I’ve long been irate over all the protest-related vandalism that’s been tearing up our downtown district — costing business owners and taxpayers millions of dollars. News that a door and three windows at Oaklandish had been broken the night before prompted me to head in that direction on July 15 – intending to help stand guard. I initially got no further than the Lakeview Library as several hundred protestors, with a police escort and helicopters overhead, were marching up Grand Avenue.
Minutes later, they tried to enter Highway 580 from the Lakeshore on ramp — but blocked by OPD and CHP officers, they turned and headed down Lakeshore where I took this photo. Subsequently, I continued downtown to Oaklandish where I experienced the quiet before the storm.
Since nature was calling (did I mention that I’m officially a senior citizen) I headed for home with a quick stop for photos at the Court House where marchers were holding an impromptu rally.
Passing the Grand Lake Theatre, about a dozen people, who had evidently just seen Fruitvale Station, were gathered in a prayer circle under the marquee. On Lakeshore, out of the corner of my eye, I saw another circle that was far less reverential. As this photo demonstrates, this circle consisted of Trader Joe’s employees who regularly gather in the parking lot after work for a spirited hacky sack game.
It was one of a hell of a night that ended with a waiter in front of Flora hit in the face with a hammer. For this once, I was glad that nature had called.
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you already know that there was a big uptick in the number of violent crimes in the Grand Lake neighborhood including a rash of armed robberies.
On July 8, two young men finally crossed the line. Unfortunately for them, that line was the one demarcates the boundary between Oakland and Piedmont. As reported in this article in the Piedmont Patch, when they robbed three people on Grand at Greenbank, Piedmont officers were quick to respond with a police chase that ended with the suspects’ vehicle overturned on the 580 on ramp. Kudos to the Piedmont police and also to OPD — but, just as an afterthought, we ought to be having a conversation about the wisdom of hot pursuits in such a congested, business district.
Visit Oakland has announced a new photo contest open to the public with an August 20th deadline. Unlike their previous competitions, they’re asking for submissions that depict people and especially images that illustrate Oakland’s diversity.
Last month, I wrote about Michael Sasso’s Sasso Bar –but should have added that they are available at Lakeshore Produce, Urban Indigo and Grand Lake Kitchen. In addition, Michael is going to be handing out samples at Piedmont Grocery this Saturday from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
I always look forward to Pedalfest at Jack London Square. This year’s, Third Annual incarnation, sponsored once again by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, was special since our grand-daughter also attended.
The week before, we had gone to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and I dragged along my 14 year-old grand-nephew to accompany Sami on all the thrill rides that I want absolutely nothing to do with. Back at Pedalfest, while waiting in line for our turn, I took this photo of a marvelous pedal-powered ride that she and I did together. Me, on the bike. She, spinning like a whirling dervish with a big smile on her face.
Grand Lake neighbors, Kurt and Susi Vogler are a bit more daring than I. They hoisted their tandem bike up into the Whiskeydrome and rode the sloping sides. Here’s proof positive that they did the near-impossible.
The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a free concert at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church this Sunday beginning at 4:00 pm. The OPC performs rarely-heard works of African-American and other under-represented ethnic groups. Program for Sunday includes William Grant Still, Rimsky Korsakov and Daniel Leo Simpson. Donations are welcomed.
Thursday, August 1, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Thursdays on Grand
Friday, August 2, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Friday Art Murmur
Saturday, August 3, Noon – 8:00 pm: Art & Soul Festival
Sunday, August 4, Noon – 6:00 pm: Art & Soul Festival
Sunday, August 4, 4:00 pm: Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra free concert at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
Monday, August 5, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Splash Pad 10th Anniversary Steering Committee Meeting at the Katz residence
Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: National Night Out
Saturday, August 10, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Volunteer work day at Morcom Rose Garden
Friday, August 16, 7:00 – 10:00 pm: Oaklandish presents Fairyland 4 Grownups
Sunday, August 18, 9:00 am – Noon: Splash Pad Volunteer Work Day
Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm: Splash Pad Farmers Market Advisory Committee meeting in the Family Room, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
Saturday, September 7, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: 5th Annual Volunteer Day at Lakeview School
Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Autumn Lights Festival in the Gardens at Lake Merritt
Saturday, October 19: Marvelous Morsels Gourmet Tastings event at Monkey Forest Road. Splash Pad fundraising event.
Sunday, October 20, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Splash Pad’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
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