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On stage

The Capitol Steps Sat, Dec 31. comedy, Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave, 6:30 and 10 p.m. $45. 389-2170, www.naz.edu

A Christmas Carol Fri-Sun, Nov 25-27, Dec 2-4, Dec 9-11; Sat, Dec 17. musical, A Magical Journey Thru Stages, UpStage3, Auditorium Center, 875 E Main St. $22, $20 seniors, $18 students. 935-7173, www.mjtstages.com

Geva Comedy Improv Sat, Dec 31. improv comedy, Geva Theatre Center, 10:30 p.m. $7. www.gevatheatre.org

Glenn Beck's Christmas Program Fri, Dec 9. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E Main St, 7:30 p.m. $22.50-$27.50. www.ticketmaster.com

Great Russian Nutcracker Sat, Dec 3. Moscow Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 875 E Main St, 3 and 8 p.m. $22.50-$42.50 www.ticketmaster.com, 232-1900

A Holiday of Song, Dance & Comedy Musical Revue Sat, Dec 3. Traveling Cabaret of Irondequoit, Webster Knights of Columbus, 70 Barrett Dr, Webster, 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 kids. 872-3638

Joey and Maria's New Year's Eve Comedy Wedding Sat, Dec 31. dinner theater, Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St, 8 p.m. $69.95. 865-4200, www.joeyandmaria.com

The Living Singing Christmas Tree Program Fri-Sun, Dec 9-11; Sun, Dec 18. Christmas story, Webster Bible Church, 675 Holt Rd, Webster. Free. 872-5150

The Magic of Christmas Sat, Dec 10. RAPA community production, Auditorium Theatre, 885 E Main St, 7 p.m. $25.50, $15 kids. 232-1900

Mrs. Coney: A Tale at Christmas Fri-Sat, Dec 2-3. Port of Call Community Players, staged storytelling, Canal View Elementary School, 1 Ranger Rd, Spencerport, 7:30 p.m. $3. 352-0240

Nutcracker Fri-Sun, Nov 25-27. The Rochester City Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 2 and 7 p.m. Tix: $24-$54. 454-2100, www.rpo.org

PerformathonSat-Sun, Dec 3-4. Hochstein students, faculty, ensembles, music and dance, Eastview Mall.

The SantaLand Diaries Dec 1-23. Kitchen Theatre Company, 116 N Cayuga St, Ithaca. 607-272-0403, www.kitchentheatre.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Fri, Dec 232. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Sq, 8 p.m. Tix: $35-$45. 232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com

We Give ThanksFri-Sun, Nov 25-27. one-act plays, Ohmann Theatre, 65 Williams St, Lyons. $10, $8 seniors. www.ohmanntheatre.com, 315-521-9741

Winter Dance Gala Fri, Dec 16. Hochstein School, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7:30 p.m. 454-4596, www.hochstein.org


Shopping

Arts Council for Wyoming County Auction Gala Mon-Sat, Nov 14-19. 31 S Main St, Perry, Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (silent auction), Sat 6-8 p.m. (live auction) $2. 237-3517

Anderson Alley Artists Holiday Gala Fri-Sat, Dec 2-3. 250 N Goodman St, Fri 5-9 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.andersonalleyartists.com

Antique Show and Sale Fri-Sat, Nov 18-19. First Congregational Church, 26 E Church St, Fairport, Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4. 223-0224

Christmas Classic Arts & Crafts Show Fri-Sun, Nov 25-27. Dome Arena, Monroe County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Christmas Craft Sale Sat, Dec 3. Wayne Central Middle School, 6076 Ontario Center Rd, Ontario, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 315-524-5886

Crafter's Bazaar Sat, Dec 3. Rochester Christian School, 260 Embury Rd, Penfield, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 671-4910

Harvest Craft Faire Sat, Nov 19. Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E Henrietta Rd, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 760-6150

Holiday Bazaar Fri-Sun, Nov 18-20. RMSC, 657 East Ave, Fri 5-9 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $4/day, $7 for 2-day pass. www.rmsc.org, 271-4320

Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair Sat, Dec 3. School 46, 250 Newcastle Rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Craft Show Sat, Nov 19. Association of University Women, 494 East Ave, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 244-8890

Holiday Fair Craft Show Sat, Nov 19. Bloomfield Elementary School, Rte 444, Bloomfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 657-7220

Holiday Festival of Crafts Fri-Sun, Nov 25-27. Rochester Folk Art Guild, The Harley School, 1981 Clover St, Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $2. 554-3539

Holiday Show through Dec 31. small art works, Gallery on Main Street, 131 S Main St, Canandaigua, Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 394-2780, www.galleryonmainstreet.org

Holiday Studio Sale and Open House Sat-Sun, Dec 3-4. Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way, Corning, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.cmog.org

Holidays at the Market Sundays, Dec 4, 11, 18. Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 428-6907

Metro Justice Alternative Fair Fri-Sat, Dec 2-3. First Unitarian Church, 220 S Winton Rd, Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $3. www.metrojustice.org

More Fire Holiday Sale Fri, Nov 25, and Sat-Sun, Dec 4-5. Glass art, 80 Rockwood Pl, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 242-0450, morefireglass.com

Toy and Collectibles Show Sun, Dec 4. Village Gate Square, 274 N Goodman St, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 442-5700

Wassail Bowl and Sale Sat, Dec 3. Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Pl, Geneva, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 315-789-5151


Museums

Campbell-Whittlesey House 123 S Fitzhugh St. Quilts for the Children, quilt display, December. Hours: Thurs-Fri 12-3 p.m. 546-7029

Center at High Falls 60 Browns Race. Permanent displays of the Greater Rochester region's geography, commerce, and culture,and rotating community art exhibits. Hours: Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-5 p.m. Free. 325-2030, www.centerathighfalls.org

Edgerton Model Train Exhibit Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St. Holiday tours, Tues, Dec 27, through Fri, Dec 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 428-6769

Genesee Country Village and Museum & Nature Center 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford. Yuletide in the Country, Fri-Sun, Dec 2-4, 9-11, 16-18. day ($7-$11) and evening ($10-$14) programs, buffet ($11.50-$22.50) Nature Center hours: Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 538-6822, www.gcv.org

Geneva Historical Society Museum 543 S Main St, Geneva. | Sat, Dec 10, holiday open house, 2-5 p.m. | Hours: Tues-Fri 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat 1:30-4:30 p.m. 315-789-5151

George Eastman House 900 East Ave. Sweet Creations gingerbread house display, through Dec 15 | Hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. $8 ($6 seniors, $5 students, $3 kids 5-12). 271-3361, www.eastmanhouse.org

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum 8419 Route 54, Hammondsport. Miniatures and Doll House Exhibit, through Jan 20. Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 607-569-2160, www.linkny.com/curtissmuseum

Granger Homestead 295 N Main St, Canandaigua. Festival of Trees, holiday trees, decorations, live music, through Dec 5. | Hours: Mon-Wed 1-5 p.m., Thurs-Fri 1-7 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5 ($4 seniors, $1 students). 394-1472, www.grangerhomestead.org.

Graycliff 6472 Old Lake Shore Rd, Derby. Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. Architectural tours available. Extended hours on Fri, Nov 25. $10-$18. 716-947-9217, graycliff.bfn.org

Greece Historical Museum 595 Long Pond Rd, Greece. Exhibits include: The Town's First Fire Wagon, Greece through the Years, and Grandma's 1930 Kitchen.Hours: Sun 2-4:30 p.m. 225-7221, historicalsociety.greeceny.org

Honeoye Falls-Mendon Historical Society 1 Allen Park Drive, Honeoye Falls. Mendon Ponds Park: A Historical Perspective, through June 2006. Hours: Sundays 2-4 p.m. 624-9803

Memorial Art Gallery 500 University Ave. Baroque Organ concerts, Sundays, Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18. | Kwanzaa Family Day, Thurs, Dec 29, 4-9 p.m. $1 admission | Hours: Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs until 9 p.m. $2-$7, Thurs $2 from 5-9 p.m. 473-7720

