What a rainy and wet 2017 we have had, but it looks as if our concerns for a drought have been waylaid for at least the time being! Some fun things to do in February are to enjoy the spaces and places that are fun to see when there has been plenty of water in the area. Also, it’s Lunar New Year where there are plenty of ways to celebrate the advent of the Year of the Rooster in the East Bay. Here is our list of ideas for fun in the East Bay and interesting things to do in our beautiful community!
What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Month With Berkeley Hills
When: All of February!
What: Berkeley Hills Realty’s friends and past clients, Abraham and Bonnee Elterman, recently opened (January 14th) a coffee shop next to their popular frozen yogurt sundae shop called, As You Wish. The new location was formerly the real estate office of a long time Albany resident, Hal Hoffman and is called Hal’s Office Coffee. (read about the opening)
Bonnee is offering 25% off to Berkeley Hills clients for the month of February. Stop by our office for a coupon this month and get 25% off at As You Wish or at Hal’s Office!
What: Sunday Stroll at Redwood Regional Park
When: Sunday February 5th 10 am- 2 pm
Where: The Skyline Serpentine Prairie in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland
Wake up and walk into nature. Enjoy the lush green hills and forest on this 3-mile diverse loop from prairie to redwoods and back. Explore the natural wonders within this beautiful park.
When: Sunday February 5th 9:30-11:30 am
Where: Sunol Regional Wilderness
It’s salamander season! Cool, moist, muddy days make for perfect salamander weather! Families will gently search for salamanders with worm-like bodies, golden eyes and bumpy skins!
Drop-in, meet at Wilderness Room. $5/vehicle.
Wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy, dress for weather. May be handling live animals.
What: Love the Beach Clean Up
When: Sunday February 12 10:30-noon ‘
Where: Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda
Make the shoreline your Valentine and show it some love by lending a hand to volunteer to pick up the trash to beautify the shoreline. Bring your own gloves and bucket or borrow ours. Meet at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. For more information, call: (510) 544-3187.
What: Lunar New Year Celebration- Berkeley
When: Saturday February 4
Where: Corner and Delaware and Fourth Street in Berkeley
Celebrate the year of the rooster of the Lunar calendar! Delaware at Fourth Street in front of Sur La Table and the Fourth Street Flower stand. This event has charmed its’ fans for 9 years now. A great event for families and children. 12-3 pm Candy Give-aways. 12-1 pm Martial Arts Demonstrations. 1-2 pm Lion Dance by the famous performers at Kei Lun. 2-3:30pm Store Blessing & Parade.
What: Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center
When: Saturday February 4 from 11 am- 3 pm.
Come and celebrate Lunar New Year at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center! There will be cultural performances such as Chinese dance, traditional music, lion dancing, and many more! There will be activities for kids such as arts and crafts, book readings, and balloon animals! Also, there will be a demonstration by Jimmy Zhang on the art of food and fruit carving. Admission is free.
What: Black History Month – Frankye Kelly
When: February 4 at 8 pm
Where: California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley
Frankye Kelly, a well known local jazz singer and teacher, pays tribute to some of the great African American jazz and blues singers from the 30s, 40s and 50s.
What: OMCA Lunar New Year
When: Sunday February 12 from 12 pm- 4:30 pm
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
This 16th annual event welcomes the Year of the Rooster with an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts and more.
Cost: $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE. 510-318-8459. Museumca.org.
SF Beer Week: The Bay Area’s annual craft beer extravaganza includes special beer releases, festivals, meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, demonstrations and more. Find out what is happening in Oakland, Berkeley and the East Bay between Feb. 10-19. www.sfbeerweek.org.
Valentine’s Day Offerings
What: Chocolate & Wine Cruise
Sip wine and sample chocolates from local chocolatiers during a two-hour cruise on the bay. Must be 21 or older. 1-3 p.m. Feb. 11. Pier 40, 89 King St., San Francisco. $50. http://www.tastetv.com.