1. Craft Night
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14
Where: Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan
Get in the seasonal spirit by creating cute ornaments. Use them as gifts or to decorate your own space. The library will offer supplies and templates for a variety of easy ornaments. To register, bit.ly/2AHBxcU.
2. Levity Players Group
When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Where: North Star Steakhouse, 1100 N.W. 25th St., Topeka
For their December show, the Levity Players will perform “Beefing with the Wellingtons,” a murder mystery about a dysfunctional family’s Christmas party. Admission includes a three-course dinner of steak, shrimp or chicken. For reservations, call (785)354-8880.
3. Living Nativity
When: 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10
Where: First Lutheran Church Topeka, 1234 SW Fairlawn Rd.
Stay warm in your car while hearing the nativity scene of Jesus’s birth. The First Lutheran Church of Topeka is hosting a drive-thru living nativity. Guests will receive a free CD of music from the church choir. For information, bit.ly/2iEytE1.
4. The Nutcracker
When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17
Where: Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th Ave.
Cost: $15 - $55
Join the Kansas Ballet Academy and Topeka Performing Arts Center as they present their annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” Children of all skill sets within the academy perform, as well as featured dancers Christopher Rudd and Katherine Lawrence Orlowski from Ballet West, Utah. For information, bit.ly/2AHjzVW.
5. Deja’s Reading Rainbow
When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Where: Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence
Join Deja Brooks as she reads and performs stories embracing our local LGBT community and celebrating families of all kinds! Deja’s Reading Rainbow is a story time about love and friendship, being different and belonging, being unique and being accepted, colors, rainbows, and, of course, fun. For information, bit.ly/2B0QkzU.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15
Where: Norsemen Brewing Company, 830 N. Kansas Ave.
For the first time, the Haymakers will be traveling to Topeka to perform some tunes of the bluegrass/Americana genre. The Haymakers are from Wichita and are influenced by the sounds of Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Johnny Cash and many other bluegrass and country legends. For information, bit.ly/2BjrXOf.
7. Holiday Craft Fair
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Where: Rock Creek Junior/Senior High School, 9355 Flush Rd., Saint George
Come out and support the Rock Creek Yellow Ribbon and get some holiday shopping done. There will be all kinds of vendors, a chili feed and members of RCYR will provide child care while you shop! For information, bit.ly/2jbuC5t.
8. Ladies Day Out
When: 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Where: Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center
Cost: donation of school/art supplies for Boys and Girls Club of Topeka
First 100 women entering will receive a goodie bag from vendors, but throughout the day 60 booths full of health, beauty, fashion and craft items will be set up in the convention center to pamper ladies before the stressful holiday season begins. For information, bit.ly/2A7h6Da.
9. Dianna Reeves
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12
Where: McCain Auditorium, 1501 Goldstein Circle, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan
Cost: $19 - $79
The pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world, Grammy Award-winning Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album, “Christmas Time Is Here.” Reeves will perform her jazz renditions of holiday favorites such as “Little Drummer Boy,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Christmas Waltz,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Let It Snow” and many more. For information, bit.ly/2y82YaF.
10. Holiday Sparking Wine Tasting
When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14
Where: Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Keep warm this week with some sparkling bubbly! Genovese will host a holiday wine tasting of five courses, hosted by Nicole Odell. For information, bit.ly/2AJDpll. For reservations, call (785) 842-0300.