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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Oakland

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Oakland, CA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Oakland's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Oakland. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Oakland, CA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Oakland,
what are we talking about?

 Mediterranean Supermarkets Oakland, CA

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Oakland, CA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Oakland, CA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

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Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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At Oakland Encampment, Governor Newsom and Cabinet Members Discuss California’s Homelessness Crisis and Solutions

The Governor’s $14 billion plan to tackle homelessness is an all-of-government approach focused on shelter, rehousing strategies, and mental and behavioral health servicesOAKLAND – Governor Gavin Newsom today took his Cabinet members to visit an encampment in Oakland to discuss the inhumane living conditions too many Californians face. Since his first day in office, the Governor has made addressing homelessness a top priority for the administration. Governor Newsom’s multibillion-dollar ...

The Governor’s $14 billion plan to tackle homelessness is an all-of-government approach focused on shelter, rehousing strategies, and mental and behavioral health services

OAKLAND – Governor Gavin Newsom today took his Cabinet members to visit an encampment in Oakland to discuss the inhumane living conditions too many Californians face. Since his first day in office, the Governor has made addressing homelessness a top priority for the administration. Governor Newsom’s multibillion-dollar plan to tackle homelessness is an all-government effort to rapidly provide housing and connections to behavioral and physical health supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness, while also cleaning up the state’s highway off-ramps and encampments.

“Encampments across our state are constant reminders of the broken dreams of struggling Californians and their loved ones, making them a stubborn, painful issue that we must tackle with empathy,” said Governor Newsom. “Homelessness affects us all and California is taking an all-hands approach to tackle this challenge from every angle.”

Governor Newsom and Cabinet members walk encampment site in Oakland

The Governor and his Cabinet members walked the Oakland encampment and spoke directly with people experiencing homelessness. The visit was followed by a Cabinet meeting to discuss the strategies all state agencies can employ to tackle the homelessness crisis.

Governor Newsom’s multibillion-dollar homeless housing investments will provide more than 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots in the coming years. Building on last year’s historic $12 billion investment to help get the most vulnerable people off the streets, the California Blueprint proposes an additional $2 billion investment in behavioral health housing and encampment rehousing strategies, creating a total $14 billion package to confront the homelessness crisis.

Earlier this year, the Governor announced $50 million in grants through the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council’s Encampment Resolution Grant Program, which was created in partnership with the Legislature. The grants will serve 19 communities throughout California to provide shelter or housing for 1,401 individuals currently experiencing homelessness in encampments.

In September 2021, Governor Newsom set a goal of cleaning 100 encampments – since then, the state has cleaned 728 encampments, coordinating with local governments that provide housing and services to former residents. The state is on course to clear 1,000 encampments by the end of 2022.

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CA Hispanic Chambers Announce Oakland for 43rd Annual Convention

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Over 1,500 attendees expected to attend, provide economic boost to the regionThe California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) proudly announced today that Oakland, California is the selected site for its 43rd Annual Statewide Convention. This year's Annual Statewide Convention theme will take place August 10-13, 2022, at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The con...

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.

Over 1,500 attendees expected to attend, provide economic boost to the region

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) proudly announced today that Oakland, California is the selected site for its 43rd Annual Statewide Convention. This year's Annual Statewide Convention theme will take place August 10-13, 2022, at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The convention and its attendees are expected to provide the City of Oakland with a significant economic boost.

“We are very pleased to have selected the City of Oakland as the site of our 43rd Annual Statewide Convention,” said Julian Canete, President and CEO, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. “Oakland is such a vibrant and energetic city with a wonderful diverse population and an array of many cultures. Our members are excited over visiting Oakland and enjoying its fantastic culinary scene, arts, music, attractions and all the city has to offer.”

“Oakland is honored to be the chosen destination for the 43rd Statewide Annual Convention of The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce” stated Peter Gamez, President & CEO for Visit Oakland. “Knowing that our city was selected for its diversity and strong sense of community - makes everyone in The Town proud. Oakland celebrates its genuine cultural pride every day. Being recognized for that authenticity proves that we are well aligned with CHCC. The convention presents wonderful opportunities to showcase Oakland and see our businesses thrive. We look forward to welcoming The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and sharing the beauty of Oakland with their attendees.”

