The Oakland Heritage Alliance will honor this year's Partners in Preservation at a ceremony at the organization's upcoming annual membership meeting.
The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the historic Rockridge Masonic Hall, 5449 College Ave. The alliance presents the annual awards to individuals, organizations, agencies and/or institutions for activities and accomplishments that promote Oakland's historic and cultural heritage.
This year's event will recognize the following honorees: for rehabilitation of a residence, 5806 Ross St., Steve Rynerson, owner; Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls building, 510 16th St. and the White Building, 327-349 15th St., Vida and Saied Karamooz, owners.
For stewardship, The Food Mill, 3033 MacArthur Blvd., Kirk Watkins, owner; for education, Oakland Wiki, Gene Anderson, creator; for advocacy and raising awareness about Oakland's historic landmarks plaque program, John Bliss and Kim Thompson; for leadership, Oakland Art Murmur, Danielle Fox, Roderick Kiracofe and Ron Scrivani; for leadership, Oakland's Mills Act Program, staff of the Oakland Planning Department and the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey.
For lifetime achievement, jazz musician Yancie Taylor and Children's Fairyland master puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann will be honored.
The nonprofit Oakland Heritage Alliance was formed in 1981 and advocates for the protection, preservation and revitalization of Oakland's architectural, historic, cultural and natural resources. The alliance carries out its mission through publications, education and direct action. Each summer, it hosts award-winning walking tours that introduce hundreds of participants to the city's diverse heritage.
Lectures on the third Thursday of every month attract people from all over the Bay Area, and the OHA News contains information about Oakland history and updates on preservation issues around the city.
The alliance maintains an office with a part-time executive director in a historic building at 446 17th St., suite 301, in the Uptown district.
The organization's members research history for tours and news articles, assist with the annual house tour and attend meetings where preservation-related matters are being discussed.
To learn more, visit the alliance website at www.oaklandheritage.org, or leave a message at 510-763-9218.
Another city historical visit takes you to the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, which will hold its Free Saturday Youth Club for 5- to 15-year-olds, starting Feb. 1. Hands-on history, environmental education, organic gardening and cooking, and arts and crafts are among the staff-supervised activities, along with games, sports and other team-building activities.
The park, at 2465 34th Ave., is on the site of the Peralta family's historic rancho headquarters in Oakland's Fruitvale district. Go to www.peraltahacienda.org to learn more.