It’s a pertinent question, especially with California on track to have its driest year on record. This event, hosted by EBMUD and the Oakland Public Library Asian Branch (388 9th St., Ste. 190, Oakland), aims to teach kids about their local water sources, as well as how to test and conserve water at home. Kids will leave with a home water-testing kit — and, hopefully, a better understanding of one of our most precious natural resources.
For all of your decorating, gift buying, and general holiday partying needs, head to the Emeryville Public Market’s (5959 Shellmound St.) holiday-themed pop-up series this December. The launch party, on Thursday, Dec. 5, will feature DJs, food from Wazwan Indian Restaurant and Pamir Afghan Cuisine, and more than twenty local vendors selling their wares, including jewelry from Yes & Yes Designs, infused ghee from Spice Child, paper crafts from Feed the Fish Co., and homemade vegan baked goods from Mollie Rose Baking Company. You can also check out the Tapigami art installation, a new art form created by Northern California artist Danny Scheible made entirely out of different types of tape. The following two pop-ups on Dec. 12 and 19 will feature workshops on how to make your own holiday decorations, as well as a holiday market for any shoppers who leave their gift-buying until the last minute.
Expecting a houseful of holiday guests but stressing out about what to serve them? Kitchen on Fire (1509 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) aims to lessen the anxiety with “Quick & Easy Holiday Entertaining,” a three-hour hands-on class covering healthy and handy cooking techniques while expanding the spectrum of seasonal cuisine. Let Kitchen on Fire owner/chef Olivier Said and nutrition consultant Lisa Miller teach you how to make five flavorful and multicultural holiday dishes: chestnut-carrot bisque with winter spices; Thai-curry seafood stew; grilled vegetable flatbread with garlic-confit oil; roasted broccoli gratin; and whitefish en papillote.