Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 7-14

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Juan Argueta and Francisco De Leon work on the Hanukkah Menorah display that is included in the new exhibition, "An American Christmas Story" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Over 60 trees decorated with themes from all U.S. states and territories are displayed in the exhibition which will be open to the public from November 11, 2022 through January 8, 2023.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Chabad of Simi Valley present a Hanukkah Menorah Lighting, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Hanukkah begins at sunset on Dec. 7 and runs through sunset on Dec. 15, 2023. In the file photo: Juan Argueta and Francisco De Leon work on the Hanukkah Menorah display that is included in the exhibition “An American Christmas Story” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.

EVENTS

Holiday Arts and Crafts Boutique: Clothing, decorations, jewelry, ornaments, paintings, photography and pottery, Dec. 7-14. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. 818-238-5397. Details: tinyurl.com/4mas6k7a

Chanukah on Third Street Promenade: Join in the first night of Hanukkah’s three blessings, followed by the lighting of the first candle for 2023, plus music by 8th Day and Hanukkah treats, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Hanukkiah lighting, 6 p.m. Third Street Promenade, North Court, between Arizona Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. www.jewishsmonica.com. Details: www.facebook.com/chabadsantamonica/

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Palisades Village: Chabad of Pacific Palisades co-presents the event, with Caruso, that includes blessings, the lighting of the first candle for the first night of Hanukkah plus music and Hanukkah food treats, 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Menorah lighting at 6 p.m. Location, 15225 Palisades Village Lane (event is on Swarthmore Avenue), Pacific Palisades. palisadesvillageca.com/events/menorah-lighting and www.facebook.com/ChabadPalisades/

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: Chabad of Simi Valley partners with the museum for the event that includes children’s craft activities, Klezmer music and Hanukkah treats, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Free to attend. Note: the library and museum close at 5 p.m. Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Chabad of Simi Valley, 805-577-0573. www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events/events-calendar/menorah-lighting-ceremony. Flyer: www.facebook.com/chabadsimi/

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel, from Temple Beth Emet in Burbank, leads the event, 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Burbank Town Center, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd. www.burbanktowncenter.com/events. www.templebethemet.com

Chabad of Northridge’s Chanukah Celebration: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Veterans Memorial, corner of Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue, Granada Hills. 818-368-3937. Flyer: tinyurl.com/mwyet8je

Ski Dazzle – Ski and Snowboard Expo: The 59th annual expo and sale opens, 3-10 p.m. Dec. 8. Event includes free ski lessons, free lift tickets, seminars, a winter resort job fair and a tire chain installation contest (see Show Guide: skidazzle.com/show-guide). Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 9; noon-10 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $22 age 13 and older; free for ages 12 and younger (must have a ticket for admission, however; skidazzle.com/buy-show-tickets). Park at the South Hall parking. Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. skidazzle.com

Sunland-Tujunga Tree Lighting: Event includes activities for children and photo opportunities, 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Sunland Recreation Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland. Flyer: monicarodriguez.org/events

Miracle in Mission: Los Angeles Police Department Mission Community Police Station and Los Angeles City Council District 6 present the event that includes an appearance by Santa Claus, a children’s snow play area, musical entertainment, vehicle displays (including Santa’s sleigh), a toy giveaway and vendors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9. Sepulveda Recreation Center, 8825 Kester Ave., Panorama City. Sgt. Ignacio Murillo, 818-838-9860. Flyer: www.mhnconline.org/event/miracle-in-mission. Details: tinyurl.com/2wvvv66w

Pacoima Christmas Parade: The 56th annual parade kicks off, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9. The parade is scheduled to include marching bands, car and motorcycle clubs, dance groups, equestrians and drill teams. Volunteers needed for parade (sign-up by Dec. 8). Parade route: from Pacoima City Hall (13520 Van Nuys Blvd.); on Van Nuys Boulevard to Herrick Avenue. cd7.lacity.gov/events/free-holiday-community-events

Vallarta Supermarkets Toy Giveaway Event: Children age 12 and younger will receive a free toy (while supplies last), a sweet treat and an opportunity for a photo with Santa Claus, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9 at participating stores. See the locations: vallartasupermarkets.com/en/2023/10/toy-giveaway-celebrate-the-holidays-with-vallarta-supermarkets-2/

Holiday Family Faire – Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: The event includes an artisan holiday marketplace, holiday storytelling and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 9. Also, a special screening of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992), 5 p.m.; add-on charge or separate admission for the movie-only. Admission to the faire, $20 ages 16 and older; $10 ages 5-15; add-on $20 to see the film; $25 for only the separate movie (purchase tickets here: tinyurl.com/yscmm6td. Location, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723. www.theatricum.com

Little Landers Historical Society Holiday Party: Learn more about the society, enjoy the new Randy Van Horne Singers, a Christmas carol sing-along and refreshments, 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Fanny McCartney is the master of ceremonies. Parking available at the Sunland-Tujunga Elks Lodge, #2098, 10137 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. littlelandershistoricalsociety.org

