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Givers & Shakers: Traci Des Jardins, La Empática

On the sunny patio of her new restaurant, Arguello, a Mexican eatery in the historic Presidio Officers’ Club, restaurateur Traci Des Jardins takes a sip of her hibiscus agua fresca and unleashes an impassioned defense of undocumented immigrants. “I think it’s appalling that we have not done more for the Latin American population. I think it’s a failure of our federal government not to recognize how much this population has contributed to our society. From an immigration standpoint, they get the short end of the stick. Absurd!”

Design Innovators Toast Ivy Awards Winner at the NWBLK

Earlier this month, the community of thought leaders, innovators, and trendsetters better known as Ivy joined together at the up-and-coming Design District gallery, the NWBLK to raise a glass to impactful design and to honor the winner of their Ivy Innovator Award for Design, presented by Cadillac.

This Week In Live Music: Fleetwood Mac, Sky Ferreira, & More

Hey, it's kind of cold! Sounds like a good excuse to huddle up inside your neighboring music venue for some soul- and body-warming music. These shows could very well save your life:

How Not to Get Sick this Flu Season

When you spend a lot of time in a sealed environment—like 7x7’s little corner of the Chronicle Books building—cold-causing germs and flu viruses tend to stand a better chance of infiltration. In the name of robust health during the sick season, 7x7 staffers, an unusually hardy bunch, offer their tried-and-true immunity boosters and their proven advice for maintaining good health in light of perpetually present pathogens.

High Grandmas, Panda Leaving the Giants, Plus More Hot Topics

Topics to pass the time while you wait on your weekend delicacies.

Five Can't-Miss Union Square Holiday Events

Union Square Holiday Events

It's the most wonderful time of year—the time when San Francisco transforms into an even more festive version of itself for the holidays. Whether you're a die-hard native or a recent transplant, you know that when it comes to the holidays, Union Square knows how to bring it. From fluffy kittens (and a cat celebrity) to walking through a winter wonderland while eating bacon, these cheery events at SF's retail mecca will have you decking the halls and fa la la-ing your way straight through New Year's.

Givers & Shakers: Daniel Lurie, The Robin Hood

Sotheara Yem has tears in his eyes. Formerly one of San Francisco’s homeless, the 27-year-old is recalling the day one of his mentors, Tipping Point Community founder Daniel Lurie, purchased a sharp navy-blue designer suit for him. Yem, a first-generation Cambodian American, was scheduled to deliver a speech in front of 900 people at the 2011 Tipping Point benefit gala, and Lurie, who had helped the amateur filmmaker secure housing and employment, knew that a blazer from the clearance rack at H&M wouldn’t cut it.

Weekend Guide: Grumpy Cat, Amanda Palmer, Oakland Makers, & More

Celebrities abound in the Bay Area this weekend. 

Meet Nick Dong, Oakland's Conceptual Metalsmith

Though artist Nick Dong often addresses such topics as materialism and human interaction in his thought-provoking work, the metalsmith and mixed-media sculptor is surprisingly easygoing. Many would be overcome by culture shock after a move from Taiwan to the United States, but Dong sees only the good: “There is such freeness here. I’m like a fish in water!”

Givers & Shakers: Vanessa Getty, Patron Saint of Animals

The vanity license plate on the 26-foot van parked outside the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) in Burlingame reads, “Fix Me.” The wordplay refers to the 900 free spay and neuter surgeries that have been performed inside the state-of-the-art mobile clinic each year since 2005, when the van was gifted to the organization by lifelong animal welfare activist Vanessa Getty. The reason? By fixing and vaccinating dogs and cats in low-income Bay Area communities, San Francisco Bay Humane Friends—an auxiliary of PHS/SPCA, founded by Getty—has greatly reduced the number of unwanted and stray animals on our streets.

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