What to do in the East Bay this month


School may be back in session but we’ve still got 3 weeks of summer! If you, your family and friends are wondering how to enjoy the remainder of your bay area summer, look no further. Here are some upcoming events around the Bay this month!

45th Annual Solano Avenue Stroll


WHEN: Sunday, September 8, from 10 am to 5 pm

WHERE: 1563 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

WHAT: Along with the Solano Avenue Association, twin cities Albany and Berkeley are hosting the East Bay’s largest street festival for the 45th year in a row! See the parade and enjoy over 500 vendors! They even offer free bicycle “valet parking” and a free shuttle from AC Transit or BART.


Rockridge Out & About Festival


WHEN: Sunday, September 15, from 12 to 6 pm

WHERE: 8-block stretch of College Avenue from Claremont to Lawton in Oakland.

WHAT: Presented by the Rockridge District Association, this street fair celebrates what makes Rockridge a great place to live, work, shop, and play. Enjoy food, beer, wine, music, and kids’ activities.


Oakland’s “Eat Real” Street Food Festival

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WHEN: Saturday, September 21 from 11 am to 10 pm & Sunday, September 22, from 11 am to 6 pm

WHERE: Jack London Square in Oakland

WHAT: Don’t just enjoy all the delicious food at this street-food-festival-slash-block-party — learn where the food comes from, who grows and makes it, and how they make it. Eat Real brings farmers, food producers and eaters together to educate and indulge.


The East Bay's 4th of July Event Guide

With only days left until the 4th of July rolls around again, Here is a list of this year’s events taking place in the East Bay. Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!


4th of July Berkeley Marina
Where: Berkeley Marina
When: July 4, family activities beginning at noon, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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Fremont’s 4th of July Parade

Where: Fremont (Downtown)
When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m.
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Picnic in the Park and Fireworks
Where: Benicia (Benicia City Park at 150 Military W)
When: July 3, Torchlight Parade at 6:30 p.m.; July 4, activities begin at noon, fireworks at 9 p.m.
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Oakland A’s Fireworks Night
Where: Oakland Coliseum
When: July 3, after the A’s play the Twins
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Celebrate Concord 4th of July
Where: Downtown Concord (Todos Santos Plaza)
When: July 4, 5K/kids run at 8 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., festival at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. 
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A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration!
Where: Albany (Memorial Park at 1325 Portland Ave.)
When: July 4, festivities begin at noon
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City of Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade
Where: Alameda (Lincoln Ave. & Park St.)
When: July 4, 5k race at 9:45 a.m., parade starts at 10 a.m. -- the 3.3-mile route is one of the longest in the country
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City of El Cerrito & worldOne July 4th Festival
Where: El Cerrito (Cerrito Vista Park at 7007 Moeser Ln.)
When: July 4, music and children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Kiwanis Danville July 4th Parade
Where: Danville (Downtown) 
When: July 4, parade begins at 9 a.m. 
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San Ramon Fourth of July
Where: San Ramon (Central Park Amphitheater at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.)
When: July 4, 5-8 p.m. free concert featuring a Jimmy Buffet tribute band
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Orinda 4th of July Parade
Where: Orinda Community Park and Community Center (parade begins at 80 Moraga Way)
When: July 4, festivities 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; parade begins at 10 a.m. 
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Pleasant Hill July 4th Celebration
Where: Pleasant Hill (Parade at Cleveland Rd. & Gregory Ln.)
When: July 4, 5k at 8 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m. and fireworks around 9:10 p.m. from College Park High School
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Martinez 4th of July Parade
Where: Martinez (Court St. between Ward and Main streets)
When: July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m.
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Suisun City 4th of July Celebration
Where: Suisun City (Waterfront District)
When: July 4, events start at 11 a.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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4th of July Red, White & Boom Fireworks & Block Party

Where: Livermore (Downtown)
When: July 4, block party begins at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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Happy Pride Month!


