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Eat Your Way to Good Health

I’ve read many books in which someone evangelizes about their experience sliding into a terrible health crisis and turning around all their problems by radically changing their diet to remove sugar, carbs, gluten, and any number of other products. Accordingly, I was a little ho-hum when I received yet another book about a chef who trashed his gut, nearly died, changed up his diet, exercised more, and restored his health. But I started reading and was hooked. After reading and hearing so many testimonials and eating fairly simply myself, I grow increasingly convinced that there’s something to the gospel of clean eating: that sugar really does behave like a toxic chemical in the body, and that for some people, reducing gluten and other offending ingredients can improve energy and mood, reduce inflammation, stimulate weight loss, improve digestion and elimination, strengthen resistance to colds and flu, and bring a host of other health benefits. Have you ever experimented with changing up your diet? Remove all allegedly offending substances for a few days or a week. See how you feel. Then begin slowly reintroducing foods. See if any changes make a difference. You might be surprised.… Read More

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Benefit for Hurricane Relief

Communities affected by recent hurricanes will benefit from funds raised on October 11 at Trader Vic’s. Photo from Wikimedia by Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Sip a drink at the Trader Vic’s bar to support people affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Trader Vic’s Emeryville is raising money for UNICEF’s relief efforts. All proceeds from the bar on October 11th will be donated to hurricane relief efforts, and a representative from UNICEF will answer any questions and accept additional donations. Info: here

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser 
Wednesday October 11, 4–10:30pm
Trader Vic’s Emeryville, in the Lounge
9 Anchor Drive, Emeryville


Proceeds from the bar at Trader Vic’s in Emeryville are donated to UNICEF’s hurricane relief efforts on October 11. Photo courtesy of Trader Vic’s.

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Still Dirty at 30

Hoes Down Harvest Fest celebrates its 30th anniversary, Oct 7 & 8. Read more.

 Cheesetoberfest at a
New Shop in Berkeley

Meet Maker’s Common. Indulge in cheese, beer, and housemade pretzels, Oct 13. Read more

 Cheese:  The Ultimate
Companion to Beer

Learn about the contrasts and complements that create ideal pairings.
Read our book review.

 It’s Fall Planting Time

Find a tempting assortment at the Merritt College Plant Sale, Oct 7 & 8. Read more.

 Taste Palm Fruits and Cactus

Sample exotic fruits from the trees at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Oct 14.
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Meet the Artists of Emeryville

An annual exhibit honors new and established artists, opening Oct 6. Read more.


 Murals Reign in Reno

Artists transform the walls downtown at Art Spot Reno, Oct 13-15. Read more.

 October Fun at the Walnut
Creek Farmers’ Market

Come in costume and enjoy different
treats each Sunday in October.
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Murals Reign in Reno

Artists including Oakland’s Edythe Boone transform Reno streets into an outdoor gallery
at Art Spot Reno.

If you’ve been pondering a trip to Reno, book your visit for the weekend of the Reno Mural Expo. Oakland muralist and art teacher Edythe Boone is master of ceremonies at this exciting Art Spot Reno event. Thirty artists, including Boone and others from the Bay Area, brighten and revitalize downtown walls by creating murals with positive messaging. Walk around and watch as the artists transform 31 vacant walls and alleys into an outdoor art gallery. Enjoy lectures, design workshops, mural tours, and a screening of A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone, a documentary by filmmaker Mo Morris. Info: here

Reno Mural Expo at Art Spot Reno
Friday–Sunday, October 13–15
Downtown Reno, Nevada

Photo courtesy of filmmaker Mo Morris.
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October Fun at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market

Celebrate the harvest each Sunday this month at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market with special activities like spin art, apple tasting, a petting zoo, and pumpkin decorating. Get into the spirit of fall by wearing your costume to the market. To find out about the coming week’s activities, text the word “CABBAGE” to 41411.
Info: Here or 925.431.8361

Walnut Creek Harvest Month
Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market
Sundays in October, 9am–1pm
N. Locust between Lacassie and Giammona

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Meet the Artists of Emeryville

Featured left to right: Brillig by Michael Murphy 36˝x36˝, acrylic on canvas, 2017; Fli-Back by Jeffrey Hantman 26˝x24˝x8˝, mixed media on wood, 2016; and Chinese New Year 2017 Anxiety by John Wood 50˝x50˝, mixed media on paper mounted on panel, finished with cold wax varnish, 2017.

