California

Ice Skating

Thru Jan. 16/MODESTO – A joyous tradition, ice skating in the heart of downtown Modesto promises to bring a smile … all within steps of shops and restaurants… is now open for the 2022/2023 season. New this year – learn to play Hockey. Sign ups are now open. Tickets are on sale at https://tickets.modestoonice.com/ Season passes are also available.

Goat Hill Fairgoat hill

Nov. 11-12/WATSONVILLE – Held at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds. Kick off your holiday shopping at this unique fair in Santa Cruz County featuring more than 100 juried vendors offering antiques, vintage pieces, and “clever, upcycled junk.” The secondhand specialties are all paired with artisan food. Only 20 percent of any vendor’s merchandise can be new or crafts, making this gathering a treasure trove for artfully repurposed pieces.

 

150th Anniversary of Pigeon Point Light Stationpigeon point

Nov. 12/PESCADERO – Celebrate the sesquicentennial of this 1872 gem that is one of the biggest lighthouses in the nation: It stands 115 feet tall on a cliff about 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay. Take tours of the tower base, enjoy live music and native plant sales, and watch the illumination of the lighthouse’s original first-order Fresnel lens. Make a weekend of it by checking out the Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios (Nov. 12–13), also in the Half Moon Bay area. The weekend art walk showcases a diverse collection of artists, with many creations displayed outside studios in the communities of Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, and Half Moon Bay.

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