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Your guide to local holiday happenings

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Here is an assortment of activities in the region that are free or have various costs.

New dining options in Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch

Progress as of Nov. 11 on the new building going up in The Plaza between Big 5 Sporting Goods and Aaron Brothers. Starbucks is moving into one of its suites.  Photo by Elizabeth Marie Himchak

Several new dining establishments are on the horizon for Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch residents.

Kersey reflects on first half of San Diego City Council term

Mark Kersey

City Councilman Mark Kersey is nearing the halfway point in his first four-year term representing District 5, an introduction to City Hall that did not turn out the way anyone expected when he was sworn into office in 2012.

Philanthropy council honors Rancho Bernardo volunteer

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Rancho Bernardo resident Nick Anastasopoulos has been honored for his years of volunteerism in the community.

Jerusalem conservatory picks late RB man’s only composition

Ray and Darleen Herriman, with their son, Matthew, when they performed at the 2010 Kyoto Prize event.

Three years after his death, a local man’s only known choral piece will be performed in Jerusalem this holiday season, an apt setting for a song about the birth of Jesus.

Wickedly delightful

Glinda (Chandra Lee Schwartz), left, and Elphaba (Emma Hunton) face off after a tornado leads to a Kansas farmhouse crashing in Oz. “Wicked” is playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Dec. 7. Photo by Joan Marcus

Spectacular is not nearly sufficient a word to describe the national touring production of “Wicked,” playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Dec. 7.

Rancho Bernardo Thanksgiving luncheon is Tuesday

Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation board members, from left, Nick Anastasopoulos, Debbie Kurth and Scott Lawn with some of the live and silent auction items up for bid at the Rancho Bernardo Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday. Photo by Larry McIntyre

Getting a deal on a special gift while helping the Rancho Bernardo community at the same time will be easy for those attending the 25th annual Rancho Bernardo Community Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday.

Can you sew? Rancho Bernardo hospice needs your help

Peggy Stevers holding Memory Bears she made.

If you can sew, a Rancho Bernardo-based hospice would like your skills to provide memory bears to family members of its deceased patients.

Alternative Christmas shopping event is this weekend

Don’t know what to buy the person who has everything or says they need nothing this holiday season? Hope United Methodist Church’s annual Alternative Christmas this weekend can give you some ideas.

Students box holiday cheer for worldwide delivery

Waiting to fill their Operation Christmas Child boxes are fourth graders, from left, Penelope Kalamaras, Jenna Voegtly, Erin Scherpbier and Makayla Harrison, with the caterpillar and bunny puppets they made for the recipients. Photo by Elizabeth Marie Himchak

An effort to spread Christmas cheer to children around the world has expanded at Maranatha Christian Schools with the entire campus getting involved in the project.