Being that I am a lifelong resident, I can't imagine living anywhere else. I admit, the Bay Area is all I know, but I really enjoy the culture here! It is funny, when I drive to cities just outside the Oakland-Berkeley area, I can feel the difference almost immediately. I think we have more artists and environmentally conscience citizens here who breed a different way of life. Speaking of culture here are few local upcoming events! Labor Day Weekend is Oakland's Art and Soul Festival. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and kids under 12 and Seniors are FREE. Enjoy live music from artists like Lenny Williams, Stephanie Mills and Bobby Hutchenson. For more information go to www.artandsouloakland.com
On September 7th go hear Pete Escovedo, Vincent Herring and Earth Jazz Agents, and more at Montclair Village's Jazz and Wine Festival. Admission is FREE! For more information go to www.montclairjazzandwine.org . On Sunday September 14th go to the East Bay's largest street festival, the 34th Annual Solano Stroll. This FREE event focuses on local artist and businesses. For more information go to, www.solanoavenueassn.org.