The Week in Sonoma Valley, Dec. 19-25
Visit Kenwood Community Church on Christmas Eve (12/24), 5 p.m., for the kind of Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service that used to be common. There will be Christmas carol singing, Scripture readings, and, at the end, everyone present will light their own candle to sing “Silent Night” together. All are welcome. Information: 833-1087.
Grab the kids or your favorite pal and get thee to Sebastiani Theatre for a big-screen encounter with the Holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, on Monday (12/19) at 7 p.m., or Wednesday (12/21) at 1 p.m. Made in 1951, the movie, with Alastair Sim as a bitter Ebenezer Scrooge, brought the Charles Dickens’ tale to life. Doors open half an hour ahead, and wine by the glass will be offered for sale. 176 First Street East, Sonoma. Cost: $8/person. Information: sebastianitheater.com or 996-9756.
Light up the night at the Community Chanakah Celebration on Tuesday (12/20), 5-7 p.m., at Whole Foods Market (sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center of Sonoma County). On the agenda: the lighting of a large Menorah, latkes, prizes & treats, special guests, and more. 201 W. Napa Street, Sonoma. This event is free. Information: info@JewishSonoma.com or call 577-0277.
Get a peek at future stars when you catch a performance of “Next Victim, Please” in the AMS multi-purpose room at Altimira Middle School, Tuesday through Thursday (12/20-22). The play is a humorous murder mystery by Rocky Soderman and Terri Ferguson. The school is located at 17805 Arnold Drive. Cost: $3/person. Information: altimiramiddleschool.org.
Get some help deciding what wine to bring your Holiday hosts during the celebrity wine bartender night at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar on Thursday (12/22), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Internationally-renowned wine journalist and in-house sommelier Christopher Sawyer (voted 2009 Best Sommelier in Sonoma County), will be behind the bar offering tastings and discussing wines. Located in the Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. Complimentary. Information: www.thelodgeatsonoma.com