Monthly Archives: June 2017

  • Farewell:  After four years authoring Grand Avenue West of 580 articles as “LZ”, this will be my final column. My husband and I are moving to Michigan where we will live in another vibrant and emerging neighborhood (Old Town, Lansing) and be close to our son, his wife, and our 3 grandchildren. It took all […]

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  • When the new Splash Pad Park opened in 2003, the farmers market was  small and manageable and the park grounds and landscaping, pristine.  Over the ensuing years, the market has grown four or five-fold and, since income for the Agricultural Institute of Marin is a function of the number of vendors and the size of […]

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  • A couple of Splash Pad News readers have asked me why the walks are titled, “Exploring Our Neighborhoods on Foot and with Camera.” That title is in homage to a book I bought at The Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington Street, operated by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library (disclosure, I am on the FOPL […]

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  • About Us: The Splash Pad News and the Splash Pad Facebook page are updated regularly with articles, special features and breaking news.  To receive notification when this monthly (more or less) news summary is published, please email  info@splashpad.org with “Subscribe” on the subject line. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFORM, Y’ALL by Keila Diehl An anthropologist went to […]

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  • Ten/11, billed as Oakland’s Premier Sneaker Store and located at 494 Wesley Avenue, had its Grand Opening on May 13th. I stopped in to check it out a week later and chatted with the owner, Peter Abramov, and his store manager, Qais Shaghasi. This space, in the same building as the Leaning Tower of Pizza, […]

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  • 1888 Coffee Station at Bacheesos “Taste this Warriors Smoothie,” encouraged Muhammad Diaw, manager of 1888 Coffee Station at Bacheesos (opened April 2), as I walked to the carry-out window nestled next to Bacheesos Mediterranean Restaurant (previously featured in this blog). “It’s got avocado, mango, pineapple, carrot, spinach, kale, orange juice, and a little bit of […]

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