With so many hip new cultural events taking place here in the East Bay, and now more than ever here specifically in Oakland, it can be tough to pick what event to check out. There really has been a renaissance in Oakland,

with a total revitalization culturally, as an explosion of food, art, music and all types of expression have arrived on the scene.  From Art Murmur to the new Gourmet Ghetto in Oakland's Temescal district, one is not for want when yearning for a bit of the good stuff.  As a native growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I remember Oakland in general, including downtown Oakland, Jack London Square, and the Temescal, as very deserted, like a ghost town. To see my city thriving now, and to encounter yet another awesome business or happening taking place in Oakland, is a thrill. The latest discovery, is the Piedmont Ave Stroll. Taking place the third Thursday of every month, it was named the "Best Art Walk That's Not Art Murmur in 2012" by the East Bay Express. Meandering down the ave, one can enjoy art, entertainment, and refreshments, as well as check out businesses showcasing local artists and designers. Admission and parking are free after 6 pm. Event highlights are posted the week before in the windows of participating businesses.  The night of the stroll grab a map and collect a stamp toward the raffle, where you can win gift certificates and merchandise. All in all, it sounds like another successful venue for gathering, and enjoying the best of our cultural mix here in the Bay Area. We all knew it was possible, but it really is a dream come true to see it manifesting before our eyes. Come check it out with me!

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