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Arts and Entertainment

The Fox TheaterWhen the Fox Theater opened its doors in October 1928, 20,000 patrons thronged Oakland's newest movie palace to experience music on the Mighty Wurlitzer Today, the newly renovated Fox Theater serves as a live music venue, arts school, and restaurant.Greek TheatreThe William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre, known locally as simply the Greek Theatre, is an 8,500-seat amphitheater owned and operated by the University of California, Berkeley. The Greek Theatre hosts The Berkeley Jazz Festival, pop, rock, and world music concerts, UC Berkeley graduation ceremonies, and other events. Dining in HerculesThere are plenty pf places to dine in Hercules. Check out this list from the city's Chamber of Commerce.Lesher Center for the ArtsThe Lesher Center for the Arts, located in Walnut Creek, California, is the premier destination for an exceptional arts and entertainment experience. First opened in October 1990, the Center now presents more than 900 productions and events each year. More than 350,000 patrons walk through the Center’s front doors each year. The Center is owned and operated by the City of Walnut Creek.Paramount Theater of the ArtsRestored to its original splendor, meticulously maintained, and fully upgraded to modern technical standards, the Paramount now serves all the arts. The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and, as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere performing arts facilities, hosts a year-round schedule of popular music concerts, variety shows, theatre, and - of course - movies.

Education

Saint Marys CollegeSaint Mary's College of California offers a diverse curriculum that includes the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences, education, business administration and nursing, serving traditional students and adult learners in both undergraduate and graduate programs. UC BerkeleyThe University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a "City of Learning" — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.

Recreation

East Bay Regional Park DistrictThe East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with 112,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study. The Park District offers lakes, shorelines, campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive and recreation programs, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor rental facilities, golf courses and much more.Ohlone Dog ParkThe Dog Park provides a safe and relaxing environment for residents to spend quality time with their dog. The one acre park is located within Ohlone Park at 190 Turquoise Drive.Hercules Swim CenterClick the link for a list of area swim centers and aquatic activities.Hercules Community GardenThe Community Garden Center is located in Ohlone Park, it includes plots that can be leased for growing organic vegetables or flowers, as well as school garden programs, senior gardens, native plant gardens, gardening education, and much more.

Shopping

Broadway PlazaLocated in Walnut Creek, Broadway Plaza's picturesque city streets are filled with fountains, topiaries and flowers. Turn a corner and find a world-class Nordstrom, Macy's, and very soon, the East Bay's first Neiman Marcus. Wind through the brick-paved lanes and discover Lacoste, Sephora, 7 for All Mankind or Crate & Barrel. Or, this way, Janie & Jack, Kate Spade, Burberry and dozens of other boutiques and stores. Charm for charm, store for store, the region's best shopping is Broadway Plaza.

Sports

Golden State WarriorsThe Golden State Warriors are one of only three charter members of the National Basketball Association still in existence, joining the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. The Warriors hold the distinction of winning the league’s first-ever championship, claiming the title in the inaugural 1946-47 season while still based in Philadelphia. The team relocated to the Bay Area and became known as the “San Francisco Warriors” in 1962 and later adopted the “Golden State” moniker prior to the 1971-72 season. Through the years, the Warriors have boasted 18 Hall of Famers, six of whom were named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996. In total, the Warriors have won three NBA championships (1947, 1956 and 1975) and have appeared in the NBA Finals on three other occasions (1948, 1964 and 1967). Enjoy the following look at some of the most important people, moments and eras in franchise history.Oakland A'sCatch a baseball game in Oakland watching the beloved A's!San Francisco 49ersSan Francisco's winning NFL teamSan Francisco GiantsEveryone in the Bay loves the Giants! Catch a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the beautiful views while you root for the home team!San Jose EarthquakesThe San Jose organization was established in 1994, when San Jose became a charter member of Major League Soccer on June 15. San Jose joined Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey and Washington, D.C. as the first teams in MLS. Between November, 1994 and June 1995, Tampa Bay, Denver, Kansas City and Dallas were added as clubs and the San Jose team was assigned to the Western Conference.San Jose SharksSan Jose's National Hockey League team.

Transportation

Norman Y Mineta San Jose International AirportNorman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the center of global technology innovation. The airport is close to Silicon Valley tech giants including Google, Apple Computer, Cisco, Intel, Adobe, eBay, and Hewlett Packard, and only two miles from downtown San Jose. SJC is a completely self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José, Northern California's largest city and the 10th largest city in the U.S.Amtrak Capitol Corridor trainTake a ride on Amtrak! Conveniently located station in Hercules.Western Contra Costa Transit AuthorityHercules is served by the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority, WestCAT. This bus system provides connections to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system and to the AC Transit system. WestCAT’s Lynx service provides direct express service from Hercules to the San Francisco Transbay Terminal. For WestCAT riders, there is a convenient park-and-ride facility in Hercules at the intersection of San Pablo and Sycamore Avenues.San Francisco International AirportSan Francisco International Airport (SFO), the "gateway to the Pacific," is a world-class airport serving tens of millions of domestic and international passengers annually.Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects the San Francisco Peninsula with Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay. For more than 35 years BART has provided fast, reliable transportation to downtown offices, shopping centers, tourist attractions, entertainment venues, universities and other destinations for Bay Area residents and visitors alike.Oakland International AirportOakland International Airport, also known as Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, is a public airport located 4 NM south of the central business district of Oakland.
Last Updated: 12/14/2016