Metrolink’s Holiday Express Train: Family fun aboard decorated trains with carolers, appearance by Santa Claus and elves, Dec. 9. Round-trip excursions: on the Ventura County Line, from Simi Valley Station, 1:15 p.m., to Oxnard Station and return at 2:30 p.m. — and on the Antelope Valley Line, from Burbank-Downtown Station, 4:30 p.m., to Newhall Station and return at 5:35 p.m. Host stations have activities: noon at Simi Valley Station; 3 p.m. at Burbank-Downtown Station. Trains leave on time; arrive early for check. All tickets $25. Purchase in advance. Details: metrolinktrains.com/holidaytrain

All Ages Drum Circle: Diana Wallace, from Urth Rhythms, discusses and leads the event, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Instruments to be provided. Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills. 818-368-5687. Wallace’s Instagram: tinyurl.com/3ddapx77. www.facebook.com/urthrhythmsdianalynn. Details: tinyurl.com/3frtb5yu

Barnyard Light Tour at William S. Hart Regional Park: The tour includes a petting zoo, a holiday craft activity, a raffle and photos with Santa Claus, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. William S. Hart Regional Park, Hart Barnyard, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. 661-259-1750. Details and flyer: tinyurl.com/2fd7cy5t

Parade of Lights in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor: The 57th annual event with the theme “Santa’s Workshop,” 7 p.m. Dec. 9.  Waterfront viewing in various locations including parks, restaurants and walkways (see the link for suggestions). Route: New start is in the middle of Channel Islands Harbor (see the online map for entire route; boats go around two times). Prior to the parade, attend the “Holiday Village of Lights,” with various activities, 4-7 p.m. (bring a new, unwrapped toy or canned foods to be donated to a local charity), at the Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard (flyer: www.cimmvc.org). www.channelislandsharbor.org. www.channelislandsharbor.org/blog/where-to-watch-the-57th-annual-parade-of-lights/

Hanukkah Festival at the Skirball Center: The event includes music by the band Mostly Kosher, Hanukkah story retelling (1, 2 and 3:45 p.m.), dance, crafting activities, photo booth, latkes and jelly doughnuts, noon-5:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Hanukkiah lighting, 5 p.m. Admission $18; $15 seniors and full-time students; $13 ages 2-12. Reservations. Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org. Details and to purchase admission: www.skirball.org/programs/hanukkah-festival

Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival: The Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth presents the 39th annual parade with the theme “Toys on Parade,” 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Parade includes marching bands, classic cars, equestrians, community groups, drill teams and Santa Claus. Parade route: on Devonshire Street at Topanga Canyon Boulevard; east on Devonshire to Lurline Avenue. Holiday Festival, noon-5 p.m, on Canoga Avenue between Devonshire and Mayall streets. www.chatsworthholidayparade.org/parade-information

Toluca Lake Jewish Festival and Hanukkah Party: Chabad of Toluca Lake presents the event that includes entertainment, live music, raffle prizes and a “gelt drop,” 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Event location, Chase Bank parking lot, 10550 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. www.chabadoftolucalake.com/

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Pan Pacific Park: Village Synagogue leads the blessings for the fifth night of Hanukkah and lighting the hanukkiah and entertainment by Kosha Dillz, Idan Raichel Project and Zusha, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Make a reservation to attend, free/$10 (also, sponsorships). Location, across from The Grove, Los Angeles. www.facebook.com/villagesynagogue. Details and to make a reservation: tinyurl.com/4cbvpkcu

Hanukkah at the Shoppes – Westlake Village: Chabad of Conejo leads the event with blessings and hanukkiah lighting, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Location, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. shoppesatwestlakevillage.com/events

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – Calabasas: The Commons at Calabasas hosts the event for the sixth night of Hanukkah, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The event includes live music, Hanukkah food treats and concludes with a fireworks show. Location is at the Calabasas Civic Center Plaza, adjacent to the Commons, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. www.shopcommons.com/events/menorah-lighting/

Hanukkah in the Foothills: The community is invited to learn about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with candle lighting, food, games and music, 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Location, Elk’s Lodge, 10137 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. www.facebook.com/hanukkahinthefoothills/

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights and Fireworks: “Hula Holiday” is the parade’s 2023 theme for the decorated power and sail boats cruising the harbor twice (each night), 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Fireworks, around 8 p.m. (weather permitting). Check website for booking cruises by Island Packers and Ventura Boat Rentals, and also other activities prior to the parade. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 805-477-0470. www.venturaharborvillage.com. Details and map of the parade route: www.venturaharborvillage.com/parade-of-lights-2023/

Las Posadas on Olvera Street: A pre-procession activity for ages 3-12 is a children’s pinata, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 (and nightly through Dec. 24). The procession begins at the Avila Adobe, 7 p.m., Dec. 16-24 (a statue of Mary and Joseph are carried, Dec. 16-23; and Mary and Joseph re-enactors, and with baby Jesus statue display on Dec. 24). Music from Grupo Rondalla del Sol, 6:30-8 p.m. Free sweet bread and champurrado given out after the procession. Location, 845 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. Map of Olvera Street area: calleolvera.com. Details on the event here: www.olveraevents.com/olvera-street-las-posadas

