Can't get enough Christmas music? Some long-standing holiday concerts have come and gone, but there still is an opportunity to hear "the Christmas story in words and music" today at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station.

The St. Cecilia Consort will present its much-anticipated St. Cecilia's Christmas Cantare. The concert will feature Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music for the holiday season. The church is located at 906 George Bush Drive.

The St. Cecilia Consort includes singers and instrumentalists in an ensemble of local musicians who are interested in early music. They bring the music of this period to life using the languages and instruments of the times.

A Consort press release says, "We love the sounds of the instruments, we delight in the music of the languages, and we are entranced by the varied and rich musical treasures of these periods."

The Christmas Cantare will feature medieval English carols, Gregorian chant, Notre Dame Polyphony, and instrumental pieces, with readings in modern, Middle and Old English. There will be carols for all to sing.

The news release says, "This year's Cantare will feature the exquisite Ave Maria by Tudor composer Robert Parsons; a captivating Shepherd's Madrigal by Elizabethan composer Thomas Morley, replete with fa-la-la's; and the sublime Marian hymn Ave Maris Stella by the incomparable Claudio Monteverdi, from his Vespers of 1610.

St. Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music.

The concert is free.

Kwanzaa celebration

Our Brazos Valley African American Museum will host a Kwanzaa Children's Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday. The museum is located at 500 E. Pruitt St. in Bryan.

Please RSVP at

First celebrated in 1966, Kwanzaa honors the African heritage in the African-American culture. It is celebrated annual from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

Kwanzaa's colors are black for the color of the people, green for the fertile land left behind in Africa and red for the blood that was shed in the fight for freedom.

Gotta dance

The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley has scheduled its popular Daddy Daughter Dances for Feb. 9 and 10 at the Brazos Center in Bryan.

The dances will run from 6-9 p.m. each night and both are open to girls of all ages. Tickets are $125 per daddy-daughter couple, and $25 for each additional daughter. Museum members save $25 per couple. Memberships cost as little as $80 per years. Tickets are available online at or by calling 979-779-5437.

Dinner will be served both evenings and there will be a photo booth and formal portraits.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is sponsored by Brenham National Bank. Proceeds benefit the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley.

Pioneer adventure

Our Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History will offer its annual Winter Mini Camp Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 3-5. This year's program is Early America: a Pioneer Adventure.

A museum news release said, "Journey back in time with us on an exciting adventure where history comes alive. From wagons to railroads, churning butter to milking cows, or quilting to archery, kids will experience pioneer life. As part of their exploration, your child will also discover early transportation secrets from the Museum's exclusive exhibition, Horse Power: The Story of Horse-Drawn Vehicles.

The camp is open for children 4-12. They may come for one day or every day.

The camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers are divided into age groups, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. Each camp costs $45 per camper for museum members and $50 for non-members.

There is a maximum of 10 campers per teacher, so camps fill up fast. Register at

Days and themes are:

• Dec. 27 -- Covered Wagons

• Dec. 28 -- Cattle Drives

• Dec. 29 -- Trains & Railroads

• Jan. 3 -- The Homestead

• Jan. 4 -- Early Farming

• Jan. 5 -- Life in the Cities

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is located at 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan, inside the Brazos Center. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors. Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

For additional information, go to

Never too soon

Navasota Theatre Alliance already is planning its next production, even though it has one more sold-out performance of A Tuna Christmas at 2 p.m. today.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Theatre Alliance will hold open auditions for the comedy thriller Too Soon for Daisies. Auditions are at 6:45 p.m. and performers are asked to attend both nights. The theater is located at 104 W. Washington St. in downtown Navasota.

Too Soon for Daisies is the story of three elderly English woman who escape their retirement home in a rowboat. After losing the oars, the woman drift along the English coast before landing in the village of Suffolk. They take shelter in an abandoned cottage and the fun begins.

Charles Pitman is directing Too Soon for Daisies. If you want to see how good a director he is, attend the final production of She Loves Me, directed by Pitman, at The Theatre Company in Bryan's Tejas Center. Performance time is 2 p.m.

Pitman is seeking four women from 20-something and up, three men from 40-something and up and one character who is gender and age flexible. He also is looking for an assistant director and backstage workers.


Today- -- She Loves Me, The Theatre Company, behind JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in Bryan's Tejas Center, 2 p.m., $7 to $20. (

Thursday -- Advent recital by members of the Brazos Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 603 Church Ave. in College Station, 12:30 p.m., free.

Every Sunday -- Open mics and poetry slams sponsored by Mic Check Poetry, 8:30 p.m. Revolution Café in Downtown Bryan, (

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