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Top Tickets: March 21–27

Celebrate Persian New Year, freshen up your garden, go for a springtime stroll, and more this week in the East Bay.

Marc Fiorito



Friday Nights at OMCA: Norooz—the Persian New Year
Celebrate the start of spring and Norooz, the Persian New Year, at the Oakland Museum of California. Enjoy a Persian dance performance, see a calligraphy demo, try a traditional paper egg decorating workshop, and more at this family-friendly event. museumca.gov.




March Plant Sale
DVC Horticulture in Pleasant Hill hosts their second plant sale of the year just in time to get your spring garden started. The sale features a wide variety of plants to choose from, including edible perennial, succulent, drought tolerant, and indoor. dvc.edu.



Once Upon a Time
Diablo Ballet fetes its 25th anniversary with the world premiere of an enchanting new ballet at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Accompanied by the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, the dancers reimagine several iconic fairy tales, including Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Jack and the Beanstalk. diabloballet.org.


Jesse Michener



An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned
The host of NPR’s This American Life leads audiences at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall through an engaging multimedia presentation peppered with bits of wisdom gleaned from his illustrious career. calperformances.org.





Springtime Saunter
A National Park Service ranger at Martinez’s John Muir National Historic Site leads this free, guided hike up Mount Wanda. Look for wildflowers and learn about native plants and animals while on the trail before being rewarded with a 360-degree view from the top. nps.gov/jomu.

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