Math comes into play big-time during the holidays. There’s the list, with its subset of recipients who range from deserving mind-blowing gifts to just 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 cosmetics section and keep energy expended in control.
While such problem-solving might be fun for the numerically inclined, some of us just want to reduce everything to the simplest equation. A little geometry may come into play 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. Then, 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, then the city, are free unless otherwise noted.
* Holiday Art Faire: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Handmade fiber art including dolls, silk ribbon flower pins, quilts, baby gifts, table settings, tree ornaments, jewelry, scarves by 30 local artists. New Pieces Store, 1597 Solano Ave. 510-527-6779.
* The Berry Patch 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Stained glass, hand-made marionettes, wooden doll houses, hand-painted silk clothing, aprons, quilts, candles. 63 W. Angela St. 925-846-0155.
* Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Gifts, cards, crafts, white elephant items, bake sale, needlecraft, quilt raffle. Lunch will be sold. St. Callistus Senior Center, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road. 510-223-9931.
* Alameda Holiday Boutique Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. More than 60 vendors sell crocheted sweaters, preserves, mustards, tooth fairy pillows, Asian-influenced paper boxes and more at the 22nd annual event. Donations to Meals on Wheels accepted. Veterans War Memorial Building, Central and Walnut streets. 510-522-6272.
* Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Holiday gifts, decorations, jewelry, handicrafts, gourmet foods, teddy bear tree, collectibles, rubber stamps, photo art, drawings, food, refreshment. The 40th annual boutique benefits the Children’s Home Society of California. Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd.
* Two Wildflowers Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10-11. Table-top decorations, painted glass, autumn wreaths, Christmas stockings, pillows, table runners, ornaments in a historic Victorian home. 134 Austin Lane.
* Honeysuckle Lane Boutique: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Handmade items from 10 local crafters. 2958 Honeysuckle Circle.
* Bears, Toys and Christmas Joys 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. The 42nd annual Holiday House Bazaar features stuffed animals, dolls, knit wear, American Girl doll clothes, children’s clothing, neckties, plants and home-baked goods A buffet salad luncheon with homemade soup will be available. Proceeds go toward retrofitting the church’s handicapped rest rooms. Benicia Community Congregational Church, 1305 West 2nd St.
* Holly Days Boutique 4-8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Handmade crafts, baked goods. Gateway Christian School, 515 Nottingham Drive. 925-634-0493.
* Open Studio 2-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Hand-crafted jewelry designs of sterling silver, 14K gold, beadwork, semiprecious stones by Ruth: Lucky Luna Creations. 680 Rock Island Circle. 925-838-3854.
* The Gift of Art 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reception printmaking demonstration noon and 3 p.m., Open Studios 2000 exhibit. Ornaments, stockings, miniatures, lanterns, cards, small gift items, children’s section. Lamorinda Arts Gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle. 925-284-2788.
* Holiday Bazaar 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Church members’ hand-crafted gifts, candles, decor, stocking stuffers, ornaments, homemade jellies, jams, baked goods. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St.
* Early Bird Holiday Art Fest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Saturday Exhibition-style mercantile fair. Artist demonstrations Pro Arts, 461 Ninth St. 510-763-9425, www.proartsgallery.org.
* Oakland Artisan Marketplace Opening Celebration 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Opening ceremony for year-round arts and crafts market. Music, entertainment, ribbon-cutting, balloons. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway. 510-238-4948.
* Matador Marketplace 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday. Gift items, customized keepsakes, creative food items, raffle prizes, quilt silent auction. Supports the Parents’ Club, grades and school clubs. $25 includes 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. lunch by Barbara Llewellyn & Company and desserts by Miramonte food classes. Miramonte High School Gym, Miramonte High School, 750 Moraga Way. www.auhsd.org/miramonte/boutique.
* Season’s Boutique 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. The 16th annual boutique showcases the works of 11 crafters, including wood items, soft sculpture, baby blankets, clothing, snowmen, Santas, food, jewelry, candles, soaps, barrettes, hats, pottery, decorative items. Complimentary cookies, hot cider. 1971 Mohawk Drive.
* Ticat Jewelry Show 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Semi-precious stone jewelry with 14K gold-filled and sterling silver. Pleasant Hill Community Center, Upstairs Conference Room, 320 Civic Drive. 925-680-0598.
