The holidays are on the way, and the elves of the Bear Valley Spring Cultural Arts Association are going to be available to help out with gift giving. On Nov. 24 and 25, the public is invited to attend the Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Whiting Center. The bazaar opens at 10 a.m. on the day known as Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving.

The bazaar will offer a good way to ease into the idea of the holidays as there will be many artists and artisans offering their creations in a calm, festive environment.

A catering elf named Kathleen will be offering delicious, organic, homemade-style foods, including soups, roast beef and provolone sandwiches, veggie hoagies, quiches, pasta salads and sweet treats. Try the cream cheese-glazed cinnamon rolls, which are decadent, or, if you prefer, the apple cobble, brownies or a selection of cookies. Hot beverages will also be available.

The event will also include free stuff with purchase of raffle tickets. The raffle will continue both days of the bazaar, with drawings taking place every two to four hours, depending on how many items are available.

Entrance is free; however, a gate pass is required and can be obtained by calling Dawn at 345-7421.

BVSCAA is a not-for-profit organization that supports the arts through community events and scholarships to local high school age students.

Robyn Thompson is a member of the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association.