Prohibition NYE: A “Roaring Twenties” theme New Year Eve’s party, 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1, 2024. Entertainment by Chromeo, a DJ set, along with jazz ensemble Lyndsay and the All-Nighters, and burlesque performers from Concrete Entertainment. Minimum age: 21. Required dress code: formal, or 1920s-inspired dress for women (see website). Event includes open bar. Tickets $195 (plus $34.17 fee); $3,500 for a VIP table for four (see details on VIP table on the Eventbrite link). Reservations required. No refunds. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. www.facebook.com/ProhibitionNewYearsEve. www.prohibitionnye.com. Details and to purchase tickets on Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/49bybkv3

HOLIDAY SPECIAL EVENTS

Holiday Road: A self-guided walk-through to see holiday-theme light installations plus a holiday bar (ages 21 and older), a “Winter Market” for gifts, a souvenir shop and food trucks. Check the website for selected dates when Santa Claus visits, and also dates when charming, costumed carolers sing holiday songs. Event dates: Dec. 8-10, 14-24 and 26-27. Tickets, sold by time and online only, $29.99 and up (depending on date; free for ages 2 and younger). No tickets sold at the door. Purchase parking pass $6.99 at the same time as admission. Details and rules here: holidayroadusa.com/faq. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. holidayroadusa.com

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Grinchmas and Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Holiday fun with “Grinchmas” (bit.ly/3V2XHfW) and on the streets of Hogsmeade (bit.ly/3i2N8Ld), through Jan. 1, 2024. Directions and parking fees: bit.ly/3S1oUy0. General admission online: $109 and up, depending on date (for California residents); check the link for other admission options and passes (purchase here: bit.ly/3i4yUcS). Location, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. www.universalstudioshollywood.com. Details on Holidays at Universal Studios: tinyurl.com/5e64e356

Lightscape at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden: Step into an after-dark light-up world, a one-mile trail of art installations that celebrates the sparkle of the holiday season at the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, on selected dates through Jan. 2. Timed entry begins at 5:30 p.m. and last entry time is 8:30 p.m. Santa Claus makes an appearance on selected dates. Tickets $29 and up (timed entry tickets). Parking is $20 (purchase in advance; match parking with the date of your admission ticket; parking is not sold on-site; arboretum.ticketapp.org/portal/product/257). Location, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. arboretum.org/lightscape

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens: An interactive walk through display of lights including an area of stained glass creations. Event is rain or shine through Jan. 7. Purchase of a timed-ticket in advance on the website is required for admission (time frame, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; no tickets sold at the door). Admission $45; $30 children (children under age two are free but must also have a ticket). Tickets are not refundable and cannot be rescheduled. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Details and purchase tickets: www.descansogardens.org/enchanted-tickets

L.A. Zoo Lights – Animals Aglow: The self-guided walking tour returns with dazzling wildlife lantern displays through different landscapes, runs various dates through Jan. 7. New additions this year include “Winter Wildlands,” with snow-loving animals, and “Dazzling Desertscape,” with live roaming entertainment. Hours: 6-10 p.m. Rain does not cancel. Tickets $29 and up for ages 13 and older; $18 and up for ages 2-12 (higher admission on “premium” nights; purchasing in advance online is recommended). Check the website for details on special event nights including “Family New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 ($90 ages 18 and older; $75 ages 2-17). Location, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. www.lazoo.org/plan-your-visit/special-experiences/zoolights/

ART

William Grant Still Arts Center: The 43rd annual Black Doll Show, “Conjure: Reclaiming African American Traditions Through Hoodoo and Other Spiritual Dolls. The exhibit is curated by Monica Bailey and Jahsun Ifakolade Edmonds. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31). Exhibit runs through Feb. 10. Location, 2320 S. West View St., Los Angeles. 323-734-1165. wgsac.wordpress.com/2023/11/16/43rd-annual-black-doll-show-opens-dec-2nd-2/

ONGOING ART

ReflectSpace Gallery: “Hannah Kozak: He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard – A Story of Domestic Violence from a Daughter’s Point of View,” photography. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 10. Gallery is inside the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. 818-548-2021. www.hannahkozak.com. reflectspace.org

Shulamit Nazarian: “Ken Gun Min: Sweet Discipline from Koreatown.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 20. Location, 616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 310-281-0961. www.shulamitnazarian.com/exhibitions/

Nicodim Gallery: “Joshua Hagler: I Would Not Speak of the Mountain.” Also, “Ho Jae Kim: Ode to Joy” (in the annex). “Xinyan Wang: Metamorphosis” (upstairs gallery). Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Dec. 22. Location, 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166. www.nicodimgallery.com/exhibitions

Beyond the Streets and Control Gallery: “Exhibition 009: Under Pressure,” a group exhibit of contemporary airbrush curated by Mister CARTOON. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 23. Location, 434 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. www.mistercartoon.com/about. www.beyondthestreets.com. www.control.gallery

Corey Helford Gallery: “Hikari Shimoda: Questions for Living in the World” (Main Gallery) and “Josie Morway: Course of Empire” (Gallery 2). Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Dec. 23. Location, 571 S. Anderson St. (enter on Willow Street), Los Angeles. 310-287-2340. www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Regen Projects: “Glenn Ligon: Double Negative” and “Gillian Wearing: reflections.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits runs through Dec. 23. Location, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-276-5424. www.regenprojects.com

