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Year of the Estuary Celebration

Waterfront Action declared 2005 as the "Year of the Estuary" and launched several new initiatives, including the Waterfront Events Calendar and Billboard Project.

Year of Estuary theme photoSee pictures and hear KCBS coverage of
the Year of the Estuary kickoff event.

Horace Carpentier Dinner 2007

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On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, Waterfront Action and the Jack London Aquatic Center proudly presented the fourth annual Horace Carpentier Dinner, a celebration of the past, the present, and the future of the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, including tongue-in-cheek recognition of Horace Carpentier as the rascal who founded the town of Oakland, became its first
mayor, and quickly took possession of its waterfront.  The decision to name this event after Oakland's first mayor was intentionally ironic. Learn more>

More than 175 members of the community attended the dinner and enthusiastically joined in "hissing" Horace, played faithfully by David Nicolai, Executive Director of the Pardee Home Museum.  To get a feel for the events and attendees of a Horace dinner, read There, There, by Gary Turchin of the Monclarion. 

This year's event was beheld at the upstairs, over the crew shells at the beautiful Jack London Aquatic Center located on the estuary waterfront and included:

  • a catered dinner with wine;

  • opportunities to chat with like-minded colleagues interested in our region's waterfront;

  • a chance to meet "Horace" and other historical figures;

  • a fun way to provide fund-raising support for the programs of the Jack London Aquatic Center and Waterfront Action;

  • presentation of awards for contributions to our waterfront and its communities: 
    Long Wharf Awards
    to Hon. Beverly Johnson, Mayor of Alameda and Bruce Qualls, Vice President, Regency Centers Corporation;
    Schoolhouse Award to Celia McCarthy, Archivist and Environmental Planner, Port of Oakland;

The dinner was generously underwritten by: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Dinner sponsors:
- East Bay Regional Park District
- Jack London District Association
- Michael and Ann Richter
- Schnitzer Steel
- Stein, Rudser, Cohen & Magid LLP

We look forward to seeing you at next year's "Horace"!


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