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Occidental Oriented - December 2015


Occidental Oriented - December 2015 - MacKenzie Nekton

It’s officially been one year that I’ve been writing these columns! A lot has happened since then, but not much has changed. My hair is short now, for the first time in my life, and I got my first anything-but-an-A in Honors Precalculus since seventh grade PE. I’ve read some Marx and some trashy romance novels, and I sleep more but am more tired. It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to write these columns. Thank you for reading! 

Got Nog, Occidental Community Choir’s annual winter show is opening Saturday the 5th, and you can get half-priced tickets for that show at There are also shows Sunday the 6th, Friday the 11th, Saturday the 12th, and Sunday the 13th in various locations around the west county. The group is as talented as they are local. Please go support them!

The Occidental Community Council’s 30th annual Holiday Crafts Faire is on December 12th and 13th. The Crafts Faire is the OCC’s one and only fundraiser, so please come out and do your holiday shopping. Highlighting over 35 local and regional artists, this event will delight your senses. Salmon Creek students will offer baked goodies, and delicious menu options will be on sale for attendees to enjoy. There will also be the wildly popular bucket raffle. Admission is free, but a portion of the money from the sales will go back to the OCC. These proceeds are then returned to the community through programs funded by the Occidental Community Council. The OCC supports the unmet needs of the community, and is always looking for new members with new ideas—if you’re interested, they meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 at the YMCA. 

If you’re looking for something Christmassy for the house, try making a stop at the Galleria. Gina has the placed decked out with all sorts of holiday decorations and offerings in every price range. Everything is, of course, beautiful. Other good places to find holiday gifts include the toy store, Mad Hatter, for younger kids or the young at heart, and Boho Bungalow. Faith at Boho Bungalow is very sweet and helped me a get a present for one of my friends a few weeks ago. She’s got all sorts of great things in all price ranges for all kinds of people. She has warm fuzzy things, air plants, fancy temporary tattoos, and beautiful jewelry of all types. 

Before an afternoon of shopping, eating a yummy meal is always advised. Stop at Hazel’s, the newish restaurant in town, for brunch on Saturday and Sunday and for lunch Wednesday through Friday. They have amazing coffee cake and some delicious apricot thing. I had French toast there a few weeks ago, and it was phenomenal. Of course, the Union has an adorable little coffee shop/bakery that has yummy turnovers. 

The holiday traditions at the Union Hotel are coming up. December 2nd brings the Bob Burke Fundraiser at 6 pm until 9 pm. The 21st is the Annual Christmas Caroling. It’s a nice evening filled with holiday songs, cookies and hot cider that begins at 7 pm.

If you’re in the mood for something a little less Christmassy and a little more West-County, join local yoga instructor Xochi for a candlelit vinyasa flow yoga class at Westminster Woods on December 13th from 5:30 until 6:45. You don’t have to sign up, and it’s donation based and open to all levels. Other things that are moonlight include the winter solstice. It’s on December 22nd, and I hope you all enjoy the longest night of the year!