CRAFTY DOINGS AFOOT; FAIRS AND SHOWS OFFER ARTS, EDIBLES AND SO MUCH MORE

For her birthday, Johnna David didn’t want dinner or a trip. Instead, she asked her husband for an electric saw.

The upgrade was needed for Seasons Boutique, her year-round holiday workshop, a family-and-friend operation that has grown from two sisters to eight craftswomen. For the last 15 years, shoppers have made the holiday pilgrimage to Pleasant Hill for their annual boutique.

“Sometimes we have a waiting line out the door,” David says – little wonder, with about 650 people making their way to the weekend sale in David’s family home.

David and her sister became inspired by shopping at other boutiques. “Everything we saw, we said, ‘I can make that, I can make that.’ Before we knew it, we were making our own craft items.” They’ve included elaborate wreaths, decorated trees and embroidered ornaments. Wood items, such as painted candlesticks and trays, are David’s specialty and popular sellers. She’s working on birdhouse lamps this year. “You can’t really find original painted (wood) items. It’s all mass-produced,” she says of the demand.

The crafters meet twice a month to come up with projects and evaluate one another’s work. Two of David’s 10 siblings work as elves, but they rejected a third sister from Long Beach who one year made napkins and tablecloths out of vintage handkerchiefs that didn’t sell. “We just all laugh at her,” David says cheerily.

Now David has moved, so the 16th annual sale is at her sister Andrea’s Danville living room. The production line now includes a male: her 15-year-old son Joey, who makes rhinestone-studded swords. “We’ve got everyone working,” she says.

A guide to Seasons Boutique and other craft fairs follow. Events, organized by weekend dates and then city, are free unless otherwise indicated. Please note: Some events run multiple weekends.

Nov. 3-4

CONCORD

Santa’s Smokestack Christmas Boutique – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today. The 26th annual event features hand-crafted items. Walnut Country Clubhouse, 4465 S. Larwin Drive, 925-798-4174.

Concord Ceramics Studio Christmas Open House & Sale – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Saturdays through Dec. 15. Handmade pottery and ceramics. 3031 Willow Pass Road, Concord, 925-687-5655.

DANVILLE

Harvest & Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Holiday gifts, craft items, baked goods, face-painting. Sales benefit a partnership between Peace Lutheran, Lwamondo Parish in South Africa and Laurel Galan in Nicaragua. Peace Lutheran Church, 3201 Camino Tassajara.

OAKLAND

Holiday Art Fest/Festival del Arte – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 1. Fair and mercantile-style exhibition. Pro Arts Gallery, 461 Ninth St., 510-763-9425, www.proartsgallery.org.

ORINDA

Church Bazaar – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today[VHC18]. Pillows, table runners, necklaces, banners, purses, gift bags, children’s quilts, place mats and more. Orinda Community Church, l0 Irwin Way, 925-254-4906.

Holiday Bazaar – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More than 60 vendors selling apparel, jewelry, soaps, holiday decorations and fine arts. Entertainment includes puppeteers, clowns, choirs and magicians. Baby-sitting services available for a fee. Orinda Community Center, 26 Orinda Way, 925-254-2445.

PITTSBURG

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Homemade gifts and crafts, baked goods, raffle items, $3.50 soup-and-salad luncheon. Grace Lutheran Church, 195 Alvarado Ave., 925-439-5857.

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco Clay & Glass Festival – More than 125 ceramic and glass artists offering dishware, sculptures, jewelry and other items. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F., $5-$6, free ages 11 and under, 415-507-9909, www.acga.net.

SAN RAMON

Gifts & Things Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Craft items, homemade gifts, baked good, lunch for sale. Grace United Methodist Church, San Ramon Valley and Pine Valley boulevards, 925-828-5596.

Nov. 6-7

SAN RAMON

Holiday Boutique – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday. San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, 925-973-3250.

WALNUT CREEK

Youth Homes Edelweiss Chapter Holiday Faire – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday[VHC31]. Hand-crafted gifts, toys, baked goods, jams, jellies, knits, decorations, $7 “souper lunch.” Proceeds benefit Youth Homes. St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek, 925-935-3026.

Nov. 8-11

ALAMO

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Holiday gifts, decorations, jewelry, handicrafts, gourmet foods, teddy bear tree, sports memorabilia, rubber stamps, Santa letters, food, refreshment. Benefits the Children’s Home Society of California. Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., 925-934-7144.

ANTIOCH

Holiday Craft Faire – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10. Hand-crafted jewelry, wreaths, tole painting, fabric holiday items, historical afghans, scrapbook materials, raffle. The Woman’s Club of Antioch, 509 G St., 925-240-6166.

CONCORD

Crossroads Christmas Boutique – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10. Ornaments, quilted gifts, handmade bags, holiday boxes, animal snowflakes, Barbie sweaters, door hangers, Mary Kay gift items, cookies, candies, breads and more. Crossroads Church, 5353 Concord Blvd.

DANVILLE

Seasons Boutique – 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11. The 16th annual sale in its new location offers Thanksgiving and Christmas items, food, birdhouse lamps, jewelry, floral sprays, candies and more. 9 Gelding Court, 925-837-6509.

Danville Country Boutique – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10. Local folk artists and state crafters offers antiques, jewelry and more. 352 La Questa Drive, 925-831-3678.

DISCOVERY BAY

Annual Holiday Boutique – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11. Gift items, decorations, clothing, Christmas trees, ornaments. Toy and canned food drive, portion of proceeds donated to East County charities. Discovery Bay Yacht Club, 5871 Marina Road.

LIVERMORE

Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9-10. The 29th annual sale of church members’ hand-crafted gifts, ornaments, homemade jellies, jams, baked goods. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St., 925-447-8840.

MARTINEZ

Christmas Boutique – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 11. The fifth annual sale features handmade clocks, birdhouses, gift items, dolls, wood crafts. Martinez Animal Hospital, 5055 Alhambra Ave., 925-228-7100.

PLEASANTON

Circle of Friends Holiday Boutique – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10. The 15th annual boutique features fall and Christmas decor, baked goods and more. 3803 Muirwood Drive.

RICHMOND

Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Crafts, paintings, white elephant goods, lunch for sale. Senior Adult Activity Center, 1st Presbyterian Church, 3415 Barrett Ave.

Mistletoe Tea & Crafts Sale – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10. Gift baskets, cross-stitched and crocheted ornaments, quilted ornaments and hall hangings, pillows, nearly new items; breakfast and lunch served by elves. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 555 37th St.

SAN FRANCISCO

Arts and Crafts Show – Noon-2 p.m. Friday. Hand-crafted gifts. Courtyard, 180 Howard St.

WALNUT CREEK

Holiday Bazaar – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10. The 14th annual sale includes Christmas decorations, artificial trees, music, ornaments, new and used Santas, table linens, Nativity scenes, vintage furniture, dolls, jewelry. Garret Thrift Shop. 1530 Third Ave., 925-932-9474.

Walnut Creek Seniors Club Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Fall and holiday wreaths, household novelties, ornaments, quilts, afghans, towels, baby items, woodcrafts, stuffed animals, dolls, plants, baked goods, turkey raffles, lunch available for purchase. Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, 925-943-5851.

Annual Holiday Sale – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12. Gifts and holiday merchandise in exhibit hall, free CD for first $35 spent, members receive 20 percent discount. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., 925-935-1978.

Nov. 15-18

ANTIOCH

White Elephant Sale – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. Crafts, used items, quilt raffle. New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 11 Worrell Road.

BENICIA

Little Elves Gift Shop – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Hand-crafted Christmas crafts. St. Dominic’s Parish School, 935 East 5th St.

CLAYTON

Clayton Woman’s Club Boutique and Bake Sale -11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. Appliqu d sweat shirts, tooth-fairy pillows, pot holders, towel sets, pew babies, home-baked goods. Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road.