* Clay & Glass Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. More than 120 clay and glass artists showcase their wares. $6 general, $5 seniors and students, free ages 11 and under. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street at Marina Boulevard. 415-281-5888, www.acga.net.
* Nutcracker Festival 2000 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The festival, divided into eight Nutcracker shopping villages, features more than 50 exhibitors. Seminars, children’s activities, entertainers, designer-decorated trees silent auction, raffle. $10-$15 advance, $7 ages 5-17 and 62 and older, $25 Family Day (Sunday) for four. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard. 415-865-2000, www.sfballet.org.
* Holiday Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tie-dyed silks, art wear, mosaic tiled tables, porcelain dolls, seashell tree ornaments, soaps, bejeweled picture frames, art displays, baked goods by seniors and local artisans. Musical entertainment. Merrill Gardens San Ramon, 18888 Bollinger Canyon Road. 925-831-3964.
* 2000 Harvest Festival 5-8 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18. Variety of gifts and crafts from local artisans, bake sale, homemade food items. $2 donation for the pipe organ upgrade fund. San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd.
* Gift Bazaar & White Elephant Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Handmade items include a baby quilt, decorative pillows, holiday table settings. White elephant items. Quilt raffle ($1). Refreshments and baked goods will be for sale and coffee will be served. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Antioch First Free Will Baptist Church, 11 Worrell Road. 925-753-0969.
* Clayton Woman’s Club annual Boutique and Bake Sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Unique boutique items, baked goodies, candies. Proceeds go to the Barbara Miliff Foundation (the “We Care” Center). Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 925-682-6965 (Dell), 925-672-2043 (Peggy).
* J&J Country Store 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18. Wood crafts, ornaments, bird houses, mangers, angels, deer, Christmas trees, Thanksgiving decorations, pillows, aprons, hand towels, potholder sets. 4303 Wilson Lane. 925-827-9266.
* Boutique of the Christmas Belles Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18. The 7th annual boutique showcases gourmet condiments, wooden Santas, vintage jewelry, painted silk scarves, pet baskets, cross-stitched items, handmade soaps, hand painted pottery, whimsical Christmas stockings. 840 El Capitan Drive. 925-837-4413, www.channelt.com/christmasbelles.
* Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Homemade items, Christmas gifts, fruitcakes, baked goods, paintings, art works, the Dominican Sisters’ own olive oil. Dominican Sisters Auditorium & College Hall, 43326 Mission Blvd. 510-657-2468.
* Gifts ‘n’ Tyme Holiday Faire 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19. The 28th annual gathering has 82 booths selling soft sculpture, dolls, puzzles, wind chimes, ceramics, ornaments, folk art, calligraphy, baked goods, collectible cars, leather, Santas and more. Napa Valley Exposition, Chardonnay Hall, Napa Valley Fairgrounds, Third Street.
* Church Bazaar 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18. Holiday crafts, pillows, children’s quilts, jewelry, stuffed toys, wall hangings, table runners, limited edition plates, salt and pepper shakers, framed art, antiques. Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way. 925-254-4906.
* Unique Boutique 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18. Holiday gifts, baked goodies, plants. Presented by the Pinole Garden Club, a nonprofit organization supporting civic projects. Alex Clark Room, Public Safety Bldg., 880 Tennent Ave.
* Holiday Craft Faire/Baked Goods Sale Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Handmade crafts, baked goods, dolls, art objects. Delta Hawaii Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 857 Stoneman Ave.
* Country Crafts Faire 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18. 29th annual sale of hand-crafted holiday gifts and decorations. Refreshments by Troop 277, prizes. Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive.
* Boutique Elegant 11 a.m. Nov. 16. Hand-crafted items, holiday delicacies, silent auction, specialty baskets, buffet luncheon. Child care reservations. Hosted by the Tri-Valley Christian Women’s Club. $15. San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane. 925-426-0427, 510-582-2351.
* Southern Sisters Boutique 3-9 p.m. Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18. Celebration of Cajun cooking, hand-crafted gifts, American Girl doll clothing, towels, plants, floral decor, bridal keepsakes, lamp finials, framed/matted calligraphy pieces, baby items. 317 Clyde Drive.
* Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Hand-crafted gift items and home-baked goodies. 3280 Hudson Ave. Hosted by Lynn Guidi and Kristen Guerisoli. 925-295-0798.
