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The Weekender: Christmas Carol, Half Marathon, Jazzy Flute Choir

Some of what's happening this weekend in the Walnut Creek area

"A Christmas Carol" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
"A Christmas Carol" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
As you plan your weekend, here are some of the events in Walnut Creek from Thursday night to Sunday evening.

On Thursday evening, 
Charles Dickins' "Christmas Carol" will begin its run.

The play begins at 8 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive.

The performances will continue until Dec. 22.

On Friday morning, well-known designer will appear at a downtown department store.

Stephanie Kantis will show customers her latest collection of jewelry as well as provide tips on accessories.

Her appearance will begin at 10 a.m. at Neiman Marcus, 1000 S. Main St.

On Friday evening, a dinner with Santa will be offered by a local restaurant.

The dinner takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Denica's restaurant in the Citrus Shopping Center at Oak Grove Road and Citrus Avenue.

Advanced reservations are required. Adults cost $15 while children 3 to 10 cost $10.

On Saturday morning, a 13.1-mile race will be run on the streets of Walnut Creek.

The Walnut Creek International Half Marathon begins at 7 a.m. in Civic Park. There is also a 5K race.

The half marathoners will run along Civic Drive, Treat Boulevard, Cowell Road and Ygnacio Valley Road.

On Sunday afternoon, a flute choir and jazz band will combine to perform a variety of music.

The performance by the Flock of Flutes and the jazz band will begin at 2 p.m. at the Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane.

Among the varied selections will be "As Time Goes By," "The Chicken" and "Sister Sadie."

Also on Sunday afternoon, a cabaret tribute to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will help raise funds for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

"The World of Webber" begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive.

Songs from "Evita," "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera" will be performed, among other tunes.

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