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"Art From the Heart": Annual holiday exhibit and art sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through Jan. 31, free. The NIAD Art Center, 551 23rd St. (at Barrett), Richmond, 510-620-0290.

"Craft Showcase 3": Third annual craft exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind artwork, through Sunday, Dec. 29, free. Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan, 775-0990.

"Gifts of Glass": Exhibit of hand-blown glass for sale, through Wednesday, Dec. 25. Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St. (at Eureka), 863-4940.

Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza: Learn to make and decorate gingerbread houses using various treats, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $12 per gingerbread house, not including museum admission which is free-$7, advance registration required. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 487-4398.

"Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit": 22nd annual exhibit of edible gingerbread creations, through Jan. 4. Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755.

"Holiday": Exhibition of fine arts and crafts by studio artists with disabilities, through Jan. 10, free. Creative Growth Art Center Gallery, 355 24th St. (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-836-2340, ext. 15.

"Holiday Group Exhibition": A display of new works by 26 local and international artists, through Jan. 12, free; bring new toys for donation. Blue Room Gallery, 2331 Mission (at 19th St.), 515-1210.

"Ornametal": Christmas ornaments by 50 metalsmiths and jewelry artists, through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Velvet da Vinci, 508 Hayes (at Laguna), 626-7478.

Events

Christmas Services 2002: Christmas services include a children's pageant, carols, music, and midnight Mass, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, free, 749-6300 (information). Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along: A strolling fiddler leads the sing-along screening of the holiday classic plus food, a costume contest, and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, $12-$30, come dressed as your favorite character. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro (at Roosevelt), Hoytt Theater, San Rafael, 444-8000.

Film Screening on Christmas Day: The Magnes Museum hosts a screening of Daniel Wachsman's Hamsin, a story about a Jewish farmer who wants to buy his Arab neighbor's farm, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, free-$4, the museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. The Magnes Museum/Berkeley, 2911 Russell (at Pine), Berkeley, 510-549-6950.

Holiday Films: A holiday animation program (Dec. 26-30), 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Dec. 30, free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.

Holiday Magic at Children's Fairyland: Each weekend features visits from Santa and holiday performances; the park closes at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and it will be closed Dec. 25; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$6. Children's Fairyland USA, 699 Bellevue (off Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259.

Holiday Steam Train: The Golden Gate Railroad Museum offers rides from San Francisco to Redwood City and back aboard a historic locomotive, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, and Sunday, Dec. 29, $20-$80, 877-750-4400 (tickets), www.sfsteam.org. Cal Train Depot, Fourth & King Sts.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science: Ring in the holidays with special events every day and children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, 510-642-5132.

Integrating the Nguzo Saba: The Heart of Kwanzaa: Community celebration with hands-on craft activities, an artists' marketplace, African dance, drumming, and storytelling, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, free-$6. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), Oakland, 888-625-6873.

Kwanzaa Celebration: Fifth annual party commemorating the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa with hands-on activities, performances, and food, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 487-4398.

Latke Ball 2003: The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation presents this dance party featuring DJs, jazz, and swing, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $22, 877-923-1818 (information). Factory 525, 525 Harrison (at First St.).

Linda Tillery & Friends: Annual family sing-along, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, $20-$23. Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club, 1650 Mountain (at Thornhill), Oakland, 510-339-1832.

MCC SF Christmas Eve Celebration -- Live Inside the Hope!: Hosted by MCC San Francisco, the event features caroling and a religious service led by the Rev. Dr. G. Penny Nixon, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, free, 865-4434 or www.mccsf.org (information). Everett Middle School, 450 Church (between 16th and 17th Sts.).

Metreon's Winter Wonderland: Highlights include falling snow every day, screenings of classic children's films, storytelling, and DJs, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, 369-6098 (information), www.metreon.com. Metreon, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6000.

Tenderloin Tessie's Holiday Dinners: Volunteer to prepare and serve a hot dinner to the elderly, disabled, homeless, and children who don't have a place to go for the holidays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 922-0422 (information). First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 776-4580.

Performance

Attack of the Wrapping Paper Caper: Lunatique Fantastique presents the third installment of the holiday puppet detective story, 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, through Monday, Dec. 30, 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 5, $10-$12, 820-3353 (box office). Zeum, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's ongoing musical revue welcomes the holiday season with special performances featuring a chorus line of tap-dancing Christmas trees, carols, and a gigantic Yuletide hat, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 7 and 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, $25-$65; call 421-4222 for New Year's Eve ticket prices. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

The Big-Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show X: An evening of stand-up comedy, improv, and semi-written sketches featuring Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, and Steven Kravitz, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, $17, 925-798-1300 (tickets). Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542.

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