On an early October morning in 1990, Ralph Spinelli swung open the back door of a large restaurant as he shoved his other hand into the pocket of his lightweight windbreaker, pretending to hold a gun. He had eaten at the restaurant several times before and knew that the door was unlocked around that time for deliveries — it was his habit to notice the weaknesses of an establishment. The three workers in the restaurant stared at Spinelli in bewilderment…
The Jack London Market Square building was transformed into a showcase of Oakland’s ‘Do it Yourself’ (DIY) culture at the Patchwork handmade festival.
Last weekend, Oakland held its first-ever sustainability jam, which encouraged people to create solutions to economic, environmental and social problems.
Kinetic Steam Works is a West Oakland-based nonprofit that utilizes steam to power antique machinery, like a player piano and a printing press, and to create artwork.
Last Saturday, a group of over 100 people gathered at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland to celebrate the launch of “The Griots of Oakland,” a book and exhibition about young black men living in the city.
Over 1,000 scholars, students, and parents attended the five-day National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) conference, held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, which featured panels, interactive workshops, school tours, and film screenings.
In preparation for the full implementation of Common Core State Standards, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) held a public hearing on Wednesday evening to discuss allocation of funds.
A middle school hallway with its long, lonely corridors often serves as the typical wandering place for a troubled kid. At Claremont Middle School in North Oakland, students are fed up with the perception of hallways in their school. Through a ‘Design Thinking and Making’ class that was implemented this fall, students in grades 6-8 are actively attempting to change the space they study in five days a week. To make the school more welcoming, students have discussed strategies for…
During a two-week educational trip to Beijing and Shanghai, Oakland teens expanded their horizons, broke cultural barriers, got a fresh outlook on life and education, and climbed the Great Wall of China .
Over a dozen riders saddled up for the 39th Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Association Parade on Saturday. The event celebrates the often untold history of black cowboys and cowgirls.
Founded in Oakland in October 2012 by wife-and-husband team Samantha and Chris Cook, Hacker Scouts was developed as an outlet for children who want to learn hands-on skills not usually offered in traditional schools.