December 1, 2012
The 5th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show is the largest independent design show in the country.
Support the local economy and holiday shop with nearly four-hundred artists and designers.
Saturday @ 9am
Christmas on Euclid
30th Annual Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Fair
Euclid Avenue Between Holt Avenue & "G" Street
909 261 3230
Cruise Euclid Avenue for crafts at the 30th Annual Handcrafted Arts and Crafts Fair. There's live entertainment planned throughout the day. Children can visit with Santa while dad checks out the classic car show.
Saturday @ 9am
Monrovia/Duarte Girl Scouts
First Baptist Church
223 Encinitis Avenue
626 359 4533
Handmade crafts are available in Monrovia at the Holiday Bazaar at First Baptist Church. The fundraising event includes a bake sale so you can snack while you shop. Proceeds benefit the Monrovia and Duarte Girl Scouts.
Saturday @ 10am
22nd Winter Fantasy
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
949 494 3030
The Sawdust Art Festival has nearly two hundred artists into a winter wonderland of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothing and more one of a kind, creative gifts.
Saturday @ 10am
Icons & Idols of Rock n' Roll Auction
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Registration is required to bid!
I bet you can find a special gift at Julien's ICONS AND IDOLS ROCK AND ROCK auction. Bid on more than 400-items rock and roll items from the Rolling Stones to Whitney Houston to Bruce Springsteen to Madonna to the Beatles to Santana and more.
Saturday @ 10am
18th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting
205 Center Street Promenade
714 956 3586 www.downtownanaheim.com
The 18th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Shopping Village is a FREE event that includes holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, children's train ride, holiday choirs and a parade to a 50-foot Christmas tree, magically lit by Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus.
15th Annual Downtown on Ice
532 South Olive
Get your glide on for the holidays at DOWNTOWN ON ICE. Pershing Square attraction is open everyday through January 21, 2013.
A two-dollar skate rental and a six-dollar one hour skate session treat you to a glowing ice skating rink framed by towering trees and skyscrapers.
There are free events at the rink such as a winter concert series, championship skating exhibitions, and broomball games.
Ice at Santa Monica
1324 5th Street
Ice skate at the beach. The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue has been transformed into ICE at Santa Monica. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite.
This rink is open daily through Martin Luther King Day in January.
Now through Sunday, December 23rd
Candy Cane Christmas
125 West "B" Street
Learn the dying art of handmade Christmas candy at Logan's Candies. The family owned business is demonstrating the 1933 tradition of handmade candy canes.
Saturday @ 8pm
Sol de México de José Hernández,
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive
562 467 8818
The festive Merry-Achi Christmas extravaganza returns to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with Sol de México de José Hernández, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. Sol de México has performed with music greats Jose Feliciano, Willie Nelson, and The Beach Boys as well as Sea Biscuit and The Old Gringo movie soundtracks. Joining Sol de México on the stage is the all-female Mariachi group Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.
Flair Cleaners Holiday Clothing Drive
Flair Cleaners wants us to do MORE than get our clothes cleaned. Flair is having a holiday clothing drive. Stop by one of Flair Cleaners' five locations in Studio City, Valencia, Burbank, Santa Monica, and Redondo Beach, to make a clothing donation in one of the large donation boxes in the lobby of each store.
The clothing drive benefits the National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop, the Disabled American Veterans, St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store, and Helping Hands for the Blind.
Saturday @ 10am
Toys for the Holidays
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
661 255 4100
Do you love riding Six Flags Magic Mountain roller coasters? Then, bring a new, unwrapped toy worth 20-dollars or more and receive FREE admission at the KTLA – Six Flags Magic Mountain "Toys for the Holidays" toy drive…benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Saturday @ 2pm
Tap Into the Holidays
Universal Dance Designs
6009 Olympic Boulevard
Chole and Maud Arnold invite you to "Tap Into the Holidays." Work off some of the holiday treats you're consuming at their five hour intensive class…teaching everything from tap technique to improvisation.
