ARTS AND MUSIC
HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" 3 p.m. today, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Fourth and Orange Streets, Ripon. Performance of Handel's "Messiah" by Ripon Oratorio Society. Free. (209) 599-6150.
JAZZ VESPERS 5 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. Celebrate beginning of Advent with the theme of "light" and music by the Fred Rudolph Trio. Jazz arrangements of favorite carols with liturgy, prayer and contemplation. (209) 522-9046.
LINCOLN BREWSTER 7 p.m. Tuesday, Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. Award-winning Christian artist Lincoln Brewster in "Joy to the World Tour" concert. Event benefits students from Turlock High School going on a missions trip. Offering. (209) 634-4935.
CHILDREN'S MUSICAL 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Celebration Center, 323 Kerr Ave., Modesto. "The Christmas Gift" uses two modern brothers to tell the story of Christmas with actors, dancers, flags, handbells and children's choir. Offering.(209) 523-7962.
THE CHRISTMAS GIFT 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1614 H St. Concert "in honor of the Christ child" features the Bay Area Men's Choir, Praise (a second men's choir), the Advent Herald Handbell Choir, a brass ensemble and soloists Earl Johnson, baritone, and Debbie Ojala, mezzo-soprano. Free. (209) 535-1544.
VOICES FOR THE KING 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Immanuel Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. All-men's group in concert, with music ranging from sacred choral to gospel. Offering will benefit Modesto Pregnancy Center. Nursery care provided; refreshments after concert. (209) 599-2649.
GUADALUPE PROCESSION Noon today, Saint Mary's Church, 203 E. Washington St., Stockton. Most parishes, including those in Modesto, Ceres, Riverbank, etc., will send a float to this 32nd annual event. Route ends at Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., where there will be a program beginning at 1:30 p.m. that includes a performance by Mariachi Juvenil Chávez, apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a closing Mass at 3 p.m. led by Bishop Stephen Blaire. (209) 466-0636, ext. 628.
POETRY SLAM 6 to 7 p.m. today, Mill Creek Church,147 Auto Center Court, Modesto. Levi the Poet headlines this interactive event. Bring original poetry at 6 p.m. for chance to share your poetry; will be screened for language. Tickets $7, free if you are chosen to perform. (209) 526-9216.
LATKES & VODKAS 8 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Adult evening with vodka drinks, wine, music and dancing, latkes (potato pancakes) and hors d'oeurves. Tickets: $30 in advance, $33 at door. (209) 571-6060 or from brownpapertickets.com, event #287116.
HANUKKAH FOR KIDS 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Preschool class on "What's Jewish About ... Light?" $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Must reserve spot at (209) 571-6070. Children's Hannukkah party from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 9. Open to community without charge.
BUDDHIST NUNS 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto. Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta, two Buddhist nuns from San Francisco, will lead a "Day of Gratitude and Generosity." Bring vegetarian dish to share. Donations benefit nuns and Insight Meditation Modesto. (209) 343-2748.
GERMAN ADVENT 4 p.m. today, United Lutheran Church, 649 Northgate Drive, Manteca. 34th annual Advent service with words and music entirely in German. Heimat Choir from Stockton sings traditional German Christmas carols. Reception with German treats and beverages follows. (209) 823-1971.
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, Grace Community Christian Church, 3754 E. Service Road, Ceres. Gates close at 9 p.m. Interactive walking tour from town of Nazareth to Bethlehem includes visits with shepherds and wise men, as well as Roman soldiers on horseback. Tour, which ends at scene with baby Jesus, takes about 45 minutes (doesn't include waiting time) and covers about a mile over uneven ground. Not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. Free. (209) 531-1902.
CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Calvary Temple Worship Center, 1601 Coffee Road, Modesto. Holiday spectacular with live music, dancing, comedy and beauty of Christmas for entire family. Offering. (209) 529-7346.
CHRISTMAS LESSONS & CAROLS 7:30 p.m. Friday, St. Francis Anglican Church, 915 E. Main St., Turlock. Presentation by Stanislaus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Christmas Scripture reading, followed by a carol sung by the audience, with several organists participating. Free.(209) 632-0788.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, St. Stanislaus Community Center, 1416 Maze Blvd., Modesto. Pancake breakfast benefits St. Vincent de Paul ministry. Children can take photos with Santa. Offering.(209) 524-4381.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, River Oak Grace Community Church, 7712 Rodden Road, Oakdale. More than 40 vendors plus bake sale to benefit needy families. Sponsored by Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). (209) 324-3649.
COOKIE WALK 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 9, Christ the King Community Church, 6443 Estelle Ave., Riverbank. $6 for baker's dozen; you pick the individual cookies you'd like. (209) 869-1075.
LAS POSADAS 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia. 30th annual event re-creates the Spanish tradition of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph searching for shelter in Bethlehem, but with an 1850s flavor. Carolers in period costumes provide music; onlookers participate, singing carols by candlelight down Main Street. Free. (209) 532-6604.
CANTATA 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Selection of Christmas music performed by church choir. (209) 667-7712.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 6 p.m. Dec. 16, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Music, drama, humor and interactive worship set against backdrop of nostalgic radio broadcast. Child care for infants through kindergarten. Free.(209) 567-3200.
KATINAS 6 p.m. Dec. 14, Monte Vista Chapel,1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. Christian pop/rock group in "A Christmas Collage Concert" to benefit Turlock Gospel Mission. Offering. (209) 634-4935.
LESSONS AND CAROLS 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Evening of music by Celtic band, church choir and orchestra, kids choir and handbell choir. "Great music from the Christmas season for the whole family." Child care provided. (209) 577-4110.
LIVE NATIVITY 7to 9 p.m. Dec. 14-16, Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Ave. Live Nativity is an outdoor Christmas drama repeating every half hour. Refreshments. (209) 522-3583.
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