Dec. 18-24 

Holiday Almanac

Dec. 18-Dec. 24 Thursday, Dec. 21 Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with Boston's acclaimed klezmer group, Shirim, in concert at Mills E. Godwin High School. 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 Celebrate Hanukkah at the Hanukkah Family Extravaganza at the Lubavitch Center. Enjoy a buffet dinner, Menorah lighting, light sticks, arts and crafts, latkes and donuts and live music. 5:30 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children. 212 Gaskins Rd. (804) 740-2000 Big Kids Story Times for children ages 3 through 5 take place every Thursday at 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, Midlothian. Today, "Melly's Menorah" by Amye Rosenburg. Free. 1200 Huguenot Rd. Friday, Dec.22 Congregation Or Ami (Reform) has a Hanukkah service at 8 p.m. 9400 Huguenot Rd. (804) 272-0017 Congregation Or Atid (Conservative) has a regular service, 8 p.m. 501 Parham Rd. (804) 740-4747 Richmond Ballet hosts Clara's Holiday Party at the Jefferson, a holiday party for children and parents, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Enjoy treats and meet the characters from "The Nutcracker." $12.50 per person; children 2 and younger free. Follows matinee performance at the Carpenter Center today. Call Ticketmaster at (804) 262-8100. Sunday, Dec. 24 The annual Nativity Pageant at the Carillon in Byrd Park takes place at 6 p.m. With choir, narrator and elaborate Nativity scene, this production is a Richmond tradition. Admission is free and no tickets are required. See a Christmas production performed by the children of Christ Ascension Church. 10 a.m. Free 2715 Alcott Rd. Did we miss your event? Send us an e-mail.

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