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    Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
    11:33 am
    Some dental benefits restored to Medi-Cal - for you sufferers out there.
    FYI – From the Denti-Cal Bulletin – Vol 29, No 13, August 2013

    On June 27, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill 82 (AB 82) which restores some adult dental benefits to the Denti-Cal program. Beginning May 1, 2014, the following benefits will be restored to beneficiaries age 21 and older:
    • Initial examinations, radiographs/photographic images, prophylaxis, and fluoride treatments.
    • Amalgam and composite restorations.
    • Prefabricated stainless steel, resin, and resin window crowns.
    • Anterior root canal therapy.
    • Complete dentures, including immediate dentures.
    • Complete denture adjustments, repairs, and relines.

    Please check the Denti-Cal website frequently for future updates and clarifications. For questions, please call the Customer Service Line at 1-800-423-0507.
    Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
    9:28 am
    I'm running a murder mystery on friday at a wonderful tea shop
    Someone will die at the Golden Tea Garden and we need you to solve the mystery. Join us for our very first Murder Mystery Dinner Tea Party!!! Oh what fun we'll have drinking tea, enjoy great food, and solving the murder at the Tea Garden.

    Your evening tea service will include cranberry and vanilla scones with clotted cream and vanilla curd, Chicken Wellington, Salmon Pinwheels, Brie and Cranberry Chutney tarts, Roast Beef Baguettes, Mushroom and Olive quiche, seven-layer brownies, key lime tarts, petit fours, and pumpkin pie parfait. Everything is served on your very own three tiered server with a pot of our fine loose tea. The price is a mere $25.95 per person. Reservations are recommended. Please call 510-538-4832.
    Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
    4:58 pm
    Hoping hoping hoping
    to be at Dickens this weekend, perhaps Friday AND Saturday. Illness in family may preclude. But hope springs.
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    3:42 pm
    FYI, Low income needing housing in Oakland - share this!

    Oakland Housing Authority Announces Opening of Waitlist

    for Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Sites

    OAKLAND, CA – Today, the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA), dedicated to providing quality housing for low-income families, seniors and people living with disabilities, announced it will open its waitlist inviting pre-applications for nine (9) different Public Housing and Project-Based Voucher Sites scattered throughout Oakland. Pre-applications will be accepted during a five (5) day period, from 12:01 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2012, to 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012, using a web-based submission process only. For the third time, OHA will partner with the Oakland Public Library (OPL) and community-based organizations to provide access to computers and on-site technical assistance.

    Following the close of the waitlist on Friday, September 28, a computerized lottery will be conducted by an independent third party vendor in which each pre-application will be assigned a number and drawn at random. The pre-applications selected in the lottery will then be ranked by preferences established in OHA’s administrative policies. OHA sets numeric scores for preferences, which include applicants who are veterans, elderly, disabled, or who live or work in Oakland. Through the automated lottery system, an estimated 8,000 total households will be chosen for all nine (9) locations included in this waitlist opening. Notifications of lottery results will be sent to all applicants within 120 days from the close of the waitlist.

    A separate waitlist will be generated for each location listed below. Households have the option to apply for more than one (1) location using the same web-based pre-application. Among the many sites available, the newly renovated and award-winning, 100-unit Palo Vista Gardens in East Oakland, is designated for seniors. The Project-Based Voucher sites are typically 4-8-unit apartment complexes and are located throughout diverse neighborhoods in Oakland. Lockwood Gardens and Peralta Village are larger complexes that accommodate families, seniors and people with disabilities.

    This current opening marks OHA’s commitment to open the waitlist more frequently and move potential residents from the waitlist into homes at a faster pace.

    Eric Johnson, OHA Executive Director, stated, “We continue to improve both the quality of the housing we manage and the choices our clients have in where they live. This waitlist opportunity allows families to determine which property they feel is best for their household, which could be based on a number of considerations including their work, family and school.”

    OHA provides affordable housing options for low- or very low-income families, who are at 50% Area Median Income (AMI) for Project-Based Voucher site units and 80% AMI for Public Housing units. The following chart indicates the income levels that qualify for the housing currently available.