* Annual Holiday HO Scale Railroad Show and Open House 8-10 p.m. Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society showcases a complete HO scale Circus and Circus train as well as vintage era and modern trains. Larky Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave. $2 general, $1 ages 6-11 and seniors. 925-937-1888, www.wcmrs.org.
* 2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25-26. The 29th annual holiday sale entails 19 Berkeley Potters Guild members displaying their current work, including ceramic art, dinnerware, sushi platters, tile murals, vases, Russian teapots, architectural and garden sculpture, lamps, lanterns, fountains and jewelry. 731 Jones St. 510-524-7031, berkeleypotters.com.
* Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-26.. Shoppers can take a self-guided tour through more than 100 artist studios. Maps available beginning Nov. 23 in the East Bay Express, by mail or on location at Berkeley Artisans, 1250 Addison St., #214, Berkeley, CA 94702, or online at www.berkeleyartisans.com.
* Women of Color Annual Arts & Crafts Fair 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Paintings, clay sculptures, textiles, jewelry, quilts, decorative furniture, wearable art. La Pea Culture Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. 510-758-4911.
* Great Dickens Christmas Fair 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 17. Craft fair amidst 19th-century London setting. Costumed Victorian figures, dancing, parlor games, pageants, pantomimes, puppets, food. $15 general, $12 student/senior/military, $5 ages 5-11, $45 adult pass, $15 child pass. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Ave. 415-897-4555, www.dickensfair.com.
* Christmas Time Craft Fair 2-8 p.m. Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 26. Christmas decorations, jewelry, wreaths, stained glass, wood works, hand-carved Santas, pottery, ornaments, painted T-shirts, gift items, door prizes. Formerly the Dixon Christmas Fair. Dixon Fair Grounds.
* Holiday Faire 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 28-29. A variety of vendors joins with the campus community to provide holiday shopping opportunities. Dryden Hall, Saint Mary’s College. Jim Sciuto 925-631-8018.
* Holiday Kwanzaa and Gift Show 4-8 p.m., Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 25-26. Holiday merchants, retail holiday seminars, business workshops, job recruitment, entertainment. $4 general, $3 students and seniors, free children age 12 and under. Oakland Convention Center, 10th St. 510-534-1594.
* Joy of Christmas Craft Show 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 24. Artist demonstrations such as Japanese brush painting, jewelry-making, glass-blowing, metal sculpture, oil panting, stained glass, hand-tooled leatherwork. Gourmet food booths. Santa weekends noon to 5 p.m. Wards Mall/Contra Costa Center, Monument Boulevard and Buskirk Avenue. 707-886-5355, www.catalog.com/festival.
* Open Studios and Holiday Clearance Sale 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-26. Elegant and sensuous watercolors, drawings and oils by Ruth Block. Slumped Glass & Silver Jewelry by Joan Blades. Instructional videos previews and sales. Refreshments, demonstrations, cards, gifts. 5722 Huntington Ave. 510-526-4604.
* First Time Ever Christmas Blow-Out 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 24-26. Hand-blown gift items including perfume bottles, bowls, paperweights, vases, stemware. Union Street Glass Studio Seconds Outlet, 833 S. 19th St. 510-620-1103.
* Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire Noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25-26. More than 250 exhibits feature fine arts, handmade crafts. Entertainment features local choirs, children’s entertainment, music such as jazz, country, Celtic, European and Renaissance, wandering minstrels, Christmas Carolers, holiday characters. $4 general, $2 ages 6-12 and seniors, half-price Fridays. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 707-575-9355, www.spiritofchristmasfaire.com.
* 2000 Holiday Faire 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 10. Proceeds from the sale of the hand-crafted items benefit the museum. Reservations required for the $18 Victorian teas. 11 30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 1-10. Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road. 925-935-7871.
* Annual Holiday HO Scale Railroad Show and Open House 2-10 p.m. Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25-26. See Nov. 16-19 listing.
Nov. 30-Dec. 3
* Holiday Ceramics Sale 2-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2. Pottery and photography sale. Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd. 925-838-3193.
* 2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-3. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3.. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Annual Holiday Group Show and Sale 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 25-Dec. 30. Paintings, sculpture and mixed media by 25 East Bay artists. The Fig Tree Gallery, 2599 Eighth St. 510-540-7843.
