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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

YMCA Teen Center


YMCA Urban Services Website

Programs include the following:

Adult and Family Programs:

Basketball League (M. Robinson Baker and Eastlake branches) Education/Technology Services
  • Computer Labs (Eastlake, Teen Center, M. Robinson Baker)
  • Multimedia Center (Eastlake branch)
  • Recording Studio (Eastlake branch/Teen Center)
Family Case Management
  • Pride of the Panther Family Outreach Program
  • Health & Wellness
Health & Life Skills Workshops
  • Community Gardening
  • Cooking Classes
Parent Engagement Sports & Fitness
  • Fitness Program
  • Community Walks/Runs
  • Exercise Classes and Equipment
  • Yoga
  • Capoiera
  • Hip-Hop Dance
  • Aquatics (M. Robinson Baker branch)
  • Open Gym
  • Wellness Center (M. Robinson Baker, Teen Center)
After School Programs

Building Futures Mentoring
Day Camp
Sports& Recreation
Summer Resident Camps
Teen Programs

YMCA Teen Center
5908 Foothill Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94605
Phone: (510) 638-3984
Fax: (510) 638-5629

First Semester Pictures

Garden Update

This winter we will be growing: two varieties of collards, mustard, butter crunch lettuce, assorted lettuce mix, broccoli, kale, peas and carrots.

This week we are focusing our attention on garden ecology and more specifically on the insects and spiders in our garden. We will discuss the importance of these small creatures to the garden and then proceed with a bug hunt to see the variety of insects present. If time and money permit we will try and preserve some of the more interesting specimens.

The fifth graders are proceeding with their Apple Diversity project. We have taste tested a variety of apples and have collected their seeds. Last week we made origami pots which we then used to plant our apple seeds. Now, we will wait for the seeds to take and check their growth. Later we will find a permanent home for our apple trees. Much later we will get to see the types of apples that will develop. (A crash course in genetics.)
-Mr. Eddie

Maxwell Park Area Map

Interview with Destiny Webster, Maxwell Park After School Program Coordinator

Eddie Samaniego interviewing Destiny Webster.

Need Pre K child development? Try the Peter Pan Cooperative.

The philosophy of the Peter Pan Cooperative is centered around the works of Gesell, Ilg and Ames. Whose books,
"...stress the principle that growing children are true to their biological nature, and thus any attempt to push or force their development are doomed to failure. When a child does not seem to be doing what other children are doing...[eventually] the child will develop the appropriate behavior. Thus children who are not learning are simply not ready to learn; when they are ready, learning will happen." 1

With these principles in mind children learn at their own pace and associate with children of various ages but, perhaps, at the same developmental level. Children are encouraged to learn social skills and knowledge from one another. Parents are also encouraged to interact with their children and peers by volunteering once a week in the mornings. As a cooperative the parents also help determine the direction of the school.

There are various activities children participate in: outdoor plat, imaginative play, art, reading, games, group time and field trips.

AM Session 9-12
PM Session 12-2:45

For more information and pricing use the links below.

Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School

1. An Introduction to Theories of Human Development, Neil J Salkind

Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland : Anna Marie Whalen Branch

Need something for your child to do after school? Consider the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland, "THE Positive Place for Kids". Membership fees start around 25 dollars. Core Programs your child will participate in include the following:

"Character and Leadership Development:
Empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others' cultural identities.
Education and Career Development:
Enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.

Health and Life Skills:
Develops young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
The Arts:
Enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, craft, performing arts, and creative writing.

Sports, Fitness and Recreation:
Develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social skills."

For more information and membership form use the links below.

Membership Form
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland

Monday, December 6, 2010

Community Resource: The Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council

  One of the best resources we've come across for the Maxwell Park Community is the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council. The council meets monthly to discuss funding for community projects, crime statistics, and important neighborhood news. Some meetings feature guest speakers ranging from city officials and members of law enforcement to presentations on family activities. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month from 7-8:45 pm, and are open to the community.
   The Neighborhood Council's website is also a great resource, providing minutes of Council meetings, links to local businesses and community resources, and historical information on the neighborhood provided by its residents. 

Maxwell Park's Most Famous Resident: Bruce Lee

In 1964, Bruce Lee drove from Seattle, Washington to Oakland, California where Kung Fu master James Yimm Lee operated a martial arts studio in the garage of his Maxwell Park home, at 3039 Monticello Avenue.
 Bruce moved to Oakland to “live and train with James. Together they ran a martial arts school in that garage and developed the Jeet Kune Do style now associated with Bruce’s fame. So it was that for two years Bruce, his newlywed wife Linda, and their firstborn Brandon lived in Maxwell Park.”

Source: Historical account from Maxwell Park resident Russell Yee of the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council. Read more at

A Brief History of Maxwell Park

Maxwell Park was founded in the early 1920s as a private whites-only covenant, “restricted as to Orientals, Asiatics, and Africans.”  Purchased by John P. Maxwell, a native of Illinois and later a resident of Adams Point, the development was advertised as "Oakland's Addition Beautiful". The new addition to the city would have beautiful views, schools and access to public transportation. A streetcar line was extended into the neighborhood, along with a Southern Pacific electric line that allowed for fast transportation to San Francisco. All homes in Maxwell Park were also built in different styles to add distinction and a sense of place for each resident. At the time, home and lot prices ranged from $600- $1400 dollars with a down payment of only $1 dollar!

Source: Historical accounts from Maxwell Park residents Russell Yee and Erika Mailman of the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council. Read more at