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Spokane Valley This week

“Toooooo Busy” Christmas Program and Communion – Sunday, live during the 9 a.m. service and a videotaped showing during the 10:30 a.m. service at Advent Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave. Featuring a solo by CJ Lorentz, a manger scene and carols. (509) 928-7733.

Toy Store at Opportunity Presbyterian Church – The sixth-annual Toy Store will be open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 202 N. Pines Road. Donations of new toys, cash and wrapping supplies are now being accepted during office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. The store is available to families in need, and items are sold at an 80 percent discount from retail price as a means for families to provide Christmas presents for their children. (509) 924-9750.

“Christmas Story” – Sunday during 10 a.m. worship at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 W. Pines Road. (509) 924-9750.

Youth Christmas Program – Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, a Christmas potluck will follow at Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines Road. (509) 926-3691.

This week

December West Central Festival of the Arts – Today-Dec. 22 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave.: Saturday, 2 p.m. The Covenant Marimba Band. Wednesday; 5-6 p.m. gallery viewing/sale followed by soup and bread supper and Advent service and a community-rendition of the play, Locust and Wild Honey. Dec. 20; 6-7 p.m. gallery viewing/sale followed by Literary Night led by Spokane’s poet laureate Thom Caraway. Dec. 22; 5 p.m., Caroling in West Central. (509) 328-6280.

Drive-through Living Nativity – Friday, 6 p.m. at Amazing Grace Fellowship, 416 W. Betz Road, Cheney. The Christmas story told in 13 scenes guided by a CD and brought to life with live actors and animals, including camels. (509) 990-2916.

“The Empire Strikes Back” Family Movie and Snack Night – Friday, doors open at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. at Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. Free, includes popcorn and hot apple cider. (509) 534-7954.

“On a Cold Winter’s Night” Concert – Friday, 7 p.m. featuring Crescendo Community Chorus, prep choir, concert choir and adult choir at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. $5/at the door. sharonrodkeysmith@ yahoo.com.

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Dessert Theater – Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. at Spokane’s First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Boulevard. A nostalgic musical drama set in 1941 during World War II. $5/includes performance, dessert and coffee. (509) 467-8986.

Outdoor Living Nativity Scene – Saturday and Dec. 20-21 from 5:30-7 p.m. on the East side of the building at Green Bluff Community United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Green Bluff Road in Colbert at the T intersection of Green Bluff and Day Mt. Spokane roads. Free. (509) 238-9100.

Christmas Festival Concert – Saturday, 8 p.m. and Dec. 15, 3 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Featuring the Whitworth University choir, women’s choir, men’s chorus, chamber singers and student instrumentalists. Tickets, $18 at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Christmas Concert Featuring HIS SONG – Sunday, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1802 W. Eighth St. HIS SONG features nine men’s choruses representing nine area churches. Free, light refreshments will be served. (509) 838-8667.

Night of the Father’s Love Advent & Christmas Cantata – Presented by the Chancel Choir Sunday, 10:30 a.m. at Manito Presbyterian Church, 401 E. 30th Ave. (509) 838-3559.

The Music of Christmas – Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13608 E. 40th Ave., also known as Belle Terre Road and state Highway 27. Free admission. Visit the blog at musicofchristmas. blogspot.com. (509) 893-2587.

Youth Christmas Program – Sunday, 3 p.m. followed by refreshments and a visit from Santa and his elves at Moran United Methodist Church, 3601 E. 65th Ave. (509) 448-7102.

Christmas Pageant and Lessons & Carols – Pageant Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave., featuring a story, carols, White Gifts and cantata. Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols bringing together ancient readings and carols will be at 4 p.m. (509) 838-4277.

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