As our nation's poet laureate Rihanna once said, "Cheers to the freakin' weekend/I'll drink to that/yeaheahahhh." Let's get to it:
Whole Hog Dinner
Pig out at Oliveto on Saturday, Feb. 23, when Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel presents the final night of the restaurant's fourteenth annual Whole Hog Dinners. Porcine fare includes a spit-roasted whole leg, tongue-ear-jowl antipasto, pancetta-wrapped sardines, boudinnoir, pork-kidney salad, charcoal-grilled pork heart, and more, made from many whole hogs including a Hungarian Mangalitsa. 5:30 p.m., dishes priced à la carte. Oliveto.com — Anneli Rufus
The Jewish holiday Purim celebrates the victory of Queen Esther and her adopted father Mordecai, who helped save the Hebrews from being killed by Haman, an advisor to Persian King Ahasuerus, more than 2,000 years ago. And every year, the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay hosts its annual Purim Carnival, which attracts hundreds of attendees. This year's event, to be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, will feature mask- and costume-making with the help of textile artist InbalShalev, face-painting, a parade, carnival games, and prizes. Play with groggers (noisemakers), fill up on libations and hamantaschen (special triangle-shaped cookies filled with fruit jam), and let the kids loose in the bouncy house. 2-5 p.m., free with canned food donation. 510-848-0237 or JCCEastBay.org — Lenika Cruz
Lorin Station Crop Swap
Get super-seasonal and hyper-local: Bring your own homegrown garden produce to the Lorin Station Weekly Crop Swap (northeast corner of Alcatraz Avenue and Adeline Street, Berkeley) every Sunday, and trade it for backyard produce grown by others. Transition Berkeley and the Victory Garden Foundation organize these free hour-long weekly crop swaps throughout the late spring and summer; right now it's lemon, lettuce, kale, and beet season. 1 p.m., free. TransitionBerkeley.com — A.R.
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