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Go Plastic Free in July 



The Ecology Center offers hands-on events and learning opportunities.
Read more.
A Bastille Day Soirée



Market Hall serves up a celebration of French food, July 14. Read more.
El Torito Tapa!



Run with the bulls at a fun bar in
Walnut Creek, July 7-14. Read more.
Kick Back for East Bay Parks



Sales of Drake’s new IPA support trail clean-up and restoration. Read more.
Dirty Hands, Happy Kids


 
Pick up new tips and tricks for helping young gardeners thrive: here


Go Plastic Free in July 

Throughout July, the Ecology Center hosts events to inform and engage the public about reducing plastic waste and finding alternatives to household plastic use. Check out their films, discussions with experts, a shoreline cleanup at the Berkeley Marina, and special activities at the Berkeley farmers’ markets. Learn about California’s plastic bag ban, which will be on the November ballot. Submit your photos of plastic nightmares or plastic-free solutions to the photo contest and win $50 to spend at the Ecology Center store or a Berkeley farmers’ market. Photo contest info: here
General info: here
Meet the Plastic Bag Monster at Berkeley Farmers' Markets during the week of July 19.
 
Read our back-issue story on Beth Terry, a local plastic-free advocate: here and our piece about efforts to minimize plastic use at farmers' markets and local businesses: here

Plastic-Free July Solutions Salon: Short Films & Discussion with Beth Terry
Thursday July 7, 6:30–9pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
1924 Cedar St, Berkeley

Plastics: The Rising Tide
Friday July 8, 7–9pm
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St, Berkeley

Shoreline Cleanup & Bag Ban Action
Saturday July 16, 9am–1pm
Shorebird Park Nature Center
160 University Ave, Berkeley

Plastic-Free Week at Berkeley Farmers’ Markets
Tuesday July 19–Saturday July 23
Market locations and hours: here

 

Délicieux!

Celebrate Bastille Day at Rockridge Market Hall with tastings, cooking demos, and storytelling. Sample traditional French recipes, artisanal cheeses, and a memorable selection of pantry ingredients. Meet Kitty Keller, founder of KL Keller Foodways, and hear stories about her adventures in France. Keller sources and imports those harder-to-find French ingredients from farmers and producers she has known for years. A special Bastille Day menu is available July 14–17 at both Market Hall and The Pasta Shop on 4th Street in Berkeley. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6005 or here

Vive La France Bastille Day Soirée: Celebrating Foods From France
Thursday July 14, 4–6pm
Rockridge Market Hall & The Pasta Shop
5655 College Ave, Oakland

 


Bullish on Tapas

For a clever twist on tapas, try the El Torito this week at Telefèric Barcelona. The restaurant celebrates Los San Fermines (the running of the bulls) on July 7–14 with El Torito,  a special bull-shaped tapa made with puffy pastry, chorizo, manchego, and honey. Servers in traditional white with a red scarf serve also serve Kalimoxto, a favorite cocktail on the streets of Pamplona. With a sister restaurant in Barcelona, the Walnut Creek eatery offers traditional Spanish paella as well as tapas and Pintxos, bite-sized foods often served on a skewer.
Info and reservations: here

Los San Fermines Celebration
Thursday through Thursday, July 7–14
Telefèric Barcelona
1500 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

 

Kick Back for East Bay Parks


Drake's Kick Back Program funds trail clean-up and restoration in the East Bay Regional Parks.

Drake’s Brewing Company debuts a summer IPA with proceeds donated to the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation. Kick Back is a Session IPA (4.3% alcohol by volume) with notes of tangerine, peach, and guava. It’s available through September at the brewery and at the park district’s concerts at Crab Cove on July 8 and August 12. The new IPA is part of Drake’s Kick Back Program, which raises funds for local nonprofits. Concert info: here







 



 


 










 
  
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