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BUY LOCAL or MAKE YOUR OWN!!!

BUY LOCAL or MAKE YOUR OWN!!!

If you are the gift-giving type, it is quickly approaching that time of year when certain friends and family expect presents.  However, if you’re the broke gift-giving type, finding affordable presents can be a little stressful.  The fun fix?  Crafts!  This time of year is perfect for making presents and buying local handmade goods.  The Bay Area’s record low temperatures mean it’s time to do some crafts in front of the fire (or if you’re broke and/or care about the environment, swap the fire for as many layers of sweatshirts as you can wear without compromising your knitting arms).  Make '˜em at this weekend’s Church of Craft or buy '˜em and support local crafters at this weekend’s craft fairs and rad pop-up shops.

NOISE POP DOES MORE THAN NOISE!!!

NOISE POP DOES MORE THAN NOISE!!!

The Noise Pop Holiday Shop
'œCheck out our Noise Pop Holiday Shop , we will be featuring over 40 of our favorite Bay Area designers selling their latest and greatest wares with artistic flairs perfect for all your holiday shopping needs and at affordable prices.  There will be a full bar, sweet treats and of course the best music to shop to'”come join the fun!'
Thursday, December 17th,'¨5-10pm
The Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa Street [SF]
FREE

Secession Art & Design Holiday Party
'œSecession gallery celebrates the holidays with a collection of handmade, independent art & design. Our gallery & boutique is filled with imagination and unique gifts for those who make your day! The walls are lined with art that will make you laugh, reminisce, and definitely start a conversation.'
Friday, December 18th, 6:30-9:30pm
3361 Mission St @ 30th St [SF]
FREE

RENEGRADE CRAFT FAIR!!!

RENEGRADE CRAFT FAIR!!!

Renegrade Craft Fair
'œOver 150 of today’s finest indie-craft and contemporary design talents. Those looking to shop handmade and support small business this holiday season will surely find something for everyone at this large-scale, FREE-TO-ATTEND art, craft and design extravaganza!'
December 19th and 20th (Sat & Sun), 11am-7pm
Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion
Entrance: Marina Blvd. @ Buchanan St. [the Marina]
Click for Directions/Parking Info
FREE

SF Bay Area Church of Craft
'œThe Church of Craft promotes any and all acts of creation as a means to live life best.  The Church of Craft supports sharing. Please join us!  Bring whatever DIY/crafty projects you are working on or have been itching to start! Open house style – come and go when you like.  Snacks are welcome.
Sunday, December 20th, 12-5pm
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
2278 Telegraph Ave. @ 23rd St. [Oakland]
FREE

BERKELEY HIPPIE CRAFTS @ THE TELEGRAPH FAIR

BERKELEY HIPPIE CRAFTS @ THE TELEGRAPH FAIR

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
'œMore than 200 artists offer 6 days of bargain shopping.  Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists.'
December 19th, 20th, 23rd, and 24th, 11am-6pm
Telegraph Ave. btwn. Dwight & Bancroft [Berkeley]
FREE

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Chloe - Pennywise Reporter

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Chloe's youth was split between California and Kauai, frolicking on a macadamia nut farm in the tropics and landing finally in the Bay Area. Raised by super-Jew hippies, and the youngest of three sisters, Chloe learned early the virtues of thrift, economy, and green living. To the chagrin of her parents (who hoped, of course, for a Jewish doctor or lawyer), Chloe has put her degree from UC Berkeley to great use by becoming a folk singer. As "Chloe Makes Music" she plays shows throughout SF and beyond, donning vintage frocks, selling handmade merch, and pinching pennies as she sings for her supper. Calling Berkeley home for the last six years, you can think of Chloe as the website's East Bay Correspondent, opening your eyes to the hippie-filled, tree-hugging, organic-loving, vegan-eating, but way-overlooked and awesome assets of Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.

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