'Humbug coming to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Resurrection Theatre presents "Humbug at the New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 11 Worrell Road.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 16,17, 19, 20 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21. Based on Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol, " the traditional Antioch Christmas classic with a Christian message is directed by Frank J. Ballesteros who also stars as Scrooge. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

For information, call 925-234-1465 or 925-234-1465. No reservations required.

Local Artists Collection at Lynn House Gallery

ANTIOCH -- The ninth annual Local Artists Collection, featuring more than 35 local artists, will open Dec. 7 at the Lynn House Gallery, 809 W. First St.

The show is a diverse, non-themed, mixed-media exhibit of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, pottery and more. A free artist reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on opening day. The Lynn House Gallery is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits.

For more information, go to www.art4antioch.org, or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation, 925-325-9897, or email Diane@art4antioch.org.

Christmas music at St. Ignatius

ANTIOCH -- St. Ignatius Antioch Catholic Church presents "A Concert for Christmas with carols and music for the season 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. Organist Don Pearson accompanies. A reception follows in the parish hall. Admission is free; a free will offering will be received. For information, call 925-778-0768.


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'An East County Christmas is Dec. 8

ANTIOCH -- The Summerset Singers, an East County senior chorus, performs "An East County Christmas that will include Christmas music favorites from Handel to The New Christy Minstrels, Hayden to Cohen, and an original composition from Nancy Bachmann. Various East County musicians from the Delta Strummers and the Summerset Big Band, will also accompany the Summerset Singers.

The performance is 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Admission is adults $15, seniors (62 and older) $12 and youth 17 and younger $5. Reserve tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

'It s A Wonderful Life opens Dec. 14

ANTIOCH -- The 1946 American Christmas drama film is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema, and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.

The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody.

The showings will be 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Admission is adults $8, seniors (62 and older) $7, youth 6-17, free. 925-757-9500, www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Choirs, carols at St. Ignatius Dec. 1

ANTIOCH -- The St. Ignatius of Antioch Church hosts an Advent Precession with lessons and carols with choirs throughout East County.

The procession will be held 4 p.m. Dec. 1, at the church, 351 Contra Loma Blvd.

Director and organist Don Pearson accompanies. Admission is free; a free will offering will be received. A reception will follow in the parish hall. For information, call 925-778-0768.

EducationWins hosts holiday home tour

BRENTWOOD -- Liberty Union High School presents the The EducationWins Holiday Home Tour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Visitors get an inside look at some of East County s finest homes and businesses decorated in unique themes and festive holiday decor. The tour begins and ends at Club Los Meganos (located at Trilogy in the Vineyards, Brentwood) where attendees receive a tour map.

Following the tour, return to the event center for refreshments, entertainment, a raffle and a live and silent auction. Admission is $35 and $40 at the door. For tickets go to www.educationwins.org or LUHSD, 20 Oak St., Brentwood. For information, call 925-634-2166.

Ballet company presents 'The Nutcracker

ANTIOCH -- The Ballet Company of East County presents its ninth annual production of "The Nutcracker.

The show is a timeless holiday tradition that brings a young girl s Christmas dream to life. This beautiful production is geared toward children s enjoyment, but will also entertain the young at heart. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the performers in costume between shows.

Performances are noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is orchestra $20, loge $18 and opera $16. Reserve tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

'Nutcracker set for Dec. 7, 8

PITTSBURG -- Black Diamond Ballet Theatre, East Contra Costa County s first professional ballet company, features an international cast of professional ballet dancers with its 2013 rendition of "The Nutcracker.

This year s production showcases talent from across the globe. Sharon Sobel Idul is artistic director; Alexandra Lengyel joins Idul as associate artistic director.

Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pittsburg Creative Arts Building, 250 School St. Admission is $20 orchestra, $15 balcony. Senors 62 and older and groups (8 or more) receive a 15 percent discount. Tickets are available at the Railroad Book Depost, 650 Railroad Ave. or online at www.blackdiamondballet.org.

