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2016 Newsletters
(Most recent first)

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March, 2016
February, 2016
January, 2016

2015 Newsletters
(Most recent first)

December 8, 2015
November 9, 2015
October 9, 2015
September 8, 2015
August 9, 2015
July 7, 2015
June 12, 2015
May 10, 2015
April 9, 2015
March 16, 2015
February 9, 2015
January 9, 2015

2014 Newsletters
(Most recent first)

December 4, 2014
November 3, 2014
October 10, 2014
September 6, 2014
August 1, 2014
July 1, 2014
June 3, 2014
May 13, 2014
May 5, 2014
April, 2014
March, 2014
February 20, 2014
January 20, 2014

2013 Newsletters
(Most recent first)

December 13, 2013
November 15, 2013
October 28, 2013
September 17, 2013
August 13, 2013
July 18, 2013
June 18, 2013
May 10, 2013
April 14, 2013
March 19, 2013
February 2, 2013

2012 Newsletters

October 10, 2012
September 12, 2012
July 9, 2012

2011 Newsletters

October 14, 2011
September 6, 2011
July 7, 2011
April 28, 2011
February 26, 2011

2010 Newsletters

July 30, 2010
June 27, 2010
May 20, 2010
April 19, 2010
April 7, 2010
March 23, 2010

2009 Newsletters

November 1, 2009
October 6, 2009
July 6, 2009

Some Past News Items from Live Oak

Harvey Milk Day Celebration
Live Oak once again co-sponsored Harvey Milk Day events in Alameda. We (and other faith communities) provided food for the concert featuring the Oakland East Bay Men's Chorus. It was great fun to be the largest contingent from any of the faith groups (other than the hosting members of First Congregational). Our folks helped with set-up and clean-up, as well as food, for the reception. This was our 4th year as a sponsor of the Annual Harvey Milk Day celebration.

July 4th Parade in Alameda
For the third year in a row, Live Oak UU had a float in the Alameda parade (which has been named the best hometown parade several years running by the East Bay Express). More than 30,000 people turn out to watch this parade. Live Oak'ers proudly wore our Live Oak t-shirts and mingled with the crowds watching the parade in three locations along the route. And 14 adults and kids rode on the truck, singing and waving to the throngs. We will do this again in 2013!

Fun & Games Night
Adults and kids alike had a ball playing Qwirkle, Apples to Apples, Hula Hooping, and other activities -- plus getting to spiff up our banners and signs for July 4th with glitter glue and sparkly things! And all enjoyed a great typical summer meal together -- sausages, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pasta, various salads, fruit, and cookies. Yummm. (JUne 30, 2012) Photos!

St. Patrick's Day Party
About 50 Live Oakers joined for a traditional Irish dinner (corned beef & cabbage, potatoes, veggies, salad, and dessert) on March 17th. Following the meal people enjoyed Irish music played by a duo, magic and mentalism by David Fry, and just spending time together.

Christmas Eve Gathering
About 50 people joined together on Christmas Eve for singing, an original play providing a UU perspective on the Christmas origin story, lighting of candles, and a prayer of peace for the world. This multigenerational event was held at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

Winter Holiday Concerts
We have had a full house for our holiday concerts, which featured music celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa sung by our choir, a women's ensemble, duets, solos, and one year a stunning pan-African dance. People are already looking forward to next year! See more photos.

Harley Farms Goat Tour
Live Oak members and friends enjoyed a day on the farm in Pescadero on November 13. Adults and children enjoyed meeting the goats and seeing first-hand the way goat cheese is made. And, of course, no tour would be complete without tasting the end product. Folks are already talking about going again in the spring to see the baby goats.

Volunteers Worked at Oakland's Get Down & Dirty Event on 10-10-10
Live Oak volunteers joined with those from many organizations, working together in Oakland on 10-10-10. Everyone worked together to revitalize Laney College's community garden, offering skills-building workshops, listening to dynamic speakers, and bringing together local leaders for climate justice.

Raise Your Voice Workshop
Members of Live Oak attended a workshop called "Raise Your Voice: A Day of African American History in the Oral Tradition of Story and Song," featuring Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, teacher, composer, musician, and singer with the a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Learning spirituals, ring-shouts, gospel, and civil rights songs in 4- (and sometimes 5- or 6-) part harmonies with Dr. Barnwell was a joyful experience. But Dr. Barnwell also taught the history behind the songs, enriching us all.

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