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Pipe on the Hob Celtic Christmas Music
Fowler Branch Library
306 S 6th Street
November 30th
6:30 PM
Brought to you by The Friends of the Fowler Library

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FIRM Community Christmas Celebration, December 16th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at FIRM (1940 N Fresno Street)

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Christmas Tree Lane Walk Nights 2017!
December 2 – December 12
Please jingle your way on down to Gazebo Gardens before or after you walk the Lane for a little refreshment- you can count on us as usual for the best food trucks, live music, and craft beer. Cafe Van Ness will be open as well to send you off with a piping hot beverage.

**In addition, the beer garden will be OPEN every Thursday, Friday and Saturday as usual during the holiday season EXCEPT Thanksgiving Thursday 11/23, and during heavy rain. Otherwise, come on down!

****Christmas Tree Lane is an event generously sponsored by the Fig Garden Homeowners Association- please remember drop a few bucks into the donation buckets as you walk to keep this important Fresno tradition going strong. www.christmastreelane.com


It’s A Wonderful Craftapalooza 2
Sunday, December 3 at 10 AM – 4 PM

Yoshi NOW!
648 Broadway St, Fresno, California 93721
Craftapalooza is back at home front for early Christmas shopping!

Music by
Green Giant Fresno

Food by
Burgers & More co.
Candyman’s Corner
Cinnamon roll shack
Where’s The Food?

Get Photos by
Pixels & Prints Photobooth

Feat Vendors
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Anna Lindsey’s Sewing Basket
Beds Blankets & More
The Birdhouse Builder
Bumble Bee Three Luminaries
Butch Irwin
Calaveras y Diablitos
Casual Glitz
CJ Campbells Creations
Courtesy of M
The Crafty K/Crystal’s
Dilly Dally Designs
DKerper Arts
Earth Essentials
Fairy Tales and Rebel Yells
Fanny Jack Soap & Sundries
Goblintown Creations
Grim Rides
Thehammer
Hippie Kitty Creations
In-Tension Productions
J Bee Jewelry
Jen’s Cakes and Gifts
Junk in the Trunk
LiBe Bears
Liddle Imagination
Not So Ordinary
OMGDesigns at Etsy
The purple pig
Pressing Buttons
Sea Lily Jewelry
Sloppy Stitches by Tron
Sparkling Sundries
Tattered Farms
Urban Crow Print Shop

We’re full but always looking for vendors for future events. If you’re an independant handmade crafter, artist or musician, please email CraftapaloozaFresno@icloud.com to see how you can be part of the Craftapalooza Family!

Thank you and #StayCrafty!


The City of Reedley is offering a Christmas Kids Camp during the winter break at the Community Center. Drop in and weekly rates available. Camp is open from 7:45am-5:15pm starting December 18th. Registration is available now. For more information please call 559 637-4203.

Reedley Tree Lighting Ceremony-
Saturday, November 25 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Downtown Reedley
The perfect way to end your Thanksgiving weekend! After shopping Downtown Reedley for Small Business Saturday, meet at the Christmas tree for a truly magical experience that unites our community. In the mood to go caroling? Meet at Pioneer Park at 5:30 pm. Sing Christmas songs with our community as you walk from the park to the tree. There is more caroling at the tree, along with a beautiful lighting of candles and a big count down to the lighting of the tree.

Reedley Electrical Farm Equipment Parade-

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Downtown Reedley
Experience the chill in the air as an amazing light show honoring our local agricultural heritage parades through the heart of Reedley. Children and parents line both sides of the street in Downtown Reedley to watch over 50 tractors, buses, combines and many antique vehicles all lit up with Christmas lights. An event not to be missed, rain or shine!


