Sarah Kagan brings vegan Kosher desserts to Oakland

Vegan burgers and soul food and burritos (oy vey!) … This week, Oakland’s plant-based eaters add another nosh to the list. Sarah Kagan, 26, launched Kosher* vegan catering business, Sarah Sunshine, just in time for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana.* Rosh Hashana, which fell on September 24, 2014, celebrates the start of the Jewish new year, 5775. It is followed by ten days of atonement, which ends in one of the holiest days under Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur. Fish-free…

Families remember loved ones on All Souls Day

In a black-and-white photograph, John Caybut stands in front of Oakland’s Saint Augustine Catholic Church with his mother, father, sister, and brother. The picture was taken in 1965. Caybut passed away in February. Today, his sister is the photograph’s only surviving subject. Caybut’s widow, Sabina, has placed the picture on a colorful altarcito in the nave of the church on Alcatraz Avenue. There, John and his family join others who have passed on but survive in pictures, placed among bright…

Temescal store celebrates a quarter century of spells and service

In its 25 years, Ancient Ways has grown beyond a metaphysical supermarket of crystals, candles and Tarot readings, into an anchor of its Temescal neighborhood. Owner Glenn Turner celebrates her durable store’s quarter century in business, and credits her ability to “outlast most people.”