Calendar items should be e-mailed to or sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. All items must include a name and telephone number and must be received by noon Monday in order to be published in the following week's Friday edition.


Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will perform its 26th annual production of "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 16 at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 16. Tickets for live music performances are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets are $20 and $15, respectively, for recorded music performances. Call 770-978-0188 or visit

The Festival of Trees will be held during mall hours through Sunday at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford; at Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth; and at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. On display will be designer trees created to honor patients and families of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Visit

"A Christmas Carol," the third annual production of Lawrenceville Community Theatre, opens at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lawrenceville Church of God Youth Center, 329 Grayson Highway, building G, Lawrenceville. Other showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children under 13. Dinner theater tickets are $30 per person. Visit or call 770-855-7005.

The first Winder Documentary Film Festival will begin at 5 p.m. today at 106 W. Athens St., Winder. The two-day event will feature award-winning films including "Garbage Revolution," "Everything's Cool" and "Radiant City." The cost for a two-day pass is $35 for adults and $25 for students or seniors.

Aurora Theatre's one-man production of "A Christmas Carol," starring Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez in every role, will be performed at 8 p.m. tonight at Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Other showtimes are at 8 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. Call 678-226-6222 or visit

The Norcross High School Players present "Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical" at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Norcross High School, 5300 Spalding Road, Norcross. Other showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 general admission and $10 preferred seating. Call the Norcross Drama Hotline at 770-447-2667 for more information.

"It's a Wonderful Life," a New Dawn Theater Company production, will be performed at 8 p.m. tonight at the Red Clay Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 3116 Main St., Duluth. The show will remain open through Dec. 23, with 8 p.m. showtimes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 678-938-3615 or visit


The Grayson Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and will begin at the Grayson Arts and History Center, 475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson. Admission is $20 per person, and tickets will be sold until 4 p.m. Saturday. Transportation to all homes on the tour will be provided. Call 678-985-7775.

The Gwinnett Choral Guild's "Christmas by Candlelight" will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buford First United Methodist Church, 285 E. Main St., Buford. The Georgia Young Men's Ensemble will be featured. Tickets are $15 for adults, $25 for couples and $10 for senior citizens and students. Call 404-223-9962 or visit

The Aurora Theatre Children's Playhouse will present American Kasper Theatre's production of "Kasper and the Christmas Present" at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Tickets are $7. Call 678-226-6222 or visit

Santa Claus will fly in by helicopter to kick off Sterling on the Lake's Winter Bazaar at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Sterling on the Lake by Newland Communities, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. Call 770-967-9777 or visit


The Georgia Club Foundation will hold its Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Georgia Club is located at 1050 Chancellors Drive, Statham. Call 770-725-8100 or visit


Grapes and Hops Bar and Bistro will hold a French wine tasting from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant, 4856 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch. Taste southern French wines and Burgundies with special guest, sommelier Elizabeth Riadi-Bacon. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple, and an RSVP is required. Call 770-965-9145 or e-mail


The orchestras of Mill Creek High School will present their holiday concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's theater, 4400 Braselton Highway, Hoschton. Thursday's performance will feature the school's concert and symphonic orchestras playing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" and other holiday favorites. The philharmonic orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Admission for both shows is free, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Call 678-714-5919.

The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday pops concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville. Conducted by music director Gregory Pritchard, the 55-member professional orchestra will play "Sleigh Ride," "March of the Toys," the suite from "The Polar Express" and many more. Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for students. Call 770-532-5727 or visit

Dec. 15

The Infinite Energy Atlanta Slam competition with Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Tickets are $34.75 to $89.75. Visit

The Holiday Art Stroll on Main Street will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15 along Main Street in downtown Buford. Take in local fine art, ceramics, jewelry, demonstrations and more. Carisma Gallery is located at 15 E. Main St.; GioVaires Galleries of Art is at 97 E. Main St.; and Tannery Row Artist Colony is at 554 W. Main St. Call 770-271-7501.

Ongoing events

The Avenue Webb Gin is offering photos with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. and carriage rides from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 22 at the shopping center, 1350 Scenic Highway, Snellville. The activities are free. Call 770-978-5692.

The Georgia Piedmont Art Center will exhibit its annual Fall Gallery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 22 at the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, on East Athens Street at the intersection with Park Avenue in downtown Winder. South African artist Anne Jenkins will be judging the gallery, which will showcase more than 30 area artists. Call 404-202-3044 or visit

"It's a Wonderful Life," a New Dawn Theater Company production, will run through Dec. 23 at Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center, 3116 Main St., Duluth. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit, or call the Red Clay box office at 770-622-1777.

"Christmas Canteen 2007," an Aurora Theatre production, will run through Dec. 23 at the theater, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $18 to $25. Call 678-226-6222 or visit