Cove Community Chorus will present “The Best Christmas Ever” concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Spring Cove Middle School auditorium. The chorus is directed by Tom Kunkle. The Christmas classic, “Joy to the World” will be sung in celebration of the 300th year of conception. Local soloists, pianists and dancers will perform such favorites as “The Little Drummer Boy,” the medley “A Song in the Air with Away in the Manger” and “Frosty the Snowman.” The audience will be invited to join the sing-a-long. Concert tickets are available at the Roaring Spring Department Store, The Music Emporium in the Wal-Mart Plaza in Altoona, Thompson’s Pharmacy in Hollidaysburg, Mamie’s Cafe in Martinsburg, Nic’s Grab N Go in Williamsburg and Burget’s Hardware Store in Curryville or from any member of the chorus.

Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host dances by KB & The Crew on Nov. 16 and White Shadow on Nov. 23 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Admission will be $5 per person. The kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited. For more information, call 839-2358 or visit www.facebook.com/AlumBankFireCompanyAux.

Off Pitt Street Theater Company is hosting its Fifth Annual OPS Open Playwriting Contest and accepting entries from all authors through Feb. 1. Each writer may submit a new, unpublished, one-act play for judging. Cost of submission is $10 per entry. Entry fee waivers are available for students enrolled in elementary, middle or high school). Off Pitt Street will produce the first-and second-place winning entries and highlight the third-place selection at its “Winner’s Showcase” in the spring. For contest details and rules or to upload an entry, visit www.OffPittStreet.com and click on “Contests” in the search bar, or email: info@offpittstreet.com. For more information, call or text 814-310-1987.

Tickets for the Off Pitt Street Theater Family Christmas Show, “Twas the Opening Night before Christmas” by Cindy Marcus and Flip Kobler, will be staged under the direction of Dawn Ziviello. at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Advanced purchase/reservations are recommended but not required. Seating is limited. Reserve by calling/texting 814-310-1987 or order online at www.offpittstreet.com. Group rates are available. Email info@offpittstreet.com for more information. Off Pitt Street Theater is located inside Locality Gallery at 110 W. Pitt St., Bedford.

Pennsylvania Consort’s 2019-2020 Guest Artist Series is under way. Upcoming concerts include Maryland State Boychoir, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, at St. John’s United Church of Christ; Allegheny String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 28, Trinity Lutheran Church; Pittsburgh Women’s Choral Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 4, Bedford Presbyterian Church; Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. May 2, St. John’s United Church of Christ. All of the concert locations are handicapped accessible. Tickets are general admission with no assigned seating. Venue doors open at 6:45 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for students and are available for purchase at the Bedford County Visitors’ Bureau in Bedford and at Lowers Pharmacy in Everett. Tickets purchased at the door cost $12 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are also available for purchase online through the website, www.paconsort.org/events, at $10 for adults and $4 for students, plus a small processing fee.

Claysburg Area Community Theatre will stage the musical “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School. Tickets can be purchased at the C&S Markets in Claysburg for $12 for adults and $10 for students or at the door for $14 for adults and $12 for students.

Christmas craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bedford American Legion, 3721 Business Route 220, Bedford. There will be more than 40 vendors in the upper and lower banquet halls.

Volunteer chorus for the 32nd-year Messiah concert in December will rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14, and Dec. 5 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church and Dec. 13 at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church. There also will be an afternoon rehearsal Dec. 14 at the Chestnut Ridge church, where the performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. New singers are asked to contact Deena Thompson at president@paconsort.org. for more information.

Everett’s Home for Christmas Celebration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Small Business Saturday. The Everett Area Better Business Association New Ideas Committee will host Everett’s Holiday Celebration. The parade will return this year and will start at 3 p.m. It will travel on Main Street from the high school to Juniata Street. Main Street will be lined with vendors, live music and organizations with activities. The tree lighting in the old gazebo area will occur at 5:45 p.m., with silent fireworks ending the evening. Vendor spaces are free. Parade entries are welcomed. Sign up at the Everett Free Library or contact the committee chairperson at asnyder@everettlibrary.org. The home decorating committee will be branching out to homes in the 15537 zip code area. Parking meters are available to be “Holidazzled,” and luminaries will be available for donation again to light the night and honor someone special or a business. Updates and messaging available through Facebook.

Ninth annual Christmas craft and vendor show at St. Thomas Hall will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Proceeds will benefit the St. Thomas Youth Choir. The kitchen will be open. Hot roast beef sandwiches with fries will be featured on Sunday. There will be crafts, food and bake sale. Plenty of parking will be available. For more information, call 814-494-1608.

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