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Ukraine fundraising event, EV car show and more in Marin this week

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    Ristorante de Fradelizio owner Paul Fradelizio will be making handmade peace signs to benefit World Central Kitchen’s efforts to help feed displaced Ukrainians.

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    Browse over 140 stalls at the French Market Marin open-air market on Sundays.

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    Have your kids meet the Easter Bunny during the Tomales Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Tomales Town Park.

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    Check out a variety of e-vehicles at the EV car show on Saturday.

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    The Valley Games and Talent Show returns to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s Best-of-It Fest this Sunday.

Does your calendar seem a bit empty this week? Don’t worry, here are six cool things to do in Marin this week.

Help Ukraine

The stories and images that have come out of Ukraine since late February have been both heartbreaking and inspiring. Although we’ve heard stories of Marin residents finding ways to help and raise funds for those in need, many still wonder what they can do to help. This week, dining at Fradelizio’s Ristorante in Fairfax can make a difference. From Thursday to Sunday, 100% of sales (excluding tips) from the northern Italian restaurant will go to the efforts of the non-profit organization World Central Kitchen to help feed displaced Ukrainians. Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, WCK provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises.

Restaurant owner Paul Fradelizio will also be making and selling handmade peace signs, with all proceeds going to WCK.

Grab a bite at 35 Broadway Blvd. at Fairfax from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Dial 415-459-1618 or go to fradelizios.com.

Best of the best

Things have certainly looked different over the past two years. Since the start of the pandemic, many iconic Marin events have had to be postponed, canceled or pivoted to an online format. Two West Marin favorites, the Valley Games and the Talent Show, return to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s Best-of-It Fest, a celebration that features mini-versions of some of its well-known community events. loved ones who have been missed in the pandemic.

The festival kicks off with the Valley Games, an Olympic-style competition featuring a scavenger hunt, obstacle course, hacky sack, ping pong and more, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Community Center at 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo. Tickets are $10 to $20.

Then, watch talented young rock bands, comedians, dance troupes and more take the stage during the talent show from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are included in the Valley Games ticket, 10 $ for those attending the talent show.

For more information on how to register and get tickets, go to sgvcc.org/event/best-of-it-fest.

Easter fun

Sure, Easter might be next weekend, but who says the party can’t start early?

Bring your kids and see how many colorful eggs they can find at the Tomales Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tomales Community Park at 26900 Route 1. Sponsored by the Tomales Presbyterian Church, the event will also include prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket or bag. Free entrance. For more information, visit tomalestownhall.org.

Go electric

Have you ever wondered if you have a vehicle or an electric bike? (And with gas prices lately, who hasn’t?) Check out a variety of electric vehicles – such as the Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, and Nissan Leaf – and e-bikes , meet owners and ask questions to see if they’re right for you at the EV Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marin Center at 10 Flags Avenue in San Rafael.

The event, sponsored by Ride and Drive Clean and Rotary International District 5150, is free, but pre-registration is recommended at eventbrite.com/e/ev-car-show-tickets-271865766827.

Treasure hunt

Antiques, jewelry, furniture and books, oh my! You never know what trinkets and treasures you’ll stumble upon at the outdoor antiques market at French Market Marin. The monthly event features more than 140 stalls selling goodies, French music, and food and drink. See what you’ll find from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium parking lot at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. Free entrance. For more information, visit thefrenchmarketmarin.com.

Looking for more treasures? Browse artisans makers of organic bodies, CBD products, candles, plants, homewares, clothing and more at the Makers Market outdoor craft fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard at 129 Miller Ave. at Mill Valley. Live music will be provided by independent artist Dave Chapman. Free entrance. For more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/272434207047.