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4th Annual Oakland Indie Awards – It’s nomination time! ,

More info at http://oaklandunwrapped.org/indies/

Please take a few minutes to nominate the Oakland
business or artist(s) that inspired you this year.

Nominations Due by March 24

Click here

Save the date!
Come to the Awards Party May 14

Cheer on the winners as you enjoy food from
over 20 different Oakland restaurants, local beer, wine, tea,
coffee, and chocolate, DJ spinning Oakland music,
cool products from Oakland Unwrapped stores, and more!

Friday, May 14, 2010
5:30 – 9:00pm

Jack London Pavilion
(Formerly Barnes & Noble)
98 Broadway, Oakland

Tickets

Early Bird Tickets
$15 each or 2 for $25

After April 1
$20 each

Buy Tickets here

Getting there:

Bike valet
by East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Parking
Available in Jack London Square

Bus
Accessible by Multiple AC Transit Lines

Ferry
Docks at Jack London

Spread the Word!

Indie Awards on Facebook
Find the Indies on Facebook

Sponsor the Event!

Help support this inspiring event, and get
exposure in front of Oakland lovers, businesses,
nonprofits, policy makers, bankers, investors, and more!
See our sponsor details and packet here

Volunteer

Opportunities available prior to and day of event!
Contact Andrea Walker for more details.
510.663.2253 x301
awalker@onecalfoundation.org

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Coffee Drinks and Cool Diversions at Farley’s East ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 7:44 am

Coffee Date meets Play Date 

While most independent coffee shops seem to cater to a bookish, adult clientele, Farley’s is focused on creating a place “where everyone is comfortable and welcome.” Farley’s second café (their first opened in Potrero Hill in 1989) is  in the up-and-coming Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, and the particularly family-friendly java stop has been appropriately dubbed Farley’s East.

read more here

 

App to Find Taco Trucks ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:58 am

Gadgetwise nytimes.com by ROY FURCHGOTT

Gourmet food trucks are all the rage, now offering upscale mobile meals of everything from carnitas and crepes to schnitzel and cupcakes. While that might seem like good news to foodies everywhere, there is a problem. Where do you find these trucks?

Not only do these portable feasts keep inconsistent hours, there is little telling where they will show up, or when they will be forced to move along.

But an app maker in California has come up with a solution – of sorts.

read more here

 

A baffling story about crime and Oakland nightlife ,

Oakland Tribune Outtakes by Angela Woodall

The Journal has to be kidding with this article: Oakland Tries to Stir Nightlife by Shaking Up Cabaret Laws
”This city wants to heat up its nightclub and bar scene by relaxing local cabaret laws that govern its late-night venues. That’s raising safety concerns in a town that already has a reputation for crime,” according to the reporter. What? Since when?

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Oakland Tries to Stir Nightlife by Shaking Up Cabaret Laws

Peter McCollough for The Wall Street Journal

Would be interestingto hear feedback from this article -TTR

The Wall Street Journal San Francisco Bay Area  By Bobby White

OAKLAND — This city wants to heat up its nightclub and bar scene by relaxing local cabaret laws that govern its late-night venues. That’s raising safety concerns in a town that already has a reputation for crime.

Andrew Jones is one of those who’s concerned. Mr. Jones, a service manager for the Downtown Oakland Association and Lake Merritt/Uptown Association, says the city has to get a handle on its crime problem — such as shootouts and robberies — before it expands its club scene.

“The city wants to attract hundreds of new people to party here, but it hasn’t solved the problem of how to keep them safe,” says Mr. Jones. “It just doesn’t make much sense.”

But some city officials and club owners see a chance to generate business in a city hit hard by the recession — Oakland’s unemployment rate was 16.8% in November — by attracting more late-night crowds.

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Countdown to Oakland’s NYE Celebrations to Ring in 2010! ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Food and Drink,Music — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 6:29 pm

Have you made plans yet? If not, Oakland Grown is here to help!

Here’s a list of comprehensive guides to help you find the right party to ring in the New Year:

DO Oakland Grown New Year’s Eve Festivities

East Bay Express NYE Event Search for Oakland

East Bay Express Countdown to Midnight

The DTO (Downtown Oakland) New Year’s Eve 2010

Oakland Local New Year’s Eve in Oakland and around the Bay Area

Restaurant NYE Dinners

Spice Monkey Cafe & Restaurant

Vo’s Restaurant

 

Doing the Broadway Shuttle ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Ideas,Music,Oakland Recreation — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:41 pm

from theOakBook.com

As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will soon link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.
As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.

The Broadway Shuttle is expected to begin early next year, and comes as Jack London Square seeks to become a regional culinary destination on a par with the Ferry Building in San Francisco or Pikes Place Market in Seattle. A $1 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District combined with $200,000 from Jack London Square Partners and $160,000 from downtown area redevelopment funds will pay for most of the shuttle’s first two years of operation.

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