Tierra del Sol Gallery: “Taking Up Space,” the third annual exhibition of art work from Tierra del Sol’s Sunland and the Upland studio arts program and the first exhibit in its new gallery space. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through Dec. 23. Location, 7414 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 213-625-0935. Email: gallery@tierradelsol.org. tierradelsolgallery.org

Hauser & Wirth: “Allison Katz: Westward Ho!” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 5. Location, 8980 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 424-404-1200. Details: tinyurl.com/bdfzkdfj

Michael Kohn Gallery: “Li Hei Di,” solo exhibit (Gallery 1 and 2) and “Faris Heizer: These days” (Gallery 3). Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibits run through Jan. 6. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311. www.kohngallery.com/exhibitions-2

L.A. Louver: “Terry Allen: Juarez: Then and Now,” drawings and prints, and “Matt Wedel: Pictures in the Garden” and “Red,” a group show by 15 artists on the color of red. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment (call to confirm hours). The group exhibit runs through Dec. 29; the two other exhibits run through Jan. 6. Location, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955. Terry Allen: tinyurl.com/4cwat22c. www.mattwedel.com. lalouver.com

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Ava McDonough: All I Hear Is the Symphony.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through Jan. 20. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email: info@lowellryanprojects.com. www.lowellryanprojects.com. www.facebook.com/lowellryanprojects

BOOKS

Book Soup: Laurie Kaye discusses “Confessions of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Name-Dropper,” 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Steve Kozak discusses “A Disturbance in the Force – How and Why the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ Happened,” 4 p.m. Dec. 9.Alexis Soloski discusses “Here in the Dark,” 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Ben Apatoff discusses “Body Count’s Body Count (33 1/3),” 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Gabrielle Korn discusses “Yours for the Taking,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Lucretia Tye Jasmine discusses “’70s Teen Pop,” 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Location, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110. www.booksoup.com

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Raoul ‘Sonny’ Balcaen discusses and signs “My Exciting True-Life Story in Motor Racing – From Top-Fuel Drag-Racing Pioneer to Jim Hall, Reventlow Scarab, Carroll Shelby and Beyond,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9. Rodney Kemerer discusses and signs “Tales from the Garage,” 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16. Location, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707. www.autobooks-aerobooks.com

CHARITY and VOLUNTEER

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s 2023 Holiday Drive: Make a reservation to attend, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Donation wish list: new, unwrapped toys; new socks; hygiene products; non-perishable canned and dry goods; gently-used and clean blankets and jackets. Winnetka Recreation Center, 8401 Winnetka Ave. 818-774-4330. www.facebook.com/BobBlumenfieldSFV. Make a reservation here: tinyurl.com/34frmd4y

Volunteers for the Pacoima Holiday Parade: Have some fun getting involved and helping to make the 56th annual parade run smooth. Minimum age: 16. Sign-up by Dec. 8. Volunteers must be available for shifts, 7 a.m.-noon on parade day, Dec. 9. Contact Melanie Torres, 818-899-2454. See the volunteer flyer for details here: tinyurl.com/242mduxx

Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Community Police Station’s Toy Drive and Car Show: Admire the cars and donate new, unwrapped toys at the 10th annual “Toys on Patrol,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9. Location, 6240 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys. 818-374-9406. Flyer: www.facebook.com/LAPDVanNuysDivision/

State Sen. Caroline Menjivar’s Holiday Party Open House and Toy Drive: Make a reservation to attend and meet community members in State Senate District 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Donate new, unwrapped sports toys that will be distributed to children in need in the 20th District. Location, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 400, Van Nuys. Reservations by email: rsvpsd20@gmail.com. https://sd20.senate.ca.gov/

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Toy Drive: Donate new, unwrapped toys at the 25th annual event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10. Toys will be donated to children who are helped by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Location, Gelson’s parking lot, 4520 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-377-4590. Flyer, with gift ideas, on the SOHA’s website: tinyurl.com/yvnyc9v9

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel’s Holiday Toy Drive: Donate new, unwrapped toys that will benefit the West Valley Food Pantry’s holiday outreach to families in need, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12. ONEgeneration, 17400 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. 818-380-2460. asmdc.org/gabriel

LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Blankets and Socks Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) blankets, sleeping bags, quilts and socks are being accepted now through Dec. 29. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (however, locations will be closed on Dec. 25). Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. See the four other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email: san.cfrp@lacity.org. lacitysan.org/donationdrives

Flair Cleaners Holiday Drive for Clothing and Shoes: Donate gently used and clean items, new clothing and shoes during their 21st annual event, through Dec. 31. Requested items: business attire; pajamas; clothing in extra-large and tall sizes; children, men and women’s clothing; new socks and underwear. Drop off items at Flair Cleaners locations: 4060 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City (818-761-3282); 27011 McBean Parkway, Valencia (661-753-9900); 720 Montana Ave., Santa Monica (310-395-9354). Call for store hours; drop off items inside store. Items will be donated to the National Council of Jewish Women, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army – Santa Monica. www.flaircleaners.com