CONCORD

Holiday sale – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17. Hand-painted wood furniture, ornaments, crafts, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. 1866 Larkspur Court.

Holiday Bazaar – 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18. Hand-crafted gift items by local craftspeople, books. Rainbow Community Center, 2118 Willow Pass Road, 925-692-0090.

DANVILLE

Craftsmen Extraordinaire Gifts for the Season – Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays Nov. 17-Jan. 19. Items from local potters, sculptors, jewelers, weavers, woodcarvers, papermakers, wood-turners, painters and photographers. The Danville Fine Arts Gallery, 233 Front St., 925-838-1959. ]

EL SOBRANTE

El Sobrante Art Guild Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 24. Christmas ornaments, wooden toys and other hand-crafted items. Portion of proceeds goes to the Richmond School District Art Program. 601 San Pablo Towne Center, 510-464-3078.

[DMM66]PITTSBURG

Holiday Craft Faire – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17. The 21st annual sale offers pine cone and seashell wreaths, dolls, centerpieces, cards, blankets, canvas pieces. Delta Hawaii Mobilehome Park, 875 Stoneman Ave.

PLEASANTON

Country Folk Art Craft Show – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18. Country decorations, gardening items, gourmet foods, harvest and holiday gifts, apparel. Alameda County Fairgrounds, $7, www.countryfolkart.com.

SAN RAMON

Boutiquing Across America – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Luncheon and sale sponsored by the Tri-Valley Christian Women’s Club offer hand-crafted items, holiday delicacies, silent auction, specialty baskets. Child care available. San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, Alcosta Boulevard, 925-426-0427.

WALNUT CREEK

Christmas Belles Boutiques – 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15, noon-8 p.m. Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17. Antique silver, biscotti, button-hole brooches, chutney, toffee, truffles, ornaments, children’s clothing, twig chairs, wooden snowmen, gift baskets, silk orchids, pet gift baskets, jewelry, pottery. 840 El Capitan Drive.

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. Hand-crafted items, baked and canned goods, used books, glass, ceramic ware, plants, jewelry, video games, puzzles, toys. Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane.

Holiday Collection for Artful Giving – 5-8 p.m. Nob. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 22. The 36th annual sale offers ceramics, jewelry, woven pieces, holiday decorations, cards and paintings by Bay Area artists. Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, 925-935-4311.

Nov. 23-25

BERKELEY

2001 Holiday Sale: The Guilded Age, 30 Years in Clay – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 23. The 30th annual holiday sale features the works of Berkeley Potters Guild members, including jewelry, dinnerware, sushi platters, vases, teapots, garden or indoor sculpture, fountains, trays, whimsical figures and vases. 731 Jones St., www.berkeleypotters.com.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 25-Dec. 16. Shoppers can take a self-guided tour through more than 100 artist studios showcasing blown glass, ceramics, ornaments, menorahs, clocks, lamps and lighting, furniture, garden art, birdhouses, egg dioramas, floor cloths, clothing, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints and other works on paper. Maps available by mail or pick up at Berkeley Artisans, 1250 Addison Street No. 214, Berkeley 94702 or online at www.berkeleyartisans.com. 510-845-2612.

CONCORD

Holiday Sale – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 2. Holiday wreaths, decorations, children’s pillowcases, cloth books, baby blankets and sweaters, Christmas cards. All proceeds benefit the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. 1510 Mendocino Drive, 925-685-8052.

[DMM80]OAKLAND

Holiday Kwanzaa Gift Show – Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 24-25. Books, apparel, accessories, decor, arts and crafts, cosmetics, ceramics. Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, $5, free ages 11 and under, 510-534-1594, www.kwanzaagiftshow.com.

SAN FRANCISCO

Celebration of Craftswomen – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2. The 23rd annual show features more than 300 female artists offering ceramics, fiber, glass, fine art, jewelry, leather, sculpture, furniture and wood, photography, paintings, children’s toys. With entertainment, gourmet food and drink, silent auction and benefit raffle. Free shuttle service. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, $5-$10, ages 11 and under free, 415-383-3470, www.proeventusa.com.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual – 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 23. More than 400 costumed characters perform throughout 19th-century “London” thoroughfares replete with pewter, stained glass and other wares. European cuisine, drinks also available. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., $6-$48, 415-897-4555, www.dickensfair.com.

Nov. 29-Dec. 2

ANTIOCH

Fine Art Holiday Gift Fair – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Ethnic folk art, handmade cards, ornaments, jewelry, scarves, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings and more. Antioch Lynn House Gallery, 809 First St., 925-779-7018, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

BRENTWOOD

Summerset at Brentwood Charities Holiday Home Tour – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Six Summerset homes are open for the 17th annual tour, with a country store featuring hand-crafted items, baked goods and tabletop trees. Proceeds benefits the American Heart Association, Brentwood Regional Community Chest and Liberty Union High School Foundation. 193 Summerset Drive, $12.50 advance/$15 at the door;925-516-9667, 925-516-1280.

CONCORD

A Christmas to Remember – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. Professional crafters and church groups sell holiday decorations, ornaments, afghans, quilts, jewelry, dried floral arrangements, baked goods. Holiday favorites sung by St. Michael’s children and adult choirs, a visit from Santa Claus, and breakfast and BBQ lunch. St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio St., 925-685-8859.

DANVILLE

Mommies Crafts – Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1. Snowmen, Christmas carolers, holiday magnets, pins, countdown-to-Christmas chalkboards, hand-painted children’s clothing. 6020 Condor St., mommies-crafts@hotmail.com.

LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Winter Festival & Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. More than 30 crafters and artisans showcase jewelry, stained glass, painted wood, vests, pillows, ornaments, pottery, floral arrangements, toys, gift baskets, jams, jellies, gift raffle. Santa appearances. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road, 925-284-2232.

LIVERMORE

Craft Fair – 2-7 p.m. Nov. 29. Handmade gifts, jewelry, holiday crafts, home decor, floral arrangements, stained glass, Discovery Toys, baked goods, holiday flags, candles and more. Make & Take Crafts. Proceeds go towards a full-size portable classroom. Multipurpose Room, Almond Avenue School, 1401 Almond Ave., 925-606-3350.

PINOLE

Holiday Craft Faire – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The 6th annual event offers hand-crafted seasonal gifts, baked goods, used books, raffles, snacks, sandwiches. Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles St.

PLEASANT HILL

Open House and Crafts Sale – 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Wood toys, quilted items, jewelry, ceramics, china painting, artwork, home-cooked lunch items, classroom demonstrations. Mt. Diablo Adult Education Center, 3100 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. 925-937-1530, Ext. 3990.

RICHMOND

Annual Holiday Arts Festival & Auction – 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Live auction proceeds benefit the Art 10 teen residency program. Sunday festival includes craft sale, gifts, services and silent art auctions, raffles, art projects and holiday activities. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Saturday live auction $25, 510-620-6772.

SAN PABLO

Blume House Victorian Christmas Faire – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Baked goods, crafts, house tour, live music, children’s activities. Alvarado Adobe & Blume House, No. 1 Alvarado Square, 510-215-3205.

SAN FRANCISCO

Swedish Christmas Fair – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1. The Swedish Women’s Education Association puts on its 18th annual show with a Lucia pageant, candlelight choir, music, folk dancing, costumes and handicraft demonstrations, as well as a raffle and holiday shop sale featuring glassware, ceramics, textiles, ornaments and Swedish foods. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., $2.50/$5, ages 5 and under free, 415-337-5001, www.chapters-swea.org/sanfrancisco.

SAN RAFAEL

Christmas Antique & Collectors’ Fair – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. China, silver, glassware, pottery, linens, antique ornaments, jewelry, dolls, kitchen collectibles and more. Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, $5, 415-472-3500.

