What’s Happening This Week: March 16, 2020

What’s Happening in LA

It’s cherry blossom time

Since many LA communities have Japanese roots, cherry blossom festivals are a blooming part of spring in the Southland. Here’s a look at some of the best celebrations – plus a more tranquil guide to the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Los Angeles. 

A roll through LA’s best bowling alleys

True, bowling has changed since the days of competitive weeknight leagues and nail-biting TV tournaments. Now it’s just a cool way to get together and have fun. In honor of this month’s Day of the Dude (The Big Lebowski), here are some of our most gorgeous local lanes.

Tracking down the Dodgers

You can’t tell the playing fields without a program, especially when you’re keeping up with the Blue Crew. Here’s a handy schedule to bookmark, from spring training to the final game – complete with theme night info for the whole season.

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What’s Happening in The Bay

Spring reads from local authors

Got a little extra time on your hands? Take advantage curling up with one of these eight books written by Bay Area authors. Your options include a book of poetry by Cambodian-American Monica Sok, the first novel by legendary local non-fiction author Beth Lisick, and a veggie-based cookbook from James Beard Award–winning chef/writer Bryant Terry. 

Germ-free Delivery 

Just because you’re social distancing, doesn’t mean you have to resort to hot dogs and Kraft mac and cheese. Companies such as DoorDash, Postmates, and Instacart are stepping up to the thrice-washed plate by offering “no-contact” or “contactless” food delivery from your favorite Bay Area restaurants. Just leave it at the front door, please… 

Decluttering made easy

Inspired by the queen of tidiness, Marie Kondo, it seems like everyone is trying to declutter their lives these days. Curbed posted an extremely useful article detailing the best places in San Francisco to donate those items that no longer spark joy—and often spark anger and anxiety. Marie would be proud.

Beyond tequila

Shot of Jose Cuervo with a Corona back? That’s so 2000. A new generation of Latin-American bar owners are putting their own modern, south-of-the-border spin on the Bay Area’s upscale mixology scene. Examples include Alvaro Rojas’ Elda in the Mission, Carlos Yturria’s Treasury in the Financial District, and Nelson German’s Sobre Mesa, just opened in Uptown Oakland. 

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