By Will Reisman, @WillReisman
Dickens Fair Makes Annual Stop at in San Francisco: This weekend will be the last chance for Holiday revelers to go back and visit Victorian times, as the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be wrapping up its four-week run at the Cow Palace. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, features hundreds of costumed characters, vintage musical performances, handcrafted jewelry displays, classic literature stands and much more. Beloved Dickens’ creations like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit will roam the event hall as part of the interactive exhibit. Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers plenty of service to the Bayshore Station, which is a short walk away from the Cow Palace.
AC Transit Implementing Service Changes: AC Transit, the bus agency that serves the East Bay, will make a series of scheduling and service changes on Sunday as a way to improve connections and on-time performance, and reduce overcrowding. Some of the changes include increased service on the 217 and 239 bus lines to address increased ridership coming from students attending the Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) in Fremont. Other changes include the discontinuation of Line 822, due to low passenger levels, and slight scheduling changes to lines 7, 25, and 65, so the agency will better serve students at Berkeley High School.
Tree Festival in Palo Alto: It seems appropriate that Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, whose mascot is a tree, would play home to a festival honoring trees. The 10th annual Festival of Trees will take place on Saturday at the Lytton Gardens Senior Communities Center. More than a dozen Christmas trees will be decorated in the holiday spirit, adorned with lights, ornaments and other trimmings. Attendees at the event will get to vote on the best-decorated tree, as well as sip on hot chocolate, listen to Christmas carolers and visit Santa’s ornament workshop. The festival will last from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the senior center, which is located on University Avenue, a 10-minute walk from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station.