[DMM106]WALNUT CREEK

Holiday Faire – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 9. Hand-crafted gifts, goodies. Victoria tea, reservations required. Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, $18 tea, 925-935-7871.

Civic Arts Holiday Sale at Civic Park – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Ceramics and ceramic sculpture. Portion of proceeds benefits the Civic Arts Education program. Studio E, in Civic Park, 1313 Civic Drive, 925-943-5846.

Civic Arts Holiday Sale – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Jewelry, painting, fiber arts. Shadelands Auditorium, 111 Wiget Lane and Ygnacio Valley Road, 925-943-5846.

Teddy Bear Tea and Boutique – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Holiday gifts. High tea 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, $12.50 general, $7.50 children for teas, 925-947-1678, www.gardensathf.org.

Dec. 4-5

MORAGA

St. Mary’s College Holiday Faire – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4-5. The second annual sale offers arts and crafts created by SMC students, staff, faculty and the local community. 1928 St. Marys Road, 925-631-4704.

PLEASANT HILL

Holiday Festival ’01 and Holiday Gift Fair – 5-9 p.m. Dec. 5. Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District hosts a sale of handmade crafts, jewelry, wood crafts, country holiday crafts, decorations, photo tile coasters and more. Entertainment, Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats, talking tree. Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, 925-676-5200.

Dec. 7-9

ALAMO

Holiday Ceramics Sale – 2-7 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 9. Handmade ceramics, jewelry. Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., 925-838-3193.

CONCORD

Holiday Gift Sale – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Herbal topiaries, lavender baskets, wands, sachets, potpourris, herbal soaps, jewelry, cards, holiday decorations, crafts, herb plants, cutting boards, handmade papers and cards, jewelry. Refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the Herb Garden. Markham Arboretum, 1202 La Vista Ave., 925-681-1551.

LIVERMORE

Yuletide: A Victorian Christmas – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9. Arts, crafts, food. Also Victorian decorations, open sleigh and buggy rides, “Nutcracker” ballet excerpts, choral music, children’s activities. 2647 Arroyo Road, 925-443-0238.

For the Shell of It Craft Show – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Wind chimes, sea sculptures, shell items, gift baskets and more. 757 Nightingale St., 925-456-6822.

SAN FRANCISCO

Arts and Crafts Show – Noon-2 p.m. Dec. 7. Hand-crafted gifts. Courtyard, 180 Howard St.

WALNUT CREEK

A Handmade Christmas – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9. The California Wheat Weavers Guild presents its second annual boutique sale of wheat weavings, jewelry, ornaments, eggs, candles, silk scarves and pillows, gossamer fairies and pine needle baskets.

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Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC61]. Crafts, paintings, white elephant goods, lunch for sale. Senior Adult Activity Center, 1st Presbyterian Church, 3415 Barrett Ave.

Mistletoe Tea & Crafts Sale – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC61]. Gift baskets, cross-stitched and crocheted ornaments, quilted ornaments AHD hall hangings, pillows, nearly new items, breakfast and lunch served by elves. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 555 37th St.

San Francisco

Arts and Crafts Show – Noon-2 p.m. Friday[VHC61]. Handcrafted gifts. Courtyard, 180 Howard St.

Walnut Creek

Holiday Bazaar – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10. [VHC61] The 14th annual sale includes Christmas decorations, artificial trees, music, ornaments, new and used Santas, table linens, Nativity scenes, vintage furniture, dolls, jewelry. Garret Thrift Shop. 1530 Third Ave., 925-932-9474. [VHC61]

Walnut Creek Seniors Club Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9-10[VHC61]. Fall and holiday wreaths, household novelties, ornaments, quilts, afghans, towels, baby items, woodcrafts, stuffed animals, dolls, plants, baked goods, turkey raffles, lunch available for purchase. Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, 925-943-5851.

Annual Holiday Sale – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12[VHC61]. Gifts and holiday merchandise in exhibit hall, free CD for first $35 spent, members receive 20 percent discount. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., 925-935-1978. [VHC61]

Nov. 15-18

Benicia

Little Elves Gift Shop – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-18. [VHC61] Handcrafted Christmas crafts. St. Dominic’s Parish School, 935 East 5th St.

Clayton

Clayton Woman’s Club Boutique and Bake Sale -11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17[VHC61]. Appliqu d sweat shirts, tooth-fairy pillows, pot holders, towel sets, pew babies, home-baked goods. Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road.

Concord

Holiday sale – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17[VHC61]. Handpainted wood furniture, ornaments, crafts, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. 1866 Larkspur Court.

Holiday Bazaar – 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18[VHC61]. Handcrafted gift items by local craftspeople, books. Rainbow Community Center, 2118 Willow Pass Road, 925-692-0090.

Danville

Craftsmen Extraordinaire Gifts for the Season – Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays Nov. 17-Jan. 19[VHC61]. Items from local potters, sculptors, jewelers, weavers, woodcarvers, papermakers, woodturners, painters and photographers. The Danville Fine Arts Gallery, 233 Front St., 925-838-1959.

El Sobrante

El Sobrante Art Guild Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 24[VHC61]. Christmas ornaments, wooden toys and other handcrafted items. Portion of proceeds goes to the Richmond School District Art Program. 601 San Pablo Towne Center, 510-464-3078.

Fremont

Dominican Sisters Holiday Boutique 2001 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18. [VHC61] Olive oil, fruitcakes, baked goods, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, paintings, household articles, crocheted items, ornaments and more. Auditorium & College Hall, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd. 510-657-2468 or 2488?.

Pittsburg

Holiday Craft Faire – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17. The 21st annual sale offers pine cone and seashell wreaths, dolls, centerpieces, cards, blankets, canvas pieces. Delta Hawaii Mobilehome Park, 875 Stoneman Ave.

Pleasanton

Country Folk Art Craft Show – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18. Country decorations, gardening items, gourmet foods, harvest and holiday gifts, apparel. Alameda County Fairgrounds, $7, www.countryfolkart.com.

San Lorenzo

Sisters Boutique – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. [VHC61] Handmade jewelry, candles, dolls, Christmas decorations, dried flower arrangements, hand-sewn aprons, bread, candy, mini-quilts, novelty sweatshirts and more. 1288 Via Manzanas, San Lorenzo, 510-278-3705.

San Ramon

Boutiquing Across America – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Luncheon and sale sponsored by the Tri-Valley Christian Women’s Club offer handcrafted items, holiday delicacies, silent auction, specialty baskets and more. Luncheon speaker is former actress Carol Scott. Childcare available. San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, Alcosta Boulevard. 925-426-0427.

Walnut Creek

Christmas Belles Boutiques – 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15, noon-8 p.m. Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17[VHC61]. Antique silver, biscotti, button-hole brooches, chutney, toffee, truffles, ornaments, children’s clothing, twig chairs, wooden snowmen, gift baskets, silk orchids, pet gift baskets, jewelry, pottery and more. 840 El Capitan Drive.

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. [VHC61] Handcrafted items, baked and canned goods, used books, glass, ceramic ware, plants, jewelry, video games, puzzles, toys and more. Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane.

Holiday Collection for Artful Giving – 5-8 p.m. Nob. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 22. [VHC61] The 36th annual sale offers ceramics, jewelry, woven pieces, holiday decorations, cards, paintings and more by bay Area artists. Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Ste. 110, 925-935-4311.

