Almanac

Community - November 30, 2011

Portola Valley holds holiday fair, auction

The Portola Valley Holiday Fair will return to the Old Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Paintings, jewelry, woodcrafts, hand-knits, temari balls, greeting cards, local honey, and edible treats (by local Brownie troops) are some items that will be for sale by local artists, craftspeople and businesses.

Santa will visit, soon after his visit at the Ladera Christmas Fair. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Portola Valley Open Space Fund and the Portola Valley School District.

Email pvholidayfair@gmail.com for more information about the fair, sponsored by the Portola Valley Cultural Arts Committee.

Kids' Auction

This year's fair will be held in conjunction with Portola Valley's Kids' Holiday Auction, sponsored by the Portola Valley Schools Foundation. This will take place on the same day as the Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Portola Valley Town Center Community Hall.

This event will feature an auction of gifts created by each class of the Portola Valley schools (grades kindergarten through 8) and a raffle with a grand prize and many smaller prizes. Entertainment will include music performed by a student jazz group, a magic show, and holiday crafts.

Ladera

The merchants at Ladera shopping center are continuing the 22-year holiday tradition of hosting a Christmas Fair. This year it will be held from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Patty Cullen from Konditorei says Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 11.30 a.m. and pose for photos at Konditorei as usual.

Other highlights include: decorating cupcakes at Bianchini's; face painting at Allegro Framers; bulb planting at the Ladera Garden Center; a pinata at Amigos Grill; balloons at the newly opened Lobster Shack; cookies and drinks at Chase bank; Madrigal Singers at Round Table Pizza; and decorating eye-glasses at Alpine Optometry.

The Windy Hill Blue Grass Band will play. Toy for the "Toys for Tots" program are being collected at the Ladera UPS store.

The shopping center is at 3130 Alpine Road in Ladera.

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