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Weekend in Novato: Swinging Dance Party, Xmas Lights Downtown and More Fun Events

Johnny Vegas and his Vegas Vixens perform at the Novato Hopmonk Tavern on Saturday.
Johnny Vegas and his Vegas Vixens perform at the Novato Hopmonk Tavern on Saturday.

Late fall is the best time for mushroom hunting. Learn about the different varieties growing in the woodlands around Novato on a Marin County Parks hike this Thursday. The six mile hike is through Indian Creek and winds to the top of a peak where you can enjoy spectacular views in every direction. Ages 15 and up. Dogs not allowed. 10am. Free.

Thursday evening head to Hopmonk Tavern to check out three bands, part of the pub’s  33 ⅓ Showcase where musicians are drawn from a radius of 33 miles. The guest include Tyler Allen, a solo singer and songwriter from Petaluma, whose strong voice and an effective guitar style sound like a cross betwen John Hiatt and David Gray. Also on this Wednesday is Bedrock Radio, known for their blend of swampy blues rock n roll. The final set is by the Market Farmers Band, that were selected for their danceable tunes, both originals and covers.

On Friday, get a photo with Santa for just $5 outside Anne’s Secret HangUps on Grant Avenue. While downtown, check out other stores, many of whom will stay open until 8pm to give people more time to shop.

On Saturday, get into the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Machin Avenue downtown from 4:30-8pm. See the elves and meet Santa, enjoy live entertainment, food and hot drinks, and meet your fellow Novatoans. Free.

A little later, practice your swing dance moves at a live show by Johnny Vegas, his Vegas Vixens, and the High Rollers at the Hopmonk. Unstoppable, penetrating dance grooves of your favorite Soul/Motown/Disco tunes to classic rock anthems. Standing room only. Show 21 and over. Doors 8pm.

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