From the Editor
Free for All
My neighbor, Wendy Wheeler, is quite a penny pincher, even though she doesn’t have to be, and her husband is even more penny-wise, but that’s another story. Also the mother of a 9-year-old, Tassia Reoutt, Wheeler is an East Bay native who knows how and where to find the Bay Area’s best deals. Best of all, she is generous about letting others in on her little money-saving secrets.
Wheeler has the lowdown on cheap shoes, early bird specials and vintners with the most generous pours. She has memorized which attractions offer regularly scheduled free days as well as which ones are always free. She can steer friends to free factory tours and kids’ stuff events, art openings and festivals, folk music and yoga classes.
I think Oakland Magazine readers deserve to get in on all this free Bay Area action, so I turned freelance writer Stefanie Kalem loose to prepare a year-round manifesto on cool free things do in the East Bay. Kalem came up with her “thrifty 50” for our free-for-all guide, “On the House, 50 Cool Things to Do for Free,” and threw in a handful of free options from “over there,” aka San Francisco. Kalem, the self-described cheapskate who wrote about East Bay cheap eats in the September/October issue, says emphatically that in the East Bay, it really is possible to get something for nothing.
Did we leave out your favorite freebie, or is there an almost-free item of such great magnitude worth mentioning in the future? Let me know via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and medical coverage, including the 2007 East Bay Medical Guide, round out this month’s issue. Is your physician one of the top doctors in the East Bay? Check out our list, provided by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., to find out. A New York City-based research and publishing company, Castle Connolly produces health-care related consumer guides, including America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer and America’s Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists, and identifies 66 noteworthy practitioners for our article, “The East Bay’s Top Doctors.” Freelance writer Laura Novak, in one of her first assignments for Oakland Magazine, profiles five of the area’s top docs, putting them, for a change, on the receiving end of questions so that readers can gain some insight into their busy lives.
Judith M. Gallman