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Faith-based Christmas events set for today
The Calvary Community choir sings during the musical “A Calvary Christmas” that includes a performance tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. - photo by HIME ROMERO
“A Calvary Christmas” – an original Christmas musical – is being staged tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Community Church, 815 W. Lathrop Road.

It is just one of a number of faith-based Christmas events taking place today in addition to the Lathrop Christmas parade.

The Calvary musical was written, produced and scored by members of the church. It’s described as being a story about the making of a musical and the search for what Christmas is about.

• LIVING NATIVITY SCENES: The Sequoia Heights Baptist Church’s annual drive-thru living nativity is tonight and from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church at 1050 S. Union Road on the corner of Union and Wawona.

The drive-thru nativity depicts the life of Jesus beginning at His birth and ending at His resurrection. All the characters are people pantomiming what the drive through listeners are hearing on a tape. There is no charge.

In Ripon, the live nativity scene at Calvary Reformed Church at the corner of Second and Vera avenues continues tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

• SONDANCE BALLET: SONdance presents “A Christmas to Remember” through the music of the season beautifully portrayed through the art of dance at The Place of Refuge, 486 Button Ave., today at at 1 p.m.

This year SONdance will be partnering with Manna Ministries, to collect food for needy families throughout the Manteca area. Each guest is asked to bring dry or can food items to the performance which will then be picked up and distributed by Manna Ministries.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

• LATHROP PARADE: The City of Lathrop’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade with the theme of “Lighting the Way with Hope” takes place today at 5 p.m. at J and Fifth streets, traveling south on Fifth to Mingo Lane.

• COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT: The Manteca Community Choir is staging a Christmas concert at the Manteca Presbyterian Church on North and Main.  

The  “Christmas Fantasia” will be performed on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.  Contact Anne Talcott at 823-0054 for more information.

• HOLIDAY AFFAIR: The biggest holiday party in Manteca is being planned by Manteca Soroptimists for their upcoming 30th Annual Holiday Affair.

Not only does the $75 ticket for the holder and a guest get a chance for cash gifts and a mountain of prizes, but it allows them to enjoy a complimentary cocktail and hors d’ oeuvres reception at the Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main Street on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Holiday Affair has been a sell-out virtually every year. All proceeds go to the Soroptimists’ Community Service Fund.

Tickets to the Holiday Affair are available at Tipton’s Stationery & Gifts, 169 W. Yosemite, 823-7644. You may also call Soroptimist members, Judy Vasquez, 823-6644, Julie Azevedo, 239-1195 or any other Soroptimist member.