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Holiday shopping and more during 'First Friday' downtown Dec. 6

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Photo courtesy of Tehachapi Valley Arts AssociationShown here is Andy Caldwell receiving the 2013 Tehachapi Valley Arts Association Scholarship Award from his very proud grandmother and association member, Joyce Grela.

Silent auction funds scholarships

First Friday, Dec.6, marks the close of the Tehachapi Valley Art Association Silent Auction. The auction helps support the TVAA Scholarship program. Stop in at Gallery 'n' Gifts and bid on one or more of the many items available, between now and Dec. 6. The auction closes Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Plan to be there to see if you were out-bid. Often a bidding frenzy takes place in the last hour of the auction and brings fun and excitement to the process.

The Holiday Boutique at Gallery 'n' Gifts will continue through Christmas and has a wide variety of handcrafted items. One of the many shops in Tehachapi where "Shop Small" can be experienced without the hustle and bustle of leaving the mountain.

Gallery 'n' Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. and will be open during First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Errea House Antique and Gift Sale: a Tehachapi tradition

Join us for a special preview sale of the Errea Christmas Sale on Dec. 6 First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The Errea House, located at 311 S. Green St. will be open three weekends, from Dec. 7 to 22 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the restored historic museum to see the old fashioned decorations and to purchase antiques and other gifts made by local vendors.

This year's sellers include many returning local antique collectors and several new ones. Vintage jewelry is also a favorite, along with small antiques and glassware.

Like past years, local growers and producers of jewelry, food and other unique items will be returning. In addition to hand made soaps, lotions, candles, and other treats, local jams, jellies, and preserves will be available. There is always a good selection of handcrafted toys for children. Books on the history of Tehachapi are always welcomed gifts by newcomers to the area

Treasure Trove offers 'Fun Fest' for First Friday

Tehachapi Treasure Trove will again celebrate our first Friday Fun Fest on Friday evening Dec. 6, starting at 5 p.m. See what's happening at the Treasure Trove and join us for food, wine, fun and conversation.

Our Holiday Bazaar is filled with tables of gifts and collectables from a variety of vendors:

* Juanita Niemeyer has filled a table with her hand painted bisque and other great handcrafted items.

* KC has shelves of collectable plates with certificates of authenticity as well as some vintage art drawings and sketches.

* Nancy Waldron has again produced a wonderful collection of cards, ornaments, coasters, paintings and other delicious things.

* Cathy Clark creates fun book marks and ornaments with polymer clay. Her beaded ornaments are not to be missed.

* Reanna Bower has come up with some beautiful and unique decorative sleeves for wine bottles.

* Mike Caraeti has on display some ancient stone artifacts at very reasonable prices.

* Rona Samuels has a rack of soft and worm knit hats scarves and ear warmers with a variety of fun embellishments.

* Bassema Korkor plays with polymer clay creating jewelry and mirrors in fanciful designs.

These vendors and our 99 other participating artists and crafters are on display providing innovative ideas for your holiday shopping

Tehachapi Treasure Trove is located at 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd., (across the street from the water tower). For information call 822-6794 or visit us on Facebook at

TPAC and Back Street Gallery to host open house

The Back Street Gallery, located at 106 W. Tehachapi Blvd., will be selling artistic creations for Christmas gifts on First Friday, Dec. 6, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These are small inexpensive gifts, which can be given alone to acquaintances and relatives, or given with a lovely quilt from our local quilters to someone special. They can also compliment the gift of a painting by a local artist. Items will be for sale both days, so drop by and have a look.

Also, both days you can enjoy the music of Christmas and some toe-tapping fiddle music by State Champion Fiddler, Gayel Pitchford, and the songs of guitar accompanist, Ron Blair. That alone is worth the trip downtown! For more information about this and other Back Street events call 821-5110.

Holiday Gift Fair begins on First Friday

A Holiday Gift Fair at Tehachapi Community Church, 100 E. "E" St., takes place Dec. 6, 7 and 8. Hours are Friday from 5-8 p.m.;Saturday 12-4 p.m.; and Sunday 12-2 p.m.

The church calls the event "Make a Difference" because it features a wide variety of socially-aware and earth-friendly items from around the world. Groups such as Sierra Club, Tomo Kahni, the Heifer Project and Equal Exchange fairly traded products will display their wares. There will be a silent auction of classic treasures with free gift wrapping. Waffles and coffee or cocoa will be available to eat as you enjoy shopping. All proceeds benefit local and global non-profits.


Other venues regularly participate in First Friday as well, including Oak Tree Art and Antiques at 102 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 823-1062. They open their door at 5 p.m. and offer refreshments accompanied by occasional live acoustic music.

NOTE: Fiddlers Crossing is not participating in this First Friday but does have a concert scheduled featuring Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band. More information on page 16.


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