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Cool Things To Do In March

Mar 11, 2021 10:54AM ● By Harper Klein

Hello March! Spring is in the air and movement to the Red Tier is near. There are Pi Day and St. Patty’s Day celebrations but in between lies the ominous one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown. As businesses and venues slowly reopen, you can immerse yourself in Van Gogh, get a culture fix at the de Young, or take a day trip to Alcatraz Island.

Immerse yourself in Van Gogh. From the creators of the blockbuster exhibit seen by over two million people in Paris, “step inside” the iconic works of Van Gogh at SVN West for an illuminating experience. The exhibition features 500,000 cubic feet of stunning projections from Van Gogh’s catalog of masterpieces. Tickets on-sale through September 6.

The Art History Babes are Back! Join the St. Mary’s Museum of Art with podcast hosts, The Art History Babes, in a virtual conversation about all things visual, women artists, and female representations in museums. March 20 at 1:30pm.

Explore the relationship between Calder and Picasso. The de Young Museum invites you back inside to view a series of compelling exhibits including a collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that look at the artistic relationship between two of the 20th century's most influential artists. Through May 23. 

Honor the Rosies in the workforce. She was the star of a campaign to recruit female defense workers during WWII (1940-45) and became the iconic image of working women. Celebrate International Women's Month at the National Park in Richmond where you can pay homage to her legacy. 

Watch Weavers and Knotters create mammoth works of art. From micro artworks the size of your hand to room-sized installations, women artists in the Bedford Gallery’s virtual exhibit, #ABeautifulMess, push the boundaries of textile-based mediums. 

Nosh on a Berkeley bagel better than New York’s. As the California bagel boom heats up, the NY Times declared this week that Emily Winston’s Boichik Bagels are among the best…thick, chewy, and delish.

Tour the home that once belonged to Al Capone. Beginning March 15 book a boat trip on the San Francisco Bay to “The Rock” for a tour of the Alcatraz Cellhouse and learn about the island’s storied history. Rangers will be stationed around the Island to assist visitors. 

Take Fido on a walk on one of the East Bay’s new waterfront trails. As part of the San Francisco Bay Trail project, a planned 500-mile walking and cycling path that runs through all nine Bay Area counties and 47 cities, new trails to explore are emerging all the time.

Before you dig in the dirt, learn from the experts. From drought-tolerant planting to fruit trees, from pest control to patio pots, on March 24 UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County answer your questions about all kinds of gardening situations during this free webinar.

Fill your garden with cool-season flowers and lettuces. Plant calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies, spinach, and Swiss chard. And don’t forget to feed your roses. 

Take the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge. Join your neighbors in creating healthier communities by lowering your emissions, conserving resources, cutting energy costs, and decreasing the use of dirty fuels.

Celebrate the blooming of more than 100 massive magnolia trees. Towering above San Francisco Botanical Garden, these rare and historic trees erupt in pink and white blossoms during winter.  

Listen to NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast. Find out how the founders of Seventh Generation turned a scrappy mail order catalog into a green products household hit. 

Talk with the animals. Oakland Zoo reopens this week for daytime visits and the return of its nighttime lantern light festival "Glowfari." Online reservations required. 

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