Artful Shopping

Celebrate the holiday season and the transformative impact the arts have on our lives at the 2019 Center for the Arts Guild Holiday Boutique and Luncheon, Tuesday, December 3, starting at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Country Club, 320 West Stafford Road, in Thousand Oaks. Enjoy Christmas music while browsing an eclectic variety of holiday-themed gifts, followed by a luncheon at noon. Proceeds benefit Pepperdine University’s ARTSReach Program, which provides free performances and museum tours for thousands of schoolchildren throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University presents innovative, unique, entertaining and diverse programs of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions.

Holiday Greetings!

Design homemade cards using micro pens and watercolors, Friday, December 6 at Malibu Bluffs Park, Micha/el Landon Center, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with MLab Creative Workshop’s Holiday Cards event. Learn techniques for aesthetically correct greeting card placement and standards. All supplies are included. $30. Register at or call 310.317,1364.

Let It Snow!

Opportunities for playing in the snow in Southern California come around once a year in December, with various events trucking in snow for all to enjoy.

The Santa Barbara Zoo Snow Leopard Festival takes place Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (9 a.m. early admission for members) at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Enjoy the rare sight of 80 tons of snow delivered for kids to sled in (sleds provided) and for many of the Zoo’s animal residents, including the highly endangered big cats to enjoy. Only $5/child covers unlimited sledding and bounce houses!

Then, on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Channel Islands Harbor, snow lovers will have another chance to play in the winter wonderland featuring snow, activities and followed by the colorful boat parade at 7 p.m. that can be viewed from all points along the Harbor’s edge and at surrounding restaurants.