The 2022 Convention Theme “BE ALL IN” highlights the tenacity, dedication, grit, and perseverance of the chamber’s diverse small business owners during and post pandemic, and their outlook in pursuing their dreams and ambitions despite a multitude of challenges and a tough economy. As CHCC grows and thrives, it seeks inspiration from individuals who are willing to take risks, achieve, and inspire.

The CHCC’s Annual Statewide Convention is the largest networking venue for Hispanic owned businesses in the Western region and fosters Hispanic and diverse economic development for the greater California and American economy. For over 40 years the CHCC has served as a leading regional Hispanic business organization in the United States, working to bring the interests of more than 815,000 California Hispanic owned businesses to the forefront of both California and national economic agendas.

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Each Year the Annual State Convention gathers Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, and members from over 120 local and regional Hispanic Chambers of Commerce as well as statewide and national business organizations. It offers attendees the opportunity to establish strategic, long-term partnerships through direct personal engagement, sharing best practices, dialogue, networking, workshops and more.

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce is the nation's largest and premier regional diverse business organization. Its network of over 120 Hispanic and diverse Chambers and business organizations – and its advocacy and education programs represent the interest of California's 815,000 Hispanic businesses. For over forty years, the CHCC has been committed to bringing to the forefront the issues and needs impacting Hispanic and diverse small businesses to both the California and national economic agendas and working to find solutions to those issues and needs.

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July 4th Fireworks 2022 In Oakland

Patch has your complete guide to Independence Day fireworks shows, parades and other celebrations in and around Oakland and the East Bay.OAKLAND, CA — Happy birthday, America!After a year or two of COVID-related restrictions, Oakland and cities and towns throughout San Francisco's East Bay are back in the star-spangled swing with Fourth of July parades, events and fireworks extravaganzas.July 4, 2022 falls on a Monday. Do note not all Independence Day events are on that date, with several spread throughout the ho...

Patch has your complete guide to Independence Day fireworks shows, parades and other celebrations in and around Oakland and the East Bay.

OAKLAND, CA — Happy birthday, America!

After a year or two of COVID-related restrictions, Oakland and cities and towns throughout San Francisco's East Bay are back in the star-spangled swing with Fourth of July parades, events and fireworks extravaganzas.

July 4, 2022 falls on a Monday. Do note not all Independence Day events are on that date, with several spread throughout the holiday weekend or earlier. And always confirm with organizers that events are proceeding as planned.

Scroll through our annual event guide to find what's going on near you. And have a happy, safe and festive 4th of July, from Patch!-----------

JULY 4: July 4th Pre-Parade 5K To Benefit Midway Shelter. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. before the parade.

JULY 4: 4th Of July Parade. "Parade is the longest in the nation with a route that spans 3.3 miles."

JULY 4: USS Hornet July 4th BBQ & DJ. On the flight deck. Tickets on sale.

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JULY 4: 4th Of July Concert In The Park. Pack a picnic, and enjoy!

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JULY 4: July 4th Parade, Fireworks & All-Day Fest. A pancake breakfast begins the fun-filled day.

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JULY 3: July 3rd Torchlight Parade. A hometown, community tradition along First Street.

JULY 3: July 3rd Drone Light Show: Carquinez Straits Waterfront. Hosted by Pedrotti Ace Hardware & follows Torchlight Parade.

JULY 4: July 4th Picnic & Fireworks. "With arts and crafts, delicious hot food, live entertainment & children’s activities."

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JULY 4: July 4th Marina Fest & Fireworks. Not planned for 2022.

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JULY 4: 4th Of July Parade. Little ones can join the fun, as no registration required for Kiddie Parade.

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JULY 4: 4th of July 'Stars & Stripes' 5K, Parade & Fireworks. A jam-packed Independence Day!

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JULY 4: Kiwanis July 4th Parade. This year's theme: "Celebrating Our Local Olympians."

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JUNE 28-JULY 5: Safe & Sane July 4th Fireworks Booth Sales. More than a dozen non-profit organizations open booths citywide.

JULY 1:'Picnic Flix' Outdoor Movie: Emerald Glen Park. Perfect family-friendly kick-off to holiday weekend.

JULY 4: July 4th Safe & Sane Fireworks Approved Parks. Four parks designated for fireworks use.