Saturday @ Noon
Television Out of the Box
Paley Center for Media
465 South Beverly Drive
310 786 1091
"Television Out of the Box" is a partnership between Warner Bros. Television and the Paley Center for Media. The exhibit gives everyone a peek at iconic series ranging from Murphy Brown to The Mentalist and props from Tony Soprano's robe to Daisy Duke's actual "Daisy Dukes!"
Saturday @ 7:30pm
22nd Divas Simply Singing
800 West Olympic Boulevard, #335
213 765 7000
Singer and entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph hosts her 22nd DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING, described as a magical evening of song and entertainment, featuring some of the most talented women in the entertainment business united to fight HIV/AIDS. In 1990, Sheryl Lee Ralph established the DIVA Foundation and presented DIVAS! Simply Singing as a memorial to the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. Every cent of the millions raised helps men, women, and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Saturday @ 9am
2012 L.A. Auto Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
11835 West Olympic Boulevard
Downtown Los Angeles
More than 50 never before seen vehicles featuring the latest in technology, fuel economy and design are waiting for you at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in downtown Los Angeles. One of the stars of the car show…the gas sipping, three cylinder Ford Fiesta.
Saturday "Gayle on the Go"
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Have a great Saturday! Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.
Ohhh! Here are more Saturday "Gayle on the Go" activities for your consideration:
Fourth Annual Swap Meet
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
If you are looking for that hard to find part, a unique Christmas gift for the car enthusiast in your life, or you need to clear out your garage of parts, books, literature, and automobilia, come to the Fourth Annual Petersen Automotive Museum Garage Sale and Swap Meet on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Filling the second and third floors of the Petersen Museum's parking structure, the event will feature a mix of items from the Museum, along with a car sale corral and vendor area for those looking to sell vehicles and automobile or motorcycle items.
Bring your automobiles, motorcycles, and related parts, books, literature & ephemera to sell! Vendor booths are just $40 for a 15' x 30', and $30 for a 10' x 20' booth (sizes are approximate) with the majority of the vendor spaces being covered. Due to space availability, only automotive and motorcycle related items will be allowed. Table, chair, and power rental is available for an additional fee. For those wishing to sell their car, truck, van, race car, project vehicle, motorcycle, or other wheeled vehicle, spaces are available in the car corral for $30 per car or truck, and $20 per motorcycle. Any year, make, or model is welcome.
Vendors will receive one free admission to the Petersen Automotive Museum for December 4, and complimentary parking. Standard museum admission rates apply for guests who wish to visit the museum, but admission into the Garage Sale and Swap Meet is free! Standard parking rates apply. The Swap Meet and Car Corral runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call Sarah Hill to register (323) 94-6325 or email@example.com or go to http://petersen.org/visit/museum-events/4th-annual-swap-meet for more information.
Bring the Whole Family!
Bring the whole family because there is something for everyone! The 6th Annual CARnival Family Fun Day, also at The Petersen on December 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us in the 3rd floor Discovery Center for a family fun day full of arts and crafts, face painting, games, prizes and museum exploration! For more information regarding children and family programs, contact Lorianne at 323-964-6308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California 90036. Admission prices are $12 for general admission adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students with ID, $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members, active military with ID and children under five are admitted free. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2.00 each additional 30 minutes. One hour validation with purchase of $20 or more in the Museum Store or Johnny Rockets located in the museum lobby. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum's Web site at: www.petersen.org.
Saturday @ Noon
Judith Hendler Trunk Show
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
323 937 4230
Holiday shopping? Check out Judith Hendler, a major player in California jewelry design. Hendler brings her latest collections to California Craft and Folk Art Museum. She will raffle off two of her beautiful Athena Necklaces.
Saturday @ 11 a.m.
