Splash Pad News – December 2022

Grand Avenue Merchant News – December 2022
by Ken Katz – The current hot topic on Grand Avenue is a proposal by the Ohana Cannabis Company to open a dispensary at 3838 Grand, next door to One Medical. A city administrative hearing on Ohana’s application took place on October 24. Despite limited meeting notifications, fifteen individuals spoke in opposition and two in support. Several weeks later, the Grand Lake Neighbors meeting on November 16 featured a presentation by Ohana’s President, Nasser Azimi, and three other company executives. In an email submitted the next day to Nancy Marcus in the City Administrator’s office, David Roe, a long-time Walker Avenue resident who lives directly behind the proposed site, shared the concerns neighbors expressed at that meeting. They included potential increases in noise levels, traffic congestion, security lighting… CONTINUE READING

Lakeshore BID – December 2022 Highlights
by Kira Pascoe – December is upon us, and community holiday celebrations are starting on Lakeshore! Join us for the third annual Lakeshore Holiday stroll from 4-7 on Friday, December 16! Read about Lakeshore holiday events and celebrations, options for holiday shopping and experiences, and giving back. Winter often brings a hankering for cozy comfort food; get the scoop on where to find food that hits the spot and more. Enjoy festive shopping, a drawing for prizes, meals, drinks, giving back, and carolers from the Oakland School for the Arts. A joyous time for everyone while supporting local businesses at one of the most important and jolly times of the year. Family-friendly, all are welcome! You may notice festive decorations and lights…  CONTINUE READING

Farmers Market Updates – December 2022
by Dan Foster – Market Participant Spotlight
8am Style:Meaza Haile handcrafts beautiful clothing using well-selected fabrics in her nearby shop/workplace.
Moonshadows Creative Jewelry:Gary Chappell has been building a loyal following for nearly fifty years.
Home Right Online:Michele Battise primarily uses heritage and global fabrics, such as handwoven mudcloth from Africa.
December Entertainment Schedule: 
12/3 – French American Quartet – Gypsy Jazz
12/17 – Ashley Jemison – Saxophonist performing Jazz/Pop/R&B
12/24 – Karaj Lost Coast – Karaj is a California Bay Area songwriter with a taste for sparse arrangements and insightful lyrics  CONTINUE READING

Splash Pad Park – Volunteer Work Day Sunday December 18
This month’s Grand Crew volunteer work day will be on the third Sunday — not the fourth. Mary Jo has half a dozen California Natives that need to be planted plus there’s always weeds to pull and shrubs to prune. At noon, we’ll  be celebrating all the upcoming holidays with sparkling beverages, Mary Jo’s fresh baked cookies and Arizmendi Pizza. Hours are 9-noon. Tools, gloves and knee pads are provided or bring your own. Please RSVP to Mary Jo

Odds & Ends – November 2022
The Living New Deal documents Depression-Era WPA  projects in Oakland and across the US.
The Oaklandside reports on the Trash Falcons — a volunteer clean-up team working Adams Point and Lake Merritt.
Victoria Wise, the chef who prepared the very first dinner at Chez Panisse has a new cookbook illustrated with photographs by her husband, Rick Wise.     CONTINUE READING

December 2022 Calendar
by Sheila McCormick – This month’s top picks: 
December 2,  Rotary Nature Center Friends.  A Birder Back in Her Patch. 
December 8, Oakland Rotary Club #3.  Speaker: Maria Alderete – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Community Kitchens Oakland.
December 8, Oakland Heritage Alliance. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Story of the Cohen Bray House. 
For the full month’s calendar, please click on this link

December 2022 Calendar of the Month