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Be a Santa to a Senior A program dedicated to the joy of holiday giving specifically for elderly citizens by fulfilling their wish list of an item desired for the holidays. There will also be a citywide gift-wrapping day for all the gifts collected. Dec. 9-17. 704-344-0801.

Brass Concert Chamber Music at St. Peter's presents a concert for the homeless. www.chambermusicatstpeters.org. Mon., Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. Urban Ministry Center, 945 N. College St. 704-335-0009.


Breakfast with Santa Limited seating, call for reservations. At the University Diner, Winn Dixie Shopping Center on Hwy 49. Sat., Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 704-510-0021.


Center City Christmas Tree Lot Choose from Fraser Firs up to 12 ft. Lot operated by Foggy Mountain Nursery and Tree Farm. Green Market location, 7th St., between College and Trolley Line. www.holidaysinthecity.org. Through Christmas Eve. Trees $25 and up. 704-332-2227.


Christmas Arts & Crafts Boutique The event is sponsored by the Mooresville Artist Guild and will feature original, hand made items. Dec. 9-24. Visual Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave, Mooresville. 704-663-6717.


A Christmas Carol … more or less A take on the Dickens tale as a married couple perform as a duo when the rest of the cast is snowed in and can't make it. Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. $10. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.


A Christmas Carol Classics Theatre of Charlotte presents the Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Nov. 26-Dec. 19, Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. $10-$12.50. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542.


Christmas in Cannon Village Several holiday events throughout Cannon Village in Kannapolis. www.cannonvillage.com. Through Dec. 18. 704-938-3200.


Christmas Lights at Riverbend View the Christmas lights at Riverbend Farm from a wagon ride. The Christmas Shop will also be open nightly. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, 7-10 p.m. $3-$5. Riverbend Farm. 704-888-2891.


A Christmas Story Humorist Jean Sheperd's memoir of growing up in the midwest of the 1940s. Dec. 16-18, 8pm; Dec. 19, 2:30pm. $10-$15. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street, NW, Concord. 704-788-2405.


A Christmas Twist A Christmas comedy produced and directed by the Young Yorkville Players. www.yorkvilleplayers.com. Dec. 17-19. $8. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-628-5025.


Downtown Countdown to 2005 New Year's Eve festivities featuring music, food, a street party and fireworks. www.charlottecentercity.org. The Square at Trade & Tryon, downtown. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 704-332-2227.


Gingerbread Lane The halls of the resort will showcase an exhibit of gingerbread structures. The exhibit is also a competition and fundraiser. All proceeds will go to Godstock. www.ballantyneresort.com. Through Christmas. Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-248-4000.


Great Russian Nutcracker Moscow Ballet's version of the holiday classic. www.ovensauditorium.com. Dec. 15; Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $25-$49. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-522-6500.


Hayride With Santa Ride with St. Nick through the woods and munch on hot chocolate and cookies. McAlpine Creek Park. Sat., Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m. $3. 704-568-4044.


Holiday Market at Gateway Gateway Village comes alive with the magic of a Bavarian Christmas Market offering food, music, entertainment and unique gift shopping. www.holidaysinthecity.org. Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18. Gateway Village, West Trade Street. 704-332-2227.


Holiday Open House Featuring Smith Academy Children's Chorus, holiday favorites and a pot luck lunch buffet. Wed., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd. 704-522-6222.


I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus Special holiday murder mystery dinner theater. Price includes buffet dinner and show. Cash bar will be available. Wed., Dec. 15, 7-9:30 p.m. $45. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St. 704-343-9200.


Jerusalem in Lights: the Real Christmas Story See your favorite Christmas scenes and watch as Old Jerusalem comes to life with thousands of Christmas lights. www.narroway.net. Dec. 17-18. $5-$10. NarroWay Productions, Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.


Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra Leonard Bearstein and his 19-bear animatronic orchestra will perform their 45-minute program of holiday music daily. Through December. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St, Bank of America Corp Cntr. 704-887-4730.


A Mad, Mad Madrigal! An interactive musical that's two parts Renaissance Festival, one partMadrigal, 63/100 parts Monty Python and all completely insane. www.geocities.com/epic_arts_rep. Dec. 3-21, Fri & Sat, 9:30pm; Sun & Mon, 7:30pm. $10-$20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-347-2817.


Messiah The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Oratorio Singers and present Handel's Messiah. www.charlottesymphony.org. Dec. 15, 7:30pm at First United; Dec. 16, 7:30pm at Christ Covenant Church, Matthews. $20. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.


A Musical Winter Solstice A family celebration featuring Elaine Silver singing acappella or accompanying herself on quitar and banjo. Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 North Sharon Amity Rd. Sat., Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Free. 704-366-8623.


New Year's Eve Ball Featuring music, professional show, champagne toast and more. Fri., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $100. Havana Social Club, 17105-102 Kenton Place, Cornelius. 704-892-7000.


Noon Year's Eve A family event where kids can feel the fun and excitement of a rockin' New Year's Eve in Center City without having to stay out late. There will be games, dancing, party favors and music. The Square at Trade and Tryon. www.holidaysinthecity.org. Fri., Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


The Nutcracker The classical ballet performed by N.C. Dance Theatre and accompanied by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 19, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. $15-$50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.


Rockapella Comfort and Joy Five guys with zero instruments deliver a familiar blend of Christmas tunes plus other Rockapella favorites in this yuletide treat. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Dec. 15-16, 8 p.m. $12.50-$25. McGlohon Theatre. 704-372-1000.


Sante Christmas Show Three course meal with entertainment provided by Carolina Voices. Wed., Dec. 15. $42.95. Sante, 165 N. Trade St., Matthews. 704-845-1899.


Sounds of the Season Regional performers, including Capriccio Strings, the Northside Christian Academy Singers and the Gaston Choral Society will share traditional holiday music. Thu., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490.


Soup & Song Jerry Helton, accompanied by Betty Rawls on piano, will perform holiday favorites. Event includes lunch. www.rockhillarts.org. Wed., Dec. 15, 12 p.m. $15. Gettys Center, 201 E. Main Street, Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.


Stars and Promises Alive 2004 Christmas concert tour featuring Peter Mayer and benefitting Charlotte Emergency Housing. Advent Lutheran Church, 8840 University City Blvd. Thu., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $17. 704-888-6906.


The Santaland Diaries Mark Scarboro returns as the young man who takes a job as an elf at Macy's during the Christmas season to earn extra money. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Dec.1-23, Wed-Sat, 7:30pm; Dec. 19, 2:30pm. $20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.


'Tis the Season A compilation of seasonal celebrations from around the world by the Taradiddle Players. Ages 3+. www.ctcharlotte.org. Dec. 10-19. $10-$12. Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 1017 E. Morehead St. 704-376-5745.


WBT Holiday on Ice Outdoor skating for the whole family. For holiday hours, visit www.wbt.com. Dec. 9-Jan. 2. $5-$8. The Green, 425 South Tryon Street. 704-374-3558.


Volunteer OpportunityRegional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN)

PO Box 37190

Charlotte, NC 28237

Web: www.carolinarain.org

Phone: 704-372-7246

RAIN is a valuable community resource providing compassionate care for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, and offering prevention education for our region.

Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:

RAIN needs volunteers to provide transportation and for special events. Financial contributions are also appreciated.

The Children's Law Center

601 E. 5th St., Suite 480

Charlotte, NC 28202

Web: www.childrenslaw.org

Phone: 704-331-9474

704-331-9796 fax

The Children's Law Center is a non-profit law firm that represents children in various legal disputes -- custody and visitation, education law, mental health, and delinquency.

Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:

The CLC's Custody Advocate Program demands heavy involvement from pro bono attorneys and community volunteers. Community volunteers are trained by the program to assist in case investigation and formulation of a best interest plan for the child(ren). Interested volunteers should contact Tania N. Archer, 704-331-9474 ext. 1081. CLC's Education Law Project represents and advocates for children, ages 3-21, who have or may have a disability and require additional school services to make adequate education progress in a setting that best meets their individual special needs. Volunteers are trained by the program in the area of education law and may assist families in interaction with the school system, project research and program facilitation. Interested volunteers should contact Amy Mercado, 704-331-9474 ext. 1090

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