This Weekend: Holiday Celebrations, Toy Drive, a Bake Sale and More Sales

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG

Moorpark – Tujunga Village Holiday Open House: Come down to the Village on Saturday, December 4 from 4-9 pm. All the village merchants and eateries will be open with free refreshments and other exciting fare. Street entertainment such as the Dickens Carolers, a Stilt Walker, Face Painters, Bagpipers, Balloon artist, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and more! Located at Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.

Candy Cane Creme Faux-reos by Valentina of Eastside Food Bites will just be one of the blogger baked goods at the Eat My blog Bake Sale. Photo: eatmyblogla.com/wordpress.com

Eat My Blog Bake Sale: It’s just a jump over the hill, but so worth it. Food bloggers are uniting for a bake sale on December 4 from 10am-4pm at Tender Greens in West Hollywood. All proceeds will benefit the LA Regional Food Bank. Check out the menu and location here, but just know this, they are over 150 baked goods from which to choose — most you’ve ever seen at a bake sale before.

OPTX Encino One Year VIP Anniversary Sale and Trunk Show: My Daily Find fave, Optx Fine Eyewear, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a incredible event on Saturday, December 4 from 3-6pm.  Come for refreshments and entertainment. Save 20-50% on the most incredible fashion forward eye candy.  Some of owner Wayne Fletcher’s top brands are Chanel, Tom Ford, Prada, Ray Bans, Oliver Peoples, Balenciaga. There will be also be a special  preview of 2011 Tiffany eyewear, plus handmade exclusive jewelry by Liza Schtromberg. 16101 Ventura Blvd Ste 238 Encino, CA 91436 (818) 789-7600 (located in the Encino Place corner mall).

Santa and the Holiday Toy Express: Join in Santa’s first stop of the year as Metrolink presents the Holiday Toy Express on Saturday, December 4 from 4-7 pm. A 450-ton train will be covered with giant glittering ornaments, animated displays and more than 50,000 twinkling lights. Arriving at the Downtown Burbank Station at 201 N. Front Street with lights aglow and filling the night with toe-tapping tunes, the Holiday Toy Express will offer a free musical show where kids get to meet Santa and his friends. Make sure to bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the Spark of Love Toy Drive in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department. All toys collected go to Burbank kids in need. www.downtown-burbank.com

SOHA Toy Drive: The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association is again doing their part to help The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services by supplying toys to be distributed at their holiday event for for abused and abandoned kids. Please bring unwrapped toys to Ralphs in Sherman Oaks (14049 Ventura Boulevard) on Sunday, December 5 between 11am. and 2pm. There’ll be free refreshments, as well as fire engines and police equipment for kids to check out. Also meet with local officials including Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, State Senator Fran Pavley, City Councilmen Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian, LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan, and LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore.

The Shops at Woodman & Ventura 3rd Annual Holiday Block Party: The Shops at Woodman and Ventura in Sherman Oaks will host its 3rd annual Holiday block party on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 11am-4pm.  More than 20 local businesses in the neighborhood of Ventura Boulevard between Woodman Avenue and Ventura Canyon Avenue will participate with live bands, food, games, “freebies” and fun for adults and children. The Vespa dealer will be giving away a “Christmas Red” Vespa Motor Scooter as the grand prize in a raffle to benefit Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary School. You can also drop off toys for the annual SOHA Holiday Toy Drive at any of the shops. Businesses up and down the block will be offering deals and free products as their gifts to shoppers. There will be free pictures of children and their parents with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a visit by the Children’s Nature Institute Discovery Van, arts & crafts, free Child ID Cards and fingerprinting, a tarot card reader and live music and more. Come and join the fun. You could be the lucky winner of a shiny new Vespa!

Leonis Adobe Museum Holiday Open House: Celebrate the season in a historical setting on Sunday, December 5 from 2-5pm. Refreshments,Victorian Table and Vintage Toy Collection, Music by the “West Valley Guitar Quartet.” It’s also a great opportunity to feed the ranch animals. Free Admission and parking. www.leonisadobemuseum.org

The Skirball at The Americana at Brand’s Hanukkah Celebration: The Skirball journeys to The Americana at Brand in Glendale on Saturday, December 4 from 1-3 pm for a holiday-themed, family-friendly afternoon. Groove to the live holiday music of popular children’s music performer Marshall Voit.Entertainment. Also, balloon art and face painting, plus art for all ages—roll an old-fashioned Hanukkah candle out of pure beeswax. The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale

Sing-In The Holidays: Join OperaWorks for an afternoon of beautiful multi-cultural music including sacred, secular, traditional holiday music, including songs from Russia and China on Sunday, December 5 at 2pm at the Christian Science Church of Studio City! Bring the entire family and enjoy the sing-along! Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations are appreciated. For seat reservations call: 818.898.9597 or email patty@operaworks.org. Christian Science Church of Studio City. 4032 Whitsett Avenue, Studio City.

Down Home Hanukkah: Celebrate American folk art and roots music traditions at this year’s Down Home Hanukkah Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center on Sunday, December 5 at 11am. Featuring live music, hands-on arts and crafts projects, woodworking and quilting demonstrations, circus arts, and tasty Hanukkah treats. Families of all backgrounds are invited. $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; Free to members and children under 12.

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