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Holiday Magic coming to Milpitas, Lucid wins Car of the Year and Oakland museum's Great Hall to reopen

Refugio Garcia

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Milpitas to transform Main St. for Holiday Magic

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A portion of Main Street in downtown Milpitas will be transformed for the Holiday Magic event scheduled to run from Dec. 4 -19, East Bay Times reports.

The event will feature an ice rink, movie screen, stage, performers and numerous activities for the whole family and will be centered mainly around the city-owned parking lot located between Weller Lane and Carlo Street.

The ice rink will be open during event hours with private lessons available during weekdays from 1-4 p.m.

The two-week event will also feature a number of theme nights including a Stocker Savings Night on Dec. 6 where the first 300 attendees will receive a stocking stuffed with coupons for local retailers and an ugly sweater party on Dec. 7.

The event will host a number of artists and musicians to showcase the talent of local residents. In addition, two new murals will be unveiled during the event.

The event will be open Saturdays, 1-10 p.m., Sundays, noon-9 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 4-9 p.m., and Fridays, 4-10 p.m.

The Great Hall at the Oakland Museum of California to reopen

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The exhibition hall at the Oakland Museum of California will reopen on Dec. 3 after closing on Oct. 24 due to damage it sustained following the atmospheric river that passed through the region, East Bay Times reports.

The Great Hall, located at 10th and Oak streets near Lake Merritt, will reopen with a special exhibition “Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism” resuming.

The next show for the exhibition “Edith Heath: A Life in Clay,” was postponed due to the closure and will resume on Jan. 29.

Work crews are finishing up the final touches to the repairs at the museum a week ahead of the scheduled reopening, according to a statement issued by officials at the museum.

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Newark-based automaker wins MotorTrends Car of the Year with Lucid Air

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Newark-based automaker Lucid won MotorTrend’s 2022 Car of the Year award for its Lucid Air, East Bay Times reports.

The Lucid Air is the first vehicle to be produced by the electric cat start-up and is the first time a company has received the prestigious award for their first car.

The Lucid Air was lauded by the panel of MotorTrend judges for its efficiency, luxurious interior, ample storage and a range of up to 520 miles on a single charge for certain versions of the car, calling the Lucid Air “the new [electric vehicle] benchmark.”

The judges also noted what they saw as offering high value to car buyers with a price range starting at $77,000 for a more basic model, and a $140,000 price tag for the more luxurious touring version of the car.

While praising the car’s sound system, the judges were critical of the abundance of touch screens, saying that it created an over-reliance on the mechanism for basic controls.

However, this isn’t the first time a start-up car company won the Car of the Year award. Tesla won in 2012 for its Model S. The second car produced by Tesla after its Roadster model.

Peter Rawlinson, CEO of Lucid, is a former Tesla employee who worked on the Model S and said that the primary goal at Lucid is creating vehicles focused on efficiency with the Lucid Air being the most efficient electric vehicle in the U.S. according to estimates from the EPA.

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