Holiday fairs abound


Anyone seeking distinctive holiday gifts and decorations may find inspiration in the upcoming boutiques, art exhibits and sales.

Whether it's garden art, functional and decorative ceramics, painted Ukrainian eggs or felted silk scarves, much can be enjoyed in the looking and discovery.

Upcoming boutiques and sales of handmade gifts include:

What: 14th annual "Art in Clay" exhibit and sale

When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Highlights: More than 700 local ceramic artists will present handmade works, including Ikebana vessels, sculpture, masks, garden art and holiday-themed items.

Admission: Free

Benefits: Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild (OVCAG), a nonprofit with nearly 200 artists and supporters


What: Champagne Reception/ Holiday show and sale

When: Friday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m.; extended hours through Dec. 24

Where: Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Highlights: Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fabric and photography, with a special handmade ornament section

Admission: Free; 20 percent discount on art purchased during reception

Benefits: 40 artists of Gallery House

Info: or 650-326-1668

What: La saison d' élégance holiday shopping boutiques

When: Daytime, Saturday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 6, times vary. Evening, Wednesday, Dec. 3, or Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside

Highlights: Filoli will be decorated for the holidays, with holiday music, shopping boutiques, buffet luncheons, evening bistros and children's parties.

Cost: Daytime boutiques: $30-$35 for nonmembers, $25-$30 for members; evening boutiques: $30 for nonmembers, $25 for members

Info: or 650-364-8300

What: Foothill College Holiday Pottery Sale

When: Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 2-4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Foothill College, Cesar Chavez Plaza, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

Highlights: Ceramic functional ware and sculptures, including bowls, vases, figures and more, all made in Foothill classes. Cash, checks and money orders accepted.

Cost: Free; $3 parking

Benefits: Foothill College's ceramics department

Info: 650-949-7584 or

What: Holiday Fair

When: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Lou Henry Hoover House (aka Girl Scout House), 1120 Hopkins Ave., Palo Alto

Highlights: Handmade hemp soaps, ceramics, gourd art, handmade paper, weaving, handpainted silk and velvet jackets, calligraphy, handwoven rugs and pillows, jewelry, Ukrainian eggs, wearable art, glass, wooden boxes and more

Benefits: The Artifactory Cooperative

Info: or 650-625-1736

What: Holiday Marketplace

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

Highlights: Wreaths, planted baskets, garden art, kissing balls, bird feeders, plus knitted dishcloths, homemade food items, gift bags and cards, and more

Benefits: The Garden Club of Palo Alto

Info: or Susan Beebe at 650-269-9011

What: Christmas Market

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park

Highlights: Handmade crafts in the Sunset Room; carolers singing in the gardens; small gifts or treats for shoppers

Admission: Free

Benefits: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Info: or 650-383-9002

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