Holiday Listings 2001

Arts, Crafts, Events, and Performances for the Holidays

Wreaths From Recyclables Learn how to create seasonal wreaths and centerpieces from found objects. 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; $10. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason (at Halleck), 561-7752 / www.crissyfield.org. Xmas Pachanga and Art Sale More than 30 artists display their fine art prints. Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.

EVENTS

African American Holiday Traditions Author Antoinette Broussard talks about Kwanzaa as she reads from her book African American Holiday Traditions. 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.

Ba-da-Bingo! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host a holiday edition of the community fund-raiser. 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6; $12. 150 Eureka (at 18th St.), 359-9653 / www.TheSisters.org.

Café by the BayHanukkah Party Kosher food, dancing, and live entertainment provided by La Bolshevita. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13; free. Jewish Family and Children's Services, Miriam Shultz Grunfeld Building, 2150 Post (at Scott), 449-3844. Call by Monday, Dec. 10, to RSVP.

Chanukah - The Eight-Day Festival of Lights The Chabad of SF sponsors the weeklong festival, which begins with Bill Graham Menorah Day featuring special guest Carlos Santana and performances by the Happy Minyan Band with Schlomo Katz, Rokdim Beyachad Dance Troupe, Matthue Roth, and many others. 2-6 p.m. (candle-lighting ceremony begins at 4 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 9; free. Candle-lighting ceremonies take place 4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Dec. 10-13; 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Embarcadero, 362-6355.

Children's Christmas Party Family-oriented holiday celebration with the Bayview Hunters Point Unity Committee's Unity Day Parade & Rally, talent showcase, speakers, dinner, and live entertainment. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; free. The Bayview Opera House & Joseph Lee Gym, 4705 Third St. (at Newcomb), 292-5157.

A Day in the Life: 1901 - Old-Time Maritime Christmas Turn-of-the-century living history program and guided tour. 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8; $2, reservations required. San Francisco Maritime Park, Hyde Street Pier, Fisherman's Wharf, 561-6622 / www.maritime.org.

Eid ul Fitr Cultural Celebration Celebrate the end of Ramadan with music, storytelling, and poetry by Bay Area artists from many regions of the Islamic world. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; $10. La PeEa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568 / www.lapena.org.

Family Hanukkah Party Spin the dreidel with friends and family while noshing on latkes and holiday cookies. 5-6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9; free. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Activity Center, 1808 Wedemeyer, Bldg. 1805, The Presidio, 292-1255.

Fillmore Street Winter Solstice Festival During the "Salute to San Francisco Street Performers," the street corners throughout the Fillmore will be filled with clowns, jugglers, stilt-walkers, and other circus performers. All day, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 8-9; free. Fillmore St. (from Jackson to Geary), 563-8727.

Glow SFMOMA's Contemporary Extension (CX) presents this holiday party, with photographer William Wegman signing copies of his book The Night Before Christmas, a Santa photo booth, exclusive shopping, and performances by the Devil-Ettes, Majestic Swing, and more. 7-10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6; $25-$40. Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post (at Powell), 357-4086 / www.sfmomacx.org.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual Entertainment fair and theatrical event with more than 400 costumed characters from Dickens' classic works. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; $6-$16. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva (at Santos), Daly City, 897-4555 / www.dickensfair.com.

Hanukkah CelebrationCongregation Sha'ar Zahav celebrates the fifth night of the Festival of Lights with a meal and singing, followed by Shabbat services, candle lighting, and dancing. 8:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $5-$15. Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores (at 16th St.), 861-6932 ext. 305. Please RSVP no later than Friday, Dec. 7.

Hanukkah Fair/Concert Features holiday craft-making, latkes, Hanukkah cookies, and music by Ira Levin. Bring an unwrapped toy or book for donation to families in need. 2:30-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9; free. Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut (at Rose), Berkeley, 510-848-0237 ext. 110. Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Celebration Honor the alliance between Jewish and African-American communities with music, food, and festivities. 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free-$10. Rasselas, 2801 California (at Divisadero), 292-1261.

Holiday Animation Program Screening of Bunny, Tin Toy, and Tops. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

A Holiday Gift: Seven Animated Films That Celebrate the Season Family program includes The Great Toy Robbery, The Sweater, and more. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Holiday Iron Science Teacher Competition Science teachers have 10 minutes to create a science activity using a secret ingredient. Noon, Friday, Dec. 14; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Holiday Open House Kearny Street Workshop celebrates the holidays with its annual open house. 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7; free. Kearny Street Workshop, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 503-0520 / www.kearnystreet.org.

Holiday Season at Dunsmuir 2001 Get into the holiday spirit with tours of the decorated mansion, caroling, shopping, kids' activities, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Warm clothing and comfortable shoes recommended. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, through Dec. 16; free-$13. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Oakland, information at 925-275-9490 / www.dunsmuir.org.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science Family-friendly week of magic shows, storytelling, performances, and demonstrations. 1 p.m., Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 26-31; free-$7. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive (at Grizzly Park), UC Berkeley campus, 510-642-5132.

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