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Hop Culture Comes West 

Meet brewers and other beer aficionados at Juicy Brews WestFest.
Photo courtesy of Hop Culture.

Following its sold-out New York event, Hop Culture comes to Oakland with Juicy Brews WestFest, a craft beer festival benefiting City Slicker Farms. Founded by former Oaklander Kenny Gould, Hop Culture is a New York–based craft beer and lifestyle magazine. Juicy Brews WestFest takes place at Classic Cars West in Oakland and offers exclusively IPAs and sour beers. Come to hang out, enjoy unlimited pours, and talk with the brewers. Cost: $22–45. Use the code EDIBLE for a 30% discount. Attendees must be 21+ with valid ID. Info and tickets: here

Don’t miss our cover story about the hops revival happening
in Pleasanton.

On April 20th, Hop Culture and Oakland-based retailer Oaklandish host a beer-themed pop-up featuring a new collection of festival-friendly accessories. Free. Info: here

Beer-themed Pop-Up and Collaboration Release
Friday April 20, 5–7pm
1444 Broadway, Oakland

Juicy Brews WestFest
Hazy IPA and Sour Fest
Sunday April 22, sessions starting at 11am and 3pm
Classic Cars West
411 26th St, Oakland

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Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs and Teas

Photo courtesy of Dimond Branch Library.

Learn about growing medicinal herbs and teas from permaculturist and herbalist Maria del Carmen Cortez. After the presentation, the group heads outside to the garden planters in Dimond Park to plant herbs using seeds from the seed library. This program is a collaboration between the Dimond Branch Library and the Dimond Recreation Center. Free. Info: here or 510.482.7844

Growing Medicinal Herbs and Teas
Saturday April 21, 10am–noon
Dimond Recreation Center
3860 Hanly Road, Oakland

At right: Explore some of the many medicinal herbs and teas you can grow on your own at this hands-on program.

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Heart of the Home Tour

Tour Elegant Homes in Piedmont and the Oakland Hills

Five lovely homes (plus two more for VIP ticket holders) are on view during
the Heart of the Home Tour. Photos courtesy of Heart of the Home Tour.

Five beautiful homes designed in a variety of styles are featured on this annual home tour. Enjoy a food truck-catered lunch and find great gifts at a pop-up boutique at the Piedmont Community Center. The Children’s Support League of the East Bay hosts this event and donates proceeds to nonprofits helping at-risk children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. VIP ticket holders are also invited to a cocktail reception at an Italianate estate on Wednesday and a Friday breakfast in a sleek, modern home, both in Piedmont. Lori Fogarty, director of the Oakland Museum, is the VIP breakfast speaker. Cost: tour only $50, tour + lunch $60, VIP $150. Info and tickets: here

Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28 (see website for times and other details) 
30th Anniversary Heart of the Home Tour
Piedmont and Oakland Hills

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Commune with Wildlife on Earth Day

Kids find plenty to explore at Wagner Ranch, including ponds, woods, and a traditional
Native American dwelling.


Photos courtesy of Wagner Ranch Nature Area.

Honor Earth Day at a historic ranch and 18-acre nature preserve that’s rarely open to the public. Meet red-legged frogs and western pond turtles, try out DIY gardening projects, and take part in nature-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and games. Tour the meadows, woodland, ponds and streams, and the historic home site of Theodore Wagner, California’s first surveyor general. Chester Miner and his Native American drummers start the day at 11:30am with traditional drumming and chanting. Bring a picnic, or purchase food and beverages at the event. Free admission. Sorry, no dogs or other pets. Info: here
17th Annual Earth Day Wildlife Festival
Sunday April 22, 11:30am–4:30pm
Wagner Ranch Nature Area
350 Camino Pablo, Orinda

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Celebrate Earth Day at the Gill Tract Farm

Photo: Cheryl Angelina Koehler

Make it a memorable Earth Day by taking part in hands-on farming, learning, and a tasty free lunch of soup, salad, and bread. Explore new ideas through a community seminar on the topic of Living on Ohlone Land. Kids activities throughout the day. Lots of local organizations offer information and demos. You can help the Gill Tract Farm thrive by lending a hand with farm chores on Earth Day or becoming a festival volunteer. To volunteer, sign up here. General info: here

Also, join the Gill Tract farmers the day before Earth Day, April 21, 10am–3pm at Planting Justice Nursery (319 105 Ave, Oakland), for community farm work, kids activities, a plant sale, and community lunch. Info: here

Read our Summer 2017 story about the UC Gill Tract Farm.

