Fiber art brought local artisans and crafty hopefuls together on Sunday for the second annual Oakland Fiber & Textile Festival showcasing homespun yarn, brightly colored wool and techniques for transforming these materials into wearable things.
Checking out tools here is as easy as checking out a library book. With nearly 3,000 tools available for loan, including books and how-to videos, it’s a DIY heaven for crafty and inspired Oaklanders.
Fuel-free forms of water sports like paddle boarding, rowing and kayaking can provide surprisingly breathtaking ways to travel, explore and exercise in Oakland’s own backyard.
Over 170,000 people were at Mountain View Cemetery on Thursday night. But only 40 people actually had a pulse and were there to discuss the potential architectural and landscape changes that could take place over the next two years regarding a pair of historic chapels.
Carmen Flores is one of 27 recreation centers and facilities in Oakland operated by the Office of Parks and Recreation. The city helps funds centers like Carmen Flores provide free and low-cost programs in sports, arts and general learning for people of all ages.
On Tuesday, BART settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the mother of Oscar Grant for $1.3 million. Grant was shot and killed by former BART officer Johannes Mehserle on a train platform New Year’s Day 2009.
On Sunday, the Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant met at Humanist Hall in Oakland to share ideas for advancing their overarching goal of preventing police abuse in their communities, and to discuss the group’s successes and failures.
A new bill authored by Oakland State Assemblyman Sandre Swanson could lift the ban preventing former drug offenders from receiving food stamps. “It is the right thing to do,” Swanson said, adding that California invests millions of dollars supporting prisoners that are released, only to find them returning within a couple of years.
Oakland library lovers braved the sun and heat in an uninterrupted 14-hour “read-in” at City Hall’s front steps on Monday. It’s the latest tactic library advocates are using to protest the potential closure of 14 of the city’s 18 libraries.
The last bell of the school year rang for Oakland school students on Thursday. But where to swim, travel or play sports aren’t the only questions these newly liberated youth—or their parents—have on their minds. How to provide a daily, nutritious meal is a more immediate concern this summer for low-income families and the 20,000 children that depend on reduced-price meals during the school year.
For less than a quarter of a tank of gas and 25 minutes of driving, Anthony Chabot Regional Park and campground is an easy, mini getaway from most anywhere in Oakland.
Mama Buzz Café and Gallery is located on Telegraph Avenue in the heart of Oakland’s young art scene. In addition to showcasing new artists’ work each month, Mama Buzz invites musicians several times a week to play free concerts in the intimate setting of the café.
Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle was released from a Los Angeles jail shortly after midnight on Monday, after having served a total of 365 days in the Los Angeles Central Jail. This included his time served while incarcerated during his trial and while awaiting sentencing.
Residents representing Oakland arts groups, libraries and redevelopment projects pled with councilmembers at Tuesday’s night City Council meeting to find alternatives to making drastic cuts to help close the city’s $58 million budget deficit.
Alameda County’s incarceration system may struggle to support the coming influx of inmates this July as California shifts the supervision of its prisoners from state to local facilities in order to meet a court-ordered prison population reduction strategy. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding in California’s 33 prisons has caused conditions that amount to “cruel and unusual punishment” in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling ordered California to reduce its prison population by 32,000 over the…
The College of Alameda celebrated the first fifteen students to graduate from the Violence Prevention Initiative Certificate Program last night at Humanist Hall in Oakland. Crystallee Crain, Adjunct Faculty at College of Alameda, and the instructor of this one-year program said this certificate is the first of its kind in California.