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com

COMEDY

Jason Love’s New Year’s Comedy Bash: Laughs to end 2023 from Love, Cathy Ladman and James Connolly, 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $30. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. bapacthousandoaks.com/show-details/new-years-eve-comedy-bash-

DANCE

Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Performances 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10. A “Fairy Queen Tea,” 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10 ($45, separate ticket, reservations required). Tickets $50-$135. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. www.debbieallendanceacademy.com. Details and to purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/8rcb96s3

American Contemporary Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite: Created by Lincoln Jones and music by Tchaikovsky. Performances: 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; dates through Dec. 24. Tickets $85 and up. Two California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., 28th Floor, Los Angeles. acbdances.com. www.acbdances.com/performances

Los Angeles Ballet – The Nutcracker: The version of the story is set in 1912 Los Angeles and the music by Tchaikovsky is performed by a live orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Performances: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23; 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 26. Tickets $50 and up. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (at level one of Ovation Hollywood), Hollywood. 323-308-6300. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/msv87udk

DISCUSSION

Culinary Historians of Southern California:  Journalist and author Alex Prud’homme (“Dinner with the President – Food, Politics and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House”) discusses “Eureka: How California Shaped the Diet of Three Presidents,” 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Free to attend but make a reservation on Eventbrite. Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. www.facebook.com/chsocal. www.chsocal.org. Details and to register on Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/t82er59j

FARMERS MARKETS

Old Town Newhall Farmers Market: A certified market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 24500 Main St., Newhall. www.facebook.com/OldTownNewhallFarmersMarket/

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Rain or shine. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue. www.instagram.com/mainst.canogaparkfarmersmarket

El Nido Farmers Market – Pacoima: El Nido Family Centers and the City of Los Angeles present the market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, Pacoima Family Source Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. www.elnidofamilycenters.org/farmers-market

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook: bit.ly/44cFl0P

Canyon Country Farmers Market: A certified market, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway. www.facebook.com/CanyonCountryFarmersMarket/

MUSEUM

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County: Dec. 8: “100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World,” the centerpiece of the exhibit is a display of the 125 carats Jonker I Diamond, the “largest stone cut from the Jonker diamond — the fourth largest diamond in the world when it was found in 1934” — through April 21, 2024 (nhm.org/experience-nhm/exhibitions-natural-history-museum/100-carats). Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $18; $14 ages 62 and older and students with an ID; $7 ages 3-12. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. nhmlac.org

Autry Museum of the American West: Dec. 9: “Reclaiming El Camino: Native Resistance in the Missions and Beyond,” (theautry.org/exhibitions/reclaiming-el-camino-native-resistance-missions-and-beyond). Ongoing special exhibits: “Sherman Indian School: 100 + Years of Education and Resilience,” through May 2024 (theautry.org/exhibitions/sherman-indian-school). “Imagined Wests,” how Southern California tells stories about the West through the museum’s collection of objects including art, clothing, pop culture and toys (theautry.org/exhibitions/imagined-wests). Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $16; $12 ages 60 and older, ages 13-18 and students older than 18 with ID; $8 ages 3-12. Location, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. theautry.org

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Dec. 31: Make a reservation for “Noon Year’s Eve Los Angeles,” event includes dance floor and music by a DJ, balloon drop at noon and 3 p.m., a New Year’s Eve activity and apple cider or ginger ale toast, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; tickets $22 for non-members; details and tickets for this event: (www.discoverycube.org/los-angeles/events/noon-years-eve). Ongoing special exhibit: “Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer,” the first-ever museum exhibit using the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where children will have mental and physical challenges to solve puzzles, learn about balance and reflexes and creative problem solving, through Feb. 19 (tinyurl.com/4zcw78s7). Hands-on exhibits make science fun for children. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $18 ages 15-61; $17 ages 62 and older; $16 ages 3-14. Location, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. www.facebook.com/TheDiscoveryCube. www.discoverycube.org

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: New: “Imagined Front: The Great War and Global Media,” through July 7, 2024. Ongoing special exhibits: “Eternal Medium: Seeing the World in Stone,” through Feb. 11. “The World Made Wondrous: The Dutch Collect,” through March 3, 2024. “Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca,” through June 2, 2024. Plan your visit information here: bit.ly/2P3c7iR. Admission $21; $16 ages 65 and older and students ages 18 and older with a valid ID; free for ages 17 and younger (reserving/purchasing an advance, timed-entry online is recommended; prices are for residents of Los Angeles County). Location, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010. www.lacma.org

ONGOING MUSEUM

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Ongoing special exhibit: “John Waters: Pope of Trash,” through Aug. 4, 2024 (www.academymuseum.org/en/exhibitions/john-waters-pope-of-trash). Timed advance admission tickets are available (but not required) for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” Location, 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles. 323-930-3000. academymuseum.org

African American Firefighter Museum: Artifacts, fire apparatus, pictures and stories about African American Los Angeles firefighters. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Donation. Location, 1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-744-1730. https://aaffmuseumla.org/

Bolton Hall Museum: Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission, but a $3 donation is appreciated. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: llhs@boltonhall.org. www.facebook.com/boltonhallmuseum; www.boltonhall.org

