It’s the first weekend of December, which means you’re already one weekend behind in your holiday shopping. Lucky for you, there’s shopping and pre- and post-shopping treats scheduled for this weekend.
- Mash food bloggers and a bake sale and what do you get? Some pretty delectable baked goods, if only because those of us who write about food damn well better know how to cook it. Eat My Blog will offer delicious baked treats from bloggers, restaurants, and chefs; proceeds from the sale will benefit the LA Regional Food Bank. Yours truly is baking up Idgie’s Dog Biscuits for the plethora of dogs living in the WeHo ‘hood. Full details here and the menu is here. Everything will be priced between $1 and $4. From 10am to 4pm in front of Tender Greens, 8759 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood.
- Antsy for Unique LA next weekend? Check out the Echo Park Craft Fair to tide you over until then. Organized by Beatrice Valenzuela, the crafty fair will feature almost two dozen local artists. Free. From 1 to 5pm at 1719 Sargent Pl. in Echo Park.
- The Los Angeles State Historic Park is quickly becoming the go-to spot for everything from MOCA shows to this weekend’s Love, Music & Art Festival. The Festival is basically a giant holiday party, with some 25 bands, food trucks (of course), a beer garden, and, count ’em, 200 vendors. There also will be “real snow shipped in.” It’s like that Lotto commercial, but not. It’s just LA. $20, which supports Homeboy Industries and the Chinatown Youth Service Center. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm at the LA Historic State Park, 1245 N. Spring Street off of Chinatown. Bring a toy to donate to their toy drive.
- If you’re looking for gifts that are more artsy than crafty, try Create:Fixate’s Locals Only Holiday Gift Bazaar. Featuring art and fashion by over 30 local artists, most items are under $100, so you don’t have to break the bank in pursuit of that perfect gift. Free, but you must RSVP by emailing localsonly [at] createfixate [dot] com . From 2 to 5pm at High Profile Productions, 5896 Smiley Dr. in Culver City.
- One of the highlights of my trip to Salzburg was the Sound of Music tour. We drove around in a small bus, and as we climbed a small hill, the tour guide pointed far over to the other side of the country (it seemed), and said, “See those hills? That’s where Julie Andrews sang, ‘The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music’!” And then they dropped us off at Mozart’s mother’s village, where there were convenient tourist shops full of, I dunno, Mozart mother memorabilia. This year is the 45th anniversary of the classic, and The Aero is showing off a new print so you can relive the experience maybe a little more personally than I did. $7-$11 depending on who you are and what cards you carry. Showtime is at 4pm at The Aero in Santa Monica.