Emmanuel United Methodist Church will present a "Living Nativity" from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. Visitors will be able to walk through the field of shepherds, see the camp of the wise men, visit the stable, pet the live animals and talk with Mary and Joseph. Admission is free; canned food donations accepted for the Beltsville Food Closet. The church is at 11416 Cedar Lane, Beltsville. Call 301-937-7114 or visit the Web site: www.gbgm-umc.org/eumc-beltsville/nativity.htm.
Evangel Multi-Media Arts Center will be the site of the 10th annual "Christmas Celebration," a Broadway-style production about the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, including a Nativity scene with live animals, a laser-light show, dance routines, dramatic scenes and live Christmas and gospel music performed by award-winning vocalists. Performances will be held at varying times each weekend; final performance is Dec. 22. Evangel Multi-Media Arts Center is at 13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-249-9400.
Gethsemane Baptist Church welcomes the Bowie State University Gospel Choir as they present an inspiring program of holiday music at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. The church is at 2500 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. Call 301-574-0867.
The Sisterhood of Nevey Shalom will hold a cooking class at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Chef Pauline Levin will share hints on preparing mandel bread. Cost is $5; reservations required. Nevey Shalom Synagogue is at 12218 Torah Lane, Bowie. Call 301-262-9020.
Our Savior Lutheran Church's Sanctuary Choir will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be seasonal hymns performed solo and all-voices accompanied by organ and stringed instruments, as well as the church's bell choir. Child care will be provided; light snacks will follow the concert. The church is at 13611 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Call 301-776-7670.
Oxon Hill United Methodist Church will hold a children's Christmas party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Highlights include a holiday puppet show, a visit with Santa and a fun holiday craft session. The church is at 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Call 301-839-4748.
Riverdale Baptist Church presents its 16th annual "Living Christmas Tree" program, a musical celebration based on the "bah-humbug" penny-pincher, Ebenezer Scrooge, at 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The production features thousands of synchronized lights, drama and the music of a 100-voice choir and orchestra. A live Nativity and outdoor Victorian Village with strolling villagers dressed in period costume are also featured. Hot cider and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $8 person; $7 for senior 65 and older. Groups receive one free ticket for each 20 purchased. The church is at 1177 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-249-9111.
Riverdale Presbyterian Church will present its annual Choirs of Christmas concert featuring the church's chancel choir and youth and bell choirs at 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The church is at 6513 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park. Call 301-927-0477.
St. Mary's Catholic Church invites the public to their parish mission, "Go Forth," delivering a positive message of faith and life, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. today. The church is at 7401 Buchanan St., Landover Hills. Call 301-577-8844.
Unity Presbyterian Church presents Kara Benham, pianist, vocalist and recording artist, for a performance of contemporary Christian music at 3 p.m. Sunday. Child care is provided; a freewill offering will be taken. The church is at 4401 Brinkley Rd., Temple Hills. Call 301-449-7686.
University United Methodist Church Aldersgate Choir invites the public to its production of "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Additionally, the church will hold a special service, "The Longest Night," a message of healing and reconciliation, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The church is at 3621 Campus Dr., College Park. Call 301-422-1400.
-- Barbara Hinton
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