Pleasanton Weekly

- November 22, 2013

Holiday happenings throughout the Tri-Valley

The holidays bring plenty of events to enjoy in the Tri-Valley. Here are a few traditional events, such as tree lightings and parades, and a few new ones.

November 21

Christmas Tree Lane

ValleyCare Health System's signature fundraiser Christmas Tree Lane and holiday boutique will be held for three days starting Nov. 21 in Pleasanton's Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave. Called a "Midwinter Night's Dream," the benefit will transform the Palm Event Center into a Christmas wonderland where decorated Christmas trees, silent auction gift baskets, gourmet fare, the boutique and a visit with Santa promise to immerse visitors in the Christmas spirit.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, ValleyCare is inviting families to join in a "Wonderland Family Stroll." This event will offer holiday treats while children have the opportunity to shop for their parents in "Santa's Secret Shop." Photos with Santa will be available. Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for children.

November 22

Tinsel Teas and Silent Night Soiree

The "Tinsel Teas" are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palm Event Center as part of Valley Care's Christmas Tree Lane three-day fundraiser. Participants can enjoy high tea, purchase chance-drawing tickets for trees and a china table setting and get a jump start on shopping at the Holiday Gift Boutique. Tea tickets are $45 per person.

At 6:30 p.m. that evening, the "Silent Night Soiree" begins, featuring a silent auction, sit-down dinner and entertainment by Special Blend and dancing to a DJ. Tickets for the evening event are $90.

November 23

Silver Bells luncheon

The three-day ValleyCare Christmas Tree Lane fundraiser will culminate with the Silver Bells luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for guests to enjoy the lights and colors, visit the "Merry Gentlemen" to purchase chance-drawing tickets for trees, enjoy gourmet fare and entertainment, and place bids on silent auction gift baskets, wreaths and garlands. The highlight of the event will be a drawing for decorated Christmas trees and a china table setting. Tickets are $100 each, with all proceeds benefiting ValleyCare's Breast Cancer Program and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For more information, visit www.valleycare.com/christmastreelane or call 373-4560.

Holiday Spirit Stroll

The first Holiday Spirit Stroll will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 in downtown Pleasanton. Participants in the 21-and-over event can shop along Main Street and sample a variety of local beer, wine and cocktails at 15 downtown locations. Tickets are available online at www.pleasantondowntown.net and will be sold with cash or check at Clover Creek, 670 Main St.; Berry Patch, 350-A Main Street; and Studio Seven Arts, 400 Main St. Pre-sale tickets are $30. If available, tickets will be sold the night of the event for $35. Tickets, which must be redeemed by 6 p.m. at the starting location at the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., include admission to the event, an event map, and 15 beer, wine and cocktail tastings at participating downtown locations. Designated driver tickets will be sold for $5 on the night of the Holiday Spirit Stroll. For information, visit www.pleasantondowntown.net, call 484-2199, or email Julie Vlahon at Events@PleasantonDowntown.net

Magical Holiday Evening

Celebrate the holidays at Downtown Pleasanton's Magical Holiday Evening, the annual family-friendly downtown open house, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Downtown shops, restaurants and businesses will be decked out in holiday lights, and Santa will come by for an early visit.

December 5

VREN's Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund party

Valley Real Estate Network's annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund party will be from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Marriott Pleasanton, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road. Enjoy music and dancing, appetizers, drawings, a live auction and no host bar. Proceeds benefit the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which will provide thousands of dollars in non-restricted funds to 10 local charities again this year. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 548-1980, or at the Pleasanton Weekly office, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Suite 100.

30th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dublin will hold its 30th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin. There will be entertainment and caroling, cookies and hot chocolate. For information, visit http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/ or call 556-4500.

December 7

Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree-Lighting Celebration

Floats, marching bands, drill teams, and more will celebrate the season as Pleasanton's unique Hometown Holiday Parade marches down Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 7. The one-hour parade begins at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting follows directly after at the Museum on Main Street. For information, visit the City of Pleasanton's website, www.cityofpleasanton.gov.

December 14

December People Holiday Rock 'N' Roll

Firehouse Arts Center will present December People Holiday Rock 'N' Roll at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, at the theater, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $30 to $40 each. This high-powered quintet, made up of some of the world's biggest bands -- including Boston's lead guitarist Gary Pihl -- presents a family-friendly classic rock Christmas show for all ages. December People plays familiar Holiday songs in the styles of all the top bands of our time. Go to http://www.firehousearts.org/events.

December 14

Impressions of the Nutcracker

San Ramon Valley Dance Academy will present "Impressions of the Nutcracker" at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14; and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon.

San Ramon Valley Dance Academy's production of "Impressions of the Nutcracker" incorporates multiple dance styles in a fast-paced production that follows the traditional story line of the Nutcracker. In just over an hour, this popular story ballet performance will delight and entertain the whole family. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for youth and seniors. For more information, visit www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks/theater.

Breakfast with Santa

"Breakfast with Santa," a popular Dublin tradition, will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Families are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast, served with sausage, fruit, coffee and juice, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus. There will be three seatings: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets are $11 for residents, and $13 for non-residents. This event benefits the Dublin High School Irish Guard and Band.

20th annual Breakfast with Santa

Bethel 247 of Job's Daughters International will host the 20th Annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Grange Hall, 743 Diablo Road, Danville. Tickets are $8 per person, with children 3 and under free. Cost includes breakfast and a photo with Santa. Crafts for children, a craft boutique, a bake sale and live entertainment will also be featured. The pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for Job's Daughters, a nonprofit Masonic youth group for girls between 10 and 20 years old which teaches skills such as organization, leadership, communication and financial planning.

December 22

Sing-Along Messiah

The San Ramon Arts Foundation will present San Ramon's Annual Holiday Sing-Along Performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, at San Ramon Presbyterian Church, 12943 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Tickets are $10; vocal score is $10. Choral Workshops and ticket information are available at www.SanRamonArts.org.

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