MUSIC AND THE ARTS
CHRISTMAS CANTATA – 9 and 10:30 a.m. today, 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.
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CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – 7 P.M. Saturday through Dec. 16, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave. “Come Worship the King” tells the Christmas story with music and drama. Offering. (209) 521-9148.
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 – 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Christmas story told through music and narration with adult and children’s choirs. (209) 394-2264.
CANDLES & CAROLS – 5 p.m. Dec. 15, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. 26th annual program features choir, piano-organ duet, carols, handbells, meditation on “Nativity.” Free. (209) 523-1438.
FESTIVAL OF MUSIC – 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Christmas Festival of Music includes choir, handbells, praise band and other musicians providing a variety of Christmas music, interspersed with selected readings. (209) 667-7712.
VIOLINIST – 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Jaime Jorge, internationally known violinist, in concert. Raised in Cuba, Jaime’s story includes incentives to study with top Russian musicians if his family would renounce their faith in God. They did not, and later were able to leave Cuba. Free. (209) 538-1024.
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS – 7-8:45 p.m. Dec. 19, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Surviving the Holidays, DivorceCare meets for single session. $5, includes workbook. (209) 527-4110.
GUADALUPE PROCESSION – Noon today, 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. today, 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.
MISSIONS FAIRE – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, First Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Berkeley Ave., Turlock. Support local ministries with purchases and gifts made in the name of a family member or friend. (209) 632-2324.
60TH ANNIVERSARY – 4 p.m. today, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave, Modesto. Celebration of 60 years of fellowship, with special guests Gillian Wegener, poet laureate of Modesto, past ministers the Rev. Grace Simons, the Rev. Jeanne Foster and the Rev. Leroy Egenberger, and others. A light meal begins at 2:30 p.m., with cake following the service. (209) 545-1837.
ADVENT MISSION – 7 p.m. today through Thursday, 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. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 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.