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Map Out Some Time for “Road Trip”

The consensus among pandemic experts – one vocation that certainly has enjoyed a resurgence this peculiar year—is that carefully conducted car trips pose lower COVID-19 risks than does airline travel. For those of us itching to get out and far about, there might be no safer option.You can see...
lara downes

Lara Downes Goes Live—Yes, Live!

A live show? Yes! And we’re talking classy … In an event billed as “the first live concert in California since quarantine,” a claim that sounds incredible but might not be 100 percent provable, pianist Lara Downes...
idle

Idle Pursuits

Drive defensively. Keep your eyes on the road. Don’t tailgate. Anticipate. Don’t drink and drive.To those motorist maxims let us consider adding: Don’t idle—it’s exhausting.Consider for a moment how often you sit behind the...
environment laundry

The Dirt on Laundry

If you want to remove a stain from your clothes or sheets and still be kind to the environment, you’re in a bit of a spot.Most popular commercial stain-remover products contain at least one...
smart ride

A Smart Way to Ride

Say you want to be an environmentally sensitive, forward-looking citizen and use public transit, but the nearest bus or light-rail stop is farther away than you want to walk. Or maybe you suspect that...

1-Day Getaway-Murphys

Murphys is a true golden child of the mid-1800s, when millionaire-making amounts of the precious yellow ore were extracted from surrounding hills. Today, white and red are the predominant colors, thanks to the area’s...

1-Day Getaway-Nevada City

A worthy destination any time of year, the picturesque Gold Country town of Nevada City is perhaps at its best in December. Step into its historic downtown, your hands in mittens and your cheeks...

1-Day Getaway-Truckee

Considering Truckee’s beautiful Sierra Nevada setting and proximity to sizable cities (including Sacramento, less than 100 miles away and linked directly by Interstate 80), it’s somewhat surprising that this mountain town (elevation: 5,980 feet)...

1-Day Getaway-Stinson Beach

The small, unincorporated Marin County community of Stinson Beach, about 100 miles from Sacramento, has a laid-back vibe in a lush coastal setting that has been luring city slickers since the 1906 earthquake prompted...

1-Day Getaway-Fourth Street, Berkeley

“This is the kind of shopping district you wished you lived near,” said my wife after we had parked and started walking toward a two-block-long stretch of what some might consider retail paradise. Although...

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