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Holiday happenings

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In Martinez, Children's Light Parade, Holiday Frolic, ice skating, snow park Nov. 30, downtown. Light parade starts 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Call 925-372-3510 to register for free lights (600 sets available). Holiday Frolic includes Snow Park (Friday-Sunday), Reindeer Stop, Gingerbread House, hot cocoa with Frosty the Snowman, Santa visits, lighting Tree of Spirit.

Volunteers needed 1-9 p.m. for snow park, face painting, jump house attendant, game booth operator, craft assistant. Training provided. Community service hours for students. www.cityofmartinez.org.

Canine capers

  • Explore with your furry friend 9 a.m. Dec. 1, Briones Regional Park, Martinez. Meet at Alhambra Creek staging area. Bring water, treats. Adults, kids 10, older. Free drop-in, no registration required. 510- 544-2233.

    Holiday book sale

  • Martinez Library holiday book sale 10 a.m. members; 11 a.m. all others Dec. 1, 740 Court St. Bag of books $8, two bags $15. Sale ends 4 p.m. 925-646-9900.

    Rodgers Ranch boutique

  • Rodgers Ranch Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 315 Cortsen Road, Pleasant Hill. Holiday stuffed bears, gift items, Santa visits 1-4 p.m., more. 925-937-3677, rodgersranch@yahoo.com.

    Tree of Lights

  • Hospice of East Bay Tree of Lights Central County (Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill) ceremony 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, John Muir Medical Center parking lot, East Street at Almond Avenue, Concord. Dedicated to state Sen. Daniel E. Boatwright

    . Dedicate light for, or in memory of, loved one. Refreshments, music. Lights $25. hospiceeastbay.org.

    Reaching our youths

  • Christmas Closet, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday, through December, 100 Glacier Drive, Martinez. Visit Santa shop at Christmas boutique store. All proceeds benefit Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. 925-957-0019, www.reachingouryouth.org.

    Carols, yuletide classics

  • Walnut Creek Concert Band Holiday Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 27, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Seasonal favorites, carols, yuletide classics. Adults $17, students/seniors $14. Tickets: 925-943-7469.

    Art exhibit

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    mARTinez Gallery's exhibit "Still," 630 Court St. Martinez. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 9. 925-370-6270.

    Retired teachers lunch

  • California Retired Teachers Association holiday luncheon, bazaar 11 a.m. Dec. 4, Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Bazaar benefits scholarships, Concord High chorus. $28. RSVP by Nov. 24. 925-686-5637.

    Teddy Bear Tea

  • Teddy Bear Tea 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Tea, treats, story time, photos, favors, gift boutique. Adults $25, kids $15. Reservations: 925-947-1678, reservations@gardenshf.org.

    Birding field trip

  • Free wetlands birding field trip 8-10:30 a.m. Nov. 24, Mt. View Sanitary District, 3800 Arthur Road, Martinez. Meet at observation platform. Bring binoculars. Rain cancels. Registration: 925-228-5635, ext. 19.

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