San Ramon Valley Events December 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and are enjoying lots of leftovers.

This month we will be hosting a special event which I hope you will be able to attend. We have teamed up with our local Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) instructor, Paul Turner to teach the Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class.

Join with fellow community members at this free class geared to help you and your family prepare before an earthquake, survive during the quake and recover quickly after the disaster. You will learn hazard mitigation, utility control, the duck-cover-hold technique, as well as tips for creating emergency kits.

The class will be held on Wednesday December, 10th from 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Bollinger Hills Cabana located at 2951 Morgan Drive in San Ramon. Refreshments will be served. If you can make it please email me to let me know, as space is limited.  I wish you all the best this holiday season, and I hope to see you all out there real soon!

Don’t forget: If you have an event coming up that you would like us to post in our next news letter please let us know, and please feel free to share this with your friends.

Thank you,

Mike Continillo

To find more events please like our Facebook page, San Ramon Valley Events.

Winter Break Ideas?
Winter break would be great time to take advantage of the Discover & Go Program. Login and print passes to places such as Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley, Blackhawk Museum in Danville, Chabot Space & Science Center, California Academy of Sciences and more! Some of the passes are only allowed once per calendar year, making winter break a great time to close 2014 with family fun!

Winter Break Movies at the San Ramon and Dougherty Station Libraries
Spend an afternoon at the library during your school break enjoying free family films:

  • Monday, December 29 – Tangled
  • Tuesday, December 30 – Muppets Most Wanted
  • Friday, January 2, 2015 – Planes: Fire and Rescue

Dougherty Station Movies start at 2:00 pm.

San Ramon Library Movies start at 3:00 pm.

Other Information: Registration is not required for the movie session.

Now through Sunday, January 4, 2015
European Train Enthusiasts: Operating Model Train Display
Blackhawk Automotive Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, Ca

For the 14th year, the European Train Enthusiasts (ETE) will bring their HO scale European Model Trains and Modular layout to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum to brighten the holiday season. ETE’s Module Group has created remarkably detailed scale versions of European landscapes including: mountains, villages, bridges, farms, lakes and industries, which come alive when they operate their trains through the countryside.

Each day throughout the run of the exhibit, you will enjoy seeing a wide selection of locomotives, freight and passenger cars from various countries in Europe, as different members of ETE operate the layout.

To learn more about the European Train Enthusiasts, visit their website

Advance Ticket Prices

  • Adults 18-64 years of age, $12 (Regularly $15)
  • Students 7-17 years of age, $8 (Regularly $10)
  • Seniors 65+ years and older, $8 (Regularly $10)
  • Veterans, $8 (Regularly $10)

The Museum is open year round on Wednesday through Sundays, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and most major holidays. We are regularly CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for some Holidays. Please see website for further details on Museum open days and times and Holidays.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Sip & Shop at St. Isidore
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Msgr. Cardelli Gym
440 La Gonda Way
Danville, CA

Come mix & mingle with friends. Sip wines from Speratus Winery and savor hors d’oeuvres from Peasant & The Pear while you shop from dozens of unique vendors. You will find something for everyone on your holiday list!

To see a list of vendors and to pre-purchase your $30 ticket, log onto

Any questions, please contact Paola McNamara at (510) 967-2135.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
San Ramon Valley Events Uncork Holidays 2014Uncork the Holiday!
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mangia Mi
234B Main Street
Pleasanton, CA

Create and commemorate the holiday season by painting 3 glass holiday ornaments—give them as gifts or keep them as memories of good times and a great year! Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons for use during event and 3 glass ornaments to take home.

Price: $35.00

Thursday, December 4
San Ramon Valley Events December 2014Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Gala at The VINE at Bridges
7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Vine at Bridges
480 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA

The VINE at Bridges and LoungeFlySF Presents The Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Gala!
Help us bring Christmas to Children in need!

Join us for a Magical Night of Giving with Live Music by Hero’s Last Mission that will keep you dancing all night long!

Suggested $15 donation or new and unwrapped toy. 100% of all donations go to benefit children in need ( Toys for Tots) Listen to Award winning San Francisco, Bay Area and nationally touring talent from across the country!

