November 30, 2007

Holiday Calendar of Events:

The Many Moods of Christmas And other Christmas favorites

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2007. Time: 7:00 p.m.

The La Jolla Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir with Orchestra will perform “The Many Moods of Christmas” by American composer Robert Shaw and other Christmas favorites. Come and join in singing some of the great Christmas carols with the rest of the congregation, and let your heart soar with peace, joy and hope at this wonderful time of year. Tickets are not required for this performance. A freewill offering will be taken before intermission. The doors will open at 6 pm arrive early for a good seat. The church is located at 7715 Draper Ave. across from the La Jolla Recreation Center. The concerts are held in the sanctuary, and there is free parking in the underground garage, which is accessed from Kline Street. Child care is available.

Location: La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

`No tickets are required. A free will offering will be taken.

“A Christmas Story”

December 7- December 16

OnStage Playhouse will present a special holiday staged reading of “A Christmas Story” for eight performances only.

“A Christmas Story” is based on the 1983 comedic film that we all know and love.

Ticket prices are $10.00 general admission and $7.00 for children under 10. “A Christmas Story” is suitable for theatre-goers of all ages.

For reservations, please call OnStage Playhouse’s box office at 619-422-RSVP (7787) or visit our website: www.onstageplayhouse.org.

Carols By Candlelight

A spectacular evening of family entertainment, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The perfect beginning to the holiday season, the 18th annual Carols by Candlelight concert to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego is the ultimate family-orientated holiday activity. With a stellar lineup of popular country music artists, Carols by Candlelight is one of the hottest holiday concerts of the season. Beginning on December 7 & 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, the Carols by Candlelight concert will feature country artists Joe Nichols, Collin Raye, Juice Newton and Buck Howdy and others, who will each sing traditional holiday favorites and a few of their own hits.

Originally, Carols By Candlelight began as an Australian Christmas tradition that has now spread around the world. It involves people gathering, usually outdoors in a park, to sing carols by candlelight, accompanied by a band. Here in San Diego, Carols by Candlelight was created by Country Western pioneers, Steve Vaus and Wayne Nelson, with the goal of making a life-changing difference in the lives of children. Formerly a free concert at Westfield Horton Plaza, the event eventually outgrew that venue, moving to the Poway Center for Performing Arts and ultimately to it’s current home, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

A spectacular evening of family entertainment, all proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets start at $28 and are on sale since November 1st at the Center Box Office, 1-800-98-TICKET. For more information, visit the calendar section of www.WishSan Diego.org.

Poinsettia Plants Bloom in Balboa Park’s Historic Botanical Building

More than 500 magnificent poinsettia plants turn Balboa Park’s historic wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays. Built for the 1915–16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The seasonal display, offered to San Diegans and guests for the twenty-first year, opens at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2007 and remains on view until January 10.

The Euphorbia pulcherrima (which means “most beautiful”), or poinsettia, is native to Mexico. First cultivated by the Aztecs, it was then called Cuetlaxochitl and prized by them as a symbol of purity. The Aztecs also made crimson dye from the colorful leaves and a fever medicine from the milky substance that drips from the poinsettia when cut. Seventeenth-century Franciscan priests were the first to include the plants in the nativity procession, la Fiesta de Santa Pesebre. The man who introduced poinsettias to the United States was Joel Roberts Poinsette, garden, botanist and the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He had some sent to his home in Greenville, South Carolina in 1825, and the poinsettia has born his name ever since.

USD Holiday Choral Concert

The University of San Diego Choral Scholars and Concert Choir will present “Carols and Lullabies from the Southwest” by Conrad Sousa featuring Spanish carols from Spain and Latin America, accompanied by guitar, harp, marimba, percussion and piano.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Both performances are in the Founders Chapel of USD’s Founders Hall.

Tickets are on sale at the door only and are $10, general admission; $8, seniors, USD faculty, staff and alumni and $5, USD students with I.D.

Call 619-260-4171.

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