California African American Museum: Closed due to storm-related damage. Check website or Facebook for re-opening and also for off-site programs. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking $15 before 5 p.m.; $18 after 5 p.m. (in the blue structure parking lot; entrance to the blue structure is on Figueroa Boulevard at 39th Street.). Location, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (in Exposition Park). 213-744-7432. www.caamuseum.org and www.facebook.com/CAAMinLA/

California Science Center: Permanent galleries and the space shuttle Endeavor are on view. The Endeavor, however, will be on view only until Dec. 31, 2023, and then off-view for “several years.” Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits (bit.ly/3zfD8DA). Location, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. californiasciencecenter.org

Craft in America: Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free admission. Location, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-951-0610. www.facebook.com/CraftinAmerica. craftinamerica.org/page/center

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: Ongoing special exhibits: “Reina de Los Angeles,” photography of murals and shrines in Los Angeles that celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican culture from the photo archive of Nydya Mora, through Feb. 11 (tinyurl.com/bde5acsz) and “Shaping Gravity – Abstract Art Beyond the Picture Plane,” through March 10 (tinyurl.com/yk376nne). Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. forestlawn.com

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Ongoing special exhibits: “Janyak: Armenian Art of Knots and Loops,” through Feb. 2024. “The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond,” through June 2, 2024. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Parking directions: enter from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza, turn left into the pay-by-space area of Lot 4 (198 Westwood Plaza). Location, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood. https://fowler.ucla.edu/

The Getty Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Reckoning with Millet’s Man with a Hoe,” through Dec. 10 (www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/man_with_hoe/index.html). “Finding an Audience: Nineteenth Century Drawings,” through Jan. 7, 2024. “William Blake: Visionary,” on loan from Tate Britain, through Jan. 14 (tinyurl.com/rrat68ej). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required (bit.ly/2SbTzys). Parking $20 (www.getty.edu/visit/center/parking-and-transportation). Location, Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu

The Getty Villa: Ongoing special exhibits: “The Horse and Rider from Albania,” a bronze statuette, from about 500 BCE, found in 2018, and on display through Jan. 29. “The Gold Emperor from Aventicum,” through Jan. 29 (www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/aurelius). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free admission, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Parking $20. Location, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. www.getty.edu/visit/villa/

Grammy Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Roxy: 50 and Still Rockin’,” through Jan. 7, 2024 (grammymuseum.org/event/50andstillrockin). “Hip-Hop America: The Mix Tape Exhibit,” through Sept. 4, 2024  “Shakira, Shakira: The Grammy Museum Experience,” through winter 2024. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission $18; $15 ages 65 and older; $12 ages 5-17 and college students with ID. Location, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-725-5700. grammymuseum.org

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: “Sweet Home Sweet: A Story of Survival, Memory and Returns,” photographs in the Galicia Museum in Krakow, Poland, that were taken by Richard Ores depicting his family and friends life in Krakow before World War II and in the Krakow Ghetto during the Holocaust. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $15; $10 ages 65 and older; free for ages 17 and younger. Free admission on Sunday. Admission is by timed admission ticket. Location, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Email: info@hmla.org. www.holocaustmuseumla.org

Italian American Museum Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “Louis Prima: Rediscovering a Musical Icon,” through Oct. 13, 2024 (tinyurl.com/mrrb4pbh). Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission free; donations requested. Location, 644 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 213-485-8432. www.iamla.org

Japan House Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “Pokémon x Kogei: Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft,” through Jan. 7. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission. The museum is at Ovation Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-516-0565. www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles

Japanese American National Museum: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed advance tickets required; no walk-ins). Location, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamuseum. janm.org

La Brea Tar Pits: Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except closed on the first Tuesday of the month and national holidays. Admission $15; $12 ages 62 and older and students with ID; $7 ages 3-12. Parking $18. Location, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3499. tarpits.org/

LA Plaza Cocina: The museum is dedicated to Mexican food and cuisine. The museum has a teaching kitchen and a store with culinary-related ingredients, cookbooks, decorative items and utensils used in making Mexican cuisine. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday). Free admission. The museum is part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Location, 555 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. 323-397-8365. Email: cocina@lapc.org. lapca.org/

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. Location, 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles. www.lapca.org

Martial Arts History Museum: The museum is celebrating 24 years this year. Explore the history of martial arts plus exhibits on Asian art, culture, dance and music. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $10; $8 ages 65 and older; $5 ages 6-17. Location, 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-478-1722. Email: info@mamuseum.com. www.facebook.com/martialartshistorymuseummartialartsmuseum.com/

Museum of Contemporary Art: Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free but an advance online timed-entry ticket is required. Special exhibits are $18; $10 seniors and students; free for ages 11 and younger. Locations: the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles; MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-633-5351. www.moca.org/visit

Museum of the San Fernando Valley: Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St. (southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur Avenue), Northridge. 818-347-9665. themuseumsfvnow.org/

