what’s going on: The Great California ShakeOut, California’s earthquake preparedness program, held the largest earthquake drill EVER this morning at 10:15 a.m. Did you shake it out? We…

October 13, 2009: We’re writing in the rain today.

Good morning Oakland, We hope you’re staying dry out there as the first rainstorm of the winter season is upon us. Here’s some recent news that caught our attention: If you were planning to head over to the Taste of Temescal festival tonight, hold off! Head over next Tuesday instead to enjoy this delicious culinary…

October 12, 2009: Welcome! We’re different.

Good afternoon Oakland, You may be noticing that we look a little different today. New look. (Isn’t it pretty?) New layout. (Don’t get lost!) New sections right up there at the top. (Go ahead, go play.) Let us know what you think about the new look in the comments. This North Oakland Now blog will…

The Mermaids take the waters at annual cancer swim

The Women’s Cancer Resource Center, an Oakland-based support center for women with cancer, held its fourteenth annual Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer event on October 3rd and 4th at the Mills College pool in East Oakland. Swimmers of various skill sets – from those who walked their laps in the shallow end to…

Small group gathers to consider council recall

A small group of local business owners and Oakland residents gathered at the Grand Lake Theater last week to discuss what to do in response to the September 22nd city council meeting, where the July 1st parking measures were kept intact. The meeting’s host was Allen Michaan, who owns the Grand Lake Theater and leads…

A day in the life of Frank Ogawa Plaza

We’re only a few short hours into the autumnal equinox, which can only mean one thing: summer has arrived in Oakland. The sun beams high overhead the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. Pigeons dive to the concrete and back to the sky, swooping past two small children, a brother and sister, who laugh…

Up close with moviegoers, filmmaker at 9/11 film festival

The fifth annual 9/11 film festival, sponsored by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, began last night at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater. Oakland North spoke with three people about why they attended the festival, as well as with filmmaker Dylan Avery, who premiered his film Loose Change: An American Coup last night. Audio slideshows after…

9/11 film festival brings “truthers” to Grand Lake

Eight years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a group of people who call themselves “truthers”—those who insist that the American government’s version of that day’s events is a lie—will gather at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater Wednesday and Thursday for a film festival. For the last five years, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance,…

Video: Shipping out to watch the Bay Bridge retrofit

On Saturday, approximately 95 passengers attended a seismic retrofit cruise to watch the construction on the Bay Bridge. Private cruise company Celebrations on the Bay hosted the cruise. Four attendees told Oakland North why they set to sea to witness the retrofit first-hand. Video of the cruise after the jump.