Come view works by nearly 100 Emeryville-based artists and craftspeople in a variety of media. A gala public reception with the artists kicks off the juried show, which also features poetry readings and a special multimedia performance. The annual exhibit celebrates the role of the arts within the community and showcases emerging talent along with new work by established artists. Free admission to exhibition and opening reception. Info: or 510.652.6122

31st Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts
Friday October 6, 6–9pm (artists opening reception) & daily October 7–29
1475 66th St, Emeryville

Photos courtesy of Emeryville Celebration of the Arts.
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Taste Palm Fruits and Cactus

Taste Opuntia ficus-indica and other exotic fruits on a walk through the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Here’s your chance to pick and taste a variety of cactus fruits, palm fruits, and other luscious items harvested during curator Brian Kemble’s garden walk. The Ruth Bancroft Garden, with its exceptional design and many water-conserving plants, is a great place for the public to come learn and enjoy. Cost: $30 members (please call the office to register); $35 general admission. Info: Here

Fruit Tasting Tour
Saturday October 14, 11am–12:30pm (sold out, but wait list available) & 2–3:30pm
Ruth Bancroft Garden,
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek

Photo courtesy Ruth Bancroft Garden.
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It’s Fall Planting Time

This popular campus plant sale offers an extensive selection of heirloom vegetables, rare fruits, California natives (including wildflowers and edibles), Australian ornamentals, succulents, and salvias. Get your questions answered by plant experts, and enjoy good food, music, and tours. Most of the plants at the sale were grown by students, volunteers, faculty, and staff. Parking is limited, so please park on the main campus and walk to the sale area. After you shop, pick up your plants at the loading zone. Info: Here or 510.436.2418 

Saturday October 7, 9am–3pm & Sunday October 8, noon–3pm
Merritt College Fall Plant Sale & Fair
12500 Campus Dr, Oakland

Photo courtesy of Merritt College Horticulture Club.
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Cheese: The Ultimate Companion to Beer

Review by Kristina Sepetys
Cheese & Beer
By Janet Fletcher
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017)
The same hearty, flavorful qualities that make beer and cheese a popular combination can also make for challenges when pairing the two. Janet Fletcher is the publisher of the Planet Cheese blog, former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, and author of more than 25 books on food and wine. Her Cheese & Beer, first published in 2013 and now coming out in paperback, is a guide to two-dozen popular craft beers and their best cheese partners. As with most food pairings, according to Fletcher, “Success largely rides on contrasts and complements.” These may be found in texture, intensity, sweetness, bitterness, aroma, and other characteristics. For example, Fletcher suggests combining hoppy beers with tangy cheeses and malty beers with nutty or sweet cheeses. Organized by 23 beer styles (Pale Ales, Belgians, Quadrupels, Sour Ales, Wheat Ales, among many others), each chapter recommends craft beers and breweries and describes the types of cheese—dozens and dozens of different types and makers—that pair well with the beer. Fans of beer and cheese will be delighted by the extensive list of suggested cheese and beer combinations to try.

The new paperback of Cheese & Beer comes out next week, so check with your favorite local independent bookseller.… Read More

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Cheesetoberfest at a New Shop in Berkeley

Celebrate Cheesetoberfest with beer, cheese, and housemade pretzels
at Berkeley’s Maker’s Common.


Maker’s Common, a new market and eatery in downtown Berkeley, is run by the co-founders of San Francisco’s Mission Cheese. Come see the bright, airy space and celebrate autumn with German-style beers, American cheeses, and housemade pretzels. The shop features a cheese and charcuterie counter, with assorted salads and sides to eat on site or take home. Maker’s Common seeks to build connections with the people who grow and make our food and to help small producers thrive. It’s the first investment crowdfunded public eatery in the Bay Area, with funds raised through a Direct Public Offering. Tickets: $39. Info: here

Friday October 13, 6–9pm
Maker’s Common 
1954 University Ave, Berkeley

Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux
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