1 HOLIDAY CLASSICS: The Finger Lakes Concert Band will present a special community performance — featuring traditional and contemporary holiday classics arranged for wind instruments — at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Canandaigua Academy, 435 East St., Canandaigua. The "Holiday Classics — Old & New" concert includes the perennial holiday favorite "Sleigh Ride" as well as "Christmas Festival" by Leroy Anderson; "A Vaughan Williams Christmas" melody of three carols arranged by the English composer; wind band versions of Christmas carols "Adestis Fideles" and Away in a Manger;" "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed along with his arrangement of the Neapolitan song "Funiculi, Funicula;" a band arrangement of John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol" and Johann Strauss's "Radetzky March." Directed by Gregory Kane and sponsored by Hochstein School of Music & Dance, the band is comprised of adult instrumentalists and advanced high school students from throughout the Finger Lakes. Tickets: $5 (free for students 18 or younger), available at the door.
2 ORGAN CONCERT: United Church of Canandaigua, at 11 Gibson St., Canandaigua, and Parsons Pipe Organ Builders will co-host a free Christmas organ concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the church. Ivan Bosnar and Marko Pranic will perform Christmas classics on the church's Parsons pipe organ. A free-will offering will support future community organ concerts. Based in the Bristol Valley, the Parsons firm's work is seen around the country and locally at the United Church, Clifton Springs Spa Chapel, Zion Episcopal Church in Palmyra and George Eastman House in Rochester, to name just a few. Details: 585-394-0503.
3 FIND YOUR FAVORITE COOKIE: Serenity House of Victor will host its 17th annual Cookie Walk from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at St. Patrick’s Church, 115 Maple Ave., Victor. Attendees will walk around tables and select their favorite cookies for $8 per pound. Proceeds will benefit Serenity House, a comfort care home for the terminally ill. Details: serenity-house.org.
4 COOKIES AND WINE: Speaking of cookies, New York Wine and Culinary Center at 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua, will host a "Holiday Cookies and Wine Pairing" from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in which four holiday cookies (including gingerbread and snickerdoodles) will be paired with various New York state wines, with an overview by a certified wine instructor offering the basics of wine tasting and wine pairing flavor profiles. Needless to say, it's for ages 21 and older, and registration is required. Admission: $30. Details: 585-394-7070, nywcc.com.
5 ON STAGE: Looking for some theatrical entertainment this weekend? There's plenty of action on Rochester-area stages, from the seasonal to the political. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (20 Windsor St., Rochester) brings back "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," a Christmas concert special, at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. DVC (Dream/Visualize Create) and Screen Plays team to present Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus," the Bard's earliest tragedy, in which political schemes and violent deeds lead to outrageous consequences, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC), 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester. JCC CenterStage presents the Broadway musical comedy "First Date" at 7 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton. "Little Women, The Musical" opens this weekend at Blackfriars Theatre (795 E. Main St., Rochester) with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. And Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester) presents its annual production of "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Contact the individual troupes/venues for ticket information. For more current and upcoming area productions, visit www.theatrerocs.org.