Poison Apple hosts a Christmas classic
Poison Apple Productions presents "A Christmas Carol adapted from the Charles Dickens classic by Alexander Schepers and directed by Brittany Finley.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15 (2:30 p.m. Dec. 21 sold-out) at the Poison Apple Playhouse, 835 Arnold Drive, Suite 6, Martinez.
Young Play Wright Alexander Schepers follows Scrooges Journey to becoming a better man.
Admission is adults $15; for seniors, students and children $12.
You can reserve tickets by calling 925-957-0773 or online at http://poisonappleproductions.com/
Choirs, carols at St. Ignatius Sunday
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. Sunday, 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.
Local artists show works at Umpqua Bank
ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is partnering with Antioch Umpqua Bank for an art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work. Featured artists for December and January exhibit are Eric Hoye, Nina Collosi, Celia Huddleston, Kyoko Campbell, and Jolynn LaCasse.
A free artists reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way.
The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through January. The Arts & Cultural Foundation is seeking artists for February and March.
Artists interested in participating, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897.
'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 925-757-8195. 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.
'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 -- El Campanil Theatre presents the classic film "It s a Wonderful Life at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 14.
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 to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody.
El Campanil Theatre is at 602 W. Second St. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older), free for youth 6-17. Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Education Wins 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. Seniors 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.
Winter Dance Showcase is set for Dec. 13, 14
ANTIOCH -- The Deer Valley Academy of Performing Arts presents its 15th annual Winter Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the school, 4700 Lone Tree Way.
Pre-sale tickets are $8, Dec. 10-12 in the school s Leadership Room. At the door tickets will be $10 each.
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.
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.
-- Nan Hargis