On Sunday, December 6 the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women will sponsor its 18th annual Holiday Market at the Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St, Alexandria from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each year, this event raises money to support programs critical to women in the city, such as those dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault. It also showcases the work of creative women artists and artisans, including jewelry, pottery, glasswork, prints, notecards, hats, scarves, purses and other accessories. Even handcrafted soaps, chocolates, and doggie treats! Admission is free and refreshments are provided. So avoid the dreaded malls and enjoy a relaxing afternoon shopping among friends. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.