Love Our Neighborhood Day is an Open Streets in Oakland and Berkeley, also known as Oaklavia Without Borders. The third annual event will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11 am to 4 pm. The route will span San Pablo Avenue between Ashby Avenue and Stanford Avenue.
Come out and play with us!
"I'd love to see LOND grow by one or two neighborhoods each year until it spans the full length of San Pablo Avenue -- from Downtown Oakland to Richmond. How cool would that be? Very."
- Angela Genino, Golden Gate Community Association
Benefit and Gala at Kala Art Institute
Friday, March 25, 2016
6 pm to 9 pm
On March 25 - just a few short days from now - the Love Our Neighborhood Day organizers bring you one of the best events of spring: our gala fundraiser at Kala Art Institute. With your ticket, you not only get to sample food from some of the best restaurants in the Golden Gate neighborhood and local brews, but you will also get a raffle ticket with a chance to win fantastic prizes. Make Jazz Quartet will provide musical entertainment and you'll get a chance to check out the Kala Artist's Annual Exhibition.
Raffle prizes include swag from Oakland creators, including original screen prints from The Grease Diner, bone cuttle jewelry or a cuttle casting workshop from Mysterious Creatures Art Collective, a fermentation and vegetable culture kit from Preserved Oakland, a landscape consultation, a WOBO swag pack, Love Our Neighborhood Day t-shirts and hoodies (which will also be available for purchase), two hours of recording studio time or band rehearsal space with former Atlantic Records Producer/Engineer Nate "Suave"Cameron, wine and wine tasting from Dashe Cellars, artwork by Deborah Yaffe, an organizing consultation from Claire Thompson, and more.
We will also raffle two pairs of Warriors tickets (Dub Nation FTW!): March 27, 5 pm (against the Grizzlies), seats in 216, near the press box and Apri 1, 7:30 pm (Boston Celtics), VIP skybox tickets donated by the Golden Gate's city councilman, Dan Kalb. Even if you can't attend, you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win.
When: Friday, March 25, 6 - 9 pm
Where: Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue
Ticket Price: $20 suggested donation Buy advance tickets
Karaoke night at Oakland's Very Own (OVO) Tavern & Eatery, was a huge success! As you can see from these happy faces, there was fabulous karaoke, great drinks, and good friends to share them with at this wonderful neighborhood hangout.
OVO crowd embraced LOND and contributed cash to our fundraising efforts. DJRhythm aka Trent helped steer these happy Warrior fans to our raffle where Oaklands own City Councilman Dan Kalb donated two Warriors tickets to the cause. Thank you Dan and many thanks to OVO!
Our next fundraising event, coming in April, will be an Art and Pub Crawl. Follow Love Our Neighborhood Day on Facebook for more information and spend the day exploring the art collectives, studios and galleries of the Golden Gate. A tour of Riveropolis artist Gregory Gavin's historic studio, Mysterious Creatures foundry, Grease Diner's state of the art screen printing studio and gallery and more. As evening approaches visit the area's hip pubs, including Wolfhound and Honor Bar.
Rock the Bike
Love Our Neighborhood Day wouldn't be the same without Rock the Bike's pedal-powered stage. The stage brings together musicians from the neighborhood and around the Bay to rock out. You provide the power for their instruments, amps, and mics: the power for this stage is provided entirely by volunteers who jump on Rock the Bike's custom bicycles that turn pedal power into electricity.
When The Wolfhound bar (pictured) opened at the long vacant 5516 SPA in 2015, some old timers and local history buffs experienced a true back-to-the-future moment. They quickly recalled the post WWII era when SPA’s Emeryville/Golden Gate stretch was home to no less than 50 bars and nightclubs – that’s two or three on every block. Back then, 5516 SPA was The Streamline Lounge while Trader Vic’s over on 6500 SPA had already been in business since 1930s and invented the Mai Tai there in 1944. Check out what became of 6500 SPA and some of the other SPA drinking establishments? You’ll be surprised.