Author Archives Ken Katz

  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS I confess that I’m a bit chagrined.  After “promising” a butcher shop as one of the Penrose components, I made the same assumption in reporting on the sale of Monkey Forest Road to Richard Weinstein and Charlie Hallowell. As you likely already know, they have since leased the property to Doug […]

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  • The Lakeshore-Lake Park News is a monthly feature authored by Pamela Drake, the Director of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District. The Lakeshore BID The Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District is the oldest BID in Oakland-a vehicle that property owners use to tax themselves to pay for improvements to the retail district they are part of. […]

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  • SPLASH PAD PARK’s TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Richard Young is a Lakeshore Avenue neighbor; long-time Splash Pad supporter and one of the many superb local musicians who performed at the park’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.  If you’d like another small taste of the music from the 10th Anniversary stage, here’s a short video of Richard singing the […]

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  • NOVEMBER 5th:  Holly Schneider from Studio Grand has just released their November calendar which begins with this week’s First Thursdays on Grand closing reception for artist, Teri Saul followed by an evening of music. Last event on the calendar is the debut of a flamenco night on the 4th Saturday of each month featuring La […]

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  •   SPLASH PAD PARK’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION   The photos above (provided by long-time Lake Merritt advocate, John Klein) offer a small glimpse of what transpired at Splash Pad’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.  A audio sample of the offerings on the main stage is available in the form of a 5.5 minute video posted on You […]

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  • Nine Grand Avenue businesses will be providing gallery space through the month of November for select artists.   The First Thursdays art walk from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. typically includes artist’s receptions and refreshments.   Details for each gallery are listed below and latest updates are provided on the First Thursdays on Grand Website.  A […]

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  • SPLASH PAD PARK’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Maybe it’s true that you really can’t judge a book by its cover — but, if the press release for Splash Pad’s 10th Anniversary is a valid indicator, this event is going to be a huge success. Kudos to Angela Jackson, the public relations manager for the San Francisco Visitors Bureau, for writing […]

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  • When you want to get hammered (and sickled), Scarecrow Popcorn is the place to be. Their Leninade soda is “a taste that’s worth waiting in line for”. While you’re at it, pick up a bag of popcorn. Jalapeno Cheese is one of Tish’s five current flavors. Incidentally, when you get hungry at the 10th Anniversary celebration, there’s about forty […]

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  • Peggy and Helen from Kassenhoff Growers return to the market this weekend with lots of lettuce and peas plus a small selection of herbs and flowers. Anfilo Coffee – the very gracious couple who serve Ethiopian coffee and tea at the Farmers Market will be celebrating the Festival of Meskel in their brick and mortar shop at 35 […]

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