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Special EventsBlach School's Student Holiday Faire
Blach Intermediate School's annual Student Holiday Faire will feature about 180 students in more than 100 booths selling handcrafted items (ornaments, greeting cards, hats, scarves, jewelry, etc.) and foods. Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. Free. Blach Intermediate School, 1120 Covington Road , Los Altos.
Special EventsBreakfast with Santa
The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department hosts a “Breakfast with Santa” event. Activities will include a pancake breakfast, letter writing to Santa, holiday crafts and visiting and picture taking with Santa. Reservations required. $1 off with unwrapped toy. Dec. 7, 7:30-11:30 p.m. $5-7. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Special EventsPoletential AirShow Flight #5
Poletential, a combination pole dancing-fitness studio, hosts an event with performers displaying dance and tricks on aerial fabric, pole, rope, aerial straps and trapeze. Guest performers from New York's Body&Pole. 18 and over only; cash only bar. No physical tickets; give purchaser's name at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seats not reserved. Dec. 7, 8 p.m. $35 online via the link or $40 at door. Fox Forum, 2411 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Special EventsUntil There's A Cure Holiday Open House
Until There's A Cure, a nonprofit that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDs, is hosting its annual Holiday Open House, featuring new products, raffle, food and refreshments. Dec. 8, Noon-5 p.m. Free. Until There's A Cure, 560 Mountain Home Road, Woodside.
Special EventsPalo Alto Studios Holiday Art Party/Open Studios
Palo Alto Studios hosts its annual Holiday Art Party and open studios with 15 participating artists who work in wearable textiles and jewelry, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. There will also be a live jazz performance from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Studios, 4030 Transport St., Palo Alto.
Special EventsPENPEX Stamp Show
Sponsored by the Sequoia Stamp Club of Redwood City, the PENPEX stamp show features 18 dealers, more than 50 competitive exhibits, a special souvenir show cachet, free stamps for beginners and a silent auction of more than 500 lots that closes on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
Special EventsArtist Open Studio
Five artists - Jan Schachter, Peggy Forman, Nina Else, Margaret Realica and Lois Anderson - will host a holiday open studio. Works will include ceramics and handmade books. Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Jan Schachter's studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley.
Special EventsRengstorff House - Holiday Open House
Rengstorff House at Shoreline hosts its annual holiday open house. Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Special Events26th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Christmas with this exhibit, which includes more than 350 nativities from around the world. Dec. 7-11, Noon-9 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Special EventsMenlo Park Community Services Dept. Holiday Showcase
The Menlo Park Community Services Department hosts a showcase of its upcoming program and classes. Dec. 12, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $5 for adults (13 years and older); Free for children (12 years and younger). Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Special Events'Tied to a Cause' Holiday Shopping
Quattro Restaurant, Mark Pomerantz Luxury Goods (tie collection) and Camille K Jewelry will host a “Tied to a Cause” holiday shopping event. Proceeds from ticket sales, tie purchases and the silent auction hosted by jeweler, Camille K, will be directed to the Menlowe Ballet. Dec. 13, 5-6:30 p.m. $40 per guest. Quattro Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave., E Palo Alto.
Special EventsGamble Garden Holiday Greens and Arrangements Sale
Purchase fresh holiday greens or custom greens arrangements at this Gamble Garden sale. Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Special EventsSilicon Valley Ball
The inaugural Silicon Valley Ball features performances by Escala, Foreverland, Lara Price, Luce and Earl Thomas. The triple-bill comedy show features Whitney Cummings, Jay Mohr and Natasha Leggero. Dec. 14, 6 p.m. $100-$250. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Special EventsHoliday Tea & 'Little Women' Matinee
Tea time at the Garden Court Hotel in downtown Palo Alto will feature traditonal tea, champagne cocktails and food from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Theatre Works' "Little Women" starts at 2 p.m. Dec. 14, $45/$119. Ticket sales include theater ticket discount with tea luncheon. Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
Special EventsToy Story Toy Drive
The City of Menlo Park is hosting this Toy Story-themed toy drive. Watch the Pixar animated film, come in costume and donate toys to support the Belle Haven Child Development Center. Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 per person or free with unwrapped toy. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (PAC), 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Special EventsChristmas Dining at Four Seasons Hotel
Quattro at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto will serve a three-course Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and a four-course prix fixe menu from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas. Dec. 24-25, $79-$89; children under 12, $21. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Special EventsNew Years Eve at Four Seasons Hotel
Quattro at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto will serve a New Year's Eve dinner. Two seatings will be offered - 6 p.m. for $90 per guest and 9 p.m. for $119 per guest (which also includes after party and midnight toast). Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. $90-119. Quattro Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Special EventsHillel Pillars Awards Event
Pillars honors community volunteers and leaders. Alan Werba will receive Hillel's Lifetime Achievement Award. Also receiving Pillars awards are Barbara Illowsky, Jeffrey and Holly Ullman and Arye Green. The event includes a silent and live auction. March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $100 or less. Computer History Museum, 1401 Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View.