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Sketching and Drawing with the Camera: Photographs by the library's Chris Jennings. Also: a Kwanzaa display. Through Dec. 31. Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave., Oakland, 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Small Works: The annual holiday auction of artworks. Silent auction: 6-9:30 p.m.; live auction: 8-9 p.m. Gallery preview: November 30-December 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2. Oakland Art Gallery, 199 Kahn's Alley (Frank Ogawa Plaza), Oakland, 510-637-0395, www.oaklandartgallery.org.
We Care Art Show and Sale: Landscape paintings by Bay Area artists for sale to benefit We Care Services for Children. Fri., Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. We Care Services for Children, 2191 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord.
Winter Works: The Holiday Show: A group show for the holidays in various media. Through Jan. 3, 2006. City Arts Gallery, 746 B St., Hayward, 510-538-9763.
Women of Color Arts and Crafts Show: Original handcrafted paintings, clay sculpture, jewelry, quilts, furniture, wearable art, etc., for sale. Nov. 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, www.lapena.org.
Albany Chamber Holiday Party: An annual gala featuring a silent auction. RSVP to 510-525-1771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. Albany Mechanics Bank, 801 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 510-262-7438..
Annual Chanukah Book Drive: An annual campaign by the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, held at the JCC of Fisher Hall (3200 California St., San Francisco). Admission is free with the donation of a new or used children's book. Carpools from the East Bay available; e-mail email@example.com or call 510-839-2900 ext. 274 for more info. Sun., Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m.
Annual Parade of Lights: Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza hosts an annual parade and tree lighting ceremony to usher in the holiday season. For more info, call 800-762-1641. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: KBLX radio sponsors this annual celebration of the holiday season, which also features a high school choir competition. Fri., Nov. 25, 2-7 p.m., free. Jack London Sq., foot of Broadway, Oakland, 510-645-5968.
Festival of Christmas Carols: Voices of Musica Sacra presents its annual celebration of traditional holiday folksongs, featuring a 40-voice choir, traditional hymns, and sacred music by Haydn, Morley, Poulenc, Rutter, and others. Dec. 9 event takes place at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 860 Oak Grove Rd., Concord. Dec. 11 event takes place at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m., $15-$20, VoicesofMusicaSacra.org.
Holiday Bellringing Contest: Featuring the Golden Gate Bellringers. Sun., Nov. 27, 1 p.m., free. C'era Una Volta, 1332-D Park St. (at Redwood Sq.), Alameda, 510-769-4828, www.ceraunavolta.us.
Holidays at Dunsmuir: Featuring self-guided mansion tours, holiday teas, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, craft booths, trolley rides, children's activities, and more. Dec. 3-18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $7-$15, dunsmuir.org. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, 925-275-9490, www.dunsmuir.org.
Ravenswood Yuletide: The historic site will be dressed in Victorian Christman finery for the holidays. Events feature a public tour Nov. 27 and Yuletide, A Victorian Christmas Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring 1890s costumes, St. Nicholas, children's activities, horse and buggy rides, caroling, theater performances, and live music. Sun., Nov. 27; Sun., Dec. 11. Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore.
Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair 2005: More than 200 street artists, merchants, vendors, community groups, and entertainers are featured in this annual fest. Sat., Dec. 10, Sun., Dec. 11, Sat., Dec. 17, Sun., Dec. 18, Fri., Dec. 23, Sat., Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Telegraph Ave. (between Dwight and Bancroft ways), Berkeley.
Legends of Mother Mary: Learn everything you always wanted to know about Jesus' mom with Rev. Alyce Soden. RSVP to 707-884-3631. Wed., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., free. Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-655-2405, www.changemakersforwomen.com.
A New Look at Liturgy: A workshop series covering liturgical basics, a tour of the church, the history of the Mass, and the liturgical year. Speakers include Marilyn Morgan, Tom Scirghi, Linda Krehmeier, and Christine Straessle. To sign up, call 510-526-4811 ext. 11. St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley.
Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair: This benefit for the Ecology Center features organic farmers, handcrafted goods, and live music all day. Starting Dec. 3, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17, free. Civic Center Park, Center St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Public Information Session: A support group for everyone suffering from food addiction, overeating, anorexia, or bulimia. Thu., Nov. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 800-600-6028, FoodAddicts.org. Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.
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