It's time for holiday festivities, with Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah next week, followed by the usual flurry of Christmas-related activities. It's also the giving season, and there's really nothing more fun to give than gifts for little people.

This year, Blackhawk Country Club is working with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program to donate toys to less fortunate children. Donation boxes will be set up in the Lakeside Clubhouse lobby, the Falls Clubhouse lobby, the Kids Club at the Sports Complex and the Tennis Villas lobby. The donation boxes will be stationed at the designated areas through Dec. 20.

Members of the Marine Corps Reserve will be in front of the Lakeside Clubhouse at the club's first Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 to help promote the Toys for Tots drive. Along with favorite holiday songs and music, complimentary hot chocolate, eggnog, apple cider, cookies and festive desserts will be served.

CHORAL CONCERTS: Music is the order of the day for holiday choral concerts in December, including the Danville Girls Chorus, performing in Danville on Dec. 7 and the Blackhawk Chorus performing their winter program at three local venues.


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The Danville Girls Chorus features 125 girls from third to eighth grades from schools across the Tri-Valley area. Their program of seasonal music from around the world is at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at East Bay Four Square Church, 2615 Camino Tassajara Road in Danville. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 14 and younger and can be bought at the door.

Ken Abrams, an award-winning choral director for San Ramon Valley High School, is directing the Girls Chorus. The girls will also have a spring concert in March, a tour and performances in May in San Diego and a Pops concert in June. For further information, go to www.danvillegirlschorus.org.

Nearly 140 singers comprise the Blackhawk Chorus, which has been performing for the past 20 years under the direction of Diane Gilfether, of Blackhawk. Winter concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in Oakland at Temple Hill, 4780 Lincoln Ave. (no charge for this concert); at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 7557 Amador Valley Blvd. in Dublin (ticket prices are $25 for adults, $17 for children 12 and younger); and at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 15 at Blackhawk Country Club's Lakeside Clubhouse (open to members and their guests; ticket price of $50 includes concert and dinner). For further information, go to http://www.blackhawkchorus.com/index-3.html.

Trees of lights: The annual Hospice of the East Bay Tree of Lights ceremony, celebrating the joy of remembrance, takes place in front of Blackhawk's main gate at Blackhawk Road and Blackhawk Drive at 5 p.m. Dec. 13. It is dedicated to David Newstadt, Blackhawk resident, who passed away earlier this year. The event includes music, poetry, remembrances by family members and hospice staff and the special moment when the tree is lit.

The 27th annual Danville/San Ramon Tree of Lights ceremony was to be held last Friday at the Danville Town Meeting Hall. It was dedicated to Kenneth Docter, who died June 15. These community ceremonies provide a way to honor the lives of friends and loved ones by dedicating a memorial light for a minimum gift of $25, thereby supporting end-of-life patient care. Funds raised allow Hospice of the East Bay to provide essential programs and services, such as the Vigil Program, which ensures no one has to die alone. For light dedications, donations, sponsorships and other questions, call 925-887-5678 or go to http://www.hospiceeastbay.org.

Contact Georgia Lambert at around- danville@yahoo.com.