5 Things You Can Do Now – Week 26

Watch: Do the Right Thing at the Village at Corte Madera Drive in

Come see Spike Lee’s powerful visual feast this Thursday night. Do the Right Thing combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It’s the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.

Check Out: “Dining Under the Lights” in Downtown San Rafael

San Rafael’s Fourth Street restaurants, from Lincoln Ave. to the West End Village, are taking to the (closed to traffic) street for outdoor dining every Thursday night this summer. Making the best of social distancing, restaurateurs are arranging tables on the street for a romantic European feel under the glimmering new overhead Tivoli lights. Please check with your favorite restaurant and retailer for hours and reservation requirements. 

Make: Comforts Granola Recipe

The Miwa family has been operating Comforts since 1986, with the idea of serving full-flavored, quality, home-style “comfort” food to a local community. Consistently voted Best of the County, the family enterprise has maintained its promise and built a reputation over the years with friendly service and consistent quality food. Laura Miwa is a granola lover and after tasting many varieties from all over she finally arrived with her favorite compilation of ingredients. Her granola quickly became a favorite and flew out the door when it hit the shelves. Check out the recipe here and feel free to swap out any nuts or fruits for your favorites.

Do: Best Loop Hikes in Marin

Out-and-back trails are fine, but the sense of completion from loops is matchless. Whether you live nearby or not, here are the best places throughout the county where you can easily park and hit the trails. Time to get loopy.

Support: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area remain committed to young people. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place, they are still working to ensure that all youth achieve their full potential. It is in that spirit that we provide the following resource links to parents, guardians, Bigs and the Bay Area at large so that young people may receive necessary food and educational support. This September, join them as they celebrate Big Brothers Big Sisters Month. Studies show physical distancing can lead to isolation for vulnerable youth. A mentor can make a positive impact and help keep kids connected. Learn more on their site.

How to help:

Consider supporting one of these local nonprofits that urgently need support during the pandemic.

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Kasia PawlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.