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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Memories at 16th St. Station

Grove loft homeowners Zack and Tyler had a visit from family this week. Their roots are in Ogden, Utah, a city busting with railroad history. In fact, Zach's aunt was involved in the restoration of the historic train station in Ogden, so you can imagine how excited they were to see the 16th St. Station in Oakland. Zach's uncle Jim has fond memories of arriving at the Oakland 16th St. Station on the California Zephyr in 1965 as a 19 year old with two other buddies. There had been floods in Utah so the train was delayed, arriving at midnight. Jim has a lasting memory of the beautiful lighting in the station, the diverse crowd, the professionalism of the porters and the pristine station. He was thrilled to see some of the original heavy wooden benches that still exist and was able to recall what was in every, now empty, alcove. He is thrilled that this landmark memory will one day be restored.

Jim...thanks for sharing your memories with us. I hope this will be the first in a series of stories from people who first arrived in California by stepping off a train at the 16th St. Station. If you have stories to tell please contact Nancy Holliday. We are all ears!

Monday, October 4, 2010

PCL used by American Society of Landscape Architects to teach Sustainable Design Online

American Society of Landscape Architects has a new interactive tool focused on sustainable development. They have included PCL on the site.

Landscape architects have been “Green Since 1899,” but now we have the Internet to show everyone just how green you are. ASLA has expanded a new online tool designed to educate the general public, government officials, clients, and the media about the work of landscape architects and the social, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable design. Called “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes,” this interactive learning tool uses 20 case studies that include image slide shows, descriptions, project facts, and downloadable one-page briefs to help answer the question, “What do landscape architects do?”

The site reflects more than a year’s work of research and writing, partially supported with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Explore the case studies below, check out all the resources at www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes, and use these examples to help tell the profession’s story.

Friday, October 1, 2010

36th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival

Oakland Black Cowboy Association’s

36th Annual Parade and Festival

Saturday, October 2, 2010

DeFremery Park, Oakland, CA

For more than 30 years, people have enjoyed the pageantry of the Black Cowboy Parade, filling the streets of Oakland. From trick riders to equestrian units, the event showcases the finest horses drill teams, marching bands, and all sorts of entertainment at this event held the first Saturday in October annually. Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Festival is held in memory of the black cowboys who helped to settle the American West.

The parade is an exciting historic part of Oakland.

Source: http://www.beachcalifornia.com/Events/oakland-black-cowboys-parade.html

On Saturday, the cowboys will once again take to Oakland's streets, thanks to Dunn's call to what seems like an unlikely source of parade route security: Shadows of the Knight, a black motorcycle club based in Oakland. Shadows of the Knight has been going strong for seven years and has 47 members, many of whom were friends back at Castlemont High. This affiliation was the catalyst for their insignia, which is a combination of the Castlemont Knight and shield from the Oakland Raiders.

This year the Grand Marshal of the parade will be Black Country western singer Miko Marks. Ms. Oakland is on schedule to participate as well.

Source: http://www.baycitizen.org/festivals/story/black-cowboys-parade-gets-biker-escort/

Dust off those cowboy boots and celebrate the 36th Annual Black Cowboy Parade, the only parade and celebration of its kind in the United States!

This historic parade begins at DeFremey Park at 18th St and Adeline and travels through Old West Oakland on 14th St, around Lowell Park.

Following the parade, the festival at DeFremery Park will host food vendors, feature nationwide cowboys and trick riders, and activities including horse and pony rides for all ages.

Source: http://sf.funcheap.com/36th-annual-black-cowboy-parade-festival-oakland/ 

The Oakland Black Cowboy Association, a not-for-profit organization, has spent over three decades enlightening children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West. This vision continues today with its annual parade and festival. People from all walks of life attend this one of a kind parade and festival which features nationwide cowboys, trick riders, schools community organizations, and local businesses.
In addition to the parade and festival, the Oakland Black Cowboy Association hosts dances, conducts speaking engagements and community events promoting the contributions of people of color to the Old West.

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