Esther McFeely, Rockridge Resident and Centenarian, Passes Away

Monday, March 9, 2015

Esther Ann Hunt McFeely, believed to be the longest surviving Oakland Tech High alumna, left us quietly at age 104 on February 13, 2015, in the presence of her children gathered in the Rockridge home in which she had lived since 1920.

Esther was born in San Francisco January 19, 1911, to Howard and Cecelia Hunt and spent her early years in Nevada City where her grandfather had been a "grubstaker" during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s.

Beyond the Shelves at the Rockridge Branch Library

Friday, December 12, 2014

After a hard-fought community campaign led by the RCPC, the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library opened on August 3, 1996, on the southeast corner of College Avenue and Manila.

Rockridge's first library was established 95 years ago on Shafter just off College and has since been housed at a handful of locations. The current site is where the Longo family lived and worked for the better part of the last century, making and selling decorative cement sculptures as part of their Art Stone business.

Christmas Revels Celebrates Americana

Friday, December 12, 2014

Revels is a family-friendly production to please all ages in a celebration of the long-ago winter traditions that bring us together to welcome the Yuletide.

California Revels has brought its unique theatrical, participatory holiday celebration to Oakland's Scottish Rite Center since 1986, presenting the customs of different cultures through songs, dances, poems and plays as they respond to the Solstice and the turning of the year. Past Revels took us to Galicia, Renaissance Italy and Medieval England.

Presbyterian Church Hosts Community Thanksgiving Meal

Sunday, November 9, 2014

For nearly 30 years, the College Avenue Presbyterian Church community has hosted an annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal.

Initially begun to build a deeper sense of community in our neighborhood and to respond to concrete needs, the meal continues year after year to work towards that goal. Then, Rockridge was emerging from the shadow of transformation caused by the building of Highway 24 and the BART station. Today, Rockridge is established as a vibrant community of families and of widely appreciated resources.

Art on the Avenue: Adria Peterson

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Next door to Rockridge's CCA Galleries, a testing ground for new artists, is the studio of Adria Peterson, one of the neighborhood's established artists. Since 1999, she has shared space at 5253 College Avenue with her husband, architect Kirk E. Peterson, in the building some may remember as a long-gone imports store.

Neighborhood Go-getter Sets Her Sights on Keeping Beloved Children's Theatre Group on Stage

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"I hadn't been in a show since third grade," confides Nancy Morton, the recently elected board president of the long-running East Bay Children's Theatre (EBCT).

But last year, she came full circle, making her adult debut as a townsperson in EBCT's production of "Jack and the Beanstalk and the Giant, and the Goose, and the Really-Truly-Uly Rotten Day" in front of third graders plus other pre-K to 5th-grade students. "I only had a few lines," Morton is quick to tell me.

Locke & Associates: Adding to Local Art Scene

Friday, October 3, 2014

Just north of the California College of the Arts (CCA), on College Avenue near its intersection with Broadway, lies the office of art advisory firm Suzy R. Locke & Associates. While CCA's focus is on helping students "make art that matters," Locke & Associates is involved in much of what happens in the life of an artwork after its creation. Between educating collectors about art, helping to build art collections, and appraising artwork, Locke & Associates' practice is centered on interpreting, selecting, and setting the appropriate monetary value of art.

Take the 'Rockridge Vision' Survey Today, Qualify for a Chance to Win Local Gift Certificate Prizes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thanks to all of you who have completed RCPC's survey on Our Vision for Rockridge. To everyone else: We want to hear from you.

What are we hearing so far? Your top descriptions of Rockridge are not a huge surprise: it is walkable, has a strong sense of community and is family-friendly, but is also very expensive.

Rockridge Talking: Wish Lists & Ideas Shared at June Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oakland City Planning Director Rachel Flynn drew a huge crowd at the June RCPC Town Hall, where she provided a richly informative overview of Oakland's approach to urban planning, how Rockridge fits into that vision, and what kinds of things we can do to further enhance our neighborhood. RCPC board member Virginia Hamilton then led the 70-plus attendees in an exchange of ideas including expressions of local concerns as well as a wide range of possible solutions.

'...It Takes (Losing) a Train to Cry'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rockridge businessman and early Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC) chair Ray Perman submitted this nostalgic look back at streetcars and commuter rail lines once prevalent in the Bay Area well in advance of Oakland Planning Director Rachel Flynn"s lament for the long-gone streetcar (article, page 1) in her remarks at the June Town Hall meeting. Perman describes his research into local rail transit and a trip to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City where many of the old trains are preserved. - Editor

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