It feels as though the world is ending. Between the Mexican earthquakes, Hurricane Maria, and the Napa and Sonoma firestorms, our inner Earth Mother wants us to pay better attention to Mother Earth. But in a concrete way, it’s important to give whatever you can. While donating to organizations like the Red Cross is easy, we also know that the anxiety over worrying about friends and family in hard-hit areas spurs many people to look for a good time to get their mind off things. So here are places to bend an elbow for a good cause.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
9 Anchor Drive, Emeryville
This evening, Trader Vic’s Emeryville hosts a fundraiser for UNICEF on behalf of the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Ida, and Maria. There aren’t specials per se, but 100 percent of sales will go toward the relief effort, and a UNICEF rep will be there to field questions.
Starline Social Club
2236 Martin Luther King Blvd., Oakland
Cate Le Bon andWhite Fence’s Tim Presley will perform together tonight as DRINKS, and the venue will donate all bars sales to victims of the fires in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. Joining DRINKS are the Mattson 2, a surf-jazz duo of brothers who’ve performed with Chazwick Bundick of Toro Y Moi.
Friday, Oct. 13
Happy Hour for Mexican Earthquake Relief (via Tablehopper)
1045 Bryant St.
$35-$150 (sliding scale)
It’s an unlucky day of the calendar, so throw some good fortune to our southern neighbor at a ticketed fundraiser this Friday the 13th, with nibbles from Loló, Sal de Vida Gourmet, Wes Burger ‘N More, Copita, Don Pisto’s, and Chile Green Kitchen, plus cocktails by Rye on the Road, El Techo, Cadillac Bar & Grill. and Hard Frescos. There’s an amazing silent auction, and all proceeds go to Omaze and Ambulante’s fundraiser, to aid Mexico at a very trying time. Tickets here.
Nasty for Puerto Rico! Hurricane Relief Benefit
3158 Mission St.
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Next Monday, socially conscious DJs will gather at “Your Dive” — El Rio — to raise money to rebuild Puerto Rico. The suggested donation is only $5 to $10 at the door, and there will be a Boringuen Soul food pop-up plus a raffle giving away prizes from spots Mission Chinese Food, Little Star Pizza, the Knockout, McVicker’s Pickles, Brass Tacks, and many other S.F. businesses. All proceeds benefit the Hispanic Federation and World Central Kitchen.
Every Day Through Nov. 9
$2 Dollar Oysters for Puerto Rico
2800 California St.
Pacific Heights wine bar Scopo Divino knows what you love most: dollar oysters. That’s why, for the next month, happy-hour dollar oysters will be $2, with that extra buck going to GlobalGiving.org to assist Puerto Rico’s recovery effort.