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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!

 

AUGUST TOURS

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

http://tinyurl.com/k3gbbh4

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.