December 3, 2004

Holiday Calendar of Events:

Southwestern College Presents La Posada Mágica

Holiday Production on Stage Dec. 10-12

Chula Vista — The Southwestern College (SWC) School of Arts and Communication is proud to present La Posada Mágica, its holiday production. The musical will open Dec. 10 and run through Dec. 12.

La Posada Mágica follows a young girl who has begun to doubt the real meaning of Christmas. She is reluctantly drawn into a posada in her community, re-enacting the familiar story of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging (posada) through Bethlehem.

Performed in English with a Latin beat, this enchanting musical is appropriate for the entire family and is a holiday tradition throughout Mexico and many areas of the Southwest United States. The play, performed with music by Los Angeles musician Marcos Loya, was written by Octavio Solís, whose works Man of the Flesh, El Paso Blue, and many others, have been brought to the stage at theatres nationwide.

“Everyone in the family will love this lively musical,” said Director Sandra Cortez, also an SWC Theatre Instructor.

La Posada Mágica will be performed at Mayan Hall * December 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. and December 12 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students, seniors, and children. Tickets can be purchased by calling the SWC box office at (619) 482-6367.

Experience the Traditional Posadas and Pastorelas of Mexico with a Merry-Achi Christmas

ESCONDIDO – Sol de Mexico, the nation’s premier mariachi led by Jose Hern-andez, presents a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions, when A Merry-Achi Christmas comes to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Saturday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 or $48 and can be purchased through The Center Ticket Office at 800-988-4253 or through Ticketmaster at 619-220-TIXS.

Experience the traditional posadas and pastorelas of Mexico through this delightful collection of joyful music and dance. Sol de Mexico is a refined ensemble that brings expertise, vocal power and superb musicianship to their performances. Their joyful pulse is radiated by their big brass ensemble with accompaniment by a colorful folkloric dance troupe. Everyone will enjoy this holiday spectacular!

Holiday in the Park

Old Town, San Diego -  The holiday season is here again. To help you or your family get into the holiday spirit, join us at the annual Holiday in the Park in historic Old Town on December 10th and 11th 2004.

Entertainment will include: The First Christian Church Adult and Kids Choirs, Youth Rock Singing and Dancing Group, Kaleidoscope Carolers, Sweet Adelines, and Aim for Faith Maimes. Enjoy a beautiful CANDLE DANCE performed by Los Bailadores, The Dancers of Old Town.

See the Casa De Estudillo decorated for the holiday celebration by Dona Maria Victoria Estudillo .Colorfully attired townsfolk in clothing that is represented of the 1800s will be in the park for the festival.

National City’s Holiday Happenings

National City is hosting a variety of special events for children throughout December. All of the events will take place at the Martin L. King Community Center in National City at 140 E. 12th Street. For more information call 336-4290

“Breakfast With Santa” Sat., Dec. 4th, 9:00 a.m. Ages 2 - 7 years

This event is by pre-registration and is limited to 40 participants. Last day to register is Thursday, December 2nd. Breakfast, crafts, cookie decorating, holiday story, clown and a photo with Santa await your child at this special holiday event. $5 per person

“Christmas Crafts Workshop” Wed., Dec. 8th, 5:30 p.m. Ages 5 - 12 years

Children will make 10 handmade gifts to give to family and friends. Christmas cheer will abound at this wonderful night for kids. The $3 ticket includes Christmas carols, 10 crafts, an elf hat, cookies, a bike raffle and a visit with the jolly, old elf, Santa. Limited to 150 participants and tixs are selling fast. Join us for a fun, family time.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

“Holiday Dance for kids” Thursday, Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Grades 3 - 6

Children in grades 3 - 6 are invited to the annual “Holiday Dance” at the Martin L. King Community Center. A 12 ft. Christmas tree, decorations, holiday music and refreshments await your child. A deejay will play all the latest music mixed with holiday favorites. Children are encouraged to wear nice attire for the occasion. Price of admission is $1.00.

“The Nutcracker Ballet” Sat., Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m. Ages 7 - 12 (N.C. residents only) National City children are invited to attend “The Nutcracker Ballet” courtesy of the National City Transit Co. The N.C. Transit company has donated 35 tickets to the Christmas ballet with bus transportation included. The tickets are free to National City youth who register on a first come - first served basis at the N.C. Recreation Dept., 140 E. 12th St., Suite A. Please call for ticket availability.

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