UC Gill Tract Community Farm’s Fourth Annual
Earth Day Festival 
Sunday April 22, 10am–5pm
1050 San Pablo Ave, Albany

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Photo courtesy of Food Shift.

Dine with the author of Big Hunger

Two organizations focused on ending hunger invite the public to a dinner with Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups. His book encourages the anti-hunger movement to turn away from charity and towards economic justice and local economies. Join Food Shift and Imperfect Produce to hear Fisher’s ideas and enjoy a vegetarian meal made from salvaged produce that might have gone to waste. Cost: $25. Info and tickets: here
Read our past stories about Food Shift and Imperfect Produce.
Shifting Our Charity Culture Towards Jobs and Economic Justice
Meal, Conversation, and Book-Signing with Andy Fisher
The Food Shift Kitchen
Thursday April 19, 6–8pm
677 West Ranger Ave, Alameda



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Curious About Kombucha?

Make your own kombucha and water kefir and learn why they’re good for you at this hands-on workshop. Photo courtesy of Three Stone Hearth.

Join fermentation and preservation pro Andrew Renard at Three Stone Hearth to learn about why live-culture kombuchas and water kefirs—alternatives to sodas and other sweetened drinks—are so nourishing. You’ll leave with beverages you have crafted during class, plus cultures to try at home. Parents, bring your kids and enjoy this fun experience together. Cost: $60. Info and registration: here

Kombucha 101
Saturday April 14, 10am–noon
Three Stone Hearth
1581 University Ave, Berkeley

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It’s a Pie Party!

Dive in and savor every messy bite at a fun anniversary party for Niles Pie Company. Photo courtesy of Niles Pie Co.

Join the worker-owners at Niles Pie Company as they mark five years in their current location and look ahead to the next five. Relax and enjoy an afternoon of music, chalk art, promotions, prizes, and a pie-eating contest. The event is free, with plenty of pie, pastries, and merchandise for sale. Enjoy favorite pies— both sweet and savory— like Dutch apple, raspberry rhubarb, chocolate espresso, chicken, and shiitake mushroom. Niles Pie Co. extends its thanks for the local community’s strong support and celebrates its ongoing commitment to the community. Beloved for its seasonal pies and pastries made with local produce, the bakery became a worker-owned co-op in 2017. Info: Facebook or here.
Niles Pie 5th Anniversary Open House
Saturday April 7, noon–4pm
32990 Alvarado-Niles Road, suite 960
Dowe Business Park, Union City

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Sublime Sustainable Seafood

Slow Food San Francisco welcomes sustainable seafood advocates to this lively three-day event. Photo courtesy of Slow Fish 2018.

Part conference, part festival, and part seafood-stravaganza, Slow Fish 2018 serves up three days of tastings, demos, and fun. Join a group of fishers, scientists, chefs, students, and sustainable seafood advocates all committed to promoting ocean health and building awareness about local fishing communities. Hosted by Slow Food San Francisco and part of a broader Slow Food movement, the event focuses on supporting the local economy, building community, and respecting seafood and the people who produce it. Events include a seafood throwdown-style competition featuring a mystery seafood and two chefs as well as panel discussions, speakers, and a dinner that celebrates Alaska’s wild salmon. Cost: $50–$150. Info and tickets: here
Slow Fish 2018
Saturday April 14, noon–Monday April 16, 9pm
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco

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Kids! Make This Yummy Pie!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie made with silken tofu
is one of the treats in store at this kids cooking class.

In this class for kids ages 7–12, tofu experts from Hodo Soy teach young chefs to make silken tofu from soybeans and then use it to make a scrumptious peanut-butter chocolate pie. As the pies are baking, participants make their own breakfast scrambles with tofu, herbs, and veggies. Class finishes with preparation of angel hair tofu noodles served with pesto. Cost: $35 with discount code “hodosoy10.” Info and registrations: here

Sprouts Cooking Club: All Things Tofu with Hodo Soy
Saturday March 31, 11am–1pm  
(7–12 year olds)
Girls Inc. Kitchens 
510 16th St, Oakland

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