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Dear family on earth,

Apologies for the absence from my muse. I have been deep in growing my inspiration and vision for community and sustainability. The idea that we can localize and conserve our precious earth, local economy, and deepen our relationship with each other, finding family and friends near us, is very inspiring to me. I am in the heart of Oakland, California, an area where many consider to be dangerous and many other things I’d prefer not to repeat here.

I’m here to let you know that I just walked around the neighborhood for a 2 mile stretch (1 mile on each side of the street), and met as many neighbors as I possibly could. The people that you might think would be dangerous end up being the nicest, offering power for the stage from their home, or show their personal excitement for #loveourhood coming June 4th. This is a big celebration for me. It is a cry to keep believing in human existence and the goodness that we all have within us. No matter what color, gender, sexual orientation, or belief, we all have goodness. We were born with it. I hope you can come out and celebrate June 4th with us!

To honor this day that I have been spending the past 3 months of my life to, I am releasing a single “Dark Winter Night” at Love Our Neighborhood Day. I’ll be performing at 12:40 p.m. sharp with Del Corazon dance troupe coming to do their rendition of the song. I’d like to honor nature and the earth we live on. The festival of the commons that happens in this same neighborhood has brought me to tears during their ceremonies, and if there is any way we can gather a vibe of ceremony on June 4th, I ask you to show up with your colors flying, your tears, laughter, and smiling faces. Thank you again for your continued support on this path. I am praying we find balance in this world asap. I think the fastest way is to find it within ourselves. I’m working on that!

Here is the press release of Soul Graffiti Productions:

Soul Graffiti Productions, 6323 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94607 #530.305.9819 booking@soulgraffiti.info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 6/4/16

Where: San Pablo Ave. from Ashby Ave. to Stanford Ave.

Time: 11am – 4pm

Event link (FB): https://www.facebook.com/events/1162178653822581/

More information: oaklavia.org

Map Day-of: https://goo.gl/vO3Q3d

LOVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD DAY 2016

STREETS CLOSE TO CREATE CAR-FREE COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE. FUN ACTIVITIES, PERFORMANCES, RESOURCES AND ART PROVIDED FOR FREE! COME PLAY AND SUPPORT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS!

On Saturday June 4th, 2016, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and locals from the Golden Gate, Southwest Berkeley and Emeryville neighborhoods will be producing our third annual Love Our Neighborhood Day.  The event will be open from 11am-4pm.

Love Our Neighborhood Day will happen in the street on San Pablo Avenue, from Stanford to Ashby.  All lanes of traffic on San Pablo will be closed to cars during the event.  This is a huge achievement for our neighborhood – we’re closing historic state highway 123 for the day to enable shared celebration and reclaiming of urban open spaces.

In 2015, we saw about 10,000 visitors to Love Our Neighborhood Day.  We expect 15,000 to attend this year because of the increased enthusiasm and interest shown by the community, as well as the addition of several new key event partners, performers, and city support.

Activities and Key Partners (North to South on San Pablo)

Dozens of local organizations, performers, artists, and others from throughout the region will join us on event day, including:

  • Citizen Five Music Stage: Happening at Folger and San Pablo just south of Ashby, local artists from the neighborhood are featured: DJ Hercules Records, Make Jazz, Lil’ Elephant, Genius 13 yr. Old solo act, and Supa Knova & Nebi.
  • MILO Foundation will host pet adoptions.
  • Mysterious Creatures Art Collective & Gallery will be hosting a live art mural production on their building, demos and interactive events, including a stage of local artists: Drea M., Diana Gameros + Brother, Michael Ruffo, Heather Normandale, & Dashboard Buddhas,
  • Homegrown Acoustic Stage: featuring Guatam and Dennis D., is a relaxing zone of kids games, great food, and acoustic music to relax in the shade.
  • The Grease Diner will be hosting DIY silkscreening
  • Oakland Fitness, Cliff Bar and others will be hosting a Games area for all ages
  • Berkeley Maynard Academy and Yu Ming School will be collaborating on student projects for the event, hosting events reaching out to the local community
  • Riveropolis will return for its second year at Love Our Neighborhood Day – Riveropolis is sculpture and furniture featuring elevated waterways and fantastical landscapes, bringing the magic of running water to schools, museums and public places
  • Rock the Bike Center Stage will return with their pedal-powered music stage, smoothies and a stellar line-up:

– 11 a.m. Zumba w/ Angie

– 11:40 Ecstatic Dance w/ DJ

– 12:40 Justin Ancheta Single Release “Dark Winter Night” w/ Del Corazon

– 12:50 Bay Balkan Brass

– 2:00 Downs Choir

– 3:00 Bicicletas Por La Paz

  • Grand Opening of the Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center: with live activities of basketball, zumba, and a 1:30 pm celebration and announcements.
  • Destiny Arts will produce an all-day stage, including performances by their youth dance groups, DJ entertainment, dance classes, and more
  • KALA Art Institute will be hosting several artists in their Print Public program, creating art on the street during the event
  • Namaste Pizza Stage at 61st and San Pablo will host Local Hip Hop and artist from Hip Hop for Change, with including local folk artists all day long. There will be a pizza give-away and crazy photo’s with your favorite pizza’s. Stop by to see and hear, and eat!
11:00- Opening Hip Hop performance by Vik Gosain11:10-11:30 Acoustic Soul by Chris Bryden11:35-11:50  Stand up comedy by Matt Gubser

12:50-12:55 Beatboxing by Gabriel Martinez

1:00-1:05 Hip hop dance by Scott Duong

1:10-1:15 Hip hop performance by Vik Gosain

1:20-1:30 Spoken word by Marjorie Bartolome

1:35-1:45 Hip Hop collaboration by Lance And Cameron

1:50-2:30. Hip Hop for Change

2:35 Open Mic

3:00-3:15 Live guitar and Breakdancing by Thanh Tran

3:15-3:45 Hip Hop performance and Open Dance floor!

  • Athletic Playground will host all day events of acroyoga and monkey games for all ages by Stanford & San Pablo
  • Capoeira and Karate demonstrations by Studio Naga, the Capoeira Foundation, CapoeiraMandinga and more!

Street Closures

San Pablo Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Ashby Ave to Stanford. All side streets will be detoured around the event, but will be open to traffic up to San Pablo. For residents or businesses who need access into and out of the neighborhood on event day, side streets can be used to access main arteries surrounding the event (Ashby, Hollis, Stanford, Market/Sacramento) and get into and out of the area. Street closures will start at 9am, and streets will reopen by 6pm.

Public Transit

The AC Transit 72 Line buses will be routed via Ashby and Stanford to Sacramento/Market. All 72 Line stops on the Event Route will be posted with directions to nearby alternatives. Transit re-routing will start before 9am and resume normal operation after 6pm (when the roads are open).

Volunteers Needed

Please go to this form to get involved hosting an activity, or volunteering to make Love Our Neighborhood Day a fun and engaging family experience: http://oaklavia.org/love-our-neighborhood-day-2016

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