Nov. 23-25

Berkeley

2001 Holiday Sale: The Guilded Age, 30 Years in Clay – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 23. [VHC61] The 30th annual holiday sale features the works of Berkeley Potters’ guild members, including jewelry, dinnerware, sushi platters, vases, teapots, garden or indoor sculpture, fountains, trays, whimsical figures and vases. 731 Jones St., 510-524-7031, berkeleypotters.com.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 25-Dec. 16[VHC61]. Shoppers can take a self-guided tour through more than 100 artist studios showcasing . blown glass, ceramics, ornaments, menorahs, clocks, lamps & lighting, furniture, garden art, bird houses, egg dioramas, floor cloths, clothing, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints, and other works on paper. Maps available by mail or pickup at Berkeley Artisans, 1250 Addison Street #214, Berkeley, CA 94702 or online at www.berkeleyartisans.com. [VHC61] 510-845-2612.

Concord

Holiday Sale – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 2. Holiday wreaths, decorations, children’s pillowcases, cloth books, baby blankets and sweaters, Christmas Cards. All proceeds benefit the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. 1510 Mendocino Drive, 925-685-8052.

Dixon

Christmas Time Craft Fair – 2-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 25[VHC61]. More than 50 crafters offer ornaments, wreaths, tin garden stakes, aprons, stained glass, wood works, hand-carved Santas, pottery, door prizes. Dixon Fair Grounds, 655 S. First St.

Oakland

Holiday Kwanzaa Gift Show – Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 24-25[VHC61]. Books, apparel, accessories, decor, arts and crafts, cosmetics, ceramics and more. Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, $5, free ages 11 and under, 510-534-1594, kwanzaagiftshow.com.

San Francisco

Celebration of Craftswomen -10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2. The 23rd annual show features more than 300 female artists offering ceramics, fiber, glass, fine art, jewelry, leather, sculpture, furniture, and wood, photography, paintings, children’s toys. With entertainment, gourmet food and drink, silent auction and benefit raffle. Free shuttle service. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, $5-$10, ages 11 and under free, 415-383-3470 , www.proeventusa.com.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual – 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 23. [VHC61] More than 400 costumed characters perform throughout 19th-century “London” thoroughfares replete with pewter, stained glass and other wares. European cuisine, drinks also available. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., $6-$48, 415-897-4555, www.dickensfair.com.

Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Antioch

Fine Art Holiday Gift Fair – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC61]. Ethnic folk art, handmade cards, ornaments, jewelry, scarves, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings and more. Antioch Lynn House Gallery, 809 First St., 925-779-7018, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

Brentwood

Summerset at Brentwood Charities Holiday Home Tour – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Six Summerset homes are open for the 17th annual tour, with a country store featuring handcrafted items, baked goods and tabletop trees. Proceeds benefits the American Heart Association, Brentwood Regional Community Chest and Liberty Union High School Foundation. 193 Summerset Drive, $12/50/$15 tour, tickets 925-516-9667[VHC61], 925-516-1280. [VHC61]

Concord

A Christmas to Remember – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. [VHC61] Professional crafters and church groups sell holiday decorations, ornaments, afghans, quilts, jewelry, dried floral arrangements, baked goods and more. Holiday favorites sung by St. Michael’s children and adult choirs, a visit from Santa Claus, and breakfast and BBQ lunch. St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio. 925-685-8859.

Danville

Mommies Crafts – Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1. Snowmen, Christmas carolers, holiday magnets, pins, countdown-to-xmas chalkboards, handpainted children’s clothing. 6020 Condor St., mommies-crafts@hotmail.com.

Lafayette

Lafayette Winter Festival & Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2[VHC61]. More than 30 crafters and artisans showcase jewelry, stained glass, painted wood, vests, pillows, ornaments, pottery, floral arrangements, toys, gift baskets, jams, jellies, gift raffle. Santa appearances. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-284-2232.

Livermore

Craft Fair – 2-7 p.m. Nov. 29[VHC61]. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of a full-size portable classroom. Almond Avenue School, 925-443-1806 (O.K. to publish) Date: Thursday, November 29, 2001 Time: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Where: Almond Ave. School 1401 Almond Ave. Livermore, CA 94550 Multipurpose Room Items for sale: Assorted handmade gifts, jewlery, holiday crafts, home decor, floral arrangements, stained glass, Discovery Toys, homemade baked goods, holiday flags, candles and much more. There is also a Make & Take Crafts section for the kids. Admission is FREE! There are still some vendor spots available. Interested parties should call Suzie Sylvia at (925) 443-1806.

Martinez

Nov 29 30 31 Dec -7-8-9 and 14 15 16 and every thursday evening in december. We carry designer children’s wear Europeans style . Lots of rainslickers and Holiday dresses. We custom make and handknit hats and blankets. Lots of boys clothing jackets and hats in flannel and fleece. Give something unique!!!!! Shop small business. We offer our 10 year anniversary special 10-40% off retailprice and give away a retired Beanie with purchase over 50 dollars. Our studio will offer swedish ginger snaps and warm glogg and one weekend “Paw prints” will be there to have your childs hans/ feet memorized for life in ceramic ( i will get back to you tonigt for excact date.) Noodles for kids 725 main st Martinez Ca 925. 352-5437

Pinole

PINOLE SENIOR CENTER PRESENTS Its 6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st FROM 9AM TO 4PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd FROM 10AM TO 3:30 PM. FEATURING HUNDREDS OF HAND CRAFTED SEASONAL GIFTS. BAKE SALE, used books, RAFFLE PRIZES, SNACKS & SANDWICHES, COFFEE AND SOFT DRINKS. PINOLE SENIOR CENTER 2500 CHARLES ST. ONE HALF BLOCK OFF OF SAN PABLO AVE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 510-724-9800

Pleasant Hill

Open House and Crafts Sale – 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC61]. Wood toys, quilted items, jewelry, ceramics, china painting, artwork, home-cooked lunch items, classroom demonstrations. Mt. Diablo Adult Education Center, 3100 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. 925-937-1530 Ext. 3990.

Richmond

Annnual Holiday Arts Festival & Fine Art Auction – 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Live auction proceeds benefit the Art 10 teen residency program. Sunday festival includes craft sale, gifts, services and silent art auctions, raffles, art projects and holiday activities. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Saturday live auction $25, 510-620-6772.

San Pablo

Blume House Victorian Christmas Faire – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC61]. Baked goods, crafts. House tour, live music, children activities. Alvarado Adobe & Blume House, #1 Alvarado Square, 510-215-3205.

San Francisco

Swedish Christmas Fair – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC61]. The Swedish Women’s Education Association puts on its 18th annual show with a Lucia pageant, candlelight choir, music, folk dancing, costumes and handicraft demonstrations, as well as a raffle and holiday shop sale featuring glassware, ceramics, textiles, ornaments and Swedish foods. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gought St., $2.50/$5, ages 5 and under free, 415-337-5001, www.chapters-swea.org/sanfrancisco.

Celebration of Craftswomen – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-3[VHC61]. About 270 craftswomen gather to showcase jewelry, apparel, fine arts, sculpture, photography, children’s clothing, toys, gourmet food and drink, silent auction, benefit raffle, healing center, entertainment. Free shuttle from Marina Middle School, Bay Street between Buchanan and Webster. $7 adults, $5 seniors, free ages 11 and under. Two-day pass $10. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard. 415-383-3470, www.proeventusa.com/craftswomen.site/index.html[VHC61].

San Rafael

Christmas Antique & Collectors’ Fair – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. China, silver, glassware, pottery, linens, antique ornaments, jewelry, dolls, kitchen collectibles and more. Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, $5, 415-472-3500.

Suisun

Christe Mandrell (707) 435-6545 The Mankas Potters Mankas Corners (off Suisun Valley Rd) Saturday, Dec 1st 10am-3pm Group sale of pottery and sculpture Take hwy 80 to Suisun Valley Rd., head east to Mankas Corners (signs will be posted)

Walnut Creek

Holiday Shopping Spree – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. [VHC61] Holiday items, kitchen goodies, plants, planters, unusual gift items. Complimentary refreshments. 10 a.m. docent tour. Carriage House, Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1500 Bancroft Road. 925-210-9663.