No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
213 403 3000 annenbergspaceforphotography.org
There are "no strangers" at the Annenberg Space for Photography. That's the name of the new group photography show about the wonder of culture and the plight of indigenous people. The free exhibit includes a series of lectures. Saturday the topic is "Painted Bodies of Africa: Documenting a Disappearing Word. This massive exhibit is FREE!
Saturday @ 10 a.m.
An American Christmas
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
40 Presidential Drive
805 520 9702
This is a holiday classic! "An American Christmas" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Tour the winter wonderland of 25-trees decorated to celebrate defining moments of American history from the Revolutionary era to the beginning of the 21st century.
By the way, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy, local children. Donate a toy worth more than ten dollars, get a discount on exhibit admission.
Trees, Trains, & Traditions
Richard Nixon Presidential Library
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
714 993 5075
A magnificent collection of 25-breathtaking trees decorated to reflect the spirit of the holidays from countries and cultures around the world, specially themed trees and five model railroad systems celebrate the holiday season at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.
Bob Baker's Nutcracker
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 West First Street
213 250 9995
Here's another sign of the season. It's the 52nd season of "Bob Baker's Nutcracker", the marionette version of the ballet classic.
"Bob Baker's Nutcracker" is an hour-long production. After the show guests are invited to visit with the puppeteers and have refreshments in the famous Party Room.
The historic Baker marionettes that have been entertaining children since 1960.
Chill @ The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
877 342 0738
This is the coolest place in southern California. The Queen Mary presents CHILL AND THE ICE KINGDOM, a winter wonderland for the entire family.
Celebrate the holiday season with ice tubing, an ice skating rink, a holiday village, and Santa Claus!
Sunday @ 10am
Indiana Jones & the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition
Discovery Science Center
2500 North Main Street
Let's explore! Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: the Exhibition is waiting for you at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. This innovative exhibition, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal's X3 Productions, features an extensive collection of Indiana Jones film materials from the Lucasfilm Archives, along with photos and videos from the National Geographic Society and artifacts from the Penn Museum.
Toyota – Lexus Tether Retrofit Program SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
English 800 745 Safe
Spanish 800 747 SANO
Before you get on the road this holiday weekend, take some time to make sure your child's car seat is safe. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., in collaboration with Toyota and Lexus dealers, is assisting customers with the installation of tether anchors in the TOYOTA-LEXUS TETHER RETROFIT PROGRAM.
Pre-2000 model year vehicles qualify for the program. All major manufacturers are participating. For more information and to learn if your vehicle qualifies for this program, go to the SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. website.
Saturday @ 10am
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Samuel Oschin Pavilion
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
323 724 3623
If you have not seen the space shuttle Endeavour, this might be a good weekend to stop by the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center.
The massive orbiter is accompanied by a massive exhibit that tells the California story of its 25 missions and the support equipment and team required.
Saturday @ 11am
Friends & Family Christmas Boutique
653 South Vancouver Avenue
323 427 1517
Find more stocking stuffers and bargains at the Friends and Family Christmas Boutique. Vendors are waiting for you on South Vancouver Avenue in Los Angeles.
Saturday @ 10am
Divine Design 2012
Project Angel Food
Divine Design Marketplace
9000 Wilshire Boulevard
Divine Design is an opportunity to find designer merchandise for not a lot of money. Name names? O.K. Calvin Klein, Fred Segal, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford should whet your appetite. All proceeds from your bargain hunting in this 30-thousand square foot marketplace benefits Project Angel Food's meal delivery program for people with life threatening illnesses.
The Holiday Season
Chris Byrnes' Time to Play Hot Holiday Toys 2012
Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy
Time to Play Magazine
229 West 28th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10001
Chris Byrne, the "Toy Guy" and Time to Play have been tracking store sales since early October and talking to retailers in order to give viewers the inside track on 10 toys you should order today, if you want to get them for your kids this holiday season. This season's hottest toys cover a wide variety of products, from high tech to basic play, suggesting that a good toy is one that inspires engaging play.
