Archive for September, 2011


Posted in EVENTS, OAKLAND on September 30, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert












Posted in EVENTS on September 15, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert















My whole family loves our all-wheel drive hybrid!  And we’ll learn more about new eco-friendly vehicles this Saturday, Sept 17…at the GREEN DRIVE EXPO. It’s happening from 10am to 5pm at The Craneway Pavilion in the Richmond Marina District

“Whether you’re an enthusiast or just curious about eco-friendly vehicles, this event will be a fun and educational experience,” said Green Drive Expo Founder Eric Powers.

Test drive some of the latest green cars: Toyota’s Prius v and Camry Hybrid.  And it’s the North American debut of the 2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid.

WHAT:                       Green Drive Expo
WHEN:                      10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
WHERE:                    Craneway Pavilion

                                     Richmond Marina District

                                     1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond

ADMISSION:              Adults $10; kids under 16 FREE

Speakers include Felix Kramer of California Cars Initiative (CalCars), who will discuss the future of plug-in vehicles.  Ron DeLong of SanGuage will give tips to help consumers save up to one-third of their fuel costs.

“The Bay Area is a known hotspot for green car activity, as evidenced by our large turnout last year,” said Powers. This is the second annual Green Drive Expo.


Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on September 8, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

New Charter School in West Oakland

The new library at the fledgling St. Vincent Academy in West Oakland needed what most libraries take for granted – books. So Jean Driscoll put the word out. Our dear friend and neighbor, Claudine Torfs, was one of many folks to donate. Among her generous selections were Harold and the Purple Crayon and Blueberries for Sal.

First Day of School

“Dear friends of Vincent Academy,

“Our school opened on Monday for 64 wonderful children! It’s terrific to see them all in their classrooms and on the playground, getting to know their teachers and each other, and settling into the routines of the school.

“We are now open from 7 am to 6 pm daily, with the actual school day running from 8 am to 3:30 pm. The school day is filled with a terrific academic and arts program.  Most of our students are enrolled in the after-school program, through which they receive additional instruction in art, music, and martial arts, and will be offered academic support as the year progresses.  We’re providing healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks through Revolution Foods.

“It has been a long time coming — and thanks to each of you for helping make this a reality!  We hope you will visit the school soon. If you would like to come, just let me know.

“Thanks again, Jean