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Upcoming Events


OAKLAND HERITAGE ALLIANCE SUMMER 2014

Join OHA for another fantastic season of summer WALKING TOURS! 

Click here to purchase advance tickets on Eventbrite.

REMEMBER: if you join OHA or renew your membership on the day of an event ($45 individual, $65 family), you receive a $10 discount on the event admission (that is, a free regular walking tour and half price for a reserve tour!)

Your donations support the work of Oakland Heritage Alliance, a non-profit preservation organization!

JULY TOURS

Saturday, July 26, 10am -- 12:30 pm

NEW TOUR! TRACING TERRACES: THE LINDA VISTA TRACT

• 412 Monte Vista Avenue (Walter J. Mathews, Architect)

The eclectic neighborhood known as Linda Vista Terrace, features a wide array of historic homes reflecting Oakland’s architectural history, many designed by well-known architects. Discover traces of historic terracing as we explore the evolution of transit in Oakland and its effect on this enclave of handsome homes. If you have them, bring old photos or documents to share. A moderately hilly walk on sidewalks, with optional steep pedestrian staircase at tour’s end. Lunch after.—Kathryn Hughes & Betty Marvin

 

Sunday, July 27, 10 am–12:30 pm

NEW TOUR! YOU AUTO BE ON BROADWAY: BROADWAY-VALDEZ PAST AND PRESENT

• 28th St. and Broadway, tip of the flatiron building

Oakland was once “the Detroit of the West,” and Upper Broadway became “Auto Row.” Historic showrooms from the 1910s to the 1940s house artists, makers, and hackers in distinctive brick and tile garages, while CVS takes over the old Firestone building and the city hopes for retail around Valdez. A level walk.—Valerie Winemiller & Naomi Schiff


AUGUST TOURS

Saturday, August 2, 10 am–Noon

WHOLESALE PRODUCE MARKET AND WATERFRONT

• Intersection of 3rd and Franklin Streets

Explore two of Oakland’s most fragile, endangered historic districts, where early 20th century wholesale, industrial, shipping and warehousing activities are being replaced by office space, residences, and lofts. Since 2000, 850 new condos and 700 apartments have been built. The Waterfront Warehouse District boasts the country’s finest collection of sidewalk trash receptacles.—Gary Knecht

 

Sunday, August 3, 10 am–1:30 pm

GLENVIEW

• Glenview Elementary School, corner of Hampel St. and LaCresta Ave.

Walk through Oakland’s charming Glenview district, tucked between Trestle Glen and Dimond Canyon. From its earliest years as a ranching district to development as Fourth Avenue Terrace, we will explore Glenview’s lively period-revival commercial strip and its lovely residential streets adorned with houses representing a variety of architectural styles. A hilly walk.—Kathleen DiGiovanni


Saturday, August 9, 10 am – 12:30 pm

RAIL MEETS WATER: THEN AND NOW

• Take 7th St. west to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Meet in the parking lot.

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park preserves a wealth of Oakland history. Moles and wharves met passengers and freight riding the transcontinental railroads. See the wall that “trained” the Oakland estuary for ship traffic. Walk the footprint of the Oakland Naval Supply Center, the world’s largest facility of its kind. See the Hanjin container terminal, where rail and water meet. Hear front-line staff on preserving history and the challenges of present and future.—Celia McCarthy


Sunday, August 10, 10 am–12:30 pm  • NEW TOUR!

WEST OAKLAND WALK: NETWORKING PARKS, PLACES AND PEOPLE

 • Lakeside Drive, opposite the Essex at Lake Merritt Tower

Look at Oakland in a new way, as a network of “Parks, Places and People.” Walk the north leg (2.25 miles) of the proposed West Oakland Walk, an urban design concept to create a “green social circuit” for walking, biking, organic gardening, exercising and meeting friends—all activities that build sustainable communities. The total 4.5 mile loop of existing city streets,from Lake Merritt to Central Station, ties together 12 major parks with numerous notable places, and hosts a history of exceptional people. Level sidewalks.—Norman Hooks & Phil Banta 


Saturday, August 16, 10 am–1:30 pm  • NEW TOUR!

