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Occidental Oriented - December 2014


Occidental Oriented - December 2014

Now that Friday Markets are over, it truly feels like the holiday season is upon us. With concerts and charity benefits to attend and presents to buy, it’s sure to be a jolly time. Occidental is jumping full swing into the festivities-- and you probably don’t want to miss any of it. 

Many of you may know me as the Elf at the Holiday Crafts Faire. Unfortunately, this year, I will be a very lonely Elf, which is why I am Desperately Seeking a Santa. On behalf of the Occidental Community Council, myself included, I humbly put out a request for local jolly Santa-like people to please email Courtney at We will provide the Santa suit and treats to hand out. Our humblest thanks go out to the future Santa. You would  be asked to be at the Holiday Crafts Faire for some, or all, of the time. The Occidental Community Council’s 29th Annual Holiday Crafts Faire will be Saturday, December the 13th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday the 14th from 10am until 4pm. There will be local artisans and artists with perfect gifts; the ever popular bucket raffle; home baked treats from the Salmon Creek Student Council; and Gerard’s world famous paella. It’s always a fun time and an awesome way to make your holiday gifts go local. 

In the spirit of giving, there will be a Toys for Tots drop-off at Salmon Creek Middle School in the main office. Toys for school age children are welcomed. It’s an awesome chance to get in the spirit of giving with any size contribution. Salmon Creek Middle School is busy this holiday season – their annual Winter Concert is Thursday, the 18th of December at 6pm in the gym. Every class will sing a song, and all the bands and choruses will also preform. It is always a joyful and supportive event. Some of the students will also be performing at Bob Burke’s!

Bob Burke’s Kids Program Christmas Dinner Fundraiser is a great way to make a difference. The profits made from this dinner go to chronically ill children. There will be a meal provided by the Gonella Family, and donations are welcomed – anything helps. The event takes place on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6pm to 9pm at the Union Hotel. The Union Hotel is also hosting the Annual Christmas Caroling Party on the 22nd of December, starting at 7pm. There will be, as always, the much loved cookies and hot cider. Local piano teacher and long time resident, Zan Spencer, will be playing. If you, or your children, are looking for piano or voice lessons, give her a call at 874-1367 or shoot her an email at 

Negri’s contribution to the festivities is the much anticipated Girl’s Night Out Cookie Exchange. Ladies: bring six dozen of one kind of cookies to Negri’s at 6pm on December 8th. There are prizes for almost every kind of cookie and at the end of the night you can take home six dozen other cookies. It costs $25, and you can contact Missy Calvi at 874-9373 or Cathie Anderson at 575-3488 for more information or to RSVP.

The Gallery at OCA currently has a print show and sale of local artists’ work at affordable prices for the holidays. The Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and during events. If you’re interested in visual arts, the Gallery Committee at Occidental Center for the Arts needs members to help plan and organize exhibits and for gallery sitting so OCA can be open to the public more often. It’s a great opportunity to meet other artists, get involved in the community and experience how an art gallery operates. For more information you can call 874-9392.

The OCA also presents Occidental Community Choir’s newest show – I Dreamed of Rain – on Sunday December 6th at 8pm. Shows after that are presented on Friday the 12th at 8pm and Saturday the 13th at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. You can buy tickets at the door, but purchasing them in advance is recommended – the shows often sell out. More information is available at The OCA will also be hosting Peppino D’Agostino, a renowned acoustic guitarist. He will be performing on Sunday December 7th at 8pm. He will also be hosting a workshop the same day at 5pm. On Saturday the 20th of December at 9pm, you can catch a magical holiday concert at the OCA. Three of the premier Celtic harpists, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynna and Aryeh Frankfurter will be performing. It’s an opportunity not to be missed!

Another wonderful opportunity is Dining out for Life, a annual benefit to fight AIDS. On December 4th, visit a participating restaurant to make a difference. In Occidental, Barley and Hops Tavern and Bistro Des Copains are participating. Besides just great food, it’s sure to give you warm-fuzzies knowing that your dinner made a difference.

The holiday season is a busy and exciting time, and I hope you all enjoy it. In the future, if you have any events or happenings you think should be mentioned in the column, feel free to email me at Happy holidays!