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December 2018

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In This Issue

Holiday Hopes

This season it is important to be there for each other.

New In Town

New in Town is an ongoing bulletin on new businesses throughout the Bay Area.

Best Christmas Gifts

’Tis the season to be jolly and celebrate with friends and family gathering together for food, drink and merriment. It’s also the chance to give them something unique.

Our Top Holiday Wines

Bottles that bring a little something extra to the party.

New Years Around the World

When it comes to New Year’s, other countries have some pretty distinctive traditions. Here are some that make kissing at midnight sound boring.

The Origins of Novato

The story behind the name.

Vaping Ban

Thanks to big, orchestrated pushes that began in the late ’80s to drive down cigarette smoking in California, the state now boasts some of the lowest numbers of smokers in the whole country.

Top Apps to Identify Plants

Grab your device, because plant-identification apps can help your botanical knowledge grow.

Mountain Biker Kate Courtney

At 22 years old, Kate Courtney is on the fast — and dusty — track to mountain biking success.

Author Talk: Tom Barbash

We sat down with Mill Valley’s Tom Barbash to discuss his new novel The Dakota Winters.

Matthew Hymel

Hymel is a man who likes to quietly get things done.

Out of the Blue: Tackling Suicide

Marin's suicide rates are disproportionately high, but health officials and residents are learning to reduce the stigma and see the signs.

Eye for Life

Photographer Robert C. “Bob” Tong started with the Marin Independent Journal as a paperboy and went on to become an award-winning photojournalist there.

Facing a Giant

The true tale of a fight for justice after an oil refinery emission sickens a Bay Area community.

Marin Gives Back

Make your charitable donations count this holiday season.

Winter in the West

When it comes to winter recreation, the West is where you want to be. Here are three spots guaranteed to beat the winter blues.

Encountering Uganda's Gorillas

On a dramatic conservation-focused jungle trek, a tourist and Gorilla Doctors encounter Dian Fossey’s great apes.

Cirque du Soleil's Volta

Bradley Henderson talks circus life, expression and hoop diving.

Top Five Events in December

What's Hot: Posh New York Style Food Comes to S.F.

Take a load off, collect your senses, and re-energize with stylish drinks and elegantly presented food at the newly opened Freds at Barneys New York in San Francisco.

Flavor Holiday Hack: A Holiday Cake without the Stress

Make it easy by going naked with your cake and using a box.

Q&A with Kathryn Servino of Servino Ristorante

Celebrating four decades of service in downtown Tiburon.

Be Present

Truly being there for family and friends this holiday season could be the best gift of all.

Marin Matters: 'Tis the Season for Giving

Something about the holiday season makes us more inclined to open our hearts and wallets. Here are a few ways to give back and get involved with nonprofits making a difference year-round.

Marin Home: Walk This Way

A family leaves the hills behind for a more level Larkspur house, an easy stroll to town.

8 Smart Ways to Compost

Composting food and waste helps farmers and the environment.

The Sugar Line Pipe of Ross Valley

A six-mile water pipeline, laid in the 1920s, helped to shape Marin County.

Flavor Recipe: Warm Spiced (and Spiked) Red Wine

Get into the holiday spirit with warm spiced wine
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