Weekend Fun For Everyone (December 1-3)

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CHECK OUT RONNIE'S HOLIDAY FUN GUIDEEVENT LISTINGS ARE CHECKED AT THE TIME OF POSTING BUT SCHEDULES MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. LINKS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW TO ALL VENUES FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. PLEASE CONFIRM INFORMATION WITH THE WEBSITE.

Friday, December 1

The Breadwinner, story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl living under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, The Rafael, San Rafael.

Lego menorah making and Hanukkah "Give Light" keychain craft, 10am-6pm, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Film of the Month, Christmas with Walt DisneyLady and the Tramp, Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco.

Mah Jongg Drop-in & Tea Party with Sara Levy Linden, 1-3pm, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

PJ Party for Middle Age Kids with Mac Barnett! 6pm, ages 8-12, bring your pjs and teddy to the store for a bedtime story, Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

Dickens Family Victorian Holiday, 6:30pm, go back in time to Victorian England and meet Charles Dickens watch his characters come alive, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing and make traditional holiday crafts. Falkirk Center, San Rafael.

Petaluma Light Up a Life Tree Lighting, December 1, 6-7pm, Walnut Park, Petaluma.

Performance of  “A Christmas Memory”, 7pm, tender christmas story and literary masterpiece comes to life read by professional actors in our Neo-Gothic chapel, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ross.

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular" 7:30pm, ages 7+, Embrace the holiday season with this magical, community experience, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

CRAFT FAIRS:

Saturday, December 2

Free Access to all Parks "Measure A Days", 7am – 7pm includes Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park.

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Strawberry Point School Jingle Jog and Family Fun Day! 9am, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley.

FREE Yoga Exercise Class, 9-10am, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Winter Faire, 10am-4pm, distinctive vendors market that is rich in arts, crafts, toys, and seasonal items, Greenwood School, Mill Valley.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

Performance of  “A Christmas Memory”, 10am, tender christmas story and literary masterpiece comes to life read by professional actors in our Neo-Gothic chapel, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ross.

Lego menorah making and Hanukkah "Give Light" keychain craft, 10am-6pm, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Visit Santa at the Mart! 10:30am - 1:30pm, put your best smile on for the complimentary photo, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Tiburon Holiday Festival, visit with Santa, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread house decorating, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, and tree lighting, Downtown Tiburon.

Habitat Restoration at Easkoot Creek - Hosted by the National Park Service and One Tam, 10am-1pm, ages 10+, Stinson Beach.

Snowing at the Library, 11am – 1pm, school age children, transform simple paper bags into amazing stars and snowflakes, Corte Madera Library.

Snowman Social, 1-3pm, food, crafts, fun and snow science, Marin City Library.

Meet author and illustrator J. Otto Seibold, 1-3pm, reading and signing his books Olive the Other Reindeer, Monkey Business and the popular Mr. Lunch series, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Music For Families: String It All Together: The Elements of Music Making, 2pm, the building blocks of music are very basic: pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics. Join the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser as they take apart great works of music and put them back together, San Francisco Symphony.

Program yoUr Future (PUF) Computational Logic Workshop, 2-5pm, grades 5-12, UC Berkeley: 2424 Haste Street, Berkeley.

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular" 2pm & 7:30pm, ages 7+, Embrace the holiday season with this magical, community experience, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

Tidepool Adventure, 2-4pm, ages 6+, Explore the amazing intertidal habitat at the edge of the sea while learning how the animals and algae survive under ever-changing conditions. Search for chitons, anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, nudibranchs and other creatures that call this biodiversity hotspot “home,” while learning important tidepool etiquette. Our adventure will close with hot chocolate and cookies. sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov or 415-530-5366, Half Moon Bay.

Tin Ornaments and Magnets for middle schoolers, 2:30-4pm, Grades 6-8 only, Create beautiful pressed tin ornaments or magnets that make great gifts, Mill Valley Public Library.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights Celebration, 3-7pm, join Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers and live entertainment, Union Street between Van Ness & Steiner, Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard, San Francisco.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

San Anselmo Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Paradevintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights parade down Calistoga’s charming main street to celebrate the Christmas season. Santa himself makes a special appearance during the parade.

