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Jasmine (Bethany Gella) and Aladdin (Bryan Fernandez) star in "Aladdin Junior" opening Friday at the California Theatre in Pittsburg.

Antioch Lighted Boat parade set for Saturday

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch tradition continues with the Antioch Holiday Lighted Boat Parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Sportsman, Bridge Marina, Dos Rios and Ebony yacht clubs. The best locations to view the parade are the Antioch Municipal Pier and all along Second Street. Admission is free. Rain cancels. For information, call Georgine Shunk at 925-757-2226.

Stage Right presents 'It s a Wonderful Life

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre presents "It s a Wonderful Life adapted by James Rodgers, based on the film by Frank Capra and directed by Bryan Anthony.

Opening Dec. 13, "It s a Wonderful Life is the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman for the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. George s guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair.

Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. Adult tickets are $10, students and seniors $8 and children $5. Seniors pay $5 at both matinees. For tickets, call 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org

Brentwood writers group to host open mic


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BRENTWOOD -- Writers and poets are invited to perform the written word, including one s own poetry, short stories and nonfiction, during open mic at 6:30 p. m, Dec. 12 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., downtown Brentwood.

Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. They are encouraged to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive.

This event is free and open to the public. Open Mic is presented by Brentwood Writes, an adjunct of the Brentwood Art

Society and the Brentwood Community Library. It is hosted by Kati Short, poet laureate. For more information, call 925-634-6655 or email Short at shortkati@yahoo.com

Antioch Historical Society Open House

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Historical Society will host an open house 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. The museum has been transformed into a magical Victorian holiday scene to be enjoyed by all.

There will be tours, light refreshments and the highlight: a visit from Santa. Bring your cameras. The gift shop will be open for those last-minute stocking stuffers. Give a gift that keeps on giving as the proceeds help support the museum. For information, call 925- 757-1326, email AntiochHistoricalSociety@Comcast.net or go to www.art4antioch.org.

Disney s "Aladdin Jr. opens Saturday

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre presents the annual children s musical and an original one-act show

"Disney s Aladdin Jr. at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film -- Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more -- are here in the musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and, Dec. 13, 14; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15. Admission is adults $20; seniors and students, 12 and older, $15; and children 11 and younger, $10.

Reserve tickets by calling 925-427-1611, or online at www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.

Jam session set for Sunday in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame Second Sunday Jam Session features DeJeana Burkes and Mega Blue in a special holiday performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at Pacific Community Services, 329 Railroad Ave.

Burkes, "The Voice of Choice, is a popular Bay Area performer singing the blues, soul and R&B.

Vocalists, musicians, singers and spoken-word artists are invited to participate during the session and should sign in by 5:30 p.m.

Suggested donations are $10 and $5 for PEAHOF members. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.

For information, contact Chuck Dybdal, 925-642-7321, or go to www.pittsburgentertainment andarts.org.

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. Friday and Saturday Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 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/

'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 Saturday 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.

'An East County Christmas is Sunday

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. Sunday 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. Saturday. 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.

'Nutcracker set for Saturday, Sunday

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. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

Ballet company presents '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.

Art exhibit at Umpqua Bank in Antioch

Umpqua Bank and the The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch are partnering 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.

The exhibit is at 3700 Lone Tree Way, and is 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.

-- Nan Hargis