Your advent event calendar: 24 days of holiday happenings around the Peninsula

For people who celebrate Christmas, the looming holiday on the 25th feels extra special if you grew up with the tradition of the advent calendar – a countdown leading up to the big day that's most often celebrated with little candies. In that spirit, we've pulled together a selection of the most festive and fun events happening throughout the Peninsula to give you activity and event alternatives every day leading ...

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Prohibition rum runners and deadly shipwrecks: Pescadero’s Pigeon Point Lighthouse turns 150

The 115-foot tall Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero has overseen some of the biggest commercial shifts in American life over the past century and a half, and the dangerous waters it watches over have pulled no shortage of mariners to their deaths. Today, it's a historic site that attracts visitors from around the world who stay at the hostel on the property, but it’s also a landmark in need of ...

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Cider House Blues: All of the Peninsula’s hard cider makers have shuttered recently. Why?

Sunnyvale's Red Branch Cider Company, San Carlos' Redwood Coast Cider and South San Francisco's South City Cider have all shuttered recently. While many businesses have faced a hard times, a unique confluence of bad luck and challenging policies have hit these three cideries hard, pushing them to halt or relocate operations, leaving the Peninsula bereft of local makers of the apple-based alcoholic beverage. 

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‘It was the doorway to understanding myself’: How a self-taught home cook in Redwood City channeled her heritage through her debut Thai cookbook memoir 

There's a Chinese proverb that says, "It takes 10 years of practice for 10 minutes of performance." For VC Tang, a Thai woman who grew up in San Francisco and now lives in Redwood City, the proverb rings true as to how her debut book, a cookbook-memoir called "Come Eat, Grandma! Recipes and Stories of Thai Home Cooking" came together.

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How the Silicon Valley tech boom and a baseball background shaped a College of San Mateo professor’s new novel, ‘Tell Us When To Go’

Emil DeAndreis, a born-and-raised San Franciscan, isn’t a typical writer. For starters, he says he does a lot of writing during his day job as a substitute teacher in San Francisco public schools (he's also an English professor at College of San Mateo). His latest novel, “Tell Us When To Go,” follows two friends and Fresno State baseball teammates — Cole Gallegos and Isaac Moss — as they navigate San ...

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