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December 13, 2009

Compiled by Jason Gelt Rose Bowl Flea Market More than 2,500 vendors gather on the second Sunday of every month. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Today, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $10-$15; $20 early entrance at 5 a.m. (323) 560-7469.

Historic Hollywood Boulevard Walking Tour Hollywood Heritage presents this two-hour, weekly trek through classic Tinseltown from a preservationist point of view. Convenient to MetroRail. Weather permitting. Hollywood Area. Today, next Sun. 9 a.m. $5-$10. (323) 465-6716.

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. Adult $12, Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. (310) 444-1850.

Conscious Holiday Gift Bazaar Raise the consciousness of the holiday season with this expo of unique eco-focused gifts, local organic cuisine and live music. Free vegan buffet for the first 200 attendees. Airport Hilton & Towers, 5711 W. Century Blvd., L.A. Today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Free with new unwrapped toy donation for the Toy Drive. (800) 367-5777.

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. Today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. (503) 252-8300.

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. Season passes, classes and lessons are available. 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.

Venice Flea Market This new flea market features artwork, clothing, furniture and more. Venice Flea Market, 2121 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Sat.-next Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. (310) 663-3945.

CityRace Holidays in Old Pasadena Explore secluded walkways, pleasant plazas and busy shopping areas as you solve tricky clues leading you through the heart of Pasadena's beautifully preserved original downtown. Old Town, Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Today, 11 a.m. $35. (310) 360-6950.

Weekend Tidepool Walk Learn all about the lush Point Fermin Marine Life Refuge. An informative slide show precedes a naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. Today, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. (310) 548-7562.

Topanga Holiday Celebration Trade the hustle and bustle of the city for a peaceful afternoon in Topanga Canyon. Enjoy storytelling, tasty treats, fun gift ideas, a raffle and a special visit from Santa Claus. A selection of sustainably grown Christmas trees will be available for purchase. Ribbit Tree & Plant, 301 Old Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles. Today, 2-5 p.m. Free. (310) 403-9090.

Chanukah Menorah Celebration The Festival of Lights gets a bright start thanks to Glendale Galleria, the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and the Foothill Communities. Take part in the Menorah kindling ceremony before noshing on festive treats. Glendale Galleria, 2148 Glendale Galleria, Glendale. Today, 4-6 p.m. Free. (818) 240-2750.

Irvine Park Railroad Annual Christmas Train Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. Additional activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, a Santa Claus moon bounce and carnival games. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange. Today-Fri., 5-8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 2-8 p.m. Rides $8, Parking $3 weekdays, $5 weekends, free after 5 p.m. (714) 997-3968.

Holiday on the Hill Enjoy an evening with holiday performers, choirs, a tree lighting ceremony and a festive buffet in the Air Force One Pavilion. Take photos with Santa and tour the Museum's Christmas Around the World tree exhibit. Reservations are required. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Today, 5:30-9 p.m. Adult $44.95, Children $19.95. (805) 577-4057.

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