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Oakland: Offering 'bridge to build spirit'

Musicians, celebrities partner with schools 
Teen Jewelry Workshop. Make a gift for your friends, family or yourself at this workshop provided by Purple Party Designs. All supplies will be provided.  
Called "Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth," the project is being made possible by a U.S. State Department's Museums Connect grant that invites students to look toward their own communities, select an environmental problem and then work together and hack into space science and technology to develop innovations to solve it.  
Earlier this month, Merritt College officially opened the 60,000-square-foot Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center, the region's newest state-of-the-art science building. Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting, include U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and other dignitaries. President Barack Obama sent a letter of greeting to honor the day.  
Painter-jeweler Susan Brooks and clothing designer Carol Lee Shanks launched the good time event in 1991 to showcase their work. Open this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 28, Brooks said longtime customers now send their children to her studio for their wedding rings. "You can find a client for life," Brooks said. The attraction for the public is convenience, with 100 professional artists and galleries opening their studios in an area bracketed by interstates 80 and 580 on the west, College Avenue on the east and only a few locations further north than Gilman Avenue or south of Alcatraz Avenue.  
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Stormy and Cloudy are just two of the more than 6,000 homeless cats and kittens that have been rescued by ICRA over the last 20 years and given a second chance at life. In addition, ICRA has had 17,000 cats spayed or neutered, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens from ever being born.  
Author of the hit shows "Not a Genuine Black Man" and "The Waiting Period" among others, the KGO radio personality turns to his early memories of living in Oakland in the 1970s. "People who remember Oakland at that time love the references to what the city was like then," Copeland said. "It really gives the flavor of Oakland at that time."  
Grand Fare Market, 3265 Grand Ave., with oyster bar, beer and wine corner, gourmet eat-in or takeout, flower shop, cafe, deli and al fresco dining, was a two-year labor of love for veteran restaurateur Doug Washington and his wife Freya Prowe. Washington is a partner in the Stock & Bones culinary group, which owns San Francisco's Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope eateries. The husband-and-wife team issued a statement Monday through their publicist Jannis Swerman thanking guests, vendors and employees for their support. "Unfortunately, the market's current incarnation simply required too much cost to keep up basic operations and they couldn't keep it going," the statement read. "They hope that everyone will accept their most sincere apologies and deepest regrets for the troubles."  
The Oakland Zoo's California Trail will be finished in 2018, and will double the size of the zoo to some 100 acres in Knowland Park. Graced with majestic oaks and native grasses, it'll be a home where the buffalo roam, along with mountain lions, black bears, grizzlies and other native California animals. What's unique about this attraction? For one thing, it's the view. You'll see five bridges and six counties, accessed by a gondola lift.  
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.  
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Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?