Town Crier: In them thar hills of Oakland, a parrot on the loose

MONTCLARION: August 19, 2016

The last time someone whistled at me, Richard Nixon was president. And it’s been years since anyone’s called me “baby.” But apparently there’s a parrot on the loose that’s just waiting to give me the compliments I richly deserve.

I’ve been reading, with interest, the saga of Jade, the cheeky little bird that escaped from the deck of her home overlooking Shepherd Canyon.

Since the gray-and-green bird flew the coup on Aug. 1, people have reported a cacophony in the canopies. One neighbor even whistled, and a bird whistled back.

But the Nextdoor listserv says Jade is still on the lam, with a $100 reward being offered for her return. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to tweet about it and see if I can’t track her down. And maybe get a cat call or two in the process.

Around town: This year is the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s death, and his old haunts are part of a walking tour at Jack London Square on Saturday. The 10 a.m. waterfront tour begins at the Jack London Arch (at the foot of Broadway), and the Jack London Historic Walk leaves from Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon at 1 p.m. The second tour is a bit longer and co-guide Annalee Allen says it includes a stop at the Jack London tree, planted 100 years ago by John Davie, who was Oakland’s mayor at the time. “He was a real character and knew Jack London as a youth because he was running around the waterfront causing trouble. Davie was a businessman (and always admired London),” she says.

If Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, then Camber must be the happiest place in Montclair. The Asian fusion restaurant has extended its happy hour schedule and is pulling out all the wine stoppers with an all-day happy hour Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, it seems it’s never too early to groom your child for the ballet. Montclair’s new Tutu School ( takes toddlers through age 8 for its camps, classes and birthday parties. The boutique ballet school at 6206 La Salle Ave. is also offering unlimited classes to all registered students in August, September and October.

Got news? You can reach Ginny Prior by email at or on the web at http://www.”


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