December 04

On the cover
Hidive Restaurant, It’s Only a Step Away
MTC Trip Planner Unfriendly to Alameda’s Ferries
MTC Honors Excellence in Motion at 26th Awards Ceremony
Community Calendar
No Flu Shot? Could be No Worries, Mate!
Cool Places to Shop on the Eastern Waterfront
Places to Shop for the Holidays
Bay Crossings Cuisine: Neptune’s
Let Your Light Shine on Angel Island
Vallejo Ferry Chief Fired, Resigned or What?
Help Save the Palace
Holidays at the Exploratorium
U.S. Coast Guard Honors BoatU.S. Emergency Beacon Rental Program
WTA Pages: Making Cents for Ferries
Libations: Christmas,
South American Style







Holidays at the Exploratorium

San Francisco’s Exploratorium is the world’s first and foremost hands-on science museum. Its store staff knows what kids of all ages with active minds would like when it comes to picking hot holiday items for nature lovers, the scientifically inclined, tinkerers, even artists, on anyone’s shopping list. For their top 12 selections… Or, go to their web site to find more cool stuff. All proceeds from the Exploratorium Store support the activities of the Exploratorium ( The Exploratorium is housed in the Palace of Fine Arts.

Folk Play from Around the World at the Holidays
Weekends, Dec. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19
In honor of the world’s cultures and the creative spark inherent in all, the Exploratorium casts its spotlight on folk arts and crafts in December. Objects of beauty and function open a window onto the world’s creative heritage. A variety of artisans from different cultures will lead workshops on everything from Mexican tin art to Filipino lanterns (parols) to Turkish rug making. Participate in making a treat for yourself or someone on your holiday gift list or as a fun family outing during the holidays. Included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

Holiday Films
Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dec. 19),
Winter Solstice Films (Dec. 21) andA Holiday Animation Festival (Dec. 26, 28-30)
As the holidays segue from anticipation of the holidays into the New Year, the Exploratorium offers entertainment for the whole family during the transition with a short holiday film series. The cost of watching the films is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.