North Hills Community Association (NHCA) is proud to host a community picnic* on October 17th, an event open to everyone, celebrating community and holding tribute on the 30th anniversary of the Oakland/Berkeley Firestorm.

This community day at the lake will include:

  • Live music
  • food trucks
  • interactive activities for children
  • information from community groups about how to prepare for and stay safe during community emergencies.
  • A tribute to those who perished in the ‘91 firestorm
  • There will be firetrucks! We expect at least two wonderful rigs to pull up to the event – firefighters will be onsite to enjoy the day, honor those lost in the ’91 fire, and engage with picnic guests
  • Musical performances from students of Oaktown Jazz, Bently Lower School, and Bently Upper School, and Scott Jensen

Invite your friends and neighbors!

Bring your favorite picnic games!

Enjoy celebrating community spirit at this all ages, dog-friendly, community-oriented day at the lake where friends and neighbors can gather outdoors in a “comeback” both from the quarantine, from pandemic worry and from firestorm fears

The Community Comeback Picnic at Temescal is an all ages event and is free to attend.
$5 parking in the main lot as available; free street parking

*Bring your own picnic or buy something from our food trucks: coffee, gelato, gyros, rice platters & more.


11:00 Event & Music begins: picnic, play, food truck fare (for sale), emergency preparedness  info

12:00 Dog Costume contest sign-ups

12:30-12:50 Dog Costume Contest and Parade

1:00 Tribute to those who perished in the Oakland / Berkeley Hills Firestorm. Remarks and Reading of the Names.

1:30 – 3:00 Music Continues

3:00 Event Ends





Lake Temescal, North Entrance, 6500 Broadway, at Hwy 24.

Directions from BART:


$5 in the event lot; free street parking

COVID Protocols

Mask-wearing encouraged

More About Lake Temescal

visit their website here

Food trucks will be on site

Full program and more information to follow.

Business & Community Sponsors

Steve Bauer, State Farm Agent ● Carolyn Burgess ● Kenneth Cohen ● Steven Hanson ● Helen Nicholas, Compass Realty ● Susan Piper ● Brenda Roberts ● Elizabeth Stage

Community Supporters

  • Christopher Johnson
  • Dan Kalb, Oakland City Council, D 1
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor, D 5
  • Jerry Kent
  • Gini Erck and David Petta
  • Dave McGuinness

Event Supporters

  • Nancy Mueller
  • Costco-San Leandro
  • Pet Food Express
  • Cole Hardware
  • Cynthia and Ben Woo- San Francisco