12 Times a Year


This issue might seem a little smaller than what you’re accustomed to. It’s a 72-page magazine versus our more robust page tally of 80 or 96 pages. But it marks a major accomplishment nonetheless: Oakland Magazine is now truly monthly, appearing in your mailbox and on newsstands 12 times a year.

 The August issue devotes a lot of ink to where and how you can continue your education, “Who’s Getting Their Learning On,” starting on page 22. These days, a lot of learning occurs — surprise — outside classroom settings. Sure, you can go the traditional route to earn an MBA or MFA at a local college or university, or take classes online and at your leisure, but if those options sound too dry, confining, or boring, there are options, many options. Lifelong learning never stops, and to aid you in your journey to work out your gray matter more, we’ve compiled “The Guide: Lifelong Learning,” page 26. It covers programs from beekeeping and glass blowing to sailing and dancing as well as writing, podcasting, and leadership classes. Climbing, drawing, meditation, and fire arts are in there, too, alongside midair ballet, cooking classes, and medieval European martial arts. The one thing the guide overlooked, however, is music classes, so maybe there’s a future guide in that.

If you have young daughters and long to introduce them to progressive female role models, Kate Schatz might have made it on your radar back in 2015 when she released her first children’s graphic book, Rad American Women A-Z. Today she is an Alameda mother of two writing best-sellers for kids. She’s also a teacher at the Oakland School for the Arts, a feminist, and a founding member of Solidarity Sundays, a monthly nationwide get-together for women to help them translate their voices into political action. In “One Rad Mama,” page 31, former Alamedan Julia Park Tracey, now a Russian River resident, trekked back to the area a few times over the summer to watch Schatz in action, at a Children’s Fairyland reading, at a fun-loving block party, and at a busy Solidarity Sunday. Schatz has struck a great partnership in her series of “Rad” books with Berkeley illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl. Their newest book, Rad Girls Can, was released in July.

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