Nate Butler’s 25th Annual Mmm-Mmm Christmas
Friday, December 15 at 9 PM – 12:15 AM
Fulton 55
875 Divisadero St, Fresno, California 93721
Nate Butler’s 26th Annual Mmm-Mmm Christmas:
“We’re All Misfits/Superheroes!”
Friday, December 15, 2017 at Fulton 55
875 Divisadero St., Fresno, CA 93721
Doors open 8:00 p.m. – show at 9:00 p.m.
Tickets $3.00 advance, $4.00 at the door — Buy your tickets online and save big bucks!
(Sorry kids, over 21 only!)
Come sing Christmas Carols with us, guided by your host Nate Butler & accompanist Scott Hatfield! The lyrics will be projected overhead, so you have no excuse not to join us in holiday song! We’ll also watch classic Christmas TV Specials, make ornaments for the Christmas tree (crafts materials are provided), and indulge in much holiday cheer!
http://www.natebutler.com/christmas.html
Below are links to news articles regarding Mmm-Mmm Christmas’s Past:
“For Kids At Heart: Mmm-Mmm Christmas will put you in the holiday mood” ~ by Mike Osegueda
The Fresno Bee, Friday, December 23, 2011
http://natebutler.com/press-mmmchristmas2011.html

“Mr. Jolly” ~ by Joshua Tehee, for The Fresno Bee
Thursday, December 19, 2002
http://natebutler.com/press-mrjolly.html


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Learn about more Hillcrest Farm Christmas events on their website.


Holiday movies at the Hanford Fox Theatre can be found on their website.

NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY VISITS

VISALIA FOX THEATRE

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!

An Irish Christmas
On Sale Now!

December 2, 2017 | 7pm
Visalia Fox Theatre

308 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA, 93291

AS SEEN ON PBS!
A perfect family event! World Champion Dancers:

Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz star in An Irish Christmas!

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.
An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin’ Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre) and Connor Reider in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring. Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

“… Genuinely astonishing … electric!” ? The Village News
“… The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening.” (The Irish Herald)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7 pm / Tickets: $20.00 – $60.00

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Check out Holiday events at the Tower Theatre in Fresno on their website.

December/January Arts Visalia Press Release

In December 2017, Arts Visalia is pleased to host their annual Holiday Show & Sale. It’s a most wonderful time of year when Arts Visalia’s gift shop spills over into the entire gallery, featuring a wide variety of unique works of art, hand-crafted by local artisans. This season of giving, support the arts in your community—make Arts Visalia your holiday shopping destination. You won’t be disappointed! The exhibition runs from November 22nd through December 16th. The opening reception will be held on First Friday, December 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m and is sponsored in part by TS Ranch Flatbeds, Bueno Beverage, Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, and the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant.

Arts Visalia has the pleasure in taking part in Downtown Visalia’s Holiday Open House with special extended hours for the Holiday season! On Thursday, November 30th, December 7th and December 14th Arts Visalia will be open until 8pm instead of 5:30pm. Be sure to take advantage of these extended hours to view our Annual Holiday Show & Sale, purchase one-of-a-kind gifts, and enjoy the wonderful organizations, restaurants, and shops that Downtown Visalia has to offer.

Arts Visalia’s Fall Fund Raiser is a raffle that started First Friday, November 3rd and continues through Friday, December 8th. Each Board Member has donated at least two raffle items worth at least $25 each. Tickets are being sold for $5 each or 5 for $20. The raffle drawing will be on December 8th at 5pm, so there is time to get the raffle items to the winners before Arts Visalia goes dark for 2 weeks. Please stop in the gallery and purchase your raffle tickets and support Arts Visalia! We are counting on you.

Join Arts Visalia for a morning of free face painting at the 13th Annual Race Against Hunger’s Kid’s Zone on Thursday, November 23 rd, Thanksgiving Day! Arts Visalia is partnering with the Visalia Emergency Aid Council to provide fun activities for the children of this beneficial event. All proceeds from the Race Against Hunger benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Food Pantry. The Race Against Hunger provides critical funding for food assistance to more than 1,100 families (2,500 children) in need each month. Arts Visalia is happy to be a part of such a cause.

