December 4, 2009

Walnut Creek kids offer holiday shopping alternatives that benefit good causes

Walnut Creek's downtown merchants might not be wild about my recommendation to patronize these Saturday craft fairs to purchase holiday gifts, rather than Broadway Plaza stores.

Oh well. These fairs, hosted by local elementary, middle and high school students are not for profit; rather they benefit some good causes.

The nonprofit, Creek Kids Care, will host a Craft Faire at Parkmead Elementary where its young members will sell original stationery, framed art, T-shirts, and touchtone magnets--all made by the kids themselves. Other families who live in this school neighborhood will also sell homemade items, including toffee, blankets, and baby wear.

(We already purchased many of our Christmas presents at the Creek Kids Care Benefit Boutique last month!)

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1920 Magnolia Way. All proceeds benefit Fresh Start, Walnut Creek's respite center for the homeless in our community, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Also on Saturday, Las Lomas High School will host its Craft Faire and Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is said to be the community event where you can find everything you need for the holidays: crafts, candles, knits, jewelry, specialty foods, and gifts. Proceeds will benefit the Las Lomas senior class.

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