OAKLAND -- The second annual Dimond Night Out was nothing short of a roaring success.

"We have already had 20 people in the first 10 minutes," said Stan Dodson, general manager of La Farine Bakery.

The June 4 event sold 502 tickets -- a sellout. Dimond Night Out is a joint effort between the Montclair Lions Club and the Dimond Business and Professional Association. It is designed to foster a sense of community, bringing residents and merchants together to benefit designated local charities.

The event featured 25 merchants representing a group of businesses as eclectic as the neighborhood itself.

"It's fabulous," said Zandile Christian, a Dimond Improvement Association board member. "It's a warm flow of people. It's a nice spirit. It's great to see people walk by, families and kids in strollers."

Farmer Joe's was serving whole sausages, with a choice of potato or macaroni salad, accompanied by a jazz trio. "That's Farmer Joe's. They always go over the top," said Daniel Swafford, whose family hails from the Dimond.

Boy Scout Troop 203 volunteered to pick up trash in an effort to keep the Dimond clean. The troop is sponsored, in part, by the Montclair Lion's Club.

"They ask very little of us. We help out when we can. Service is a very important part of Scouting," Troop Leader Dave Smith said.

Everyone was buzzing about the Hive.

The new cafe on MacArthur Boulevard had opened just a week before, serving a coconut milk concoction of their own creation laced with honey and lavender oil. Owners Bree Dezort and Cali Kamale live in the area.

"We kept leaving our neighborhood for a really good cup of coffee," Dezort said. "We looked at each other and said 'Why not?' "

"We just moved in a couple of weeks ago," said Sara Regan, who was visiting the Hive with her 9-month-old baby. "We are excited to see so much community here."

The district was awash in music, thanks to the band GroWiser, who were belting out tunes near the 2-Star Market, also on MacArthur Boulevard.

"There is a new influx of energy," said Julie Johnson, a resident and board member of the Dimond Improvement Association. "We want to keep the energy going. I've watched things happen slowly, hoping we will have a good growth spurt."

Artist Debbie Koppman, who did the mural on the side of the Farmer Joe's building, is gathering input to start a new mural, entitled Dimond Hidden Jewels. The mural will have symbols incorporated in it from resident's cultures, explained Koppman, who is asking neighbors to bring objects of significance to be incorporated into the mural.

"I realized how much people love to be engaged in art. Even the people I thought wouldn't look at art. It's made me committed to doing outdoor murals," Koppman said.

"It's wonderful to see everyone we know," said Dimond resident Roxie Kellman. "We ran into so many neighbors. It's like a block party."

"This is the best Dimond Night Out ever," said Dimond Improvement Association board chair Chris Harper. "It just keeps getting better and better."

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