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Hollywood Customs: Modified for the Movies,” the exhibit includes vehicles used in film and television. “Corvettes in Competition – Racing America’s Sports Car.” “Around the World on Two Wheels: Highlights from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum,” through March 2, 2024. “Inside Tesla – Supercharging the Electric Revolution,” prototypes of Tesla vehicles, historical perspective and design study, through April 2024. “Splendor & Speed: Treasures from the Petersen Collection,” through June 2, 2024. “We Are Porsche.” “Arsham Auto Motive,” life-sized vehicle sculptures and posters (www.petersen.org/exhibits). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $19.95; $17.95 ages 63 and older; $12.95 ages 12-17; $10.95 ages 4-11. Location, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277. www.petersen.org

Rancho Camulos Museum: Docent-led museum tours: 1, 2 and 3 p.m. (tours are available on Sunday throughout the year). Donation $10. Rancho Camulos is the only National Historic Landmark in Ventura County. Directions: from the 5 Freeway, take the exit to Highway 126, travel 3.5 miles west of the Ventura County Line. The entrance is on the south side of the roadway. The museum is two miles east of Piru. Location, 5146 E. Telegraph Road. 805-521-1501. Email: info@ranchocamulos.org. ranchocamulos.org

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Auschwitz — Not long ago. Not far away.” Minimum age recommendation: 12. Purchase tickets in advance ($29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; details on the exhibit and tickets: bit.ly/3ZnnHW1). This special exhibit has been extended to Jan. 28. Regular museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganfoundation.org

Santa Monica History Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Coming Out West: LGBTQ+ Elders Share Their Stories,” through Dec. 17. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission $5; free for ages 11 and younger. Location, 1350 Seventh St., Santa Monica. 310-395-2290. www.santamonicahistory.org

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhibit: “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” through Feb. 25 (tinyurl.com/ad63ar52). Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays (www.skirball.org/visit). Admission is by advance time-entry ticket for special exhibits, including “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball.” Admission $12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; www.skirball.org/visit). Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9-10 (other dates). Admission $15 and up. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys. Purchase tickets: bit.ly/3kWHgjx. www.facebook.com/valleyrelics; valleyrelicsmuseum.org

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibits: “Darling Godsonny: Ivan the Terrible Advises the Infant Stalin,” and “Visions of Transcendence: Creating Space in East and West,” and “Ceija Stojka and Scenes from Roma Life,” and “Wende Times,” the work of six Los Angeles high school students, from their internships at the Wende Museum, on the topic of social media posts on conspiracy theories and artificial intelligence-generated fake news stories, all four exhibits run through April 7, 2024. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday (wendemuseum.org/about-us/visit). Free admission. Location, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. 310-216-1600. Email: visit@wendemuseum.org. wendemuseum.org

MUSIC

Samara Joy – A Joyful Holiday: The concert also features the McLendon Family, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $39 and up. The Soraya at California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-8800. Details and tickets: tinyurl.com/bdd6zpup

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge – O magnum mysterium: St. Matthew’s Music Guild presents the concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Music guild president Tom Neenan gives a pre-concert lecture, 7:10 p.m. Check the website for program details. Tickets $45. Location, 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. 310-573-7422. Email: info@musicguildonline.org. www.clarecollegechoir.com. www.musicguildonline.org. www.musicguildonline.org/event/the-choir-of-clare-college-cambridge/

San Fernando Valley Master Chorale’s Holidays in the Valley – Celebrate the Mystery: Concert includes new arrangements of carols, favorite songs and audience sing-along, 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $30; $25 seniors, military veterans (with ID) and students; free for ages 6 and younger. Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark St., Studio City. 818-738-9955. www.sfvmc.com

St. James Sunday Concerts presents Joy to the World: A Christmas concert with favorite songs and audience singalong, 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Free admission. A voluntary offering will be taken. St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. 818-345-2057. Flyer: tinyurl.com/3bysctdw

African Children’s Choir: Music for Life, an international nonprofit, presents the choir in concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 13. The concert includes children’s songs, African cultural songs and traditional spirituals. Free admission. Donations may be made online. First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. africanchildrenschoir.com/

Encore Chorale of Santa Clarita: A holiday concert with live musical accompaniment led by conductor Alex Nizzoli, 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Free admission but a ticket is required for entry (Eventbrite for ticket: tinyurl.com/tdzk2fwh). Donations welcome. The chorale is part of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, ages 55 and older, the nation’s largest choral organization for senior adults. Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Road, Newhall. Details: tinyurl.com/57snss6y

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles — Hooray for Holidays: The chorus performs holiday music favorites, with guest entertainer Wayne Brady, 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets $45 and up. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. www.gmcla.org/hooray

San Fernando Valley Male Chorus – Season of Hope: The group performs a holiday concert, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets $20. Performance at Shepherd of the Valley Church, 23838 Kittridge St., West Hills. Bob Banta, 818-888-8345 or email: buckeyerpb@socal.rr.com. sfvmchorus.com/next-show/

Wagner Ensemble – A French Christmas: The ensemble, directed by Jeannine Wagner, performs a selection of French carols, Messe De Minuit Pour Noel by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saens, with accompaniment by pianist Robert Blake and an instrumental ensemble, 4 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 13370 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. wagnerensemble.eventbrite.com

Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall – Holidaze Harmony: The duo perform Broadway tunes and pop music with a variety show vibe, 8 p.m. Dec. 21-23. Tickets $85 for the Dec. 21 show (includes a reception); $60-$75 on Dec. 22-23. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101. www.garrymarshalltheatre.org/holidaze-harmony-live

THEATER

Santa’s Circus – Cirque Factory: Santa and Mrs. Claus present a holiday show with acrobatics, comedy, dance, gymnastics and illusions, opens 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Show runs 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10; dates through Dec. 23. Complimentary photo with Santa Claus. Tickets $47; $37 ages 12 and younger. The Montalbán, 1615 Vine St., Los Angeles. 323-461-6999. www.themontalban.com. feverup.com/m/144144

Hanyak: A one-woman show, written and performed by Tanna Frederick, about a young woman whose pursuit of the Hollywood dream of success teaches her life lessons about choices and consequences, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $25. Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. hanyak.ticketleap.com/onewomanshow/

Madame Scrooge – A Christmas Carol Musical: A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, written by Justin Patrick Meyer and a Broadway-style musical score by Chris Thomas, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 2 p.m. Dec. 17; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 8 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Various ticket prices (see the website). Nocturne Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. thenocturnetheatre.com/holiday-shows/madame-scrooge/

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – The Greatest Story Ever Told: Culver City Public Theatre presents a holiday comedy based on the B-movie classic “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” written by and adapted for the stage by Trace Oakley. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 7 p.m. Dec. 10; 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets $25. Sherry Theater, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. www.ccpt.org

Bob’s Holiday Office Party: A comedy by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk about an Iowa insurance agent’s annual event for his clients and friends. Minimum age: 16. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 17. Tickets $35; $45 VIP (www.onstage411.com/BHOP). Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. www.bobsofficeparty.com

So Many Stars: Theatre West presents a fall-it’s-almost-winter musical show that emphasizes the “joy of life,” 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $35 (in advance); $40; $30 seniors, military and students. Location, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. www.theatrewest.org. theatrewest.org/on-stage/2023/so-many-stars 

A Very Die Hard Christmas – The Stage Musical: Theatre Forty presents a parody of the 1988 film “Die Hard,” written by Jeff Schell and the Habit, with additional dialogue by Sandro Monetti, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 17 and 20. Tickets $35. Parking: enter the driveway at the intersection of Durant and Moreno Drives; lot is beneath the theater. Theatre Forty at the Mary Levin Cutler Theatre, campus of Beverly Hills High School, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. 310-364-0535. theatre40.org

ONGOING THEATER

Lewis and Tolkien: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of a play written and directed by Dean Batali about C.S. Lewis (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) and J.R.R. Tolkien (“The Lord of the Rings”) sparring with words in a pub in 1963 Oxford, England. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students with ID. Crossley Theater, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood), Hollywood. 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org

The Talented Tenth: The Robey Theatre Co. presents the drama by Richard Wesley, borrowing a 1903 article title written by W.E.B. DuBois about the “likelihood of one-in-ten Black men becoming leaders of Black people by continuing their education, writing books or becoming directly involved in social change.” Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 7-9; 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $40 and $25 seniors, students and veterans with ID. Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre Four, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. 213-489-7402. therobeytheatrecompany.org

A Christmas Carol: First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood presents the play based on the Charles Dickens 1843 novella. The play is directed by actor-director Jesse Corti and adapted and choreographed by actor Julietta Corti. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $25; $20 seniors; $15 children and students; $35 VIP (tickets include refreshments after the play at “Fezziwig’s Christmas party”). Tickets are on sale now. Location, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. 323-928-7452. www.achristmascarolhollywood.com/

Freight – The Five Incarnations of Abel Green: A one-man play written by Howard L. Craft, starring J. Alphonse Nicholson, about five versions of a Black American “everyman” who travels through time in different life roles. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and 15-16. Tickets $40; $45; $35 ages 6s and older (regular seats only); $25 students with valid ID. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com

The Half-Light: The West Coast premiere of a new play written by Monica Wood about a woman who wonders if certain people can be trained to see the dead and her encounters with others in her quest. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 11 and 14-16. Tickets $35. Parking: enter the driveway at the intersection of Durant and Moreno Drives; lot is beneath the theater. Theatre Forty at the Mary Levin Cutler Theatre (on the campus of Beverly Hills High School), 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. 310-364-0535. theatre40.org

70, Girls, 70: The Group Rep begins its 51st season with a musical written by Norman L. Martin and David Thompson, based on the play “Breath of Spring” by Peter Coke, adapted by Joe Masteroff, and with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 17. Tickets $40; $35 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, main Stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com

A Family Business: The world premiere of a comedy written by Matt Chait about a couple who invite their parents over for dinner. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 31. No shows on Dec. 22-24. Tickets $20 previews; $35. Hudson MainStage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/mrytxett

Aladdin, the Princess and the Magic Lamp: Storybook Theatre presents a musical for children and their families, book, lyrics and music by Lloyd J. Schwartz. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 13, 2024 (no shows on Dec. 23 and 30). Tickets $15. Parking available at a privately-owned lot across the street; credit card-only). Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. theatrewest.org. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/3rtjjkxk

Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708.

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