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Temescal Holiday Fair

The Temescal Telegraph BID was delighted to organize their second Temescal Holiday Fair: Creators & Critters. Bay Area shoppers were able to find beautiful and unique gifts while supporting Temescal’s independent artists. Once again, the Temescal Holiday Fair featured a FREE petting zoo and FREE photos with the animals! There was an alpaca, goats, pigs, bunnies, ducks, and more! Families and friends got together for that perfect holiday card and profile pic with the adorable barnyard animals!
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BID Decorates Four More Utility Boxes

The painting of four additional utility boxes of Temescal flora, fauna and Ohlone culture, by artist Eduardo Valdez, was completed last month and is now visible for the public. This adds to the original 15 utility boxes which were also designed by Eduardo.

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Temescal Trick or Treat

Kids of all ages and parents, come and stroll Telegraph Ave and collect treats from local merchants. Start at Ruby’s Garden Kidwear & Gift costume contest, trick and treat your way down to Flying Studios for their family dance party, make a mask over at The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and enter the apple bobbing contest at Ancient Ways!

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Repave & Redesign of Telegraph – October 2019

In December 2018, the Repair Telegraph Ave. finalized design proposed by OakDOT staff was approved by Oakland City Council, ensuring the repaving of Telegraph Ave. in 2019! The approved redesign of Telegraph Ave. between 42nd and 52nd St (aka Repair Telegraph) includes a road diet, parking protected bike lanes AND a pedestrian plaza on Shattuck Ave. between 45th and 46th St.

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Temescal Street Flicks 2018

Temescal Street Flicks 2018 was an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening in September in the heart of of Temescal near Temescal Alley. Sponsored by the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement DistrictTemescal Street Flicks focused on showcasing local, independent and family-friendly films. The weekly outdoor films drew local Oakland residents and attendees from all over the Bay Area. Local independent-ish, family-friendly films about Oakland, and for Oaklanders!

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Paint the Town Rainbow Crosswalks

On August 26th, The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) was pleased to announce the installation of four temporary rainbow crosswalks at 66th St. and Telegraph in partnership with Oakland Pride and The White Horse Bar, to enhance the safety and vibrancy of the area, honor the White Horse Bar’s historical and current significance for the LGBTQ community, and celebrate Oakland as a proud LGBTQ-friendly city.
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Repairing Telegraph Community Open House

Department of Transportation Open House Community Meeting
Tuesday, August 21 | 6 – 8pm | Faith Presbyterian Church | 430 49th St. | Open to All
 
Earlier this year in April, we announced that our campaign to get the City of Oakland to recognize the paving that needed to be on Telegraph had been successful. With over 600 signatures of the petition, the mass numbers of calls and emails and the overall support of sharing our campaign, the City of Oakland decided it was time to take action. Over the past two months, the City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) has been collecting input on community and business priorities for the street and evaluating strategies to improve safety, equity and vibrancy along the corridor. (more…)

2018 40th Street Block Party

On July 14th, The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District hosted its annual 40th Street Block Party which included great live music curated by Broken Guitars Oakland, local food, craft beer and wine, and unique artisan vendors. This year, we managed to have TWO music stages, plus FREE facepainting, kids activities and more!
There was great live music by Prima DonaDestroy BoysAnistaziSame GirlsDead SoundArrica Rose, Three o’clock Rock and Leila Sweetleaf. There were also special guests and DJs on our second stage: Paranoid Trooper, DJ Inti, Kevin Preston, La Chica Elastica aka Rubberband Girl, and DJ Crimson. Exclusive food offerings included Homeroom Mac’n’cheese,  Kenny’s Heart and Soul food truck, Momolicious food truck, beer by The Hog’s Apothecary, wine by Oakland Yard, SubRosa Coffee drinks and more!

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2018 Temescal Street Fair

On June 10th, Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District hosted our 15th Anniversary Temescal Street Fair from 12-6pm! This event featured live music on three different stages with great food from popular Temescal eateries and mobile food vendors. We also had craft beer and scores of artisans at our FREE Festival which celebrated its 15th Anniversary! Oakland’s acclaimed Kinetic Arts Center Circus Stage featured high-energy, high-flying artistic performances by local dare-devil aerialists, acrobats and clowns which thrilled the crowd. Also, many onlookers checked out the 100+ local artisan booths and learned about local business and community organizations.

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Kasper’s Pedestrian Plaza

The Temescal Telegraph BID is planning to create a pedestrian plaza bounded by the 46th St, Shattuck Ave, Telegraph Ave and 45th St. The planned reconfiguration of this intersection would create a pedestrian plaza from the existing public sidewalk surrounding the Kasper’s building at 4521 Telegraph Ave, and expanding the area into a public plaza to include Shattuck Ave between 46th and 45th Streets, as well as 45th St between Telegraph and Shattuck Avenues. The purpose of this pedestrian plaza is to significantly improve traffic, bike and pedestrian safety, and create a welcoming public gathering place for the Temescal community.

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