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A party for one at Thanksgiving will be duplicated at Hanukkah during this year of COVID-19. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hanukkah 2020: Eight nights of solitude

My safe celebration will be similar to solo Thanksgiving observances

A party for one at Thanksgiving will be duplicated at Hanukkah during this year of COVID-19. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
To help offset a significant deficit, the San Francisco Unified School District welcomes contributions. (Screenshot Spark* SF Public Schools)

Donations will help SFUSD bring students back to classrooms safely

Nonprofit Spark* SF Public Schools has set up a targeted fund

To help offset a significant deficit, the San Francisco Unified School District welcomes contributions. (Screenshot Spark* SF Public Schools)
There are no guarantees for those who want to get their airline ticket money back for a trip canceled due to the pandemic.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Ins and outs of air travel refunds during COVID-19

Nearly all carriers are offering vouchers rather than cash

  • Dec 3, 2020
There are no guarantees for those who want to get their airline ticket money back for a trip canceled due to the pandemic.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Beautiful views of Lake Alisal can be enjoyed from Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s trail rides. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The allure of Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Santa Ynez Valley

Enjoy the ultimate in a social distancing escape in Solvang

Beautiful views of Lake Alisal can be enjoyed from Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s trail rides. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pisces Justin Bieber, who famously challenged Tom Cruise to a martial arts fight in 2019, then backed down, might very well prevail if the contest were carried out today. (Courtesy Mike Rosenthal)

Free Will Astrology for the week of Dec. 3, 2020

Pisceans are at their peak of power and prowess

Pisces Justin Bieber, who famously challenged Tom Cruise to a martial arts fight in 2019, then backed down, might very well prevail if the contest were carried out today. (Courtesy Mike Rosenthal)
Nicki Jizz has been an outspoken advocate for Black drag performers. (Courtesy photo)

Meet your drag queen: Nicki J.

‘I’m down for everything, I want to do it all,’ says the fearless performer

Nicki Jizz has been an outspoken advocate for Black drag performers. (Courtesy photo)
Dan Johanson on summit: Dan Johanson celebrates his first visit to Mount Shasta’s summit. Photo by Matt Johanson

Mount Shasta inspires and teaches generations of climbers

Challenging climb maintains a magnetic pull on mountaineers

Dan Johanson on summit: Dan Johanson celebrates his first visit to Mount Shasta’s summit. Photo by Matt Johanson
Judy Jordan, founder of Geodesy and WG Edge, is dedicated to promoting and nurturing women in the wine industry. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Judy Jordan’s Geodesy wines are rooted in gift and gratitude

Industry veteran committed to mentoring women in her field

Judy Jordan, founder of Geodesy and WG Edge, is dedicated to promoting and nurturing women in the wine industry. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale — both the 2020 edition and vintage brews — are for sale. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday Gift Guide: Give a present, support a local business

Friends and loved ones will delight in S.F.-made wares

  • Nov 27, 2020
Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale — both the 2020 edition and vintage brews — are for sale. (Courtesy photo)
It’s recommended that Aquarians don’t act like alpine swifts, which have been known to fly 200 days without landing; rather, they should stay way down to earth. (Shutterstock photo)

Free Will Astrology for the week of Nov. 26, 2020

Aries, take stock of exploring frontiers outside your comfort zone

It’s recommended that Aquarians don’t act like alpine swifts, which have been known to fly 200 days without landing; rather, they should stay way down to earth. (Shutterstock photo)
My look, complete with jeweled mask, complements one of Kate Tova’s gorgeous, colorful murals. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)

San Francisco is not the best place for artists

Creative people stay motivated to eke out a living in our expensive city

My look, complete with jeweled mask, complements one of Kate Tova’s gorgeous, colorful murals. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)
California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)

Assembly Bill 47 increases penalties for distracted drivers

Law puts citation to same status as violations for speeding or running a red light

California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)
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Free Will Astrology for the Week of Nov. 19, 2020

By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Back in 1974, poet Allen…

  • Nov 18, 2020
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Chef Reina’s plant forward pancit is a great recipe for using up veggies about to rot in the refrigerator drawer. (Courtesy photo)

Add plant forward dishes to the holiday table

Bay Area chefs tout tasty vegan dishes

Chef Reina’s plant forward pancit is a great recipe for using up veggies about to rot in the refrigerator drawer. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District is preparing for some students to return to classrooms in January. (Shutterstock photo)

Updates to planning for in-person learning

SFUSD is working on many fronts to make sure youngsters will be safe when they’re back in school

The San Francisco Unified School District is preparing for some students to return to classrooms in January. (Shutterstock photo)
A ride on Pedego electric bikes offered up great views of Los Olivos’ rolling vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Leaving urban sprawl behind in Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos

Small-town charm, great food and wine marry for match made in heaven

A ride on Pedego electric bikes offered up great views of Los Olivos’ rolling vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Donum Estate’s pinot noir pairs delightfully with bites by chef Aaron LeRoi. (Courtesy Donum Estate)

Donum Estate deftly blends wine, food and art

Carneros vintner produces award-winning pinot noir and more

Donum Estate’s pinot noir pairs delightfully with bites by chef Aaron LeRoi. (Courtesy Donum Estate)
Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election marks a first in U.S. history. (Shutterstock photo)

What happens when a president loses re-election and won’t concede?

Trump is breaking long tradition of peacefully turning power over to his successor

Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election marks a first in U.S. history. (Shutterstock photo)
Parent-teacher conferences, being done virtually this year, remain a critical part of the educational process. (Shutterstock photo)

Making the most of parent-teacher conferences

A few questions to consider as you prepare to meet your child’s instructor

Parent-teacher conferences, being done virtually this year, remain a critical part of the educational process. (Shutterstock photo)
Matt Johanson retrieves gear from a section of the climb of the South Face of Washington Column in Yosemite. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Climbing, falling and learning on Yosemite’s ‘little big wall’

South Face of Washington Column a good test for a moderately skilled mountaineer

Matt Johanson retrieves gear from a section of the climb of the South Face of Washington Column in Yosemite. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>