* Winter Extravaganza 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2. Crafts, gift baskets auction, raffles, food, coffee, drinks, desserts, kids’ craft. Fund-raiser for middle school’s educational programs. Edna Hill School, 140 Birch St.
* Creative Memories Holiday Open House 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 2. Predecorated custom-made albums, premade scrapbook kits. 63 Antelope Court. 925-672-0873.
* A Christmas to Remember 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2. Professional crafters and church groups sell holiday decorations, ornaments, handmade afghans, quilts, jewelry, dried floral arrangements, fresh baked items. 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. 925-685-3518.
* Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Gingerbread houses, angels, wreaths, crafts, handmade holiday cards, gift wrap, teas, desserts. The Contra Costa Church of Religious Science, 1865 Clayton Way. 925-363-9070.
* 2000 Holiday Open Studio and Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 10. Mix ‘n’ match tableware, wood-fired vessels, garden planters, Crockett scenic plates. Kathy Kearns Crockett Pottery, 944 6th Ave.
* Lafayette Winter Festival & Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2-3. More than 30 crafters and artisans showcase jewelry, stained glass, painted wood, vests, pillows, ornaments, pottery, floral arrangements, toys, jams, jellies, food, beverages, gift raffle. Holiday music by Contra Costa Children’s Choir, Santa appearances 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-284-2232.
* Santa’s Bag 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. About 20 artisans will be represented, with items such as soft sculpture, ornaments, wreaths, fused glass jewelry, wood items, pewter ware, children’s puppets and toys, knitted items, lamp finials, painted furniture, food goods, kitchen items. Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
* Sydne & Friends’ Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2. The 29-year-old boutique sells holiday floral designs, foodstuffs including truffles, outdoor items and so on. 2420 Brighton Way.
* Rockridge Artists 2000 Holiday Open Studios Noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 1-3. Area artists open their workshops to the public; maps are available at the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave., and many College Avenue businesses. This weekend, only Karen LeGault showcasing watercolors and Chinese brush painting is open at 5233 Locksley Ave.
* Annual Holiday Boutique 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Handmade gifts, holiday decorations, gourmet food, plants, coffee, apple turnovers, lunch. $3 donation for Friday boutique preview. Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane, Bldg. II.
* Open House and Crafts Sale 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Artwork, wooden toys, quilted items, jewelry, ceramics, china painting, home-cooked lunch items, open classrooms, crafts sale, art display, demonstrations and drawings for free classes. Pleasant Hill Education Center, 3100 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. 925-937-1530, Ext. 1919.
* First Time Ever Christmas Blow-Out 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2-3. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Annual Holiday Arts Festival and Fine Art Auction Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Ceramics, jewelry, textiles, paintings, prints, silent art auction, gifts and services auction, raffle, free hands-on art projects for children, holiday caf. Auction preview 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit community arts organization. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., 510-620-6772.
* Open Studios and Holiday Clearance Sale 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Celebration of Craftswomen 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-3. 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.
* Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-3. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Holiday Shopping Spree 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. 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.
* 2000 Holiday Faire 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 10. See Nov. 24-26 listing. Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road. 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. 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.
* 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.
* 2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 9-10.. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Handmade Christmas 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Wheat weavings, Ukrainian eggs, jewelry, dolls, quilts, ornaments, candles. 2785 Ryan Road.
* Rockridge Artists 2000 Holiday Open Studios Noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 9-10. Area artists open their workshops to the public; maps are available at the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave., and many College Avenue businesses.
* ArtVibe 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10. Jewelry, steel furniture, textiles, photography, paintings, lighting, home accessories, ceramics, clothing, hats, rubber and diamond jewelry, Mexican silver, Christmas trees, sculpture market. Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. 415-920-9439, www.precieux.com/artisans.
* Celebration of Craftswomen 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 9-10. See Dec. 1-3 listing.
> * Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 9-10. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Affordable gifts, children’s activities. Vallejo Artists’ Guild Art Center Gallery, 930 Marin St. 707-556-9710.
* 2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16-17.. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 16-17.Street artists, and community groups offering crafts, gift boxes, candles, jewelry, toys and more. Free. Telegraph Ave., between Bancroft and Dwight ways, Berkeley.
* Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 16. See Dec. 8-11 listing.
* 2001: A Spacial Oddity – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. See Nov. 24-26 listing.
* Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 16-17.See Dec. 15-18 listing.
* Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 23. See Dec. 8-11 listing.