Ira Glass hosts the 2014 Peabody Awards. He'll be at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa this weekend. (Photo/Wikimedia-Peabody Awards CC BY 2.0
Ira Glass hosts the 2014 Peabody Awards. He'll be at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa this weekend. (Photo/Wikimedia-Peabody Awards CC BY 2.0

Things to do this weekend that are more fun than protests

Looking for a pleasant diversion this weekend? Here are a few options:


On Saturday, spend an evening with Ira Glass, host of “This American Life,” the popular weekly public radio show that probes the lives of everyday people. Glass will discuss his creative process and what he’s learned from a lifetime in journalism. Snag a ticket before the Luther Burbank Center event sells out.

An Evening With Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned,” 8 p.m. Aug. 26, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $39-$55.


If you’re the active type, why not try your hand at bocce ball on Sunday? It’s for a good cause and you can bring the family. It’s the fourth annual Bocce Challenge, a benefit for the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California.

1:30-5 p.m. Aug. 27 at Campo di Bocce, 565 University Ave., Los Gatos. $75 and up.


And for the not-so-active type (though you can certainly couple this with a walk on the beach afterward), the Carmel Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Beth Israel promises to be a fun time. Food is the main attraction, of course, but the free event also features local artisans with arts and crafts, folk music and lots more.

10:30 a.m.-4 pm. Aug. 27 at Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Free.

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Liz Harris

Liz Harris is a J. contributor. She was J.'s culture editor from 2012-2018.