Holiday Faire – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 9. [VHC61] Handcrafted gifts, goodies. Victoria tea, reservations required. Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, $18 tea, 925-935-7871.

Civic Arts Holiday Faire – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. [VHC61] Now in its 31st year, the sale offers ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, prints, art glass, photography. Portion of sales benefits the Civic Arts Education program. Studios D&E, Civic Park, 1313 Civic Drive. 925-943-5846.

Civic Arts Holiday Sale Walnut Creek1s Civic Arts Education and the Clay Arts Guild are sponsoring a holiday art sale in two locations. Both sales will occur November 29th to December 2nd at the times listed below. Find ceramics and ceramic sculpture on sale in Civic Park, while all other media such as, jewelry, painting, and fiber arts will be found at our Shadelands campus. Times and dates are the same for both sales. Be sure and visit both locations for terrific gift ideas including hand-made items by local artists who work or teach in the Civic Arts studios. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Civic Arts Education program. Dates/ Times: Thursday, November 29, 5 – 9 p.m. (Opening party) Friday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Ceramics & Sculpture: Studio E, 1313 Civic Drive in Civic Park, Walnut Creek (Corner of Broadway and Civic Drive) All other Media: Shadelands Auditorium, 111 Wiget Lane, and Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek Information: Civic Arts Education: 925/ 943-5846

Teddy Bear Tea and Boutique – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2-3. Wreaths, ornaments, arrangements, vintage jewelry, attired teddy bears, raffles, children’s storytelling, pictures. Reservations required for high tea 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings. $12.50 general, $7.50 children for teas. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive. 925-947-1678.

Dec. 4-5

Moraga

Saint Mary’s College Holiday Faire 631-4704. December 4 adn 5 10a-3p Dryden Hall no fees for entrance The 2nd Annual Saint Mary’s College Holiday Faire provides the Lamorinda area and the College community an oppurtunity to buy arts and crafts created by SMC students, staff, faculty, and the local community.

Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District will host their Annual Holiday Festival ’01 and Holiday Gift Fair on Wednesday, December 5 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill Telephone: (925) 676-5200 (please publish this number) Admission is FREE! Description of items available: Handmade Crafts, Jewelry, Wood Crafts, Country Holiday Crafts and Holiday decorations, photo tile coasters and more. Other activities at the Holiday Festival include: – Entertainment – Santa & Mrs. Claus – Holiday Treats – Talking Tree – Beautiful Lights and Holiday Decorations

Dec. 7-9

Alamo

HOLIDAY CERAMICS SALE ALAMO WOMEN’S CLUB 1401 DANVILLE BOULEVARD, ALAMO December 7, 8, 9, 2001 Friday — 2 PM to 7 PM Saturday — 10 AM to 7 PM Sunday — 10 AM to 5 PM HANDMADE CERAMICS BY 6 ARTISTS PLUS JEWELRY 925.838.3193

Concord

Holiday Gift Sale – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Herbal topiaries, lavender baskets, wands, sachets, potpourries, herbal soaps, jewelry, cards, holiday decorations, crafts, herb plants, cutting boards, handmade papers and cards, jewelry and more. Refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the Herb Garden. Markham Arboretum, 1202 La Vista Ave., 925-681-1551.

Livermore

Yuletide: A Victorian Christmas – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9. [VHC61] Arts, crafts, food. Also Victorian deecorations, open sleigh and buggy rides, Nutcracker ballet excerpts, chorale music, children’s activities. 2647 Arroyo Road, 925-443-0238.

Livermore

For the Shell of It Craft Show December 8, 2001 10:00am – 4:0pm 757 Nightingale St. Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 456-6822 (ok to publish) Items for sale: windchimes, sea sculptures, many items made with shells, gift baskets, etc.

San Francisco

Arts and Crafts Show – Noon-2 p.m. Dec. 7[VHC61]. Handcrafted gifts. Courtyard, 180 Howard St.

Walnut Creek

A Handmade Christmas – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9. The California Wheater Weavers Guild presents its second annual boutique sale of wheat weavings, jewelry, ornaments, eggs, candles, silk scarves and pillows, gossamer fairies, pine needle baskets and more. Wheat weaving demonstrations and display of winning entries from the state fair’s Straw Art Division.

Dec. 14-16

Berkeley

2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. [VHC61] See Nov. 24-26 listing.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16-17. [VHC61]. See Nov. 24-26 listing.

Vallejo

Christmas Bazaar – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 16. [VHC61] See Dec. 8-11 listing.

Dec. 21-23

Berkeley

2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. [VHC61] See Nov. 24-26 listing.

Vallejo

Christmas Bazaar – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 23. [VHC61] See Dec. 8-11 listing.

We always did it in Pleasant Hill, I have a mailing list of about 800 people. We work all year long on this. And there are eight of us.

We started off as two, me and the sister in Clayton, Kim Bernal. My daughter. Lindsay Hopkins (Antioch), came into it. and Harla Smith and her daughter Harla Jody, martinez. Dee Heisch of Pleasant Hill. Helen Riley of Oakley. Andrea Mauldin’s home in Danville, Jordan who is 11.

We used to go to boutiques and everything we saw, I can make that, I can make that. Before we knew it, we were making our own craft items. One year for my birthday, I asked my husband for an electric saw. Bird house lamps

My dining room table and my kitchen table, and we put it out in the Living room. $225 total. Last year we start on Thursday nights (preview party). everything we make is all lit up.

I would say about 650 people all total last year. Sometimes we have a waiting line out the door. We’ve always served hot cider and we’ve always had chocolate chip cookies.

It was disruptive to my family, father and son. Relegated upstairs all weekend long. I subscribe to this little book called “Let’s Go Boutiquing.” We just wanted to keep the homey atmosphere. People know my house. Moved into an apartment.

A lot of wood items, soft things as in one of the girls make Santas and Snowmen out of fleece material or chenille snowmen. We have floral sprays, cooking and breads.

Because a lot of the people who come to the boutique always say

prices are wonderful. completely decorated six foot trees $28, my sister wreaths $32 (stores $100s). Elaborate ribbons, fresh berries. Again I cut my own wood, I know that a $12 cut of wood is going to get me a lot of little items. A lot of the wooden items are popular. Wooden candlesticks made out of stair turnings. Trays. painted items. You can’t really find original painted items, it’s all mass-produced. All of us took a tole painting class (decorative painting). We have a different variety, not just Christmas themes. Harvest goods.

(Stamina) We’re all related, so that’s way. I have two sisters that are in it, my daughter, my friend Harla I’ve known her for 20 years. Helen works with my sister. (11 of us) When I started doing that, one sister got into it, before you know I can do that too. rejected her own sister from Long Beach (talented) it didn’t sell. Vintage handkerchiefs and she made these into napkins and table cloths. Work she put into them, too expensive. We just all laugh at her.

We do have fun, and after the boutique is over, we all go out to dinner (on the proceeds). We pay $100 a year in dues. We have $700 to work with for supplies, ads, mailings, stamps, flyers, cider, cookies, something left over and we go out to dinner. Start in January, what sold, what didn’t sell, who’s going to do what.

We try to meet twice a month, we either do it here (at her place) or in Martinez. We have taken people in. Waiting list. It’s a lot of time. The month of October until right before Thanksgiving, my house is turned upside down. We get along great, my sister Kim, we sell all year long out at the Danville Arts& Crafts store on Railroad Avenue. Jordan is doing rose wands–balloon stick, silk roses, streams of ribbon. they sold out so quickly last year.

My son Joey, 15, who makes wooden swords studded with rhinestones and he base coats. “We’ve got everyone working.”

