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December 2017

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Gift Guide

Instead of enduring the crush of Black Friday sales and online shopping this year, give an experience. Use our activity-based gift guide to find something for everyone, from arts enthusiasts to adrenaline junkies. Whether you choose ziplining through the redwoods or going on a brewery tour of the Tri-Valley, you’ll make lasting memories with your friends and family.

The North Bay Fires

In early October, deadly wildfires engulfed the North Bay, devastating the region. But as the towering flames threatened homes and lives, people from near and far came together to help those in need. Here are some of their stories from the front lines of the fire.

2017 Threads of Hope

Meet five amazing volunteers who selflessly serve our community.
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The Award-Winning Disaster Artist

Actor and author Greg Sestero left Danville to chase his dream of making movies, and wound up in the worst film of all time. Now, his story is the toast of Hollywood.
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Speak of the Devil

Foodie Destination: Danville

New rankings heap praise on Danville’s food scene.

One Fine Day: Holiday Weekend in San Francisco

December is the time when festive lights, decorations, and fun make The City sparkle and put you in the holiday mood.

Mount Diablo's Guiding Light

The Mount Diablo beacon burns bright to commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Meet Ice Skater Karen Chen

Fremont ice-skater Karen Chen aims for the Winter Olympics.

Wonder Duck Stocking Stuffers

A former Threads of Hope honoree offers stocking stuffers with heart.

Top December Events in the East Bay

Food, festivals and fun events fill the month with holiday spirit.
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Food Scene

Recipe: Ham It Up

Feed your hungry holiday guests with this simple-yet-delicious Whole 30–approved meal from local food blogger Michelle Smith.

Ramen Roundup

Ramen is hot, hot, hot in the East Bay.

Say Cheese

Indulge in these delicious Northern California cheeses.
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