Visit Local Holiday Boutiques
Nov 27, 2016 02:40PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Holiday Gifts Galore at Super Holiday Boutiques Dec. 3 & 4
The holiday season’s largest shopping extravaganza in Central Contra Costa is at the seventh annual Super Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Shoppers will find a potpourri of gift items and get free photos with Santa and Olaf.
The free indoor holiday event allows shoppers to get those special, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, and stocking stuffers for family, friends, and colleagues from a variety of arts and crafts vendors, home-based businesses, and commercial exhibitors. Toys, clothing for babies, kids and adults, jewelry, purses, cosmetics, candles, soaps, candy, fashion accessories, home goods, bath and body care, books, kitchenware and cooking products, baked goods, and so much more will be available. There will be holiday decorations, ornaments and books galore. There are also several self-help and home improvement exhibitors.
Local shoppers actually have two opportunities to attend free Super Holiday Boutiques:
· On Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am-2pm, at Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr., off Taylor Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.
· On Sunday, Dec. 4, 11am-3pm, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Rd. in Concord (one block off Ygnacio Valley Rd./Kirker Pass Rd. next to Clayton Valley Bowl).
Santa will be on hand to hear holiday wishes and pose for free photo opportunities with kids of all ages. Olaf from Frozen, Disney’s biggest animated movie ever, will be making a special, exclusive appearance.
Free holiday arts and crafts activities allow kids to make keepsake presents for their family and friends while parents are shopping. Each attendee will receive a free raffle ticket for numerous prizes donated by boutique vendors. Each donation of canned food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano earns the donor another raffle ticket. The first 200 families through the door each day will receive a holiday goody bag. Super Holiday Boutique is free to the public, with ample free parking around each venue. Visit www.superholidayboutique.com for more information.
Rodgers Ranch Holiday Boutique
On December 3 and 4, enjoy shopping in the Rodgers Ranch 1860s farmhouse for unique and homemade gifts by vendors such as Deb’s Sweets & Savories, Body by Bees, Mosaix Designs, Rust and Roses, Divine Dog Jewelry and visit with Santa! Visit from 10am-4pm, at Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, 315 Cortsen Road, Pleasant Hill. More information can be found at RodgersRanch.org.
Holiday Boutique Returns to the Old Train Depot
Continuing a long-standing tradition, the Martinez Arts Association will be hosting their annual holiday boutique with over 20 local artisans from December 2 through 18. Visitors will find a wide range of unique art, crafts, and other goodies that make great gifts.
The boutique will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm, and Sunday, 11am to 3pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. The old train depot is located downtown at the north end of Ferry Street by the train tracks. http://www.martinezarts.org
2016 #HERSMILE Holiday Fair
On December 4, 10am-2pm, the #HERSMILE non-profit will host a community holiday fair at Morello Park Elementary, 1200 Morello Park Drive, Martinez. Proceeds will help children dealing with loss by sending them to a local grief camp.
More than 19 local vendors and crafters offer countless gift options, including custom gift baskets, household goods and crafts, cosmetics, fine costume jewelry, high quality clothing, and much more. This event offers photo opportunities with Santa Claus and local heroes from the Martinez police and fire departments. A local Girl Scout troop is hosting a bake sale at the event that includes baked goods from a local baking artisan. Gift wrapping services are also offered for a nominal charge. This event has something for everyone!
“We are continuing to provide events and programs that give back to the greater Bay Area. By hosting the 2016 #HERSMILE Holiday Fair, we are providing residents an opportunity to have their shopping dollars impact the community in which they live. That is powerful,” says Dena Betti, executive director of #HERSMILE.
You can support #HERSMILE and children faced with tragedy by attending this very special event. For more information, please visit www.hersmile.org.
Enjoy Your Holiday Shopping!
Annual Open House and Art & Crafts Sale
Mark your calendar to attend the Annual Open House and Art & Crafts Sale Saturday, December 3, 9:30am-3:30pm, at the Pleasant Hill Education Center, One Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill. Follow the signs to find unique handmade gifts for family and friends.
Adult students present over 1,000 original works of art and crafts using skills acquired in adult education classes. The sale features hand-crafted items, including: wooden toys, unique jewelry, handmade greeting cards, original paintings, quilted and knit items, weavings, woodcarvings, wood turned objects, and more. You won’t want to miss the quilt show, art shows, and demonstrations!
Do you have someone on your gift list that is difficult to shop for? Consider a gift certificate for class tuition. Coordinator Judith Sosnowski invites you to enjoy the crafts sale, visit open classrooms, meet the instructors, and watch students at work. Enter a chance to win a $25 tuition credit for a class of your choice. Please phone 925.937.1530 for additional information.