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1. Holiday Dance on December 4 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center

2. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Opens December 4 at Playhouse Merced

3. Free Children’s Activities before the City’s Holiday Parade onDecember 5 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center

4.Annual Holiday Sale–Two Saturdays, December 5 & 12.11 a.m.–4 p.m.

5 Christmas Open House at the Courthouse Museum December 6, 200921st and N Streets, Merced

6 The Merced County Main Library will present Dr. Clint Pearson andUrsula Pearson authors of the book, Falling Doc

7. Nelson & Nelson Returns to the Cabaret Stage December 19 and 20 atthe Merced Multicultural Arts Center

8. New Art Exhibit through January 3 at the Merced Multicultural ArtsCenter

9. New Art Exhibit Opens November 23 at Merced College

10. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto presents Armsand the Man

11. Barbara Morrison Returns January 14 at the MercedMulticultural Arts Center

12. Visual Arts Classes for Children ages 2-5 at the MercedMulticultural Arts Center

13. Musikgarten at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center

14. Art Hop Save the Date: January 23, 2009, 5-9 p.m. Theme: Dreams

1. Holiday Dance on December 4 at the Merced Multicultural Arts CenterSaxon, and Eddie Synigal to celebrate the start of the holiday seasonon Friday, December 4 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 WestMain Street in downtown Merced. Doors open at 7 p.m., dance is 8-10:30 p.m. Advance tickets only $12, $15 atthe door. Proceeds for this dance benefit arts in education. Call(209) 388-1090 for details. 2. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Opens December 4 at Playhouse MercedRoald Dahl's Willy Wonka opens Friday December 4, and runs throughDecember 20. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, is a musical based on the book Charlie andthe Chocolate Factory and the movie musical Willy Wonka and theChocolate Factory. With Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll &Hyde, Scrooge and Dr. Dolittle), the show tells the timeless story ofthe world famous candy maker, five lucky children who find goldentickets and the quest to find an heir to the Wonka chocolate factory.For more information, please contact the Playhouse Merced Box Office at(209) 725-8587. 3. Free Children’s Activities before the City’s Holiday Parade onDecember 5 at the Merced Multicultural Arts CenterCome to the Arts Center before the City’s Holiday Parade for free artactivities for children! Beginning at 1pm, the Arts Center will bebustling with holiday-themed crafts for children of all ages to makeand take home. The parade begins at 3pm, so there’s plenty of time toget your space on the curb and wait for Santa!

4. Annual Holiday Sale – Two Saturdays, December 5 & 12. 11 a.m. –4 p.m.Susanne French - CeramicsJanine Echabarne - JewelryGuest artists Debye Conte, cards; Tracy White, soap; Maggie Hayes,therapeutic rice bagsMerced Multicultural Art Center645 W.Main Street Merced

5. Christmas Open House at the Courthouse Museum December 6,21st and N Streets, MercedOn Sunday, December 6 from 1 to 4 p.m., the public isinvited to experience a Victorian Christmas at the Courthouse Museum

Join us for music, treats, and our traditional Courthouse Eggnog. Liveentertainment will be performed by Merced High School Choir, RetiredTeachers Chorus, Harmony Valley Chorus, St. Paul Children’s Choir,Golden Notes Choir, and Dulcimer soloist Timothy Janz. The event isfree to the public, and the Courthouse Museum is located at 21st and NStreets, Merced.

Teachers are reminded that the museum will be open Monday throughFriday mornings throughout December for walk-throughs.

6. The Merced County Main Library will present Dr. Clint Pearson andUrsula Pearson authors of the book, Falling Doc, on Monday December 7from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Part Outdoor Adventure, Part Medical Drama, Part Love Story … AllHuman” reads the subtitle on the cover. Falling Doc is the story of apassionate, reckless young high school track star, Clint, diagnosedwith multiple sclerosis, who loved to blaze trails and climb remotepeaks in the Sierras. But aside from the occasional attack of suddenlyblurred vision, young Clint rarely noticed any evidence of his illness,and it was the brash, athletic outdoorsman that Ursula met, fell in lovewith and married long before she would ever have to learn how to lifthis body with her small frame.

