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Occidental Oriented - December 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton


Occidental Oriented - December 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton

The holidays may be the happiest time of the year—but they are also the busiest. Everyone is always -doing something—and why not?—there is so much to do! I’ve got some of the highlights below.

The annual Holiday Crafts Faire is December 10th and 11th this year. On Saturday, is it open from ten to five, and on Sunday you can drop by from ten to four. The Crafts Faire showcase the work of local craftsman—with vendors ranging from jewelers to wood carvers to stonesmiths. You can always find something for everyone on your list (this may work better with people who live in Sonoma County or are a little hippy-dippy.) Also, there is always lunch for sale both days, and you can buy baked goods to support the Salmon Creek Student Council. Besides, admission is free, and there is a bucket raffle with awesome prizes, so there is really no reason not to come.

Also coming up is the Occidental Community Choir’s annual winter concert! This year it is called Sing the Long Nights, and will feature seasonal songs of celebration and beauty that will warm your heart, get your toes tapping, and carry you through the long night. The show is directed by Andrew DelMonte. Opening night is Saturday, December 3rd, at 7:30pm at the Occidental Center for the Arts. It’s also Community First Night, and so there is a reduced ticket price: only $10. They perform at the Occidental Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 4th, at 3pm, on Friday, December 9th, at 8pm, and on Saturday, December 10th, at 8pm. If you come at 7:30, you can be a part of the pre-concert sing-along! They perform on Sunday, December 11th, at 3pm, at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa also. If you buy your tickets online now, they only cost $15.00 (plush a $1.52 service fee). The Occidental Community Choir is always amazing, and they put of beautiful shows, so you should definitely go see them!

Chance Hagemann, Grade 7, Salmon Creek SchoolThe Occidental Center for the Arts is also hosting Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino on Saturday, December 17th, from eight to ten in the evening. His music covers a wide range of styles, ranging from classical to folk to Irish, Italian, Brazilian, flamenco and jazz. On Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm, the Kitchen Choir is doing there winter concert, Ring Out, Wild Bells!, also at the OCA.  Occidental’s very own Sarah Saulsbury will lead the group through old holiday favorites and contemporary gems. Tickets are sold at the door for $10, and children 12 and under are free. There will be refreshments available!  The OCA is always hosting fun events, so checkout their calendar for more information, and other shows!

There are always events at the Community Center, and you can check out the Community Council’s calendar at  to see what’s happening when! 

In other news, Devin is coming home from college for Christmas, and we’re going to see a concert in the city. I’m excited. Also, I’m staying home for Christmas and am going to sleep for as many hours as is physically possible. I hope that you finish of your year busy and happy, and getting enough sleep! 

Happy Holidays!