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Oakland, California is the county seat of Alameda County located on the San Francisco Bay in California. The city received its name from the evergreen oaks that grow throughout the area. Following the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, over 50,000 refugees moved to this location. During WWI, Oakland was a shipbuilding center.
The population of Oakland, CA was estimated to be 409,184 in 2009. Although it is located within 12 miles of its sister city San Francisco, the two towns are worlds apart. Cities located near Oakland, CA are Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Moraga, and Piedmont. Colleges and places of higher education offered in Oakland include Holy Names University, Mills College, Laney College, Merritt College, and Patten College.
Originally, Oakland, California was nothing more than a few scattered ranches and farms, but that rapidly changed once the railroad was complete. Oakland, California exploded in growth and stature practically overnight. Major shipping ports were established and remain to this day.
The city has rebounded in recent years from urban ills with economic growth from new residents and businesses and redevelopment of the downtown area.
Several famous residents that have inhabited Oakland, CA are rap artist MC Hammer, actor Mark Hamill, and authors Jack London and Amy Tan. Local bands of the past and present include Tower of Power, Pointer Sisters, and Too $hort. Oakland, California has been the filming location for the following movies: "Howard the Duck," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and "Made in America." Sports teams represented in Oakland are (AL) Athletics, (NFL) Raiders, (NBA) Golden State Warriors.
Oakland, California offers smog-free waterfront strolls, performing art venues, historical sites and museums, a zoo, parks and recreation areas. No matter what visitors decide to do, they will enjoy this ethnically diverse city on the bay.
The Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Ballet Company provide performing arts for those who prefer a more cultural experience.
For the outdoor enthusiast, the list of nearby parks and recreation areas include the Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Lake Merritt, the Anthony Chabot Regional Park, the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, the Redwood Regional Park, and the Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
The Oakland Zoo is a popular family attraction. The zoo is located on 525 acres with over 440 native and exotic animals to see and learn about.
The Children's Fairyland was voted the best amusement park, the best kiddie play land, and the best place to bring your children. It is a 10-acre outdoor playland that brings storybooks to life.
Oakland's historical sites and museums include the Oakland Museum of California, the Camron-Stanford House, the Chabot Space and Science Center, the African-American Museum, the Museum of Children's Art, and the Western Aerospace Museum.
Other popular attractions offered in Oakland, CA are the Oakland Discovery Center, Naropa Oakland Campus, Patten Academy, Metropolitan Oakland International, and Association for the Preservation of the Presidential Yacht Potomac.
Oakland, CA is a diverse city that welcomes folks from all walks of life. For information on how to plan your next vacation to Oakland, California USA visit the city's official website.
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California Signature Wine Gift Basket
Featuring two classic California wines and a hand-selected variety of gourmet delicacies, this sophisticated selection delivers all of the prestige and flavor of California wine country to anyone you would love to impress. We include a bottle each of Soda Creek California Chardonnay and Jericho Trail Proprietary Red Wine to be enjoyed with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Cheese Biscuits, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Crackers, Brown & Haley Almond Roca, Gourmet Seasoned Popcorn, and more. So flavorful and enjoyable, this impressive gift is a wonderful choice for sending your best wishes.