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Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Seventh Annual Alternative Holiday Market

     Share the holiday spirit by shopping to make a difference.  Neighborhood Congregational Church invites one and all to the Seventh Annual Alternative Christmas Market on two consecutive Sundays: December 4th and 11th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
     This is the only event like this in Laguna Beach and is open to the public.  It is a wonderful way for children to purchase gifts for teachers and family members at affordable prices, and also learn about the needs around the world.  Alternative Market also provides many opportunities for you to honor friends and family at the holidays who don’t need or want more “stuff,” but do appreciate making the world a better place!
     Last year’s event was a huge success, raising more than $5,000.  Shoppers can again purchase gifts that provide support and sustenance for people in need:  animals for developing country farmers through Heifer International, weekly one-on-one reading sessions for at-risk children, immunizations to protect vulnerable children, bednets to prevent malaria, soccer balls to build peace through play, school supplies and uniforms for African girls, and donations to help break the cycle of poverty among youth in developing countries or the cycle of youth homelessness in Orange County.  Habitat for Humanity will sell pins and cards to support their building projects in Orange County. Beautiful bead jewelry from Uganda will be available, as will olive oil from the Holy Land, fair trade coffees, teas and chocolates, cookbooks, reusable shopping bags, hand-crocheted jingle bell hats, Dee Dee’s bags and special gifts made by the congregation’s children.  Delicious homemade treats will be served.
     Again this year, shoppers can turn gold into cash with Alternative Market’s gold buyer!   A gold buyer will evaluate your gold pieces with no obligation.  Broken, mismatched and unworn jewelry can be traded for immediate cash.  10% will be donated to the Justice ministry of Neighborhood Church.
     Make a world of difference this holiday season.  Honor the special people in your life with gifts of meaning this year!
     Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive in Laguna Beach, one block east of Pacific Coast Highway, with free parking at Cleo & Glenneyre.  Call 949-494-8061 for additional information or driving directions.

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