U.S. Air Force band plays holiday concert

PITTSBURG -- The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West performs "A Concert for the Holidays at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Creative Arts Building, 250 School St.

Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave. Tickets are limited to six per family. No-ticket holders will be admitted if seats are available. For information, call 925-432-7301 or email monica@pittsburgchamber. org.

Dramatic one-act Bible presentation

ANTIOCH -- The Seventh-day Adventist Church presents a live presentation "Chosen Garment, a one-act play with Stephen Mosely.

The performance is 10:50 a.m. Nov. 30 at the church, 2200 Country Hills Drive. Mosely takes you on a whirlwind tour through the Bible that is humorous, deeply moving and inspiring.

Admission is free. For information, call 825-757-7337.

Heissler Continuo Organ comes to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The St. Ignatius of Antioch Church Music Series concert continues 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 351 Contra Loma Blvd.

Organist Don Pearson and William Vaughn perform a concert featuring the St. Ignatius debut of the German Heissler Continuo Organ, an instrument of one manual keyboard, five stops and seven ranks of pipes. The organists will make use of both the Continuo as well as the Great Organ in the parish, playing works composed by Bach, Handel, Haydon, Mozart and Soler.

The Continuo belongs to St. Luke s Episcopal Church in Rossmoor, and while they were looking for a new home for the organ, St. Ignatius entered into an agreement to make necessary repairs and use it for teaching, services and concerts. The Rossmoor church happily agreed and the instrument was completely rebuilt.

St. Luke s rector, The Rev. Anne Cox-Bailey, and parishioners will be honored guests. A reception will follow in the parish hall. There are no tickets or charge to attend, however, a free will offering will be received to help defray the cost of the reception and to offer a modest stipend to the performers. All are invited. For information, call 925-451-9435.

Local artist host holiday sale

BRENTWOOD -- The Brushoffs, a local group of 18 artists, will host a "Small Price Show to start the holiday season.

The show starts with a free reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at CR Framing & Gallery, 700 Harvest Park Drive, continuing through Dec. 20. All art will be $150 or less. For information, contact Sue Clanton at 925-634-1271 or email suesjohn@earthlink.net.

'Pinocchio set in Antioch this weekend

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "Pinocchio, adapted for stage by Tom Lawrence and Ted Powell and original music by Tom Lawrence.

Once again the beloved wooden puppet comes to life in this colorful, musical version of Carlo Collodi s classic. In his quest to experience life as a real boy, Pinocchio falls in with the wrong crowd and has to learn life s lessons the hard way. His creator, the woodcarver Geppetto, who yearns to be a father to Pinocchio, is devastated by his absence. Pinocchio teaches some valuable lessons.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over) $8 for youth 3 to 17. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Knight lights up the stage in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra presents "Acting Out, featuring Jonathan Knight playing the "Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto.

The dramatic program also includes Bernstein s "Overture to Candide, John Williams "The Cowboys Overture, and "Suite from the Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Stravinsky s L histoire.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg.

Tickets are $5 to $10 and can be reserved by calling 925-943-7469 or at the door.

Inaugural art exhibit in Oakley

OAKLEY -- You, Me Oakley, in partnership with the city of Oakley, presents an inaugural art exhibit "Origins of Oakley at the Oakley City Hall, 3231 Main St.

The exhibit will highlight the multicultural and immigrant stories of Oakley s past and present, encouraging all to reflect on their cultural heritage.

The exhibit runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday.

For information, call 925-625-7011, or email gaby@youmeweoakley.org.

Artists celebrate East County beauty

BRENTWOOD -- "Everything Local, an art exhibit celebrating the beauty of East Contra Costa County, runs through Dec. 27. The exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

Presented by local art group The Brushoffs, subjects range from rustic back roads and Delta wildlife to homegrown flowers and farm-fresh produce, all created in a variety of media and styles. Work by sculptor Beverly Turner will also be featured.

Admission and parking are free.

For information, email nrobertsart@sbcglobal.net or go to www.nancyrobertsstudio.com.

-- Nan Hargis