Meet Maria the Tamale Queen. She and her assistant turned out to feed the crowds at the recent Preview Sale for the White Elephant Sale. Held in a 96,000 sq. ft. warehouse, this is an annual event that raises money for the Oakland Museum and is now in its 51st year. With all volunteer help and all donated goods, last year we raised more than $1.3 million to support the museum, (which is currently being renovated and will reopen May 1). The big sale is always the first weekend in March. If you're in town, come on by. Entrance is free. Believe me, you'll be amazed at the sheer volume of goods for sale and the bargain prices. You'll probably see Maria too. She told me she's been coming every year for the last ten years. I can vouch for her tamales; they are muy sabrosos.