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December 06, 2009

Compiled by Jason Gelt Los Angeles Auto Show Rev up for automotive fun with over 900 vehicles, including sports cars, sedans, crossovers and minivans. Attendees can find diversion for the entire family with the newest green cars, a Kids Fun Zone and imaginative new vehicular designs from this year's Design Challenge. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Today, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; next Sun., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Adult $12, Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. (310) 444-1850.

Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows Start your engine for a weekend of two-wheeled fun at this showcase of hundreds of sportbikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs. Educational seminars and skill displays round out the action. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Today, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $15. (800) 331-5706.

Gypsy Sisters Holiday Faire Shop early for handmade arts and crafts, including sculptures, paintings, ceramics, weaving and toys. A massage therapist and a psychic will also be available. The Packing House, 536 W. First St., Los Angeles. Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (909) 626-3066.

Harvest Festival Hundreds of artisans sell handmade arts and crafts, including jewelry, glassware, clothing, art and photography. Food, drink and a kids play area round out the entertainment. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult $9, Seniors $7, Children $4. (909) 623-3111.

Home for the Holidays Adoption Event Over 500 homeless dogs, cats and rabbits will be vying for adoption. Vendors, silent auction, "Ask the Trainer" and "Ask the Vet" booths, plus photos with Santa Claus. Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine. Today, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. (949) 724-7740.

L.A. Downtown on Ice Take your mittens and scarves out of the closet, strap on your skates and prepare to glide into winter. Downtown transforms into a winter wonderland as L.A.'s biggest outdoor skating rink ices over for the holiday season. Pershing Square Park, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Skating session $6, Skate rental $2. (213) 847-4970.

Seaside Ice Dust off your winter sports gear and head to Redondo Beach for ice skating action. Special events throughout the season. Season passes, classes and lessons are Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. Today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon.-Thu., 2:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri., 2:30-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11:45 p.m.; next Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Adult $14, Children $12. Includes skate rental. (310) 318-6300.

Divine Design 2009 Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at this special charity event. Top designers donate men, women, and children's fashion, home furnishing, toys, cosmetics and spa products, with all proceeds going to support Project Angel Food. Divine Design Marketplace, 990 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Today-Mon., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $25. (323) 845-1800.

Fiesta Hanukkah! Celebrate Hanukkah with a Latin flair as part of the Skirball's ongoing initiative to commemorate Jewish life in Latin America. Families of all backgrounds will enjoy Latin Jewish music, art-making and storytelling. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. (310) 440-4500.

Castle Green Holiday Tour Visit Old Pasadena for a self-guided tour of this 1898 pinnacle of Victorian architecture. Docents will be available to answer questions. Includes festive snacks and holiday music. Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Today, 1-5 p.m. $20. (626) 577-6765.

Marine Wildlife Cruises Cruise Dana Point in search of whales, dolphins, sunfish, sea lions and other marine wildlife on this family friendly excursion. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. Today, 1-3:30 p.m. Adults $35, Children 4-12 $22. (949) 496-2274.

Gem Fair Over 150 exhibitors from across the globe will showcase rare and unusual jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks and minerals. Classes and demonstrations will be presented throughout the weekend. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. (503) 252-8300.

Messiah Sing-Along Join the Westwood Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir for an interactive performance of G.F. Handel's Messiah. Audience members are invited to join in on the choruses. Bring your own score or purchase one at the door. Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. Fri., 8 p.m. $10. (310) 474-4535.

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