If you've watched Classic Arts Showcase (locally, it airs on KCET late nights) for any length of time, you've probably caught its mission statement, which tells viewers that it is the program's hope that by providing video clips of the arts, it "may tempt you, the viewer, to go out and feast from the buffet of arts available in your community."
I remembered this mission statement as I've been looking at the buffet, if you will, of Christmas events/celebrations taking place in our local churches and around the area in the next couple of weeks, including some food and gift drives. Everything from nativity scenes with real animals and concerts to arts and crafts for kids and services by candlelight — not to mention a plethora of great food — will be presented either for free, or for a nominal price.
I get dizzy just looking at all that's going on, and I won't include all of the events in my column this week, but there are some really cool ones I'd like to point out. You can check out The Valley Sun's Around 'n' About calendar pages for more events.