First Friday: December 1st

This month, First Friday happens to fall on the first of December. Come out to the 'Ville for first-class eats, treats, and fun! 

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
Occasionally Yours will be offering Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, along with assorted Pasta with Homemade Sauces. Entrees include salad, roll, and vegetable. BYOB. Children's portions available.

Breathe Om Yoga at Wellness on Park
100 Park Avenue, 7-8:30 pm
Begin the holiday season with an uplifting candlelit Yin Yoga practice. Afterwards, choose a gift for your favorite yogi. Contact Donna to register at $15.

Houseplant Hospital
7B Chester Road, 6 pm to closing
BYO junk mail or holiday catalogs and make recycled holiday garlands!

Aria Mediterranean Cuisine
405 Dartmouth Avenue, 6-8 pm
Last Chance will be performing at Aria Mediterranean Cuisine. They are the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback, and perform original music in the style of contemporary folk-roots fusion and bluegrass.

Hobbs Coffee
1 Park Avenue, 6:30ish
Parsons Bakery, a benefit for Friends of Ryan Veterinary Hospital.

Swarthmore Co-Op
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
Are you ready for some trivia fun? Gather a team, grab some drinks, and see you there! BYOB if 21+. Light table snacks will be provided and an awesome prize for the winners.
Saturday, December 2: Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays is Swarthmore's annual holiday tradition featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, The Nutcracker Ballet, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, a visit from Santa Claus, dreidel games, a West African dance circle with Jeannine Osayande and Dunya Performing Arts Company, hot cocoa and mulled wine, carols led by the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra, and so much more!  Home for the Holidays takes place this Saturday, December 2. Download an online version of the schedule and start planning a festive day of family fun!

This year will also feature the inaugural Santa 5K Run/Walk through the streets of Swarthmore on the morning of December 2. Come dressed as Jolly Old St. Nick, his reindeer, Frosty the Snowman - use your imagination! The first 125 pre-registered runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt to commemorate their participation. And the fastest male and female runner, along with the two best-dressed participants, will be awarded at $25 Swarthmore Town Center gift certificate and a growler of beer from Wrong Crowd Brewing (must be 21+).  Learn more about the Santa 5K by visiting this link from the Bryn Mawr Running Company.

Huge thanks to our sponsors for their support of Home for the Holidays and the Santa 5K Run/Walk:
PREMIERE SPONSOR - Blonde Sugar & Honey
Ashbell's Smokehouse Deli
Bryn Mawr Trust
Cangemi Plumbing
Cider Mill Landscapes 
Farm to City
Greenstreet Coffee Co.
Houseplant Hospital
The Inn at Swarthmore
Jones Lang LaSalle
The Kitchin Allstate Agency
McCabe & Son Roofing
Michael O'Brien Painting
Nether Providence Soap Company
Open Sky Energy
Optimum Physical Therapy
Rafiki Shoppe
Reiki with Marie
Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
Swarthmore Flower Shop
Summer J. Artisan Ice Pops 
Tytre Consulting, LLC
Vicky's Place
Willow Tree Painting
Need to lose a little water weight after a long weekend of Thanksgiving indulgence? There's still time to register for Swarthmore's Santa 5K Run/Walk.

To celebrate Home for the Holidays, a variety of shops in the 'Ville will host special events and promotions on December 2. These activities are FREE (unless specifically noted) and all are welcome to participate. Please remember to #showlove and #shopsmall in Swarthmore Town Center this holiday season and all year long! Our small businesses depend on your support.

Blonde Sugar & Honey
Buy 4, Get 1 Free "LOL" Dishtowels. Perfect stocking stuffers or hostess gifts! And from 2:30 - 3:30 pm enjoy live music from Three's Company, with special guest SRS Principal Dr. Angela Tuck. 

Dunkin' Donuts
Make paper bag lanterns that will light the way during Santa's Parade later in the evening! 2:30 - 4:30 pm. This arts & craft activity courtesy of Bethany Formica Bender, also known as the Sawdust Siren. 

Harvey Oak Mercantile
HOM will be hosting a trunk show with Such A Little Bird. Artist Tiffaney Pelaez will be showcasing her handmade beaded bracelets. 10 am - 2 pm.

Houseplant Hospital
BYOCamera for a special photo opportunity in front of a Living Poinsettia Wall. 10 am - 6 pm.

Hobbs Coffee
The Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra or SwUKEstra will perform your favorite holiday tunes from 4 - 5 pm.  Join the fun and sing along! 

The Inn at Swarthmore
The Inn at Swarthmore is pleased to welcome Jeannine Osayande and Dunya Performing Arts Company for a celebration of Kwanzaa and West African dance. Don't miss this amazing celebration of family, community, and culture! 5:30 - 6:30 pm. 

Occasionally Yours
"Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!" Come learn to play the Dreidel Game with the super fun Levy-Peltzman family - Carly, Keith, Ezra, and Jonah. And yes, there will be chocolate! 2:45 - 3:30 pm. 

The Pilates Connexion
The Pilates Connexion will lead FREE demos on the Pilates equipment to anyone who stops in from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All will be entered to win a FREE group class! That's a whole lotta FREE! 

Swarthmore Hardware
Make your home merry and bright! Our favorite hometown handyman is offering 10% off all holiday lights and decorations. 

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
In addition to Donna Jo Napoli's book reading and signing at 4:45 pm, the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store will also offer books gift-wrapped for no extra charge. And from 2:30 - 6:00 pm, enjoy FREE cookies and lemonade in the lobby of The Inn at Swarthmore, courtesy of The Inn and Swarthmore Campus & Community Store.

Swarthmore Co-Op
Purchase and put together first aid kits to benefit an international organization called Sole Hope. Sole Hope works to combat jiggers, a crippling foot parasite found in Uganda. 

Vicky's Place
Here's an indulgent holiday craft that you'll really enjoy later - DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs! 3:45 - 4:30 pm. 

waR3house 3
From 1 - 2 pm, enjoy a FREE music performance of the Hammer Dulcimer from Craig Williamson. Then return for late night as waR3house 3 welcomes to the stage Adam "Flymo" Birch and the Vershons ($20 at the door).
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