Double Dose of Handmade Arts and Crafts Hits Long Beach this Weekend

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Handmade Craft Festivals in Long BeachWant to get a jump start on your holiday shopping? Or just hang out with the artsy folk and get inspired by some of the best artisan crafts and handmade goods in Southern California. Whatever your goal, this weekend Long Beach has two great arts and craft festivals vying for your attention.

If you have time, each has something unique to offer, you could have a fun day double-dipping. The Alternative Christmas Market goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patchwork also opens at 11 a.m. but lasts all day until 5 p.m. 

Alternative Christmas Market

California Heights United Methodist Church will offer an “Alternative Christmas Market” on Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This market provides an opportunity to buy handcrafted items such as clothing, home decor, ornaments, cards, handbags, toys, jewelry and more from non-profit cooperatives.

Organizations present include Red Bird Mission, Church World Service, Empowering Lives International, Africa Team Ministries, Guatemala Project, Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Hope, and Haiti Project. Pigs in a blanket, brown cow ice cream floats, and homemade pies will also be available for purchase to benefit Heifer Project.

Whether shopping for gifts or for yourself, every unique purchase will also mean self-sufficiency for someone else across the world. For more information, go to www.calheightsumc.org or call 562-595-1996. The church is located at 3759 Orange Ave. in Long Beach.

Patchwork Long Beach

Patchwork returns to Long Beach with the Indie Arts and Crafts Festival Sunday November 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nestled next to the water’s edge, Marine Park Stadium is the perfect canvas to showcase some of Long Beach’s most popular businesses, creative craftspeople and artistic entreprenuers. Stop by to peruse more than 100 local independent artists, designers and crafters showcasing their wares. Take a break to snack on delicious creations from local restaurants and unique food trucks. Let the kids make art at the DIY craft booth, or “paws” for doggie portraits and caricatures.

The Patchwork Festival is free to attend. Marine Park Stadium is located at 5255 Paoli Way. The festival takes place at corner of Bayshore and Appian Way. For more information, visit their website www.patchworkshow.com.

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