Whitney Pennington

Need help with your errands? Try a personal assistant

In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, it can be hard to find time for mundane tasks like doing laundry, grocery shopping and organizing your closet. But websites offering personal assistants to run your errands for you have been popping up all over the web.

Mayor’s Community Toy Drive brings cheer to many

At this time of year, many parents grab up lists to Santa and race to the mall in hopes of nabbing the year’s hottest toys to hide under the tree. But for Nombuyiselo Gqajena, an Oakland mother living at the Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center—a transitional housing facility—Christmas presents great emotional and financial stress.

“Street Style Fashion” workshop helps young designers flourish

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, an Oakland-based volunteer cooperative offering free and low-cost art classes to the community, has offered “Street Style Fashion” workshops since 2007. The workshops, which are presented in partnership with Arts and Creative Expression, are open by application to young fashion designers ages 14 to 25 and focus on teaching participants professional design skills. Each workshop, students begin or continue work on a garment using techniques they develop in class to move their work forward. The clothing...

Restaurant options for a Thanksgiving night out

Hi Oakland North readers — this article appeared in 2010. If you are looking for Thanksgiving restaurant information for the year 2012, click here. Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, family… and food. From pumpkin pie to turkey, Thanksgiving is as much about the food as the fellowship. But while there are those of…

Experience Corps enriches lives, young and old

Experience Corps, a national service program for adults 55 years and older, has enlisted Bay Area seniors—known as corps members—to tutor and mentor children in Oakland’s public schools since 2003.

Nationally, the program reaches roughly 20,000 students in 20 urban communities including New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Oakland’s corps is operated in seven elementary schools and includes roughly 50 corps members, many of whom are retired.

One week later, education community disappointed by Measure L’s close defeat

One week after Oakland voters defeated Measure L, a parcel tax that would have boosted city public teacher salaries, members of the city’s public education community are frustrated and disheartened. “I’m pretty disappointed, because it almost made it,” said Sam Davis, an adult education teacher at Manzanita SEED Academy in East Oakland. “It was so close.”

City council to vote on municipal ID card program

Oakland City Council members will vote Tuesday whether to implement a Municipal Identification Card program that would provide valid identification to Oakland residents.

The program, which is modeled off of San Francisco’s City ID Card program, will offer identification cards to residents who would not otherwise be able to get a state or federal form of identification, including undocumented immigrants.

The community meets the makers at mini-faire

A little rain didn’t keep Oaklanders away from the first annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Sunday. The fair, which was an indoor and outdoor exhibition of over 100 Bay Area businesses and tech projects, was held at Temescal’s Park Day School.

Oakland’s youngest mayoral candidate, Larry Lionel Young, Jr., strives to stand out

At 30, Young is the youngest of Oakland’s ten candidates for mayor this election season. On a crowded ballot, where the candidates are predominantly in their 40s, and clawing for ways to set themselves apart from one another, his drastic age difference draws attention. “No one can relate to the youth better than the youth,” he says. “Youth is strength. It’s untapped resources that Oakland has yet to use.”

Superintendent takes tough questions at teacher meeting

Superintendent Tony Smith got personal while talking reform and student performance expectations Tuesday at the Oakland Unified School District’s Region 1 Teacher’s Dialogue. The meeting, which was the third in a series of teacher outreach meetings being held this month, brought roughly 25 teachers to North Oakland’s Sankofa Academy. The dialogues are supposed to give teachers a chance to understand the administration’s vision and talk directly to the superintendent.

Students get second chance at day’s first meal

Oakland Unified School District officials believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—so important that they’re now serving it twice. In an effort to increase the number of students who eat breakfast at school, the district has begun implementing an additional breakfast option called “Second Chance Breakfast.”