Splash Pad Newsletter

  • By Sheila McCormick The East Bay Children’s Book Project (EBCBP) helps build literacy – getting books to children with little or no access to them, via teachers, social workers, health care professionals, community outreach groups, housing authority employees, and police officers. Books are provided free of charge to schools, daycare and community centers, homeless shelters, and […]

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    Oakland Is on a Roll by Gary Meyer Social media has been hot for BLACK PANTHER and two weeks ago it set an all-time advance ticket sales record for a Marvel film.Wait until you read the advance tweets from critics and celebrities. Can’t wait to see it with an audience at the Grand Lake where Oakland director Ryan Coogler’s […]

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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 news summary is published, please email  info@splashpad.org with “Subscribe” on the subject line. Editor’s Note: This month’s News features an article by Sheila McCormick about the East Bay Children’s Book Project that began on a wing […]

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    Lakeview Library Happenings The Lakeview Branch Library is a great resource for our neighborhood. This article is for those (few?) in the neighborhood who might be unaware of the cool things happening there. Lakeview is open 5 days a week: Tuesday: 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm; Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am […]

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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 news summary is published, please email  info@splashpad.org with “Subscribe” on the subject line. Editor’s Note: Let me begin by extending greetings for a very happy and healthy New Year along with an apology for a […]

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  • Posted In Keila Diehl Blog

      A Tibetan refugee and an anthropologist sat down to talk about curry, and the conversation transported them from Oakland to Bhutan, India, Connecticut, Georgia, and, finally, back to Oakland. A steaming mug of sweet chai in hand, I followed Tsultrim Dorjee, co-owner of High Peaks Kitchen at 391 Grand Avenue on his journey from an impoverished refugee […]

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  • Posted In Newsletter

    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 news summary is published, please email  info@splashpad.org with “Subscribe” on the subject line. EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK by Ken Katz Last month, I wrote about a serendipitous event that led to my meeting photographer and cinematographer Rick […]

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    EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK by Ken Katz Last month, I wrote about a serendipitous event that led to my meeting photographer and cinematographer Rick Wise who, in turn, connected me to his wife, Victoria, whose credentials  at Chez Panisse go back to Day One.  This past Saturday, I had a similar experience on Lakeshore that led in surprising […]

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    by David Gans C. J. Hirschfield is the Executive Director of Children’s Fairyland, the first storybook-themed park in America, located in Lakeside Park in downtown Oakland. “Fairyland is a therapeutic environment,” she says. “It’s ten acres of gardens in the heart of the city, totally low-tech. It’s about appreciating family time. We are a cynicism-free zone. […]

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  • by Sarah Van Roo and Donald Cooper   Many of us wander bewitched though the Autumn Lights Festival each fall, without knowing that each ticket purchased has gone to help fund the redesign of the entrance plaza for The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Lakeside Park. This plan, six years in unfolding, was created by […]

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