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December, 2022 Community Calendar
Saturday, January 22 to Saturday, December 10

•  SCV Water Classes 2022 - SCV Water hosts one virtual class per month on a Saturday starting at 9am. Classes focus on the topic for about an hour, followed by a question-and-answer session. All presentations are recorded and available for viewing on their website one week after the live class. Participants will also be able to download the presentation.
January 22 Proper Pruning
February 5 Basics of Sustainable Landscaping
March 5 Designing a Sustainable Landscape
April 2 Edible Landscaping: Growing
in Ground, in Containers & Using Raised Beds
May 14 Irrigation Basics for a Sustainable Landscape
June 11 Managing Soils & Fertilizers in the SCV
July 9 Controlling Weeds, Pests & Diseases
August 6 Top 30 Plants for the SCV
September 17 Water-Saving
Turf Care & Turf Substitutes
October 15 Perennials & Natives for the SCV
November 5 Maintaining a Sustainable Landscape
December 10 Trees & Shrubs for the SCV
          Website: yourscvwater.com/gardening-classes

Friday, November 25 to Friday, December 23

•  White Christmas the Musical - Canyon Theatre Guild presents Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" The Musical, based on the hit film featuring two World War II vets who have become partners in a song-and-dance act after the war. Looking for love, they follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to a gig at a Vermont lodge, which happens to be owned by their former army commander General Waverly.

          Website: https://www.canyontheatre.org/whitechristmas

Friday, December 2 to Saturday, December 3

•  Come Christmas Sing - The Masters University presents Come Christmas Sing Celebrate the Savior's birth with this incredible musical performance.
          Website: https://www.masters.edu/academics/schools/school-of-music/christmas/

•  Holiday Home Tour Gala & Boutique - For more than four decades, the Holiday Home Tour has been a cherished tradition of the Home Tour League, raising funds for Henry Mayo's Center for Women and Newborns & The Kim & Steven Ullman NICU. Attendees have the opportunity to view selected Santa Clarita Valley homes that are professionally and thematically decorated for the holiday season. Attend the annual gala on Friday, December 2 and shop the boutique on Saturday, December 3.

          Website: one.bidpal.net/hometour2022

Saturday, December 3

•  Encore Chorale of Santa Clarita Free Holiday Concert -
Encore Chorale of Santa Clarita will set the holidays in motion at its free concert December 3 at 7pm at Newhall Church of the Nazarene, located at 23857 The Old Road in Newhall. This dynamic ensemble will perform crowd-pleasing holiday songs with live musical accompaniment led by celebrated conductor Alex Nizzoli. Singing seasonal classics, such as the Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah), Ose Shalom, Silent Night and more, the group will perform all-time favorites for music lovers of all ages. The chorale is part of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation's largest choral organization for adults over 55. Admission is free, yet there is also a pay-what-you-wish option so that audience members can give back during the holiday season. For information and tickets, log on.
          Time: 7:00 PM
          Website: https://encorecreativity.org/event/encore-chorale-of-santa-clarita-ca-12-3/

•  Family Literacy Festival - City of Santa Clarita Hosts "Ready. Set. Read!" Family Literacy Festival
A day filled with hands-on activities, storytime, live performances, giveaways and more at the Old Town Newhall Library.


          Website: santaclaritalibrary.com

Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, December 18

•  Gilchrist Farm Hosts Holidays at the Farm - Gilchrist Farm's annual event, Holidays at the Farm, is a wholesome, all-ages festival that connects you back to simple pleasures - and each other. Children young and old will love petting Gilchrist's sweet farm animals, taking caroling wagon rides, cuddling reindeer ponies, participating in the famous holiday parade, sipping cocoa from the hot-chocolate bar and much more. The star of the show, of course, is Santa - and visits with him, as well as to the event, is free. Get some quality time with the Big Guy during the private pancake breakfast, available by online RSVP only. Guests will have their fill of pancakes while enjoying stories and pictures with Santa. Holidays at the Farm also draw a joyful collection of specialty and artisan vendors selling wares like art, jewelry, candles, crafts, seasonal handmade decor and more. The event runs select December dates - and it's not one to miss. Log on to see a full schedule and to plan your visit. Gilchrist Farm
          Website: gilchristfarm.com

Thursday, December 8

•  Coping with Empty Chairs at Holiday Dinners - The Grief Program Hosts "Coping with Empty Chairs at Holiday Dinners"

The free event supports those working through significant grief and loss.
          Phone #: 733-0692 

Saturday, December 17 to Sunday, December 18

•  The Nutcracker - Three years ago, the Santa Clarita Ballet celebrated a major milestone in the company's history: the 25th anniversary of the Santa Clarita Ballet's dazzling "Nutcracker." When the curtain came down on their last performance in December 2019, no one would have guessed how long they would have to wait to present their beloved holiday classic to the Santa Clarita Valley again.

Happily, that day has finally arrived and the Santa Clarita Ballet returns to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center stage this December with three public performances of "The Nutcracker" with its sumptuous sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky's memorable score.

The dancers are beyond thrilled to perform live on stage again and audiences will be delighted to know all their favorites will be returning: Bryan Wallk as the eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer, Raydel Caceres as the gallant Cavalier, Danny Davalos displaying his acrobatic partnering in the Arabian dance and, of course, the adorable Gumdrops who emerge from under the towering Madame Gigogne's gigantic skirt.

The ballet's heroine, Marie, will be danced by Faith Freund, a ninth grader at Village Christian School. The Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Kira Gilliam, a senior at Valencia High School. The Nutcracker's nemesis, The Rat King, will be danced by Cari Mayfield, a freshman at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts. 

Performances will be at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Saturday, December 17 at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 18 at 2pm. Log on for online ticket sale information.
          Website: santaclaritaballet.net

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