EL CON CONCERT: Come along and sing along in a concert at El Con mall.

Holiday shoppers will be treated to Christmas music by the Tucson Concert Band.

The band will perform Sleigh Ride, A Christmas Festival, Three Moods of Hanukkah and An Irving Berlin Christmas, under the direction of associate conductor Don Borenstein.

Herschel Kreloff, Tucson Concert Band director, will take the reins for A Canadian Brass Christmas, arranged by Luther Henderson, and the Radetsky March by Johann Strauss the Elder.

The audience can get in the act at the program's closing, when the band will perform sing-along carols.

The December 21 free concert begins at 7 p.m. in front of the JC Penney Store. For more information, call 324-0384 or 529-2807.

CLAUS FOR KIDS: Santa and Mrs. Claus will ditch the crusty old sleigh for a shiny red fire engine to make a special entrance to a free children's Christmas party.

More than 150 sponsors have pitched in to provide gifts during the "Miracle on Church Street," now in its sixth year.

Kids Unlimited and the Fantasymakers Marionettes/Puppets from Hollywood, clowns, face painters, mascots and celebrities will entertain the crowds.

All children ages 1-12 from Tucson and surrounding areas are invited to chow down on ice cream and other refreshments.

Donations are welcome. Toys (no guns), games and refreshments would be appreciated.

The party at the Tucson Convention Center is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 23. Children must be accompanied by a guardian. Volunteers are still needed for the event. For more information about donations or volunteering, call 818-1871.

BARGAIN BALLET: Got five bucks? Get in line for The Nutcracker, Act II. A Time to Dance Studio will throw in five other Christmas dances for the admission price to the children's holiday dance performance.

The Nutcracker, Act II features Tchaikovsky's classic score and beautiful original costumes. All dances from the second act of the ballet and selected pieces from the first act will be performed.

The rest of the program draws from a sampling of jazz, tap and multiform dance.

The studio, now in its fourth year, has more than 100 children--and a few adults.

The December 23 performance starts at 2 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. For tickets, call 320-1566 or 327-5137.

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