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First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley High School Choir: Erika Myers conducts a program of seasonal music, Tue., Dec. 13, 3 p.m., no cover. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, 510-524-3043.
How the Little Dipper Came to Be: A puppet show by Lewis Mahlmann explaining the origin of the famous constellation. Sat., Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Make a Gingerbread House: For children ages four and up. Register at the library or call 925-646-6773. Mon., Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. Walnut Creek Public Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.
Las Posadas Celebration: Traditional songs, games, stories, and crafts with anthropologist Sonia Ramirez Garcia, plus Mexican bread, hot chocolate, and coffee, Sat., Dec. 17, 3 p.m., no cover. Oakland Public Library, César Chàvez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St. (in the Fruitvale Transit Village), Oakland, 510-535-5620.
Juan Sánchez: Presenting a traditional Fiesta de Diciembre family program with refreshments, a piñata, and interactive music, Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m., no cover. Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck Ave.), Berkeley, 510-981-6100.
The Snow Queen: Splash Circus Theatre presents a kids' circus production of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Fri., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 26, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m., $10-$15, 925-798-1300. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542, www.juliamorgan.org.
Teddy Bear Tea: Featuring teddy bears, storytime, tea, party favors, and gifts. Reservations required; call 925-947-1678 to RSVP. Sat., Dec. 3, 1 & 4 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m., $15-$20 (no charge for bears). Heather Farm's Howard Center, 1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek.
Winter Workshops: Dec. 3, 9 a.m., "Nature's Holiday": Make fragrant yule logs and tasty bird treats after a morning hike with Gail Ellis. Ages 12-14. Dec. 10, 9 a.m., "Get Gifty!": Make unique holiday gifts for your friends and zoo residents. Ages 6-8. Dec. 17, 9 a.m., "Tastes and Treats": Learn all about what animals eat. Dec. 3-17, $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Museums & Attractions
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 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair: This benefit for the Ecology Center features organic farmers, handcrafted goods, and live music all day. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through Dec. 17, free. Civic Center Park, Center St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley.
Holiday Light Works: A special series of events and exhibits that celebrate the wonders of light. Dec. 1-31. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St. (Palace of Fine Arts), San Francisco, 415-561-0363, www.exploratorium.edu.
Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes: A digital planetarium show which introduces audiences to atoms, molecules, and polymers. Fri., Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, www.chabotspace.org.
Pre-Kwanzaa Holiday Party: A First Friday event, with a DJ. Fri., Dec. 2, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Winter Festival: Celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, and Chanukah in one family-style package. Sat., Dec. 10, 12-4 p.m. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Wrapped in Pride: An exhibition of Kente cloth from Ghana, West Africa, with attention to its links to African-American identity. Curated by UCLA prof Doran H. Ross. Reception: December 15, 6 p.m. Dec. 15-Jan. 19. African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St., Oakland, 510-637-0200.
Holiday Light Exchange: PG&E is sponsoring a program whereby people can trade in their old electricity-guzzling holiday lights for energy-efficient strings which reduce consumption by as much as 90 percent. Fri., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Old Oakland Farmers Market, 9th and Washington sts., Oakland.
"Native Americans and Thanksgiving": A discussion on the real meaning of Thanksgiving with Zachary Running Wolf, Thunder, and an indigenous representative from the recent Shellmound/Sacred Site Peace Walk. Fri., Nov. 25, 7 p.m., $10; NOTAFLOF. Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St. (at Bonita St.), Berkeley.
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