Music and the arts
SOUNDS OF SEASON – 6 p.m. today, Modesto Christian Reformed Church, 2620 College Ave., Modesto. Children’s and adult choirs, handbells, carol singing, Christmas readings. Offering benefits Modesto Gospel Mission. (209) 523-1906.
JULIE-N-FRIENDS – 6 p.m. Dec. 29, Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. Gospel concert features Bridge of Grace, Annette Macias, Brighton and Merced Rescue Mission Choir. Audience asked to bring two nonperishable food items for Merced Gospel Mission. Offering also will benefit the agency. (559) 304-1102.
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LIVE NATIVITY – 7-9 p.m. today, Modesto Free Methodist Church, Rose and Briggsmore avenues. Outdoor live Nativity drama performed every half-hour. Free. (209) 522-3583.
100th ANNIVERSARY – 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 709 J St., Modesto. 100th anniversary of the dedication of the church in downtown Modesto. Mass with historic photos, followed by reception at community center, 1416 Maze Blvd. (209) 524-4381.
MOCHI TSUKI – 10 a.m. Saturday, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Annual Mochi Tsuki (rice pounding) will be held and visitors can get more information about this Japanese tradition. Rice is available for purchase ($4 pound for plain Mochi and $1.50 a piece for Ahn Mochi) with advance orders only from the church no later thanFriday. Rice ready for pickup from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. (209) 394-2264.