    OHA continues its outreach to diverse cultures assuring equal access to the affordable housing that is so highly sought and critical to healthy communities throughout the Bay Area. Recognizing that many people, and low income people in particular, do not have home access to the internet, OHA is working hand-in-hand with OPL branches to facilitate the pre-application process. In addition to computer kiosks at OHA’s East and West District Offices, eight (8) libraries throughout the City will be staffed with OHA staff volunteers during branch business hours, to assist potential tenants through the streamlined pre-application process.

    The web-based pre-application process was incredibly successful during the last two (2) waitlist openings and is an invaluable tool in reducing human error, cutting printing costs and shortening the turnaround time for processing pre-applications. OHA is enthusiastic about the expansion of the online process because of the tremendous reduction of paper and waste that accompanies tens of thousands of paper applications.

    The outreach and pre-application itself are available in four (4) languages, English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Vietnamese. Over fifty non-profit organizations are promoting and explaining the waitlist process to their clients after participating in a recent OHA-sponsored training.

    Computer and Internet Access Locations:
    Oakland Housing Authority West District Office:
    935 Union Street, Oakland CA 94607 from 8:00 5:00 p.m.

    Oakland Housing Authority East District Office:
    1327 65th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612 from 8:00 5:00 p.m.

    Oakland Public Library Branches:
    1. Asian branch
    2. Cesar Chavez
    3. Dimond Branch
    4. Eastmont Branch
    5. Golden Gate Branch
    6. Main Library
    7. West Branch
    8. 81st Ave East Oakland

    About Oakland Housing Authority
    Oakland Housing Authority is the largest provider of affordable housing in the City of Oakland and proudly delivers diverse housing choices to over 15,000 households in a service-oriented environment, while improving and expanding the housing options for future generations. For more information about the Oakland Housing Authority, please contact us at, visit our website at, or call 510-874-1653.

    Media Contact: Greer McVay
    Sr. Communications Manager
    Oakland Housing Authority
    1619 Harrison Street, Executive Office
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 874-1563 office
    (510) 435-0505 mobile
    Friday, August 3rd, 2012
    4:16 pm
    Householders now
    Yes, we are in. Now for the next hundred boxes...
    Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
    2:10 pm
    Thursday, July 19th, 2012
    10:03 am
    Saturday or Sunday - request for help
    We need to finish packing up the apartment. If you can help me either Saturday or Sunday with packing things into boxes (moving will happen on Monday), we will enjoy each other's company and I will take you out for Tea or dinner, whichever works. I am by myself on Saturday and could really use aid. Thank you in advance.
    Thursday, June 21st, 2012
    9:19 am
    Well, we knew there would be complications along the way, but day-um!
    House closed in January, trouble finding people to do the work because we weren't a large project. Even though the work needed seemed stupendous to us.

    The roof is done. We can now start moving stuff in. We will be keeping the same land line phone number. I am taking off July 2&3.

    If you wish to help, please let us know. We will be moving in stages - stage 1 is to get clothes moved & books packed. When we have a date to move furniture, oh we will certainly let you know. You'll hear pleas and whimpers and offers of bribery.

    But wow
    we can move stuff in.
    Monday, June 18th, 2012
    1:12 pm
    Fathers Day - Because I want to remember this
    My MIL is taking lots of meds that rob her of energy. She doesn't want to give over the kitchen, so we all help out. She gets very frustrated and can be testy. Her response to M or her spouse if they can't find something is "How long have you lived in this house?" I tease her by saying "You can't say that to me!"
    They did not want to go out, so she cooked, prepping things a few at a time, but then getting really tired at the last minute work. We had brought horsd'ouvres, and some drinkables, so we could take little breaks during the last bit. The meal reached the table before she quite collapsed, and the praise for her chicken cordon bleu, cheese muffins, salad and fruit salad cheered her right back up again. It was amazing to see the color come back into her face.

    So then we didn't let her get up again, but made her give orders. He liked his presents - a watch, a bottle of good sipping stuff, and a Giants panda bear, and read his cards out loud. THen we ate this ice cream cake (small amounts for the two diabetics), and played dominoes. It was just nice. We teased each other and accused each other of all sorts of infamy, at the same time teaching him the rules. M stayed patient and coached his Dad and everyone had fun. We finally had to abandon the 2nd game because it was 10 at night and my alarm rings at 6. Everyone had fun. Nobody had to watch Fox News and bite their tongues. We just enjoyed each other.
    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
    11:28 am
    Feed Hungry Children
    Summer Lunch starts on Monday, June 18th. Below is the info for Alameda County. Your county will have a summer lunch program - it's a federal program. Children just have to be between 0 and 18, no ID or such required.

