Jingle Festival in Santa Clara
November 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; .November 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center (next to Levi’s Stadium) will be a fun and alluring place to visit as the enormous center inaugurates the upcoming holiday season. Yes, my friends, it is not too early to get into the spirit of the magical time of year and enjoy the Jingle Fest and the lovely sounds of Jingle Bells as they unveil one of the largest Bay Area handmade crafts marketplaces showcasing the stunning original artwork and crafts by select California artists. Don’t forget to stop by at a very special booth with information about the upcoming spectacular performances by the renowned Shen Yun company presenting their 10th Anniversary Celebration World Tour with appearances in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Fresno (www.ShenYun.com).
Tickets and Information
Free admission with complimentary parking
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara
Photo courtesy of Jingle Fest
The Wheels on the Bus
November 19-20, 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
It is never too early to introduce the little ones to the art of dance and singing. “The Wheels on the Bus” is a new production which gives toddlers the opportunity to use all their senses to explore things that go round and round. “The Wheels on the Bus” is part of a theater for the very young, a series created by the Bay Area Children’s Theater and the Children’s Theater Program at Children’s Fairyland. Kids can dance, sing along, imagine, and learn to act out stories together. It is recommended for children ages 6 months to 4 years. You might discover a future Tony Award-winning actress or actor in your family. Moms and dads can also join in the fun.
Photo courtesy of Children’s Creativity Museum
International Auto Show at Moscone Center
November 19 – 27
Dream and drive into the future as the 59th Annual International Auto Show unveils the newest state of the art models among the 2017 car designs from the world’s major manufacturers. The hot news: you can test drive some of the fabulous cars including electric vehicles. The show will offer test drives of the Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda’s MX-5, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Ford, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen, just to name a few. Hope I get to drive the newest Mustang–in eye-catching green! Special displays from the Aston Martin Club and Ferrari Club of America will bring a special razzle-dazzle to the show. There is something for everyone at this Auto show: children of all ages can partake in a variety of interactive exhibits including simulators and an auto accessory booth area with toy cars, car memorabilia exhibits and much more. This is one of the largest auto expositions in Northern California with over 600 vehicles on display. See you at the show… Vroom. Vroom.
Photo courtesy of the International Auto Show
DanceFAR – Is a Dance For A Reason
November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 5th year, DanceFAR (Dance For A Reason) is an annual dance performance and after-party to support the work of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), a Bay Area non-profit organization. DanceFAR was founded in 2012 by San Francisco Ballet dancers Garen Scribner, James Sofranko, and Margaret Karl to support the work of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and has raised over $350,000 to date. Past DanceFAR performances have featured performers from the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies and international dance artists such as the San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, ODC/Dance, Robert Moses’ KIN, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theater, and Broadway’s An American in Paris. Don’t miss this amazing evening of dance and good deeds. All tickets include admission to the after-party, held immediately following the performance in the YBCA Forum. The after-party includes food and drink from acclaimed Bay Area restaurants and wineries. The Cancer Prevention Institute of California is a Bay Area nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. DanceFAR gives back to the community and encourages volunteerism by providing a platform for artists to contribute to a good cause. All proceeds benefit CPIC’s research and education programs to address the causes of cancer and provide resources to support cancer survivors.
Photo courtesy of DanceFAR
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England, she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.