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… on December 4-6
Evanston Public Library Holiday Book Sale
EPL’s Big Holiday Book Sale, Dec. 4-6 on the third floor of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., features recent fiction, mysteries, children’s books, non-fiction, holiday and history books, biographies, vintage selections, and much more, in excellent condition at very low prices.
Book lovers and gift givers will find thousands of very gently used books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, large print, and vintage selections in every imaginable category of fiction and non-fiction.
All proceeds from the sale benefit Evanston Public Library.
Dec. 4 and 5, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Early-bird preview, 10 a.m. – noon; $5 admittance for preview.
Dec. 6, 12-5:30 p.m. All books half- price.

… on December 6
‘Holiday Spirit at EHC’
The Evanston History Center (EHC) will open the doors of its National Landmark Charles Gates Dawes House to the community in celebration of the holidays.
The EHC’s Annual Holiday Open House will take place from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 6, at 225 Greenwood Street. This annual favorite features live music, holiday treats, crafts for kids, and the opportunity to explore the majestic lakeside mansion decked out for the holidays. The event is entirely free and open to everyone.
Holiday Open House Schedule:
1-2:30 p.m.: Piano Music by Chris Mathieu in the Dawes Library
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Music and sing-along with Marian McNair in the Great Hall
1-4 p.m.: Exhibits open and house open for self-guided tours. Docents will be stationed throughout the house to answer questions.

Evanston Symphony Rings in the Holidays
The Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert, the most festive celebration in Evanston, will feature the North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Children’s Choir, ETHS A Capella Choir, and new this year, gospel singers led by Reverend Ken Cherry. And there’s a visit from Santa and his elves.
Dancers from the Evanston Dance Ensemble will perform the March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Candy Canes (Russian Trepak), Tea (Chinese Dance), Dance of the Reed Flutes, Chocolate (Spanish Dance) and Waltz of the Flowers from “The Nutcracker.”
Also on the Holiday program are festive favorites like Sleigh Ride, and Christmas a la Valse. The Evanston Children’s Choir will sing two versions of Welcome Yule; and the North Shore Choral Society joins in performing Poulenc’s Gloria.
The Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert takes place 3 p.m. on  Dec. 6, at Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave.
Tickets are available at evanstonsymphony.org or 847-864-8804.

A ‘Christmas Carol’ At Celtic Knot Again this year
Greg Weiss will perform a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St.
Half the money collected will be donated to Connections for the Homeless.
Reservations are advised by calling 847-864-1679

A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Stephen Alltop, director of music for Alice Millar Chapel, will conduct a beloved holiday tradition that combines readings and musical gems portraying the Christmas story in the Festival of Lessons and Carols at 10:40 a.m. on Dec. 6 at Alice Millar Chapel, Sheridan Road at Chicago Avenue. Ranging from medieval to modern, the carol settings for brass, strings, organ and choir include Bruckner’s “Virga Jesse,” Gabrieli’s “Magnificat a 8,” Robert Chilcott’s “The Shepherd’s Carol” and selections from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” The program will feature oboist Michael Henoch, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Philharmonia and Millar Brass Ensemble. Admission is free; however, a freewill offering will be accepted.

RCP Holiday Baroque
Alice Millar Chapel will resound with the sparkling energy of two Bach Branden-
burg Concerti, complemented by the lilting simplicity of Handel’s Laudate pueri Dominum for solo soprano, violins and continuo at Rembrandt Chamber Players’ Holiday Baroque concert at 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Alice Millar Chapel, Sheridan Road at Chicago Avenue. Tickets, at $38, are available at http://www.rembrandtchamber

… December 10
Grand Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
On Dec. 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m., community members are invited to join Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other civic, business and community leaders for the Grand Hanukkah Menorah Lighting and Celebration at Fountain Square, Davis Street and Sherman Avenue.
The ceremony will celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and freedom of conscience over oppression. There will be musical entertainment and free refreshments.

… December 12 & 19
Coriolis Concerts
Now in its 29th season of choral music, Coriolis will hold concerts on the North Shore Dec. 12 and 19. The Dec. 12 concert will be at Christ Church in Winnetka and the Dec. 19 concert at St. Luke’s Church, 909 Hinman Ave. in Evanston.
Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

… December 13
UCC Advent, Christmas Celebrations
  The First Congregational Church of Evanston (UCC), Grove Street at Hinman Avenue, invites the community to participate in its Advent season celebrations.  
This year’s events begin with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” in the church sanctuary at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13.
On Dec. 20 at 10 a.m., the children of the congregation will present “The Friendly Beasts,” in collaboration with Evanston’s noted young people’s theater company, Mudlark Theater.
The traditional will be held in the church sanctuary at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24

… December 20
Evanston Children’s Choir Holiday Concert
The Evanston Children’s Choir Holiday Concert, a free, multicultural concert, will take place at 3 p.m. on Dec. 20 at Alice Millar Chapel, Sheridan Road at Chicago Avenue.
Directors Gary Geiger, Monica Blacconeri, Bryan Johnson and pianist Ellen Morris will lead the entire Evanston Children’s Choir in the most popular concert of the year, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in typical ECC style!
This concert is free but voluntary donations are graciously accepted. Limited free parking is available behind the chapel for the less-mobile. Plentiful, inexpensive parking is available nearby at the Church Street Self Park, 525 Church St.