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Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Just off the Kona coast, visitors with a snorkel mask can see manta rays twist, turn, and twirl and feast.

Families Relying More on College Admissions Consultants

You can spend a lot—or not—getting into college. As competition increases, more parents are paying pros to lead them and their kids through the application process. But could they get that help for free?

Alameda Peeps are Unstoppably Generous

Alameda Peeps are unstoppably generous when it counts.

Careful What You Wish For, Mayor Spencer

Detractors suggest Trish Spencer needs to develop leadership skills, but the mayor says she is comfortable with her populist approach.

The Guide to East Bay Cooking Classes

Learn how to prepare authentic recipes from global cuisines and experiment with new techniques that you can use at home.
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Life & Style

Alameda Freemasons Changes with the Times

This is not your father’s Masonic Lodge.

Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Just off the Kona coast, visitors with a snorkel mask can see manta rays twist, turn, and twirl and feast.

Chocolate Enters Every Dish at Berlin’s Fassbender & Rausch

Luxury meals with chocolate in every course grace the plates at Fassbender & Rausch.

Wandering the Micro-Nation of Seborga

A real prince presides over piazzas, robed knights, and windy roads in the tiny ‘country’ of Seborga.
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Food & Drink

Chocolate Enters Every Dish at Berlin’s Fassbender & Rausch

Luxury meals with chocolate in every course grace the plates at Fassbender & Rausch.

Matthew Fox is Hopped Up About Alameda Island Brewing Company

A beloved hobby turns into a career for Matthew Fox.

Tambo Pleases With Peruvian Plates

Tambo is one of Oakland’s finest under-the-radar ethnic restaurants.

Smoke’s Poutinere Brings the Canadian Poutine to Berkeley

A Canadian chain brings gravy and fries and other oddities to Berkeley.

The Guide to East Bay Cooking Classes

Learn how to prepare authentic recipes from global cuisines and experiment with new techniques that you can use at home.
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Arts & Culture

Tina Blaine Inspires Dance and Drumming at Rhythmix

Via a rather circuitous route, Bean landed in Alameda to mix up drumming and dance.

Daud Abdullah Turns Trash Cans Into Works of Art

Daud Abdullah’s personal quest to clean up litter leads to beautiful public mosaics.

Zin Lim’s Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Zin Lim identifies his own style of painting as “hybrid soul.”

And Now, the Linen Guitar

Guitars and ukuleles made by Oaklanders gain big acclaim for sound and ease of transport.

Handspring Puppet Company Examines Apartheid

Handspring brings Ubu and the Truth Commission to Cal.
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Couscous and Merguez

Berkeley's Hasnia brings Algerian cuisine to the forefront.

Beam Me Up, Google

Chanda Conzales talks about colonizing the moon, sort of.

Celebrating the Guidi Era

With Lustig at the helm, the Oakland Ballet Company honors 50 years of dance this spring.

Unconventional Medicine Man

Dana Ullman wants you to join the debate over whether homeopathic or allopathic health care is best.

Saturday Mornings Are Busy at the Jack London Aquatic Center

The Jack London Aquatic Center is anything but quiet on a predawn Saturday morning.
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