Dec 07 2015

Oakland Zoo ZooLights!


Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual holiday event, ZooLights!

Hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights illuminate the Zoo and night sky to celebrate the festive season. This year’s light display will feature an additional music-themed light show illuminating the Zoo’s African Veldt.

ZooLights will be closed on December 24 & 25

Dozens of colorfully lit animal-themed structures are situated throughout the Zoo for families to enjoy. Santa’s sleigh will arrive from the North Pole, on select evenings, dates to be announced soon. See the annual meadow show, featuring traditional animal characters and familiar holiday beats. The Zoo will be transformed into a fun-filled explosion of light, full of glowing animal structures and string lights of holiday cheer. The light show is designed to be entertaining for young children and the young at heart. Starlit pathways lead guests through the candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing featuring the Outback Express Adventure train, a decked out train ride that’s sure to inspire a jolly time on a dark winter night.

Guests may also ease the chill of the evening with a cup of warm cheer, such as hot cocoa or specialty coffee drinks. Back by popular demand, the cafes will serve holiday fare, ZooLights “Go Bites,” a selection of $5 walk-around snacks for the whole family to enjoy. ZooLights is a family oriented evening, filled with traditional holiday activities, designed to help one make merry memories of the winter season.

ZooLight’s Daily Details:
December 4 – January 3, 2016 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (Closed December 24 & 25)
Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their night houses and not visible to the public.
ZooLights will be open 7 days a week (except 12/24, 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.
Meet Santa on the Sun Bear deck and enjoy performances by local companies (select nights, tba)

Admission Prices
Adult: $8.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
Members: $1.00 off regular ticket prices
FREE Member Mondays: December 7 and December 14 ONLY*
Parking: Free
Please buy your tickets at the door. We are not selling online tickets this year. We apologize for any inconvenience

*ZooLights will be open 7 days a week (except 12/24 & 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.

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Nov 18 2015

Moonlight Kayaking

Moonlight Kayaking

California Canoe & Kayak – Full Moon Paddle
Wednesday, November 25th

Moonlight paddling is enchanting! The water is calm and glassy on the Oakland Estuary and the city lights add to the ambiance. We enjoy a leisurely pace as the sun sets and the moon rises, illuminating a delightful evening.

Enjoy an evening of moonlight paddling on the Oakland estuary with California Canoe & Kayak. Everyone is invited to experience the calm waters and city lights on this leisure adventure that starts at sunset. For more information, visit

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Nov 05 2015

Uber announces major expansion into Oakland’s Sears building

Uber announces major expansion into Oakland's Sears building

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) —
After a massive growth in San Francisco, Uber is now making a big time expansion into Oakland. Up to 3,000 employees are expected to move into six floors of the newly renovated Sears building. Real estate experts say the deal puts downtown Oakland on the map.

It certainly looks like a big win for the city and the Uptown neighborhood, bringing in thousands of new jobs. But some worry that the upside will come with much higher rents.

“Uber is an innovative game-changing company and its move to Oakland is game-changing for us,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf.

The mayor called it a great day for her city. The announcement that Uber is expanding its Bay Area headquarters to Oakland’s Sears building.

“It’s home actually to many of current our employees,” said Renee Atwood with Uber. “But today we are doubling down on our growth here and deepening our roots across the bay.”

The ridesharing company has purchased the old Sears building from Lane Partners, which will stay on as the developer of a project that includes 50,000 square feet of retail on the bottom with office space above.

Uber expects to bring in 2,000 to 3,000 employees. Housing them without pricing out current residents is part of the equation for Oakland city leaders.

“We believe that having great jobs in this city is part of that solution,” said the mayor. “And encouraging development of additional housing units, which an investment like this can also encourage, is part of that solution.”

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Kevin Best.

Best just opened his gourmet ice cream shop, Little Giant, across the street from the newly dubbed Uptown Station.

“We knew something was going to happen, we weren’t sure at what level,” he said. “So to hear someone of Uber’s size is definitely reassuring.”

Uber expects to begin renovation next year, with project completion set for 2017.

For more stories about Uber, click here.

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Oct 19 2015

USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier: Haunted Hornet

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USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier: Haunted Hornet

What is the Haunted Hornet?
-The Haunted Hornet is a high impact, actor driven haunted attraction located on board the Historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet. 
After being decommissioned in 1970, the USS Hornet aircraft carrier was used to house a secret research facility specializing in deep sea research and Bermuda Triangle phenomena. Undergoing secret and extreme retrofitting, the ship and its crew set out to document what they find. While out at sea, the crew were involved in the discovery of an unexplained occurrence which began to affect the entire team and the ship. Immediately after, the program was cancelled, items locked into storage and the ship was returned to Puget Sound for final mothballing. 
Now 45 years later, we are finally able to access these secret parts of the ship…

What was the aircraft carrier USS Hornet?
– The aircraft carrier USS Hornet is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century — World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission when the first humans in the history of mankind set foot upon the moon. The Hornet was decommissioned on the 26th of June 1970.
In October 1998, the ship was opened to the public as a museum moored at the former Naval Air Station Alameda (currently known as Alameda Point) on San Francisco Bay. She is a registered State and National Historic Landmark and is not funded by any governmental agency.


On board the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier
USS Hornet Museum
707 West Hornet Ave. Alameda, CA 94501

October 2nd – October 30th & November 1st 2015
Thursdays & Sundays – 7pm-11pm
Fridays & Saturdays – 7pm-12am

HALLOWEEN 10/31/2015:
Monster Bash – Limited Hours; Must have ticket to Monster Bash Event for access to the Haunted Attraction


Tickets: $40 ($38 + $2 Historical Preservation Fee). 

(Online tickets can be used on any night with the exception of Halloween 10/31)

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Oct 12 2015

Jack London Square Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival

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Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival

Sunday, October 25  |  11:00am – 5:00pm

55 Harrison Street
This modern makers festival features more than 140 local artists, crafters and designers showcasing a variety of handmade goods including clothing, art, paper goods, accessories, house-wares and more. Free to attend, enjoy an afternoon of shopping, music and free DIY crafting stations, as well as enjoy a selection of artisan food vendors.

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