Weekend highlights – Don’t miss the Oakland Holiday Parade on Saturday

I apologize for the somewhat erratic posting lately. This is a busy time of year for me. But I seem to be on a bit of a blogging binge today, so scroll down to make sure you catch all the new ones. I figure that another lengthy post would probably be kind of overwhelming, so I’m going to hold off continuing the Oak to Ninth stuff until Monday. Anyway, I want to highlight two things going on this weekend, plus a little bit of good news for West Oakland.

  • Library Fine Amnesty! If you’re anything like me, you sometimes check out a few too many library books at a time, then sort of forget to return them for a while and maybe even sometimes lose one (I know, it’s terrible), then you end up with an oppressive amount of fines and stop using the library because you can’t pay them. If so, you’re in luck!. The Oakland Public Library is hosting a fine forgiveness campaign for the two weeks. All you have to do is go to any branch of the Oakland Public Library by Friday, December 14th and ask for your fines to be forgiven, and you’ll be able to check out too many books all over again.
  • Residents interested in learning more about strategies to bring more retail to Oakland may want to attend Jane Brunner’s community meeting on Saturday morning. Denise Conley of the Conley Consulting Group, who prepared the report about turning auto row into a retail destination will be on hand to answer questions. 10 AM at Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd St.
  • Great news! Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood blog reports that Fresh & Easy has signed a lease for the space formerly occupied by Eugene Market at West Oakland’s Jack London Gateway Shopping Center. Awesome.


OMG! I knew I was missing something! I can’t believe I forgot about the best thing this weekend – the holiday parade! It’s tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st. It begins at 2 PM and runs down Broadway from 11th St. to 20th St. I have to admit that compared to the Mardi Gras parades I used to relish as a child in Louisiana, our holiday parade is kind of…well, I’m sorry to say it, but it’s kind of sad. The floats are not very elaborate and half of them are empty. And there are no D-list celebrities waving at you from convertibles. But sad or not, everyone loves a parade and you get to see all the local marching bands and girl scout troops and it’s all just so incredibly heartwarming and sweet and really, everyone should go!

Pictures from last year’s parade below:

You’ll have to check it out in person if you want to see the best part – DANCING CHRISTMAS TREES!

3 thoughts on “Weekend highlights – Don’t miss the Oakland Holiday Parade on Saturday

  1. MJH

    Thanks to this innovative campaign, I can return “The Rice Room” by Ben Fong Torres to the Piedmont Avenue Branch and begin to show my face somewhere other than Walden Pond. I read it. I loved it. I have had it on my bookshelf for almost two years.

  2. pallewog

    Thanks for your wonderful insights, It’s nice having a voice of reason in the community.

    Any news on the scoping session for the Emerald Views project the other night?

  3. V Smoothe Post author

    I work Wednesday nights, so unfortunately I missed the scoping session (and never get to go to any Planning Commission hearings, annoyingly). What I heard was that most speakers were in favor of the project, although there were of course opponents present with the usual complaints. The two new Commissioners appointed by Dellums were the most skeptical, unsurprisingly, with one telling the developer that the next time they return, they should have resolved all community opposition, and another saying (bizarrely) that the EIR should study “alternative locations.” All this information is secondhand, though.

    If any readers were able to attend the meeting and want to share a little about what went on, I would definitely welcome the information.