Here is Chris Byrnes' TIME TO PLAY HOT HOLIDAY TOYS 2012:
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer (LeapFrog) -- The LeapPad was the #1 toy last year and has been selling out consistently all year, making the Time to Play Most Wanted List. The new version is sturdier, has twice the memory, better performance, and front and rear cameras for the same $99 of the original. This has emerged as the iPad for kids. Chris got more calls in December last year from people desperate to find this toy than at any time since Tickle Me Elmo in 1996.
Furby (Hasbro) -- Furby is back and better than ever. Hasbro has really gotten the technology right. He's more interactive, more amusing and more engaging than ever. Plus there's even an iPod or iPhone App that you can use with him to expand the play. According to Walmart, Furby is one of the top toys that people are putting on layaway and is also on the Time to Play Most Wanted List.
Monster High High School Playset (Mattel) -- Another hot layaway item, the Monster High High School Playset is the first dollhouse for the super-hot Monster High dolls, which continue to be one of the hottest fashion dolls out there. It's got the ghoulishly good humor of the line, including a "basketball court" and coffin lockers as well as an innovative fold-up design.
Crayola Digital Light Designer (Crayola) -- This digital designer lets kids draw with light and a touch-sensitive stylus and is a stand-alone unit that lets kids explore color, technology and animation. The Crayola Digital Light Designer reflects the trend seen over the past couple of years that combine electronics with arts and crafts.
ZX Crossbow (Zing) -- Introduced earlier this year, the Zing Crossbow has been so popular that retailers can't keep it in stock. People love the soft, safe fun and the action-packed play.
NERF Elite Hail Fire (Hasbro) -- Another huge hit on the Time to Play Most Wanted List, the NERF Elite Hail Fire has the ability to shoot up to 144 darts rapid fire. You've never seen a NERF battle like this!
LaDeeDa (Spin Master) -- This is a big year for fashion dolls, and the LaDeeDa collections show all the signs of being a breakout hit. Not only are they gorgeous dolls, they also inspire girls to be creative in their own right. These are appealing to slightly older, slightly more sophisticated girls who have a great, whimsical fashion sense.
Perplexus Twist (PlaSmart) -- The original Perplexus Epic and Rookie puzzles have been sell outs in the specialty market. These hard-to-put-down puzzles are appealing to those who love a challenge and parents who appreciate its great value pricing.
Micro Chargers (Moose) -- Micro cars are another huge trend this year. Exclusive to Toys "R" Us, Micro Chargers have a unique charging system that revs the cars and then sends them racing on tracks. With two different versions for stunts and speed and a high level of collectibility, this toy is racing off shelves.
Skylanders Construction Sets (MEGA) -- For fans of the Skylanders game, a huge hit in the video game arena, these construction sets are a new way for fans and young kids to get into the excitement of the game. This toy also made the Time to Play Most Wanted List.
As director of content for "Time To Play," Chris Byrne brings 29 years of industry experience in the toy industry to his role as a researcher, analyst and consultant with New York-based Byrne Communications. He has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies tracking kid trends, product development and strategic marketing campaigns and is regularly sourced by the investment community for insights into all aspects of the toy industry. Chris is widely published on the topic of toys and family life and in addition to his work with "Time to Play" he is editor-at-large for the trade publications Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties.
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
818 768 1802
NEW TALK AND BOOK BY JON KEELEY! Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management, a lecture and book-signing with Jon E. Keeley, PhD. Saturday, December 1, 1:30-3:00pm This important program for homeowners, landscape pros, researchers and fire managers explores the role of fire in each of the world's five Mediterranean climates and offers a unique view of the evolution of fire-adapted traits and the role of fire in shaping Earth's ecosystems
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
818 768 1802
ONLY TWO SPACES LEFT! Three-Part Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer Saturdays, November 17 and December 1 and 15, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.. You'll create a basic plan for your native plant garden guided by an experienced landscape designer. Enrollment is limited to eight projects for individual attention.
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KTLA 5 News
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Los Angeles, CA 90028
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