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Occupy Love

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Occupying the Port

Melrose Library

Depending on how you count, we have three Carnegie Libraries in our public library system, and they’re all beautiful (there was a fourth, now vacant: I would like to live there, maybe the city will let it go for cheap?)

My favorite of the Carnegie branches is the Melrose (hours etc here). They have their own little Friends of the Library group, if you care to make a donation.

38th Notes

38th Notes is an Oakland and Bay Area centric music and culture blog. The main focus is hip hop; they do a nice job of hitting other genres now and then too. One fun feature of the site is finding videos shot in Oakland (by Oakland performers of course). Here’s one I liked:

Also enjoyed this Goapele cover of Nothing Compares 2 U:

Temescal Tool Library

I have borrowed a pruning saw on a pole, a circular saw, a belt sander, a staple gun, a screw gun, drill bits (various sizes), a fruit picker, some small wrenches and I don’t remember what else from the Temescal Tool Library, and it didn’t cost me a dime (except the times I returned stuff late).

Peralta Hacienda

Peralta Hacienda was once the center of an enormous colonial rancho lorded over by one the first Spanish explorers in California and worked by indigenous and Mexican laborers. The site is now a place to learn about Oakland’s many histories and still includes an 1870 Victorian, the foundations of some earlier adobe buildings, not to mention a cool little playground, native plants tagged with informational placards explaining their utility to Ohlone people, a vegetable garden, and down the hill, a bit of creek and picnic tables.

(photo from park website)

They’re having a fundraiser Dec. 2nd to pay for their many educational and youth programs. Get your tickets today!

City Slicker Farms

City Slicker Farms provides support and materials for West Oaklanders who want to grow their own food. They also turn vacant lots into productive mini-farms, and distribute the products of these gardens back into the community. And they’re about to get bigger.

(photo from City Slicker website)