A cappella holidays

Sounds of the Seacoast women’s four part a cappella chorus will celebrate music of the season at their annual Holly Jolly Cabaret on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jarvis Center, 40 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth. The 45-member chorus will sing a number of holiday favorites and other songs from their repertoire. Beverages, and snacks will be served, and there will be raffles, a sing-along and even a visit from Santa! All who attend the cabaret are asked to bring a non-perishable food or other appropriate item for baskets that will be presented to HAVEN. Tickets are $15 general seating and $5 for children 10 and under. For tickets call 603-759-5152, email tickets@soundsoftheseacoast.org or visit soundsoftheseacoast.org.

 

Book talk

“This is a nonfiction book that reads like a spy novel,” said Barbara Tosiano, referring to The Woman Who Smashed Codes, the book to be discussed at the upcoming Hampton Historical Society History Book Group meeting. “You have to stop and remember that everything in the book really happened.” The group, which Tosiano leads, meets at the Tuck Museum of Hampton History at 40 Park Avenue in Hampton. The next meeting is Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend the book group meeting and it is not necessary to read the book to join the discussion. Tosiano will offer traditional Christmas cookies.

 

Jingle Bell Express

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) will present its annual Jingle Bell Express events on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 15, with sessions from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. During each session, guests take C&J’s double-decker bus to the Cochecho Country Club to hear a reading of The Polar Express. The cost is $25 per person; kids under 2 years old receive free admission. Visit childrens-museum.org or call 742-2002.

 

Decorating contest

The Seabrook Recreation Department will hold this year’s Annual Holiday House Decorating Contest at the town’s Community Center (311 Lafayette Rd, Seabrook) from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, where judging will commence. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 14. Bakers of all ages are welcome to submit their entries at no charge. To register for this year’s competition, visit the Seabrook Recreation Department website.

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