Almanac

Community - November 24, 2010

Portola Valley holds its Holiday Fair

The Portola Valley Holiday Fair will return to the Old Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paintings, jewelry, woodcrafts, hand-knits, greeting cards, and edible treats (by a local Brownie troop) are some of the items that will be for sale, says event spokesperson Deirdre Clark.

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

This event will feature an auction of gifts created by each class of the Portola Valley schools (grades kindergarten through 8), a raffle of gift certificates from local merchants, and a grand prize, as well as holiday ornaments and other gifts available for purchase.

Entertainment will include music performed by a student jazz group, face painting, holiday crafts, and family photos with Santa.

Food and beverages will be provided by the school's eighth-graders, hoping to raise money for their class trip.

Christmas Fair at Ladera Country Shopper

The merchants at Ladera Country Shopping Center are carrying on the 21-year-old holiday tradition of hosting a Christmas Fair, and this year it will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Patty Cullen with Konditorei says Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 11 a.m. and pose for photos at Konditorei as usual, but he will look a little different this year. The late Bill Lane helped out for decades, and now his son, Bobby, will be filling those boots, assisted by his wife.

Other highlights include Matt Ragno's "famous" eggnog at Bianchini's, kids painting pots and planting bulbs at the Garden Center, ornament-making at UPS, carolers at Round Table Pizza, and free eye tests at the new optometrist.

The shopping center is located at 3130 Alpine Road in Ladera.

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