New York Museum of Transportation 6393 E River Rd. Exhibits: Buses and Steam Locomotives... Restored and Still Running | Permanent display of trolleys, steam locomotive, antique cars and trucks, buggies, operating model railroad. Hours: Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. $4-$6. 533-1113

Ontario County Historical Society Museum Child's Play: Toys and Games from Our Past, through May | 55 N Main St, Canandaigua. 394-4975, www.ochs.org

Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Ave. Thanksgiving Weekend Family Activities, Fri-Sun, Nov 25-27, Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-4 pm., Sun 12-4 p.m. | Wigilia: Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner, 5:30 p.m. $25, $12.50 kids. | RMSC players holiday shows, Sun, Dec 4, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.; Fri, Dec 23, 2 and 3 p.m. | Festival of Lights, Sun, Dec 18, Chanukah celebration, 1 p.m. | Kwanzaa Celebration, Tues, Dec 27, 5:30 p.m. Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. $5-$7. 271-1880, www.rmsc.org || At the Strasenburgh Planetarium: Holiday Songs and Skies with Mr. Jack Frost, Sat 11 a.m., Sun 3 p.m. $7, $5 kids.

Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. | Breakfast with Santa, Sat-Sun, Dec 10-11, 17-18, Rocky Coasts Gallery, 8:30 a.m. Reservations required. 336-7200 | Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. OPEN Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-WILD, www.senecaparkzoo.org

Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Square. Holiday Cheer weekends, Sat-Sun, Dec 10-11, 17-18, holiday activities. | School Break Week, Dec 26-Jan 1, special daytime programming. | Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $7; $6 seniors, students; $5 children. 263-2700, www.strongmuseum.org

Susan B. Anthony House 17 Madison St. National Historic Landmark and home of the suffrage leader. Hours: Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $6, $5 seniors, $3 students and under 12. 235-6124, www.susanbanthonyhouse.org


Holiday happenings

Breakfast with Santa Sun, Dec 11. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10, $6 kids. 594-8882

Breakfast with Santa Carter Street Community Center (500 Carter St, 428-7890), Sat, Dec 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Webster Community Center (530 Webster Ave, 428-7828) Sat, Dec 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Edgerton Community Center (41 Backus St, 428-6769) Sat, Dec 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Brunch with Santa and Flash in the Pan Stage Show Sat, Dec 17. Daisy Flour Mill, 1880 Blossom Rd, 11:30 a.m. 385-4457, www.muchmore.com

Candlelight Night Tues, Dec 6. entertainment, shopping, Village of Pittsford, 4-9 p.m. Free. 381-7640

Christmas in the City Fri, Dec 2. Santa, sales, entertainment, Main Street, downtown Batavia, 5-9:30 p.m. 344-4749

Corn Hill Holiday Tour of Homes Sat, Dec 3. Landmark Society, 9 a.m., 12 p.m., or 3 p.m. Tix: $15. 546-7029, www.landmarksociety.org

Ganondagan Native American Winter Festival Sat, Dec 3. Twelve Corners Middle School, 2643 Elmwood Ave, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $3, $1 kids. 742-1690, www.ganondagan.org

Garden Clubs' Candlelight House Tour Sun, Dec 4. holiday-decorated homes, self-guided tour, Greece and Hilton. $15. 392-8032

Holiday Laser and Fireworks Shows Thurs-Sat, Dec 29-31. High Falls District, between Platt and Commercial Sts, Thurs-Fri: 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m.; Sat 11:20 p.m. Parking at High Falls garage. Free. 428-6697

Ice Skating Fri, Nov 25: family fun night, 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Sat, Dec 24: open skate, 12-1:30 p.m. | Sat, Dec 31: open skate 12-1:30 p.m.; early New Year's Eve skate, 6-9 p.m. | Sun, Jan 1: open skate 1-2:30 and 3-4:30 p.m. | Genesee Valley Park Ice Rink, 131 Elmwood Ave, 428-7888

