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Bryan Parker Is Back in the Game

The former Oakland mayoral candidate rallies the community to help the Castlemont High School Football team, and it’s working.

Temple Beth Abraham Gets a Biblical Garden

Richard Applebaum donates his time and materials to create an Old Testament garden at an Oakland temple with curated notes on the plants’ biblical significance.

Alameda, Post-Punk Paradise

How did our Mayberry by the Bay become a mecca for so many misfits, outcasts, and rebels?

Alameda Backyard Growers Urges People to Plant

Amanda Bruemmer is active in an organization that teaches the power of growing your own food.

Life Lessons from George Jones

A daughter shares what her larger-than-life, freewheeling dad taught her about enjoying life just in time for Father’s Day.

Mike Restivo Is High on Aviation

As a volunteer at the Oakland Aviation museum, this retired United Airlines maintenance trainer shares nonstop enthusiasm for all things flight related.

An Oakland Prom Night Celebration

Oakland High friends don heels, form-fitting dresses, and tuxedos for senior prom night.

Matthew Fox is Hopped Up About Alameda Island Brewing Company

A beer fan turns his hobby into a career with a new Park Street brewery.

Oakland’s City Stables to Ride Again

Melanie Diamond is raising money to renovate the barn, and other renovations are planned for the historic ranch established by the Peralta family.

Saturday Mornings Are Busy at the Jack London Aquatic Center

At the Oakland Estuary, amid the chill and damp, arises a mini-city of hundreds of rowers, coxswains, and coaches, crowding the wharves in the pre-dawn darkness like it’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve.