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38th ANNUAL DANCE PALACE HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR Ceramics, toys, ornaments, clothing, jewelry, and more will be on sale at this annual holiday fair-with delicious refreshments on sale prepared by Indian Peach Food Company. Friday, December 5, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. / admission free
COLEMAN BARKS: THE POEMS OF RUMI Point Reyes Books is excited to present Coleman Barks reading his inspired translations of the ecstatic poems of Jelaluddin Rumi, a 13th century Sufi mystic whose poetry is filled with humor, wisdom, and spiritual depth. Coleman Barks is a primary conduit for bringing Rumi's mystical consciousness into English. He has translated and published more than 15 collections of Rumi's poems. Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m. / $20; advance tickets through Point Reyes Books
MALT HOLIDAY PARTY HONORING RALPH GROSSI Ralph Grossi, a founding board member of MALT, has come home to West Marin after 23 years in Washington D.C. as the president of the American Farmland Trust. We will welcome him home, hear about the state of farmland and farm policy nationwide, and view The Hidden Bounty of Marin, a video that highlights the rich landscape and daily life on Marin farms and ranches. Local food reception with the stars/farmers. Friday, December 12, 7 p.m. / free; contact 663-1158 to RSVP
WINTER FIRESIDE TALES The Dance Palace's community theater group presents a special holiday show entitled Winter Fireside Tales, directed by Tina Taylor with musical direction by Laura Alderdice.
Saturday, December 13, 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 14, 4 p.m. / $8 general, $5 seniors, $4 kids and teens
ANNUAL POINT REYES CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT DINNER For over 30 years the Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count has been a definitive census of the status, trends, and distribution of the 200 plus species wintering in the Point Reyes area. At this compilation dinner participants tally the species seen and generally enjoy the birding highlight of the season. Contact PRBO Conservation Science at 707-781-2555 for updated information. Saturday, December 20, 5 p.m.
30TH ANNUAL MESSIAH SING-ALONG Join us for one of our community's most fulfilling holiday events at this sing-along of the most glorious and exciting choral masterpiece ever written, with conductor Molly Maguire and pianist Bill Quist. Fun for music lovers and listeners of all ages; no experience necessary. Sunday, December 21, 3 p.m. / $14 general, $14 seniors, $5 kids and teens
POLITICAL PUNDIT BILL PRESS Bill Press will offer an evening of post-election observations and predictions for the next four years. The former co-host of MSNBC's Buchanan and Press, CNN's Crossfire, and The Spin Room, Press has built a national reputation on thought-provoking and humorous insights from the left side of the political aisle. A part-time resident of Inverness, he is the author of four books including Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon). Co-sponsored by Point Reyes Books. Saturday, December 27, 7 p.m. / $15 to benefit the Dance Palace
At the Dance Palace, corner of 5th & B Streets, Point Reyes