Splash Pad News – September 2021

Pandemic Purging: Heartfill, not Landfill
by C. J. Hirschfield – Pandemic purging is definitely a thing. Being at home for so many months has caused us to re-evaluate what we really want and need, and what we feel could be let go. But no one wants to add to the landfill. Luckily, there are now more options than ever to re-gift nearly anything you have. I know—I’m in the process of moving in order to downsize and have discovered wonderful local options for donations of every sort. Before going, be sure to check the websites of these organizations regarding various COVID guidelines and for information on what items they will—and won’t—accept. Out of the Closet thrift stores are located all over the country, and there’s one…  Continue Reading

Lakeshore BID – September 2021
by Kira Pascoe – Lakeshore continues to work hard and find new ways to serve the community. Find creative Labor Day drinks and activities, helpful items for back to school giving back, and more. As this year is challenging, please continue supporting local businesses by purchasing locally whenever possible. Of course, on Lakeshore and Lake Park Avenues, we have the added bonus of having fabulous local businesses to love including those that have creative ideas for your Labor Day weekend and are offering a variety of elegant and tasty drinks that will certainly delight one’s palette (and most have delicious non-alcoholic drinks available too).  Continue Reading

Grand Avenue Merchant News – September 2021
by Ken Katz – Bake Sum quietly opened a couple of weeks ago, albeit with very limited hours on Fridays and Saturdays only until they are fully staffed and trained. The interior is very well done and our hats are off for anybody that can make the Spam cans that greet you in the front window look that appealing. Thus far, their pastries (sweet and savory) have been greeted with rave reviews–including our own. The pineapple bun is filled with gooey custard and was scrumptious. The Mochi Bites ($1.50 each or $13/dozen) were also delicious. The green onion croissant comes with a surprise–a slice of meat that we assume was Spam…     Continue Reading

Black International Marketplace of Oakland 
by Ken Katz – For much of the past year and a half, Lake Merritt has been a major bone of contention, with tempers rising over the proliferation of vendors setting up shop on Lakeshore and Grand. Their presence has raised an abundance of concerns, including increased traffic, noise, and littering. Unfortunately, the Black International Marketplace of Oakland (BIMOO), which is officially sanctioned by the City of Oakland and currently located in the Embarcadero Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays, may have been smeared by the same brush and to some extent lost in the shuffle. This past Sunday, we hooked up with Jim Copes…  Continue Reading

Farmers Market Updates – September 2021
by Joey Garcia – Squabisch Pretzels, family-owned and operated and based in Berkeley, debuted at the market two weeks ago. They have an excellent website on which they regularly post the menus for the two markets they do each weekend–Grand Lake on Saturday and Kensington on Sunday. Waffle Mania reluctantly dropped out of the market due to circumstances beyond their control. September Entertainment: 9/4 Ryan, the Operator – Reggae band. 9/11OEV Music. 9/25 KC Jiang   Continue Reading

Odds and Ends September 2021
A tip of the hat to Miya Saika Chen, the Chief of Staff for City Council President Nikki Bas, for providing the Grand Lake Neighbors with a status report regarding a significant number of issues which we are summarizing below. EAH Housing has sold the property which is currently occupied by the Vegan Mob to the Oakland Housing Authority but they will continue to oversee construction and manage the facility once it’s completed. The new building will provide fifty units of affordable housing plus a ground-floor retail space. According to Tessa Quintanilla, Project Manager for EAH…   Continue Reading

Calendar in Brief
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by Sheila McCormick

September 2, Thursday, 12:30pm 
Oakland Rotary Club – Civic Thursday Meeting – “Honorable Aisha Wahab – Future of Afghans in America”. 

September 7, 5:30 pm 
California Historical Society – Novelist Jasmin Darznik and historian Sherry L. Smith discuss the Bohemians that populated San Francisco in the 1920’s. 

September 9, Thursday, 12:30 pm
Oakland Rotary Club Civic Thursday – Dean Erwin Chemerinsky – UC Berkeley School of Law

September 10,  7:00 – 8:00 pm
Lakeside Chat #10 – Andrew Alden talks about the “Geology In and Around Lake Merritt”.

September 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friends of Alameda Free Library – “Judy Chicago: A Retrospective”. 

September 14, 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Zoom
Contra Costa Library – “The Changing Seasons – Birds of the East Bay Hills with Bob Lewis”.

September 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Grand Lake Neighbors Meeting via Zoom

September 16, Thursday, 12:30 pm
Oakland Rotary Civic Thursday  Meeting – Cat Brooks

September 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender – “The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics — a Conversation with Mae Ngai”. 

She will address the Rotary Club on the topic of Organized Labor in Alameda County 2021.

September 30, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
SF Library/Museum of the African Diaspora – “Conversations Across the Diaspora”. 

October 14 – 15
Gardens of Lake Merritt – 10th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival