Celebrate the holidays through art, music, story, worship and so much more.
Holiday Festival: Torrance Memorial Medical Center continues its 31st annual Holiday Festival fundraiser, featuring more than 30 themed and decorated trees, live entertainment, the South Bay’s largest holiday boutique, an opportunity drawing, children’s activities and food court. General public hours are Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5. TMMC hosts a Community Appreciation Day, free admission for all, on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Torrance Memorial Medical Center is located at 3330 Lomita Blvd. in Torrance. Call 310-517-4606 or visit www.TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.
A Zhena Folk Holiday: The Palos Verdes Library District presents a special holiday performance by the Zhena Folk Chorus on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina in Palos Verdes Estates. Zhena Folk Chorus takes audience members on a wintery journey to the snowy villages of Central and Eastern Europe and beyond in this program. A Zhena concert provides a complete village experience, featuring colorful authentic dress, engaging story-like narratives and a variety of music that will touch your heart. The performance is free. Call 310-377-9584, Ext. 215, or visit www.pvld.org.
Christmas Concert: The Palos Verdes Symphony presents its annual Christmas Concert, featuring a community choir and the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony orchestra, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5845 Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes. The evening’s lineup includes violin soloist Robert Hu playing Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor. The concert also features traditional carols and other seasonal selections.
Wassail Christmas Party: St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 26825 Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates, hosts a community Christmas party Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. The party features a potluck dinner, caroling, games and crafts. The Palos Verdes Peninsula branch of the American Association of University Women’s Readers Theater group also presents an original production based on the deeply moving, largely autobiographical short story, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. This story has become a favorite Christmas classic, with many award-winning adaptations, since it was first published in December 1956 in Mademoiselle magazine. The community is invited. Call 310-377-2825, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or visit www.stlukespres.com.
Lunch with Santa: Torrance Memorial Medical Center presents Lunch with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Conference Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd. in Torrance. The event includes face painting, crafts, clowns, photos with Santa (bring your camera) and a ticket to Torrance Memorial’s Holiday Festival. The cost is $10 per person (minors must be supervised by a paid adult). Call 310-517-4606 or visit www.TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.
Tableside Caroling: The Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ girls’ pop ensemble, Deep Treble, performs holiday carols tableside for the enjoyment of Sunday brunch diners Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at The Admiral Risty Restaurant, 31250 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes. For reservations, call 310-377-0050 or visit www.admiralristy.com.
Holiday Concert: AMUSE Music and the Peninsula Symphonic Winds present a Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Community Center of the Rolling Hills Covenant Church, 735 Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates. The AMUSE Singers perform with the Peninsula Winds under the direction of Irvine resident Deborah Wicks La Puma in a light-hearted holiday program. Visit www.atpswinds.net and www.amusemusic.com.
Children’s Choir: South Bay Children’s Choir presents its annual Holidays in Harmony with “Santa, Saints & Friendly Beasts” on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance. The choir performs a varied program of seasonal choral music that bring colorful holiday characters to life. Tickets cost $10 and are available through ECC’s Center for the Arts. Call 800-THE-ARTS or email email@example.com to purchase tickets.
‘Magnificat’: St. Peter’s by the Sea presents “Peace, Joy, Music, Magnificat: A Christmas Celebration” on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m. The concert features J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” with acclaimed soprano Jeralyn Glass, the Sanctuary Choir, Howard Wood at the organ and full orchestral accompaniment. Enjoy a rich variety of carols for choir including “O Magnum Mysterium” by Jacob Handl, the Czech carol “Rocking” and “Gesu Bambino” sung by Glass. Sing-along carols, hot apple cider and Christmas treats complete this celebration for the whole community. The cost is a freewill offering. Childcare is available. The church is located at 6410 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes. Call 310-377-6882 or visit www.StPetersPres.org.
Holiday Concert: Palos Verdes Symphonic Band celebrates the season with its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Frances Young Hall at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. in Palos Verdes. The program consists of traditional winter, Christmas and Hanukkah favorites. The concert spotlights a quartet of professional vocalists and the Hollywood Clarinet Quartet performing seasonal classics arranged by Dan Higgins. Tickets cost $9 for adults. Admission is free for children 12 years of age and younger. Tickets are available at the Botanic Garden just prior to the concert. Call the band at 310-792-8286 or visit www.www.palosverdes.com/pvsb.
Student Programs: The award-winning Peninsula High School Choir presents “Sounds of the Season,” a winter concert under the direction of Daniel Doctor, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. in Rolling Hills Estates. Presale tickets cost $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults (plus small convenience charge). Presale tickets are available by emailing PVPHSChoirTix@gmail.com. Tickets cost $12 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults at the door as available.
Italian Christmas: Luis Alvarez, owner and chef of Misto Caffe and Bakery and guest Chef Vittorio Novelli combine their culinary skills to present “Una Cena di Natale,” an Italian Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Misto Caffe, 24558 Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance. The pair serves a five-course dinner featuring traditional Italian fare and wine. Tableside entertainment is provided by Italian strolling guitarist, Joe Barile. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and tip. Seating is limited. Call 310-375-3608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Art Exhibit: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road in RPV, presents the “Peter Norton Family Christmas Project” through Jan. 4, 2015. An opening reception takes place Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Software entrepreneur and art collector Peter Norton commissioned an art edition to celebrate the Christmas season and holidays, which were sent as gifts to personal friends and members of the art community. A gift recipient has donated her Norton collection to the center for exhibition. Call 310-541-2479 or visit www.pvartcenter.org.