    NOTE: For the most current update on the List check our website since we may add more agencies.

    Anyone can call our 1-800-870-3663 or 510/635-3663 phone number and have access to this information (24 hours a day 7days a week). The caller will be asked two short questions which are: How many children in your household? And Your zip code?. The pre-recorded message will then play a list of summer lunch sites locations in their zip code.
    Thursday, April 26th, 2012
    4:56 pm
    Offline for a bit
    I am going camping this weekend and will not be back in the loop until at least Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone.
    Friday, April 13th, 2012
    2:17 pm
    Bay Area Legal Aid -- for low income folks

    Check it out - they can either help or refer you. Must be low income.
    Friday, April 6th, 2012
    2:05 pm
    On Medi-Cal? Need Medi-Cal? Need help with papers?
    You and your Family May
    be eligible for Medi-Cal….
    Medical coverage is necessary for everyone!

    If you are without medical coverage
    Come to a Medi-Cal Enrollment Event
    Saturday, April 21, 2012
    9:00A.M. – 2:00P.M.
    McClymonds Youth and Family Center
    2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland
    Use 28th Street Parking Lot


    Saint Elizabeth High School
    1530 - 34th Avenue, Oakland

    If you received your Annual Renewal Papers,
    You can come and get help completing them!
    Monday, March 12th, 2012
    10:01 am
    Free Medical Care Events
    Free Medical Services at the Oakland Coliseum

    On March 22nd through March 25th, the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Foundation will be providing free medical services at the Oakland Coliseum - including dental and vision services.

    Starting at 3:30am on each of these days, they will begin issuing numbers on a first-come, first-serve basis and begin calling numbers at 5:30am. Volunteers will then provide medical services, with no questions about insurance, all day long.

    There will also be a free medical care event at CAL-EXPO in Sacramento Mar 30-April 1

    For more details, visit their website or call (916) 783-1332.
    Thursday, March 1st, 2012
    4:34 pm
    Medical Services for the unmonied in Alameda County
    Free Medical Services at the Oakland Coliseum

    On March 22nd through March 25th, the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Foundation will be providing free medical services at the Oakland Coliseum - including dental and vision services.

    Starting at 3:30am on each of these days, they will begin issuing numbers on a first-come, first-serve basis and begin calling numbers at 5:30am. Volunteers will then provide medical services, with no questions about insurance, all day long.

    For more details, see the attached flyer, visit their website or call (916) 783-1332.
    Thursday, February 9th, 2012
    8:54 am
    Writer's Block: Party of Five

    If you could invite four people-living or dead- to a dinner party, who would they be?

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    Buckminster Fuller, Steve Allen, John Dee, and Katherine Hepburn
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
    11:26 am
    I was ill
    Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday I had a cold & sinus inflammation. Then on Saturday and New Years Day I had bad reactions to medicine and got nausea and vomiting. What a New Year's Day!

    Better now. Still eating very lightly. Melba toast, chicken soup, vanilla pudding. Stuff like that.

    I truly do apologize for missing the wonderful things I was planning to do with friends. I am making an appointment to discuss my medications.
    Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
    11:45 am
    Awesome prayers, folks!
    Not only did we get a house, we got the house we were trying for earlier this year! My only possible conclusion is that so many of our friends were sending good energy our way that it forced the issue! The house came back on the market at a price that was sufficiently reduced so that we can afford the repairs it needs. It's in Castro Valley, close to both BART and the new library (and grocery stores). So we will be working on it (always assuming that escrow closes as it's supposed to) throughout January and February, with move-in in March or at the worst, April.
    Monday, December 12th, 2011
    2:46 pm
    Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

    Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why?

    One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

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    Yule (Winter Solstice) in more than one venue because I have more than one family.
    Christmas with family
    Dickens Faire because it is its own tradition
    And whatever else I am invited to participate in because I believe in celebration of life
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    9:23 am
    Writer's Block: Check, please!

    Who pays on a first date?

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    The one who did the inviting pays. If you are going in a group, one pays for oneself.
    NB, always carry enough to pay in case something happens like a credit card being denied.
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