Oakland Grown Holiday Guides - Save the Dates!

Don’t miss our Guides to Oakland’s holiday season!

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November 1
Holiday Entertaining Guide

November 8
Holiday Food & Drink Guide

November 15
Plaid Friday (11/23) Guide

November 19
Small Business Saturday (11/24) Guide

November 21
Cyber Monday (11/26) Guide

November 23
Giving Tuesday (11/27) Guide

December 6
Oakland Makers Guide

December 13
Last Minute Holiday Shopping Guide

December 20
New Year’s Eve (12/31) Guide

December 27
New Year’s Self-Care Guide

*Guides are released online and in e-newsletter formats, then heavily promoted through social media channels, partners, and other networks.

Fix-It-Fest: October 20, 11 AM – 2 PM

Join Laurel Ace Hardware in getting tips and tricks to work "smarter not harder" when it comes to getting your home ready for Fall. They have product demos from some of their favorite companies like Eco-Cloth, Flexi-tape, EGO lawn tools, First Alert, and Hero cleaning products. They will also be joined by real-life heroes from the Oakland Fire Department who will be there to answer all of your fire safety questions. Limited quantities of fire hats and coloring books for young heroes in training as well, so come early!

Laurel Ace Hardware
4024 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, California 94619

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9th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire

An Oakland Grown & Oakland Makers Sponsored Event!

Please join us for the 9th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire at the beautiful Park Day School campus and the adjacent campus of Studio One Arts Center in the Temescal district of Oakland. This event has become a major annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing nearly 7,000 attendees last year. It mirrors the giant “flagship” Maker Faire in San Mateo, but more focused on local projects and hands-on making. This event is perfect for artists, makers, educators, and innovators and given its scale, ideal for the whole family. More Info

Sunday, October 21 at 10 AM – 5 PM in Temescal

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Hatha-style Yoga Class, all-levels at Creative Framing & Gallery

Have you been wanting to try yoga, been practicing for a while, or feel like stoking your creative fires? Try yoga in an art gallery!

Creative Framing & Gallery now offers yoga on Wednesday’s: tea at 5:30pm and yoga on the mats 6-7pm.  

Laura Carelli is an Oakland native, an artist and an educator, as well as a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Laura has been a practitioner of yoga for over half of her life. In 2015 she decided to deepen her relationship to yoga and to train as an instructor with the intention of sharing the benefits of this practice with her diverse community. She received her teaching certificate in 2016 and continues to develop her awareness and understanding of yoga in her everyday life. Her classes are playful and mindful with a focus on tuning inward with self-compassion.

Creative Framing Gallery
2700 Park Boulevard, Oakland

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Fall Pollinator Event at Laurel Ace Hardware, Sept 29 & 30

Activities will be buzzing around Laurel Ace the weekend of September 29 & 30 as volunteers from The Alameda County Beekeepers Association join The Laurel’s Mom & Pop hardware store for Laurel Ace’s first ever Fall Pollinator Event.

From 8am-6pm, Laurel Ace invites their neighbors to shop the garden center’s huge supply of pollinator friendly, drought tolerant, neonicotinoid-free plants in order to plant flowers for bees to forage from over the winter, and to enjoy related bee education and observation activities and local honey sales. 20% of all plant and seed sales that weekend will be donated to Oakland’s Pollinator Posse

Clean Water Program Alameda County/Our Water Our World will be on hand Saturday from 11-3 to answer questions about pollinator-friendly garden products and to find environmentally-friendly solutions to your projects.

Volunteers from the Alameda County Beekeepers Associationwill be on hand from 11-3 Sunday to talk to customers about bees and planting pollinator-friendly flowers from which to forage over the winter. They will also bring an observation hive, and will have five flavors of local honey for tasting, and for sale.

Laurel Ace strongly opposes the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, a systemic insecticide which have been linked to the international bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). All of Laurel Ace's plants are proudly neonic-free. Laurel Ace and their brother store Marin Ace in San Rafael have been working with Ace Hardware on a national basis to raise awareness of CCD attributed to #neonics, with outreach, product changes, and education now taking place throughout all the 5,000+ locally-owned stores in the US.

Laurel Ace Hardware, 4024 MacArthur Boulevard
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Laurel Ace Hardware

Oakland Sweets Spirits and The Beyond Food Tour

Just in time for Halloween! This spook-tacular tour is filled with tricks, and most importantly, some unforgettably delicious treats. The Oakland Sweets Spirits and The Beyond Food Tour is not your typical Oakland ghost tour. This 90-minute walking tour highlights some of the Piedmont-area’s hidden gems including the final resting places of some of the Bay Area’s most famous and infamous residents.

Oakland Sweets Spirits and The Beyond Food Tour

Locals, new-in-town-ers, and visitors alike will love learning the area’s dead history—with a decidedly spooky seasonal twist. It’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to enjoy tastes of the area’s culinary best while immersing yourself in the true “spirit” of Oakland.

In true pumpkin spice latte spirit, this tour is seasonal and only offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October. Don’t miss it! (Must be 21 or older.)

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Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oaktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900’s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.

Highlighting this years festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oaktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business & Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival. More Info

Oakland Cocktail Week, September 15-23

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We're celebrating Oakland's unique cocktail heritage and community from its loyal patrons to business owners to bartenders and newcomers alike.  

Sip on $10 cocktails inspired by Oakland at participating bars and restaurants and explore local bottle shops and distilleries.

