5 Things You Can Do Now — Week 36

Marin Art and Garden Center Holiday Pop-Up Market Place

Just in time for the holiday season the Marin Art and Garden Center will be holding a Holiday Pop-Up Market Place for those looking to get a head start on their holiday gift shopping. Get cozy with cashmere and cotton, pick a book or some notecards, shop the variety of indoor houseplants and décor, hanging planters, or pre-order festive holiday greens. Stop by this free event this Saturday for special holiday items and unique finds you won’t see anywhere else.

‘Tis the Season for Science at Cal Academy

Starting Friday, November 20, guests will be able to venture to the Academy’s East Garden to meet two hoofed holiday visitors, Cookie and Peppermint, and learn how this antlered duo is uniquely equipped to migrate vast distances. Imagine you’re in the Arctic as artificial snow falls overhead and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa from the Academy Café or Terrace Restaurant to warm up.

Dickens Fair at Home

Due to Covid-19, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair has been postponed until 2021, but you can still take part with the Dickens Fair at Home. Every weekend starting Saturday, November 21, the Dickens Fair will release new online content, including holiday singing and musical performances, art projects, recipes and a reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens himself. More content will be added each weekend until Christmas Eve, when Father Christmas, relaxing in his chair by the fireside, will read children’s letters and the classic poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Free Pet Headshots

Calling all adorable pets in the San Francisco Bay Area: HeadShots Inc is launching a new pet headshot service in 2021 and is offering a free 10-minute headshot session for your furry buddy in Golden Gate Park. (Exact location TBA) The only ask is that your pet photos can be used as part of their portfolio for the service. As part of your session, you will get access to all hi-res photos taken along with 1 airbrushed/edited photo from the bunch. 

Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo


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This brand-new, family-friendly experience features hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, storytelling the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo’s commitment to conservation. Dozens of towering and even interactive, glowing lanterns of every order await to entertain and enlighten you at every turn. Take a mile-long stroll through these illuminated and dazzling lanterns to the enormous, fluttering butterflies floating against the star-filled night sky starting November 20.

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.