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Community Day of Thanks
Ristorante Don Giovanni in Mountain View will hold its annual Community Day of Thanks, where community members can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner for free. The meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Nov. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Ristorante Don Giovanni, 235 Castro St., Mountain View.

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4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Mayor Nancy Shepherd and the Stanford Federal Credit Union will perform the annual tree lighting at on Lytton Plaza, where there will also live holiday music, crafts and goodies from Whole Foods and Cafe Venezia. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m. Free. Lytton Plaza, 218 University Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Sacred Heart Prep Holiday Boutique
Sacred Heart Preparatory will hold its annual holiday boutique with a theme for this year of a "Vintage Christmas." The boutique is open to the public, and parking is available on campus. Dec. 3 and 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sacred Heart Prep, Main Building, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

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Waldorf Holiday Faire
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula will hold its annual holiday event with activities for all ages, including a gnome adventure, wreath making, games and prizes, a children's workshop, a cafe and a puppet show. A Holiday Boutique will also offer thousands of unique toys and handcrafts for sale. See website for boutique hours. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Los Altos Campus, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors community outreach
For the last in a series of outreach events, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will have trained peer counselors available to speak with residents about personal issues, including housing, transportation and other financial problems. There are no income restrictions, all are accepted. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP for a 30-minute consultation, but drop-ins are also welcome. Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, Hope's Corner, 748 Mercy St., Mountain View.
 

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Christmas Faire
This fair will offer Christmas decor, baked good, jewelry, ornaments and gifts for sale. Complimentary hot chocolate will also be provided. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. St. Elizabeth Seton School Auditorium, 1095 Channing Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser
Bethany Lutheran Church will hold its sixth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser, during which community members can decorate pre-assembled houses with candy and sweets. Tools will be provided and refreshments available. Those interested should RSVP, as space is limited. Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-noon. $55 per house. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Victorian Christmas at Lathrop House
The Redwood City Heritage Association will host a Victorian Christmas open house at the historic Lathrop House, built in 1863. There will be light refreshments and tours of the "Steamboat Gothic" mansion, which will be decorated for the holidays. Dec. 6, noon-3 p.m. $3 donation requested from those ages 12 and older. Lathrop House, 627 Hamilton St., Redwood City.
 

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Holiday Train in Menlo Park
For the 12th year, Caltrain, with the help of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will bring the decorated Holiday Train to cities on the Peninsula. During the 20-minute stop in Menlo Park, carolers and a Salvation Army brass brand will perform, and Santa, Mrs. Claus and other holiday figures will visit with community members. Attendees can drop off unwrapped toys at donation barrels, and food trucks will be on hand. Dec. 7, 7:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Caltrain Station, Merrill Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.

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Peninsula School Craft Fair
Peninsula School will celebrate the season with a Craft Fair offering handmade or handcrafted toys, clothing, pottery, jewelry, bath products and gift items. Attendees can also enjoy homemade soups, baked goods and desserts. There will also be a children's area and live music. Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Peninsula School, 920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park.

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Artifactory Holiday Fair
The Artifactory Cooperative will bring together a diverse collection of handmade items by local artists, including gourds, jewelry, mixed-media art, textiles and weaving, as well as ceramic, wood and glass pieces. Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Artifactory Holiday Fair, 1120 Hopkins Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Community Tree Lighting Celebration
This city of Mountain View event will include live holiday music, refreshments, lights, and visiting and picture-taking with Santa Claus. Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Holiday Stories for Grown-Ups
This event at the Mountain View Public Library will include a reading of Christmas-themed stories for adults, including "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote. Hot cider will also be on hand. Registration is appreciated but not required. Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Palo Alto Community Outreach
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a community outreach event in Palo Alto where trained peer counselors and case managers will be available for 30-minute consultations with those facing life challenges. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP, but drop-ins are also welcome. Bag lunches will be provided to those who sign up. Individuals from nearby cities are welcome. Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chayim, Double Tree Room, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto.

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Drop-in Bike Clinic
The Mountain View Public Library will hold a monthly bike repair clinic, where community members can use the library's tools and receive assistance from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy. Tasks he can help with include changing a tire, adjusting brakes and shifting, identifying noises and more. No registration is required. Third Friday of the month, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Second Saturday: Art in the Baylands
Each month, Environmental Volunteers will open the upper deck to artists, offering a unique vantage point for painting, drawing or sketching. Space is limited to four artists and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.