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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Nothing spells summertime like ice cream, blues, and movies. That's exactly what you'll get in the East Bay this weekend. July is in full swing with more places to go, folks to see, and things to do, so get the most out of this month with another round of amazing events.

Ice Cream Social You haven't actually lived until you've had a scoop of frozen heaven to cool your taste buds in hot weather or just on a not-so-good day. Voted East Bay's Best Ice Cream, Tara's Organic Ice Cream will serve some of their finest flavors at an informal meet 'n greet in the Temescal District this Saturday. All you have to do is show up and be open to a delicious experience.

Hayward Blues Festival 2013 While we're on the subject of organic, why not throw some blues in the mix? Hayward's hosting its 14th annual blues festival in honor of its best-kept jewel, Russell City, the old stomping grounds of several notable blues musicians who migrated to the unincorporated area from the Deep South. Gritty, authentic, and soulful, the music at this celebration promises to seep inside your bones and leave you gyrating in your sleep.

Berkeley Underground Film Festival at the Tannery Lastly, the Berkeley Underground Film Society's at it again with a piece of film history for movie fanatics on Sunday. The club is featuring its 2nd annual BUFS Cartoon Carnival and Stop Motion Sideshow to give audiences a look at early silent and sound era cartoons. Come prepared to spend a night watching the works of Walt Disney, Winsor McKay, Otto Foky and other geniuses in animated film history.