| December-January 2010
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By Pat Rose
From dollar-off cocktails at Bliss Bar, dinner specials at Le Zinc, and book-signings at Just for Fun—to hayrides, singing troubadours, and discounts at Ambiance, See Jane Run, Bernie’s, Cosmic Wizard, Global Exchange, and many other neighborhood stores—“24 HoliDAYS on 24th Street” will keep you shopping and celebrating in Noe Valley all month.
Small Frys will entertain tots under 5 with a reading of The Nutcracker on Dec. 7 and a reading of The Gingerbread Man on Dec. 14. Both events are from 9 to 10 a.m. and feature prizes, as well as treats for the little ones from Noe Valley Bakery.
Pixie Hall Studios will offer winter crafts and card-making for kids ages 3 to 9 on Dec. 4. There will be face-painting at Terra Mia on Dec. 11, and Droubi Team/Coldwell Banker will host cookie-decorating on Dec. 18.
Not to be outdone, Just for Fun will showcase a silk-dyeing demonstration Dec. 11 at 1 p.m., as well as appearances by the creators of the comic book The Adventures of Unemployed Man (Dec. 11 and 12, 1 to 3 p.m.) and The Blinkybug Kit (Dec. 15, 5 to 7 p.m.).
Champagne, Hayrides & Cable Cars
Several merchants are serving refreshments with their discounts. Wink SF will hold a holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 10, with prizes and refreshments. Rabat is offering champagne shopping on Dec. 11 and 12. And Urban Nest will host teatime featuring Tea Forté gourmet teas on Dec. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m.
You’ll want to bring the kids for the Holiday Hayrides on 24th Street on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., sponsored by Zephyr Real Estate, and Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., sponsored by Patxi’s Pizza. Pickup is at Walgreen’s at Castro and Jersey streets with a stop at the Noe Valley Farmers Market at 24th and Vicksburg.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, noon to 4 p.m., you can hitch a ride on the Cable Car Holiday Shuttle, sponsored by Hill & Co. The cable car will run a continuous shuttle along 24th Street between Chattanooga and Diamond streets, with multiple stops on 24th Street. Turnaround is at Castro and Jersey streets.
Four Visits from Santa
Of course, December would not be complete without Santa. He’ll be making stops at Phoenix Books from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13; at Just for Fun from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 16; at Small Frys from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 17; and at Hill & Co. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.
Thanks to the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, which is sponsoring the HoliDAYS, 24th Street also will host an amazing mix of live holiday music and dance entertainment, including acoustic folk-rock duo Laura & Kai, the Mele Kalikimaka Hula Dance Group, folk rocker Lily Holbrook, Circus Finelli, No Strings Attached, Skillet Licorice, folk/jazz guitarist Dennis Campagna, and singer/songwriter Jude Reseigne.
For exact dates, times, and locations, check the printed calendar of events available in local shops or go to noevalleymerchants.com.