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Preston Castle.jpg
900 Palm Dr, Ione, CA, USA

You are invited to take an interesting and informative historical tour of Preston Castle. You will be guided by a trained docent, or take a self-guided tour on your own. You will have access to the first floor, second floor and basement and learn about the history of the Preston School of Industry. These tours involve stairs. Cameras are allowed but please, NO tripods.

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1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, USA

The coolest bookstore in the East Bay.

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507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA, USA

Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in the historic Blue Rock Inn in charming downtown Larkspur. Built in 1895 during the railroad era, The Blue Rock Inn was a popular weekend destination for San Franciscans to come dance and picnic under the stars.

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189 H Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Aqus Cafe is the center of the Petaluma Downtown Warehouse District universe. The owner, John Crowley, is a true community builder and hosts weekly gatherings of all sorts at his comfortable but artsy and airy spot located at the edge of Foundry Wharf. The food is delicious and they know how to make an excellent cappuccino as well as properly poor a Guinness. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and the regular crowd is warm and welcoming.

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1270 Healdsburg Ave Suite 101 Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg’s Bean Affair is a cozy neighborhood coffee shop in a residential neighborhood. Enjoy free wifi while scarfing down a crepe, breakfast sandwich, or panini hot of the grill.

They are open very early, 5:30 a.m. on weekdays, so there is plenty of time to grab cup of Joe before work.

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2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA, USA

Berkeley City College is part of the Peralta Community College District. We are located in downtown Berkeley, just two blocks west of UC Berkeley.

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209 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA

UNITE HERE! Local 2 is the union of 12,000 hospitality workers throughout San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Our members work in hotels, restaurants, clubs, and other food service facilities, providing service to millions of guests every year. Together, we fight to ensure that service workers are treated decently and receive a fair share of the wealth our industry produces.

Diesel, a Bookstore – Oakland.jpg
5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA, USA

Known for our fascinating selection of titles, stunning author events, enthusiastically diverse staff, and urban California aesthetic, DIESEL is the cutting-edge, high octane, community-radiating, independent neighborhood bookstore we all dream of hanging out in, getting imaginally turned on in, and literarily inspired by.

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3885 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA

Welcome to Omnivore Books on Food featuring new, antiquarian, and collectible books on food and drink.

Omnivore connects the past to the present by offering centuries of knowledge on growing, raising, and cooking food. We offer everything from 19th Century agricultural guides to how to start a kitchen garden in a 21st Century apartment.

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1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Bindery is a books and events space established by The Booksmith at 1727 Haight Street. Stay tuned for updates.

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80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA

BookShop West Portal is a locally-owned, independent bookstore located in the heart of the West Portal neighborhood, just one block down from the West Portal MUNI Station and right across from the Empire Movie Theatre.

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3200 California St, San Francisco, CA, USA

The JCCSF has been serving the Bay Area since 1877 with programs that help individuals and the community to flourish.

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3316 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA, USA

Walden Pond Books in Oakland, CA – The San Francisco East Bay’s finest independent bookstore.

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172 Allen Street, New York, NY, USA

Bluestockings is a volunteer-powered and collectively-owned radical bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We carry over 6,000 titles on topics such as feminism, queer and gender studies, global capitalism, climate & environment, political theory, police and prisons, race and black studies, radical education, plus many more! You can also find some good ‘ole smutty fiction, sci-fi, and poetry . We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things.

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653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA

Bird & Beckett Books and Records is a cozy shop in the Glen Park neighborhood where you can shop local authors and artists, participate in poetry open mics, hear live jazz every week, and learn more about The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project. This nonprofit organization presents, documents and archives the creative work of living writers and musicians in the Bay Area.

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4102 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

Charlie’s Corner is an independent neighborhood bookstore carrying a wide assortment of children’s and young adult literature. We cater to every child’s needs by providing a rich and dynamic selection of exciting new titles as well as children’s classics that span generations. Through our interactive story times featuring music, food, Spanish, and French storytellers, we hope to help children explore and develop a love for stories in a creative and cozy environment.

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2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA, USA

Known for our fascinating selection of titles, stunning author events, enthusiastically diverse staff, and urban California aesthetic, DIESEL is the cutting-edge, high octane, community-radiating, independent neighborhood bookstore we all dream of hanging out in, getting imaginally turned on in, and literarily inspired by.

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2251 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Anton Roman began selling books in 1851, but his legendary bookstore didn’t become Books Inc. until 1946. From then on, their history has been defined by their indie character as they fought and survived the expansion of huge national book companies. Today, they operate 11 stores in San Francisco, East Bay and the Peninsula, and have become the West’s oldest independent bookseller.

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319 Kasten Street, Mendocino, CA, USA

Founded in 1962, one of the best and oldest independent bookstores in the nation, providing extraordinary customer service with our dedicated, book-loving staff of twelve, all with a great passion for books and the people who read them.

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678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

The California Historical Society is a non-profit gallery, bookstore, public research library and archive. Our mission is to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.

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