.Holiday Guide

Dec 23, 2020

Perfect Pet Picks

It's not too late to find the ideal gift for your adored pet, be they dog or bearded dragon. Gifts for Dogs: WildOne's Bolt Bite. If you have a chewer, they'll love this, billed as "the ultimate chew toy." Made of 100 percent natural rubber, BPA-free, it has a reinforced center,...
Dec 16, 2020

Gift Local

Nov 26, 2019

A Guide to the East Bay’s Best Holiday Desserts You Can Buy

The Best Holiday Desserts You Can Buy The holiday season is upon us, and even if you dread the music that floods every store as soon as Halloween is over, most of us can't resist a good holiday...
Nov 26, 2019

Collecting Birds, Making Chocolates, Fighting Bandits, and Other Pursuits

People love games — both playing them, and giving them as gifts. We have a special fondness for board games that bring people together at a table, face-to-face. Video games involving cooperation can do the same thing....
Nov 26, 2019

Confederates and Immigrants, Punks and Riot Grrls

Cantoras By Carolina de Robertis Alfred A. Knopf; 336 pages; $26.95 With Cantoras, Oakland writer Carolina de Robertis looks back to her homeland, Uruguay, over the course of 35 turbulent years. In her new novel, five lesbians learn the...
Nov 26, 2019

What Teens Want For Christmas

Middle school girls and boys can often be worlds apart in how they think and how they act. What we found, though, is that these usually opposite groups are actually pretty much in sync with each other...
Nov 26, 2019

The Best Music of 2019

Ben Goldberg Good Day For Cloud Fishing Even by the standards of the multifariously creative Berkeley clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg the album Good Day For Cloud Fishing offers a vast and delectable feast for the mind and ears. Musically it's...
Nov 26, 2019

Gifts from the Heart

Snail mail, email, and social media are ringing with requests and pleas for help from all kinds of organizations at this time of year. You want to help — but how to choose? As much as we...
Nov 26, 2019

Give Them a Snuggle, Snuffle, Cuddle or Chew

Pets need presents, too! Or at least we humans think they do, and luckily, there's a whole pantheon of prezzies to delight your animal companions. From luxurious beds for your dog to lounge on, to scratch pads...
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