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Tropical gardens add to Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kicking back in Ka’anapali, Maui

The beauty of the Valley Isle is most poignant in the post-COVID era

Tropical gardens add to Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A kit to build an AR-15 costs less than $350. (Shutterstock)

What’s the impact of Biden’s executive actions in the wake of mass shootings?

Circulation and use of ghost guns should decrease in California

A kit to build an AR-15 costs less than $350. (Shutterstock)
Spring is a great time to witness the wonderful waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.<ins> (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Magnificent Seven: Hike to these scenic Yosemite waterfalls

Options range from a few minutes of walking to a full day of high-altitude trekking

Spring is a great time to witness the wonderful waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.<ins> (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Paul Gauguin became a full-time painter only after serving the French navy and working as a stockbroker. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 22, 2021

Gemini, take a moment to ponder if there’s a turning point in your future

Paul Gauguin became a full-time painter only after serving the French navy and working as a stockbroker. (Shutterstock)
The San Francisco Public Library is working with San Francisco Unified School District to connect students with books and other materials. (Shutterstock)

April is School Library Month

In the past year, school librarians have shifted roles to meet students’ distance learning needs

The San Francisco Public Library is working with San Francisco Unified School District to connect students with books and other materials. (Shutterstock)
Winemaker Drew Nenow says he believes in exposing “the truth of the fruit.” (Courtesy photo)

Drew Nenow’s wines honor family and Paso Robles terroir

Vintner produces high-quality Rhone blends and varietals

Winemaker Drew Nenow says he believes in exposing “the truth of the fruit.” (Courtesy photo)
If you pet is destroying objects, offer him a long-lasting chew toy or food dispensing toy. (Courtesy SPCA)

Preventing separation anxiety after shelter-in-place

Training will help keep your pet mentally stimulated

If you pet is destroying objects, offer him a long-lasting chew toy or food dispensing toy. (Courtesy SPCA)
Skier Andy Padlo crosses a frozen Spicer Reservoir. (Courtesy photo)

Stormy weather tests skiers’ mettle on Dardanelle traverse

Overcoming challenges makes outings more rewarding

Skier Andy Padlo crosses a frozen Spicer Reservoir. (Courtesy photo)
Some people have viewed less-crowded roads during the pandemic as an invitation to speed. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Reckless driving has increased since pandemic

With fewer cars on the road, speeding still can be deadly

Some people have viewed less-crowded roads during the pandemic as an invitation to speed. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Philosopher and Nobel Prize-winner Bertrand Russell was a fan of Taurus philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 15, 2021

Taurus, discover many things by looking beyond what’s right before your eyes

Philosopher and Nobel Prize-winner Bertrand Russell was a fan of Taurus philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. (Shutterstock)
“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>

A Passover journey toward something different

It was nice to see my family, and I look forward to reconnecting with friends

“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
Students returning to classrooms on April 12 should be prepared for open windows and a socially distanced setup. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Five things to know about getting back to in-person learning

Timely tips for SFUSD students returning to classrooms

  • Apr 9, 2021
Students returning to classrooms on April 12 should be prepared for open windows and a socially distanced setup. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Distance learning has been difficult for some students during the 2020-21 school year. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

What are parents’ rights regarding children’s education during COVID?

State laws offer little detailed guidance for unprecedented times

Distance learning has been difficult for some students during the 2020-21 school year. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Focusing on flames has been a form of meditation since prehistoric times. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 8, 2021

Leo, use your talent of harnessing the power of fire to serve you

Focusing on flames has been a form of meditation since prehistoric times. (Shutterstock)
Students returning to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are invited to get online updates with guidelines. (SFUSD screenshot)

New beginnings for SFUSD students

Youngsters returning to classrooms and those continuing distance learning can reach full potential

Students returning to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are invited to get online updates with guidelines. (SFUSD screenshot)
California is producing appealing white wines of lesser-known varietals. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Opening up to California alternative white wines

Market offers more than chardonnay

California is producing appealing white wines of lesser-known varietals. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Demonstrators have rallied In light of recent increased reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the Bay Area. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner file photo)

What to do about hate crimes increasing in the Bay Area

By Christopher Dolan and Mari Bandoma Callado This week’s question from Lin…

Demonstrators have rallied In light of recent increased reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the Bay Area. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Ironic English singer-songwriter and pop culture icon Morrissey (pictured in Spain in 2014) has said, “It’s so old-fashioned to work.” (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 1, 2021

A few fun thoughts for April Fools’ Day

Ironic English singer-songwriter and pop culture icon Morrissey (pictured in Spain in 2014) has said, “It’s so old-fashioned to work.” (Shutterstock)
Saul Sugarman is pictured with his students in Yongzhou, China, circa 2007. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)

Stop Asian hate

Reach out to an Asian friend, or make one

Saul Sugarman is pictured with his students in Yongzhou, China, circa 2007. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)
Cal-A-Vie Health Spa’s meticulously manicured grounds alongside Provençal-style buildings and a duck pond inspire calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kicking pandemic pounds to the curb at Cal-A-Vie Health Spa

A visit to the SoCal retreat is the perfect antidote to COVID-related stress

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa’s meticulously manicured grounds alongside Provençal-style buildings and a duck pond inspire calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)