Novato Tree Lighting, 4-8pm, Sherman Ave, Novato.

Lighting of the Snowmen, 4-8 pm, Cornerstone, Sonoma.

Family Gala: Journey to Worlds Unknown, 5:30–8:30pm, inspired by Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid, entertainers will dazzle you with spectacular acrobatics, storytellers will captivate you with tales of transformations, and interactive activities will engage your imagination! Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.            

Glow in the dark dance party, 6:30pm-12am, with live music by The Four Flames, featuring Dan Lebowitz; dreidel gaming and a special Hanukkah cocktail by author Daniel Handler, aka "Lemony Snicket," Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Jolly Jingles, 7pm, free, if you love the holiday spirit you'll love this, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley. 

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

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Sunday, December 3, Full Moon, Supermoon

Safari West Grand Re-opening will be a Celebration of Community

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Learn to Ride, 9 – 11am, Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. A limited amount of bicycles and helmets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Meet at Stafford Lake Park, Novato.

Brick Palooza LEGO Festival, 9am-6pm, huge exhibition of LEGO art, play areas, and hands on activity booths, Santa Rosa Veterans Building.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program, 9:45 – 11:45 am, The Buddha's Enlightenment, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After this short talk, children leave the zendo to participate in their own program. Activities include seasonal farm projects, mindfulness, yoga, contemplative handwork and ritual. Suggested donation $20.

Fungus Fair, 10am-5pm, San Francisco Fair Building.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

Winterfest, 11am-6pm, The annual holiday celebration – set for Sunday, December 6, 11am-6pm in the Downtown Plaza, features an awesome snow sledding hill, a full day of live entertainment and music, children's activities, amazing local food and a Tree Lighting Ceremony, drop off donations for SF-Marin Food Bank for a food drive, the Mill Valley Fire Department toy drive, and coat drive, Downtown Mill Valley.

Advent Wreath Making, after the 9am and 10am services, supplies included, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Rd., Ross.

Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto, Bring Boots & Mittens to Play in the Snow, Visit with the Snow Queen, Pony Rides, Make Holiday Crafts, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Hot Cider and Cookies, 1450-1500 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

Sunday Special: A Cappella Group 'Til Dawn, 11am-12pm, performing a mix of rock, pop, blues, jazz and soul standards and contemporary hits, in addition to original songs, Mill Valley Public Library.

Exploration Workshops for Families: All About Turandot, 11am & 12:30pm, ages 6+, learn about the original Persian fairy tale and traditional art that inspired Puccini to set his opera in China, Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco.

Family Maker Day and Open House Registration, 1-3pm, afternoon of fun, exciting hands-on projects at Ring Mountain Day School’s Annual Family Maker Day & Open House, Mill Valley.

The Great Latke Debate, 1-3pm, Sneak peek of "The Whole Cinemagillah," a new short film by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Shlain and Ken Goldberg, set to be released in 2018, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular" 2pm & 7:30pm, ages 7+, Embrace the holiday season with this magical, community experience, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

We Too Can Grow Our Hearts This Year! 3:30-5:15pm, fundraiser for PNOC Foundation, see how the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Lark Theater and a delicious holiday reception at Left Bank, Larkspur.

Terrapin Crossroads 2nd Annual Advent Celebration! 4-6pm, a fun, joyous time for children and adults, holiday craft station, hot chocolate bar, children's play spaces and a very special concert with music for everyone!, aTerrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

CRAFT FAIRS:

MUSIC:

  • Holiday Choral by Candlelight, Marin Symphony, The Church of Saint Raphael, at 5th and A in downtown San Rafael
  • Marin Youth Symphony, James Dunn Performing Arts Theatre, College of Marin, Kentfield
  • Deck the Hall, 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm & 3pm, perform holiday favorites tailored for children, complete with a festive sing-along, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Holiday Brass, 8pm, feel the power of the San Francisco Symphony brass section in this unique holiday event sure to lift your spirits, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

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