Tag Archives: Lake Merritt

Cynthia Mackey stands outside her home on Bellvue Avenue near Lake Merritt. (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

In Oakland, women take the lead as Airbnb hosts

Cynthia Mackey, a 56-year-old self-employed digital marketer, loves to talk about Airbnb. She laughs and smiles, growing excited as she talks about the joy that comes from opening up her home in Oakland’s Adams Point...
A squirrel accepts a walnut from a lofty palm tree perch.

Squirrel photographers showcase Oakland’s furry residents in new exhibit

Hella Damn Squirrels has been in full operation since 2013. The group only consists of two people, Hale and her boyfriend Toppano, partners in squirrel photography from the very beginning. They focus solely on the...
Early Sunday morning runners were on the course for the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival .(Photo by Candese Charles)

Runners from around the world join the fun at the sixth annual Oakland running festival

Bumping music, energetic people and booths selling food were all apart of the festivities at the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival on Sunday. The day included a marathon, half-marathon, a 4-person relay, a 5k and...
The staff is creating a simulation of the Redwoods. Photo: Terry Lorant

Oakland Museum of California to open gallery showcasing Oakland’s natural environment

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will be opening a new gallery focusing on California Natural Sciences on May 31. A recent behind the scenes sneak peek of the wing—which is still under construction—showed that...
Saturday's meeting about the future of Chinatown and the area near Lake Merritt BART attracted a crowd of more than 50.

Parks, taller buildings and bike-friendly streets planned for Lake Merritt BART area redevelopment

The area around Lake Merritt BART, including Chinatown and Laney College, could see taller buildings, new park area, and more pedestrian and bike-friendly streets in the next 25 years as part of a development effort...
Children's Fairyland, near Lake Merritt, will be transformed into a Fairy Winterland for the holidays. Photo by Debora Silva.

Children’s Fairyland to turn into “Fairy Winterland” to celebrate the holiday season

The Nutcracker Prince, the Grinch, Snowflake the Elf, Santa Claus and even a tap dancing Christmas tree will be joining the whimsical cast of characters at Children’s Fairyland this holiday season. For 10 days, the...
Oaklanders participate in community gardening during "Throw Down for the Town" last year. Photo courtesy of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

This Saturday, Throw Down for the Town invites volunteers to improve Oakland

This Saturday, dozens of volunteering opportunities will be available during the second annual “Throw Down for the Town,” a service festival that gives Oakland residents several options to transform their neighborhoods.