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JULY 4: WorldOne 4th Of July Festival - Music, Art, Food & Family Fun. The annual "hometown institution" returns.

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JULY 4: July 4th Parade & Flyover. "Our Live Parade is BACK!"

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JULY 2: Independence Day, Band & Family Games: Meek Mansion. With outdoor activities, historical games, crafts & Blues Bottle Band.

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JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks & Community Event. Collaboration between cities of Hercules & Pinole.

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JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. DJ planned, plus free glow sticks for kids, while supplies last.

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JULY 4: July 4th Flag Raising & Hometown Parade. Kids' decorated bike parade included, too!

JULY 4: 4th Of July Fireworks: Marina. Show begins approximately 9 p.m.

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JULY 4: July 4th Pool Party, Concert & Fireworks. Fun also includes food trucks, kids' area, climbing wall, RC cars, video game truck & more!

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JULY 4: July 4th Dog Parade, Concert & Fireworks. Enjoy House Rockers show at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks extravaganza.

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JULY 4: July 4th ALCO Firefighters Pancake Breakfast. With classic car show, magician & more.

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JULY 4: 'Welcome Back' Annual July 4th Picnic In Park: Joaquin Miller Park. Including sports, food provided for a small donation, dance competition & entertainment.

JULY 4: A's vs. Blue Jays & July 4th Fireworks: Oakland Coliseum. Game starts approximately 6 p.m., with postgame fireworks.

JULY 4: July 4th Cruise & Fireworks Viewing: USS Potomac. Typically sells out fast, so book soon.

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JULY 4: July 4th Pancake Breakfast, Parade & Concert. Flag raising, Fun Run For A Reason & library book sale also planned.

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JULY 4: July 4th Parade & Pancake Breakfast. Community picnic follows the parade.

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JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks & Community Event. Collaboration between cities of Hercules & Pinole.

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JULY 4: July 4th Firecracker Run, Parade, Fest & Fireworks. Party in Park includes, kids' rides, food, inflatables & live music, too.

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JULY 1: Fireworks Spectacular: Alameda County Fair. Fairgrounds show is free with fair admission and begins after the concert.

JULY 4: Independence Concert @ Alameda County Fair. The Eternity Band will play at Grand Stand stage.

JULY 4: Community Concert Band July 4th Performance: Lions Wayside Park. A community tradition!

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JULY 3: 3rd Of July Fireworks Celebration: Marina Bay Park. The community event, with music & food, is back!

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JULY 4: 4th Of July Fireworks: Fisherman's Wharf. Two barges will launch fireworks on bay.

JULY 4: Independence Day Pub Crawl & Hot Dog-Eating Contest. July 4th-inspired costumes encouraged!

JULY 4: Free Uber, Lyft & Cab Rides Provided by Law Office of Chuck Geerhart. For rides within city of SF.

JULY 4: Golden Gate Park Band July 4th Concert: Golden Gate Park. Annual, free event with works of Gershwin, Souza, Copland Leroy Anderson & more.

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JULY 1-3: July 4th Weekend Fireworks: SJ Giants Baseball. "With firework shows all three nights of Independence weekend."

JULY 4: July 4th Rose, White & Blue Parade & Festival. "Food trucks, entertainment, art and community!"

JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Discovery Meadow Park. Rotary Club of San Jose is bringing fireworks back to San Jose ."

JULY 30: SJ Giants & Hiller Aviation Museum Flight Night & Fireworks. Mark your calendars for more fireworks & portion of proceeds benefit Hiller Aviation Museum.

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JULY 4: San Leandro Historical Railway Society July 4th Open House. Check with organization's website for updates on tentative event featuring model railroads.

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JULY 4: July 4th Celebration: Community Center. Pre-registration required, and no fireworks this year.

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JULY 4: 4th Of July Celebration Concert: Central Park Amphitheater. Featuring patriotic music from Olympia Fields, veterans tribute & popular group Pride & Joy.

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JULY 3: July 3rd 'Hops & Creek Brewfest': Civic Park. "Come spend part of your 4th of July holiday weekend in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park."

JULY 4: July 4th Celebration Parkoncert. Free with Walnut Creek Concert Band at Civic Park.

