Miscellaneous Important Stuff – June 2024

Splashpad News Wish List

Wish list written on laptop

Our writing and production team is pretty pleased with how this newsletter is turning out, but we believe we can do more. Here’s our list. I encourage you to join our team — once or on a regular basis.

Writers, ideas and Photos: We want your ideas of neighbors and businesses to profile. We’d love to add coverage of additional parts of our neighborhood, especially Haddon Hill and Adams Point. If you’re interested in writing about businesses, neighborhood issues, or other happenings in the Grand Lake area, please write in.

Poetry and short essays. If you’re both a neighbor and a professional or amateur writer, we’d love your submissions. We don’t pay, but it’s a good opportunity to get published and read.

Calling all young, aspiring writers & journalists: We’d love to reach out to young people to contribute news stories. If you, your kid, or your students have an interest in honing their journalistic skills, send them our way.

Social Media: We need to promote this newsletter to our neighbors on Nextdoor, local networks, facebook, Instagram, you name it. It’s important but sadly, it’s not my thing. If it’s yours, please join the team!

To join us, send a note via the comments section.

Farmers’ Market Items

Ashley Jemison plays sax at Farmers Market
Ashley Jemison wowed the Farmers’ Market crowd with her brilliant saxophone playing on May 25.

June Entertainment Calendar

6/1/2024: Phat Luv Band

6/8/2024: Diego Jameau

6/15/2024: Suzanna Holland

6/22/2024: Ephemra

6/29/2024: Bob Culbertson

Vote to ensure that the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market is number one!

Exciting news! AIM’s Grand Lake Farmers Market is a finalist in the East Bay Express / East Bay Magazine’s Best of the East Bay 2024 readers’ poll for the category of farmers markets.

Voting is now live and ends at 11:59 pm on June 16.  Use this link to access the full Best of the East Bay final Ballot for all categories.

Winners and runners-up will be announced in the EBX Best of the East Bay 2024 edition at the end of July, and in the September issue of East Bay Magazine.

The Farmers’ Market wants to hear from you! Share your Farmers Market Experience

The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) is creating its next multi-year strategic plan; they value your insights on shopping at the Farmers Market and want to enhance your overall experience. Your feedback will help shape AIM’s focus and future infrastructure for their Farmers Markets: improving our local economy, providing equitable food access, and community growth.  

Please take the survey, accessible by clicking this link. For translation instructions please click here.  

As a token of appreciation, you’ll be eligible to win a delightful farmers market basket along with some exclusive Agricultural Institute of Marin merchandise.  

Paying tribute to Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer notice

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the loss of one of our more visible neighbors, Alan Shearer.  Many of you may have seen this lanky man on daily walks over the years, proudly logging 10 to 16,000 steps a day often in shorts and flip-flops, and hauling home urban treasures. Last week we became concerned after he stopped communicating and wasn’t seen walking the neighborhood.  We soon learned from a concerned neighbor that on May 3, Alan was found peacefully passed in his home on Wickson Avenue

Born and raised in Ohio, Alan lived in California for nearly 50 years. He held a variety of jobs including managing the Joseph Magnin print shop and working at Williams Sonoma. But his true love was finding urban treasures; he scoured the neighborhood for items he could sell at garage sales and online. His other love was genealogy and uncovering fascinating facts about both sides of his family.   

Alan was a bright, curious, and caring man who, at 73, left us too early.  He had much more to share and was excited about explorations in our neighborhood and beyond.  Alan will certainly leave a void, especially for those of us with whom he had regular contact.  He made the neighborhood feel connected and we truly feel his absence.

Donations may be made in Alan’s name to the LGBTQ Community Center or the Golden Gate Business Association.

Susi Raub Vogler

Goodbye Lakeshore Cafe

It’s always sad when a restaurant you enjoyed closes, and even more so when that restaurant has served the community for more than 20 years. That’s what happened when Lakeshore Café suddenly announced they were closing their doors on May 27. The restaurant was packed on its last day in business.

All we know, so far, is that the space will be home to a new restaurant. I sure hope they serve as great a breakfast and lunch as what we’ve gotten used to. Thank you Lakeshore Café for being there for us since 2002. You will be missed!

By debra chaplan

Debra Chaplan became the publisher of the Splashpad News in February 2024. She’s lived in the Grand Lake neighborhood for 30 years. With a career doing communications and educational programming for several unions, she’s pleased to use those skills for the neighborhood and city that she loves.



One response to “Miscellaneous Important Stuff – June 2024”

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    Oakland photographer

    Hey there! I’d be interested in sharing my photos. I would also be interested in writing but don’t have any story ideas right now.

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