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Friday, Dec. 7
Holiday open house
When: 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: New Families, 6062 Graham Hill Road, Ste. D, in Felton
Details: An open house hosted by the foster family agency will include hors d’oeuvres, goodies and holiday activities. Reservations were requested by Thursday, Dec. 6.
Art gallery reception
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: The White Raven Coffee and Tea House, 6253 Highway 9, in Felton.
Details: An open reception for artist Wendy Golden will feature live music, crocheted art pieces and scarves for sale.
When: 8 to 11 p.m.
Where: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9 in Felton
Details: The evening will include dance lessons and live music by the band Peak Nouveau.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Gift, craft fair
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Gift shop, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 2592 Graham Hill Road, in Felton
Details: Nature-themed gifts will be sold and refreshments will be served during Mountain Parks Foundation’s 20th annual holiday fundraiser. Proceeds will pay for environmental and cultural education in local state parks. The fundraiser will run both Saturday and Sunday.
Info: 335-3174 or www.mountainparks.org
Electronic music for teens
When: 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Boulder Creek Rec Hall, 13333 Middleton Ave.
Details: Low Frequencies, a monthly electronic dance music function, will feature electronic dance music for teenagers age 16 and older. Local disc jockeys will be picked to spin. Mixes may be submitted by email.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 338-4144
Sunday, Dec. 9
Berry Creek Falls hike
When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, in Boulder Creek
Details: Docent Bill Rhoades will lead a moderate to strenuous 11-mile hike to Big Basin’s 65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Hikers should wear layers, take water and lunch and meet at park headquarters.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 13005 Pine St., Boulder Creek
Details: A pancake breakfast with the works and a raffle will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.
Cost: Sliding scale and by donation
When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St. in Ben Lomond
Details: Families can make artistic gifts during this three-hour workshop.
Free church Christmas program
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Felton Presbyterian Church, 6090 Highway 9, in Felton
Details: A Christmas program at the church will include special music, carol singing, a children’s nativity play and a free soup dinner.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220 Elk St., in Santa Cruz
Details: The concert will feature pioneer-themed Christmas music and storytelling. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for Valley Churches United Mission’s Valley Christmas Project.
Friday, Dec. 14
Holiday variety show
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Boulder Creek Recreation Hall, 13333 Middleton Ave., in Boulder Creek
Details: A bake sale and soup sale will precede music and carols and a short play and variety show about Boulder Creek in the late 1800s.
Info: 338-4144 or www.bcrpd.org
Saturday, Dec. 15
First aid, CPR class
When: To be determined
Where: Felton Fire Protection District, 131 Kirby St., in Felton
Details: Ray Soler will lead a community first-aid and CPR certification class.
Cost: Free to residents and employees of the Felton fire district; $36 for others
Info: 335-4422 or www.feltonfire.com
Pipe organ carols
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Boomeria, 60 Verde Drive, in Bonny Doon
Details: Preston Boomer invites the community to his home to sing carols with Bill Visscher, organ builder and organist. Apple cider and cookies will be served afterward.
Info: 426-2617 or http://home.comcast.net/%7epqboom/tour/carolinvite.pdf
Tuesday, Dec. 18
School band, choir concert
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Scotts Valley High School Student Union, 555 Glenwood Drive, in Scotts Valley
Details: The Scotts Valley High School and Scotts Valley Middle School bands and choir will perform holiday music.
Cost: Free, donations accepted