Wine bar, bistro Pour debuts in Montclair Village

"My husband and I have built a place that we would like to hang out in, a casual, cozy, warm environment where you can have as much or as little as you want," said Cheri Sprenger, owner of Pour Wine Bar and Bistro in Montclair Village. "With the addition of Camber and Chowhaus, Montclair is starting to catch up. New places are opening with more contemporary, more progressive food. I think this is going to continue. I wanted to get in early." 
"Love in the Wilderness" is the theme of a hike from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Sunol Regional Wilderness, led by naturalist Cat Taylor. The group will look for "amorous amphibians and rapturous raptors."  
The Startup in Residence (STIR) program seeks to bring Silicon Valley innovation to the often neglected public sector.  
Two Oakland High students will travel to Kenya to deliver lifesaving solar suitcases that deliver clean energy to schools, orphanages and medical clinics.  
The revelation that the Raiders quarterback joins the long list of deceased NFL players found to have CTE begs the question of whether the NFL will be around to celebrate Super Bowl 100  
Laura A. Oda
The two sides came together for a Jan. 23 community meeting at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont. Norman La Force, chairman of the Sierra Club East Bay Public Lands Committee, faced off against Dan Grassetti, president of the Hills Conservation Network.  
Jon Kawamoto
"The evolution of Lake Merritt is central to Oakland's early history," said docent Vicki Jacobs, who chaired the exhibit's research committee. "The exhibit consists of 18 panels designed to look like pages in an old-fashioned photo album. It uses archival photos, newspaper clippings and maps to recall people and events from the mid-Victorian era to the early 20th century." The exhibit details Lake Merritt's transition from tidal slough (pronounced "slew") to smelly sewage dump, to its current status as Oakland's "jewel," adorned with a necklace of lights.  
The body of a woman was found by firefighters Monday night after a blaze in the Oakland hills heavily damaged a house, authorities said. A cause of death has not been determined  
Jon Kawamoto
Balboa, a mixed-breed domestic shorthair, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. This sweet 6-year-old male cat came to the East Bay SPCA in rougher shape than the script of "Rocky IV" -- the poor baby was a hot mess of skin issues, malnutrition and hard living on the street.  
Courtesy of Martin Snapp
I've had four more cats since then -- Nelly, Phoebe, Sally and Pepe -- and I've loved them all dearly. But not a day has gone by when I haven't thought about Eliza and missed her. I really hope there is a heaven because when I die, the first thing I want to see is her.  
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7