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City of Oakland Appoints New Homeless Administrator Daniel Cooper

Oakland, CA – Oakland City Administrator Ed Reiskin today announced the appointment of Mr. Daniel A. Cooper, MPH as the City’s new Homelessness Administrator. Mr. Cooper brings more than 10 years’ experience as a public health professional, along with his extensive background in addressing social determinants of health though housing, homelessness, and policy.“Daniel is a welcome addition to Oakland’s team. The breadth and depth of his leadership experience managing homelessness ...

Oakland, CA – Oakland City Administrator Ed Reiskin today announced the appointment of Mr. Daniel A. Cooper, MPH as the City’s new Homelessness Administrator. Mr. Cooper brings more than 10 years’ experience as a public health professional, along with his extensive background in addressing social determinants of health though housing, homelessness, and policy.

“Daniel is a welcome addition to Oakland’s team. The breadth and depth of his leadership experience managing homelessness programs and interventions, background in public policy, and seasoned public health expertise in addressing systemic inequities will advance our work in tackling the single largest crisis facing Oakland today,” said City Administrator Ed Reiskin.

“As we welcome Daniel, I want to publicly acknowledge my deep gratitude to Assistant City Administrator LaTonda Simmons, who has been serving as Acting Homelessness Administrator for the past year. In addition to her other executive leadership duties, LaTonda has worked tirelessly to mitigate the suffering of the unhoused on our streets. During her tenure, she guided the City’s Encampment Management Team to address public health and safety conditions with completion of more than 180 operations over the past year. She has shown deep personal commitment and extraordinary effectiveness in mobilizing this important work.”

Ms. Simmons is pleased to pass the baton to Mr. Cooper. “Addressing the humanitarian crisis of unsheltered homelessness on our streets ultimately requires an adequate supply of affordable, clean, and safe housing, which is currently insufficient to meet our community’s needs,” she said. “Within that present reality, the role of the Homelessness Administrator is to focus on mitigating poor health and safety conditions on our streets and supporting our unsheltered residents with opportunities to move into shelter and housing while retaining their dignity and personal agency. The job requires savvy leadership, expertise in addressing racial disparities in homelessness, nimble and innovative problem-solving skills, and a lot of heart. Mr. Cooper brings those qualities and more to his new role. We are excited to leverage his expertise and passion as we evolve the City’s response to homelessness.”

As Homelessness Administrator, Mr. Cooper will serve as liaison to both internal City staff and external agencies, lead the City’s Encampment Management Response teams, support broad policy development, coordinate homeless interventions across relevant City departments, and facilitate transition of the City’s unsheltered population into homeless shelter and housing programs. A key focus of this work is to address the disproportionately Black, Indigenous, People of Color homeless population by analyzing and removing barriers to equitable service delivery to those residents.

"Oakland is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history and vibrant community. From a public health perspective, we know that where we live determines how long we live. The magnitude of the homelessness crisis in Oakland drew me here, inspired by the opportunity to make a positive impact and advance such important work,” said Mr. Cooper.

Mr. Cooper comes to Oakland from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as Division Director for Mecklenburg County Government. In this role, Cooper served as the Division’s liaison both internally and externally, leading a multidisciplinary team of approximately 31 staff. His responsibilities included: performing strategic planning; ensuring federal, state, and local policy compliance; providing oversight and direction for the implementation of programs and services; representing the Division Countywide and to elected officials; and taking on legislative initiatives. In addition, Cooper was responsible for ensuring the success of a 300+ unit Shelter Plus Care Program, a 120-bed permanent supportive housing complex, a 90+ unit scattered site housing model, and expanding the Coordinated Entry System for accessing homeless services. He also served as a project evaluator for the distribution of $212 million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for countywide housing and homeless-related projects.

In a previous role, Mr. Cooper worked for the Maryland Department of Health where he was directly responsible for developing Maryland’s Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Program and providing technical assistance to 23 jurisdictions statewide conducting fatal and nonfatal overdose review.

Mr. Cooper also served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Upstate Continuum of Care (CoC) in Greenville, South Carolina where he was responsible for improving the homeless response system over a 6,100 square mile region while leading a coalition of 80+ community partners. As Director, Cooper developed and submitted the first system-wide gap analysis of homeless services in the region and drafted the first Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) submitted in the region to HUD in 2019.

