Local Bar SomaR Helps Oakland Keep Itself Going, Growing and On the Run

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Popular Uptown bar SomaR Bar teams up with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights to host an Oakland Running Festival post-race party on Sunday, March 27th, starting at 12 noon.

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The Oakland Running Festival features a marathon, half, relay, 5k and kids' fun run.

“Running the 5k for the Ella Baker Center was one of the best ideas I had,” said Querido Galdo

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is once again participating in the annual Oakland Running Festival held by Running for a Better Oakland. On Sunday, March 27th, The Ella Baker Center is partnering with a local, family-owned Oakland bar, Somar, to host their Oakland Running Festival post-race party.

On the day of the festival, Somar, located at 1727 Telegraph Avenue, 1 block from 19th Street BART, will open its doors at 12 noon, get out the barbecue grill, pump up the music, and serve delicious discounted libations.

This year, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights team includes 112 runners. The organization set a goal of raising $25,000 for the people-powered campaigns that bring peace, opportunity, and justice to Oakland and California.

“Running the 5k for the Ella Baker Center was one of the best ideas I had,” said Querido Galdo. “I got my running groove back, spent the afternoon with some of the most beautiful people and places in Oakland, and raised cash for an organization that is creating real solutions to Oakland's biggest challenges.”

Somar hosts many events, ranging from small to large, for non-profits and for-profits organizations. As a family-owned business, the owners treat their staff like members of the family. They extend this warmth to their customers to ensure each event is a success, and every guest is comfortable and having a good time.

Somar will be holding a special event of their own. It is their 2nd year in Uptown and there is a celebration on Thursday, March 24th, starting at 4pm. Somar will be serving complimentary wine, appetizers and cake. Gift bags for the first 100 people.

About Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
The Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. The Ella Baker Center builds on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen their communities so that all can thrive. For more information visit their website at http://www.ellabakercenter.org or drop by their office located at 1970 Broadway, Suite 450 in Oakland.

About Running for a Better Oakland
Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) is a non-profit organization that encourages 5th – 12th grade Oakland students to develop healthy lifestyles through running. By building confidence, setting goals, providing training and encouragement, RBO will give students the values for achievement and hard work that they can draw on for all areas of their lives. The Oakland Running Festival is an annual fundraising event. The organization can be found on the web at http://www.rboakland.org

About Somar Bar
Established in 2009, Somar Bar is in an Oakland cocktail bar situated on Telegraph Avenue, one block away from the historic Fox Theater, in the heart of the up and coming Theater and Art District of Oakland. Somar serves selected wines, beer, quality liquor, and signature cocktails; features local DJs, bands and artists; hosts mixers and sponsors causes close to their hearts. Somar Bar is a family business that runs its business like a family, making sure whoever visits is comfortable and having a good time. For more information, call them at (415) 675-8773, view them on the web at http://www.loungebaroakland.com, or visit the bar located at 1727 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California.

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