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1. Carnegie Hall to CCCK

The Central Christian College of Kansas Choirs will perform “Rhapsody in Bluegrass” by Joseph Martin at 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 in Wesley Black Fine Arts building.

Members of the Concert Choir from Central Christian College of Kansas in McPherson just returned from New York City where they performed the world premiere of the choral work at in Carnegie Hall Nov. 24-28.

The eighteen singers, including CCCK choral director Tiffiney Harms, joined over 200 choir members from across the United States to perform the cantata, which was directed by Martin and accompanied by Grammy-award winning bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent, along with soloists Sue Martin and Sarah Whittemore.

Also performing on Sunday’s concert are the Guitar Ensemble and choral ensemble Chanter Tigres.

This event is open to the public and admission is free.

2. Read up on recipes

Jeanette Krehbiel Wedel will be at The Bookshelf, located at 206 N. Main St. in McPherson, from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 9 to sign her book and bring samples.

Remember those great Christmas dinners at Grandma’s when the table was laden with delicious old favorite foods? Now our new “Swiss Volhynian Favorite Recipes,” will show you how you can have those on your holiday table. The book has 23 of our favorites, plus two attached DVDs of expert cooks demonstrating how to make bohna beroggi, cheese and kraut beroggi, poppy seed rolls, and kurivi (traditional “wedding cake”—frosted sweet bread with corn candy on top).

Jeanette Krehbiel Wedel, previously owner of the Mixing Bowl Bakery in Hesston, has developed the best Swiss Volhynian recipes you find in this favorite recipes book. Jeanette can supply most any baked goods, but is known for her spectacular Kurivi. The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association sponsored the sharing of ethnic recipes.

3. Meet an author

The Bookshelf, located at 206 N. Main St. in McPherson, will host author Kimberly Funk of Gossel from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 9.

She will sign her book, “Christmas at the Stable: The Animals Tell Their Stories.”

This is a children’s Christmas book with a fresh look at the Christmas story as seen though the eyes of the animals that shared the stable with the newborn Jesus.

Based on the old Christmas carol “The Friendly Beasts,” Donkey, Cow, Dove, Rooster, Sheep and Camel tell their stories and how each one found a way to give their unique gift to the Christ Child on that first Christmas.

With lovely illustrations by artist Kimberly Rempel, the stories in this book are ones that will be treasured by young and old alike.