Mr. Cooper began his career at College of Central Florida where he helped recruit, retain, and graduate, over 28,000 low-income, first-generation college students. Later on, he assisted in developing the first Community Health Worker (CHW) program in Florida in collaboration with Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to improve health outcomes across South Florida.

Mr. Cooper earned a Master of Public Health from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He is both a Florida Bright Futures Scholar and TRIO Program Scholar.

He enjoys hiking, traveling, and a strong cup of coffee. Mr. Cooper has begun his transition to Oakland, and he will relocate permanently in April.

PORTER ROBINSON'S ANNUAL SECOND SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO OAKLAND, CA OCTOBER 29-30, 2022

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The third installment of Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival will return to the Bay Area on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th at Oakland Arena Grounds in Oakland, CA. Presented by Goldenvoice, Second Sky will take place over Halloween weekend, and will feature a brand-new set of artists personally curated by Porter Robinson. Second Sky has quickly become the most in-demand festival for the Bay Area, with tickets selling ou...

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The third installment of Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival will return to the Bay Area on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th at Oakland Arena Grounds in Oakland, CA. Presented by Goldenvoice, Second Sky will take place over Halloween weekend, and will feature a brand-new set of artists personally curated by Porter Robinson. Second Sky has quickly become the most in-demand festival for the Bay Area, with tickets selling out in mere hours in 2019 and again in 2021.

Secondsky Music Festival Dates & Tix info

Second Sky is once again teaming up with Nassal and B Morrow Productions (builders of Universal's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and the forthcoming Avatar and Super Nintendo World theme parks). The theme park fantasyland elements they provided, which originally debuted in 2021, will return and continue to grow. Fans can expect to see brand new artwork sites across all the grounds including the VIP section.

Pre-sale commences Friday, May 13th, 2022, at 10am PDT—fans can register for first access to tickets at secondskyfest.com The festival will offer Single Day GA, Single Day VIP, 2-Day GA, 2-Day VIP, and Hotel Packages.

In 2021, the release of Porter's long-awaited second LP, Nurture, immediately garnered widespread critical acclaim. PITCHFORK raved about the album, saying "Nurture explores the difficulty of finding fulfillment and plumbs the joyful realization that the world he wanted to create was always right in front of him." The album also made numerous ROLLING STONE staff members' #1 Pick of the Year. FADER named Nurture their #1 Album of the Year and BILLBOARD called the album "soft, gentle, sweet and painfully honest."

After a sold-out European tour in April 2022, Porter is slated for a major summer festival hop with multiple headlining slots across both domestic and global festivals, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, Osheaga, Electric Forest, North Coast and more. Porter was also recently nominated for a BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARD in the category of Top Dance/Electronic Album.

Nurture, Porter's first full-length record in seven years, features much-lauded singles "," "," ," "" and "." The album spans a highly challenging period in Porter's life when he felt creatively crippled, but ultimately serves as a testament to the hope and perseverance that pulled him out of the darkest moments. On Nurture, Porter returns to the piano and his singing voice as a foundation, creating an intimate album that champions vulnerability while paying homage to the struggles that pushed him to grow, blending live instruments, digital synths, artificially pitched vocals, chopped samples and cozy ambience.

At age 18, the -based producer and songwriter burst onto the scene with a complex, bombastic brand of electro-house. Following the major success of his 2014 debut album , Porter released the RIAA Gold single "" with Madeon in 2016, followed by a Shelter Live Tour spanning 43 dates and four continents. The following year, Porter began releasing music under a new alias, Virtual Self, which led to his first Grammy nomination for the BBC Radio 1 hit single "." In 2019, Porter put on the first Second Sky Festival, which sold out all 30,000 tickets for the two-day festival in a single day. In both 2020 and 2021, hosted editions of his virtual festival Secret Sky, amassing over 6 million viewers combined, and which came to be regarded as the most sophisticated virtual festivals of their time. Later in 2021, following the release of , Second Sky Festival made its return to the Bay Area, selling out 40,000 tickets in a single day. Immediately following, the sold over 150,000 concert tickets and was the highest grossing electronic tour of 2021. At Second Sky 2021, Porter debuted his new DJ side project Air2Earth, which is focused on sample-driven, tranquil prog-house and airy disco, and in 2022 will perform at festivals including Bonnarroo, Electric Forest, Moonrise Festival, and Imagine Festival.

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