Every Friday, 5–7pm
Soup and Biscuit Nights at Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Ste 960, Union City

Enjoy vegan and meat-based soups along with butter biscuits, all at a 10% discount (including frozen biscuits). Info: nilespie.com

Second Fridays, 5–7pm
Open House at ALL Power Labs
1010 Murray St, Berkeley

ALL Power Labs, a biochar and biomass gasifier genset manufacturer, runs the Local Carbon Network. Learn how to power-charge your compost with biochar and sequester more carbon in the earth. Free event. Info: allpowerlabs.com

Through the harvest season
Harvest Time in Brentwood

Discover the U-pick farms, roadside stands, and retail ag markets of East Contra Costa County. Learn about local farming and its history. Info: harvestforyou.com

Day and time by arrangement
Knife Skills Classes at Bernal Cutlery
3505 17th St, San Francisco

Improve your knife skills and technique through a variety of classes for beginners, advanced students, and kids. Check website for class options and instructions on signing up. Info: bernalcutlery.com

Self-guided (see website for days/hours)
Explore Oakland’s Urban Wine and Ale Trails

Visit Oakland’s exciting array of wineries and craft breweries on your own schedule. Trails are walkable and easily accessible by public transportation. Info, map, and transportation options at visitoakland.com.

Sketch with Margo Rivera-Weiss
Various locations

Edible East Bay staff artist Margo Rivera-Weiss leads gatherings for sketchers. Join East Bay Sketchers on Facebook for details.

Second Fridays, 5–7pm
Open House at ALL Power Labs
1010 Murray St, Berkeley

ALL Power Labs, a biochar and biomass gasifier genset manufacturer and organizers of the Local Carbon Network. Free event. Info: allpowerlabs.com

Second Saturdays, 2–4pm
Urban Gardening Speaker Series
The Plant Exchange at Ability Now Bay Area
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

Sustainable gardening topics include pruning (June), fungi (July), and citrus (Aug). Cost: $10 in advance; $12 same day. Info: theplantexchange.com or monica(at)theplantexchange.com

Every Sunday, 10am–1pm
Watercolor with Wendy Yoshimura
North Oakland

Classes for all levels. Cost per class is $30. Info: wendy.yoshimura(at)gmail.com

Saturdays (September 7–December 21), 10:30am–2pm
Flower Wine Brunch
Revival Bar & Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Enjoy wines by award-winning Free Range Flower Winery plus craft cocktails and specially curated brunch pairings. Info: freerangeflowerwinery.com

Saturdays & Sundays, 3-4pm, through October
Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

Sample a variety of ice creams and get the scoop on this favorite treat during a one-hour walking tour through Rockridge. Cost: Adults $20, Kids 12 and under $15. Info and tickets: localfoodadventures.com

Second Sunday each month, 1–3pm
A Local Wine Excursion
Captain Vineyards, Moraga

Susan and Sal Captain offer an intimate look at sustainable grape growing and wine processing at a small, family-owned vineyard. Barrel tasting and cheese pairing included. Must be over 21. Cost: $44. Info: captainvineyards.com

Second and fourth Sundays, 4:30–6pm
(schedule may vary)
Flower Arranging with Momo
Momo’s Flowers and More, 853 Ramona Ave, Albany

Learn the art of flower arrangement with a Japanese/California flair using the tools and techniques of a professional florist. Cost: $50 including flower arrangement. Call for schedule. Info: momosflowersandmore.com or 510.529.4850

Sunday–Thursday (hours vary)
Volunteer at UC Gill Tract Community Farm and Greenhouse
Buchannan & San Pablo Ave, Albany
(enter on San Pablo Ave or Jackson St)

Plant, weed, and harvest produce at the farm, or work in the Oxford Street greenhouse as you learn about
organic production of sustainable and socially just food. Read our story this issue on page 46. Info: gilltractfarm.org or contact@gilltractfarm.org