Since it's a holiday season, the Patch Events calendar is filling up with activities of annual celebration - and a lot of Santa sightings.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Rio Lindo Adventist Academy will perform their annual Sounds of Christmas concert. The concert features various choir configurations and sizes and orchestra, starting at 7 p.m. The concert is free to the public and refreshments will follow.
That same night, the Raven Performing Arts Theater again presents the Christmas Jug Band, an off-beat, on-key tradition from the self-described "kings of 100% acoustic folk-skiffle-swing holiday highjinks." Past performances have featured guest appearances from Dan Hicks, Norton Buffalo and Maria Muldaur, and there's no guarantee they won't show up this year (well, not Buffalo). The show will feature Petaluma's Foxes in the Henhouse, with Tim Eschliman and his cadre of jugbilly misfits pulling strings. Cost is $20, showtime 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16, Hotel Healdsburg and Copperfield’s Books join resources for a Holiday Fireside Storybook Reading for Kids, from 1:30 to 2:30. The bookstore's Danica Hannah and Emily will read from The Mitten, The Carpenter’s Gift, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, at the hotel's Fireside Lounge (the lobby, entrance off Matheson). It's free, and the hotel will supply the hot cider and cookies.
Also Sunday, the Healdsburg Community Church returns to the calendar for their popular Holly Jolly Concert, featuring the Healdsburg Community Band and the Healdsburg High School Band. It starts at 7 p.m., and it's only $5 fun a fun night of family-friendly music.
As usual, the Healdsburg Museum's annual Magical Toyland exhibit is a charming return to the past, complete with and antique dolls, dollhouses and traditions. The exhibit is free, open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Sunday, the 16th, special guest Santa Claus has promised to show up at 1p.m. to take last minute gift requests.