June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBTQ+ communities come together come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves! The celebration originally started way to pay homage to the Stonewall uprising in June of 1969 in New York City, which is considered by many one of the most important events leading up to the gay rights movement recognizable today. For a list of Bay Area events happening this month in celebration of Pride, you can visit the SF Pride site by clicking here!

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Visitors only have a few more weeks to visit the popular exhibition on the life and designs of Charles and Ray Eames. The Oakland Museum is one of many stops the exhibition is taking on its three-year international tour.

Charles Ormond Eames, Jr. and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Kaiser Eames were an American married couple who made significant historical contributions to the development of modern architecture and furniture through the work of The Eames Office. Among their most well-known designs is the Eames Lounge Chair.

The last day to see the exhibition is February 18th, don’t miss you chance to learn more about this special part of American architectural history!

Fore more information and tickets click here.


Friday Nights in Oakland!

No plans tonight? Get your Oakland groove on every Friday night from 5-9pm at the Oakland Museum with after-hours Museum access, Off the Grid food trucks, beer, wine, music, and more! 

  • After-hours gallery access.

  • Marketplace at OMCA: local makers selling handcrafted works and art.

  • Music, DJs, acoustic sets, and dance lessons.

  • A rotating list of Off The Grid food trucks and featured artists.

  • Family fun at Friday Nights: every Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, features free hands-on art workshops for all ages, and select Fridays feature storytime with the Oakland Public Library from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Location: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

For more information click here!

It's that time again! Toys for Tots 2019 Collection

Pacific Union once again is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect toys to distribute as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in our community. Boxes to collect donated toys from our agents and the community have been set up in the Berkeley and Montclair Pacific Union offices near the front desks.

Boxes will be picked up between December 9th and the 13th. If you would like to participate please drop your unwrapped and unused toys off before then!


Join our Virtual Food Drive!


Please join us in helping to alleviate hunger in our community by participating in our Virtual Food Drive supporting the Alameda County Food Bank.

The Food Bank serves 1 in 5 Alameda County residents, and nearly half of those served are children. For every $1 received, they distribute $7 worth of food to those in need.

Pacific Union has jump-started the Food Drive by contributing $7,500 from our Community Fund. Please help us reach our goal of $15,000 by December 31, 2018.

Participating is easy. Click the link below or go to www.vfd-accfb.org, select our group- PacificUnion/Compass- and donate!

Every dollar counts! Your donation of: 

$7 provides 1 family meal

$35...............5 family meals

$70..............10 family meals

$175............25 family meals 

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Toys for Tots & Food Drive Collection

Pacific Union is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Boxes to collect donated toys are at the Pacific Union Berkeley and Montclair front desks. Boxes will be picked up around December 8th through the 12th. If you are unable to donate toys, you can also participate by clicking here and donating!

Think College Now

Pacific Union has believed in and supported Think College Now Elementary School (TCN) for over a decade now. TCN is an innovative and ambitious public school in Oakland's Fruitvale District whose vision is to give students the tools they need to succeed in college—and help them think that way as early as kindergarten. This year we were able to raise almost $28,000 at our fundraiser pushing the total raised for TCN by Pacific Union beyond $200,000 over the last 12 years!

Pacific Union Economic Forecast 2020

On November 15th, 2017, Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin and esteemed economists John Burns and Selma Hepp teamed up to present the fourth in a series of live economic forecasts, providing proprietary research findings that gave investors, buyers, and sellers the knowledge they’ll need for success in their Bay Area real estate investments. Read the recap here. This is the third year this event has taken place at the SFJazz Center. 

Oral Lee Brown Walk

Pacific Union is a yearly sponsor for the The Oral Lee Brown walk raising money to provide educational assistance and scholarships to underprivileged children in the Oakland area.

The foundation not only gives scholarships for college, it is about enhancing the lives of the students with programs such as:

  • Mentoring & Tutoring Programs
  • STEM Programs
  • Computer Training & Coding
  • Recreational Activities
  • Monthly Meetings
  • School Visits
  • Grades & Attendance Monitoring