[VHC62]Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays Nov. 17-Jan. 19

[VHC63][VHC63]Holiday Craft Fairs

Math come into play during the holidays. There is the list, with its subset of recipients who range from deserving mind-blowing gifts to obligatory acknowledgment. Then when the Christmas Club account matures, the money is divided up in a complex formula involving the aforementioned variables. All this, and the gift-giver hasn’t even begun computing the shopping miles, calculating how to avoid the terrorist perfume spritzers in the cosmetic section, figuring how many times you’ve seen that mass-produced item and measuring your energy expended.

Whilst such problem-solving might be glamorous or passionate to the numerically inclined, some of us just want to reduce everything to the simplest equation. A little geometry may come into order this Yuletide season: the straight line between the craftsman or artisan, the buyer and the delighted recipient. Clip out this guide to craft fairs, open studios and boutiques and just count the smiles divided by the joy of creation. It should equal up to one happy shopper.

All craft fairs, organized by weekend dates and then city, are free unless otherwise noted.

Ongoing

Holiday Art Fest/Festival del Arte – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 1. Fair and mercantile-style exhibition. Pro Arts Gallery, 461 Ninth St. 510-763-9425, www.proartsgallery.org. [VHC63]

Today-Nov. 4

Concord

Santa’s Smokestack Christmas Boutique – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today[VHC63]. The 26th annual event features handcrafted items. Walnut Country Clubhouse, 4465 S. Larwin Drive, 925-798-4174. [VHC63]

Concord Ceramics Studio Christmas Open House & Sale – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today[VHC63], 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30[VHC63], Saturdays through Dec. 15. Handmade pottery and ceramics. 3031 Willow Pass Road, Concord, 925-687-5655. [VHC63]

Danville

Harvest & Holiday Boutique -10 a.m.-4 p.m. today[VHC63]. Holiday gifts, craft items, baked goods, face painting. Sales benefit a partnership between Peace Lutheran, Lwamondo Parish in South Africa and Laurel Galan in Nicaragua. Peace Lutheran Church, 3201 Camino Tassajara.

Orinda

Church Bazaar – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today[VHC63]. Pillows, table runners, necklaces, banners, purses gift bags, children’s quilts, placemats and more. Orinda Community Church, l0 Irwin Way, 925-254-4906. [VHC63]

Holiday Bazaar – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today[VHC63], 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday[VHC63]. The largest fundraising event features more than 60 vendors selling apparel, jewelry, soaps, holiday decorations, fine arts and more. Entertainment includes puppeteers, clowns, choirs and magicians. Babysitting services available for a fee. Orinda Community Center, 26 Orinda Way, 925-254-2445. [VHC63]

Pittsburg

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today[VHC63]. Homemade gifts and crafts, baked goods, raffle items, $3.50 soup-and-salad luncheon. Grace Lutheran Church, 195 Alvarado Ave., 925-439-5857. [VHC63]

San Francisco

San Francisco Clay & Glass Festival – More than 125 ceramic and glass artists offering dishware, sculptures, jewelry and other items. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,[VHC63] Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F., $5-$6, free ages 11 and under, 415-507-9909, www.acga.net. [VHC63]

San Ramon

Gifts & Things Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. [VHC63] Craft items, homemade gifts, baked good, lunch for sale. Grace United Methodist Church, San Ramon Valley and Pine Valley boulevards, 925-828-5596.

Sutter

CandyCane Capers Craft & Gift Show – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sunday[VHC63]. The 26th annual show features home decorations, apparel, gifts, jewlery, jams, jellies and more. Refreshments and door prizes. Portions of proceeds go to Share Homes Foster Family Agency. Sutter Creet City Auditorium, Highway 49.

Nov. 6-7

San Ramon

Holiday Boutique – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday[VHC63]. San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, 925-973-3250. [VHC63]

Walnut Creek

Youth Homes Edelweiss Chapter Holiday Faire – 10 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday[VHC63]. Handcrafted gifts, toys, baked goods, jams, jellies, knits, decorations, $7 “souper lunch.” Proceeds benefit Youth Homes. St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek, 925-935-3026.

Nov. 8-11

Alamo

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC63]. Holiday gifts, decorations, jewelry, handicrafts, gourmet foods, teddy bear tree, sports memorabilia, rubber stamps, Santa letters, food, refreshment. The 41st annual boutique benefits the Children’s Home Society of California. Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., 925-934-7144. [VHC63]

Antioch

Holiday Craft Faire – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC63]. Handcrafted jewelry, wreaths, tole painting, fabric holiday items, historical afghans, scrapbook materials, raffle. The Woman’s Club of Antioch, 509 G St., 925-240-6166.

Concord

Crossroads Christmas Boutique – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC63]. Ornaments, quilted gifts, handmade bags, holiday boxes, animal snowflakes, Barbie sweaters, door hangers, Mary Kay gift items, cookies, candies, breads and more. Crossroads Church, 5353 Concord Blvd.

Danville

Seasons Boutique – 5-9 p.m. Thursday[VHC63], 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11. The 16th annual sale in its new location offers Thanksgiving and Christmas items, food, bird house lamps, ewelry, floray sprays, candies and more. 9 Gelding Court, 925-837-6509. [VHC63]

Danville Country Boutique – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC63]. Local folk artists and state crafters offers antiques, jewelry and more. 352 La Questa Drive, 925-831-3678. [VHC63]

Discovery Bay

Annual Holiday Boutique – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11[VHC63]. Gift items, decorations, clothing, Christmas trees, ornaments, more. Toy and canned food drive, portion of proceeds donated to East County charities. Discovery Bay Yacht Club, 5871 Marina Road.

Livermore

Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9-10[VHC63]. The 29th annual sale of church members’ hand-crafted gifts, ornaments, homemade jellies, jams, baked goods. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St., 925-447-8840. [VHC63]

Martinez

Christmas Boutique – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 11[VHC63]. The fifth annual sale features handmade clocks, bird houses, gift items, dolls, wood crafts. Martinez Animal Hospital, 5055 Alhambra Ave., 925-228-7100. [VHC63]

Pleasanton

Circle of Friends Holiday Boutique – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10. [VHC63] The 15th annual boutique features fall and Christmas decor, baked goods and more. 3803 Muirwood Drive.

Richmond

Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC63]. Crafts, paintings, white elephant goods, lunch for sale. Senior Adult Activity Center, 1st Presbyterian Church, 3415 Barrett Ave.

Mistletoe Tea & Crafts Sale – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10[VHC63]. Gift baskets, cross-stitched and crocheted ornaments, quilted ornaments ahd hall hangings, pillows, nearly new items, breakfast and lunch serbved by elves. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 555 37th St.

San Francisco

Arts and Crafts Show – Noon-2 p.m. Friday[VHC63]. Handcrafted gifts. Courtyard, 180 Howard St.

Walnut Creek

Holiday Bazaar – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10. [VHC63] The 14th annual sale includes Christmas decorations, artificial trees, music, ornaments, new and used Santas, table linens, Nativity scenes, vintage furniture, dolls, jewelry. Garret Thrift Shop. 1530 Third Ave., 925-932-9474. [VHC63]

Walnut Creek Seniors Club Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9-10[VHC63]. Fall and holiday wreaths, household novelties, ornaments, quilts, afghans, towels, baby items, woodcrafts, stuffed animals, dolls, plants, baked goods, turkey raffles, lunch available for purchase. Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, 925-943-5851.

Annual Holiday Sale – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12[VHC63]. Gifts and holiday merchandise in exhibit hall, free CD for first $35 spent, members receive 20 percent discount. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., 925-935-1978. [VHC63]

Nov. 15-18

Benicia

Little Elves Gift Shop – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-18. [VHC63] Handcrafted Christmas crafts. St. Dominic’s Parish School, 935 East 5th St.

