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ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Original and locally made art makes a memorable holiday gift. On Dec. 1, Proctor Art Gallery (3811 N. 26th St.) will have its annual Holiday Open House event from 2-6 p.m., featuring refreshments, entertainment along with original miniatures and small paintings under $100 and special holiday card packs by Tacoma artists, with all proceeds going to Northwest FISH Food Bank. Over at Throwing Mud Gallery (2212 N. 30th St.), more than 70 artists have their handcrafted contemporary crafts available for sale – lots of pottery and jewelry, wood bowls, hand painted glassware, candles, soap, Christmas ornaments, Tacoma playing cards and free gift wrapping for most items…and cookies!

WINE & SONG

The festive annual Wine & Song benefit event is next on the calendar for Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the lounge of the beautifully refurbished Connelly Law Offices in Old Town (2301 N. 30th St.). Two fine musicians are back by popular demand: soprano Christina Kowalski and pianist Denes Van Parys will perform a delightful and stirring set of songs by Romantic Era composer Franz Schubert, the prince of song. The music will be followed by a lavish offering of finger foods – savories and sweets – and tasty wines. Enjoy a convivial evening in Old Town and help support Classical Tuesdays, now in its eighth season! $25 tickets available at Bayview Optical (2217 N. 30th St., #106) and at the door. More info: (253) 752-2135.

FRANCISCAN POLAR PLAZA

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Tacoma with the opening of Franciscan Polar Plaza ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can also take a camel ride every Saturday through Jan. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tacoma Art Museum’s Plaza and pick out your Christmas tree at Two Five Trees on Tollefson Plaza. For more information, visit http://www.PolarPlaza.com.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAYS

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park presents its annual Victorian Holiday Celebration on Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes ready to answer questions, serve refreshments and take donations of socks, mittens and/or cash for YWCA. Santa will be on hand for holiday wishes and photos ($15) Kids can listen to children’s stories frequently throughout the day, take part in a fun craft and play a historical Victorian game. $5 suggested donation for entry.

‘SOUNDS OF THE SEASON’

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Music Director Harvey Felder has once again assembled a variety of musical styles and sounds – from carols to popular holiday melodies, from pops to classics – sure to please all ages at “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. This special evening at the Pantages Theater will include music by the orchestra; songs to spotlight guest soloist Maria Valenzuela; and works showcasing the Tacoma Youth Chorus plus a caroling medley where the audience can sing along. Get tickets at http://www.tacomasymphony.org.

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