On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party. Trail mix, cookies, apples, and fresh-cut pieces of banana were laid out on colorful bowls on a table, but nothing smelled more fresh than the two 4-foot piles of compost and wood mulch laid out on the road in front of the church.
StopWaste, a public agency dedicated to reducing waste in Alameda County, hosted the lawn party to revitalize the Memorial Tabernacle’s community garden, using this hands-on project to educate volunteers on how to convert a water-thirsty lawn into a fruitful garden.Read More
On the morning of Tuesday, November 6–election day–Oakland North reporters Aaron Mendelson and Mihir Zaveri headed to a polling location in North Oakland’s Bushrod Community Center, to hear voters talk about Obama, the issues, and what voting means for them this election.Read More
Frank Garcia can’t help but start laughing. He’s standing in the middle of the Bushrod Recreation Center gym on a Thursday night, wearing gym shorts and holding a small, red plastic ball that looks like a miniature version of the ones found in schoolyards from coast to coast. Two of his high school buddies are standing next to him, and they’re cracking jokes of the ball-pun variety at each other’s expense. All around the gym, these plastic balls are whizzing by, as dozens of people warm up for a night of dodgeball.Read More
It’s summertime, and Oakland’s community gardens are thriving. But in a city with only about 200 plots for 40,000 people, waiting lists are long, and the Office of Parks and Recreation is expanding the gardening program as fast as it can.Read More
By SHILANDA WOOLRIDGE Summer may not bring heat to the weather in North Oakland, but it’s bringing heat to the streets.Read More
The renovated Raimondi is a start–but Oakland kids’ sports fields are often big expanses of ankle-twisting ground squirrel holes and dirt. Click here for the story.Read More