From cocktail competitions to film premieres to workshops to community discussions to tiki crawls, we've got all kinds of ways to celebrate Oakland's bar heritage and community.

More Info from the event producers, Visit Oakland.

Indigenous Red Market Opening Sept. 2

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Indigenous Red Market is a monthly pop-up cultural retail market that will kick off on September 2nd at the CEDAR Center facilities.

Every 1st Sunday of the month from 11am-2pm: September 2, October 7, November 4 and December 2. This is a unique event that will feature up between 15-20 Native American vendors.

A collaboration of the Native American Health Center and Urban Native Era, a local apparel Native American business, the Indigenous Red Market  pop up store events, offer Native American entrepreneurs income and exposure opportunities, offer the Native American Health Center an opportunity to market its services and support of locally-owned businesses and offer an opportunity for cultural appreciation.

November is Native American Heritage Month

The Indigenous Red Market event will be held on November 4th, as part of the Fruitvale Community Dia de los Muertos Festival. Día de los Muertos celebrates the cycle of life and death, which has been observed not only in Mexico, Latin America, South America but also in some Native American communities to honor our families and our indigenous beliefs.

During the week of October 29th leading up to the Dia de Los Muertos Fruitvale Community event, the CEDAR Center will feature hands-on activities for adults and children, take-home crafts, demonstrations, films and performances that reflect traditions associated with this holiday. All arrangements have been made.

The Fruitvale Community will be highlighted in local, regional and possibly national news for its major Dia de los Muertos event, which attracts over 75,000 visitors. On this day, across International Blvd., the families and supporters of the Ghost Ship artists will also host a celebration and create a community alter to honor the victims of the Ghost Ship Fire at the 31st Avenue location. Native American Health Center will join the major community events by hosting a full day of activities focused at our Native American culture as well as utilize the Indigenous Red Market.

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Crushing It

Don't miss Dine & Dashe, the Harvest Kickoff at Dashe Cellars on the first Saturday of every month for wines by the glass, live music by local artists, and a restaurant pop-up featuring local chefs. This series kicks off on Saturday, September 1st.

Dashe Cellars: 55 4th Street, Oakland
Winery open 12-6pm; Chefs menu available 2-5pm; Live music 3-5pm

Admission is Complimentary, food and wine available for purchase. Dogs and kids are welcome!

About the music:
The Hiwatters are a San Francisco Bay Area Classic Surf Music Ensemble. Formed during the stormy winter of 2006 under harsh conditions, The Hiwatters exude the power and majesty of the ocean’s roar. Vintage surf guitar classics peppered with modern driving rhythms. Drenched in reverb and high on style, the Hiwatters are keeping the swing of classic surf music alive in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Local Chefs provided by Aaronette King of Eat Play Events and Catering.

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Interested in Alternative Medicine?

Oakland's Five Flavors Herbs cultivates a unique and specialized approach to holistic healing. Founded by Benjamin Zappin, professional herbalist and acupuncturist, and Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS, they bridge the therapeutic traditions of East and West.

Focused on sustainable, local, and ethically wild-harvested botanicals, Five Flavors Herbs formulates herbal products that provide superior care for individual patients and reliable tools for practitioners and purveyors.

Check out their retail shop for locally-sourced, health-conscious products, foods, books, and gifts. 

Practitioners! Five Flavors Herbs is launching their new Lily-Soft pharmacy software that we will make it easier for practitioners to order and fulfill granule and tincture formulas for their patients. Have you checked out their tincture list recently? They believe it is one of the largest publicly available tincture pharmacies in the country! They also offer classes for health practitioners.

Five Flavors Herbs
344 40th Street
Oakland CA 94609
(510) 923-0178

Looking to do a Home Remodel?

Mix Montclair is a contemporary window shade, furniture, and home decor store owned and staffed by Oakland locals. They also offer Harmonique Design services, which has a philosophy: your home should reflect your lifestyle and personality, not look like you hired a designer. Their design services include a broad range of options from color consultation when you just can't get the right color or combination, to full remodel design and project management.

Mix Montclair
Shade Store & More
6136 Medau Place, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 559-3229

Meow & BowWow Pampered Pet Photo Contest

Our friends at AnimalBiome are doing a pet photo contest! Show how you pamper your cat or dog. Enter your photo and have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate and other goodies. 

Submit your entry by August 31! Contest details or to view pics of our furry friends getting pampered, go here.

We'll submit our office dog, Dexter, who is vacationing at Lake Tahoe right now with his friend and Oakland Grown board Treasurer, Erin... while his mom stays home to write this blog post!

Now, that's one pampered pup, @animalbiome!

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 Dexter, the pampered pup!

Dexter, the pampered pup!

The Perfect Birthday Party

Treat your kids to a Pizza and Ice Cream Party with Local Food Adventures! Your party will include a one-hour Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour preceded by:

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  • Up to one-hour pizza party in reserved party space
  • Pizza from Zachary’s (deep dish or thin crust – it’s up to you!)
  • Water & Drink for pizza party (soda, lemonade or iced tea)
  • All disposable paper plates, forks and napkins
  • Festive balloons
  • Customized goodie bags for every guest

All food delivered & set up for your convenience – all you have to do is show up!

* Pizza can be substituted by tacos from Cactus Taqueria. Dietary restrictions such as vegetarianism, nut allergies and lactose intolerance can also be accommodated.

Local Food Adventures will handle everything from soup to nuts: food, balloons, tour, tour guide, gratuity, and goodie bags.

$495 for up to 20 guests
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