What’s Happening This Week: June 29, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

The sandwich as art

It’s time to shove those soggy supermarket cold cuts to the back of the fridge and order a creation by a master. Malibu to Pasadena, here are 30 places ready to build fantasies you never knew you had.

LA’s best outdoor dining spots

Not comfortable eating inside? We hear you. Fortunately, LA is blossoming with open air options, from woodsy mountain patios to oceanside beer spots. Here are some refreshing ideas for distanced dining under the sky.

Rose Bowl drive-in

Drive-ins may be making a comeback, but around here, you have to drive out to find one. Enter the Rose Bowl drive-in, a month of open-air movies Thursdays through Sundays in July. A portion of the proceeds goes to Black Lives Matter.

Public gardens that aren’t closed

No matter how pretty your neighbors keep their yards, local strolling is starting to get old. Good thing some of LA’s most beautiful botanic spaces are open and ready to refresh your perspective


San Francisco Bay Area

Pass the parmesan 

One of the silver linings of the Covid-19 crisis has been seeing neighborhoods stepping up to support their struggling small businesses. A great example is in San Francisco’s tight-knit North Beach district—renowned for its high concentration of Italian eateries—where volunteers have been providing free delivery for local restaurants.     

Take a walk

Is that daily walk around the block getting just a little bit old? Luckily, the Bay Area’s famously lovely and accessible outdoor area is beginning to come back online. Here’s the current list of parks and trails that are open to the public, including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve in Marin, and loads of hiking trails in Wine Country. 

Local summer reads

A historical novel set against the backdrop of Hawaii’s sugar plantations; a study on a beloved San Francisco sculptor; a cookbook by a renowned Mission District restaurateur: Those are among the intriguing topics in a list of seven books with Bay Area ties to read this summer. 

Distracting the little ones in Wine Country

Have you exhausted all your ideas for amusing your children? Don’t lose hope: Sonoma magazine has whipped up a very useful guide consisting of 20 ways to entertain your kids (and keep yourself sane) in Sonoma County during the summer. If that fails, there’s always Netflix.

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