Ring in the Holidays Dances Tuesdays, Dec 20 and 27. holiday dances for adults, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2. 428-6769

Thanksgiving Eve Ball (Disco Inferno) Wed, Nov 23. United Booty Foundation, German House, 315 Gregory St, 7 p.m. $7. www.unitedbootyfoundation.com

Thanksgiving Weekend Dance Festival Fri-Sat, Nov 25-26. contra, English country, swing 'n' blues, dance workshops, Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St. $34-$39 (weekend), $13 (day) 244-2815, www.rochestercontra.com

Winter Dance Party Sat, Dec 3. Irish Musicians of Rochester, McGinnity's Restaurant, 534 W Ridge Rd, 8 p.m. $7. 334-3345


Volunteers and donations needed

Bundles and Baskets Project Touching and Agreeing Faith Ministries seekingfood baskets or bundles of clothing, toys, gifts by Dec 4. mpjackson@frontiernet.net, 647-2579

Foodlink Buy-a-Bird Campaign buy a plush turkey for $15, benefits local families. 328-3380 ext 142, www.foodlinkny.org

Open Door Mission Shoe Box Campaign collecting shoe boxes full of personal hygiene items by Dec 20. 156 N Plymouth Ave. www.opendoormission.com

Pirate Toy Fund Bid-A-Bag Party Wed, Nov 30. silent auction on gift bags, proceeds provide toys to local hospitals, German House, 315 Gregory St, 7-9 p.m. toyfund@piraterock.com, 271-5519

Red Cross Holiday Fund Drive www.rochesterredcross.org

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign bellringers needed. 987-9500 ext 2313

Sojourner House Holiday Drive seeking new items (gifts for children and teens, board games, sporting goods, cookware) by Dec 9. 436-7100 ext 115, mstarapoli@sojournerhouse.org


Classical music

Amadeus Chorale Fri, Dec 2. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth, 7 p.m. $5. 494-1795, www.theamadeuschorale.org

Brighton Symphony Orchestra Sun and Wed, Dec 7 and 11. Holiday songs, John Marcellus, conductor, Michael DeLuca, vocalist; Wed: 150 Highland Ave., 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 3156 East Ave., 2:30 p.m. 248-0680, www.brightonsymphony.org.

Brockport College-Community Chorus and the Brockport Symphony Sun, Dec 4. Holiday concert, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 14 State St, Brockport, 7:30 p.m. $5. 395-2787

Christ Church Schola Cantorum Sundays. Compline; Gregorian Chant, Byrd, Tallis; Stephen Kennedy, director; Christ Church, 141 East Ave, 9 p.m. Donations. 454-3878

Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus Fri-Sat, Dec 16-17. Handel's Messiah, Fri: St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave, 8 p.m.; Sat: Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave, Fairport, 8 p.m.; $15, www.gvoc.org, 223-9006

Hochstein School of Music Sat-Sun, Dec 3-4, ensembles and soloists, performance, Eastview Mall. | Wed, Dec 7, Eastman Horn Choir, holiday music for horns, 12 p.m. | Wed, Dec 14, A Cup of Good Cheer, featuring Madrigalia, Roger Wilhelm, director, 12 p.m. | All concerts at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave, unless otherwise noted. Free. 454-4596, www.hochstein.org.

Holiday Concert Sun, Dec 4. Christ the Good Shepherd Church, 1000 N Winton Rd, 4 p.m. donations. 482-2018

Lyric Chorale Sat-Sun, Dec 3-4. What Sweeter Music. Sat: St. Louis Church, 64 Main St, Pittsford 7:30 p.m. | Sun: Blessed Sacrament Church, 259 Rutgers St, 4 p.m. | $10, $5 seniors, students. 742-3824, lyricchorale@aol.com

Madrigalia Thurs-Sat, Dec 16-18. Holiday Favorites. Thurs: St. John's Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St, Canadaigua, 7:30 p.m. 394-5335; Fri: St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt Hope Ave, 8 p.m. 234-4283; Sat: St. Luke Church, 14 State St, Brockport, 637-6650 | $8-$15, www.madrigalia.org