Friday, December 5, 2014
Annual Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bishop Ranch One
6111 Bollinger Canyon Rd
San Ramon, CA

Join Sunset Development as they kick off the holiday season with their annual Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Gather family and friends, come play in a snow park (with real snow!), listen to live music and watch the ceremonial lighting of our spectacular 70-foot White Fir tree. The guest of honor, of course, is Santa Claus! Be sure to bring your camera and strike a pose with jolly old St. Nick.

There will be a variety of refreshments, activities for the kids – and this year, the Rotary Club will be on hand to accept donations for One Warm Coat. Bring your family and friends, your cozy attire, and help spread the holiday spirit!

No RSVP necessary.

Friday, December 5 to Sunday, December 21, 2014
San Ramon Valley Events December 2014San Ramon Community Theater presents: Sleeping Beauty
Showtimes: Vary
Front Row Theater
17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd
San Ramon, CA

A sleeping princess, a spellbound Prince and more fairies than you can shake a wand at! Come join the San Ramon Community Theater as Sleeping Beauty comes to life on stage and enchants us all. You will not want to miss this quirky adaptation of the popular tale!

Buy Tickets

Tickets range from $14.00 to $17.00

Dates and Showtimes:

  • Friday 12/05/14 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday 12/06/14 – 8:00pm
  • Sunday 12/07/14 – 2:00pm
  • Friday 12/12/14 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday 12/13/14 – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 12/13/14 – 8:00pm
  • Friday 12/19/14 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday 12/20/14 – 2:00pm
  • Saturday 12/20/14 – 8:00pm
  • Sunday 12/21/14 – 2:00pm

Saturday, December 6, 2014
SanRamonBahHumbug2014San Ramon Bah Humbug 5k Run/Walk
9:00 am
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA

Start the holiday season off with a healthy fun run or walk through San Ramon. Participants will receive a holiday long sleeved t-shirt and back by popular demand the return of the famous Bah Humbug Ornament! This year’s Bah Humbug will be a chip timed race.

Costume Contest: Make sure to come dressed in costume and in the spirit of the run. Costume awards will be given for most Grinch-Like, Best Holiday Spirit, and Best Group Theme.

Spread Holiday Cheer: Runners are requested to bring a can of food to be donated to the Contra Costa County Food Bank to assist those in need during the holidays. Canned food donations will be collected at the registration table.

Awards: Medals are given to the first three finishers in each age division.

Registration: $35 for online and postmarked registration by Saturday November 29th. Registration fees increase to $40 starting November 30th through race day. Pre-registration family rate for 3 or more is $30 per person. Must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time. Race day registration tables open 7:30am to 8:50am.

Saturday, December 6 to Sunday, December 7, 2014
Livermore Valley – Holidays in the Vineyards
Livermore, CA

Holidays in the Vineyards is an annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, special wines, festive activities, Santa visits, carolers and more. We look forward to ringing in the Holiday Season with you in Livermore Valley Wine Country.

Please Note: This is not a ticketed event, however tasting fees may apply and vary by winery.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
SRVE Breakfast wSanta21st Annual Breakfast with Santa!
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Danville Grange Hall
743 Diablo Road
Danville, CA

Bethel No. 247, Danville Job’s Daughters International invites you to their 21st Annual Breakfast with Santa! Tickets are $8 (children under 3 are free!) and include breakfast, a picture with Santa, and access to the bake sale, craft area, and children’s activities.

Menu: Pancakes, Crepes, Eggs, Sausage, Fruit, Coffee, Orange Juice

Job’s Daughters International is a youth organization for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 that teaches public speaking, time management, organization, leadership, and many more skills and life lessons. Meetings and events (such as this) are planned and run by the girls themselves.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Na Hula ‘O Moku’aina Kuhai Halau & Motu’aina – Princess Mele & the Christmas Gift
Showtime: 2:00pm, 6:00pm
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd
San Ramon, CA

Every Christmas, a little Hawaiian Princess named Mele is forced by her parents to participate in her Hula School’s annual show. Mele loves dancing but doesn’t understand the true meaning of the dances and their real purpose. Watch as Princess Mele grows from a little girl to a young lady and finally a mature woman ready to receive the Christmas gift. This is a family concert full of beautiful Hula, Tahitian dancing, drumming, chanting and wonderful stories from the Pacific Islands. Please turn off cell phones.

