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Earth Day Weekend Cleanup Planned at Montclair Park

Happy Earth Day! This coming April 22 is a day we can all take a step back as we celebrate the mother of all planets – Mother Earth. Years ago, I wrote about a neighbor’s plan to pick up four pieces of trash every day. If we all did this, I thought, we would have an impact.

Israel Washington, 13, of Oakland, reaches out to cut a branch at Oakland’s Montclair Park during a previous Earth Day cleanup. This year, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Montclair Park is once again hosting a community cleanup and free barbecue starting at 12:30 p.m. (Dan Rosenstrauch — BANG archives)

Well, this weekend we can do even more and honor our first responders in the process. On Saturdays, Montclair Park hosts a community cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a free barbecue starting at 12:30 p.m. Bring your own tools or use the ones on site. You can even bring the kids, and when they get tired of helping out, they can go crayfish fishing in the pond.

Speaking of Montclair Park, it is said that the restrooms near the baseball field and the pickleball courts will reopen soon. Vandalism and neglect have taken their toll on this long-closed restroom, but in this case, nature’s call is finally being answered. The City of Oakland is also in the process of securing bids to eradicate the reeds in the pond, which is choked with unruly weeds. It will be interesting to see how much pond can be salvaged.

Spring flowering: The pandemic has certainly heightened the appeal of the great outdoors, and gardens are no exception. In fact, this weekend’s Hillside Gardeners Spring Garden Tour is sold out. This is good news for the beneficiaries of this fundraiser, such as the Short Line Pocket Park on Thornhill and the gardens around the Montclair Library.

Tacos and tequila: The Pelayo family prepares for Cinco de Mayo in El Agavero. Last year, even during the pandemic, the restaurant and tequila bar in Montclair Village was very busy on May 5 – all that hype for a holiday that isn’t even celebrated in most of Mexico, since May 5 is not marks only one battle in the country. second war with France, the Battle of Puebla. Still, with drink specials and over 150 different tequilas, you can find something to celebrate at this popular Mexican restaurant that’s been open since 2007 at 2071 Mountain Blvd.

New Restaurant: Sliver Pizzeria fans will be happy to hear that the family restaurant is expanding in Montclair, next to Peet’s Coffee. Sliver has a reputation for making some kind of high-quality, reasonably priced pizza every day at its Rockridge location on Broadway Avenue in Oakland and Berkeley on Telegraph and Shattuck Avenues.

Tweet this: Did you know that the city of Oakland has an official bird? It’s the black-crowned night heron – a beautiful blue and white bird that for some reason likes to build its nest in the trees along the busy streets of Oakland.

Over the next several weeks, volunteers and staff from the Oakland Zoo will be patrolling downtown Oakland looking for injured baby birds that have fallen from their nests. Rescued birds are cared for before being released to a safer location, such as Oakland Bay. If you see an injured bird, call the emergency line at 510-703-8986.

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