MUSIC AND THE ARTS
RANDY STONEHILL – 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Grace Anglican Church, 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock. Folk singer and Christian artist Randy Stonehill in concert. Tickets: $10 if purchased today; $15 after today. (209) 632-0788.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA – 9 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, Centenary United Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto. Choir presents “Oh Come to My Heart, Lord Jesus.” (209) 527-5441.
DAVE & SABRA HORN – 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Dave Horn is a pastor, singer-songwriter and guitarist who proclaims forgiveness of God through music, story and humor. His wife, Sabra, joins him for some songs. The Horns also will participate in morning worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. Offering. (209) 667-7712.
SANDY HOOK CONCERT – 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. “Sandy Hook Musical Memorial Tribute Concert” on first anniversary of tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people. Concert to feature “Mass of the Children” by John Rutter, plus photo montage and reading of victims’ names with tolling of 26 handbells, plus Vivaldi’s “In Memoria aeterna (For the righteous shall forever be remembered),” and “Sing Me to Heaven.” Directed by Ginger Covert Colla and includes members of church choir, community singers, Johansen High School’s Valkyrie Voices, soprano Duana Demus Lesley and baritone Richard Colla. Community chamber orchestra provides music. Free. (209) 523-8941.
TONY BURROUGHS – 6 p.m. Friday, Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave. Potluck dinner followed by presentation on Burroughs’ latest book, “Get What You Want: The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions.” Burroughs is founder of the Intenders of the Highest Good. $10 per person. (209) 578-5433.
GRIEFSHARE – 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning this Wednesday, Calvary Reformed Church, 741 W. Second St., Ripon. 13-week class offers support for those who have lost a loved one. Transportation available. Free, but register at (209) 599-4294.
ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR – 11:15 a.m. today, College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Alternative Christmas gift fair gives opportunity to “purchase” gifts to benefit nonprofit organizations. Free entry. (209) 522-7244.
NATIVITY FESTIVAL – 3-8 p.m. daily through Dec. 8, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 731 El Vista Ave., Modesto. More than 300 nativity scenes on display, plus children’s activities and live entertainment from local performing groups. Free community event.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, 333 S. Wilma Ave., Ripon. Annual boutique benefits Bethany’s House, a home for pregnant women in crisis. Handmade crafts include jewelry, cards, toys, ornaments, woodcrafts, crochet and knitted items, plus home-baked goods, and breakfast or lunch for sale. Door prizes, more. Free entrance. (209) 522-5121.
LATKES & VODKAS – 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Annual adults-only event offers traditional potato pancakes with different varieties to sample. The buffet also will include a large assortment of hors d’oeuvres. $30 in advance, $35 at door. Alcoholic drinks featured include a variety of martinis, flavored vodka – including blueberry, wild cherry and mocha – and red and white wines. Soft drinks and bottled water also will be available. (209) 571-6060.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS – 9-11 a.m. Saturday, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3461 Merle Ave, Modesto. For children ages 3-9, event includes crafts, songs, the Christmas story and snacks. Free, but register at www.stpetermodesto.org. (209) 551-0563.
GUADALUPE PROCESSION – Noon Dec. 8, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 213 E. Washington St., Stockton. 33rd annual diocesan procession to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe begins at St. Mary’s and ends at Stockton arena, 248 W. Fremont St. Features Aztec dancers and parish floats. Mass at arena begins at 2:30 p.m., led by Bishop Stephen Blaire. (209) 466-0636, ext. 628.
BREAKFAST WITH ST. NICK – 8-11 a.m. Dec. 8, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1414 Maze Blvd., Modesto. Annual breakfast with St. Nicholas sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul ministry includes photos from 9-10 a.m., plus arts and crafts projects. Donation. (209) 524-0983.
ADVENT MISSION – 7 p.m. Dec. 8-12, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. “Reality Check: The Four Last Things – Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell,” by the Rev. Wade Menezes, a member of the Fathers of Mercy in Auburn, Ky. He grew up on a dairy farm in Stanislaus County and has become internationally known, appearing on EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Life” and as host for EWTN’s “The Crux of the Matter.” Offering taken final night. (209) 551-4973.
CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE – 7 p.m. Dec. 12-13, 6 p.m. Dec. 14, 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 15, The House Modesto (formerly Calvary Temple), 1601 Coffee Road. Multimedia performance includes music from swing to traditional songs of season. Family-friendly event includes special effects and videos. (209) 529-7346.