MasterWorks Chorale Sun, Dec 4, and Sat, Dec 18. Sun: Handel's Messiah, Sts. Peter and John Episcopal Church, 169 Genesee St, Auburn, 4 p.m.; Sat: Christmas concert, St. Mary's of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, 81 Jordan St, Skaneateles, 4 p.m. www.halway.com/mchorale/

Music at Asbury First Fri, Dec 2. Festive Concert of Carols, handbell and choral music, Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $5. 271-1050, www.asburyfirstumc.org

Music at St. Andrew's Sun, Dec 11. Joyful Holiday Musicale, 923 Portland Ave, 3 p.m. Free. 266-7030

Penfield Symphony Orchestra Mon, Dec 12. Holiday jewels, Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Blvd, Penfield, 7:30 p.m. $2-$12. 872-0774, www.penfieldsymphony.org.

Perinton Concert Band Fri, Dec 16. Season's Greetings, Minerva Deland School Auditorium, Hulburt Rd, Fairport, 7:30 p.m. 234-2585, www.perintonconcertband.org

Publick Musick Concert Sun, Nov 20. Sleepers, Wake! Holidays in the Company of J.S. Bach, Max van Egmond, guest baritone, St. Michael's Church, 124 Evergreen St, 2:30 p.m. $10. 454-5618, www.publickmusick.org

Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale Sat-Sun, Dec 3-4. Christmas gala concert, Hale Auditorium, Roberts Wesleyan campus, Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. Free. 594-6008

Rochester Boys Choir Sun, Dec 11. Holiday concert and silent auction, Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St, 4 p.m. $5, $3 kids. 271-1050 ext 116, www.rochesterboyschoir.org

Rochester Chamber Orchestra Sun, Dec 4. Handel's Messiah, Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7 p.m. $15. 473-6711

Rochester Oratorio Society Fri-Sat, Dec 9-10. Handel's Messiah, candlelight performance, Roger Wilhelm, director; Asbury First, 1050 East Ave, 8 p.m. $10-$20, 473-2234, www.rossings.org

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Fri-Sun, Nov 25-27, The Nutcracker, with Rochester City Ballet, 2 and 7 p.m. $24-$54 | Sun, Dec 11, An OrKIDStra Holiday, 2 p.m. $15, $10 kids. | Fri-Sun, Dec 16-18, Gala Holiday Pops, conductor Jeff Tyzik, with Festival High School Chorale, Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. | Wed, Dec 21, Home For the Holidays with Renee Fleming, 7:30 p.m. $30-$75 | All concerts at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tix: $16-$46. 454-2100

Rochester Women's Community Chorus Sat, Dec 3. Season of Light, Hochstein School, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 8 p.m. Tix: $7-$12. 234-4441, www.therwcc.org.

Vienna Choir Boys Fri, Dec 2. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E Main St, 7:30 p.m. $23-$35. www.ticketmaster.com

In This Guide...

    Holiday Guide 2005

    Time to light it up
    The order of the articles in this year's Holiday Guide doesn't necessarily reflect the order in which you should heed them. For example: You might want to start with Frank De Blase's guide to new, souped-up Christmas CDs just to set the soundtrack and get the eggnog pumping through your veins.

    Happy Sawzall-idays

    I felt it long before I ever saw it. Every day the house shook with a deep rumbling that made my ribs thud in my chest as workers tore off the back wall and roof for a kitchen bump-out.

    Soundtrack for the slaughter

    If you're like me, you hear anything with sleigh bells prior to Christmas Eve and cringe. And jumping the gun before the pumpkins are done rotting isn't my only peeve.

    Wishlist woes? Here, give 'em this.

    Only the heartiest among us can weather the holiday shopping season well. The barrage of catalogs, canned musical cheer, sale announcements, and store displays comes on so early and so hard that by the time you actually need presents, you're probably ready to saw off your own feet with a rusty cookie cutter rather than walk into a mall.

    Holiday fun --- it's a gas

    Sure the holidays mean spending time with the family. But you can still have fun, too.

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