Christmas came early for Navy reservist Alfredo Jauregui and his San Ramon family. Not only did he just return from a tour in Afghanistan last month, he also was a big winner in the Fantasy 5 California Lottery game.

Jauregui, 34, won half of the top prize, $391,894, netting him $195,947 just in time to do some holiday shopping. According to the California Lottery Commission, he had bought five Fantasy 5 tickets Dec. 10. When no one won the top prize that day, he bought five more tickets on Tuesday and won. The winning ticket was purchased at San Ramon's Fast & Easy Mart at 2820 Crow Canyon Rd.

According to Jauregui, he will use his winnings to pay off some debt, buy a new car, help family members and save the rest.

EXCELLENT TUNES: Come hear the sounds of the season, when the San Ramon Symphonic Band presents its Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd.

"A Christmas Festival" will feature selections from classical music to holiday favorites. Directed by conductor Larry Colon, the band features 55 volunteer musicians.

Tickets are $6 for adults and seniors. Children and teens with student ID are free. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. The event is made possible by the City of San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department.

FESTIVE FASHION: Another triumph was accomplished by the Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club last month when they presented their 18th annual Holiday Fantasy fashion show and luncheon at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel.

In addition to the festive themed trees and other holiday raffle prizes, the "Goodwill Bags" put on a fun fashion show modeling vintage clothing. At the end of the day, more than $15,000 was raised for the club's selected charities.

This year the beneficiaries of the annual event included Camp Okizu, a camp for children with cancer and their families; and Foster a Dream, an organization that helps foster youths become self sufficient and productive citizens.

The Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club Holiday Fantasy event has raised close to $300,000 for a long list of community beneficiaries throughout the years including the club's ongoing High School Senior and College Re-entry Scholarship program, the Tri-Valley Special Needs Fund, George Mark Children's Home, Hope Hospice, local fire departments, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, local libraries, Children's Emergency Council, and Veterans Administration Hospital in Livermore to name a few.

crabbing time: Crab season is here and that means the Crab and Pasta Feed presented by the Dublin/San Ramon Women's Cub on Jan. 12 at the St. Raymond Church hall, 11555 Shannon Ave. in Dublin.

Tickets are $40 per person for an all-you-can-eat feast of crab, pasta, salad and dessert. Tickets will also be sold for a chance to win exciting prizes throughout the evening. Proceeds from this event will benefit community charities.

For tickets, visit www.dsrwomensclub.org or call Cary at 925-413-5134.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.