The Pearsons moved to Del Norte County in 2001, when Dr. Pearson took aposition with United Indian Health Services in Smith River. Later, hemoved over to Del Norte Community Health Services, where he is a familypractice physician and an infectious diseases specialist. Never far fromhis side, Ursula makes it possible for the wheelchair-bound doctor tokeep up a busy schedule.And support your local museum by shopping at the museum store.

7. Nelson & Nelson Returns to the Cabaret Stage December 19 and 20 atthe Merced Multicultural Arts CenterCome join us for an evening (or afternoon) of holiday music. We’veprepared a wide range of Songs, from light-hearted to heartfelt. We’re certain there’ll be atleast a few of your favorites and a few you may not have heard before. Tickets: $14 in advance and $16 at the door.You may buy them at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 WestMain Street

8. New Art Exhibit through January 3 at the Merced Multicultural ArtsCenterMerced Multicultural Arts Center – New Exhibits, November 3, 2009 –January 3, 2010Our Own Arbor Gallery’s annual “Really Big Show,” featuring theartists of our local gallery in the Main Gallery of the Arts Center. On our second floor is the Merced Camera Club, featuring the work oflocal camera enthusiasts. Come meet some of Merced’s finest artists and enjoy complimentary horsd’oeuvres and drinks on November 12, 2009 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. atthe Merced Multicultural Art Center, 645 West Main Street, Merced. Gallery Hours; M-F 10-4 p.m. Sat. 10-2 p.m. 9. New Art Exhibit Opens November 23 at Merced CollegeWar Stories” sculpture by Pamela Blotner Merced College Art Gallery, Theater Building, 3600 M Street, Merced, CA95348November 23 – December 15Susanne French, Art Gallery Coordinator, (209) 384-6064french.s@mccd.edu Merced College Art Gallery is featuring an exhibition of sculpture,titled “War Stories” by Bay Area Artist Pamela Blotner. This exhibitionopens with a reception for the artist, Monday, November 23 from 5 –7 p.m. The exhibit will continue to December 15. Pamela Blotner explores humanity’s relationship with tradition, withscience and nature through both functional objects mostly consists ofwood, mixed media and of late she has added hand felted wool. All thesematerials having a long and varied multi-cultural history, thesematerials drive Blotner’s expression of form and content. Merced College Art Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and byappointment.

10. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto presents Armsand the Man – Nov. 20 – Dec 13.Modesto’s little theater with the edge, presents George Bernard Shaw’scomedy, Arms and the Man. In the wonderfully appropriate Balkansetting Shaw blasts the ridiculous idealization of military heroism andromantic love. In the love story of Raina, a young Bulgarian woman,he is at his best as and acute social observer and critic of his timeand society. Performance is: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are$15 For reservations call (209) 549-9341 or go towww.prospecttheaterproject.org

11. Barbara Morrison Returns January 14 at the Merced MulticulturalArts Center Details to follow--save the date! 12. Visual Arts Classes for Children ages 2-5 at the MercedMulticultural Arts CenterArts Center, 645 W Main Street, (209)388-1090Our classes will introduce preschool aged children to myriad visualarts activities, help them discover new interests and develop criticalskills to prepare them for an academic environment. Children ages 2-5can sign up for free for any one of the following 4-week sessions.Classes are 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Arts Center on MainStreet in Merced. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, sodon't delay! Local artist Christine Machado, who holds a degree inStudio Art from Santa Clara University, emphasis in Early ChildhoodEducation, is a favorite among hundreds of families in the CentralValley.

Class size is limited to only 12 children per session. Registrationdeadline is one week before the first day of session. If you do notshow up for the first class of your session, your spot will be given toa child on the waiting list.

Class Sessions:January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010

13. Musikgarten at the Merced Multicultural Arts Centerwww.musikgarten.org/snmusicstudio or call Patrice Stribling Nelson at725-3404

Babies (Newborn to 18 months) -- 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.Toddlers (18 months to 3 years) -- 10:00 - 10:30 a.m (3- to 5-yearolds) -- 10:45 - 11:15

For a coupon to attend a class free, please visit the Web site atwww.musikgarten.org/snmusicstudio or call Patrice Stribling Nelson at (209)725-3404.

14. Art Hop: Save the Date: January 23, 2009, 5-9 p.m. Theme: Dreams If you would like to have your arts-related event posted in one of these e-mails, send your press release to MCArts@artsMerced.org.

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