Clayton

Clayton Woman’s Club Boutique and Bake Sale -11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17[VHC63]. Appliqu d sweat shirts, tooth-fairy pillows, pot holders, towel sets, pew babies, home-baked goods. Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road.

Concord

Holiday sale – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17[VHC63]. Handpainted wood furniture, ornaments, crafts, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. 1866 Larkspur Court.

Holiday Bazaar – 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18[VHC63]. Handcrafted gift items by local craftspeople, books. Rainbow Community Center, 2118 Willow Pass Road, 925-692-0090.

Danville

Craftsmen Extraordinaire Gifts for the Season – Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays Nov. 17-Jan. 19[VHC63]. Items from local potters, sculptors, jewelers, weavers, woodcarvers, papermakers, woodturners, painters and photographers. The Danville Fine Arts Gallery, 233 Front St., 925-838-1959.

El Sobrante

El Sobrante Art Guild Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 24[VHC63]. Christmas ornaments, wooden toys and other handcrafted items. Portion of proceeds goes to the Richmond School District Art Program. 601 San Pablo Towne Center, 510-464-3078.

Fremont

Dominican Sisters Holiday Boutique 2001 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18. [VHC63] Olive oil, fruitcakes, baked goods, Thanksgiving and Christmas decoartions, paintings, household articles, crocheted items, ornaments and more. Auditorium & College Hall, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd. 510-657-2468 or 2488?.

Pittsburg

Holiday Craft Faire – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17. The 21st annual sale offers pine cone and seashell wreaths, dolls, centerpieces, cards, blankets, canvas pieces. Delta Hawaii Mobilehome Park, 875 Stoneman Ave.

Pleasanton

Country Folk Art Craft Show – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18. Country decorations, gardening items, gourmet foods, harvest and holiday gifts, apparel. Alameda County Fairgrounds, $7, www.countryfolkart.com.

San Lorenzo

Sisters Boutique – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. [VHC63] Handmade jewelry, candles, dolls, Christmas decorations, dried flower arrangements, hand-sewn aprons, bread, candy, mini-quilts, novelty sweatshorts and more. 1288 Via Manzanas, San Lorenzo, 510-278-3705.

San Ramon

Boutiquing Across America – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Luncheon and sale sponsored by the Tri-Valley Christian Women’s Club offer handcrafted items, holiday delicacies, silent auction, specialty baskets and more. Luncheon speaker is former actress Carol Scott. Childcare available. San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, Alcosta Boulevard. 925-426-0427.

Walnut Creek

Christmas Belles Boutiques – 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15, noon-8 p.m. Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17[VHC63]. Antique silver, biscotti, button-hole brooches, chutney, toffee, truffles, oranments, children’s clothing, twig chairs, wooden snowmen, gift baskets, silk orchids, pet gift baskets, jewelry, pottery and more. 840 El Capitan Drive.

Holiday Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17. [VHC63] Handcrafted items, baked and canned goods, used books, glass, ceramic ware, plants, jewelry, video games, puzzles, toys and more. Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane.

Holiday Collection for Artful Giving – 5-8 p.m. Nob. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 22. [VHC63] The 36th annual sale offers ceramics, jewelry, woven pieces, holiday decorations, cards, paintings and more by bay Area artists. Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Ste. 110, 925-935-4311.

Nov. 23-25

Berkeley

2001 Holiday Sale: The Guilded Age, 30 Years in Clay – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 23. [VHC63] The 30th annual holiday sale features the works of Berkeley Potters’ guild members, including jewelry, dinnerware, sushi platters, vases, teapots, garden or indoor sculpture, fountains, trays, whimsical figures and vases. 731 Jones St., 510-524-7031, berkeleypotters.com.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 25-Dec. 16[VHC63]. Shoppers can take a self-guided tour through more than 100 artist studios showcasing . blown glass, ceramics, ornaments, menorahs, clocks, lamps & lighting, furniture, garden art, bird houses, egg dioramas, floor cloths, clothing, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints, and other works on paper. Maps available by mail or pickup at Berkeley Artisans, 1250 Addison Street #214, Berkeley, CA 94702 or online at www.berkeleyartisans.com. [VHC63] 510-845-2612.

Concord

Holiday Sale – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 2. Holiday wreaths, decorations, children’s pillowcases, cloth books, baby blankets and sweaters, Christmas Cards. All proceeds benefit the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. 1510 Mendocino Drive, 925-685-8052.

Dixon

Christmas Time Craft Fair – 2-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 25[VHC63]. More than 50 crafters offer ornaments, wreaths, tin garden stakes, aprons, stained glass, wood works, hand-carved Santas, pottery, door prizes. Dixon Fair Grounds, 655 S. First St.

Oakland

Holiday Kwanzaa Gift Show – Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 24-25[VHC63]. Books, apparel, accessories, decor, arts and crafts, cosmetics, ceramics and more. Oakland Conventer Center, 1001 Broadway, $5, free ages 11 and under, 510-534-1594, kwanzaagiftshow.com.

San Francisco

Celebration of Craftswomen -10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2. The 23rd annual show features more than 300 female artists offering ceramics, fiber, glass, fine art, jewelry, leather, sculpture, furniture, and wood, photography, paintings, children’s toys. With entertainment, gourmet food and drink, silent auction and benefit raffle. Free shuttle service. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, $5-$10, ages 11 and under free, 415-383-3470 , www.proeventusa.com.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual – 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 23. [VHC63] More than 400 costumed characters perform throughout 19th-century “London” thoroughfares replete with pewter, stained glass and other wares. European cuisine, drinks also availabe. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., $6-$48, 415-897-4555, www.dickensfair.com.

Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Antioch

Fine Art Holiday Gift Fair – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC63]. Ethnic folk art, handmade cards, ornaments, jewelry, scarves, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings and more. Antioch Lynn House Gallery, 809 First St., 925-779-7018, www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

Brentwood

Summerset at Brentwood Charities Holiday Home Tour – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Six Summerset homes are open for the 17th annual tour, with a country store featuring handcrafted items, baked goods and tabletop trees. Proceeds benefits the American Heart Association, Brentwood Regional Comunity Chest and Liberty Union High School Foundation. 193 Summerset Drive, $12/50/$15 tour, tickets 925-516-9667[VHC63], 925-516-1280. [VHC63]

Concord

A Christmas to Remember – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. [VHC63] Professional crafters and church groups sell holiday decorations, ornaments, afghans, quilts, jewelry, dried floral arrangements, baked goods and more. Holiday favorites sung by St. Michael’s children and adult choirs, a visit from Santa Claus, and breakfast and BBQ lunch. St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio. 925-685-8859.

Danville

Mommies Crafts – Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1. Snowmen, Christmas carollers, holiday magnets, pins, countdown-to-xmas chalkboards, handpainted children’s clothing. 6020 Condor St., mommies-crafts@hotmail.com.

Lafayette

Lafayette Winter Festival & Boutique – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2[VHC63]. More than 30 crafters and artisans showcase jewelry, stained glass, painted wood, vests, pillows, ornaments, pottery, floral arrangements, toys, gift baskets, jams, jellies, gift raffle. Santa appearances. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-284-2232.

Livemore

Craft Fair – 2-7 p.m. Nov. 29[VHC63]. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of a full-size portable classroom. Almond Avenue School, 925-443-1806 (O.K. to publish) Date: Thursday, November 29, 2001 Time: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Where: Almond Ave. School 1401 Almond Ave. Livermore, CA 94550 Multipurpose Room Items for sale: Assorted handmade gifts, jewlery, holiday crafts, home decor, floral arrangements, stained glass, Discovery Toys, homeade baked goods, holiday flags, candles and much more. There is also a Make & Take Crafts section for the kids. Admission is FREE! There are still some vendor spots available. Interested parties should call Suzie Sylvia at (925) 443-1806.

