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 Band will perform a “Sounds of the Season” concert at the Laguna Town Hall on Monday, Dec. 9. They will play holiday classics such as “First Noel” and Johann Ernst Eberlin’s “Toccata and Fugue.” Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Showtime is 7 p.m. at 3020 Renwick Ave., Elk Grove. This concert is sponsored by the Cosumnes Community Services District. The band is made up of musicians from across the Elk Grove region and they are led by veteran music educator Jay Roberts.

The Capitol Ballet Company is performing the classic Christmas tale, “The Nutcracker” at Sheldon High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 14. There will be two performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet about a girl’s magical Christmas Eve adventure. Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for general adults, $25 for premium seating, and $1 for children, seniors, and military veterans. Sheldon High School is at 8333 Kingsbridge Drive, Sacramento. For advance tickets, visit the Capitol Ballet Company’s website, http://CapitolBallet.com.

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is having their First Saturday reception on Dec. 7. They are hosting their 8th annual Small Treasures Show and Sale, and there will be artwork available for purchase at the reception from 4-7 p.m. Organizers will also have a raffle for winter-inspired panels that were created by 30 artists. The raffle winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road. For more information, visit www.ElkGroveFineArtsCenter.org or call (916) 685-5992.

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will offer the workshops at their facility on 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road in December. They are: “Open Portrait/Clothed Figure Studio (featuring a live model)” with Robert Thompson on Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15 from 12-4 p.m.; “Beyond the Basics – Watercolor” with Sandy Ridley, one-day workshops on Dec. 4 and 11 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.; “Watercolor Batiking” with Judy Ng, Dec. 6 from 12-3:30 p.m.; “Coloring with Tea” with Afton Kern, Dec. 13 from 12-2 p.m.; “Sustainable Art Portraits” with Katherine Robbins on Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.; private art tutoring (open to ages 7 and up) with Stacy Maeda – contact her at stacymaeda@yahoo.com or www.StacyMaeda.com. Pre-registration and payment are required. To register, visit the arts center, or its website www.ElkGroveFineArtsCenter.org. For more information, call (916) 685-5992. Center hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center has private art tutoring for ages 7 and up with Stacy Maeda - contact her at stacymaeda@yahoo.com or visit www.StacyMaeda.com. Pre-registration and payment are required from students. To register, visit www.ElkGroveFineArtsCenter.org, or the arts center on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call (916) 685-5992.

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.   

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.