Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are times of celebration and reflection, bringing families, friends, and communities together. For many, the 2020 High Holy Day gatherings will be different—smaller, outside, perhaps virtual—but will still feature traditional favorites and many symbolic foods like Challah, apples, and honey, that celebrate hope in the new year. We dug into our archives for three…

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  At this Botanical Garden Zoom workshop, you’ll paint with shades created from ordinary spices and tea. Turmeric, saffron, and black tea are among the natural colors you’ll work with. No artistic background is needed to enjoy this playful, creative process. Take part in the workshop as it happens or watch the session and then…

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  First, we just want to say that shopping at Oakland’s Re-Up Refill Shop is a great way to reduce waste from single-use plastics by switching to cooking, kitchen, body, and cleaning products in refillable containers. You can have your items delivered by bike or pick them up at the shop (curbside available).   But here’s…

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  You can Eat Real in spite of the pandemic! Eat Real Fest vendors have put together a box of good stuff for you to enjoy at home while you wait for the full festival to return in 2021. Here’s what’s inside the Eat Real At Home Box: Chicharon Fried Pork Rinds with Chili Lime…

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    Join DIY enthusiast Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, shop owner of Oakland’s Preserved, for an online workshop on making a flavorful, long-fermented sourdough bread loaf. What typically takes three days of fermentation will be expedited and demonstrated virtually so students can see each step in the fermentation process first hand. You’ll tend your dough after class…

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  What do you want to slather on that sourdough bread you’ve been making? Enough said. In this September 20 workshop at Preserved, you’ll capture the great flavors of the season’s best berries into jars of refrigerator jam. Jam Making with Rachel Saunders of Blue Chair Jam Co. September 20, 5–7pm Online.  Register: here Rachel Saunders…

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  Spend your September 4 Friday happy hour (5pm) enjoying an East Brother Beer Company Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout as the Richmond-based brewer hosts a community zoom forum on reforming the criminal justice system and how communities can foster forgiveness and support success for people transitioning back into community life. Dewanda Joseph, community activist…

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  Festivities kick off with a screening of the not-to-be-missed documentary Town Spirit: A Tribute to Oakland’s Enduring Bar Spirit, and there’s plenty more fun with virtual events like a challenge to reinterpret the classic Mai Tai and a commemorative cocktail glass design competition. As bars and restaurants struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic,…

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