Splash Pad News – November 2020

Melissa Barron Photo

Editor’s Note: We have lots of interesting info to share in this month’s News but none is more critical than the message conveyed by neighborhood resident Melissa Barron, via what she has described as an ephemeral “VOTE Land Mural” that was inspired by the Know Justice, No Peace memorial that we reported on in the June News. Composed of granite rocks, cedar branches, plant matter and flowers (that Melissa is regularly refreshing), it was installed with assistance and materials from neighbors up and down the Mandana Green block.

Also, please note that, with a big assist from Eve Lurie who hosts and helps manage our WordPress site, readers can now post comments on individual articles as well as here at the bottom of the main page. We’re hoping to see far more feedback (including story ideas) in the coming months.


  • The Rotary Club of Oakland has featured speakers every Thursday afternoon and they are now held online and open to the public via Zoom and Facebook. Recent speakers have included Walter Hood and Laney College’s John Beam. You can connect with Rotary on FacebookLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.
  • The monthly Grand Lake Neighbors meetings are typically on the third Wednesday of each month. This month it’s Wednesday, November 18, beginning at 7 pm. Look for the agenda and the Zoom login info on their GLN Facebook page.

Odds and Ends

  • C. J. Hirschfield, our newest regular contributor, just penned an article for Oaklandside about Keep Oakland Alive, a new online shopping and delivery experience intended as an alternative to Amazon and designed specifically to support local businesses. Already on board, Adventure Toys (which inadvertently, helped inspire this effort), Oaklandish, Oaktown Spice Shop and Local Laboratory.
  • Also in Oaklandside, a very nice article about David Gans and the photos of the Grand Lake Theatre marquee that he’s been documenting for the past twenty years.
  • A lovely video celebrating Lake Merritt’s 150th Anniversary as America’s very first wildlife refuge is available on YouTube.