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Vicia hosts Springtime Market & Nurses for Newborns Drive

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Michael and Tara Gallina, the powerhouse couple behind the multi-award-winning restaurant Vicia in the Cortex Innovation Community, are hosting a Springtime Market to celebrate Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 11.

Stop by for lunch or Happy Hour snacks between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and pick up flowers, gifts, farm-fresh produce and milk from Vicia’s favorite farmers and artisans. Those participating include Dirty Girl Farms, Collin Garrity, Yellowtree Farm, Alice Blue Collective, Bohlen Family Farms, Rolling Lawns Farm, and Kaldi’s Coffee. Look for specialty goods from Vicia as well.

The Gallinas—new parents themselves—have added a charity component to the event by partnering with Nurses For Newborns to benefit parents in need. Drop off new & gently used baby equipment, such as pack ‘n plays, high chairs, strollers, and car seats, etc. Necessities such as baby food, diapers, baby toiletries, and new & gently used clothing, sizes preemie, newborn up to size 4T, are a high priority too.

Springtime Market at Vicia, corner of Boyle & Duncan, Saturday, May 11 from 11 to 3.

A frigid Fat Tuesday in the CWE

A bitterly cold Fat Tuesday meant fewer people joined the 2nd Line Parade led by the Saint Boogie Brass Band and Jennings High School Marching Band as they traveled along Euclid from Washington to Maryland Plaza. There, the bands joined the McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band for a group performance. The Fat Tuesday event, the first of what we hope will become a tradition in the neighborhood, ended at 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine.

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The parade route started at Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington where the Saint Boogie Brass Band performed before marching to Pi at the corner of Euclid and McPherson.

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There they were joined by the Jennings High School Marching Band.

 

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

Some of the hardy souls who joined in the 2nd Line Parade.

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At the corner of Maryland and Euclid the bands converged with the McCluer South-Berkeley Band, below. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

The high school band members were troopers to battle the cold as they entertained the crowd that had gathered for their group performance, above and below.

Finally, I wanted to share a favorite moment featuring one of Jennings High School’s Band Members during last holiday season’s Window Walk.

Thanks to Kate Haher, Executive Director of CWENorthCID, Erica Lembo, Marketing and Communications Director, and intern, Ellie Stuhlreyer for producing this fun event. And special thanks to all the band members who braved the elements to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the CWE.