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Downtown Oakland circa 1910

She’s a Grand Old Dame

May 4, 2012

Today we celebrate Oakland’s past – and its future. From the trendy Art Murmur showcase of contemporary art to a conference on preserving California’s historic architecture, today and this weekend offer opportunities to experience the past, the present, and discover and shape the future. Mayor Quan will cap off a week of celebrations by cutting a birthday cake and unveiling the restored historic model of City Hall, smashed by Occupy in January. And with Occupy apparently over – partially thanks to the organizers of the large March for Dignity and Resistance changing their route to avoid being used as cover for Occupy-related crime – Oaklanders can shake off the negativity and focus on building a stronger city.

This weekend’s events include:

Next Thursday is Bike to Work Day, with a pancake breakfast and all-day valet bike parking outside City Hall, and a bike away from work party in Old Oakland (9th and Washington) in the evening. Check out Walk Oakland Bike Oakland’s Pedal Pools page if you’d like to ride downtown with your neighbors!

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160th Anniversary reading file

April 27, 2012

Oakland was incorporated as a city on May 4, 1852. The City of Oakland and community groups are celebrating the city’s 160th anniversary with a week of events kicking off at Frank Ogawa Plaza at noon today (PDF). But Oaklanders don’t rest on our laurels – new spots and services bloom! Here is your pre-anniversary reading file:

Enjoy the new while celebrating the old in Oakland this weekend!

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