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Archive for November, 2007

We’re all being inundated by the annual Holiday preparation crush, so why not take time to take a deep breath and visit some of our local historic sites to get a taste of Christmas Past. Each site has a wonderful collection of special gifts and books on local history for sale in its gift shop and the festivities will help bring back the real spirit of the Holidays.Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore, will host its annual Victorian Yuletide on December 9th from noon to 4pm. Bring the family ,tour the house decorated in all the Victorian trimmings, hear carolers, take a carriage ride, or shop for crafty gifts and sample some holiday goodies. It’s a delightful way to spend an afternoon.Livermore Art Association and Livermore Heritage Guild will host an open house on December 1st from 1:00-3:30pm at the Carnegie Building, 2155 Third Street, Livermore. Refreshments will be served while you enjoy holiday decorations in this wonderful historic building. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful handmade gifts at the LAA gallery or perhaps a book on Livermore history for that history buff in the family. The LAA Gallery/Heritage Guild Museum will be open on its regular schedule for shopping until just before Christmas.Have you bought your tickets yet for the Museum on Main’s Annual Holiday Tea & Fashion Show? It is on Sunday, December 2 and there will be two seatings. Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Pleasanton (925-462-2766). This delightful tea with all the trimmings is hosted in the Museum’s wonderfully decorated fireplace room and features a fashion show from Main Street shops. Treat yourself to a special afternoon.From 2:00 – 4:00pm Saturday, December 1st families can visit an Old Fashioned St. Nick at the Dublin Heritage Center, 6600 Donlon St., Dublin. Bring your camera and dress up for a unique photo opportunity with St. Nick in Old St. Raymond’s Church. Hot chocolate and a holiday carol sing-a-long will complete the festivities.Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave, Danville, has their Christmas Memories exhibit up. Trees from the 1890s, 1930s, and 1950s will bring back lots of memories. Old favorites like wooden toys, dolls & doll houses, skates, games and Winnie the Pooh will be on display with new additions including Snoopy and a pedal car. Fun for the whole family.Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, is hosting the European Model Train exhibit through January 6, 2008. Free with Museum admission, this exhibit is a favorite of Valley train buffs old & young.And don’t miss the fun of Holidays in the Vineyards, December 1-2, at all the Livermore Valley wineries. Many of the wineries are in historic buildings or, like Concannon & Wente, the wineries themselves have been here for over a century. Lots of great gifts, music and wine!Along with these celebrations, be sure to check the Calendar of Events on our website for additional holiday events and parades happening throughout our Tri Valley.

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