Much of this stretch of the route is lined by manufacturing and warehousing facilities as well as small business. But that doesn’t mean it’s short on things to do.

The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy offers teens a place to make their artistic, musical and food preparation career dreams come alive.

For fun of another kind, check out the Parks & Recreation Department’s Rainbow Recreation Center at 5800 International.


Take digitals arts, culinary classes

The diversity of smells in the kitchen and the harmonic sounds coming from the production studio are just small aspects of what makes up the beauty, heart and soul of The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA).

The DACA is a state of the art facility designed for teens and adults to excel and create a better life and community for themselves and others. Teens are offered after-school and summer programs that are intensive and engaging for the creative mind. During the summer, DACA holds five-week sessions where they open up the facility for teens to maintain urban gardens and try cooking classes in the Culinary Arts & Urban Agriculture program.

“Here at DACA, we are well invested in each member and consider ourselves an extension to each individual’s family,” said Andrea President, co-site director and guitar instructor. Instructors help each student discover his own talent and mentor them even after they have moved on.

Summer programs aren’t just limited to teens. A new program for adults has been introduced that offers comprehensive classes twice a week. Learn how to plan and make meals that are healthy and nutritious. Take a gardening class and learn the secret of composting and harvest veggies that you can take home to your families. If you have a love for music and visual arts, take video production and develop a hands-on approach to creating your own music.

“East Bay Bus Rapid Transit will be a great opportunity for the community that we serve to see that there are other things to do in this world,” said Claytoven Richardson, co-site director and piano instructor. “DACA offers programming, like technical skills and urban agriculture, which are not available to teens in schools.”

DACA is located adjacent to the Rainbow Recreation Center at 5818 International Blvd. giving East Bay BRT riders an opportunity to experience two east Oakland treasures on one bus trip.

The mission of DACA is to help teens build self-confidence to develop skills that they can use in everyday life. Explore the world of video production, cook meals of varied cultures, or discover a new musical talent through piano or guitar. The opportunities are endless at DACA.

Plenty to do at Rainbow Rec Center

Rainbow Recreation Center (5800 International Blvd.) is a fun destination on the East Bay BRT route where everyone — kids, families, and seniors – will find a variety of safe and healthy recreational programming.

With a skateboard park, open basketball gym, large playground, and cooking classes, Oakland residents of all ages can come relax, unwind, and enjoy life.

The Rainbow staff treats every resident like family.

“We take it to the next level,” said Horace J. Houston, Rainbow Recreation Center director. “Not only is our center a place to come for fun but we have a weekly food program that we open up to the community.”

Three times a week, Rainbow opens a free pantry that is full of fresh produce, bread and groceries that residents can take home to their families.

During the summer, Rainbow Recreation Center is buzzing with lots of things to do for children. There are arts and crafts programs, a T-Ball team to join, and even field trips all over the Bay Area. Of course each kid will work up an appetite so Rainbow makes sure to satisfy that hunger with free lunch and afternoon snack each day.

“I look forward to seeing East Bay BRT come through here,” said Houston. “Hopefully this will increase our population at Rainbow and will give exposure to future riders of all the great things we’re doing.”

The location of Rainbow is in the heart of Havenscourt-Lockwood area, right at the Seminary stop on the East Bay BRT route.

Gateway to entertainment

Ride East Bay BRT and you will be connected to the home of the Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, and some of the best live entertainment in the west.

The Oracle Arena and the O.com Coliseum are located just a few blocks from the BRT route on International Boulevard. The complex is the venue for sports, entertainment, and family fun.

For basketball fans, there’s never a dull moment at the Oracle Arena, home of the NBA’s Warriors. Enjoy a wide variety of concession stands circling the venue, win prizes, and see the halftime shows.

The fun doesn’t stop at basketball. Many travelling shows — like Disney on Ice and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus –stop at the arena, providing a night out the whole family can enjoy. Big name musical performers also come to Oracle Arena so you can take East Bay BRT to see some greatest entertainers of the day.

Right next-door is the O.co Coliseum. As the home of the Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders, this multi-purpose venue acts as a ballpark and football stadium year ‘round. Attend one of the games and you will feel the true meaning of Oakland’s pride.

Pick your view at the coliseum. You can sit in club seats, luxury suites, and general seating in a venue that can be configured to hold 35,000 for baseball and more than 50,000 spectators for football.

Don’t worry about the hassle of parking when you can take East Bay BRT to enjoy the sports, entertainment, and family fun.