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PERFORMANCES

* Christian Karaoke Coffeehouse: The monthly series continues 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road. Bring soundtracks and be prepared to sing. A small donation will be taken at the door from anyone older than 10. Concessions available. 423-902-3652.

* Counterpoint concert: Chattanooga composer Tim Hinck presents his first holiday fundraiser concert, a performance of Bach's "Magnificat" and his new composition, "But She's Got Eyes," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace. The New York-based Collaborative Arts Ensemble will be joined by local musicians and vocalists. All proceeds go to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Tickets are $20 general, $45 to include a post-concert champagne reception. Purchase at the door or online at www.bachfoodbank.eventbrite.com.

* Cumberland at 4: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, concludes this weekly concert series with the Scenic City Chorale at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Free admission. www.firstcumberland.com.

* Choral Christmas program: "Nobody's a Stranger Come Experience God's Love," a program of caroling, hymns, choir and special music, will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, Hixson. Refreshments will follow. fairviewumchixson.com.

* Choral Arts of Chattanooga presents John Rutter's "Gloria" and other sacred music of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students. Purchase at the door or at https://choralartsofchattanooga.weebly.com.

* The Roueche Chorale & Orchestra will present its 20th annual Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, 214 E. Eighth St. Free admission. 423-855-2981, www.therouechechorale.org.

* "Messiah" sing-along: Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road, will host a community sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. 423-893-5105.

* Chattanooga Singing Circle: Center for Mindful Living, 400 E. Main St., Suite 150, hosts this community singing session to promote peace, with songs taught by repetitive call-and-response method, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. $10 suggested donation; free for children under 13. www.centermindfulliving.org.

* Christmas musical: "Messiah: Heaven's Glory" will be presented by the adult and children's choirs of Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Free admission. Dessert reception follows. 423-892-2916.

 

FUNDRAISERS

* Christmas Bazaar: St. Luke's Anglican (Episcopal) Church, 7 Ewing St., Blue Ridge, Ga., will hold its 13th annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The selection includes traditional holiday decor, such as hand-painted Nativity scenes, as well as cabin decor, knitted items, baked goods and cheese balls. A silent auction will include a professionally prepared English dinner. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Women of St. Luke's to support several organizations in North Georgia. Free admission; free parking; handicap accessible. Cash and checks only. stlukesblueridge.org.

* Care Closet: A room that has been designated as East Lake Elementary School's new Care Closet will be cleaned out and organized from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Volunteers for this interfaith school supply drive are welcome to help with the project or to drop off last-minute donations. The school address is 7660 Goodwin Road. Through Friday, Dec. 13, donations may be dropped off at the UnifiEd office, 1609 McCallie Ave. Of particular need are school uniforms (male and female polo shirts in blue, white, navy or yellow in children's sizes small to extra large and adult small and medium; pants, shorts or skirts in khaki or navy in children's sizes 5-16); all sizes of children's socks and underwear; ponytail holders, hairbrushes and combs; nonperishable snacks (granola bars, Goldfish crackers, individual boxes of cereal). Also needed are clothing racks; toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss; feminine sanitary products; gloves, scarves and winter hats; and throw blankets.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Men's Prayer Breakfast will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. Includes biblical message by a guest speaker and free home-cooked breakfast. 423-622-2565.

* SCWN luncheon: Scenic City Women's Network's Christmas Networking Luncheon is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Vocalists Kelly Shultz and Sigrid Luther of First Presbyterian Church will perform seasonal music. Gifts of children's throws, teddy bears and/or books are requested for Shepherd's Arms Rescue Mission for homeless women and children. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and the program and luncheon at noon. Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, Dec. 10. Cost is $20. RSVP online at scwn.org. Information: 423-698-6262, admin@scwn.org.

* Mexican Christmas celebration: La Paz Chattanooga will host a Christmas Posada 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Posada is a Spanish word for "inn" or "shelter," and the Posadas Navidenas, which represent events leading up to the Nativity, are pillars of Christmas traditions in Mexico. The event typically begins Dec. 16 and lasts nine days. Christmas carols will be sung by students from the Spanish immersion program at St. Peter's Episcopal School; a traditional Pastorela (Nativity play) will be presented by members of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul; and members of the community will lead traditions of the Posada in the plaza. Local Latinx restaurants and gift vendors will have holiday fare and handmade gifts for purchase. 423-624-8414.

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