Rocking in Christmas

Future Rockstars of Tomorrow 2018 All Stars perform at the City of Chino Hills tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 1. They practice at “Rockstars of Tomorrow Chino Hills,” a musician’s academy that has been in business for one year in the Chino Hills Marketplace, on the northeast corner of Chino Hills Parkway and Pipeline Avenue.

The Bravo Company will perform “It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. The comedy melodrama will have a lot of audience interaction, said Matt Riggle, artistic director of Bravo and show producer.

The first act is a parody of “A Christmas Carol.” The second act is a parody of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the third act is a parody of the old Bing Crosby/Dean Martin Christmas specials.  

Performers will be Mr. Riggle, Ken Parks, Jimmy Dunn on the piano, Richard Wallace, Stacy Garcia, Rovin Jay and Maddie Neavez.  

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at chino hillscharts.com.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The show is a co-production of Bravo Company and the Chino Hills Arts Committee, a branch of the Chino Hills Community Foundation that sponsors art shows, concerts, author talks, and theater productions.

●Five choirs will sing in the annual Chino Valley Community Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Peyton Drive and Eucalyptus Avenue. They include the Ayala High School Choir, Country Springs Elementary School Choir, the Chino Senior Chorus, St. Margaret Mary Parish Choir, and Chino Stake Latter-day Saint Choir. Information: Lisa Keltner, 465-0622.

Scrooge will sing with the Cratchits and the Fezziwigs today (Dec. 8) at 8 p.m. when “Scrooge: the Musical” appears on the Chino Community Theatre stage, 13123 Seventh St.

The play, featuring Craig Jackman as Ebenezer Scrooge, is based on the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.”

Writer, composer, and lyricist Anthony Bricusse took his 1970 movie musical and expanded it into a full-length stage play, described as a rollicking, frolicking feast of entertainment.

Director is Michael Eastman.

Additional performances are 8 p.m., Dec. 14, 15, 21, and 22; and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16. The Dec. 9 performance is sold out.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students.

Information: 590-1149 or obtain tickets online at chino communitytheatre.org.

●The Chino Valley Community Chorus, with new director Rebecca Gordon, will perform “It Must be the Holiday Season,” 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17. The venue has been changed this year to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3332 Eucalyptus St., Chino Hills. 

Attendance is free, but donations will be accepted. The Community Chorus will appear at the Chino Hills City Council meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at city hall, 14000 City Center Drive. Information: 597-7445.

●The Frida Kahlo story featuring actress Linda Bustillos from Beaumont will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at Seventh Street Theatre, 13123 Seventh St. in Chino. Cost is $10. 

The one-person performance by JTL Productions, written and directed by John Lynd, is part of the “Celebrated Acting out Series,” bringing history to life. 

The event is for mature audiences because of language and graphic art.

●A scrapbooking group meets 9 a.m. the third Monday of the month at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. Signups are not necessary. Projects made by the group include gift card holders, cards, booklets, small gift bags, and more. Information: 364-2826.

Quilting takes place the second Monday of the month free of charge for ages 50-plus at Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. Residents who don’t know how to quilt will be taught.

●Residents 50-plus may gather and socialize or play billiards, cards, board games, ping pong, poker, puzzles and Scrabble during a free drop-in program, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. 

●The card game Pinochle is played at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. The program is free.

●Chino Senior Center hosts a Chino Seniors social dance, noon to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at 5443 B St., Chino. Line dancing takes place noon to 12:45 p.m., followed by social dance 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. Information: 272-7489 or 203-2019. 

●“Bingo at the Barn,” hosted by the Chino Hills 55+ Club, is played Thursday afternoons at McCoy Equestrian Center, 14280 Peyton Drive, for ages 18 years and older. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and games begin at 12:30 p.m. Buy-in is $15 for a 14-game pack and multiple 14-game packages are value priced. Minimum payouts are $50 per game. Complimentary coffee and break-time snacks are provided. Information: Bingo manager George DeFrank, (714) 345-0907.

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