ARTS AND MUSIC
CHILDREN'S MUSICAL 11 a.m. today, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, Immanuel Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. All-men's group in concert, with music from sacred choral to gospel. Offering will benefit Modesto Pregnancy Center. Nursery care provided; refreshments after concert. (209) 599-2649.
HANUKKAH FOR KIDS 9:30 to 11 a.m. today, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Preschool class, "What's Jewish About ... Light?" $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Must reserve spot at (209) 571-6070. Children's Hanukkah party from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Open to community without charge.
BUDDHIST NUNS 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 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.
COOKIE WALK 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, 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. today, 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. today, 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. Friday, 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. Friday and Saturday, 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 7 to 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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