Montclair turns out for Earth Day cleanup

The Montclair Village Association sponsored the Earth Day cleanup Saturday in partnership with Keep Oakland Beautiful, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association, Montclair Lions Club, Montclair Parks and Recreation and District 4 Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington.  
The Rockridge Community Planning Council, or RCPC as most folks call it, held its April meeting recently at the Rockridge Branch Library on College Ave. On the agenda was a most well-deserved commendation made to longtime editor of the RCPC News, Don Kinkead.  
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As graffiti in the city escalated several years ago, city leaders decided to try a new -- artistic -- alternative to aid the city's endless fight against vandalism.  
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Utah approves investment in $250 million bulk export terminal at former Oakland Army Base nearing construction phase.  
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Proceeds from the fundraiser, which includes a golf tournament and evening reception, go to the "Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund for Middle Eastern Studies" at Cal. The fund was established by family and friends on Sept. 11, 2013, the anniversary of his death, to give financial help to scholars of Middle Eastern studies, support the development of future Middle East experts and continue the legacy of Stevens' work. Stevens was a 1982 graduate of Cal.  
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The 14-unit East Oakland facility focuses on serving single parents and their children, making them a perfect fit for the Joaquin Miller community.  
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In March, the CES made more news by earning Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design platinum certification, the highest level awarded by LEED, a program of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.  
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Nina Senn's community experience includes serving on the board of the Montera Middle School Parent Teachers Student Association, where she brought the nonpunitive methods to Oakland's largest and most diverse middle school.  
Bay Area News Group garden writer Joan Morris and Master Gardener Janet Miller, who operates Our Garden, will show you how to grow vegetables even during our record-breaking drought.  
Like a tumbleweed rolling through Los Angeles, the thought of Oakland as wine country seems out of place. Yet there they were -- a room full of local winemakers at the 10th anniversary of the East Bay Vintners Alliance.  
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Behind the Wine Label: Wente Vineyards

You can trace the Wente family's roots in Livermore Valley through the curling vines of chardonnay.