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November 25, 2007 Events in California


Sunday, November 25, 2007 Events in California in early November offer concerts, festivals and tours celebrating the cultural heritage and history of California.


Happy Holidayss! Do you have you running shoes on? It's the "day after" and the day that shopping begins for Christmas gifts.  Massive crowds hit the malls, online catalogues and other shopping options. Be good to yourself and take a gondola ride (they are available in Coronado, Newport Beach, Sunset Beach, Long Beach, and Lake Merritt Oakland).


November 2007 Calendar Events



CORONADO - Skating by The Sea. Three-hour skating sessions will be offered daily from 2 to 5 pm and 6 to 9 pm. A special matinee skating sessions from 11 am to 1 pm will occur on weekends and holidays. 3-hour session: $20/adults; $15/ages 10 years and under; 2-hour matinee session $15/adult; $10/ages 10 years and under. Skate rental is $5 per person. Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA.  Call: 800 Hotel Del or  (619) 435-6611


EUREKA - Craftsman's Days at the Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park & School. Living history demonstrations in the traditional arts including blacksmithing, woodworking and spinning, plus live music and home-style cooking offer opportunities for the whole family. Time: 10am to 4pm. Location: 1 X St., Eureka, CA. Call: (800) 248-4259.


GARDEN GROVE - The Glory of Christmas Musical. A blend of Christmas carols, pageantry, live animals, flying angels, and special effects unfold in the nativity story. Location: Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, CA. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20-55. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679.


GRASS VALLEY - Country Christmas Faire.  Held at Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Ave. Grass Valley, CA. (530) 273-6217.


LAGUNA BEACH -  Sawdust Winter Fantasy 2007 Festival. Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival features over 175 artists and creators with original, handcrafted gift items that include: hand blown glass, ceramics, clothing, ornaments, jewelry, painting, sculpture and so much more. Admission includes complimentary art project for all ages, entertainment, 3 outdoor caf├ęs and artist demonstrations including glass blowing. Call (949) 494-3030 Address: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA. Cost: $5.75/person; $4.75 seniors, $3 children 6 - 12 (under 6 free); $9 season pass for 9-day event. Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.


LOS ANGELES - LA Auto Show. Tickets $10/person. Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.


MALIBU - Nutcracker Ballet . Westside Ballet is one of the longest running Nutcracker Ballet productions in California. Performance times: 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Location: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA.  Tickets are $25 and available at

SAN FRANCISCO - Embarcadero Ice Skating.  Daily through January 15, 2008.  Location: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111. Ages: 3 and up.


SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice skating rink is open through 1/13/08 in the stately-palm court and features over 8,000 square feet of ice in an arena and circular outer rink. Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights; Noon to Midnight on weekends; Special holiday hours, subject to to confirm. Cost: $12-$14. Skate all you want first-come, first-serve. No in and out privileges.  Admission includes ice time and rental skates with skate sizes ranging from toddler 8 to men's 13. Location: Circle of Palms, 170 S. Market St., San Jose, California. Call: (408) 279-1775 ext. 45.


SAN JOSE - San Jose Harvest Festival. Uniquely costumed vendors sell handcrafted items such as glass bowls and vases, jewelry and art. Treasures that you won't find elsewhere make your holiday or personal gift buying a cinch. Time: Friday 9am -7pm, Saturday 10am -7pm, Sunday 10am -5pm. Cost: Adults: $8, Seniors (62+) $7, Youth (13-17) $4; 12 & Under Free. Tickets valid for re-entry all weekend. Location: San Jose Convention Center, 408 S. Almaden Blvd , San Jose, CA. Call 415-447-3205.

SONORA - Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival.  33rd Annual event includes a parade in downtown Sonora on Friday November 23rd at 5:30 p.m. Festival features over 200 quality craft artists, music, street performers, costumed elves and twinkle trees, carolers, a wide selection of home-cooking style festival kitchens and bake shops, all in festive, brightly colored craft halls. Time: Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $7 for Adults; $5 for Seniors; $2 for Children 6-12. Parking is $2 at the Fairgrounds. Held at Sonora's Mother Lode Fairgrounds. For more information call (209) 533-3473.


YUCAIPA - Apple Butter Festival at the Southern California apple ranch, Rileys at Los Rios Rancho, includes demonstrations, games, music and an old-fashioned hoedown. Location: 39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA. Cost: Free admission, $15/hoedown by reservation only. Festival daily hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: (909) 797-1005.