MONTCLARION: June 25, 2015
Chalk one up for the fathers out there. In the wake of Sunday’s Father’s Day celebration, the images of one man, in particular, stand out.
Our own Stephen Curry has done more to put fathers in the spotlight than any Bay Area celebrity I can recall. And when he put his Warrior cap on Riley’s head and gave her a kiss — after Game 6 of the NBA Finals and at the parade rally in Oakland — it sent a message to every dad in the country that a father’s love is tender and special.
Papa Francesco: Speaking of the Warriors, who knew Pope Francis was a fan? Reader Michele Angeli Zaugg sent a photo of her Cathedral Gift Shop staff decked out in Warrior blue. Front and center, in his newly minted NBA championship shirt, was the Pope. Those cardboard cutouts almost look real.
Village scenes: Montclair’s Coldwell Banker has used a collage of father photos (from agents and clients) to spell out DAD in its window on Mountain Boulevard. After a similar promotion for Mother’s Day, several sister offices followed suit for last Sunday’s celebration.
Email bag: Several readers have chimed in about last week’s column on city-issued fines for failing to clear yard brush. The common thread is “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” There are several Oakland-owned properties that wouldn’t pass a fire safety inspection. One reader writes that she’s lived in the hills for 44 years and her property is always cleared of wildfire debris. “Now the city does not take care of their space behind my property. Do they get fined?” she asks.
Art walk: Landscapes and nudes grace the canvas at this weekend’s Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival. Hard to believe, but this is the 40th year for this outdoor event with more than 80 artists selling their wares in conjunction with the annual Beer and Wine Celebration.
Music scene: Eight years after his first benefit concert in Oakland, Irish rocker Jack Lukeman returns July 16 to play Temescal’s cool new live venue, Leo’s Music Club. The proceeds go to Oakland Women’s Center (http://www.womenscentersintl.org/oakland-center/) — founded by Avril Fitzgerald and four friends as the first U.S. site for their Womens Centers in Africa.