GENTLE READER: You would probably not be pleased to get return cards saying, “Too bad your marriage broke up, but Merry Christmas anyway.” And that is because, as you suspect, holiday wishes should not be the occasion for dropping serious news. But Miss Manners does not want to discourage you from keeping in touch with your husband’s family, if that is your wish. By simply signing your name, you will prompt anyone who is interested to wonder why — and they can then ask your husband, or you, outside of the context of the holiday.
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival — Sept, 9-11, Lake Tahoe’s premier gourmet event includes chef battles, outdoor grilling demonstrations, a celebrity chef luncheon, gourmet marketplace, grape stomp and more, www.GoTahoeNorth.com, Mountain View Art and Wine Festival — Sept, 10-11, A massive multicultural celebration featuring festive food and drink, live music and an action-packed Kids’ Park, Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain ballet initial necklace- personalized tap dancer gift- sterling silver- ballerina jewelry- recital gift- dance coach- ballet sli View, 650-968-8378, www.miramarevents.com..
Following the tour, return to the event center for refreshments, entertainment, a raffle and a live and silent auction. Admission is $35 and $40 at the door. For tickets go to www.educationwins.org or LUHSD, 20 Oak St., Brentwood. For information, call 925-634-2166. Ballet company presents ‘The Nutcracker’. ANTIOCH — The Ballet Company of East County presents its ninth annual production of “The Nutcracker.”. The show is a timeless holiday tradition that brings a young girl’s Christmas dream to life. This beautiful production is geared toward children’s enjoyment, but will also entertain the young at heart. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the performers in costume between shows.
Bridges Restaurant and Bar: Dec, 24, 44 Church St, Christmas Eve menu features bone marrow toast, salmon, beef Wellington, pork osso bucco, bourbon sorbet and more, Prices vary, www.bridgesdanville.com, Madrona Manor – Dickens Dinners: Dec, 7-25, 1001 Westside Road, Enjoy a five-course feast and strolling carolers, The menu includes smoked egg sabayon; beef Wellington; Osetra caviar, black winter truffles ballet initial necklace- personalized tap dancer gift- sterling silver- ballerina jewelry- recital gift- dance coach- ballet sli and Alba white truffles; and Candy Cane peppermint creamsicles, $90-$170, www.madronamanor.com/..
We watch as Peck — the only member of this troupe’s corps de ballet (bottom of the ballet food chain) to leap straight into choreographing new works — creates the classical-style “Paz de la Jolla” (set to music from Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s “Sinfonietta La Jolla”). We look in on rehearsals, overhear conversations between dancers, see them practice and discuss movements, see costumes proposed and then produced and watch the lighting designer figure out how to create the desired effects.
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