All video and still videography must be taken from the pre-assigned seats at the center back of the theatre. Tickets in the video/photography section are $51.00 each.

No flash photography of any kind. Any child under the age of 2 who does not purchase a ticket MUST sit in an adults lap in order to view the show.

Anyone taking up a seat must pay the admission fee.

Tickets: $26 Adults, W/ Video Pass $51, Children and Seniors $21

Friday, November 28, 2014 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Where’s Santa?
At Blackhawk Plaza

3380 Blackhawk Plaza Cir #215, Danville, CA

Santa Photos

Photos and visits with Santa, located by Fieldhouse Sports Grill and See Jane Run.


  • Sunday 11am-6pm
  • Monday 11am-7pm
  • Tuesday 11am-7pm
  • Wednesday 12pm-5:30pm
  • Thursday 11am-7pm
  • Saturday 11am-7pm

*Santa will take occasional breaks to feed his reindeer or attend special holiday events. Thank you for understanding.

Wednesdays, December 3-17
Story Time With Santa
11:00 am
Read Booksellers
Blackhawk Plaza
Danville, CA

Enjoy special stories with Santa Claus at Read by G.R. Doodlebug on Wednesday mornings.

Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7
Fireside Stories With Santa
6:00 pm

Located by the fireplace outside of Ferrari’s.

Holiday Train Rides at Blackhawk Plaza

  •  Fridays, December 5, 12, 19, 2014
    • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Saturdays, December 13, 20
    • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Sundays, December 14, 21
    • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tickets $1 each.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Fratello Marionettes: The North Pole Review
4:00 pm
Danville Library
400 Front Street
Danville, CA

Join us for a holiday tradition at the Danville Library as the Fratello Marionettes presents The North Pole Review! High kicking dancers, a graceful ice skater, and acrobatic penguins make this community favorite fun for the whole family! Suitable for all ages.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Danville Library Foundation

Saturday, December 13, 2014
HolidaysOntheFarm_SRVEHolidays on the Farm
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forest Home Farms
19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, CA

Free Admission
In partnership with the San Ramon Historic Foundation. Enjoy a traditional holiday family experience including visits with a Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old-fashioned ornament making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment and refreshments.

The Victorian Glass House Museum will be decorated for the holidays and open for docent led tours for $5 per person (credit/debit card only).

Saturday, December 13 to Sunday, December 14, 2014
San Ramon Valley Dance Academy presents: Impressions of the Nutcracker
Saturday: 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday: 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd
San Ramon, CA

More than just a ballet, San Ramon Valley Dance Academy’s production of “Impressions of the Nutcracker” incorporates multiple dance styles in a fast paced production that follows the traditional story line of the Nutcracker. Follow Clara on Christmas Eve as she takes a magical journey to the Land of the Sweets with her enchanted Nutcracker Prince. In just over an hour, this popular story ballet performance will delight and entertain the whole family.
Tickets: $22 Adults, $19 Youth & Senior

For more information contact San Ramon Valley Dance Academy at 925.837.4656 or online at

Buy tickets

Sunday, December 14, 2014
San Ramon Community Chorus & Dancers: Holiday Celebration
Showtime: 3:00pm
San Ramon Community Center
12501 Alcosta Blvd
San Ramon, CA

This delightful holiday concert featuring multi-cultural holiday music and dance is tailored for the entire family. This charming program is certain to entertain one and all. The afternoon will culminate with a special visit from Santa Claus himself.

Admission is free.

December 20 – 21, 2014
Bay Area Children’s Theater Presents: James and the Giant Peach
Showtimes: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd
San Ramon, CA

An exciting new MUSICAL, inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs. Music and lyrics by the Tony Award-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Adaptation by respected playwright and educator Timothy Allen McDonald. Directed by Nina Meehan. Recommended for 4 and up.

Tickets per show: $18 Child, $22 Adults, $20 Seniors, Groups of 15 or more $13