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2019 Best of the East Bay: Pets

Follow your animal instincts to treat-worthy parks, products, and more.

Five Questions for Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell—a Zambia-born writer and associate professor of English at UC Berkeley—made a literary splash this year with the publication of her first novel, The Old Drift. Called “extraordinary” by Salman Rushdie, “dazzling” by The New York Times, and compared to works by Tolstoy and Virgil, The Old Drift is an epic achievement by one of the most original voices writing today.

2019 Best of the East Bay: Spotlight on Fantastic Negrito

The genre-spanning musician earned his blues cred in Oakland before rising up and winning two Grammys.

2019 Best of the East Bay: Spotlight on Caley Shoemaker

Hangar 1’s head distiller explores the furthest reaches of the spirits world.
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2019 Best of the East Bay: Shops and Services

Fill up your reusable bags with top-tier goods at area retailers.

2019 Best of the East Bay: Weddings

Make your big day even better with the help of these marriage-minded enterprises.

The East Bay's 3D-Printed Goods

Local 3D printing enterprises are revolutionizing the design world.
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Concord: Stronger Together Gala

For the past 18 years, Concord’s Monument Impact has been a force in the city, serving its vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities. Recently, the nonprofit center hosted its Stronger Together gala to celebrate the work that volunteers, local businesses, unions, and others have done to support immigrants in the East Bay. Among those honored for their contributions were volunteer English tutor (and onetime San Francisco Giant) Rob Andrews, former board member Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, and John Muir Health.


The Oakland Museum of California’s gardens overflowed with more than 250 guests during this yearly fundraising gala. Guest chefs Reem Assil and Barbara Llewellyn provided the scrumptious bites, while the auction offered bidders experiential packages. In keeping with the current Queer California: Untold Stories exhibit, the evening’s entertainment featured Oaklash, a drag and queer performance group.

Black and White Ball

In celebration of its six years of providing free transportation to cancer patients in Alameda County, Drivers for Survivors hosted its yearly ball in Pleasanton. The entertainment was top-notch, including Marcie Dodd (previously seen in Wicked on Broadway) and accomplished pianist Carol Weiss; the keynote address was given by Dr. Laura Esserman.

Sparkles and Spurs

Denizens of the East Bay headed to Round Hill Country Club in Alamo and kicked up their heels to support Hospice East Bay at the annual Celebration of Care Gala, raising around $200,000 to aid the nonprofit’s programs and services. This year’s theme, Sparkles and Spurs, meant that the more than 300 guests came dressed in their cowboy-best, sporting boots, Stetsons, and chunky belt buckles.


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What’s in Store: Menswear and Motor Vehicles

Men’s fashion comes to Blackhawk; two car dealerships roll in; a boutique fit for royal brides; and more.


What’s in Store: Bigger, Better Outlets in Livermore

An exclusive jewelry event for brides; closings; and a Broadway Plaza update.


What's in Store: A Sizzling Summer

Consignment week in Danville; Kiehl's opening at Stoneridge Shopping Center; and Zara comes to Walnut Creek.


What's in Store: Summer Fads and Gifts for Grads

A cute kids’ bedroom store comes to Pleasanton; an update on Broadway Plaza renovations; and graduation gift ideas.


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2018 Faces of the East Bay

See the East Bay business leaders who are being recognized this year. >>

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