SAMPLING SIBLEY

• Park entrance, Skyline Blvd. east of Grizzly Peak Blvd. and Diablo Drive

Walk back 10 million years to explore prehistoric Oakland. The hike includes an up-close look at the Little Round Top volcano and a study of some geology beneath our feet. The mostly-flat walk follows Round Top Look Trail and Volcanic Trail, includes great views of Contra Costa County and Mount Diablo, and visits a pair of labyrinths. Wear hiking boots and bring water.—Dennis Evanosky

 

Sunday, August 17, 10 am–1:30 pm

SCALING LEONA HEIGHTS

• McDonell Ave. and Mountain Boulevard

Hike the woods and fire trails of the Leona Greenbelt in East Oakland to see Leona Mine, Leona Creek, Leona Hotel site, Leona trolley line end point, and relics of industrial activity and redwood lumbering in early days. Hike has its ups and downs, but rewards with breathtaking views. Wear sturdy shoes: bring water, a snack, and binoculars or a camera. Moderately difficult walk.-—Dennis Evanosky

 

Saturday, August 23, 10 am–12:30 pm

OAKLAND’S AIRPORT/NORTH FIELD

• Meet at 9351 Earhart Rd. (west on Hegenberger Rd. from 880, cross Doolittle. Immediately turn right on Earhart Rd.) Park in lot just across from the building; assemble under the trees.

Old Oakland Airport (North Field) was dedicated by Charles Lindbergh and often visited by Amelia Earhart. One of the nation’s most historic aviation sites, its facilities —five hangers, an administration building, and a hotel, built between 1927 and 1929—are largely intact. Afterward you may wish to visit the Oakland Aviation Museum. (Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children 6–12 $5) —Woody Minor


 Saturday, August 23, 11 am – 1 pm  • NEW TOUR!

OAKLAND MUSEUM: CELEBRATE THE UNVEILING OF THE WHITE ELEPHANT SALE MURAL

• By reservation, tour is limited to 25 persons. This tour, $20 members, $25 non-members.  Joining or renewing members, $10 off member price. Call OHA office, (510) 763-9218 or reserve at

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Join our special private tour of the ‘White Elephant Sale’ warehouse. The annual sale is a legendary benefit presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. Three prominent Bay Area artists—Vogue, Ernest Doty and Griffin One—have painted an aerosol mural filling the Derby Ave. side of the warehouse, expressing pride in Oakland and the Jingletown neighborhood. The themes blend nature and urban landscape, and feature several prominent characters, including a White Elephant! Afterward, at the mural unveiling, the artists will speak about their work.  


Sunday, August 24, 10 am–12:30 pm

STORIED LAKESIDE PARK: BONSAI, BOWLING AND BUTTERFLIES

• Edoff Memorial Bandstand

Tour Lakeside Park with us and learn about the history of this unique local treasure and today’s uses that keep the park vibrant - from Children’s Fairyland to the Wildlife Sanctuary, from the bandstand to the McElroy Fountain. We’ll tour the Lakeside Garden Center, home to garden wonders form century-old bonsai to butterflies. We’ll also visit the nearby Lawn Bowling Club, founded here in 1903. A level walk.—Kathleen DiGiovanni

 

Saturday, August 30, 11 am– 1:30 pm  • NEW TOUR!

STEPPING INTO THE PAST

• Front of La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, 582 7th St.

Carmichael resident Ruben Llamas grew up in West Oakland, 7th Street, a first generation American born to Mexican immigrants. His book, Eye from the Edge, is a memoir that lets us glimpse Oakland’s history through his eyes. West Oakland comes to life as Llamas gives texture to its history, with memories from his Dad’s La Ideal Music shop as he depicts the area from pre-World War II through the 1970s.—Ruben Llamas

 

Sunday, August 31, 10 am–12:00pm

CHINATOWN OAKLAND: A BIT OF ASIA

• Fountain of Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 9th Street, between Webster and Franklin Streets.

Fee parking under Pacific Renaissance Plaza

San Francisco’s Chinatown may be a tourist attraction, but Oakland’s is a vital economic force, everchanging in social dynamics and cultural diversity. Learn about a fascinating neighborhood and its evolution into “Asiatown” with many Southeast Asian immigrants. In addition to the architecture, we explore history, cultural bases, changing demographics and food. Some interiors, time permitting. Optional group lunch after. A brisk level walk, some stairs.—Ernest Chann

 


For information about events, or to volunteer, please call the OHA office at 510-763-9218 or email info@oaklandheritage.org.