Thanksgiving Events

Native American Heritage: Paper Basket Making for Kids – Kim Shuck, member of the Cherokee Nation and San Francisco’s seventh Poet Laureate, brings her expertise as a weaver and artist to teach a workshop on paper basket weaving. Recommended for age 7 and up. Nov. 23. 3-5pm. FREE. North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley. 510-981-6250. 
Turkey Time – Trot down to the wilderness and discover the history and humor of the feathered friends we call turkeys. Make a turkey craft to bring home. Nov. 23. 11am-12:30pm. FREE but advanced registration required. Sunol Visitor Center, Geary Road, Fremont. 888-327-2757. .  
Shape Shifters and Mischief Makers: Native American Stories – Alicia Retes, a storytelling musician who is Yaqui, Mayo and Cherokee, plays Native musical instruments and shares original trilingual songs in Coast Miwok, English and Spanish. Nov. 25. 4pm. FREE. Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St., Berkeley. 510-981-6260. 
Oakland Turkey Trot – Get a healthy start to the holiday while helping out the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Education Fund by participating in this 5K race or kids fun runs with Oakland A’s mascot Stomper. Nov. 28. 7am check in, 8:30am 5K start, 9:40am Stomper’s Stomp kids runs. Lake Merritt Pergola, Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland. $20-40 and up. 
Forma Gym Turkey Trot – Get in on the action in this 27th annual East Bay tradition. Choose from 5K, 10K, kids fun runs and festival areas with costume contests. Benefits the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Wellness City Challenge and other local partners. 6:30am registration, 8am start of races. $16-45. Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 
5K Turkey Trot for Charity – Burn some calories pre-Thanksgiving Day feast, provided assistance to those in need via a local nonprofit and get a chance to win prizes. $20 preregistration adults, $10 youth 7-17. Nov. 23 8am. Brisbane Marina, 400 Sierra Point Parkway, Brisbane. 650-392-5677.  


A Taste of Latkes

In the Bay Area, winter holiday time is eclectic, rich in traditions from across the globe. Over the years, we’ve been invited to feasts of every variety. Come Hanukkah, my house is thick with the smell of potato latkes frying. I, for my part, am famous – at least among my boys and their hungry friends – for my potato latkes, which I always serve with applesauce made from apples from the first tree we planted when we moved into our house decades ago.

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