Tickets are now available online for the second annual Autumn Lights Festival. This is a truly magical event that serves as a major fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Dates are Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 — 6:00 to 10:00 pm both nights. Here’s another photo that I took last year.

I met with Raul Audelo again last week. Raul is the webmaster for Earthjustice and he’s in the process of converting our antiquated Splash Pad website to a platform that will be far more attractive, readable and interactive. Once I get the hang of it, it will also be easier to produce. A few features (including the newsletter) have already been converted and will hopefully be online very shortly.

Shift Local’s Ideal Date Night Contest is a 3 week campaign to raise awareness of why it’s important to shift spending away from national chains, and spend more towards independent local businesses. Join the contest by posting your ideal date night on Shift Local’s Facebook Page – Facebook.com/shiftlocal. The grand prize includes: 2 passes to Grand Lake Theater, a gondola tour on Lake Merritt, $30 at a restaurant and a $300 Oakland Grown Gift Card.* Plus many more prizes!! Additional details are on their website.