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December 2018

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2018 Threads of Hope Award Winners

Meet five local heroes who make the world better in special ways.

Kids in the Kitchen

East Bay experts discuss the importance of teaching little ones how to cook—and share their tips for encouraging children to expand their culinary horizons.

The Ultimate Gift Guide

Shop locally this season to find something for everyone on your holiday list. Diablo presents 28 options, no matter your budget.
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Susan Mernit Takes the Reins at The Crucible

Susan Mernit expands the legacy of the Oakland-based industrial arts school.

Five Questions for Vanessa Hua

Orinda resident Vanessa Hua has turned her unflinching eye on Asian and immigrant culture for two decades, writing for a variety of national publications and producing a collection of short stories. Most recently, the award-winning journalist penned her debut novel, the critically lauded A River of Stars. Here, she shares her thoughts on motherhood, the immigrant experience, and the perfect East Bay day.
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Speak of the Devil

Top December Events in the East Bay

See John Legend perform in Oakland; head to Livermore for holiday fun in the vineyards; watch renditions of The Nutcracker; and more.

One Fine Weekend in the New Downtown Napa

The First Street Napa complex features superb eateries, hip tasting rooms, and a posh hotel with a rooftop bar.

Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto

A section of Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue transforms into a wintry destination for Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto.

East Bay Light Displays

Check out local light displays to get into the holiday spirit.

Meet Will Levy of The Story So Far

Meet Will Levy, the Walnut Creek–raised guitarist for pop-punk band The Story So Far.

Girls Crushing It: Shaping Today's Schoolgirls Into Tomorrow's CEOs

The Orinda organization helps young entrepreneurs build leadership skills through workshops and pop-up makers markets.
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Food Scene

The Slanted Door Comes to San Ramon

Charles Phan gears up for the opening of his famed Vietnamese eatery in San Ramon.

Top Tiki Bars in the East Bay

These four watering holes provide the perfect rum-soaked antidote to winter’s chill.

Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe from Dan Floyd

Snag a ginger molasses cookie recipe from a Livermore baker.
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Web Extras

A Palo Alto Weekend Pick-Me-Up

Offering everything from outdoor fun to eclectic eats to posh accommodations, this Silicon Valley city makes for a unique weekend trip.
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