Sips & Sweets Holiday Party:
2333 Boulevard Circle, Walnut Creek
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
11:00am – 4:00pm | Free
Tis the season for a party! Come celebrate the holidays with us this Sunday the 15th. Bubbly sips, and delicious sweets will be served, as well as gifts for everyone! Come shop and check out all of our new merchandise for Christmas arriving daily. Also Just Be Yoga – Walnut Creek will be offering free yoga from 10-11:15! Come join us for Sunday Fun-Day
Special Viewing of the Planets:
Lafayette Library & Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Monday, December 9th, 2013
4:30pm – 7:30pm | Free
Join us in the amphitheater for some awesome astronomy fun!
As evidenced by the title of this event, we originally intended to view the Comet ISON. As of this moment, the status of ISON cannot be confirmed, however most scientists agree that up to 90% of ISON was destroyed when it grazed the sun on Thanksgiving Day. So, viewing ISON may not be in the cards for us any longer, however, we still have a fun night of amazing stargazing in store.
This event will include these not-to-be-missed activities, designed for all ages:
*4:30-7:30 Telescope viewing. In our outdoor amphitheater, Mount Diablo Astronomical Society will be on hand with telescopes to view Venus, Jupiter, the Moon and more!
*Saint Mary’s professor and astronomer Dr. Ron Olowin will also be in the amphitheater to discuss what the heck happened to this comet that was once deemed the “comet of the century.”
*A computer simulation of ISON’s demise.
*Fun comet craft for the kids.
*Free tasty treats for the first 100 attendees.
No reservations necessary.
Teen Volunteer Opportunity- Fridays in the Field:
Acalanes Ridge (The top of Peaceful Ln. in Lafayette)
Friday, December 13, 2013
3:30pm – 5:30pm | Free
The Muir Heritage Land Trust’s Fridays in the Field youth volunteer program will meet on December 13th part in a native grass restoration project at Acalanes Ridge.
We will be planting native grasses on a section of the ridge, which we will track and monitor throughout the year.
Our East Bay hills are covered with grasses and plants that are not native to this area. This project will be a great way to see if native grasses can overcome the non-natives and thrive in the environment they were meant to be in.
Join us for this fun opportunity!
Tools provided, but please advise teens to dress warmly and wear closed toed shoes they don’t mind getting dirty.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Thur. Dec. 12th
Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting:
Orinda Theatre Square
2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
4:00pm – 7:15pm | Free
Enjoy a day full of holiday fare at the Orinda Theatre Square Holiday Winter Wonderland and top off the evening with our tree lighting ceremony.
Schedule of Activities:
4 – 6pm : Kids Ornament Workshop
4:15 -7:15pm : Visits from Santa
5 – 7pm : Horse and Carriage Rides around The Square
6 – 7pm : Caroling Performances by Miramonte High School A Cappella Groups
7pm : Enjoy FREE Gourmet Coffee Drinks and Hot Chocolate for the Little Ones During the Tree Lighting Ceremony Located Near Republic of Cake and Piccolo Napoli
Broadway Plaza Tree Lighting:
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Thursday, December 6th, 2013
6:00pm | Free
Retailer Open House begins at 6:00 PM
Performance by the Mistletones begins at 6:30 PM
Parade down Broadway Plaza Street begins at 7:00 PM
Community Tree Lighting immediately follows the Parade
Performance by Mistletones following the Tree Lighting
Why: The Broadway Plaza Holiday Parade of Lights has become an annual tradition for all in the community to enjoy!And this year…there will be snow!
Activities: Holiday Parade; Santa’s Grand Arrival; Community Tree Lighting; Performance by the Mistletones; Treats and Goodies distributed by Broadway Plaza Retailers and Sponsors; Face Painting; Snow; Carriage Rides and More!
Photo by Flickr user Steve Snodgrass
Winter Artists’ Markets:
111 N. Wiget Ln, Walnut Creek
Friday, December 6th – Sunday, December 8th, 2013
The Artists’ Markets offer one-of-a-kind gift
choices Dec. 6 – 8 at two locations. The sale at
Civic Arts Education’s Shadelands auditorium, 111
N. Wiget Lane, will feature art glass, ceramics,
jewelry, paintings, photography, textiles and more.
Hours are Dec. 6 from 5-9 p.m., and 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8. The Clay Studio at Civic
Park features ceramics for home and garden. Hours
are Dec. 6 from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m.; Dec. 7 from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Menorah Lighting at Broadway Plaza:
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
4:00pm – 6:00pm | Free
Join together with pride as we celebrate the Holiday of Chanukah with a Grand Menorah Lighting of Contra Costa’s Largest Menorah.
Featuring: Jeremy the Fire Juggler!