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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Railroad Revival Tour

Fans react in screams as the bands perform for the Railroad Revival Tour on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Middle Shoreline Harbor Park in the Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood.

Neo-psychedelic pop-rockers Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Nashville string-band opened for the English folk-rock band Mumford & Sons.

Videos on YouTube capture segments of the show, here.

The Port of Oakland's Middle Harbor Park located in the Prescott-Oakland Point was the first stop of six cities traveling by train, from the Bay to New Orleans.

The uniqueness of Middle Harbor Park proved to be one of the few spots in the Bay Area that met the tour's criteria of being big enough to hold a major festival and near usable train tracks with the ability to park the 13-car train right at the venue being part of show.

For this show, the Railroad Revival Tour was able to sell 8,000 tickets in 4 hours.

Pictures and slideshow can be found here http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17907230

If you attended, we are interested in your experience and ask you to share it with us.

If you are interested in going to the Middle Harbor Park, it is located at the intersection of 7th St. and Middle Harbor Rd. More information including map and driving directions can be found at http://www.portofoakland.com/communit/serv_midd.asp 

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Most Sustainable Seafood Grocer Just 5 Minutes Away

And it is not a Whole Foods, Trader Joes or…

It was that long ago, Safeway announced it was rebranding the Emeryville’s Pak N Save at 3889 San Pablo Ave as a Safeway Store. At the time I viewed this as a simple banner change reaction to the Target Store opening at 1555 40th St. in the East Bay Bridge Retail Center, which straddles Oakland and Emeryville.

I was mildly impressed and hopeful the “Safeway Store“would lose the “warehouse” feel and take on the “lifestyle” format store typical of Safeway since 2004.

Gradually I see a change occurring. Store employees seem more polite, friendly with a willingness (proactive) to assist customers and a cleaner looking store.

I was totally surprise to learn that Safeway was named “Most Sustainable Seafood Grocer by Greenpeace USA,” ranking number one (64.62) for most sustainable national grocery retailer in the U.S. for seafood.

in their fifth edition "Carting Away the Oceans" report and scorecard, released on April 11, rates retailers' existing seafood policies, initiatives, product labeling/dissemination of information about products, and practices surrounding the sale of certain unsustainable or "red list" species.

Also interesting was the Whole Foods Market Inc. (61.77) and Traders Joe (44.57) seafood was ranked below Target (63.74) and Safeway.

Click here to download the Greenpeace report in PDF format. ...

Although based totally on empirical data, the Central Station community in part has caused retailers to take note as they slowly (partly caused by economics) find locations close by.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011


From more information contact vrocha@oaklandnet.com

Activities include tree planting, cut & clean and graffiti removal

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

NEW Charter Elementary School serving CENTRAL STATION

Vincent Academy intends to be a safe, joyful, academically rigorous, and community-minded elementary school where children can develop their innate talents and skills, learn about the complex world around them and receive the support necessary to truly thrive and become community leaders in a global context.

A short walk to / from Downtown Oakland, Vincent Academy will be located within area consisting of a park, tennis courts, Skate Park, swimming pool and public library while providing easy access to transit options, major freeways and bikeable streets.

Vincent Academy offers:

• TUITION-FREE charter elementary school enrolling Kindergarten and First Grade Students for Fall 2011!!

• A safe, nurturing, and joyful environment for learning.

• A rigorous education with high academic standards tied to real world experience and learning.

• Year -round program.

• After-school program, to 6 pm daily

An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th, 2011; 5:30 pm at the West Oakland Public Library, 1801 Adeline Street.

Questions? Please call Sandra Phillips (510) 333-8399

Visit our website at http://www.vincentacademy.org/ 

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