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  • Italian Street Painting Festival, San Rafael, CA
    Italian Street Painting Festival, San...
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  • Greek Orthodox Church, Novato, CA
    Greek Orthodox Church, Novato, CA
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  • Cesnica - Serbian Christmas Bread
    Cesnica - Serbian Christmas Bread
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    Italian Street Painting Festival

    by karenincalifornia Written Jun 13, 2005

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    Italian Street Painting Festival, San Rafael, CA

    Every year, on the second weekend of June (one weekend before Father's Day), the City of San Rafael holds the annual Italian Street Painting Festival. The festival draws about 60,000 people and benefits Youth in Arts, a nonprofit organization that funds, you guessed it, arts programs for the youth.

    The artists use chalk and the artwork is amazing! In addition to viewing works in progress, you can buy food, wine and beer and listen to live music. It's a great event, casual, and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

    The event is held on Fifth Street in downtown San Rafael during the day light hours.

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    Greek Festival

    by karenincalifornia Written Mar 4, 2004

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    Greek Orthodox Church, Novato, CA

    Just north of San Rafael in the neighborhood of Ignacio is the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church.

    Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the church hosts a Greek Festival. The food is fabulous - it's all home cooked by the parishioners, most of whom are Greek - and it's authentic! Come by for a good time and lots of great food, gifts, dancing, Greek wines, and Greek CDs! Tours of the church are also available.

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    Celebrating Serbian Christmas in San Rafael

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    Cesnica - Serbian Christmas Bread

    Serbian Christmas - Jan 7, 2004

    Cesnica

    1 package yeast
    1/4 cup warm water
    3 tablespoons sugar
    2 eggs (beaten)
    3/4 cup milk (warmed)
    1 cup warm water
    1/2 cup butter (1 cube - melted)
    4 cups bread flour
    1 egg (beaten - for brushing on dough)

    Dissolve sugar in 1/4 cup warm water and sugar. Combine all ingredients (except for third egg) and knead by hand or in bread mixer. Dough will be sticky. Put dough in buttered bowl, cover with cellophane wrap and let rise to double in size.

    Punch dough down (will still be sticky, but that is fine). Cut off small piece of dough for a cross. Put rest of dough in a buttered springform pan. Hide a coin in the dough. Decorate with reserved dough to create a cross. Cover with waxed paper and let rise in a warm room for about 30 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush top of dough with beaten egg. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm for most delicious results!

    The person who finds the coin will receive one year of good fortune!

    Hristos se Rodi! (Merry Christmas!)

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    Day of the Dead

    by karenincalifornia Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    A spirit returned to earth

    Every November 2, the culturally diverse Canal neighborhood in San Rafael celebrates Dias de los Meurtos (Day of the Dead), a major Mexican holiday. According to tradition, on this day, the spirits of the dead return to earth to be with their families.

    The entire community joins in the festivities by creating altars at Pickleweed Park in the Canal and participating in the Dead Procession in the evening.

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    Look towards Mount Tamalpais at sunset

    by jessicadf Written Feb 21, 2003

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    Some of the most beautiful sights revolve around the weather on Mt. Tamalpias. Standing in the middle of Marin County, Mt. Tam draws the weather patterns and there can be amazing sights. This was a particularly gorgeous sunset sight on February 19, 2003.

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