The week in Cloverdale: Dec. 9 – 15
~ A Holiday Shopping Fundraiser, sponsored by the Jefferson School PTA, will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. More than 40 home-based businesses, crafters and artisans will be selling a variety of gifts, toys, children’s books, house wares, candles, purses, jewelry and more. The first 30 shoppers get goodie bags. No admission.
~ The Gary Johnson Quintet performs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, 131 E. First St. No cover charge. 894-9610.
~ A Christmas musical entitled “The True Meaning of Christmas” will be presented at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at First Baptist Church, 450 S. Franklin St. Refreshments will be served following the performance. No admission. Everyone is welcome. 894-3274.
~ Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, watch the Houston Texans take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium during Monday Night Football on one of the three big screen TV’s in the Vino di Amore Wine Tasting Lounge, 105 N. Cloverdale Boulevard. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or the bottle, as well as water, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages. No cover charge. 894-6166.
~ A Responsible Beverage Service training workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Vino di Amore, 105 N. Cloverdale Blvd. RBS is a research-based environmental prevention strategy found to be effective in reducing hazardous alcohol use at licensed alcohol establishments. There is no charge for the workshop, however, pre-registration is required and can be done online.
~ The final free Music Workshop of the year will have a holiday theme and take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Cloverdale Center for the Arts, 105 E. First St. Workshop instructors David Garland, Tom McBride and Oscar Calderon welcome all, from beginners to experienced musicians and music enthusiasts to join their 90 minute jam sessions. For more information, contact Garland at either David.firstname.lastname@example.org or 894-2738.
~ Join readers of “Secret Daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda for a Book Discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Cloverdale Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd. No admission. Everyone is welcome. 894-5271.
~ A Gingerbread House Contest for Teens (ages 12-19) will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Cloverdale Library. 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Teens will have two hours to build a gingerbread house and Library patrons will vote for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded to the builders of the top three gingerbread houses. This free event is hosted by Friends of the Cloverdale Library and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is not required. 894-5271.
~ Bruce Halbohm will entertain diners from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Piacere Ristorante Italiano, 504 N. Cloverdale Boulevard. No cover. 894-0885.
~ All area business people are invited to a Holiday Chamber of Commerce Mixer, hosted by Vino di Amore and Patti & Friends Catering, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Vino di Amore Tasting Lounge, 105 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Ring in the holidays and network with other business owners and managers while enjoying complimentary food and wine. 894-3339.
~ Holiday Blues, a free drop-in grief support group for those dealing with the loss of a loved one who would like additional support getting through the holidays, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Cloverdale Senior Center, 311 N. Main St. Hosted by Memorial Hospice/North County Hospice, this program is offered free of charge. Individual, child and family grief support is also available. For more information, call Bev at 568-1094 ext. 112.
~ With their eclectic repertoire that blends jazz styles with elements from Latin music, classical music, funk and more, Charged Particles will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, on Dec. 13 at THE Jazz Club, located inside the Center for the Arts at 105 E. First St. Suggested donation is $10 for members of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Club refreshments served. Visit cloverdaleartsalliance.org or call 894-4410 for further information.
~ First graders from Jefferson School will be creating a holiday craft project with adults from the Cloverdale Senior Center from 10:05 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at 311 N. Main St. Sign ups are requested. 894-4826.
~ Creative ReStore (formerly Crafter’s Boutique) is now open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Cloverdale Senior Center, 311 N. Main St. Donated fabric, yarn, patterns, thread, buttons, craft kits and other supplies are offered for sale to the community at rock bottom prices during this weekly fundraiser for the Senior Center. 894-4826.
~ A Choral Christmas Concert, featuring selections from Disney’s “Muppet Christmas Carol” and other seasonal favorites, will begin at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Cloverdale, 435 N. Cloverdale Blvd. There is no admission however donations will be gratefully accepted. Everyone is welcome. Call Janice at 972-7977 for more information.
~ The Cloverdale High School Eagles Cheer+Mascot squad will be holding a Bake Sale & Gift Wrapping fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagle Pride Boosters Christmas Tree lot, corner of Hillview and S. Cloverdale Blvd. Enjoy homemade baked goodies and have all of your holiday gifts beautifully wrapped while browsing for the perfect holiday tree.
~ “Wreaths Across America,” co-sponsored locally by Cloverdale’s American Legion Post 293 and VFW Post 9268, will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on the corner of First and Commercial Streets. A procession of veterans and citizens will proceed down First Street to Riverside Cemetery where wreaths will be laid on the 32 gravesites of military veterans buried there. Call either Gene at 894-0712 or Al at 696-2964 for more information.
~ The Sticky Notes, with Steven Johnson on guitar / vocals and Frank Blount on bass guitar, will take the stage from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, 131 E. First Street. The duo brings back a time when people gathered on a Saturday night in “juke joints” to enjoy blues and country music. No cover charge. 894-9610.