News editor Cameron Macdonald compiles listings for the arts calendar. If you would like an event or show to be included, please send details via email to cameronjmacdonald@gmail.com and write “Arts Calendar” in the subject line. Include as much information as possible, including dates, times, ticket prices, address and details on purchasing tickets.   

The Elk Grove Community Concert Band will play a holiday concert called, “Home for the Holidays” on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Laguna Town Hall. They will perform classics such as “Sleigh Ride,” as well as Anne McGinty’s “A European Christmas,” Percy Grainger’s “Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol,” and Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter.” This show is sponsored by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD). The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations for the band and CSD are accepted. The Laguna Town Hall is 3020 Renwick Ave.

The Capitol Ballet Company is performing “The Nutcracker Suite” at Sheldon High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 15. Families are invited to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic fairy tale about toys that come to life. This performance lasts from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 8333 Kingsbridge Drive, near Calvine Road. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for premium. For ticket purchases, visit www.CapitolBallet.com or call (435) 222-2849.

The next Jazz and Blues Vespers concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2. Martin Beal and Friends will perform at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. This show will be held at Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 50, near Big Horn Boulevard.

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is hosting their seventh annual Small Treasures Show and Sale from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1. As part of the project, local artists were invited to create five “Small Treasures” on 5x7-inch wooden panels, which will be available for purchase. Media includes paint, photography, pastel, and mosaic. The Small Treasures Show is being held at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town. There will also be a reception on Saturday, Dec. 1 for this show from 4-7 p.m. A drawing will be held for small treasures – the price is 25 tickets for $20. This will be the final reception held at the arts center’s Old Town location. They are moving to 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road at the Emerald Park Plaza shopping center in mid-December. For more information, call (916) 685-5992 or visit www.ElkGroveFineArtsCenter.org.

Elk Grove Artists, Inc. (EGA) Each month, Elk Grove Artists, Inc. engages established and recognized guest artists who conduct workshops, presentations, demos, critiques and more, often sharing stories and experiences that inspire their creativity.  To sign up for future workshop notices, call (916) 715-3749 or (916) 591-7446, or visit elkgroveartists@att.net.   

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center offers private art tutoring and help on art projects, particularly on drawing animals. Painting and drawing mediums are offered. The cost is $30 per hour in an appointment, and instruction is offered to students ages 7 and up. For more information, contact Stacy Maeda at (916) 687-7457 or stacymaeda@yahoo.com. You can also visit her website, www.StacyMaeda.com. All sessions will be at the arts center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town.

View artwork from Elk Grove at: http://www.elkgrovecity.org/city_hall/city_government/commission_and_committees/committee_for_the_arts/elk_grove_art_guide. The Committee for the Arts has created a virtual Citywide Art Guide for the benefit of the residents and visitors that includes a comprehensive inventory of art pieces and art events in Elk Grove. There is also an interactive map that displays the art and events in Elk Grove. Only citywide annual art events are included. If you know of a piece or event missing from the guide that should be included, contact Mona Schmidt (916) 478-3633.

The Northern Californian Filmmakers Coalition (NCFC) is based in Sacramento and was created to encourage individuals in filmmaking or film-related areas to meet on a regular basis and explore the various aspects of the film industry. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Access Sacramento 4623 T St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit www.ncfc.tv, or contact P. La Marr at (916) 502-7068 or info@tru-talent.com, or G. Bell at (916) 384-5796 or bellg777@gmail.com.

Lodi’s Art Hop is held on the first Friday of each month. For the list of participating venues and their featured artists, visit http://www.lodiartcenter.org/Art-hop.html.