Arts Visalia is excited to participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual Christmas Tree Auction, with a small tree for the silent auction. Join us Friday, December 8th, from 3-5pm for a public viewing or during the event and bid on our Masquerade inspired tree. It’s a great opportunity for the community to support local non-profit organizations like Arts Visalia.

For January, Arts Visalia’s gallery will be showing quilt works from the Orange Blossom Quilt Guild. The Orange Blossom Quilt Guild is a non-profit organization. They are a “teaching” guild that promotes fellowship and education as it pertains to quilts and quilting. They try to preserve and continue the rich traditions, culture, and history of the quilting world by contributing to the knowledge of and appreciation for fine quilts. Arts Visalia is pleased to host such an extraordinary guild.

Art classes for children and adults are ongoing at Arts Visalia. Please download registration forms from our website artsvisalia.org, or stop in and pick up the fall schedule at the gallery! For more information and class descriptions, please go to artsvisalia.org, call us at 559-739-0905 or visit us at the gallery, 214 East Oak Avenue, Visalia, California 93291.


NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY VISITS

VISALIA FOX THEATRE

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!

An Irish Christmas
On Sale Now!

December 2, 2017 | 7pm
Visalia Fox Theatre

308 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA, 93291

AS SEEN ON PBS!
A perfect family event! World Champion Dancers:

Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz star in An Irish Christmas!

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.
An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin’ Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre) and Connor Reider in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring. Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

“… Genuinely astonishing … electric!” The Village News
“… The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening.” (The Irish Herald)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7 pm / Tickets: $20.00 – $60.00

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Holiday events at Common Space in Downtown Fresno:
Kit’s Kits Collection Drive for Homeless Individuals
Collection Drive is from November 14 – December 15.
Kit’s Kit’s is a grassroots efforts that their founder Kit started over 10 years ago. Every year, she collects items to create fully loaded backpacks of care items. On Christmas morning, her husband and herself drive around town looking for homeless individuals at 2AM, leaving a backpack for someone to wake up to. Her husband dresses in Santa attire while she dresses like a fairy elf. With our efforts, hopefully we get her so much stuff she can do even more!
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In the spirit of the holidays, and to celebrate the recent 501(c)3 status, RAWW – Real Authentic Women Wellness is hosting a 50/50 Give Back Holiday Fundraiser on Friday, December 1st at 6pm. Fifty percent of funds raised will be donated back to another nonprofit organization doing amazing work: Common Space.

$20 Donation at the Door + Silent Auction + Other Awesomeness

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Shop local this holiday season! At our Holiday Pop Up Boutique, we will have a variety of local vendors showcasing products for you to purchase. Whether for yourself, or for a loved one, our holiday pop up will have something for everyone!

Gingerbread and Santa
Sunday, December 10, 2017
3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Hosted by Caroline’s Creations

Family fun day! Bring the kids and come decorate gingerbread houses.
Only $30/house
Gingerbread houses are freshly baked. All supplies included.
There will be demonstrations and tips and tricks taught by Chef Caroline.

Santa will also be visiting us, so bring your phone and/or camera to take pictures with Santa while you’re here.

Space is limited. Book your houses early.
Chef Caroline 559-908-8405

Pancakes & Pajamas with Santa
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Sunday, December 10 at 10 AM – 12 PM
‘Tis the season! Come join us in your pajamas for a morning of pancakes, hot cocoa, cookies and other holiday goodies! Santa will also be here to meet the kids and for photos.

Share the season of giving: a $5 contribution made to COMMON SPACE will get you into the event and access to the hot cocoa bar, OR bring in travel sized toiletries to benefit our “Kit’s Kits” homeless holiday collection.

Questions? Email Omar Camargo, Social & Events Director, at omar@commonspacefresno[dot]org.


Christmas events at the Reedley MB Church:

2017 Choir Christmas Program
2017 Childrens Christmas Program

Candlelight service will be Dec 24 at 5:30 pm.

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  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

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