Martinez

Nov 29 30 31 Dec -7-8-9 and 14 15 16 and every thursday evening in december. We carry designer childrens wear Europeans style . Lots of rainslickers and Holiday dresses. We custom make and handknit hats and blankets. Lots of boys clothing jackets and hats in flannel and fleece. Give something unique!!!!! Shop small business. We offer our 10 year anniversary special 10-40% off retailprice and give away a retired Beanie with purchase over 50 dollars. Our studio will offer swedish ginger snaps and warm glogg and one weekend “Paw prints” will be there to have your childs hans/ feet memorized for life in ceramic ( i will get back to you tonigt for excact date.) Noodles for kids 725 main st Martinez Ca 925. 352-5437

Pinole

PINOLE SENIOR CENTER PRESENTS Its 6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st FROM 9AM TO 4PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd FROM 10AM TO 3:30 PM. FEATURING HUNDREDS OF HAND CRAFTED SEASONAL GIFTS. BAKE SALE, used books, RAFFLE PRIZES, SNACKS & SANDWICHES, COFFEE AND SOFT DRINKS. PINOLE SENIOR CENTER 2500 CHARLES ST. ONE HALF BLOCK OFF OF SAN PABLO AVE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 510-724-9800

Pleasant Hill

Open House and Crafts Sale – 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC63]. Wood toys, quilted items, jewelry, ceramics, china painting, artwork, home-cooked lunch items, classroom demonstrations. Mt. Diablo Adult Education Center, 3100 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. 925-937-1530 Ext. 3990.

Richmond

Annnual Holiday Arts Festival & Fine Art Auction – 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Live auction proceeds benefit the Art 10 teen residency program. Sunday festival includes craft sale, gifts, services and silent art auctions, raffles, art projects and holiday activities. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Saturday live auction $25, 510-620-6772.

San Pablo

Blume House Victorian Christmas Faire – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC63]. Baked goods, crafts. House tour, live music, children activities. Alvarado Adobe & Blume House, #1 Alvarado Square, 510-215-3205.

San Francisco

Swedish Christmas Fair – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1[VHC63]. The Swedish Women’s Education Association puts on its 18th annual show with a Lucia pageant, candlelight choir, music, folk dancing, costumes and handicraft demonstrations, as well as a raffle and holiday shop sale featuring glassware, ceramics, textiles, ornaments and Swedish foods. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gought St., $2.50/$5, ages 5 and under free, 415-337-5001, www.chapters-swea.org/sanfrancisco.

Celebration of Craftswomen – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-3[VHC63]. About 270 craftswomen gather to showcase jewelry, apparel, fine arts, sculpture, photography, children’s clothing, toys, gourmet food and drink, silent auction, benefit raffle, healing center, entertainment. Free shuttle from Marina Middle School, Bay Street between Buchanan and Webster. $7 adults, $5 seniors, free ages 11 and under. Two-day pass $10. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard. 415-383-3470, www.proeventusa.com/craftswomen.site/index.html[VHC63].

San Rafael

Christmas Antique & Collectors’ Fair – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. China, silver, glassware, pottery, linens, antique ornaments, jewelry, dolls, kitchen collectibles and more. Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, $5, 415-472-3500.

Suisun

Christe Mandrell (707) 435-6545 The Mankas Potters Mankas Corners (off Suisun Valley Rd) Saturday, Dec 1st 10am-3pm Group sale of pottery and sculpture Take hwy 80 to Suisun Valley Rd., head east to Mankas Corners (signs will be posted)

Walnut Creek

Holiday Shopping Spree – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. [VHC63] Holiday items, kitchen goodies, plants, planters, unusual gift items. Complimentary refreshments. 10 a.m. docent tour. Carriage House, Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1500 Bancroft Road. 925-210-9663.

Holiday Faire – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 9. [VHC63] Handcrafted gifts, goodies. Victoria tea, reservations required. Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, $18 tea, 925-935-7871.

Civic Arts Holiday Faire – 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. [VHC63] Now in its 31st year, the sale offers ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, prints, art glass, photography. Portion of sales benefits the Civic Arts Education program. Studios D&E, Civic Park, 1313 Civic Drive. 925-943-5846.

Civic Arts Holiday Sale Walnut Creek1s Civic Arts Education and the Clay Arts Guild are sponsoring a holiday art sale in two locations. Both sales will occur November 29th to December 2nd at the times listed below. Find ceramics and ceramic sculpture on sale in Civic Park, while all other media such as, jewelry, painting, and fiber arts will be found at our Shadelands campus. Times and dates are the same for both sales. Be sure and visit both locations for terrific gift ideas including hand-made items by local artists who work or teach in the Civic Arts studios. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Civic Arts Education program. Dates/ Times: Thursday, November 29, 5 – 9 p.m. (Opening party) Friday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Ceramics & Sculpture: Studio E, 1313 Civic Drive in Civic Park, Walnut Creek (Corner of Broadway and Civic Drive) All other Media: Shadelands Auditorium, 111 Wiget Lane, and Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek Information: Civic Arts Education: 925/ 943-5846

Teddy Bear Tea and Boutique – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2-3. Wreaths, ornaments, arrangements, vintage jewelry, attired teddy bears, raffles, children’s storytelling, pictures. Reservations required for high tea 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings. $12.50 general, $7.50 children for teas. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive. 925-947-1678.

Dec. 4-5

Moraga

Saint Mary’s College Holiday Faire 631-4704. December 4 adn 5 10a-3p Dryden Hall no fees for entrance The 2nd Annual Saint Mary’s College Holiday Faire provides the Lamorinda area and the College community an oppurtunity to buy arts and crafts created by SMC students, staff, faculty, and the local community.

Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District will host their Annual Holiday Festival ’01 and Holiday Gift Fair on Wednesday, December 5 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill Telephone: (925) 676-5200 (please publish this number) Admission is FREE! Description of items available: Handmade Crafts, Jewelry, Wood Crafts, Country Holiday Crafts and Holiday decorations, photo tile coasters and more. Other activities at the Holiday Festival include: – Entertainment – Santa & Mrs. Claus – Holiday Treats – Talking Tree – Beautiful Lights and Holiday Decorations

Dec. 7-9

Alamo

HOLIDAY CERAMICS SALE ALAMO WOMEN’S CLUB 1401 DANVILLE BOULEVARD, ALAMO December 7, 8, 9, 2001 Friday — 2 PM to 7 PM Saturday — 10 AM to 7 PM Sunday — 10 AM to 5 PM HANDMADE CERAMICS BY 6 ARTISTS PLUS JEWELRY 925.838.3193

Concord

Holiday Gift Sale – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Herbal topiaries, lavender baskets, wands, sachets, potpourries, herbal soaps, jewelry, cards, holiday decorations, crafts, herb plants, cutting boards, handmade papers and cards, jewelry and more. Refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the Herb Garden. Markham Arboretum, 1202 La Vista Ave., 925-681-1551.

Livermore

Yuletide: A Victorian Christmas – Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9. [VHC63] Arts, crafts, food. Also Victorian deecorations, open sleigh and buggy rides, Nutcracker ballet excerpts, chorale music, children’s activities. 2647 Arroyo Road, 925-443-0238.

Livermore

For the Shell of It Craft Show December 8, 2001 10:00am – 4:0pm 757 Nightingale St. Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 456-6822 (ok to publish) Items for sale: windchimes, sea sculptures, many items made with shells, gift baskets, etc.

San Francisco

Arts and Crafts Show – Noon-2 p.m. Dec. 7[VHC63]. Handcrafted gifts. Courtyard, 180 Howard St.

Walnut Creek

A Handmade Christmas – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9. The California Wheater Weavers Guild presents its second annual boutique sale of wheat weavings, jewelry, ornaments, eggs, candles, silk scarves and pillows, gossamer fairies, pine needle baskets.

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