Splashpad Newsletter

  • Hello, Neighbors! Watch this space for monthly news and notes about tasty gems, handy services, art, and changes on Grand Ave., west of 580.  —  LZ. Kitchen 388 – August 2013 Kitchen 388 (at, duh, 388 Grand Ave.) is a bright and cheerful café with a small bouquet of fresh flowers on every table. Come […]

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  • FARMERS MARKET With Jerry Barclay, the Chair of the Splash PadFarmers Market Advisory Council, out of town, I was invited to sit in as a community representative at a meeting a couple of weeks ago between the city and representatives from the Agricultural Institute of Marin. I can’t share the details but it does sound […]

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  • SPLASH PAD PARK Plans for our 10th Anniversary Celebration are rapidly evolving as reflected in the content of our 10th Anniversary Celebration blog. 1. We now have five bands confirmed for Sunday, October 20th. 2. We’ve added a fundraiser for Splash Pad improvements scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. It will be a gourmet tastings event hosted […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS As I’ve noted previously, internet blogs have pretty much made soft openings for new restaurants a virtual impossibility. That was certainly the case when my wife and I (accompanied by our six year-old grand-daughter) showed up on July 7 for the opening night dinner at The Star on Grand. When I […]

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  • As I’ve mentioned previously, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church’s Hunger Task Force maintains a food pantry and annually provides Thanksgiving baskets to those in need. These efforts are funded in large part through the collection of cans and bottles that are deposited in the recycling collection bin in front of their pre-school. Please consider this as […]

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  • Attendance for the Splash Pad Farmers Market Advisory Committee meeting on June 19th was less than I would have hoped — but the meeting was quite productive, nonetheless. Group Chair, Jerry Barclay shared his concerns over the terms of the proposed contract with the city that would specify a one-time, $30,000 payment to the City […]

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  • Plans for our 10th Anniversary Party are rapidly taking shape. If you haven’t already done so, please check out our new 10th Anniversary Celebration blog for details. The concept we’re pursuing is to make this an “Oakland-Centric” celebration of our diversity featuring local foods, beers, wines and Oakland-based musicians. David Sturdevant and Eric Hughes have […]

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  • Last month, I provided a link to the raw results of the Grand Avenue survey. I can now also share a partial summation of the answers to Question 3: “What would you like in the way of new businesses?” Of the one hundred thirty-one individuals who responded, fifty-three cited restaurants, cafes or coffee shops. Although there were […]

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