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Charmeng Robinson (owner of Star Designs by Charmeng) stood for a photo in her stall at the flea market.

Pop-up Flea Market Enlivens Fourth Street

Arlie Sarnicola, Staff Photographer July 27, 2021

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many are familiar with the flea market concept; where one can find vintage and used treasures for reasonable prices. However, in Berkeley, a new pop-up that opened up shop on Fourth...

A skateboarder cruising up one of the ramps at Bella Vista Playground.

Skateboarders meet at Oakland park for “queer skate day”

Arlie Sarnicola, Staff Photographer July 21, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif. — A local group based out of the Bay Area is trying to make the skate community a safer, more welcome place for budding new LGBTQIA+ skateboarders. Unity Skateboarding was started...

Parenteau helping customer Stella Howard.

The Zero-Waste movement: Bay Area shops offering a sustainable way to buy essentials

Arlie Sarnicola June 16, 2021

Photo Essay By Arlie Sarnicola, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER WEST OAKLAND, Calif. - The concept of a zero-waste store may be unfamiliar to many, but it is a phenomenon that is growing in popularity all across...

Miranda is taking advantage of Cheo playing water fight with Teralynn to eat her own breakfast after a long morning.

What we do not see behind the spectrum: a closer look at autism

Grecia Villafuerte May 13, 2021

Photo Essay By Grecia Villafuerte, CONTRIBUTOR The term “spectrum” has become a word that encapsulates confusion and fear of the unknown for most of those unfamiliar with it. For Julian Cheo Ruiz...

BART riders on the San Francisco/Daly City rail on April 28 seen wearing masks and socially distanced, following the recommendations set by the CDC to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Mask-wearing culture amidst a politically polarized United States: to wear or not to wear?

Scarlet Schwenk May 13, 2021

Photo Essay By Scarlet Schwenk, POLITICAL EDITOR Mask wearing has taken a sharp political divergence in the U. S. between the Left and the Right: who will and who will not wear a mask? The heightened...

Kaden Hill, owner, and creator of these one-of-a-kind, refurbished audio speakers, on April 24. Hill noted that social media has been the true savior of his business throughout the pandemic. When he heard that the farmers' market was opening back up to artisans, he was ecstatic to showcase his work in the community. When I asked about his comfort level regarding Covid-19 and being exposed to many people at the market every week, he said he took a good week to contemplate the risk of returning to the markets but decided to take a chance. “This is what gives me purpose in my life, so if I have to take a risk to be happy, I will take it.”

Owners and creators of unique artisan crafts discuss their businesses’ experiences throughout the pandemic

Dominique Boynton May 13, 2021

Photo Essay By Dominique Boynton, CONTRIBUTOR Sacramento, Calif. - A look at a recently opened section of the Downtown Sacramento Farmers’ Market selling unique creations and what the owners have...

Raymond’s mother made the family a collage photo a few years before her passing. Though she is not physically here, her kids believe that she is still with them in spirit, just like the final sentence says, “I will be there.”

Living without a parent: a California resident’s experience with loss

Taylor Morris May 13, 2021

Photo Essay By Taylor Morris, CONTRIBUTOR Moreno Valley, Calif. - Raymond Zacarias lost his mother, Judith Zacarias, in September 2019 and has dealt with the complex reality of living life without a...

Shinn Historical Park Sign, Fremont, Calif. on April 10.

Friends of Heirloom Flowers Garden Club at Shinn Park

April 30, 2021

Photo Essay By Grecia Villafuerte, CONTRIBUTOR Fremont, Calif. -- Friends of Heirloom Flowers Garden Club has been active in Fremont historic parks since 1994. Angie Schmidt is the president of the...

Gazebo Gardens’ Essential Escape

Gazebo Gardens’ Essential Escape

April 25, 2021

Photo Essay By Tamika Huley, CONTRIBUTOR Fresno, Calif. -- Gazebo Gardens is a venue in the Central Valley with beautiful scenery that can’t be replaced. After being deemed essential, closure during...

 Volunteers for Pinole’s “Drive-Thru Spring Eggstravaganza” hosted by the Pinole Police Department add the finishing touches for the goody bag booth on April 3.

Pinole’s Drive-Thru Easter “Eggstravaganza”

April 15, 2021

Photo Essay By Megan Vaneck, CONTRIBUTOR Pinole, Calif. -- This year like most cities, a socially distanced Easter celebration was held outside the Pinole Police Department. Their take on it was a “Drive-Thru...

The setup of the outdoor farmer’s market with CDC guidelines taking place.

Farmer’s Markets in Moreno Valley are back and running during COVID-19

March 12, 2021

Photo Essay By Taylor Morris, CONTRIBUTOR There has not been much activity in the city of Moreno Valley in Southern California. As I drove around my town, on March 4, I discovered a farmer’s market...

“Dollar days on the Bay,” How the San Francisco Bay Ferry is working to increase ridership amid COVID-19

December 16, 2020

Photo essay by Jonathan Roberts, CONTRIBUTOR According to Ridership data and changes made due to COVID-19, the San Francisco Bay Ferry has adapted to the changes with a new normal in effect. According...

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