In this issue, our team scoured the East Bay for specialty shops filled with wonderful ideas for the holidays. But we also celebrate a different kind of giving. Our annual tradition is to honor the outstanding local volunteers who give their time and energy to make the East Bay a better place to live. 



  2014 Threads of Hope

Diablo kicks off the holiday season with our annual celebration of community volunteers.

P.S. RSVP here to Diablo's Threads of Hope ceremony at 6pm on Thursday, December 4 at the Orinda Theatre. (Space is limited.)

 The Gift Guide: 12 Days of Giving

From one car of the future, to five golden rings, to a dozen wine finds, we've compiled the ultimate guide to holiday shopping. 
  Lucky to be Alive

Nicholas Pasichuke drove from Alamo to Santa Barbara to visit friends-but he crossed paths with a mass murderer. 
 Dining Destination

Check out these 10 new culinary hot spots in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country.  
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